Leadership Development

December 2017
American community colleges are faced with a shrinking pool of administrators who are qualified to move into executive-level positions. In 2015, a compensation survey of community college CEOs indicated that about a third of CEO’s planned to retire within five years, and 80 percent within 10 years (Phillipe, 2016). Additionally, many senior administrators were also planning to leave their institutions (American Association of Community Colleges, 2013). Aspiring mid-level administrators may find it difficult to move into executive-level positions since their academic backgrounds may be in...
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...