Campus & Community Issues

Strategic Planning for Boards

CampusWorks CEO and Board Chair Liz Murphy discusses what community college boards need to know about strategic planning.

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges (2021)

Innovations and Opportunities

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges: Innovations and Opportunities details the needs and challenges of rural community colleges throughout the United States.

Supporting the Distressed Student

Colleen Campbell

With half of community college students facing mental health conditions, institutions should take proactive, integrated steps to address them.

The Societal Value of Higher Education

In this second part of our conversation with Lumina Foundation Vice President of Strategic Engagement Debra Humphreys, we go beyond quality assurance for a lively discussion about the societal value of higher education. From the comprehensive, well-rounded liberal arts educations of the past to the more recent focus on STEM to the even more recent development of STEAM and focus on "soft skills," we discuss how higher ed is evolving--and why. 

The Value of Community College Short-Term Credentials

In addition to finding that many employer-aligned short-term programs can lead to increased wages and a higher quality of life for students who complete them,

Too Distressed to Learn?: Mental Health Among Community College Students (2016)

Too Distressed to Learn? assesses mental health among community college students.

Trust During a Time of Crisis

Norma W. Goldstein

Backed by their boards, presidents implement emergency plans.

Trustee Talk, Issue 10: "To Keep and Bear Arms" - Implications for Governing Boards


The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution* protects the right of the people to "keep and bear arms." What are the potential implications as more state legislatures consider laws allowing students and others to bear arms on campus?

*A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Trustee Talk, Issue 11: Being Open to Discussing Mental Health Issues: The Board’s Role on College Campuses


How​ ​can​ ​Boards​ ​become​ ​leaders​ ​in​ ​stemming​ ​the​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​crisis and​ ​fulfilling​ ​their​ ​fiduciary​ ​responsibilities​ ​for​ ​the​ ​college​ ​community?

Trustee Talk, Issue 12: Colleges Fire Up Resources for Their Communities


Firestorms. Floods. Mega-Hurricanes: What roles can boards and community colleges have in times of natural disasters for their communities?