Confessions of a Community College Administrator

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Those who lead community colleges and those who aspire to lead them will discover keen insights from this frank discussion of the particular issues that are unique to community college administration. This timely book offers realistic advice on how to handle the challenges—current and future—that such leaders must grapple with.

Matthew Reed, the formerly anonymous author of Inside Higher Ed blog Confessions of a Community College Dean, describes the current landscape of ...

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Overview

Those who lead community colleges and those who aspire to lead them will discover keen insights from this frank discussion of the particular issues that are unique to community college administration. This timely book offers realistic advice on how to handle the challenges—current and future—that such leaders must grapple with.

Matthew Reed, the formerly anonymous author of Inside Higher Ed blog Confessions of a Community College Dean, describes the current landscape of community college leadership and addresses some of the fundamental questions that face community colleges. He examines proposed solutions from outside academia as well as those emerging from inside the community college world, offering guidance and encouragement for the next generation of community college leaders.

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“Writing directly from the front lines of administration, [Matthew Reed] illuminates the work of managing and leading community colleges, describing with clarity and pathos, exasperation and humor, what it really entails. Yet his eyes rise from the mundane to the meaningful, from the problem in front of us to the much larger challenge on the horizon…. His writing brings common sense, compassion, civility, and courage to dilemmas of daily work and to questions of institutional purpose, form, and viability. It is a voice we need, and just in time.” —From the Foreword by Kay McClenney, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement and senior lecturer in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118004739
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/9/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 559,241
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Reed is the author of the popular blog Confessions of a Community College Dean for Inside Higher Ed. He is vice president for academic affairs at Holyoke Community College and has been a full-time and adjunct faculty member, associate dean, and dean at for-profit and community colleges. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two young children.

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Table of Contents

About the Author iv

Acknowledgments v

Foreword by Kay McClenney vii

Introduction 1

1. The Community College Landscape 13

2. Funding: Where the Money Comes From, Where It Goes, and Why There’s Never Enough 35

3. Community College Administration: Who Does What 61

4. Herding Cats: Managing Creative People 85

5. Regular Challenges of the Dean’s Job 105

6. Saving Community Colleges: A Few Modest Proposals 125

Conclusion 153

Notes 158

References 161

Index 163

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