As community colleges, and MCC in particular, experience increased growth and less funds to manage it with, campus leaders are turning to professional development to prepare them for making decisions that will guide the future of their institutions.
Mindy McCallum, dean of instruction at MCC-Maple Woods, recently attended the Future Leaders Institute, hosted by the America Association of Community Colleges, in Baltimore, Md. Around 45 people are selected to attend the 5-day event, and vice presidents, deans, associate deans and directors from all over the country participated to share and learn and prepare themselves to move into leadership roles in the future.
Institutional change, leadership style, conflict resolution, diversity and technology were some of the many topics covered at the institute - which is staffed by current community college presidents, who are able to give a first-hand and blunt appraisal of what it takes to lead a community college. Former presidents also work as career counselors at the institute.