Enhancing Faculty Diversity at Community Colleges: A Practical Solution for Advancing the Completion Agenda.

Petra Robinson, David Byrd, Dave Louis, Fred Bonner

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Abstract

Community colleges are in the national spotlight. With an increased demand for accountability and responsiveness to community needs, especially in challenging economic times, there is amplified focus on creating and utilizing frameworks to address the expanding needs of their constituencies and in particular to increase college completion rates. In response to addressing the completion challenge, we propose practical strategies to complement existing efforts, primarily through highlighting the advantages of faculty professional development and enhancing the racial/ethnic diversity of faculty in community colleges. With current literature indicating that 40 to 80 percent of community college faculty expecting to retire by 2015, these institutions are poised to address recruitment and retention of faculty that is more reflective of the students they serve as well as of the overall demographic makeup of the communities in which they serve.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11
JournalFOCUS on College, Universities & Schools
StatePublished - Oct 2013

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