Envisioning Excellence is working on three key priorities:
- Redesigned Ed.D. in Community College Leadership: The Ed.D. cohort program at NC State was reformed to link directly to essential community college leadership competencies. Already in the executive format, the program now allows students to complete their coursework and dissertation concurrently. Research and resources provided by the Aspen Institute enable students to focus on the four pillars of community college excellence: learning, equity, completion, and labor market outcomes. Envisioning Excellence is expanding the presence of executives throughout the doctoral experience, and also providing data and writing coaches to graduate students.
- Executive and Governance Development: NC State has expanded its professional development opportunities for community college personnel. Envisioning Excellence will offer executive and governance development to standing community college presidents as well as to trustees. The Presidents’ Academy and Trustees’ Institute will reorient leadership toward a student success agenda framed around Aspen’s pillars of community college excellence (see above). Development is designed to empower presidents to improve student success and institutional effectiveness at their institutions with the support of their trustees.
- Action Research: Envisioning Excellence is building a research agenda around the Aspen Institute’s four pillars of community college excellence (see above). A team of researchers will be joined by graduate students and affiliates to explore issues impacting community colleges. Research teams will share findings and provide coaching on implementing evidence-based solutions. Envisioning Excellence launched the Community College Leadership Blog, which presents groundbreaking ideas about solving today’s issues by leading voices and practitioners. Each year, NC State hosts the Dallas Herring Lecture in honor of the namesake, who was instrumental in establishing North Carolina’s community colleges.