Leaders and Training Articles

How N.C. Prepares Community College Leaders

Since its inception in 1989, the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program (NCCCLP) has trained more than 900 community college employees to become more effective leaders. Some 300 of the program’s graduates are now presidents or associate vice presidents of community colleges in North Carolina or elsewhere. But the program doesn’t focus on just the […]

A Turnaround on Declining Enrollment

After dropping from roughly 7,000 in 2011 to 5,250 for the 2015-16 school year, enrollment at Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland College is predicted to increase by 5 percent for the next school year. We spoke with President Tuesday Stanley about the efforts behind this enrollment turnaround. Congratulations on the enrollment increase. Can you share some of what […]

Supporting Current and Future Community College Leaders

Beginning in October 2016, a select group of current and aspiring educator-leaders at California community colleges will begin attending quarterly leadership sessions at the University of California, Davis. Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research, on the UC Davis campus, launched in late March of this year. University officials determined early on that […]

How to Better Serve a Growing Latino Student Population

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded a $100,000 grant to Pennsylvania’s Reading Area Community College (RACC) to help the college better engage Latino students. With the grant, RACC will create Conexiones, a new two-year program that will train faculty to integrate Latino history and culture into general education courses, such as literature, Spanish […]

Setting the Pace for Change

At the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 2016 Innovations Conference in Chicago, Jill Channing, associate dean for humanities and social sciences at Kankakee Community College in Illinois, gave a presentation on accepting and adapting to change. In the aptly named “Because That’s How We’ve Always Done It,” Channing offered strategies for community college […]

Setting an Example and Giving Back

Dr. Vicki Hawsey Karolewics, president of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, was recently honored with the 2016 Giving Back Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This isn’t surprising. Karolewics has committed her 30-year career to advancing diversity and philanthropic causes in her personal and professional lives. Below are her thoughts on receiving the […]

Wake Tech Crowdsources Innovation — From Its Own Employees

Wake Technical Community College, in North Carolina, has taken an innovative approach to fostering continuous improvement by requiring all employees to come up with at least one new idea for improving how they do their job each year. Wake Tech President Stephen Scott says he would frequently reach out to colleagues at other colleges to […]

Longtime President Reflects on Her Career

Barbara Veazey, president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC), recently announced her plans to retire in June after more than 40 years in higher education at the same college. Beginning her career as a public health nurse, Veazey worked her way up, first becoming the president of Paducah Community College (PCC) in 2002 […]

Presidents and Deans Teaching Courses?

Although they may have started their careers as professors, community college presidents and deans don’t always continue to teach when they become administrators. But when leaders spend time teaching — either in the classroom or online — both the institution and the individual benefit. Four years ago, during Eleanor Welsh’s interview to become dean of […]

What Are Community College Leaders Reading in 2016?

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s sometimes challenging to keep up with the latest news and trends. We reached out to community college presidents to find out which blogs are required reading. Thom Chesney, president of Brookhaven College, in Dallas, Texas “I start many a morning with The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) blogs, such as The […]