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2012 Innovation of the Year.

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Engaged Learning for the Next Generation Cyber Investigator
by
Ms. Dawn Blanche is an Instructional Specialist at Anne Arundel Community College in the Cyber Security Institute. She teaches the next generation of cyber warriors.

Winner Institution:
Anne Arundel Community College

Innovation Type:
Workforce Preparation and Development: Teaching and Learning

Description:
Building upon AACC’s initiatives for cyber studies and student engagement, and despite significant time constraints, two teams of students entered the 2011 DC3 Challenge for the first time. With only 17 days left to complete the assigned tasks and to make a favorable impression on the judges, eight students formed two competing teams. Each team collaborated daily, always keeping their mentor and coach, Ms. Dawn Blanche, apprised of their progress. The coach also incorporated DC3-type exercises into her classes. “It is important for students to experience real world activities. The exercises provide the same investigative scenarios that the DoD tackles on a daily basis (registry analysis, password cracking, search warrant production, hard drive examination, etc.)" They used the tools and textbooks from class, but were also encouraged to find tools and solutions on their own. In the end, one team won first place in the 2011 community college division of the DC3 Challenge.

How this project is being recognized:
Weekly Update, Board of Trustees, Public Award ceremony for team members

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Institutional Accountability Dashboards
by
Dr. Lori Sundberg, Julie Gibb, Steve Norton, Samuel Sudhakar, Dr. Connie Thurman, Lisa Blake, Lisa Hanson, Marnie Dugan, Michael Brackett, Christy Pecsi, Benjamin Derry, Phil Jennings, Sara Cree, Gena Alcorn

Winner Institution:
Carl Sandburg College

Innovation Type:
Research, Assessment and Accountability

Description:
The President of Carl Sandburg College Dr. Lori L. Sundberg cast the vision for institutional accountability dashboards for Carl Sandburg College. A College wide team consisting of members from Administration, Institutional Research, Faculty and Staff researched a variety of dashboard products with an eye towards integration into the Datatel administrative software system. In March 2011, the team selected iDashboards and started the implementation. The team went through a DMAIC process identifying accountability metrics [Key Performance Indicators (KPI)] that could be defined, measured, analyze, improve and control. Each department identified their own variables and the team as a whole identified KPI's for the entire institution. iDashboards went live in May 2011. Internal facing and external facing dashboards were identified and launched. External facing dashboards provide accountability data for the general public and internal dasboards provided intelligent data for decision making.

How this project is being recognized:
Presentation to the Board of Trustees, Administrative Staff, Students, Faculty and Staff within Carl Sandburg College

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Molding Careers to Learn, Earn $, & Live (MCLEL)
by
B. Hitesman, D. Matson, R. DeWyke, L. Finecy, A. Stenzel, T. Bosak, C. Sanders, D. Rumsey, G. Senff, R. Woehl, R. Utter, M. Consbruck, J. Kroeker, G. Friesen, S. Essink, M. Garretson, B. Bartos, T. Davis, M. Funkey, & L. Cordell

Winner Institution:
Central Community College

Innovation Type:
Workforce Preparation and Development

Description:
In 2007, a U.S. Department of Labor Community Based Job Training grant was awarded for $2.1 million with the goal of educating and training students and incumbent workers in order to retain and grow high-skill and high-demand employees for the advanced manufacturing industry, Eighty-five percent of the students completing their degree have secured jobs in their related field. Central Community College also was the first in the State of Nebraska to become a Manufacturing Skills Standard Council assessment testing site. Incumbent workers have the ability to take a nationally recognized certification test in core knowledge and skills areas including Quality, Manufacturing Processes, Safety, & Maintenance Awareness. By completing this nationally based test, employees receive a nationally recognized credential for the production workforce. CCC also developed the “Midwest Center for Plastics and Design,” which enables a student to earn a Plastic Mold Processing Certificate.

