There are many Centers of Excellence (COE) in community colleges and universities in the United States. Presently, a number of these provide approximately an extra year beyond various existing degrees. Most of these COEs deal with a variety of training and educational needs and work directly with the appropriate business communities. They provide students with additional training and expertise beyond the normal degree programs. This gives graduates specific educational training on the latest developments in their area of expertise, which makes them more employable and sought out for by businesses. Centers of Excellence: Niche Methods to Improve Higher Education in the 21st Century informs institutions of higher education about COEs that currently exist so interested administrators may initiate Centers of Excellence that are needed in their service areas. Furthermore, the information in this book will assist community colleges and universities in learning how a Center is activated, funded, and supported. The Centers are valuable to students, higher education institutions, and the business community.
Dr. Darrel W. Staat is past president of two community colleges in Maine, one of which for whom he was also the founding president. He was president of a community college in Virginia and the president of the South Carolina Technical College System. He is an associate professor and coordinator of the Higher Education Executive Leadership Program at Wingate University in North Carolina.
Chapter 1. Center of Excellence for Community College Teaching
Kara McLain Finch
Chapter 2. Center of Excellence for Energy Regulation and Policy Analysis
Chapter 3. Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity
Chapter 4. Center of Excellence for Biotechnology
Diana Cavender Dymek
Chapter 5. Center of Excellence for Business
Roy E. Allen
Chapter 6. Center of Excellence for Agriculture and Water
Chapter 7. Center of Excellence for International Studies
Chapter 8. Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences
Chapter 9. Center of Excellence for Manufacturing Innovation
Mark T. Rooze
Chapter 10. Center of Excellence for Pharmacy
Chapter 11. Center of Excellence for University Teaching
Chapter 12. Center of Excellence for Manufacturing and Technology
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This insightful book is a must-read for those who are interested in how community colleges and universities are changing their training methods to evolve with the times. From a center working on carbon emission regulation in Wyoming to a center focused on cybersecurity in North Carolina, college and university centers of excellence are working to train the modern employee and positively benefit society. Staat’s book is an effective survey of the impact of centers of education across the map.
Darrel Staat’s Centers of Excellence: Niche Methods to Improve Higher Education in the 21st Century does excellent research in defining and comparing twelve various centers of excellence in higher education at the university and community college level. This is a must-read for a higher education professional with an interest in beginning or administering a center of excellence at a higher education institution.
Centers of Excellence: Niche Methods to Improve Higher Education in the 21st Century demonstrates just how vast, creative, and diligent higher education institutions are in bridging their mission, education, and the workforce and the amount of time, money, and vision it takes to create a center of excellence. This book demonstrates the importance of forward thinkers, continuous improvements, and maintaining a clear focus that any higher education setting could benefit from when striving to create their own center of excellence.
Centers of Excellence: Niche Methods to Improve Higher Education in the 21st Century gives readers an insightful journey into the inner workings of various types of centers of excellence across higher education. Each chapter explores and unravels these cutting-edge centers and the populations they service. This book serves as a guide to develop effective centers of excellence that model an institution’s mission, vision, and values.
A captivating and informative book! Centers of Excellence provides readers with an in-depth knowledge of various centers existing in higher education. These centers are a strength to students, institutions, the community, and workforce development.