The Consortium Leadership And Renewal Academy (CLARA) is a year-long regional leadership information, development, and renewal program created for the member institutions of the North Texas Community College Consortium. CLARA serves entry-level and mid-level administrators who desire to improve their leadership and management abilities, update their knowledge, upgrade their skills, broaden their perspectives, prepare themselves for administrative advancement, and renew their commitment to higher education in the community college. It is also designed for faculty members and others interested in exploring careers in administration.
CLARA has been designed especially to benefit those serving as program coordinators, division and department chairs, deans, directors, and others in comparable roles. The program is open to professionals in instruction, student development, business services, continuing education, workforce development, libraries and media, research and planning, resource development, professional development, human resources, learning resources, public information, facilities management, and other college areas. It will also prove helpful to faculty members wishing to explore community college administration as a possible career.
CLARA has been developed with input from Consortium leaders over an extended period of time, especially from leaders on the Board of Directors, the Professional Development Committee, the Institutional Research Committee, the CLARA Advisory Council, and members of our CLARA 2001-02 through 2016-17 cohorts.
In addition to providing high quality leadership development activities, the CLARA program is also designed to be affordable, accessible, and practical.
It supports development of basic skills for those who have had minimal administrative training or experience. It also provides renewal opportunities for veteran administrators.
As a leadership growth, development, and renewal program, CLARA is built upon (a) annual professional development activities of the North Texas Community College Consortium, such as our fall and spring leadership conferences; (b) an online course site fostering interaction and leadership development; and (c) monthly workshops throughout the academic year scheduled specifically and exclusively for the CLARA cohort.
CLARA focuses on basic leadership and administrative skills and current issues such as the following:
The director of the Consortium Leadership And Renewal Academy is Christine Hubbard.
Christine is the president of the North Texas Community College Consortium. Dr. Hubbard has served as an English faculty member, faculty association president, department chair, division dean, director of academic operations, vice president of academic operations, and Achieving the Dream campus coordinator over 14 years at Tarrant County College and as program coordinator for developmental reading and writing, TASP liaison, and coordinator of student success programs during her 5 years at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Instructional staff for the program are experienced leaders at Consortium colleges as well as national and international leaders who are speakers, presenters, and facilitators at Consortium conferences and workshops.
Each of the Consortium member institutions may nominate as many candidates as it would like for participation in the CLARA program. Each institution may use its own internal selection criteria and process. The Consortium provides a brief form to be used in submitting selected participants to the Consortium office.
Non-member institutions may nominate candidates for participation in the CLARA program. Each non-member may use its own internal selection criteria and process. The Consortium provides a brief form to be used in submitting selected participants to the Consortium office.
Each CLARA cohort is limited to 50 participants. Priority shall be given to CLARA nominees submitted by member institutions. Candidates from non-member institutions may participate on a space-available basis.
Institutions participating in CLARA commit themselves to the following guidelines and expectations:
Each CLARA participant commits to the following guidelines and expectations:
The director of CLARA, the CLARA coordinator, the CLARA Advisory Council, and other Consortium leaders will develop learning activities, secure faculty and presenters, facilitate communication among participants, and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the Academy.
Participants who successfully complete the course of study will receive a certificate of completion issued by the Consortium. They will also be eligible for graduate course credit from the College of Education at the University of North Texas.
The annual cost for the Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy is $900 per member college participant or $1350 for non-member college participant. This nonrefundable fee includes registration fees, meals, and materials for all 2017-18 workshops and conferences sponsored by the Consortium, including CLARA-required events and CLARA-optional events; all costs for special CLARA workshops; program materials and supplies; and administrative coordination of the program.
Transportation costs and overnight lodging are not included in this fee (excepting lodging for the September 14, 2017 CLARA Orientation and Program Kickoff Retreat in Hillsboro, TX).
For Additional Information:
North Texas Community College Consortium
1155 Union Circle #310800
Denton, TX 76203-5017