BookTALK Video Series

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BookTALK is a special edition video series with leading authors discussing important topics in higher education. For questions about BookTALK, please contact Norma Goldstein.


Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders: Context, Challenges and Capabilities

by Pamela L. Eddy, Debbie L. Sydow, Richard L. Alfred, and Regina L. Garza-Mitchell

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders: Context, Challenges and Capabilities is an important book about leadership in community colleges. In this video, Dr. Pamela L. Eddy, an award-winning author and professor in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership at the College of William and Mary, and Dr. Debbie L. Sydow, President of Richard Bland College, describe the new roles, resiliency, and attributes needed by tomorrow’s college leaders. Together these two scholars speak openly and honestly about frame-breaking practices and rethinking power and governance to provide implications for leaders and trustees today.

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America’s Broken Promise: Bridging the Community College Achievement Gap

by Eduardo MartÍ, former Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges of CUNY and President of Bronx Community College and Queensborough Community College

In America’s Broken Promise, Dr. MartÍ, maintains a bright future for community colleges while exposing the challenges and transformative interventions being applied today to repair America’s promise of education and opportunity to its citizens. With his practitioner’s insight and experience, MartÍ champions underprepared students and offers ways colleges can achieve the achievement promise.

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Unrelenting Change, Innovation, and Risk: Forging the Next Generation of Community Colleges

by Daniel J. Phelan

Dr. Daniel Phelan, President of Jackson College in Michigan prepares governing boards and college leaders for the inevitable changes and innovations coming to higher education and provides guidance to help colleges plan for transformation.

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America Needs Talent; Attracting, Educating & Deploying the 21st Century Workforce

by Jamie Merisotis

According to philanthropist and public policy leader, Jamie Merisotis, CEO and President of the Lumina Foundation, America needs to rethink its system of higher education to usher in a new era of innovation and prosperity for the 21st-century. A key focus in Merisotis’ five-point plan is the consolidation of the Department of Education and other federal agencies into a U.S. Department of Talent that will grow talent in America and foster the progress and prosperity for every individual. He offers wise guidance to community college leaders and boards of trustees. 

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Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, A Clearer Path to Student Success

by Thomas Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins

Dr. Thomas Bailey, director of the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teacher’s College at Columbia University offers trustees guidance on comprehensive reforms for community colleges to achieve better student outcomes. Bailey and senior CCRC co-authors Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins create a compelling case for encouraging colleges to reorganize programs of study and services to students using guided pathways.

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American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know

by Goldie Blumenstyk, Senior Writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education

Nationally acclaimed education writer known for expertise on college finances, Goldie Blumenstyk provides insight and clarity on a wide variety of topics related to America’s rapidly changing higher education sector. Blumenstyk discusses students, college costs, college leadership and what’s ahead.

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First in the World: Community Colleges and America’s Future

by J. Noah Brown, President and CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees

J. Noah Brown, ACCT president and CEO, defines community colleges as a national asset in his Bellwether Award-winning book First in the World: Community College and America’s Future. Brown connects past and current education policies to the future, reminding us that we can restore America’s prominence in educational and educational leadership in this video book talk.

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