ERIC Number: ED216724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Community College Leaders for Tomorrow: Emerging Problems and Leadership Strategies to Avert Declining Resources.
LeCroy, Jan; Shaw, Ruth
Similar problems and challenges face community colleges and their leaders throughout the United States. Even in areas of high growth and relatively low unemployment, such as Dallas, which has witnessed a rapid growth in community college education, colleges must deal with issues such as their appropriate role and mission, the type of educational services they should provide, and the nature of the clientele to be served. In light of existing and impending financial constraints and shifts in sources of educational finance, the question of the leadership skills and qualities necessary to guide community colleges through the coming decades has become sharply posed. Though leadership alone cannot avoid the crises, it can help to keep problems manageable and controllable. Among the most important leadership skills are: (1) the ability to plan strategically for long-term benefits and goals; (2) the ability to evaluate programs and personnel; (3) the art of collaborative decision making; (4) increased knowledge by administrators of the operations of their institutions; and (5) the ability to build long-term interest in the educational enterprise. Certain other qualities and abilities, such as humor, clear and open communications, mutual trust, and the ability to allow others to grow, will also play a role in establishing a clear sense of purpose and direction in a period of declining resources. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dallas County Community Colleges TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (62nd, St. Louis, MO, April 4-7, 1982).