What's Behind College Leadership Failures?

BY BRIAN C. MITCHELL In September 2012, I began contributing to the national conversation about higher education by tackling the concept of leadership in one of my first blogs for the Huffington Post. In that first article, I suggested, “the job has evolved, but the national imperative for presidents to lead as well as govern remains…

Powerful Tool for Community College Transfers

BY BRIAN C. MITCHELL One of the most persistent problems facing American higher education is how best to create a seamless pathway among the various higher education sectors. This is especially problematic for community college students seeking to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. For them, the transfer pathway is a bumpy one full of…

The Importance of Community Colleges and Their Faculty

In his article in the November-December issue of Academe, “Community Colleges in the AAUP,” Paul Davis turns our attention to the evolving role of community colleges. Having taught for almost thirty years at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, he has seen dramatic changes in the student population and in policy makers’ expectations of how community colleges…

National Moment of Silence for Umpqua Community College

The following came from the Faculty Association for California Community Colleges (FACCC): Dear Colleagues, Please join us this Thursday, October 8, at 11:00 a.m. for a moment of silence in solidarity with Umpqua Community College. The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges stands together with community colleges across the country in this important effort. Encourage your colleagues, students,…

Adjunct Survival Workshop: An AAUPportunity for chapter-building

Colorado’s Community College System (CCCS) continues to pay 75% of its faculty (the so-called “adjuncts”) poverty-level wages. To help our hard-working peers make ends meet this semester, our Front Range Community College AAUP chapter is hosting the first-ever Adjunct Survival Workshop. This event will simultaneously help our peers save hundreds of dollars this year, give…

From “Awfulizing” to Organizing

Yesterday I posted an entry about the AAUP Colorado Conference’s efforts to organize part-time community college faculty, who represent the overwhelming majority of community college teachers in that state.  Central to these efforts has been the work of Caprice Lawless, President of the Front Range Community College AAUP Chapter and Vice-President for Community Colleges of…

Colorado Community College Faculty Fight for Equity

In Colorado, somewhere between 70% and 80% of all community college faculty members teach part-time on term-to-term contracts.  Yesterday, July 27, following the AAUP’s successful 2015 Summer Institute in Denver, AAUP-CBC President Howard Bunsis and I traveled to nearby Louisville, Colorado, to join some of those community college faculty members at a mini-Institute (the “Mini-Innie”)…

A(n Incremental) Case for the Economic Benefits of Reducing Student Debt

In a guest editorial for the Concord Monitor, demographer Peter Franchese argues persuasively that the future of New Hampshire’s economy requires a much larger state investment in public higher education, in particular in its community colleges. After framing the issues with reference to his own family history, Franchese focuses on the following “paradoxes” and “projections”:…