About the League
League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing
the community college movement. We host conferences and institutes,
develop Web resources, conduct research, produce publications,
provide services, and lead projects and initiatives with
our member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies
in our continuing efforts to make a positive difference for
students and communities.
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1968, the League has been making a difference in community college
education and in the lives of millions of educators and students.
This thumbnail sketch captures highlights of the Leagues thirty-seven
years of accomplishments and contributions and offers a glimpse
into why Change
magazine calls the League the "most dynamic organization
in the community college world."
League is the only major international organization specifically
committed to improving community colleges through innovation,
experimentation, and institutional transformation.
some of the most influential, resourceful, and dynamic
community colleges and districts in the world
comprise the League's board of
directors. These community colleges are joined by more than
800 institutions that are members of the League's Alliance.
The Leaguewith this core of powerful and innovative community
collegesserves nationally and internationally as a catalyst,
project incubator, and experimental laboratory for community colleges
around the world. Recent recognition of the League's accomplishments
includes the following:
the late 1960s and early 1970s, the League provided leadership to
developing institutions at a crucial time when community colleges
were being founded at the rate of one per week. Sample activities
during this time period include the following:
- The League developed
model curricula and instructional materials in science, health,
energy, international, and general education with projects funded
by the National
Science Foundation (NSF), the Fund
for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), the
Exxon Foundation, the Kettering
Foundation, the Esso Educational Foundation, the U.S.
Department of Education, the United
States Department of Energy , and the W.
K. Kellogg Foundation.
- The League fostered
systematic management approaches through such activities as: (1)
producing a 400-page guide to help community colleges improve
their operating procedureswith funding from the W.
K. Kellogg Foundation and the Center for Improved Education
of the Battelle
Memorial Trust; and (2) developing model college productivity
centerswith funding from the Carnegie
Corporation of New York.
League is the leading community college organization in the application
of information technology to improve teaching and learning, student
services, and institutional management. Examples of activities and
accomplishments in these areas include the following:
- Each year, the
League hosts the Conference
on Information Technology (CIT) - the largest information
technology conference in higher education. This state-of-the-art
event offers diverse learning options, hands-on computer labs,
cutting-edge partner exhibits, international distance-learning
links, and an asynchronous learning community, all in a million-dollar
conference infrastructure supported by League corporate partners
and host institutions.
- In 1997, the
League founded the Technology
and Learning Community (TLC) - an asynchronous, Web-based
learning community supported by Compaq,
Microsoft, and TechnoMarketing
and recognized by The
Chronicle of Higher Education as an example of the ability
of technology to enable powerful sharing among educators.
- Over the last
32 years, the League has worked with major information technology-related
corporations to develop more than $30 million worth of projects
funded by such companies as Microsoft,
Equipment Corporation, and AT&T.
- In a unique
public-private partnership with the Stevens
Institute of Technology, Channel
Thirteen/WNET (NY), and Educational
Testing Service, the League is helping to coordinate a million-dollar
national demonstration Internet-in-Education project funded by
the U.S. Department
of Education in which community colleges serve as conduits
to train K-12 teachers in integrating Internet technologies into
- Both the IBM
Corporation (1993 and 1998) and Compaq
Computer Corporation (1998) have recognized the League with
awards for influencing and advancing information technology use
in higher education.
League is spearheading efforts to develop more learning-centered
community colleges through its Learning
Initiative. The goal is to assist community colleges in developing
policies, programs, and practices that place learning at the heart
of the educational enterprise, while overhauling the traditional
architecture of education. Some examples of the activities and outcomes
of the Learning Initiative include the following:
- The League recently
published the monographs Creating
More Learning-Centered Community Colleges and Developing
Professional Fitness through Classroom Assessment and Research
, sponsored by PeopleSoft
and ETS respectively.
These best-selling publications have been used by hundreds of
community colleges, statewide associations, and university departments
of higher education as key guides for conferences, classes, and
conversations on the Learning Revolution in higher education.
- The League,
in cooperation with PBS
Adult Learning Service , produced three interactive national
videoconferences on the Learning Revolution.
- The League supported
the publication of a series of monthly articles on the Learning
Revolution in 1998 in Community
College Week (a weekly national newspaper serving the
community college field). The series was also featured on a monthly
Internet Bulletin Board sponsored by PBS
Adult Learning Service.
- In 1998, the
League introduced a new annual international conference, Innovations
, which is dedicated to improving student and organizational learning.
This conference showcases, explores, and integrates innovations
in teaching and learning, student services, workforce development,
programs for "at-risk" students, and leadership and
League is the principal provider of national programs and publications
to prepare leaders for community colleges. In cooperation with The
University of Texas at Austin, and with major funding from the
W. K. Kellogg Foundation,
the League has developed a comprehensive array of development activities
that powerfully influence community college leadership:
- The League's
Institute (ELI) prepares senior-level administrators for
the community college presidency and features an array of community
college CEOs and senior educators as faculty.
1988, well over 500 participants have graduated from ELI, of which
42 percent have since become presidents. In some graduating
classes, as many as 70 percent have become presidents.
- The League's
Expanding Leadership Diversity
in the Community College program (ELD), which ended in
1999, prepared midlevel managers from urban institutions for senior-level
leadership positions in community colleges.
- More than 30
percent of all minority presidents in the United States have participated
in either ELI or ELD.
- Since 1980,
the League, the
Association of Women in Community Colleges, and the Maricopa
Community Colleges have sponsored the
Institute for Leadership Development - a program
that has prepared over 4,000 women for leadership positions in
- Each month,
the League publishes
Abstracts - a brief on key leadership issues distributed
to more than 22,000 presidents, trustees, and senior administrators,
nationally and internationally. In 1997, IBM
commissioned a special edition Leadership Abstracts to
explore the major trends facing community colleges as the millennium
comes to a close.
- Four times a
year, the League conducts the "What Do CEOs Want to Know
About?" survey of more than 570 community and two-year college
leaders. These surveys provide valuable benchmark data to member
CEOs and help inform the League's national and international projects.
League is a key leader in influencing the expansion and improvement
of workforce training programs in community colleges in the U.S.
and Canada. Projects and accomplishments in this area include the
League is a major force in garnering recognition for the important
role that community colleges play in the overall educational system
and in involving major foundations and corporations in community
college development. Some examples of this involvement include the
- Over its history,
the League has worked with nearly every major national educational
organization and received grants from dozens of major foundations,
corporations, and government agencies.
- More than 100
League corporate partners
play key roles in sponsoring conferences, publications, projects,
and other ongoing activities. For a complete list of corporations
that partner with the League each year, visit our corporate
- Members of the
League board of directors
are among the first, and sometimes the only, representatives of
community colleges to sit on the boards and serve as officers
for numerous national higher education organizations and corporate
advisory councils, including the American
Council on Education, American
Association of Community Colleges, American
Association for Higher Education, Association
of Canadian Community Colleges, Business-Higher Education
Forum, The College Board,
Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, American College
Testing Service, Education
Commission of the States, the Microsoft/Compaq Community College
Advisory Council, and many others.
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activities listed here detail many of the ways in which the League
makes a difference in community college education nationally and
internationally. However, the most powerful influence is best seen
in the lives of the more than 10 million students served by two-year
colleges each year-many of whom are first-time college attendees,
returning students, women, and minorities. These students and their
aspirations continue to inspire and encourage us to bring all of
our resources to bear upon our mission of improving community college
education through innovation, experimentation, and institutional