With support from MetLife Foundation, the League for Innovation in the Community College led a one-year research project during 2009 to identify the traits of successful innovation in community colleges and the effects of award recognition on programs, individuals, and institutions. Participants in the study included recipients of the League’s Innovation of the Year Award during the decade spanning 1999 through 2008, and the participants represented 19 League member institutions. The study included categorization of award-winning innovations in terms of content and substance; a survey of 400 identified award recipients; exploration and identification of characteristics of a college culture of innovation; and interviews with selected award recipients.
Betty Stewart, Campus Center, and Dr. David Lawrence, Health Professions, were featured in interviews representing MCC. Please visit the League site to check out the video and/or download a pdf version of the League’s final report “The Nature of Innovation in the Community College.”
The League site can be accessed using the link below: https://www.league.org/league/projects/nature_of_innovation/resources.cfm
Susan M. Salvador
Vice President, Student Services