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Case Study of a Community College Grow Your Own (GYO) Leaders Program

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Community colleges across the nation are facing a critical void in leadership due to the retirements of baby boomer presidents and vice presidents who started their careers some decades ago. This study explored the results of a “grow your own” GYO succession planning program in recruiting and preparing employees for career advancement. A qualitative case study was conducted to gain an understanding of the GYO program participants' experiences in the program, the impact of the program on their career advancement behaviors, and the effectiveness of the program in filling the leadership pipeline. The AACC Competencies for Community College Leaders and two of Malcolm Knowles' assumptions on andragogy were used as theoretical frameworks to guide this investigation. Results indicated the program was more of an “orientation” to the college district than leadership training.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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  • Since 1993, the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College (JARCC) has served the institutional research and planning professionals in community colleges. JARCC is a semi-annual peer-reviewed journal that features articles relating to the integration of research and theory to practice in community colleges. The journal provides an intellectual space to communicate innovative practices in applied research that supports educational and administrative decision-making at the institutional, state, and national levels. JARCC is published by the San Diego State University's EdD program in Community College Leadership and Community College Leadership Alumni Chapter
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