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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
Like employers of many stripes, community colleges are facing their own challenges with the so-called "Great Resignation," particularly in key faculty and staff roles like nursing instructors, financial aid counselors and custodians. This article describes challenges in hiring and retention in those three roles, as well as examples of…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Selection, Teacher Persistence
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
Collaborative leadership, a management style in which leaders encourage employees to contribute their own ideas and work together to develop solutions for meeting institutional goals, is becoming more common in community colleges and other organizations. In leveraging the ideas of a broad range of people, collaborative leadership often leads to…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Leadership Styles, Community Colleges, Employees
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
Real differences do exist among the generations in terms of attitudes, behaviors, expectations and motivations that have an impact at work and in the classroom, in spheres of activity like building teams, dealing with change, motivating and managing, and teaching. But community college leaders and other administrators and faculty can leverage…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Leaders, Older Adults
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
Immigrant community college presidents are working to ensure the unpleasant, even frightening experiences of their younger years are not replicated among the current student body. Immigrant leaders interviewed by "Community College Journal"--Dr. Steady Moono, president of SUNY Schenectady County Community College; Dr. Lin Zhou, president…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, Administrator Attitudes, Immigrants
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
Community college students often face more stressors than those at four-year institutions. Many are working adults with families. Some are homeless, food insecure or have financial instability. The pandemic has exacerbated these challenges. Community college leaders are employing a number of strategies to solve the mental health crisis, such as…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Mental Health, Mental Health Programs
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
Retaining people no longer credited toward college completion--a group known in academic parlance as "stop outs"--is a core concern among administrators seeking to remove barriers to education. Preventing stop outs from becoming stay outs means re-enrolling students beset by debt, or targeting vulnerable demos close to graduation.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Stopouts, Prevention
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
From free and low-cost dental clinics provided by dental hygienist students, to home building by students in construction programs, to more individualized service-learning across a wide array of courses, two-year schools are putting the "community" in community college by mixing academics and service in a panoply of creative ways. These…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Community College Students, Allied Health Personnel, Dentistry
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
Enrichment programs make up a small but significant part of a community college's offerings. In some cases, their impact can be enormous--especially in rural areas where a community college might be the only source of enrichment for residents. Community enrichment programs also can be challenging to administer. For instance, it can be hard to find…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Community Colleges, Community Programs, Values
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
While campus activism dates back decades, today's community colleges are generating additional dialogue via interdisciplinary arts programming. This article highlights various art programs throughout the United States, including a multidisciplinary video for suicide awareness, a mural that is represented of the school's diversity, and a poetry…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Activities, Suicide
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
Created in 1972, the Pell Grant program awards grants to low-income students to help pay for whatever accredited U.S. college they choose. Totaling $28.4 billion in 2019-20, the program is the most significant source of federal student aid for college. However, as the program turns 50 this year, many advocates are hoping to expand its reach and…
Descriptors: Grants, Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid, College Students
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
The more polarized American politics become, the more challenging it becomes for institutional leaders of all stripes to maintain a balanced approach and not get crosswise with anyone. Community college leaders are no exception to this reality--and they say succeeding in this environment requires an artful combination of underscoring the natural…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Community Colleges, Student Interests
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
Indian Hills Community College had the numbers behind them upon passing a bond measure in November 2021. More than 12,000 voters in 17 Iowa counties gave their approval for a $28 million referendum designated to fund a brand new campus and additional major improvements. The bond, which needed 60% support to pass, cleared that hurdle with more than…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Bond Issues, Advocacy
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
As the pandemic reaches the one-year mark in the United States, college presidents reflected on the impact the prolonged crisis has had on their institutions, their communities-- and themselves. The past year has seen not only the rampant spread of the novel coronavirus, but also social and political unrest. All of these issues have affected poor…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Pandemics, COVID-19, College Presidents
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community college faculty have always been more than classroom teachers, but during the pandemic their roles as counselors, navigators and sources of needed referrals perhaps have never been more paramount--or appreciated. Beyond the dizzying logistics and scrambled pedagogy involved in switching from in-person to online learning, faculty have…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
The three pandemic relief bills passed by Congress since March 2020 collectively provide about $75 billion for U.S. colleges--as well as the students they serve. The legislation has brought three waves of funding to community colleges, known as Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) I, HEERF II, and HEERF III. Colleges must spend a…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, COVID-19, Pandemics, Federal Aid
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