Housed at the UC Davis School of Education, Wheelhouse supports and cultivates current and future community college leaders through professional development and research.
Leadership Institutes: Starting in February, 2017, Wheelhouse will convene annual cohorts of 20 sitting and aspiring community college presidents and chancellors, bringing them to UC Davis four times a year for 2-to-3-day institutes featuring intensive professional learning and peer support. Learn more about the Leadership Institutes here.
The UC’s Investment: The University of California has a profound interest in the success and stability of community college leadership, with nearly a third of UC graduates beginning their higher education at a community college. The average tenure of a community college president is just 3.5 years – about half that of their counterparts at four-year universities.
The California Context: In the past, California college CEO’s have often had to travel out of state for professional development and support. Wheelhouse provides professional learning and support that is tailored to the California context, and available in state.
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Faculty ProfileEMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education Policy; Educational Program evaluation; Educational stratification and equity; Access and success and postsecondary schooling; Desegregation; Economics of education; Quantitative methods; Sociology of education
Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in postsecondary schooling. She has expertise on alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors–the University of California, the California State University and the California Community College systems.