Creating Entrepreneurial Community Colleges

Creating Entrepreneurial Community Colleges A Design Thinking Approach

Carrie B. Kisker
paper, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-575-2
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cloth, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-576-9
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In this book, Carrie B. Kisker illustrates how community colleges can utilize design thinking to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, and experiment with the internal changes necessary to optimize outcomes for stakeholders. Kisker outlines a process whereby college leaders can empower faculty and staff to think creatively about how to reduce their institution’s dependence on state allocations in ways that not only are consistent with the college’s mission and values, but also provide the greatest likelihood for institutional and student success.


In this engaging book, Carrie Kisker wows us with the stories, data, and practices of a rural community college in Iowa and urban ones in Phoenix and Fort Worth that are using design thinking to create opportunity for students and prosperity for communities. — Rebecca A. Corbin, president and chief executive officer, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship

Kisker highlights the work of community college innovators who involved wide-ranging stakeholders—including faculty, college administrators, and employers—in collaborative ventures that respond to community needs while at the same time generating badly needed revenues. The result is a compelling analysis of how community college leaders might sustain institutional commitment to community betterment even as government appropriations decline. — James C. Palmer, professor emeritus of higher education, Illinois State University

Carrie Kisker’s work with four of our exemplar community colleges could not be better timed as we look toward a post-COVID era for community colleges. It will help largely risk-averse cultures purposefully forge new, more entrepreneurial futures for our Digital Age of constant, rapid change that is transforming our college landscape before our very eyes. — Kevin Drumm, founding board chairman, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, and president, SUNY Broome Community College

Kisker's use of real-life stories to demonstrate each stage of the framework brings understanding beyond what design thinking is and why we should use design thinking, to show how it is done. Even if the stories do not precisely depict the complex problem you are trying to solve, reading this book will significantly help you understand how to implement design thinking into your problem-solving. — Teachers College Record

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About the Author

Carrie B. Kisker is an education research and policy specialist with Kisker Education Consulting in Los Angeles and a director of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges. Drawing from her own and others’ research, she regularly consults with college leaders on issues related to entrepreneurship and innovation, program and policy development, strategic planning and accountability, civic learning and democratic engagement. Kisker holds a BA in psychology and education from Dartmouth College and an MA and PhD in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She cowrote The American Community College (Jossey-Bass, 2014) with Arthur M. Cohen and Florence B. Brawer and The Shaping of American Higher Education: Emergence and Growth of the Contemporary System (Jossey-Bass, 2010) with Arthur M. Cohen.

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