ERIC Number: ED395616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: 0
Achieving Administrator Diversity. ERIC Digest.
One of the key challenges facing community colleges in the 1990's is the development of leadership that represents the diversity of students and local constituents. In a 1991 survey of 1,097 community college presidents, only 11% of those surveyed belonged to minority groups. Programs do exist, however, to help minority group members structure their careers and become community college administrators. These programs are offered by universities, such as the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas; higher education associations, such as workshops sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges; and minority higher education organizations, such as the National Council on Black American Affairs. Community colleges seeking to improve minority administrator representation should consider the following recommendations: (1) identify and publicize college goals and timetables for diversity; (2) maintain clear policies and procedures for hiring, awarding tenure, and evaluating; (3) require regular progress reports; (4) enlist the help of consulting organizations that specialize in minority recruitment; (5) advertise openings in minority community publications; (6) give the Equal Employment Opportunity officer sufficient authority; (7) search for administrative candidates from sources other than the traditional academic pipeline; and (8) encourage minority faculty to participate in administrative activities. Lists of programs and organizations providing professional development opportunities are included. (TGI)
Descriptors: Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Selection, Administrators, College Administration, Community Colleges, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Quality, Faculty Recruitment, Minority Groups, Personnel Integration, Personnel Selection, Professional Development, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests
Note: Drawn from "Achieving Administrative Diversity, New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 94," edited by Raymond C. Bowen and Gilbert H. Muller.