How this project is being recognized:
Newspaper article; grant report to the U.S. DO; American Technical Education Association; magazine, and broadcast media

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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GNAT - Guest Network Account Tool
by
Scott Lewis

Winner Institution:
Central Piedmont Community College

Innovation Type:
Student Services and Activities

Description:
The ITS department at CPCC developed an application that allows College Library Services and ITS Client Services to easily create guest accounts. This tool automates the processes involved with creating a guest account including setting the account expiration date, setting initial temporary passwords, and creating a print account with or without a balance. This tool continues to be improved to make the interface easier to use and add additional functionality such as batch user creation, to allow for creating multiple accounts with a single click, and an account lookup feature to allow administrators to lookup forgotten guest usernames and reset lost passwords. This tool has helped streamline the workflow for support staff by combining several tasks into a single easy to use interface and yet has a robust set of options to tailor a guest account to meet the client’s request.

How this project is being recognized:
Innovation of the Year Award

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Nuclear Engineering Technology Partnership Program
by
Robert Gates

Winner Institution:
College of Southern Maryland

Innovation Type:
Workforce Preparation and Development

Description:
The College of Southern Maryland and Constellation Energy Nuclear Group created a partnership under the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program. Working with our partners, CSM developed degrees in three specific NET disciplines to meet the requirements of both the stringent NEI curriculum and demands of the regional workforce. Facilities were funded via federal and local grants and the Center for Nuclear Energy Training was up and running to coincide with the state program approval. The facility includes state-of-the-art trainers for the hands-on experience required. The desired outcome of our programs is to provide our industry partner with highly trained entry-level technicians. Additional funding provided scholarships for students who met the strict program entry requirements. The first degrees were awarded for the programs in May 2012. Graduates were granted opportunities for local positions, providing a win-win-win solution for CSM-industry-students.

How this project is being recognized:
News releases, college magazine, website, graduation ceremony

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Graduate Tracking System
by
Bob Kmetz,Pam Nichols, Melanie Porach, Michelle Talbert-Horsey, Jason Lander, Giovanni Garofalo, Kevin Smay, Charles Bostaph, Mary Lou Kennedy, Yvonne Burns, Renee Clark

Winner Institution:
Community College of Allegheny County

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
For the first time in CCAC's 46 year history, the college has developed and implemented a synchronized and coordinated system of tracking graduates with a 400% increase over the previous year. By providing integrated information about recent program graduates, the new tracking system will help students make better informed career choices and enhance employment reports. The tracking process combines four time-sensitive survey instruments, including the Exit Survey which is completed when the student fills out their graduation application, The Diploma Survey completed when the graduate picks up their diploma, the Graduate Survey sent to the graduate six months after graduation, and the Job Placement Survey from phone calls, in person referrals, and www.collegecentral/ccac employment data. The tracking system gathers information from across the college into a newly constructed computer file established on ARC throughout the collaborative efforts of IT, Job Placement, and IR departments.

How this project is being recognized:
The Award is recognized at the Fall All College Day event held at the beginning of each semester, by a plaque designed especially for the winners of the President's Innovation Award, and by a monetary stipend.

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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The Accelerated Mathematics Program (AMP)
by
K. Duckworth, A. Beiderman, B. Brown, T. Tingling, G. Fiore, S.K. Abromaitis

Winner Institution:
Community College of Baltimore County

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
The Math Department has taken two sequential courses and combined them into a six hour per week class with one instructor. This allows the instructor to take a topic from the lower level course through the upper level so that students gain greater understanding of the content and its applications. The students are able to complete two courses within one semester and only need to purchase the textbook for the higher level course. The AMP course pairs involve the three developmental courses as well as the College Algebra course. In all of the course pairs, the success rate within a course (whether the higher or lower level course in the pair) is higher than the traditional course’s success rate. The model will be replicated in Fall 2012 with the Applied Algebra and Trigonometry course. This model takes a full class of students at the lower level and allows them to take both courses so there is no additional cost to the institution; no need for additional classrooms or instructors

How this project is being recognized:
Daily News online; award ceremony; project/winners' names engraved on plaque

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Wills For Heroes Service Learning Collaboration
by
Sharon Thompson, Kathy Smith, David Freeman, David Trevaskis, Angelica Aguirre

Winner Institution:
Community College of Philadelphia

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
This innovation, the first of its kind in the country, and now the model for other colleges, enables Paralegal Studies students to develop job skills in the area of wills and estates by participating in a service learning experience in preparing estate documents for first responders. This undertaking was initiated in collaboration with the Wills for Heroes, a national nonprofit established shortly after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, in response to the fact that fewer than 35% of first responders had basic estate documents in place at the time of their deaths. In this annual project, CCP students undergo training outside of class in utilizing document preparation software, learn wills and estates concepts, preparation of estate documents and how to work with attorneys and clients. Volunteer attorneys, notaries and paralegals are recruited and appointments are scheduled for qualified first responders who are police officers and fire fighters.

