July 24, 2015 | Issue # 043
Last week, at AACC’s Presidents Academy Summer Institute, I met with both new and seasoned community college CEOs. PASI included a variety of sessions, all aimed at arming presidents with the tools they need to best serve their institution and their students. I hope we succeeded, and that we succeed every day in providing you with everything you need for your “leadership toolkit.” If we’re missing something, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
“What Leaders Need to Know about Organizational Culture”
Debra Derr, president of Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon, shares her wisdom on organizational culture and its significance on community college campuses in this 21st Century Center article.
“Focusing on the Final 10 Percent”
The key to successfully enrolling and supporting underrepresented students through to degree completion is building a broad institutional coalition of all those focused on the personal and academic needs of our students. Read about promising practices from some colleges in Community College Daily.
Last Call for High Performance Team Training
AACC is hosting its next High Performance Team Training, September 21–24, 2015, in Houston, Texas. Only a small number of slots remain. Due to the generous support of the Lumina Foundation, there is currently no registration fee associated with the training, and each college team is reimbursed for half of its expenses.
Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence
Help build the next generation of exceptional community college presidents. The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence will select 40 fellows to engage in a 1-year intensive, applied leadership program to build their capacities to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success. Go online to refer a candidate.
Members of the AACC Executive Leadership Team and I participated in our annual retreat July 16–17. We were hosted by Austin Community College President Richard Rhodes and toured his ACCelerator, by Dr. John Roueche and the staff of National American University, by Dr. Evelyn Waiwaiole of the Center for Community College Engagement, and by Dr. Cynthia Ferrell at the Texas Student Success Center in Austin, Texas.
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