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We need diverse leaders from all backgrounds and experiences who are willing to leverage those understandings on behalf of increasingly diverse students. When we are willing to do this, we help create an environment that engenders student success. That environment is highlighted by structured educational pathways and college employees who consistently demonstrate an ethic of...
Fans of The Office will remember one of Regional Manager Michael Scott’s rules of business about being able to adapt to different situations: “Adapt. React. Readapt. Act.” In today’s dynamic economic and political climate, higher education leaders may feel like they are stuck in a continuous loop of adapting, reacting, readapting, and acting again. Multiple factors...
Mary Rittling: "It is my inherent duty as a president to start conversations with students, to listen to what they are saying and even more importantly what they are not saying, and to build support structures that meet students’ needs and foster student success."
Solving South Dakota’s workforce needs (and those throughout America) will require innovative uses of technology and employees. Embracing technology to solve production and quality issues does not change the quantity of workers needed. What it does change is the skills needed and types of positions held by employees in the workplace.
Talk of a leadership crisis in community colleges has been around since the turn of the 21st century. Given anticipated retirements in the next five years, the replacement of 225—21%—public community college presidents will occur.  Looming questions include: Who will replace these leaders? How can we better prepare leaders for tomorrow’s challenges? Should we also...
Good policy can be a catalyst for change when it is evidence-based, developed through stakeholder engagement, and framed within a larger student success strategy.
[C]olleges are recognizing how important the advisor’s role is. Colleges must equip advisors for the work that has been outlined for them and ensure that they have the necessary supports available to help students be successful and complete.
Eduardo Padrón: "We need to recognize our duty, as college educators, to the people struggling to find their place in a changing world. We need to fulfill our obligation to work with a new generation of students. We need to pride ourselves on how many students we include in this great learning enterprise, not how many we turn away. We need to embrace the understanding that talent is universal, but right now, opportunity is not. We need to change that equation. "And we have the power to do so."
The community college is a touchpoint of diverse students coalescing around the common goal of learning. While community colleges must continue to focus on access and completion, prominence should be provided to community-building.
Organizationally and professionally, it is best when a community college president chooses to pursue a long tenure at an institution. Three key factors can lead to the success for any higher education leader: Culture, Governance, and Professional Responsibility. Unless a president is willing to fully commit to these key factors, his/her advancement of the organization...
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