League staff were
delighted with the response to their latest project. Expecting
approximately 40 applications from community colleges wanting
to be one of the ten Vanguard Learning Colleges, the League
received 94 applications and had to add more evaluators to
handle the load. The high response rate was not expected because
the Learning College concept is relatively new, the application
process required applicants to meet a tough set of criteria,
and funds for the participating colleges are minimal.
We are very
pleased with this response said League Board Chair Bill
Wenrich, Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College
District. It is a clear indication to us of the timeliness
and value of the Learning College concept. This project will
provide us with an exceptional laboratory for testing out
ideas and innovations to help community colleges across Canada
and the U.S. to become more learning-centered institutions.
The proposal for
the Learning College Project called for 10 Vanguard Learning
Colleges to be selected, but the applications were so excellent
the League Board agreed that the League would fund two additional
colleges for a total of 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges.
The other 82 applicants will be invited to participate
in the project as Learning College Champions. The twelve Vanguard
Learning Colleges will become incubators and catalysts for
other educational institutions around the world as they share
models and practices to transform community colleges into
more learning-centered institutions.
The Vanguard Learning
Colleges include Cascadia Community College
(WA), Community College of Baltimore
County (MD), Community College of
Denver (CO), Humber College of Applied
Arts and Technology (ON), Kirkwood Community
College (IA), Lane Community College
(OR), Madison Area Technical College
(WI), Moraine Valley Community College
(IL), Palomar College (CA), Richland
College (TX), Sinclair Community College
(OH), and Valencia Community College (FL).
from the 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges met for an Initial
Seminar June 17-21 in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the seminar,
teams met with each other and with a number of consultants,
including Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Michael Dolence, Steve
Gilbert, Roy Giroux, Robert McCabe, Kay McClenney (Project
Evaluator), Cindy Miles, Mark Milliron, John Roueche, Michael
Skolnik, and Jerry Sue Thornton.
Project Coordinator Cynthia Wilson