What Do Excellent Community Colleges Do?— Josh Wyner administers the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. This is an excerpt from his new book, What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing all Students for Success, in which he speaks of Valencia College (the first recipient of the Aspen Prize) and its president, SCUP–47 (2012) plenary speaker Sanford Shugart. Buy this book at Amazon and SCUP will receive a small bit of revenue at no expense to you.
Establishing an organization that continuously drives toward excellent student outcomes also requires intentional efforts to build a strong culture. I have yet to see an exceptional community college that was built solely through the adoption of isolated programs. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Valencia College, in Orlando, Florida. Valencia has built a faculty professional development process–including a unique tenure system–entirely around improving student learning in the classroom. Most ten
Most tenured faculty have come through this system, so there is now a pervasive culture built around professors and staff analyzing and adapting their practice to improve student outcomes.
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