Each year, as we prepare for the National Legislative Summit (NLS), I consider the cost/benefit analysis of this 3,000-mile trek to our nation’s capital to advocate on behalf of our students and our 72 districts.
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72 STRONG is a blog written by the Community College League of California featuring California's 72 community college districts. The blog provides a platform for the League and its stakeholders to address timely and relevant issues that impact higher education and California's Community Colleges. We invite you to read our latest post.
The equity mission of California’s community colleges necessitates liberating the 72 districts and 114 colleges to decide locally whether or not to offer baccalaureate degrees. California’s public community colleges are the most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse higher education institutions in the state, and their geographic reach—almost 90 percent of Californians live within 10 miles of a community college—is unparalleled.
During the Free Speech in Focus Workshop on Friday, September 22nd at Pasadena City College, I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion alongside Cal State Fullerton Political Science Professor, Jodi Balma; Dr. Earic Dixon-Peters, Vice President of Student Services at Pierce College; Attorney Sharon Ormond from Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo; and Peter Eliasburg, Chief Counsel for the ACLU of Southern California.
As the contested holiday of Labor Day is recognized on this first Monday in September, California’s Community Colleges are at an interesting point in their century-old history especially as it pertains to our mission and students’ professional lives. (I use the term professional life rather than workforce both to avoid the connotations of workforce as managed employees in replaceable positions, and to focus on the distinction between private life and the hours for which individuals receive compensation for their labor).
In June, California community college CEOs gathered for the 2017 CEO Leadership Academy, designed specifically to address the unique challenges and opportunities confronted by leaders of California Community Colleges.
What enduring qualities and conditions are critical to the efficacy of future college presidents?
What new qualities and conditions will be required for effectiveness in the future?
In light of these qualities and conditions, what needs to be done to strengthen the college presidency?
What constitutes an efficacious academic program of study? What should an undergraduate student of political science, engineering, art history, or nursing read, do, and experience to earn a certificate or degree?
At the 2017 Association of Community College Trustee's (ACCT) National Legislative Summit (NLS) held February 13-16 in Washington DC, California brought a Community College delegation befitting the largest public postsecondary system in the US.
The January 27, 2017 Executive Order suspending entry of nationals from seven majority Muslim countries serves to renew and reinforce the League’s commitment to the multinational, multiethnic, and extraordinarily diverse student body attending California’s 114 Community Colleges.
The League's recently crafted organizational vision statement, “Quality Public Community Colleges for All Californians” appears especially apt in this post-election environment; both for its mention of all Californians, and its considered use of the modifier public.
Similar to districts and colleges, the League's reconceptualized Strategic Plan maintains fundamental elements of its mission, yet important changes reflect deliberate and considered choices emerging from the planning process.