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Expanding Roles for Minorities And Professionals in Higher Education

The Majority in the Minority: Expanding the Representation of Latina/o Faculty, Administrators and Students in Higher Education

By Jeanett Castellanos and Lee Jones (eds.), foreword by Laura I. Rendón

Stylus Publishing, August 2003, 320 pp., $65.00 cloth, ISBN, 1-57922-072-X; $24.00 paper, ISBN 1-57922-073-8

The growth of the Latina/o population in the United States is not reflected in higher education where Latinos are the least represented group. In this book, 24 Latina/o scholars provide an historical background; review issues of student access and achievement, and lessons learned; and present the problems of status and barriers faced by administrators and faculty in higher education. Narratives by graduate students, administrators and faculty bring these issues to life.

Dr. Jeanett Castellanos is director of the academic resource center and a lecturer for the department of social sciences and Chicano studies at the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Lee Jones is an associate dean and an associate professor in the College of Education at Florida State University.


Leadership Strategies for Community College Executives

By Gunder Myran, George A. Baker III, Beverly Simone and Tony Zeiss

American Association of Community Colleges, September 2003, 143 pp., $38.00 paper, ISBN 0-87117-347-6

Written for presidents, executive teams, governing boards, administrators, faculty leaders and graduate students, this comprehensive primer will be helpful to professionals at all stages of their careers — but it will be especially useful to the growing number of new CEOs. The book includes thorough coverage of operational principles and organizational design, as well as policy development in general and in specific contexts such as students, curriculum, staff and resource development. It also includes special chapters on crisis management, advice for new CEOs and practical resources.

Dr. Gunder Myran is president emeritus of Washtenaw Community College and president of Myran and Associates, a consulting firm. Dr. George A. Baker III is professor emeritus at North Carolina State University and director of College Planning Systems, a private consulting organization. Dr. Beverly Simone is president of Madison Area Technical College. Dr. Tony Zeiss is president of Central Piedmont Community College.


Yes We Can! A Community College Guide for Developing America’s Underprepared

By Robert H. McCabe

Jointly published by the League for

Innovation in the Community College and American Association of Community Colleges, 2003, $25.00 paperback, ISBN 1-931300-34-8

Yes We Can! capitalizes on the current high level of interest in developmental education among public decision-makers and community college leaders. This collaborative work features discussions on learning and curricula, technology, placement and assessment, and English as a Second Language, as well as 30 close-ups of effective programs and practices in community colleges across the country.

Robert H. McCabe is a senior league fellow at the League for Innovation in the Community College.


Enhancing Community Colleges Through Professional Development, No. 120: New Directions for Community College

By Gordon E. Watts (ed.)

Jossey-Bass, September 2003, 99 pp., $28.00 paperback, ISBN: 0-7879-6330-5

This issue examines the challenges and rewards of creating an effective professional development program. Editor Gordon E. Watts brings together the research of scholars in the fields of higher education and economics, as well as the perspectives of professionals in staff and organizational development at community colleges and community-based organizations.

Beginning with an overview of the ongoing need for professional development in the community college, its current status, and its struggles to become institutionalized, the issue offers a perspective on professional development’s expanding role and the challenges that it continues to face. Authors illustrate how their institutions have addressed various issues through professional development, created institutional change, found new uses for traditional development activities etc.

Dr. Watts is a professor of higher education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.



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