Community College Leadership 101: The Basics Charlene L. Stewart, MSW Jocelyn Gainers Honson Luma Herman Pryor, Jr
Introduction• Personal Growth Areas• Developing Professional Career Goals• Challenging Students to Examine Conflicting Approaches about Leadership• Challenges Facing Future Community College Leadership
Personal Growth Areas“Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal growth is the greatest. We can talk about sales growth, profit growth, asset growth, but all of this probably will not happen without personal growth.”– Jim Rohn
Personal Growth Areas• AACC’s Competencies for Community College Leaders• Teresa Ann Foxworthy Definition of Personal Growth• Carl Jung- Individuation
Developing a Personal Growth Plan Assess Plan Action Evaluate Self Setting Goals Experiences Progress
Professional Career Goals“You cannot achieve your particular goal withouttaking the first tiny step, towards its achievementan eventual success. Whether the goal setting andplanning that you have done concerns yourpersonal or your career life, you can onlyaccomplish it when you sit down and get down towork seriously”. http://waystoachievegoals.com
Discover What Your Career Goals, Job goals and Purpose in life Is...What is Your Life Purpose and your personalmission statement in your life? Why are youhere? What do you want your life to be like?What is your passion and driving force in yourlife? http://www.timethoughts.com/goalsetting/career-goals.htm
What are your employee career goals and objectives?What are your talents, interests, hobbies andpassions? You should first start by making a listof all your talents, skills, strengths and abilities.
What are your driving values in life?• Understanding your driving values in your life can help you to make the best career goal choices, based on-what is right for you.
Develop Your Strategic Career Plan• A strategic career plan is a document that combines your mission statement with a time- line to achieve short-term and long-term goals. Which includes:• Your purpose statement• Your vision for the next 3-5 years• Your values• Your guiding principles
Questions you should ask your self before planning your career goals….• Make more money?• Move up in a organization or own your own business?• Have more responsibility or power?• Retire early so you can do what you really want to do full time?
Leadership and Symbolism• Concepts of Symbolism• Nature of Symbolism• The Natural Existence of Symbols
Organizational Culture• Culture• The organizational Cure• Students vs. The Institution
Symbolic Acts of Leadership• Act of communicating• Behavior practices• Participants’ understanding and expectation of Leadership• Organizational Constraints
Role of Culture in Performance• Culture Defined• Communicating Identities – Internally and Externally• Lack of Understanding Role of Organizational Culture – Decision Making Process Obscure – Cost Increases – Resources Difficult to Allocate – Conflict Unresolved
Methods of Symbolism• Present Categories• Symbols In Organization Leadership
References• Brown, C. (2010). Organizations and governance in higher education. ASHE Reader Series, Boston, MA: Pearson.• Tierney, W. G. (Ed.). (2004). Competing conceptions of academic governance: Negotiating the perfect storm. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.
Challenges for future community college leadership
Major issues facing community colleges• Funding• Access• Completion• Innovation• (American Association of Community Colleges, 2011)
Funding• Facts!• Tuition was raised in all post secondary sectors in most states last year.• Most colleges will be flat funded for FY 2012- 2013.• Pell Grant increases will not cover state cuts of student aid (Katsinas & Friedel, 2010).• Q: Will the Pell Grant increase to $5,550 improve access for low income students?
Access• Facts!• Tidal wave of students• Military veterans enrollment is rising• Public universities have not capped enrollment but they have “pushed” students to accessible community colleges (Katsinas & Friedel, 2010).• Q: Can distance learning increase access despite budget woes?
Completion• Increasing graduation rates is unlikely with budget cuts.• Community colleges are eliminating sections and classes.• Completion gaps for students of color have improved but more needs to be done. (American Association of Community Colleges, 2011)• Q: What are some innovative ways to address the completion gaps for students of color?
Innovation• Community colleges delivering four year degrees• Data collection systems• Partnerships with local businesses and non- public partners (Katsinas & Friedel, 2010).• Q: What innovation might you suggest to address the challenges of community colleges?
References• American Association of Community Colleges. (2011, August). Retrieved from Report on the 21st century initiative listening tour: www.aacc.nche.edu• Katsinas, S. G., & Friedel, J. N. (2010). Uncertain Recovery: Access and funding issues in public higher education. University of Alabama, Education Policy Center.