Happy to be at The
League for Innovations. Just a few of my
notes. Wish I could type faster. Please add your notes to the comments section
Welcomed by Gerardo E. de los Santos, President and CEO,
League for Innovation in the Community College
2014 ETS / Terry O’Banion Award Winner
Dr. Piedad Robertson, Board of Trustees, Educational Testing
“Leadership is a joint effort of people who think alike and
try to achieve what have not been done before.”
2013 John E. Roueche and Terry O’Banion International
Leadership Award Winner
Martha Kanter, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher
Education and Senior Fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education
Policy at New York University
At the heart of Community Colleges, is their mission is to
help students excel.
Ten years ago, the external factors were the same - budgets
cuts, flailing economy, the need to train our students for jobs that will help
the economy grow. Like then, now, there
is a continued need to innovate in higher education to surmount those
We need to educate our leaders understand 2 things.
1. 1. More than half community colleges work full time
and can only go to school part time. Full time school is not an option.
2. 2. We need to look at innovation in the classroom.
Community colleges have been innovating for the last century.
Bring in local and federal leaders and journalists and tell them your story – giving access to more students and
different students, innovating in the classroom, tactics you have to keep
college affordable. Tell them what you have done to build partnership, increase
the STEM pipeline and the number of teachers in the pipeline.
Community colleges are building our nation. Democracy is at
risk. Higher education needs to stretch ourselves to tie ourselves to shaping
the nation to what we want to become. The national conversation is about
workforce training, or how to serve the students who are not served. The
Crucible Moment report on Civic Learning showed that students did not know
there were 9 justices on the Supreme Court or the history of democracy.
American Democracy commitment – Made at White
House Summit in 2012. Voter registration is one of the first goals. Also need to get students to lead government.
Access is an outcome that can be delivered to the public. 1
Million veterans returning that need to be served by Higher Ed.
How do we get this country to have the best educated
workforce in the world? 4 strategies:
· 1. Access
· 2. Affordability
· 3. Quality
· 4. Completion
We need to replicate and scale what works.