Community College Leadership Blog

Nov 27, 2018

Lisa Chapman: Helping Students Make Informed Decisions

Helping students make informed decisions is critical to their academic and career success. We know they cannot afford to invest time and money in coursework that does not lead to their intended goal.  We also know that students do not […]

Nov 20, 2018

Pamela Gibson Senegal: Reflections from a First Year Community College President

We need diverse leaders from all backgrounds and experiences who are willing to leverage those understandings on behalf of increasingly diverse students. When we are willing to do this, we help create an environment that engenders student success. That environment […]

Jun 12, 2018

Rufus Glasper and Emeka A. Ikegwuonu: “Adapt. React. Readapt. Act.”

Fans of The Office will remember one of Regional Manager Michael Scott’s rules of business about being able to adapt to different situations: “Adapt. React. Readapt. Act.” In today’s dynamic economic and political climate, higher education leaders may feel like they […]

Apr 10, 2018

Mary Rittling: Designing Programs that Promote Equity and Empower the Student Voice

Mary Rittling: "It is my inherent duty as a president to start conversations with students, to listen to what they are saying and even more importantly what they are not saying, and to build support structures that meet students’ needs and foster student success."

Mar 13, 2018

Mike Cartney: Making “HIRE” Education Work

Solving South Dakota’s workforce needs (and those throughout America) will require innovative uses of technology and employees. Embracing technology to solve production and quality issues does not change the quantity of workers needed. What it does change is the skills needed and types of positions held by employees in the workplace.

Feb 20, 2018

Pamela L. Eddy: Rethinking How to Develop Leadership Talent in Community Colleges

Talk of a leadership crisis in community colleges has been around since the turn of the 21st century. Given anticipated retirements in the next five years, the replacement of 225—21%—public community college presidents will occur.  Looming questions include: Who will […]

Jan 30, 2018

Sharon Morrissey: Making Good Policy Work

Good policy can be a catalyst for change when it is evidence-based, developed through stakeholder engagement, and framed within a larger student success strategy.

Jan 9, 2018

Evelyn N. Waiwaiole: “A Little Bit More Initiative”: How Community Colleges Can Improve Advising

[C]olleges are recognizing how important the advisor’s role is. Colleges must equip advisors for the work that has been outlined for them and ensure that they have the necessary supports available to help students be successful and complete.

Dec 5, 2017

Eduardo Padrón: How Higher Education Can Address Growing Inequality and Declining Social Mobility

Eduardo Padrón: "We need to recognize our duty, as college educators, to the people struggling to find their place in a changing world. We need to fulfill our obligation to work with a new generation of students. We need to pride ourselves on how many students we include in this great learning enterprise, not how many we turn away. We need to embrace the understanding that talent is universal, but right now, opportunity is not. We need to change that equation. "And we have the power to do so."

Nov 28, 2017

Stelfanie Williams: The Community’s Colleges

The community college is a touchpoint of diverse students coalescing around the common goal of learning. While community colleges must continue to focus on access and completion, prominence should be provided to community-building.