The Urgent Case: Focusing the Next Generation of Community College Redesign on Teaching and Learning

This is the full transcript of the 2018 Dallas Herring Lecture, delivered by Dr. Karen A. Stout, the president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc. It was delivered at the NC State College of Education’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. The 2018 lecture also marked the public launch of the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at NC State.

Dr. Stout makes a bold and unapologetic call for community college leaders to place a greater emphasis on teaching and learning, around which “institutional reform is long overdue.” Dr. Stout lays out key guiding principles for community college leaders driving reform:

  1. supporting and rewarding reflective practice;
  2. establishing centers focused on teaching and learning at the crux of the college’s organizational structure;
  3. designing centers to honor the diversity and range of experiences among faculty;
  4. meaningfully engaging part-time faculty; and
  5. making teaching and learning integral to efforts to make their institutions studentcentered.

Her call is one to join pioneers in the field like Achieving the Dream Network colleges, which are continually strengthening their institutional capacity by prioritizing in teaching and learning.
 

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