Leaders and Training Articles

Recognizing faculty

Innovation happens every day in community college classrooms. The success of students is dependent on innovative, dedicated faculty. And the success of institutional initiatives is dependent on faculty. Recognizing those faculty members who make a difference every day is important. That’s why the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) created the Dale P. Parnell Faculty […]

Access and equity: Are community colleges the answer?

Every Thanksgiving I travel and take the opportunity to catch up on reading materials. While in flight to California, I opened the November 11 issue of The Chronicle. Three headlines caught my eye: “How Dual Credit Contributes to Inequality,” “Public Colleges Backslide on Access” and “How to Help Disadvantaged Students Reach the Middle Class.” The […]

Serving as president during tumultuous times

The community college presidency represents an amazing opportunity to make a tremendous difference and impact in the community that the college serves. Along with that opportunity comes an awesome, almost burdensome, sense of responsibility. The work of community colleges is simply too critical and too urgent to not get right. We must find ways to […]

Social media for college presidents

By now, your marketing and communication teams have almost surely embraced social media as the spear-point of low-cost, high-touch targeted outreach to potential students. What’s more, cultivating an online community of students and college staff who regularly interact together has helped spread the stories of your institution, given your college a unique personality and possibly […]

Developing tomorrow’s leaders today

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) students who want to grow their leadership skills will get the opportunity this fall as the Missouri college launches the MCC LEADS Academy. The program, designed by the Campus Life & Leadership coordinators, is targeted to help MCC students develop their leadership skills over the course of their education. Caitlin Mountjoy, […]

Report roundup

Here are three reports you should know about this month. The American Council on Education’s survey of U.S. college and university presidents shows that presidents from associate-degree granting institutions are, overall, more diverse and younger than presidents from other types of institutions. Thirty-six percent of associate college presidents are women and 20 percent are minorities. […]

The 655-mile man

John J. Sygielski’s 655-mile bike ride this spring not only raised funds for students in financial need, it gave Dr. Ski, as he is known, an opportunity to briefly put aside from his mind the daily duties of his job as president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. The “Tour de Dr. Ski” raised $4,000 […]

The passing of a community college visionary

Dale Parnell, who led the American Association of Community Colleges through the 1980s and championed the need to help all students transition better from high school to college and on to careers, passed away April 20 in his home state of Oregon. He was 88. Where his predecessor Edmund Gleazer, Jr., laid a foundation for […]

Filling the leadership toolbox

As more and more community college presidents retire, it’s becoming increasingly critical for institutions to invest in leadership development. “Building a bench” of leaders isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s vital to the success of the nation’s community colleges. The number of community colleges that have created internal leadership programs for staff and faculty […]

Preparing the 21st-century president

As politics, student demographics and technology evolve, so too should the training that new college presidents need. That’s according to the Aspen Institute Task Force on the Future of the College Presidency. The group looked at what skills 21st-century college and university presidents must possess in order to be successful. “For two generations, college leaders […]