Leadership Development

May 2019
First lines of articles are supposed to be inducements to keep reading, but at the risk of losing you right away, here’s an up-front admission: You’ve probably heard or read all this before. It’s an old trick for grabbing the reader’s attention, but it’s also true. In presentations to and conversations with community college leaders, “I’ve heard all this before” has been a frequent response to findings from the League’s Faculty Voices Project. Of course, the risky side of making a statement like, “I’ve heard all this before” is that the reply may be, “So, what have you done about it?” And the...
April 2019
Entrepreneurial ecosystems that innovate and thrive can only excel when we as community college leaders leverage assets in new and creative ways and structure strong support systems to help such ideas flourish. Wearing the entrepreneurial hat enables you to be imaginative, original, innovative, and even a little outlandish – all in the noble pursuit of finding better and more efficient ways to craft new solutions. And, these are not just solutions you need today, but a year, three years, or a decade in the future.   As the former president of GateWay Community College, founding president of...
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...
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...