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In The Margins

Jun 10, 2021

In this episode, our host Ralph Newell sits down with co-researchers Drs. Terrell Strayhorn and Royel Johnson to discuss the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges

Now in its eighth year, this series of research focuses on workplace diversity, staffing practices, and work environment using a web-based survey approach to examine categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits, and professional development opportunities. Join the methodologists as they describe, in their own words, the significance of this program and how it brings new insights into the ways in which educators work with their students.



  • The value in being among the most promising places to work in community colleges. 
  • How different stakeholders make use of the recognition. 
  • Why some schools lost their place on the list. 
  • The most promising practices observed on campus.  
  • How schools are impacting their communities. 
  • Investments made in faculty and staff development. 


“Institutions  they're nothing more than collections of buildings and rooms, with chairs, with lawns and parking lots. That's all they are. It's when the people get in those spaces that the real magic happens. We transform those buildings into learning spaces, those learning spaces into colleges and universities.”



Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges


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