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Nicholas Vick September 2023
Volume: 36 Issue: 9
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The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize the work of every community college professional and usher in an era of change, uncertainty, and innovation. Over the next five years, recruiting, advising, teaching, counseling, and tutoring may all be drastically different compared to today’s traditional approaches.
Jonathan D. Garn and Daniel Allen August 2023
Volume: 36 Issue: 8
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Delta College serves the Great Lakes Bay region of mid-Michigan, with its primary district including Bay (24 percent), Midland (16 percent), and Saginaw (42 percent) counties (Delta College, 2023). These counties, in addition to the surrounding ones for which Delta is the community college of choice, combine to form a markedly diverse service area.
Lori Sundberg July 2023
Volume: 36 Issue: 7
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It has never been more difficult to be a college president than it is today. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it has never been harder to be a leader at any level in our institutions.
Jessica Enders June 2023
Volume: 36 Issue: 6
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Southern California is home to Desert Community College District, more commonly known as the College of the Desert (COD). In May 2018, the institution's board of trustees aligned with its core value of lifelong learning and committed approximately $1 million to support a diverse group of 23 faculty and administrators on their professional development journeys.
Patrick Morris May 2023
Volume: 36 Issue: 5
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What is student success? How is it defined and how is it measured? A college’s strategic planning process can provide the framework for addressing these questions. A strategic plan’s development requires communication, data, and an evaluation of where you’ve been and where you want to go. It also requires leadership that engages members of the college community in a collaborative process with the goal of creating a plan that is both practical and aspirational. In 2022, Monroe Community College (MCC) underwent the process of developing its strategic plan.
Monica Bouman, Amber Collins, and Zak McNitt April 2023
Volume: 36 Issue: 4
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At Jackson College, we are constantly striving to be innovative. From our experiences, we have learned that boutique programs work well for prototyping, but for successful scaling, integration, with leadership from all levels, including the president’s cabinet, department directors, and lead student success navigators, is key.
Kurt R. Buttleman and Earnest Phillips II March 2023
Volume: 36 Issue: 3
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Seattle Colleges is comprised of three independently accredited institutions—North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College—and five specialized training centers that serve the City of Seattle and surrounding metropolitan area. It is the largest community college district in Washington, offering more than 130 academic and career and technical education (CTE) programs and educating more than 35,000 students a year.
Mickey McCloud February 2023
Volume: 36 Issue: 2
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Not every innovation requires a seismic shift in thinking. In some cases, innovation arises from a simple change in mindset and the courage to try a small adjustment in the way we address a problem.
Janelle Elias January 2023
Volume: 36 Issue: 1
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The volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) reality of American higher education calls for agility and change (Korsakova, 2020; LeBlanc, 2018). Leaders have to consider the global political and economic context caused by the information age and then accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic (Bliss, 2022; Korsakova, 2020). Macrotrends underway in U.S.
Terry O'Banion December 2022
Volume: 35 Issue: 12
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It was a horror story. It was not designed to be a horror story, but it turned out to be one. The package arrived on a dark and stormy night, sent by a friend who knew of my obsession with community college catalogs. It was disguised in brown wrapping paper and seemed as innocent as a kitten. When I opened it, I realized that I held in my hand a horror story to rival those written by Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Shelley.
Chris King November 2022
Volume: 35 Issue: 11
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Employee engagement is critical for a healthy organizational culture. Currently, 40 percent of employees are considering leaving their jobs, and nearly half are not returning to the same industry (Smet et al., 2022). Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace for 2022 reports that only 21 percent of employees are engaged. In addition, daily stress has reached an all-time high. A recent study concluded that higher education workers are the second most burned out group, following K-12 employees, in the U.S. workforce (Marken & Agrawal, 2022).
Monique Umphrey October 2022
Volume: 35 Issue: 10
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In spring 2020, Austin Community College District (ACC) began to develop a blueprint for updating its Academic Master Plan (AMP) with recommendations that could be supported financially and poised for the “best possible outcomes in terms of student and community success” (Austin Community College District, n.d.-a, para. 1). The new AMP was the college’s opportunity to be bold in its strategy and approach.
Kathleen C. Cleary September 2022
Volume: 35 Issue: 9
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Employers across the U.S. are struggling to find the talent they need to thrive, while community colleges and other training providers are seeking innovative ways to recruit and educate students to meet this demand. Ohio To Work (OTW) was formed in 2021 to give Ohio job seekers access to resources and opportunities to land good jobs while filling the talent pipeline. The initiative is a partnership among employers, service providers, and training providers who are part of a network that helps workers to acquire the support they need.
Leslie Neal August 2022
Volume: 35 Issue: 8
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Ensuring that different voices are heard with equal weight across a college campus can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Arguably, from their inception in the early 1900s, community colleges were intentionally created for the purpose of diversifying the higher education student body; offering inclusivity to those who previously did not have the socioeconomic stature to attend an institution of higher education; and providing learning spaces that were deemed fair, accessible, and equitable (Nevarez & Wood, 2010; Ratcliff, 1986).
Caron Sada July 2022
Volume: 35 Issue: 7
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The Art and Science of Culture Change (ASCC) is a comprehensive change model made up of 31 themes, or concepts, that aim to describe and inform the co-creation of social contexts demonstrating inclusion, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Within ASCC, entrepreneurial leaders of change (ELCs) are described as “generous, courageous, and humble learners willing to take action” (Sada, 2022, para. 4), and they can be found in any organizational role, regardless of job title.