A State of Affairs, the Underrepresentation of Minority Community College Trustees
There is considerable research generated about African Americans in higher education, specifically faculty. In fact, most studies concerning African Americans have focused on the retention of students or faculty (Wolfe & Dilworth, 2015). Yet there is little research on the underrepresentation of African American community college trustees. While much of the existing research suggests that increasing the number of faculty and administrators of color clearly has a positive effect on educational quality and student achievement (Fujimoto, 2012), the reality is that trustees can have a greater impact on policy, strategic goals, and eventually can lead the most dramatic change of vision within our institutions.
Originally published: July 7, 2023
Author: Terry Calaway
Position: President Emeritus
Institution: Johnson County Community College
Published by: Diverse Issues in Higher Education