Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Call for New Leaders

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Call for New Leaders

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Throughout its 45-year history, the League for Innovation in the Community College has provided leadership and service to the community college world by informing, inspiring and celebrating innovation. Diversity and inclusion are also critical to the league's mission, as both serve as vital and inextricable connections to our students, staff and communities.

There have been many changing dynamics that are influencing community colleges, like new online technologies such as MOOCs, which provide instructional delivery options to the masses, escalation of accountability for learning and completion outcomes and an increase in developmental education. Given this, diversity and inclusion of students and staff grow increasingly important toward our collective goal of producing a pluralistic, educated citizenry.

As if that is not enough major change to consider, community colleges are beginning to feel the ramifications of massive turnover in leadership in both the administrative and instructional areas. In remarks during the 2013 American Association of Community Colleges convention, AACC President and CEO Walter Bumphus noted that more than 140 community college CEOs retired in 2012, and a relatively staggering number will follow suit over the next five years. Clearly, to better reflect and serve our increasingly diverse students and communities, preparing the next generation of diverse community college leaders, both inside and outside the classroom, is mission critical.

In collaboration with many good partners in the community college field, the league has a long history of leadership development that focuses on preparing diverse leaders of the future. Here are a few examples of the league's leadership:

National Institute for Leadership Development

In 1980, a joint effort between the league and the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), initially supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), was designed to assist women in assuming major policymaking positions in community colleges. The successful, original program evolved into a spectrum of programs serving women leaders at all levels, and led to the establishment of the National Institute for Leadership Development (NILD). NILD graduates, most now senior administrators, have come from every U.S. state and several territories, Canada, and beyond. Women who participated in NILD programs have had a major and lasting impact on community colleges and their staffing patterns.

Executive Leadership Institute

In 1988, the league and the University of Texas at Austin received funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch a major new community college leadership development initiative. …

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