How this project is being recognized:
award ceremony

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Safe Space Program
by
Donna Giuliani (Associate Professor, Social Science), Denise Hill (Associate Professor, English), and Elizabeth Ullrich (Assistant Professor, Social Science)

Winner Institution:
Delta College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
Founded at Delta in 2006, Safe Space works “to ‘speak back’ to an environment (the world at large) that is stifling, suffocating, and sometimes deadly to our LGBT students (past, present, and future), following along with Delta's continued emphasis on diversity and making our campus a more welcoming and appreciative environment for all our students.”

How this project is being recognized:
The contributors to this project will be recognized at the annual Employee Awards Banquet on April 15.

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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ENG 230: The Social Psychology of Harry Potter
by
Melissa Fry, Dr. Susan Santos

Winner Institution:
Gateway Community and Technical College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
Two instructors from the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Division collaborated to team teach ENG 230: The Social Psychology of Harry Potter. Knowing the students love for this fictional character series, instructors designed a course to use this popular series of books to explain the literary mechanisms and character behaviors on a deeper level. Melissa Fry, Associate Professor English tackled the literary aspects of the novel series and was responsible for bringing both John Granger, author of such books as “Looking for God in Harry Potter” and “Harry Potter’s Bookshelf” along with Micah Tanenbaum, co-web master for MuggleNet. Dr. Susan Santos, Assistant Professor of Psychology, covered the “abnormal” behavior amongst Harry Potter characters, including dissociative identity disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and phobic reactions. The course is already garnering national attention and is being mentioned on several websites and blogs.

How this project is being recognized:
The college is recognizing the project through its annual Spirit of Innovation Recognition, held at the end-of-year college wide convocation. Project leaders receive a unique tile to display prominently in their offices.

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Assessing Computing Literacy
by
Mary Locke, Dept Head Computer Skills and Application, Mark Krawczyk, Dept Head Networking, and Lenna Young, Dean Business and Public Service

Winner Institution:
Greenville Technical College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
Whether enrolled face-to-face or on-line, students need basic computing literacy skills for academic success. Learning management systems, college web portals, and web based instruction are only a few examples requiring computing literacy. Yet a study at Greenville Technical College found less than 30% of students with such skills. A follow-on study found instructors spending instructional time teaching computing literacy skills such as how to attach files and how to set margins in Word instead of planned subject matter lessons. To increase student academic success, a team of three faculty (Mary Locke, Dept Head Computer Skills and Application, Mark Krawczyk, Dept Head Networking, and Lenna Young, Dean Business and Public Service) developed an interactive assessment designed to measure computing literacy levels. Students scoring below the desired level can be identified and directed to a course designed to prepare them for the basic computing literacy required in all courses.

How this project is being recognized:
School newsletter

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Teaching Biotechnology Through Real-World Projects: Organism Identification Through DNA Analysis
by
Jolie Stepaniak, Paul Root

Winner Institution:
Henry Ford Community College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
Students in BIO 261: Nucleic Acids, a biotechnology course, had a unique final exam in which they were charged with identifying an organism using just its DNA. Each student received a swab of cells from an unknown organism, extracted DNA from the cells, and designed and executed an experiment to determine the organism that the cells had come from. The students used polymerase chain reaction – the same process that forensic DNA labs use – to find the answer. This experiment not only tested the students’ experimental design and laboratory skills, but provided them with a fun and exciting real-world challenge.

How this project is being recognized:
Award ceremony, newspaper article, school newspaper

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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BSC 1011L Virtual Lab Review
by
Susan Miletta

Winner Institution:
Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
Dr. Susan Miletta, Biology professor at Tampa’s Hillsborough Community College Ybor City campus is using technological innovation to help students learn what has traditionally been very challenging material. Through her consistent efforts over the years, Dr. Miletta has created a large collection of digital materials, for three biology lab classes (BSC 1011L, BSC 1085L, and BSC 1086L), that is presented to students in an interactive format and which addresses visual and auditory learning preferences. The online digital collection includes thousands of micrographs that are image-mapped and have sound files to assist non-native speakers with pronunciation of scientific terminology. All graphics are image-mapped. The online availability of digital files allows students to virtually review the labs they have performed in class. Each group of micrographs includes a review quiz to help students learn conceptually.

