She adds, “There is no one-size-fits-all
However community colleges choose to
pursue reform, Bumphus urges them to do
so while continuing to hold high the principles that have guided their institutions
throughout their century-old history—
not the least of which are value and quality.
Deep budget cuts and a seemingly
perpetual resource drain mean that many
institutions will have to bear down.
“It’s going to be hard work,” says
Bumphus. “But I think most of our
colleges are very interested in being
involved in this process.”
AACC and the members of its 21st-
Century Commission are confident that
the nation’s two-year institutions have
Tracking the progress
of the 21st-Century
Commission on the Future
of Community Colleges
Spring 2013: Implementation
teams meet in San Francisco
Early 2014: Implementation
teams complete work and report
to steering committee
Spring 2014: Final report to
community college leaders
released at 94th
Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.
the will and the creativity to reinvent the
learning model that serves almost half of
the nation’s undergraduates.
“Community college leaders have to
make some tough decisions and have some
courageous conversations on their campuses,” says Bumphus. “But I haven’t heard
one president yet say they were going
to walk away from their commitment to
completion and their commitment to student success.”
COREY MURRAY is managing editor of
Community College Journal.
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Pacesetter of the Year
Each year, the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations recognizes a select group
of two-year college presidents for their outstanding support and leadership in community college
marketing and public relations. NCMPR congratulates this year’s Pacesetters for understanding
the importance of communications and supporting their marketing professionals in telling the
community college story!
Dr. Robert L.
President, College of
DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Dr. Wayne M.
2012 DISTRICT Pacesetters of the Year
Dr. Barbara M.
Dr. Austin A.
NCMPR is an
of the American
Dr. Hal L.