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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This book, a training tool for the 21st-century community college leader and administrator, deconstructs outdated practices and constructs new approaches to how contemporary community college leadership is viewed, practiced, and envisioned.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 Four: Achievement Gap and The Role of Community Colleges




This chapter examines the community college achievement gap. In doing so, we present: (a) the P-12 influence on the community college achievement gap; (b) the personal and social benefits of postsecondary education; (c) persistence research and models; (d) the community college achievement gap model, which identifies factors directly influencing two-year-college achievement disparities; (e) minority male initiatives; and( f) the guiding steps for community college leaders to address the achievement gap through the presentation of the Achievement Gap Action Model.

When reading this chapter, consider the following questions:

•What P-12 factors directly influence the community college achievement gap?

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