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ERIC Number: ED553654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun-21
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
Crisis and Opportunity: Aligning the Community College Presidency with Student Success. Full Report
Achieving the Dream
In recent years, Americans have awakened to the profound connection between community college student success and the strength of our nation. That community colleges matter deeply is clear from a few simple facts: (1) They educate over 7 million degree-seeking students, more than 40 percent of the U.S. college population; (2) They have in recent years been growing at four times the rate of four-year colleges; and (3) They enroll a disproportionately large share of the rapidly expanding number of college students of color and first-generation students. Today, though, not enough community college students succeed. Focusing exclusively on the challenges facing the entire sector, however, obscures an important fact: Many community colleges have been engaged in difficult work on their campus to achieve improved rates of completion, higher levels of student learning and job preparedness, and more equitable outcomes for students of color and others who have historically been left behind in public education. The organizations that prepared this report, Achieving the Dream and the Aspen Institute, work with many institutions that are in fact demonstrably improving student success. What they have learned through their work is that while strong leadership can be exercised by people throughout an institution, every high-performing community college has a first-rate president. The best leaders across the country have a special set of qualities and know-how that enable them to lead institutions to high and improving levels of student success. This report presents a unified vision of who these leaders are and what they do, so that everyone involved in hiring and preparing community college presidents--trustees and leaders of state systems, universities, and associations--can consider the extent to which their assumptions and practices ensure that strong presidents are chosen and effectively trained to lead colleges in ways that meet the aspirations of every student as well as the critical goal of significantly improving student outcomes. Appendices include: (1) Competencies Community College Presidents Will Need to Respond to Change; (2) Community College Presidential Hiring Authority, By State; and (3) Methodology.
Achieving the Dream. 8455 Colesville Road Suite 900, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tel: 240-450-0075; Fax: 240-450-0076; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Kresge Foundation
Authoring Institution: Achieving the Dream, Inc.; Aspen Institute