Community college, students, president, state funding, student financial aid, budget challenges, fundraising, community workforce
Community college fundraising has grown into a visible area of institutional operations. The college president is perhaps the single most important person in directing and sustaining the use of fundraising activities on campus and, in many cases, the face of the institution. To what extent community college presidents have engaged in fundraising has been explored, but a comprehensive, especially over the past decade, is missing from higher education and community college research. Refereed articles were systematically reviewed to present an overarching lens into empirical research focused on community presidents and institutional fundraising. The study includes a review of more than 30 peer-reviewed articles published over the past ten years that focused on aspects of the role and responsibilities of the community college president with an emphasis on fundraising. Results from the literature review suggest that scholars continue to prioritize community college fundraising research but that researchers should increasingly focus on this area of study. Also, much of the literature argues that community college fundraising continues to grow as an alternative revenue stream due to public higher education’s external environments. Current and aspiring community college presidents should engage in activities that will help prepare them to lead their institution's fundraising efforts.
Smith, E. A. (2021). A Decade in Review: A Systematic Literature Review of Presidential Engagement in Community College Fundraising. Journal of Research on the College President, 5(1). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.54119/jrcp.2021.504