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Professional Development Resources: Community Colleges

Selected Titles

Community College Journal (print)
The Community College Journal is AACC’s bi-monthly magazine. It features articles by leading experts, opinions that put the news in perspective, coverage of higher education issues, and profiles of the field’s leaders. Read the digital version of the Journal online now.

Community College Review {eJournal)
CCR publishes articles on all aspects of community college administration, education, and policy, both within the American higher education system as well as within the higher education systems of other countries that have similar tertiary institutions.

Community College Week (eJournal)
Community College Week is the only independent newspaper focusing on the nation's two year post-secondary institutions. Readers will enjoy comprehensive news and in-depth special reports not found in any other publications.

New Directions for Community Colleges (eJournal)
New Directions for Community Colleges includes contributions from community college leaders and researchers through evidence-based and research-oriented accounts that shape policy and practice.

Community College Journal of Research and Practice (print)
The journal is a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners in higher education and the behavioral and social sciences. It promotes an increased awareness of community college issues by providing an exchange of ideas, research, and empirically tested educational innovations. Access online via Taylor and Francis (requires Library card).

Community & Junior College Libraries (print)
Community & Junior College Libraries provides a peer-reviewed forum for theoretical research and practical studies dealing with the broad general topic of the delivery of information resources to lower division undergraduate students. Access online via Taylor and Francis (requires library card).

Selected Titles

Bailey, T. R., Smith Jaggars, S., & Jenkins, D. (2015). Redesigning America's community colleges: A clearer path to student success. Harvard University Press. (eBook and Print)

In this concise, evidence-based guide for educational leaders, the authors argue that two-year colleges can increase their rates of student success by discarding the traditional "cafeteria-style" model of course offerings and instead provide students with a "guided pathways" model in which more educationally coherent programs simplify students' choices without limiting their options and enable students to advance to further education and the labor market more quickly and at less cost.

Boggs, G. R., & McPhail, C. J. (2016). Practical leadership in community colleges: Navigating today's challenges. John Wiley & Sons. (eBook)

Practical Leadership in Community Colleges is an essential resource for leaders who must meet the myriad challenges community colleges face every day. Grounded in field observation, reports, news coverage, and interviews with leaders and policymakers, this important text offers a clear examination into the issues confronting college leaders and provides clear direction for managing through difficult times.

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