AACC on Organizational Strategy Competence
Another course in the CCLP is Leadership and Administration (EDHE 601). This is a topic which has proponents (Northouse, Wood, Eddy) and detractors (Kellerman, ). Cohen, Brawer, and Kisker (chapters 1, 4, 12, 14, 15) refer to the role of leadership as an integral part of their general text.
This assignment asks that you read the AACC text on Competencies for Community College Leaders, an abbreviated document that focuses on institutional transformation and the expectations for new leaders such as achieving and improving student success rates, accountability, risk taking, and change management. Like the authors of the Truman Commission Report, researchers in this document, are focused on the development of a “skilled citizenry,” and the present “crisis” of leadership.
Retirement is eminent for more than half of the present leaders and faculty in community colleges in the next 10 years. And we know that emergent leaders have had limited professional development, and that the present faculty is a mismatch with the present identity of students in the community college classroom—only 6% and 10% of community college faculty are Hispanic and African American where 40%-70% of our students represent these groups. Research also teaches us there are issues with the identity of community college boards of trustees. Elections and appointments are being reconsidered as well as balancing diversity. Governance is strongly dependent on the roles of leaders, whether administrators, faculty, or boards of community colleges.
AACC is advocating and suggesting that institutions send their employees to national programs for emerging leaders. These are real-life simulations through case studies or modular programs (university training).
While fear of the unknown may be driving this impetus by AACC, the forum does speculate that university programs focus efforts on “clear, practical real-world experiences” that allow doctoral students to “respond to the rapidly changing institutional environments…” The report posits overall observations, explains how to process competencies, and offers competencies relating to (1) organizational strategy, (2) institutional finance, research, fundraising, and resource management, (3) communication, (4) collaboration, and (5) advocacy.
You must choose your discussion drawn first from the organizational strategy competency, the second from either institutional finance or communication competencies, and the final one from either the collaboration or advocacy.
As a suggestion, you may confer with other members of the class or a colleague to help develop your perspective for explaining how your own community college or a community college of your choice might benefit from implementing at least three of the five competencies.
You might want to use the following as your organization principle of your essay:
Introductory paragraph: Explain why a renewed interest in leadership training is so critical at this time in the evolution of the American community college.
Then, discuss how the Cohen, Brawer, and Kisker text has aided in your understanding of the importance of leadership competency.
Your major discussion in following paragraphs should focus on the three competencies. With your new found knowledge, discuss how your own or chosen community college might or should proceed with developing competencies for new leaders, whether administrators, faculty, or boards of trustees.
Finally, close with a summary of the major ideas you have presented in your essay.