ERIC Number: ED494018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 43
The Entrepreneurial Community College
Roueche, John E., Ed.; Jones, Barbara R., Ed.
American Association of Community Colleges
Environmental factors currently affecting today's community colleges either will cause irreparable damage to their fiscal health and organizational structure or contribute to their rebirth--transforming systems and processes to meet current and future challenges successfully. Community colleges are facing challenges on many levels: (1) In 2003, state appropriations for community colleges in some states decreased by 13.6%; (2) Most community colleges await the retirement of almost half their faculty and administrative staff; and (3) Community college campuses, buildings, and infrastructures are deteriorating quickly, jeopardizing the safety and effectiveness of their learning environments. In today's environment of declining public resources and demands to do more with less, it is more important than ever that community colleges become even more entrepreneurial. Programs and services must be high quality, but that is not enough to excel--the best community colleges will be those that are the most flexible and adaptive. The focus of the entrepreneurial college is not merely on making money but on making things happen and developing resources so the college can meet the needs of students and communities. Many of the ideas discussed in this book are not about fundraising, but about how to expand the capabilities of the institution. It is important that a college's activities are compatible with and contribute to its mission and values. Strong and creative leadership is, of course, important, but the entrepreneurial culture must pervade the institution. Leaders are not so much creators as they are collaborators, facilitators, consensus makers, and incentive providers. Perhaps the most important thing that college presidents and trustees can do is to develop and nurture a culture that rewards risk and innovation while allowing for failure. The Entrepreneurial Community College showcases best practices and introduces effective strategies for increasing revenue and reducing costs. Followed by a foreword (George R. Boggs), this book contains thirteen chapters and respective authors as follows: (1) Setting the Stage for Action: Entrepreneurship at Work (Suzanne L. Flannigan, Thomas G. Greene and Barbara R. Jones); (2) A Wave of Innovation at Florida Community College (Steven R. Wallace); (3) NHMCCD: A Community Partner With Entrepreneurial Spirit (John Pickelman); (4) St. Petersburg College: An E-Spirited Institution (Carl M. Kuttler, Jr.); (5) Entrepreneurial Partnerships (Donald W. Cameron); (6) Embedding Entrepreneurialism: A Canadian Case Study (Robert A. Gordon); (7) A History of Entrepreneurship at Kirkwood Community College (Norm Nielsen); (8) Leveraging Resources: Entrepreneurship at Seminole Community College (E. Ann McGee); (9) Friend Raising and the Entrepreneurial President (David E. Daniel); (10) Education, Enterprise, and Entrepreneurship (Andrew M. Scibelli); (11) Entrepreneurial Leaders (Michael D. Summers and David H. McGilvray); (12) Entrepreneurial Risk Taking (Millicent Valek); and (13) The Entrepreneurial College: Focusing on the Future (John E. Roueche and Barbara R. Jones). A section About the Contributors and an Index is included.
Descriptors: Campuses, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Educational Finance, State Aid, College Faculty, Educational Environment, Leadership, Educational Administration, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Florida