How this project is being recognized:
NISOD Award Nominee, School Newsletter

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Visual Storytelling Club
by
Jennifer Chatsick, Anne Zbitnew

Winner Institution:
Humber ITAL

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
The Visual Storytelling Club is a student engagement initiative specifically for Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) students. The club allows students with developmental disabilities an opportunity to explore alternative forms of communication and connectedness. Students use various media such as collage, photography, images and Adobe Photoshop to communicate, make art and express themselves. The club is an extracurricular activity for CICE students. The learners have shared their work publicly to family, friends and the college community to great success! The project has extended beyond the institution as innovators have prepared three research papers with a focus on exploring the use of touch devices for self-expression and communication in adults with development disabilities. They will disseminate their research findings at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) 2012 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

How this project is being recognized:
Award Ceremony, school newsletter

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Practical Interdisciplinary Exercise (PIE) Program
by
Mike Brandes, Ted Twitchell, Brenda Rante, James Ooley, Ken Jones, Larry Lawson (not pictured)

Winner Institution:
Indian River State College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
The Indian River State College Criminal Justice Institute and the Banner Center for Homeland Security & Defense have collaborated to develop the Practical Interdisciplinary Exercise (PIE) Program. Launched in March 2010, PIE provides students in public service education with the opportunity to participate in scenario-based exercises to demonstrate comprehension of classroom instruction, understand the roles of public service providers and interact with them. Students in law enforcement, corrections, fire, emergency management, homeland security, paralegal, and human services have participated in five scenarios covering crime scene, investigation, report writing, depositions, and trial, all with agency representative and post-event Focus Groups to debrief and refine the scenario.

How this project is being recognized:
awards ceremony, newsletter, IRSC Home Page & Facebook, and TC Public Safety Web Site

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Medical Device Interactive Manufacturing Simulator
by
Dr LEO Chin Sim, CHONG Chang Leong, Wendy Sook Wen WONG, Jenessa Xue Qi THNG, Francis Wei Gee LIANG

Winner Institution:
Institute of Technical Education, Singapore

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
To promote authentic learning with real workflow processes and fun in learning, the team developed the Medical Device Interactive Manufacturing Simulator (MDIMS) designed to assemble syringes used for feeding medicine to young patients. This machine is capable of simulating actual errors encountered in a production machine. Unique in design, it can simulate faults for students to acquire hands-on skills in troubleshooting machines as applied to the real production process. It also provides learners with interactive feedback and step-by-step guidance to carry out maintenance work. Results show that MDIMS was able to simulate the frequently encountered production problems quickly and consistently. This flexible learning approach provides students with opportunities to discuss and resolve various real work problems, giving students the authentic and fun learning experience.

How this project is being recognized:
At the Innovation Fiesta 2011, ITE’s annual awards presentation ceremony where the team received the CEO Innovation award for its innovative solution.

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Isothermal Data Center Institute
by
Isothermal Community College Data Center Institute Team

Winner Institution:
Isothermal Community College

Innovation Type:
Workforce Preparation and Development: Learning and Teaching

Description:
Facebook recently opened its newest data center in Forest City, NC. The $900 million facility will handle a vast amount of the company’s network traffic. The site is adjacent to a data center built several years ago by the State of North Carolina. Data centers have been built in neighboring counties by Google, Apple, Disney and AT&T. Isothermal worked closely with Facebook to develop a certification to prepare students to work in one of the area’s most exciting industries. This 12-day workshop focuses on technical requirements of an entry-level data center employee in a hands-on, active-learning environment. Content is in modules focused on technical concepts, followed by a two-day simulation and a certification exam. Isothermal is already working with Facebook on a second certification focusing on data center facility operations, ie: power systems, climate control. In addition to serving students, Isothermal is adding to its role as a driver of economic development.

How this project is being recognized:
Newspaper, trade publications, television news.

