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Leadership Tune-Up: Twelve Steps to Becoming a More Successful and Innovative Leader

To become a more successful higher education leader, you have to know how to assess your leadership competencies and areas where you need improvement, develop a core set of skills and an understanding of how to sustain them, and identify ways to acquire new professional development training when you need it.

Designed for busy practitioners, Leadership Tune-Up will help you achieve these goals:

  • Stay Relevant—Upgrade your skills based on current data.
  • Develop Leadership Insights—Learn from realistic examples and scenarios that will help you distinguish between effective and ineffective leadership communication practices.
  • Use an Intentional Approach—Apply twelve key strategies to tune up your leadership skills, identify the key issues in a situation, and use the appro­priate skills and strategies to resolve them.

This book provides a framework for strengthening existing skills and learning new skills in a way that emphasizes your uniqueness, facilitating your individual leadership development and interaction with others in your organization.



Transformational Change: Becoming an Equity-Centered Higher Education Institution (Stylus Publishing, Spring 2020)

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Team Leadership in Community Colleges (Stylus Publishing, December 2019)

This edited collection is the first book to address the topic of how leaders work with teams to manage and transform community colleges. There is a need to develop better leadership teams to administer community colleges effectively and to improve these organizations, whether it be an individual campus, multicollege system, or statewide organization. Edited by two longtime leaders in the field, the book includes contributions from many other experienced leaders and scholars of community colleges.


Success Factors for Minorities in Engineering (Routledge Research in Higher Education Series)

This book aims to isolate specific success factors for underrepresented minorities in undergraduate engineering programs. Based on a three-phase study spearheaded by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the findings include evidence that hands-on exposure to problem-based courses, research, and especially internships are powerful catalysts for engineering success, and that both college adjustment and academic skills matter, in varying degrees, to minority success. By encompassing an unusually large number and range of programs, this research adds to the evidence base for the importance of hands-on exposure to the work of engineering.

Jacqueline Fleming and Irving McPhail have identified measures based on evidence and results that show how all undergraduate students, underrepresented minority students in particular, can succeed in the discipline of engineering. Reading and following the recommendations of this book should be required of all faculty and administrators in engineering programs throughout the nation."

John Brooks Slaughter, Former Director of the National Science Foundation and Professor of Education and Engineering at the University of Southern California


Table of Contents

I     The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering: Its History and Mission
2    Minorities in Engineering: Review of the Literature and Overview of the Study
3    Performance and Retention to Graduation Rates of Minority Students in NACME Block Grant Institutions: Analysis of Aggregate Statistical Data
4    Profile of Minorities in Engineering: Analysis of Focus Group Conversations
5    Profile of Minorities in Engineering: Analysis of Focus Group Mini-Surveys by Gender within Ethnicity
6    The College Adjustment of Minorities and Non-Minorities in Engineering
7    The College Adjustment of Black and Hispanic Students in Engineering
8    The Intersection of Gender and Ethnicity in the College Adjustment of Engineering Students
9    Black Engineering Students in Black and White Colleges
10  Success Factors for Minorities in Engineering: Summary and Conclusions
11  A Postscript on NACME Scholars
12  Policy Implications: A Call to Action


Practical Leadership in Community Colleges: Navigating Today's Challenges

Practical Leadership in Community Colleges offers a path forward through the challenges community colleges face every day. Through field observations, reports, news coverage, and interviews with leaders and policy makers, this book digs deep into the issues confronting college leaders and provides clear direction for managing through the storm. With close examination of both emerging trends and perennial problems, the discussion delves into issues brought about by changing demographics, federal and state mandates, public demand, economic cycles, student unrest, employee groups, trustees, college supporters, and more to provide practical guidance toward optimal outcomes for all stakeholders. Written by former presidents, including a past president of the American Association of Community Colleges, this book provides expert guidance on anticipating and managing the critical issues that affect the entire institution. Both authors serve as consultants, executive coaches, and advisors to top leaders, higher education institutions, and leadership development programs throughout the United States.

Community colleges are the heartbeat of the nation's higher education system and bear the tremendous responsibility of serving the needs of a vast and varied student body. Every day may bring new issues, but effective management allows institutions to rise to the challenge rather than falter under pressure. Practical Leadership in Community Colleges goes beyond theory to provide the practical guidance leadership needs to more effectively lead institutions to achieve results and serve the students and the community.


Establishing & Sustaining Learning Centered Community Colleges

Today's most prominent thought leaders weigh in on the learning paradigm, calling for institutional change and responsibility for learning positive outcomes. This book helps leaders develop structures and processes that allow for more flexibility and creativity. Explore all facets of the learning paradigm from developing a change-receptive environment and engaging constituencies to strategic planning, governance, and more.


Teaching African American Learners to Read: Perspectives and Practices

The improvement of African American children's reading skills in general and their performance on standardized tests in particular has been the subject of much research and academic discussion. Although these issues have become a focal point of education reform efforts, African American children remain arguably the most miseducated students in the United States. This collection of original, adapted, and previously published articles fills a critical need for professional literature that documents research-based practices and programs that successfully teach African American learners to read. The thoughtful current and historical commentary, research-based practices, and culturally appropriate and relevant instruction offered within the book demonstrate that African American learners can be taught to read successfully and that numerous examples of effective reading programs for African American learners exist. Teaching African American Learners to Read: Perspectives and Practices will guide teachers, teacher educators, and administrators in selecting the best research-based practices and programs for successfully teaching African American learners to read.


A Pocket Book of Mother Wit: Leadership Principles for the New Millennium

A Pocket Book of Mother Wit turns simple old-fashioned common sense and "Mother Wit" into leadership lessons you can use every day. This book demonstrates how effective use of common sense can be a powerful leadership tool.