Leadership Development

August 2018
According to Crisis and Opportunity (The Aspen Institute, 2013), a little over half of U.S. community college presidents will retire in the next 10-15 years. As a result of this alarming statistic, organizations like the Aspen Institute, Achieving the Dream, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and League for Innovation in the Community College have expressed the need for community colleges to develop pathways for current leaders interested in future leadership positions. The recommendations from these advocacy groups have encouraged community colleges to focus on ways to grow...
May 2018
The academic success outcomes of men of color remain deficient in community colleges compared to other student groups (Valliani, 2015). While many men begin their educational journey at community colleges, most African American and Latino men do not reach degree completion (Center for Community College Student Engagement, 2014). Men of color often report that they feel unwelcome in college environments because of negative stereotypes associated with their physical appearance and challenged by academic unpreparedness and financial stress (Gardenhire-Cooks, Collado, Martin, & Castro, 2010;...
April 2018
In 2014, Sierra College, located in Rocklin, CA, was one of the first community colleges in the nation to establish a public/private partnership with Hacker Lab, a Sacramento community-based makerspace, to enhance students’ education through maker experiences. Through a competitive process, Sierra College was awarded a $350,000 CCC Maker Grant in July 2017, renewable for a second year, from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), Workforce and Economic Development Division, under the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework. Sierra College is one of 24 CCC...
April 2017
It was supposed to be about developing the leaders of tomorrow. That was the intent when the San Diego Community College District laid the groundwork for a series of Leadership Academies serving faculty, staff, and administrators at California’s second-largest community college district in 2009. The academies, however, have been building more than leaders. The program also has helped hundreds of employees—ranging from groundskeepers to academic department heads—network with each other and build lasting working relationships in a sprawling district that includes three college campuses and San...
January 2016
Snead State Community College began its Presidential Scholars program in 2009 as a leadership development opportunity for incoming students who demonstrated academic excellence. Including the 2015-2016 group, 62 students have received the distinction of Presidential Scholars, and the graduation rate among those completing courses at SSCC is 97 percent. Presidential Scholars represent Snead State at a variety of events, including donor recognition and alumni functions. The students participate in two signature activities each year—completion of the BOLD team building ropes course at Berry...
2016
In its most recent reports, Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future (2012) and Empowering Community Colleges To Build the Nation’s Future: An Implementation Guide (2014), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has laid out an ambitious agenda for improvement that requires strong college leadership and institutional transformation. The reports are a critical analysis of the colleges and a call on college leaders to be more accountable for student success outcomes. Leadership makes a difference. According to Byron McClenney, Leadership Coach for...