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Community College Leadership and Administration

Theory, Practice, and Change


Carlos Nevarez and Luke J. Wood

This book, a training tool for the 21st-century community college leader and administrator, deconstructs outdated practices and constructs new approaches to how contemporary community college leadership is viewed, practiced, and envisioned. Both timely and comprehensive, the book develops new models that are focused on facilitating leadership innovation, and encourages both formal and informal leaders to become active agents for change. A relevant case study, written by an experienced community college leader, follows each chapter. This book will be useful for courses in administration, leadership, management, and related areas, and presents contemporary skills for anyone who is a leader and/or administrator in an organization.
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Chapter Two: Historical Legacy of Community Colleges




This chapter provides an overview of the history of the junior-community college with primary focus given to its origins. In doing so, this chapter will include the following: (a) an examination of social and philosophical forces that led to the development of the junior college;(b) an overview of the individuals who promoted its creation, specifically William Rainey Harper; and (c) a historical snapshot of the development of the junior/community college through seven periods.

When reading this chapter, consider the following questions:

•What social and philosophical forces spawned the development of the junior/community college? What evidence, if any, is there of these forces existing in your institution? How do these forces influence leadership practice?

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