Kansas Community College
Leadership Institute

KCCLI provides academic preparation and networking opportunities to help develop emerging leaders. Participants visit campuses and share ideas with community college presidents and other state leaders in two day sessions held monthly from August through April.

This Institute is designed to encourage and prepare participants for leadership roles through lectures, guest presenters, case studies, team projects, mentors and field experiences.

KCCLI Program Goals

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  • Retain the brightest and best in Kansas, who understand and are able to influence the higher education system
  • Prepare the next generation of community college leaders
  • Create access to best practices and professional development experiences for Kansas community college administrators, faculty and staff
  • Create a networking system
  • Develop and maintain a data base of KCCLI attendees 
  • Serve as a model for Kansas and other states
  • Conduct research that impacts policy and practice

Intended Participant Outcomes

  • Understand the current structure of higher education
  • Understand the key functions of a comprehensive community college
  • Understand and assess the shifting landscape of higher education
  • Develop a practical understanding of a leader’s responsibilities
  • Understand/develop skills in organizational design and strategic planning
  • Define and clarify professional goals
  • Assess personal readiness for next career advancement steps
  • Develop a personal networking system
  • Establish a mentor relationship with a current leader
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A two day summer retreat for Presidents having three years or less experience as President of a Kansas community college, providing an intensive focus on developing relationships, current local, state and national challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position. Topics will include such items as:

  • Networking Within – Board/CEO relationships, other college relationships, mentors, building your own team;
  • External Networking – community, policy leaders, the association, other colleges and universities, business & industry;
  • Structure and Environment of Kansas Higher Education, the Community College system, coordinated versus governed,  KACCT and internal groups, Kansas community college evolution;
  • Financials – Current funding, alternate sources, HLC;
  • Advocacy – how to build strategies and move forward with success; Emerging trends—challenges and opportunities;  Issues & answers

The Academy also provides opportunities for newer presidents to develop mentor-mentee relationships with more seasoned presidents, focusing on immediate challenges and opportunities that these presidents are facing on their campuses.