LITTLE ROCK – Two UA Cossatot staff members, Ashley Aylett and Dr. Laura Riddle, graduated from the Arkansas Community College Leadership Institute. The graduation ceremony was held at the annual Arkansas Community Colleges conference at Little Rock Marriott. The institute is a leadership training opportunity for community colleges around the state. Leadership at each college selects faculty and staff to be prepared to take leadership roles at their colleges. Speakers, who are experts in their fields, presented valuable information to the class regarding human resource law, legislative process concerning higher education, budget and appropriations, as well as skills
necessary for successful leadership in higher education.
“One of our most valuable resources is our people- our faculty and staff,” said UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole. “We must invest in the training of our faculty and staff, who will continue to move us forward in a positive direction” The institute consists of four intensive 3-day meetings at college campuses across the state. College leaders witness the legislative process in Little Rock in February.
Aylett shared, “Building relationships and connections with peer educators was an invaluable experience. You learn so much from one another and how other institutions handle similar situations faced by educators today.”
The 2016-2017 class is the ninth group of college leaders to go through the institute. Dr. Riddle stated, “It’s always good to meet leaders from other institutions and discover the triumphs and obstacles we all face in higher education.”
“I learned so much about myself, my colleagues, and the inner workings of the great state of Arkansas. I’ve forged some great connections with some fantastic people and I hope we can find an opportunity to get together again.”