Reinvention The Promise and Challenge of Transforming a Community College System

Cheryl L. Hyman, Foreword by Davis Jenkins
paper, 184 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-192-1
Price: $31.00

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Reinvention chronicles an unprecedentedly comprehensive approach to community college reform and the leadership challenges encountered along the way. The book addresses cultural clashes over the role and purpose of community colleges and argues for an emphasis on success and access.


Hyman’s fascinating book forces us to contemplate the possible speed of college change. What emerges are valuable lessons, deeply rooted in the author’s fierce determination to promote social mobility. It’s a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the essential relationships among college leadership, campus culture, and the critical goal of dramatically improving community college student success. — Joshua Wyner, founder and executive director, Aspen Institute College Excellence Program

Cheryl Hyman took the job of chancellor of Chicago City Colleges with a deep idealistic commitment to serving the low-income students striving to improve their lives. This book describes her vision, efforts, and the ways she transformed the system. Her efforts are inspiring and instructive to all who want to improve educational opportunity in the United States. — James Rosenbaum, professor of sociology, education and social policy, Northwestern University

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About the Author

As Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, Cheryl Hyman was responsible for managing a $700 million budget, overseeing fifty-five hundred employees, and ensuring the success of more than 100,000 students annually. Appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2010 and reappointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel a year later, Hyman led the Reinvention of the City Colleges of Chicago in partnership with faculty, staff, students, fouryear colleges, and members of the civic and business communities to ensure that all CCC students successfully graduated ready for further college and careers. During this time, the graduation rate more than doubled and degrees awarded annually were the highest on record in City Colleges’ history. Hyman also launched College to Careers, which partners faculty and staff with more than 150 industry leaders and universities to better prepare students for careers in fast-growing fields. She oversaw a balanced budget each year of her tenure with no increase in taxes, saved $70 million, launched a $524 million capital plan, and negotiated student outcome goals into key labor agreements.

Before being appointed Chancellor, Hyman had a fourteen-year career at ComEd, an Exelon company, rising to Vice President of Operations Strategy and Business Intelligence. She served on the board of the Illinois Community College Board and now serves on the boards of Complete College America and the Chicago History Museum, is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago, and serves as a member on the Urban Institute’s US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty. She previously served as a court-appointed special advocate for children who were wards of the court, and served on the board of directors for The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care, and human connection to members of the community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

A graduate of the community college system she once ran, Hyman also holds an executive master of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a master of arts degree in community development and a certification in nonprofit management from North Park University, and a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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