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ERIC Number: EJ1092569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Navigating Change: Community College Leaders Offer Advice for Beginning the Hard Work of Institutional Reform
Woods, Bob
Community College Journal, v85 n2 p18-22 Oct-Nov 2014
The nation's community colleges have an impressive to-do list: (1) Increase college completion by 50 percent by 2020; (2) Dramatically improve college readiness; (3) Close the American skills gap; (4) Refocus the community college mission; (5) Invest in new support structures; (6) Target public and private investments; and (7) Promote rigor and accountability. On paper, it's hard to argue with any of these seven recommendations outlined by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in its 2012 "Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation's Future" report. If community college leaders are going to improve student outcomes and reposition their institutions for future success, reform in these areas is a must. But, as exciting as these goals sound on paper, they can be diffi cult to achieve, especially at the institutional level, where change is never easy. Navigating these reforms takes time, dedication, and creative thinking. To get a clearer sense for how the nation's community college leaders are conducting this tough but necessary work, the editors of Community College Journal reached out to campus leaders responsible for promising reforms in four key areas: institutional culture; instructional programs and workforce partnerships; students services and advising; and professional development and training for future college leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Michigan; North Carolina
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