Leading the Noncredit Effort in the Community College World
Director, Dr. King is the first director of Noncredit of Institutional Research and Planning in the nation. She is responsible for leading institutional research that measures program effectiveness, enrollment trends, and student success data pertaining to retention, persistence, and completion rates.
2018 NASPA Community Colleges Division Annual Conference Program Guide
Learn more about Division events, meetings, and educational workshops focused on community colleges taking place in Philadelphia, PA during the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference!
The Community Colleges Division has two new volunteer central postings, deadline to apply is February 16, 2018.
2018 NASPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES INSTITUTE: PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS
Registration for the Community College Institute is open!
Election Reflection – One Year Later
One year ago, I posted an Election Reflection blog in which I argued: “Political learning and engagement in democracy begins anew today, not during the next election season. Like all elections, this one should be a wake-up call.” I challenged colleges and universities to seize this moment in the nation’s history to teach students across all disciplines to explore multiple perspectives on issues; to advance quality political discourse; to fact check candidates, social media, and pundits, and to engage with local communities. On this one-year anniversary, I reissue that call for reflection and challenge campuses to examine what’s been done during the past year to educate not for the democracy we have, but the democracy we want.
What is the Role of Higher Ed in Fostering a Strong, Positive Public Discourse?
When Jürgen Habermas discussed the notion of the public sphere, he identified three hallmarks central to an open, honest discourse: (a) a disregard of status, (b) a space for common concerns, and (c) inclusivity. The sociological argument he proposed is that: if a group of private citizens wish to come together as a community – a public sphere – this group must disregard backgrounds of participants (valuing all ideas and opinions, yet not necessarily agreeing with them), question and challenge traditions in ways that promote social progress, and above all, remove the temptation to form cliques (Habermas, 1991).