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Introduction to Resources

The Consortium offers a wide variety of resources for community college administrators, faculty, and staff.

Works in Print

The Critical Issues section contains excerpts from the Consortium's three critical issues monographs: "Breaking Out of the Box," "Reaching for the Future" and "Making Change Happen."

Tools for Transformation describes the Consortium's multi-year, W. K. Kellogg Foundation funded project that is geared toward helping community Colleges with change initiatives.

The Recent Publications section lists articles and periodicals in which the Consortium's field research is used to propose ideas about the future as well as suggestions and strategies for colleges coping with change.

Profile Colleges

Each year at its Summer Institute, the Consortium for Community College Development showcases the organizational development or transformation that has taken place at one member institution. The profiled institution is one that has brought about a transformation as a result of a defined process, a transformation that was substantive, verified, and that cut across the institution. The Profile College serves as a kind of living case study. While its accomplishment is uniquely appropriate for its own community, the renewal process could also be adapted at other institutions.

The Profile College for 2002 was Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio

Roy Church (L), President of Lorain County Community College, accepting the Profile College Recognition from Patricia Carter and Richard Alfred in June, 2002.

Lorain County Community College's (LCCC) transformation process during the past 15 years has involved the community and college in unprecedented strategic planning processes and partnerships.

After President Roy A. Church arrived in 1987, a new philosophical approach was introduced that moved LCCC to:

  • Become vision driven and based mission and goals on the needs and aspirations of the community
  • Flatten the organizational structure to ensure that there would not be more than two layers between the president and the operation
  • Invest in leadership and professional development
  • Commit to a continuous quality improvement ethos
  • Promote participatory decision making to tap the passion, commitment and creativity of people throughout campus

Immediate results included the creation of Vision 2000, which engaged faculty and staff in a long-range vision that was based on external data and a traditional SWOT analysis. With a consensus on LCCC's future direction, values and beliefs were developed and 50 initiatives were defined. Throughout campus, employees worked on design teams to accomplish the goals.

One of the most significant accomplishments from Vision 2000 was the creation of Ohio's first University Partnership program to bring bachelor's and master's degree programs to Lorain County. Utilizing a community summit model, LCCC convened three public summits and presented participants with research to assess. Following their recommendations, LCCC pursued additional funding through a new tax, which was approved by voters in 1995.

With nearly 85% of Vision 2000 accomplished by 1996, the College developed a broad-based strategic planning approach called Vision 21 that integrated the community in the process. More than 62 community groups and 650 individuals offered building block ideas for LCCC to consider. Additionally, 20 roundtable dialogues throughout campus sought the input of faculty and staff. A Vision Council representing LCCC and the community then processed all ideas and created the new mission, vision, values, priorities and strategic initiatives. "Raising the Community's Technological Competencies" topped the list of priorities identified for LCCC. As a result, new initiatives such as the new Patsie C. Campana, Sr. Engineering and Development Center, which is home to the LCCC/University of Toledo Bachelor's Degree Program in Computer Science and Engineering, demonstrate the educational partnerships that are enhancing Lorain County's economic competitiveness.

The College is also home to one of Lorain County's most innovative entrepreneurial endeavors - GLIDE, or the Great Lakes Innovation for Developing Enterprises. GLIDE, which is recognized as a regional innovation center, assists digital start-up businesses, as well as new and existing businesses in any industry, that are looking to develop and grow. The Great Lakes Technology Park, also based on LCCC's campus, continues to develop with companies that partner with the college to create a synergistic relationship.

Thanks to the support of its community, LCCC continues to be at the forefront of educational innovation at the national, state and regional levels. For additional information contact Marcia Ballinger, Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Development, at mballing@lorainccc.edu, or 440-366-4073.

The Profile College for 2001 was Malcolm X College in Chicago, Illinois.

Malcolm X College

Malcolm X College's transformation has been engendered by a conscious re-creation of institutional culture as one providing superior customer service both internally and externally. All staff are empowered to be consistently effective and productive through shared governance and accountability. Institutional rituals and traditions have been established to enhance a sense of pride, such as holding commencement on the college campus. Civility is both modeled and expected; and celebrations of different cultural observances throughout the year embrace diversity.

Creative and profitable partnerships with businesses and community-based organizations have been established, and the college has become very visible in the community. It "adopted" every high school in the service area, providing tuition-free scholarships to students from those particular high schools who enrolled as students at Malcolm X. The college treats vocational and continuing education students like precious jewels, nurturing enrollment from within. Distinguished alumni of Malcolm X College are highlighted as examples of how gratifying and profitable a Malcolm X College education can be; this year's commencement speaker, for example, was Dr. Reva K. Williams, a Malcolm X alumna who happens to be the nation's only black female astro-physicist.

These strategies have created a stable environment at Malcolm X College to nurture trust and pride in the mission of the institution to empower through education. Academic programs and services have been expanded, and enrollment recently has grown dramatically.

For more information about Malcolm X College's transformation, contact Dr. Valerie S. Perkins, Vice President for Academic Affairs, (312) 850-7048(9), or by e-mail at vperkins@ccc.edu.

The Profile College for 2000 was Montgomery College in Conroe, TX.

Richard Alfred presenting the Profile College Recognition to President William Law
Richard Alfred presenting the Profile College Recognition to President William Law of Montgomery College in June, 2000.

Montgomery College's institutional development has focused on student retention. Faculty, staff, and support personnel throughout the college have designed activities and strategies to meet the challenges students bring to the learning environment. Transformation efforts have concentrated on:

  • Hiring the best faculty and staff
  • Expanding learning
  • Improving student success
  • Creating a culture of renewal.

Montgomery's emphasis on improved student success in all courses as well as support beyond the classroom has resulted in such innovations as:

  • use of active learning strategies,
  • creation of learning communities,
  • counseling support personnel in each academic division,
  • "one-stop" intake processes,
  • facilitated study groups,
  • an Extended Learning Center,
  • training and mentoring of adjunct faculty,
  • use of portfolios for hiring faculty,
  • tracking student success through sequences of courses, and
  • technology support for learning.
  • an Honors Program
  • a Center for Teaching Excellence.

The composite effect of these innovations and strategies has lead to an increased emphasis on student retention and student success across the college.

For more information about Montgomery College's transformation, contact Olin Joynton, Vice President for Educational Programs, at (936) 273-7223 or by e-mail at Olin.Joynton@nhmccd.edu

Networking Services

In addition to the communicative exchanges during our Institutes and Workshops, which bring together community college professionals from all over the country and from Canada, the Consortium strives in other ways to facilitate networking between individuals and member institutions.

The Consortium Website offers news and information on services, resources and upcoming events. Also, the Website includes a list of Member Institutions. The list offers direct links to the member colleges themselves.

CCCD-L is the Consortium's recently established listserv. This e-mail discussion group offers an electronic forum for community college educators to raise issues, ask questions, and share new strategies or resources. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to:

In the body of the message, type:

subscribe cccd-l <firstname lastname>

You will receive an email confirmation of your subscription and further instructions on how to use the list.

Other Resources

CcollegeJobs.Com is a Consortium-endorsed, Internet-based employee recruitment tool for community colleges, developed by Diann Schindler-Ender, a Consortium Associate. For information about posting jobs or resumes, click on http://www.CcollegeJobs.com or contact Diann Schindler-Ender by email at dschindler@cccnj.net.

The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) is a new organization on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This dynamic center explores the landscape of higher education through research, professional development offerings and public forums. To access its on-line resource directory of organizations currently examining the many issues and opportunities facing postsecondary education, including distinguished associations, publishers, centers and educational institutions and click on http://www.wiscape.wisc.edu.