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Presidents and Analysts Discuss Contemporary Challenges: New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 156

John J. Prihoda (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-23151-7
112 pages
January 2012, Jossey-Bass
Presidents and Analysts Discuss Contemporary Challenges: New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 156 (1118231511) cover image
Since their inception, America’s community colleges have undergone continuous change. They must, because their mission is to provide learning vital for those who face local as well as global transformations, and that requires vigilant, vigorous commitment.

This volume contains insights from men and women who have led the thinking and practice in these colleges to current historical heights. They were asked to forecast solutions to today's most critical problems as well as to identify opportunities that will likely engage tomorrow's community college leaders. In addition, a prevailing university authority was asked to review the support system traditionally relied upon to provide expertise to faculty and administrators.

"Presidents and Analysts Discuss Contemporary Issues" collects decades of experience from extraordinary leaders and places that wisdom in readers' hands.

This is the 156th volume of this Jossey-Bass quarterly report series. Essential to the professional libraries of presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today's open-door institutions, New Directions for Community Colleges provides expert guidance in meeting the challenges of their distinctive and expanding educational mission.

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EDITOR'S NOTES 1
John J. Prihoda

1. Community Colleges in the Spotlight and Under the Microscope 3
George R. Boggs
This chapter discusses the breadth and depth community colleges must maintain even as they improve to meet unexpected challenges in the future. It also discusses the ongoing efforts already under way to accomplish the goals being set before these colleges.

2. Creating Effective Board–CEO Relationships and Fundraising to Achieve Successful Student Outcomes 23
Frances L. White
This chapter offers the president, as principal advocate for faculty development and of successful learning outcomes, practical ways to obtain support from boards of trustees and others.

3. The Next Community College Movement? 31
Charles R. Dassance
Using a brief outline of community college history for its background, this chapter discusses mission, equality of opportunity, the liberal arts and general education functions, completion, benefits, and learning, while stressing the importance of maintaining credibility and integrity in public opinion during changing times.

4. Redefining Institutional Priorities 41
J. Terence Kelly
This chapter recommends ways to enhance president–board relations from the very beginning of a new president's tenure. It also discusses ways to achieve student success and the issue of assessing the college's economic situation.

5. Increased Enrollment + Student Success - Funding = ? 49
James D. Tschechtelin
Increasing enrollment plus a student success agenda minus funding equals what future for community colleges? This chapter provides a framework for strategic thinking, change, and decision-making that can be used by presidents and boards to meet the urgent problem of maintaining community college missions that have been stretched beyond the breaking point.

6. Giving Voice: Advocating for the Community College 61
Mary Ellen Duncan, Calvin Ball
This chapter describes how presidents can work effectively with elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels and thereby make a difference for community college students. The authors use information from a project they are developing and include information from experienced presidents as they share advice about strategies to communicate with and advocate for their colleges.

7. Leadership: A Balancing Act 73
Thomas E. Hines
This chapter defines what effective leadership is, explains why it will be critical in the future, describes individual styles, and details vision/purpose/developing enthusiasm, hiring/organizing, good versus great, and the enemies of excellent leadership.

8. Further Views from Professors, State Directors, and Analysts 87
Arthur M. Cohen
The author discusses the contemporary offerings directed toward preservice and in-service community college administrators and presents recommendations for curriculum modified for various subcategories such as student personnel, instructional, and financial aid managers. Included are presentations designed as periodic refresher courses and workshops.

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