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Re-Inventing Outcomes Assessment
by
Dr. Lori Slavin, Associate Professor, Science /Co-Director Office of Outcomes Assessment & Brenda Edmonds, Associate Professor, Mathematics/Co-Director Office of Outcomes Assessment

Winner Institution:
Johnson County Community College

Innovation Type:
Research, Assessment and Accountability

Description:
Re-inventing outcomes assessment at JCCC has unleashed a spectrum of innovations affecting the processes of evaluating student learning at the college. The Office of Outcomes Assessment works to develop a culture of evidence by nurturing assessment practices founded on the collection of and reflection on data generated by faculty-created tools. In addition, the Office of Outcomes Assessment has secured funds and created a process for the Assessment Mini-Grant program, coordinated both formal and informal discussion sessions each month, publicizes a monthly newsletter featuring the assessment efforts of every division on campus, hosted the first regional assessment conference for community colleges in the Midwest in April 2011, and lastly has conducted division/department-wide World Cafe events designed to provide opportunities to discuss outcomes assessment.

How this project is being recognized:
Award ceremony

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Energy Savings
by
Tom Kaldenberg

Winner Institution:
Kirkwood Community College

Innovation Type:
Other: Operations

Description:
In 2006 the college spent $1.497M on energy costs servicing a total of 1,154,716 sq. ft. From 2007 to 2011 Tom was able to keep Kirkwood’s utilities bill to a cost of $1.54M while maintaining 1,473,050 sq. ft., even though there was a 7% increase from the utilities provider. In short, from 2007-2011 Kirkwood’s energy bill grew only $50,000 while serviceable space grew by 318,000 sq. ft. To put some of these energy cost savings innovations in context, Tom and his facilities crew started by implementing “greener” construction materials into new construction projects on campus at every opportunity. Tom then created and administered a campus wide energy policy that identified days when utility usage was abnormally high and requested Kirkwood employees to turn off or reduce the energy they were using at the time. In another innovative move, the facilities department started using software that allowed the heating system to be turned on or off automatically in specific rooms of buildings.

How this project is being recognized:
Tom has been recognized at our annual employee recognition ceremony and will be honored again at a board meeting.

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Transforming Nursing Education Through Transformational Leadership
by
Margaret S. Wacker RN PhD

Winner Institution:
Lake-Sumter Community College

Innovation Type:
Leadership and Organization

Description:
Faced with profound changes in a reforming health care system we identified the need for equally profound changes in nursing education. In a stepwise process we rallied faculty and staff to embrace the new vision and work to achieve excellence in the program including National League for Nursing accreditation. The financial burden of this ambitious endeavor was made possible as a result of our receipt of three major state grant awards. Results include a vibrant curriculum, !00% graduate prepared faculty, increased scholarly work, dramatically increased student engagement and state licensing exams that consistently exceed national averages. Once the vision was embraced and individual talents of faculty and staff were identified we achieved our collective goal within the proposed timeline.

How this project is being recognized:

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Death to the Red Pen: Screencasting for Individualized Student Feedback
by
Christina Howard, MPT

Winner Institution:
Lane Community College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
Screencasting is used instructionally, but there is little research on screencasts for student feedback. Christina Howard, MPT, Program Coordinator, Physical Therapist Assistant Program implemented screencasts to provide individualized feedback to students on graded activities. She used Nichol and Milligan’s seven indicators of good instructional feedback (Nichol and Milligan, 2006) to develop a framework for feedback screencasts. Through this multimedia tool she is able to quickly provide students with personalized feedback that focuses on learning outcomes while also modeling professional communication. She produced a 15-minute video presentation of how she implemented screencasts into instruction and it is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22cUWRvRuWc&feature=youtu.be

How this project is being recognized:
This project will be recognized at an all-campus in-service where she will be presented with her awards.

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Single Stop at Miami Dade College (MDC)
by
Barbara Pryor, Mercy Arenas, Erin Jenkins, Jennifer Kross, Theodore Levitt, Malou C. Harrison, Nate Falkner, and Denise Gomez

Winner Institution:
Miami Dade College

Innovation Type:
Student Services and Activities

Description:
Single Stop (SS) is a ground-breaking partnership between MDC and **SSUSA, an anti-poverty organization. Designed to help students persist and complete, MDC launched SS at 2 campuses in 2010, and then replicated it. SS’s model combines benefits screening, tax preparation, legal and financial counseling and mentoring. 100+ service-learning students assist with services. SS advisors use cutting-edge software to determine eligibility and to provide students coordinated access to health insurance, food stamps and subsidies; financial coaching addresses debt management and budgeting; legal counseling targets housing, immigration and other matters; tax preparation ensures access to tax credits and financial aid filing. SS leverages existing resources to help the poorest students marshal resources to persist. In 2011, 3,000+ students were served, totaling over $7.7M in benefits and services, $3.8M of which were direct benefits. 954 students received tax services equaling $1.2M in tax refunds.

