Majority of City College Presidents Must Reapply for jobs

February 25, 2011  |  

(Chicago Sun Times) — The reinvention has begun at the top.  Six out of seven City Colleges of Chicago presidents will need to reapply for their jobs if they want to keep them, the system’s board of trustees voted Wednesday. The top jobs have been redesigned with specific performance measurements tied to student achievement. “We wanted to make sure that everyone was held accountable,” said Cheryl L. Hyman, City Colleges chancellor. “If we’re not ever accountable to student success than what forces us to ensure that they succeed?” The president who does not need to reapply is Donald Laackman, whose appointment at Harold Washington College was approved on Wednesday. Laackman was hired under the new performance guidelines, which include increasing the number of students who earn college credit and increasing the transfer rate to bachelor’s degree programs.

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