Seven Successful Caring Campus Strategies
Used By Community College Presidents
Revealed in Latest Research
In the fourth of its continuing series of research reports, the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University examined the role of strategies implemented by community college presidents in support of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change's (IEBC) Caring Campus program at their colleges to positively affect college culture and ground further efforts to improve student success.

The report, titled Implementing Caring Campus: Strategies College Presidents Use to Improve Culture and Support Reform by authors Elizabeth A. Barnett, Selena Cho & Andrea Lopez Salazar, identifies seven distinct strategies.

Drawing on interviews with the presidents of nine community colleges that are implementing Caring Campus and with four IEBC coaches, this report presents a set of seven strategies identified by the authors, employed by the presidents "to build a more positive college culture and support reform efforts." Key strategies include:

  1. Communicating the vision of Caring Campus
  2. Modeling the behavioral commitments central to Caring Campus
  3. Aligning new and existing work
  4. Establishing effective human resource practices
  5. Creating relevant structures
  6. Staying in touch with faculty, staff, and the college community
  7. Celebrating wins
"We are so grateful for the Presidents from Caring Campus colleges to have shared their wisdom and advice with the expert researchers at CCRC on how to build a more positive college culture and support reform efforts," said Brad Phillips, IEBC President & CEO. "The strategies shared provide excellent guidance for leaders at other colleges as they consider how best to initiate and nurture Caring Campus."

Read the full CCRC report and previous reports at IEBC's website. 
For more information, contact IEBC or see our website.