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Burning Down the House? Accreditation and California Community Colleges

Several days ago the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) published a report excoriating its regional accreditor, the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). To my knowledge a state higher education agency has never banded together with disaffected voices within its state to take on an accreditation agency. Until now. The ACCJC accredits …

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CEOs, Consultants, and Strategic Planning: The Case for Pre-Assessment

The most skilled of facilitators can take a college only so far. A college has to want a meaningful plan and think clearly about its planning challenges. Few colleges can identify those challenges before a strategic planning process begins. The tool linked at the end of this blog post intends to clarify both opportunities and …

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A Consultant’s Guide to Spotting Toxic Organizations

Most organizations don’t know what they don’t know, but let’s not confuse that with toxicity. The litmus test is whether the organization understands how important it is to learn. A toxic organization is more likely to cling to old, familiar behaviors and to actively resist efforts to turn foundational ignorance around. A learning organization–on the …

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