How this project is being recognized:
U.S. News & World Report, Chronicle of Higher Education, Grant from The College Board, MDC's College Forum, other print media.

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Demonstrating Mission Based Accountability of Economic Impact
by
Dr. Mary Graham, Dr. Jason Pugh, Lynn Tincher-Ladner

Winner Institution:
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Innovation Type:
Research, Assessment and Accountability

Description:
The Economic Impact Report for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) is published annually and economic impact data are presented for the college and also disaggregated by county in an effort to demonstrate the relative impact for each of the four counties within the college’s service district. Areas of the report include completion outcomes (associate degree, certificate, adult education GED completion), workforce development, labor market earnings of graduates, society and community benefits, student financial aid and spending, budget spending, labor income and impact, summary county profiles of educational attainment, demographics, earnings, and summaries of the college’s contributions within each county. The project required the integration of three resources: 1) institutional research 2) federal and state data repositories and 3) partnerships with state agencies. To review the FY 2011 report, please visit: http://www.mgccc.edu/factbook/reports/MGCCC_EIR_2011_web.pdf.

How this project is being recognized:
Publication circulated to state legislators, state and local economic development agencies, and county and city elected officials. Project will be presented at the 2012 regional meeting of Southeastern Association for Community College Research..

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Enough is Enough Campaign
by
Amy Greer, Rebecca Herzog

Winner Institution:
Monroe Community College

Innovation Type:
Student Services and Activities

Description:
The Enough is Enough Campaign at Monroe Community College is a successful collaboration between staff, students, faculty, and administrators. This campaign is making a positive impact on campus culture through a wide variety of programs and activities developed to address violence prevention in the community and on campus.

How this project is being recognized:
Employee Recognition Ceremony, college newsletter article, and award brochure

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
by
Dean Amit Singh, Dean Suzanne Holloman, Director Ayisha Sereni

Winner Institution:
Montgomery County Community College

Innovation Type:
Workforce Preparation and Development

Description:
The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) was launched in August 2010. Collaborating with the College’s Woman Owned Business Program, it has been highly successful at nurturing young business entrepreneurs with the following resources: i) credit and non-credit course offerings; ii) business incubators; iii) consulting services; iv) external partnerships with business associations. Quality programming is available through credit and non-credit courses in the College’s Business, Computer Science, and Continuing Education and Workforce Development divisions. The CES and Woman Owned Business programs share staff and enable both credit and non-credit seeking students to enroll in the same courses, in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

How this project is being recognized:
Through our College Innovation of the Year Awards Ceremony and through press releases

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Development, Design, and Implementation of Arabic 101 Online Course
by
Maha Sweis-Dababneh

Winner Institution:
Moraine Valley Community College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
The Arabic language is one of the most difficult languages to teach to native speakers of English. Maha Sweis-Dababneh increased her challenge by developing an online Arabic 101 course. Teaching the Arabic language is a challenge for many reasons. In an online course, she had to develop effective ways to teach students how to connect letters and how to properly position their mouths and throats to properly create Arabic sounds. Maha created video clips with “Smart Pen” technology, allowing her to record everything she says and writes, linking the recordings to her course documents, where students can follow her teaching and hands-on examples to learn to read and write. For each module, Maha posted 20-25 video clips and voice recordings. For the assignments section of each module, Maha used free online tools that students could use to do weekly assignments and assess their learning. Another online tool she uses to keep students engaged is a Ning website created just for Arabic 101.

How this project is being recognized:
This award will be announced to the college community through the school newsletter, letters are sent to the award winner and nominees, and recognition of the award winner takes place at a staff recognition dinner on May 3, 2012.

