Unrelenting Change, Innovation, and Risk: Forging the Next Generation of Community Colleges

By Daniel J Phelan
Arguably, the nation's community colleges have experienced more change in the last several years than they have over the prior 115 years of their existence. Rapid changes in technology, external pressures for accountability and student completion, aggressive competition from other higher education institutions (i.e., public, for-profit, and private), changes in enrollment demographics, as well as new economic, market, and operational models stand to completely disrupt this relatively young enterprise. Unrelenting Change provides useful, practical examples for community college leaders as they seek to thoughtfully and strategically align their organization for the new dynamic in higher education. Furthermore, Unrelenting Change offers insights into the change process, including institutional assessment and readiness, consideration of cultural implications, strategic intentions toward innovation, as well as risk, failure, and success. Rather than perceiving change and disruptive innovation as merely happenstance, or luck, the author provides discernment into the topic so as to give community college leaders solid, guidance, if not improved odds, in undertaking this important, competitive edge for the future of their intuitions, and by extension, their students.

Daniel Phelan has done an outstanding job of documenting the current status of community colleges while daring this segment of higher education to forge new pathways to success. Like comfortable house slippers, the status quo is difficult to shed but through strategies such as the SAIL model and examples of adventurous institutional changes, he guides us to a new place of organizational achievement and alignment with the future. Using his seafaring analogy, the author takes the reader on a journey of possibilities with imaginative and practical guideposts for arrival at a different place. It is an informative book for enhancing community college leadership and building stronger teams!--Jerry Sue Thornton, PhD, president/CEO, DreamCatcher Educational Consulting, president emerita, Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio)


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Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish date 01/01/2016
Pages 190
ISBN-13 9781475820614
Language English