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ERIC Number: EJ822778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Organizational Culture as a Hidden Resource
McGrath, Dennis; Tobia, Susan
New Directions for Community Colleges, n144 p41-53 Win 2008
Although community colleges have long been the access point to higher education for low-income students and students of color, there is much work still to be done if the institutions are to fulfill their democratic promise. In this article, the authors draw upon a growing body of work described as the new equity agenda (Arbona and Nora, 2007; Bensimon, 2005; Hurtado and Carter, 1997; Rendon and Hope, 1996; Shaw and London, 2001), and supplement it with an analysis of the nature and role of organizational culture to suggest new strategies to improve the support and promote the success of underrepresented and at-risk students. They illustrate how culture can serve as a resource to better support and assist at-risk students and review some of the relevant literature for its cultural implications. They, then, offer recommendations for the development of culturally sensitive institutions through professional development for faculty and staff to enhance their ability to understand and respond effectively to students. They also offer recommendations for professional development for senior managers to enhance their ability to manage the cultural dimensions of their institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A