Community college governance might need overhaul
January 25, 2006
Michigan community colleges need a governance overhaul. To explain what I mean, I point to Lansing (MI) Community College.
As our state's workers start to walk through the mouth of the unemployment tiger because of major, historical realignments in the auto industry, our community college is wracked with politics. The Lansing State Journal points to a college board of trustees operating like a high school student council. They are shooting out charges of administrative mismanagement that are incredibly serious.
This comes from a board that has a history of shooting at each other and anybody else in their way and forgetting about the students and the community they serve.
Is it time for board members to be appointed, rather than be elected?
What other solutions are there to this kind of behavior in an institution that needs to be a change agent for workers looking for retraining?
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