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March 30, 2021  

Trusteeship Fundamentals: Student Success and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This is the fourth in a series of episodes dedicated to the fundamentals of community college governance.

In this series, Jaci King, co-editor of the recently released Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, interviews chapter authors about how to govern.

In this episode, Dr. Charlene Dukes discusses student success and diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Dukes is president emerita of Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD where she spent 25 years of her service in higher education – the first twelve as vice president for Student Services.

This conversation was recorded on ZOOM, so please excuse a few brief dips in audio quality.

To purchase Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, visit the ACCT Bookstore online. 

March 23, 2021  

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

On this episode of In The Know, ACCT’s David Conner, Rachel Rush-Marlowe, and Jee Hang Lee spoke about ACCT’s most recent report, “Strengthening Rural Community Colleges: Innovation and Opportunities.” The report, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, details the needs and challenges of rural community colleges throughout the United States without focusing on a deficit narrative. 

For more information on the report, and about rural institutions in general, please visit rural.acct.org. The report is not the end for our rural institution project, information will continue to be added. 

March 16, 2021  

Trusteeship Fundamentals: Board Accountability and Advocacy

This is the second in a series of episodes dedicated to the fundamentals of community college governance.

In this series, Jaci King, co-editor of the recently released Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, interviews chapter authors about how to govern.

In this episode, Dr. Karen Rafinski discusses board accountability and advocacy. Dr.Rafinski is President Emeriti of Clark State Community College (CSCC) . Over her 16 years at the helm of the college, enrollment more than doubled, CSCC expanded to more locations and developed closer ties with local businesses. She has also served as Interim President for the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

Between her CSCC presidency and her previous presidencies at higher education institutions in Minnesota, Rafinski has spent 26 years as CEO at three institutions and 41 years in higher education.

To purchase Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, visit the ACCT Bookstore online. 

March 9, 2021  

Trusteeship Fundamentals: Best Practices for Governing Boards

This is the second in a series of episodes dedicated to the fundamentals of community college governance.

In this series, Jaci King, co-editor of the recently released Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, interviews chapter authors about how to govern.

In this episode, ACCT consultant, Dr. Pamila Fisher, discusses best practices for governing boards, including building a cohesive team, and making time for professional development. She provides advice on how to avoid areas that can derail the board’s effectiveness.  

To purchase Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, visit the ACCT Bookstore online. 

March 2, 2021  

Trusteeship Fundamentals: The Board’s Governing Functions

This is the first in a series of episodes dedicated to the fundamentals of community college governance. In this series, Jaci King, co-editor of the recently released Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, interviews chapter authors about how to govern.

In this episode, King interviews former longtime Washtenaw Community College Trustee and former ACCT Board of Directors Member David Rutledge about the board and its governing functions. Among the topics discussed:
·        Fiduciary responsibilities: What are they, what do they mean, and how are they carried out on a community college board?
·        What elements of the board role do trustees find most challenging? Are there common pitfalls that trustees can avoid? How can a president or board chair best help board members manage these roles and what should they do if a board member is off-track and creating challenges for the board or the CEO?
·        What qualities make a trustee effective? How these characteristics play out when a board is dealing with an issue or challenge?
·        The size and complexity of community college boards—and the fact that most operate under some type of open meetings requirement—is likely quite different from what trustees may have experienced in the private sector. What advice do you have for new trustees as they become familiar with the way their board functions?

To purchase Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, Second Edition, visit the ACCT Bookstore at https://www.acct.org/publications.

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