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February 2016

Dr. George Boggs - Winner of the AACC 2016 Leadership Award 

George Boggs has been selected as one of the American Association of Community Colleges 2016 Leadership Award recipients. AACC's Leadership Award, an annual tradition since 1982, is presented to individuals whose accomplishments and professional contributions to the community college field have been outstanding. Dr. Boggs will be presented with the Leadership Award during the opening session of the 96th Annual AACC Convention on April 9, 2016.


January 2016
Andrea Rollins - Top 10 Most Accessed Dissertation 

EdD graduate, Andrea Rollins was recently notified that her dissertation "A Case Study: Application of the Balanced Scorecard in Higher Education" is one of the top 10 most accessed master's theses and doctoral dissertations written by a San Diego State University graduate student of all time.


August 2015
Adrienne Richart Published Article in Community College Week 

EdD program student, Adrienne Richart, recently had her article, "Reporting rules undermine clery act goals" published in Community College Week.

The reporting requirements of the Clery Act - shorthand for the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act - have become so burdensome ofr campus law enforcement officials that some suggest it should be abandoned altogether. The issue was recently highlighted by the keynote address delivered by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) to the Campus Safety National Forum in Washington, D.C. Full Article Here


June 2015 
Thekima Mayasa - African American Studies added to CA's Discipline List

In Spring 2015, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved recommendations from the Academic Senate for California Communities Colleges to add African American Studies to the State’s Discipline List. This historic decision endorses a growing trend throughout the state to recognize and support the value of a diverse interdisciplinary course of study across the curriculum for all of its’ 112 California Community Colleges. Authored by Thekima Mayasa, Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership Department at San Diego State Univeristy and Black Studies Department, Chair at San Diego Mesa College, the 16 page document received overwhelming support from the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), Western Region on the National Council on Black American Affairs (WRNCBAA), numerous Community College districts, departments, Academic Senates and individuals throughout the state. To date this work is being heralded as a model for future Discipline List submissions among California’s Community Colleges to follow. This effort has significant implications for future changes to institutional policies and practices that clarify state minimum qualifications for teaching and hiring within the discipline, increase workforce development opportunities through language proficiencies, cultivation of problem-solving skills, cultural competency, and the fostering of an essential understanding of race relations which are critical to the holistic development of all students in American higher education. 


Adrienne Richart has Manuscript Accepted for Publication

EdD program student, Adrienne Richart, recently received news that her manuscript "Effects of an international experience requirement, year in school, and preferred program duration on student interest in study abroad" was accepted for publication in Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. A sample of 1580 students was examined to: 1) determine if there exist differences in desired program duration between those who are, and are not, subject to an international experience requirement (IER), 2) establish if interest differs by year in school and 3) examine degree of interest by the existence or absence of the IER, preferred duration, and the interaction of these factors. Results indicated that students who are not subject to the IER desire to study abroad for longer than their peers who are subject. Freshmen and sophomores have higher levels of interest than seniors and graduate students and juniors have higher levels of interest than seniors. A small to medium proportion of interest variance is accounted for by the IER, a large proportion is accounted for by duration, and a small proportion is accounted for by the interaction of these factors. Frontiers has a 20% accepted rate. 


March 2015  
Dr. Felisha Herrera Villarreal joins CCLEAD as a Core Faculty Member

The doctoral program in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University is proud to announce the hiring of new tenure-track assistant professor. Dr. Felisha Herrera Villarreal will be joining the program in Fall of 2015. Dr. Herrera Villarreal will be transitioning to SDSU from Oregon State University where she has served as an Assistant Professor of Community College Leadership since 2012. Dr. Herrera Villarreal is a community college researcher who examines institutional structures, processes, and policies, with a specific emphasis on promoting postsecondary outcomes for students of color. Her work encompasses several strands of scholarship including student mobility; pathways for underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and a critical examination of policies issues related to diversity & equity in education.  Dr. Herrera Villarreal is a consummate scholar, who has been published in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals, including: The Review of Higher Education, the American Educational Research Journal, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. With over 13 years of experience as a higher education professional, Dr. Herrera Villarreal has held administrative positions within both two- and four-year institutions including most recently as an Administrator for Diversity Initiatives in the UNM Office of the Vice President of Equity and Inclusion.


Dr. Marissa Vasquez joins CCLEAD as a Core Faculty Member

The doctoral program in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University is proud to announce the hiring of a new tenure-track assistant professor. Dr. Vasquez will be joining the program in Fall of 2015. Dr. Vasquezformerly served as a Lecturer in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) at SDSU. Her dissertation has been recognized by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (citation of distinction), American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education – Education Testing Service (Outstanding Dissertation, 2nd place), Association for the Study of Higher Education (dissertation award finalist), and San Diego State University (Ron Jacobs Outstanding Research award and Community College Exemplary Research award). Dr. Vasquez’s scholarly work focuses on factors affecting the success of male students of color, particularly Latino and African American men, in the community college. She is actively engaged in critical and applied research that addresses disparities in education. Dr. Vasquez also served as an institutional effectiveness trainer for Achieving the Dream, and is currently the managing editor for the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College. Dr. Vasquez brings with her 14 years of experience in working within K-12 and community college settings for equity-based initiatives. 


December 2014
SDSU Graduate - Joi Blake becomes President of Alameda College

The Peralta Community College District board of trustees has appointed Dr. Joi Lin Blake as the next president of the College of Alameda. Blake is currently the vice president of student services at Skyline College in San Bruno. She will start her job as college president on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Blake has a Bachelor of Arts degree in health science from San Francisco State University. She also holds a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in education from San Diego State University. She served as dean of student development and matriculation at San Diego Mesa College. She worked in Washington, D.C., as a policy assistant and doctoral intern for the U.S. Department of Education. Her duties in Washington included helping to develop a national strategic plan for community colleges. "I am looking forward to working with Dr. Blake as we move forward not only at the College of Alameda, but throughout the entire Peralta Community College District," said Chancellor José M. Ortiz. "The search committee did an outstanding job forwarding four finalists for my consideration, and I consider Dr. Blake to be the best fit for the college and the Peralta District." Full Article Here

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Wendy Bracken, EdD
Program Faculty Director
EdD in Community College Leadership

Sonia Salcido
Administrative Support Coordinator

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education (ARPE/Interwork Institute)
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San Diego, CA 92182

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 "After serving as a community college leader for many years, the EdD program helped me to become a scholar of community colleges. My scholarly work has better equipped me to address the many challenges and opportunities in our rapidly changing environment"


Lynn Neault, EdD

Vice Chancellor for Student Services

San Diego Community College District 

2013 CCLEAD Graduate