Leading for the Future: Alignment of AACC Competencies with Practice: New Directions for Community College, Number 159

Overview

The AACC competencies were initially developed to help provideguidance in developing community college leaders because ofpredictions of a leadership crisis in the two-year collegesector.

Since their creation, the competencies have been used to directtopics in leadership development programs and to guide futureleaders about what skills are critical to master. Yet scantresearch exists on the use of the competencies in practice or onanalysis of ...

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Overview

The AACC competencies were initially developed to help provideguidance in developing community college leaders because ofpredictions of a leadership crisis in the two-year collegesector.

Since their creation, the competencies have been used to directtopics in leadership development programs and to guide futureleaders about what skills are critical to master. Yet scantresearch exists on the use of the competencies in practice or onanalysis of the competencies within the changing higher educationclimate.

This issue provides a review of the research on the competenciesin the field and posits several strategies for the future use ofthe competencies and potential changes to the competencies.

This is the 159th volume of this Jossey-Bass quarterlyreport series. Essential to the professional libraries ofpresidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today'sopen-door institutions, New Directions for Community Collegesprovides expert guidance in meeting the challenges of theirdistinctive and expanding educational mission.

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Table of Contents

EDITOR'S NOTES 1
Pamela L. Eddy

1. Historic Overview of the AACC Competencies 7
Nan Ottenritter
This chapter provides background on the development process used tocreate the AACC competencies and describes the consensus-buildingstrategies employed to assure agreement on leadershippriorities.

2. Future Leaders Institute: Rising Leaders and the AACCCompetencies 19
Desna L. Wallin
A review of the Future Leaders Institute and the Future LeadersInstitute/Advanced provides links between these leadershipdevelopment programs and the competencies.

3. A Holistic Perspective of Leadership Competencies29
Pamela L. Eddy
This chapter argues for the use of clusters in thinking about theAACC competencies. Four clusters are presented that highlight theprominence of individual competencies in each cluster approach.

4. The AACC Competencies in Action 41
Chris Duree, Larry Ebbers
The research presented in this chapter draws from community collegepresidents’ use of the competencies in their own practice.The chapter points out highly used competencies, less usedcompetencies, and strategies to develop the competencies.

5. Competencies in the Heartland 53
Brent Cejda
Rural community colleges face unique challenges given theirlocales. This chapter focuses on the impact of location on theinterpretation and development of the leadership competencies.

6. Doing the Right Thing: Ethical Leadership and DecisionMaking 63
Regina L. Garza Mitchell
This chapter explores how community college presidents make toughdecisions that meet the demands of internal and externalconstituents while maintaining the delicate balance betweenpersonal and professional ethics.

7. Reading the Competencies Through a Feminist Lens73
Kristin Bailey Wilson, Elizabeth Cox-Brand
Using discourse analysis, this chapter reviews the AACCcompetencies to see if underlying assumptions are made regardingwho can lead in community colleges and what is the most appropriatemanner of leading.

8. Refl ections From the Field: Voices of Experience85
Delores E. McNair, Daniel J. Phelan
Sitting presidents were interviewed to learn what they found to bemost relevant about the competencies for their own leadership andfor the development of future leaders.

9. Next Steps—Looking to the Future 97
George R. Boggs
This chapter provides a retro-refl ective view of the competenciesby Dr. Boggs, the AACC president who fostered the initiation of thecompetencies. The chapter addresses how the current AACC leadershipcompetencies might have to be expanded or changed.

10. Leaders, Leveraging, and Abundance: Competencies for theFuture 109
Richard L. Alfred
Abundance involves leveraging resources to achieve greater outcomesthan expected. This chapter describes the competencies leaders needto develop and deploy in colleges striving for abundance.

INDEX 121

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