Competencies Needed for Community College Leaders: The Transition to a State College

The community college transition to a four-year state college requires a different set of leadership competencies than has been used in the past. The leader of today’s college is facing a number of issues different from that of his or her predecessor. Aside from the political, logistical, and regulatory issues the leaders face, the preparedness of leaders to implement rapidly changing curricula is a major challenge. The community and state colleges are facing large numbers of projected retirements in the next decade, creating major gaps in leadership. A number of community and state colleges are finding it difficult to replace former leaders with new, fully-qualified leaders who possess the skills or competencies necessary to lead the community college through the transition to a four-year state college. The American Associate of Community Colleges (AACC) outlined the
need for leadership in the community college. The issues outlined addressed the problem of securing competent leaders for the future. The issues include fewer advanced degrees focusing on community college leadership, the complexity of leading a community college, and the existing typical barriers. At present, there is no specific, consistent plan to train leaders to effectively lead the community and state college through the process of change. 
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Journal Article
Johnny L. Morris, Ph.D. and Michael D. Hilley, DM
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The Academic Forum Exchange Journal
The Academic Forum Exchange Journal
Date Published: 
Monday, December 19, 2016
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The Academic Forum Exchange
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