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Expanding the Leadership Pipeline in Community Colleges: Fostering Racial Equity

by Pamela L. Eddy - 2018

Community colleges have more racial diversity in leadership positions of all institutional types, but equal representation in leadership still remains elusive. Top positions remain stubbornly filled by Whites and men, and those in the pipeline indicate scant interest in pursuing top leadership positions. Changing access to the leadership pipeline and the traditional ways leaders have been identified and developed provides a critical step in fostering racial equity in community college leadership. New visions of leadership require questioning who can be considered for leadership and where leadership occurs. Institutional policies can help create a climate that fosters more diverse leadership and addresses structural barriers. Development of mid-level leaders and changing norms that control access to leadership development provide leverage for change. Real change can occur with focused efforts and questioning of historical norms of leadership.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 120 Number 14, 2018, p. 1-18
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22374, Date Accessed: 7/30/2021 11:08:37 PM

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  • Pamela Eddy
    College of William & Mary
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    PAMELA L. EDDY is a professor of higher education and chair of the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership department at the College of William & Mary. Her research focuses on community college leadership, gender issues in higher education, and faculty development. Eddy has served as a past president of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, and has authored and edited several books. Most recently, she edited Constructions of Gender, New Directions for Community Colleges (2017), and Critical Approaches to Women and Gender in Higher Education (2017) with Kelly Ward and Tehmina Khwaja.
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