Innovations Streams 2002
in the community college can be thought of as streams that flow
through the larger body of work that educators and students engage
in each day. The Innovations conference incorporates ideas, initiatives,
and inspirations from seven key streams into the broader conference
goal of encouraging and facilitating student and organizational
learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional
transformation. The conference features forums, roundtable discussions,
Learning Center Courses and poster session presentations for each
innovations stream, along with general session keynotes aimed at
inspiring innovation and change in all areas of community college
continue to develop new and exciting ways to approach learning and
teaching, often promoting the learning-centered education movement.
This stream invites educators to share innovations on a global scope.
Learning styles, learning communities, service learning, assessment,
ethics, and the uses of new technology are just a few of many featured
Leadership and Organization
administrators are challenged to find new strategies for leadership
and organization. Some significant new responses include learning
organizations, knowledge management, quality principles, and leading
from the soul. This stream invites committed colleagues to
share perspectives, processes, and programs so that all college
leaders, and thus community college education, may benefit.
Workforce Initiative actively continues to explore the great variety
of paths colleges are taking to meet the workforce needs of their
communities. Contract training, tech-prep programs, school-to-work
initiatives, workbased learning, and college and industry partnerships
are just a fraction of the individual and collaborative efforts
expended by educational, business, and governmental groups. E-training
and skills certification in the workplace are also spotlighted in
Student Services and
The diverse needs and backgrounds of community college students
challenge student services personnel to innovate using exciting
techniques in recruiting, advising, and supporting students. A wide
array of programs centered on
student activity and leadership are also featured in this stream.
Basic Skills and Developmental
To meet the increasing
needs of community college students, basic skills educators must
create innovative ways to help the underprepared toward success.
This stream showcases a wide variety of new strategies and tools
related to assessing, advising, tutoring, mentoring, and supporting
& Foundation Management
Community colleges, by necessity, have long been entrepreneurs in
various areas of fundraising and resource development. Yet, many
colleges have not realized their full potential in all of these
areas. This stream spotlights
successful models and identifies future directions in a large number
of resource related activities.
Vendor Solutions &
have a rewarding opportunity to learn about the products and services
provided by the Leagues corporate partners, leading vendors
in the educational arena. Sessions provide greater understanding
about how these partners can help solve problems and enhance the
college educational experience.