ERIC Number: ED409929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Graduate and Continuing Education for Community College Leaders. ERIC Digest.
O'Rourke, Tiffany G.
Between 1960 and 1975, demands for competent two-year college administrators led many universities to develop specialized leadership programs or to incorporate leadership development curricula into existing programs. The skills needed to maintain and improve a system, however, are not necessarily the same as those that were required to establish it. Moreover, changes in the community college student body, technological expansion, and new demands from the labor force are changing the role of community college leaders. Graduate and continuing education programs for college leaders, therefore, should adjust their aims in order to respond to the changing environment. In these programs it is the faculty who are responsible for shaping and training new leaders. These faculty should consider incorporating the following principles into their graduate programs: understanding organizations as cultures, recognizing the importance of multiculturalism, embracing democratic practices, understanding the difference between compliance and empowerment, and creating opportunities for underrepresented graduate students. Efforts to strengthen the writing and analytic abilities of future administrators are also essential. Finally, in addition to these university-based programs, professional associations have taken on the role of continuing education for college leaders, providing programs that seek to strengthen interpersonal and technical competencies and focus on such current issues as administrative ethics, sexual harassment, collective bargaining, and conflict resolution. (HAA)
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.