What community colleges can offer?

An interview with Dr. Terry Calaway & Dr. Jackie Snyder (

for Individuals, Institutions, and the Profession

Several resources can help individuals and institutions engage in or support community college leadership development. Many universities offer graduate programs for future leaders, and some focus specifically on the community college. The Council for the Study of Community Colleges maintains a list of such programs (see Additionally, the Association for the Study of Higher Education provides a searchable database of all higher education programs (see Furthermore, statewide community college associations or coordinating boards often host leadership training programs, seminars, or certificate programs. A check with state association directors can determine what resources are available locally.

Several community college professional associations and leadership development programs exist. Many of these are listed below.
Future Leaders Institute for mid-level administrators
Presidents’ Academy
American Association for Women in Community Colleges
National Community College Hispanic Council
National Council on Black American Affairs
Presidential Seminars and Roundtables
Women Presidents’ Summits
Summits for Presidents of Color
Presidents’ Consultation Network
Institute for New Chief Academic Officers
The Internationalization Forum for Chief Academic Officers
National Leadership Forums for the Advancement of Women Leaders
Advancing to the Presidency: A Workshop for Vice Presidents
ACE Fellows Program
ACE National Network for the Advancement of Women Leaders
Women of Color Summits
Department Chair Workshops
Sponsors institutes for female midlevel and senior administrators at
Bryn Mawr, the University of Denver, and Wellesley College (

Executive Leadership Institute
Expanding Leadership Diversity
Focuses on leadership development for women

A list of community college research centers:
  • Journals
Community College Enterprise
Community College Journal of Research and Practice
Community College Review
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College
  • Magazines and newspapers
Chronicle of Higher Education
Community College Journal
Inside Higher Education
  • Community college centers
Center for Community College Policy
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Office of Community College Research and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office of Community College Research and Policy, Iowa State University
UCLA Community College Studies
Other resources:

Virginia Community Colleges Resources

Virginia Community College System (VCCS)
VCCS oversees a network of 23 community colleges in Virginia, which serve residents of Virginia and provide 2-year degrees and various specialty training and certifications. In 2006, the Virginia Community College System's annual enrollment rate topped 233,000 students. The VCCS also had an additional 170,000 students in workforce development services and customized noncredit courses.
We give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened.
~ VCCS Mission Statement, 2009

Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the VCCS on the process, goals and need for re-engineering:

“The perspective our faculty offers is critical to the success of this effort. That’s why our commitment to them is so strong and will grow stronger in time…
“We will ultimately judge our reform efforts not by how good our intentions are, nor by how hard our people work, but rather by the results we can measure.
We must make a difference.”

Read more from his recent speech on the VCCS Re-engineering efforts.
Re-engineering Virginia's Community Colleges
The VCCS Re-engineering Task Force is now in its second phase, focused on implementing the ideas articulated in
fall 2010 report to the State Board for Community Colleges.

The taskforce was created in fall 2009 to advance Virginia’s Community College beyond the status quo, to serve
more students and to serve them better.

You can track the progress of the taskforce’s workgroups by clicking on the image here, or the Progress Update
tab at the top of the page. Visit often as the progress will be updated regularly.