LaGuardia Community College | Organizational Assessment of the Division of Adult & Continuing Education

The retirement of a dean provided the college with the challenge of filling a leadership vacancy, but also with the opportunity to reorganize a division to better manage a growing portfolio of programs. Public Works Partners was engaged to assess the division’s management needs and organizational options. Through a series of working sessions with key staff, we reviewed current and potential programs, financial and technology support needs, administrative and communication challenges, and opportunities to enhance collaboration. We also examined best practices of leading community colleges around the country. After reviewing findings with the college, we recommended an organizational structure that aligned staff by subject areas rather than funding sources. We also outlined a series of managerial initiatives to increase accountability and transparency while reducing the administrative burden on program management staff. Finally, we developed a job description for the new dean and participated in the college’s candidate search. The division successfully hired a dynamic new dean and is now better positioned to manage a growing portfolio of programs while furthering its strong record of program innovation.

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