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Heavy Equipment Mobile Training Unit
by
Dr. Trent Keough, Stuart Leitch, and the Community and Industry Training Initiatives (CITI) Team

Winner Institution:
Portage College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching: Workforce Preparation and Development

Description:
The Heavy Equipment Mobile Training Unit is a 53-foot heated trailer outfitted as a mobile classroom and pulled by a Mac Truck. The trailer houses 12 John Deer Operator Training Simulators including six crawler/dozers, four excavators and two motor graders, allowing Heavy Equipment Operator students a cost-effective and safe way to gain experience with machine controls and proper operating procedures. The trailer, the first of its kind in Western Canada, was airbrushed by a Boyle, Alberta artist and has travelled to a dozen communities in the past six months. It has allowed Portage not only to bring training right to students’ home communities but also to pre-screen potential applicants and to promote the College and its programs. The trailer was funded through a grant from Western Economic Diversification Canada, industry support and money raised at the College’s annual golf tournament. It is part of a larger effort to develop a Heavy Equipment Operator Training Centre in Boyle.

How this project is being recognized:
Press releases, newspaper articles, community events, recognition at Board of Governors awards banquet

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Workshop Approach to Remedial Mathematics Using Problem Solving
by
G. Michael Guy, Jonathan Cornick, Robert J. Holt, Andrew S.H. Russell

Winner Institution:
Queensborough Community College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
Accelerated WARM UPS: Doing More with Less Time Used Differently--Remedial Arithmetic in as Little as 20 Hours (WARMUPS – Workshop Approach to Remedial Mathematics Using Problem Solving). Queensborough Community College faculty created a new arithmetic course in the form of a modular workshop for students who place in the lowest level of mathematics. It is a 4-week, 20-hour workshop including 4 lab hours, in which the emphasis is on students engaging in problem solving while improving their arithmetic skills. Alternative strategies are implemented that encourage students to take advantage of learning opportunities. Dr. G. Michael Guy, PI of the study says, “Sometimes we must stop teaching in order for students to start learning.” A textbook and accompanying website support the class. Results from two years demonstrated higher percentages of students in WARMUPS passed onto the next level mathematics course. This course has been successfully scaled to include all arithmetic students.

How this project is being recognized:
CUNY web service and annual award ceremony

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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RRC E-Learning Apprentice Model
by
Top L-R: Anna Sabramowicz, Colin Antaya, Kathy Davis; Bottom L-R: Janet Smith, Wesley Zimmer, Jim Mackey

Winner Institution:
Red River College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
E-Apprentice was developed to deliver trades training for those unable to leave home for the usual 10 week block at the college. Our Electrical Department with Manitoba Apprenticeship piloted a model for online delivery of the recognized Level 1 Electrical curriculum. They brought apprentices to an intensive on-site orientation to learn the necessary online tools, take safety, meet the 4 instructors, and, importantly, build a class cohort. Back in their home communities they continued working full-time but scheduled two self-paced blocks to learn on their own through online activities and then met once a week 'live' with their classmates though Elluminate (now Blackboard Collaborate). At the end of major sections the apprentices came together for intensive shop projects to demonstrate skills and to write the required trade exam. A regular face-to-face Level requires over 300 hours of class time so the online version ran 8 months averaging 6 hours of learning time a week.

How this project is being recognized:
Red River College Annual Awards Event - June 2012

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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SLCC’s Community Writing Center’s Salt Lake Teens Write Program
by
Elisa Stone, Andrea Malouf, Tiffany Rousculp, Stephanie Maenhardt, John McCormick

Winner Institution:
Salt Lake Community College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
SLCC Community Writing Center (CWC) has partnered with the Salt Lake City Public Library to create the innovative program Salt Lake Teens Write (SLTW). The program pairs underserved teens with same-sex mentors who use writing in their daily lives and professions. Together, the teen and mentor explore how writing opens different pathways to education and successful careers. Not only the teens, but the mentors write, creating an interactive and equalizing environment. Mentoring teams meet for 1-2 hours a week for a full school year and work together to produce a portfolio of writing based on the teen’s interests. They also attend quarterly writing workshops with the other SLTW mentoring pairs. At the end of the school year, all of the mentoring teams will come together to collaborate on an anthology publication and public reading to celebrate the different texts they have created during the year.

How this project is being recognized:
SLCC website, electronic signage, press release, Orbitz newsletter, Commencement, Convocation & Professional Development Day programs, Center for Innovation website,

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Basic Skills and Developmental Education Innovation
by
Mark Manasse, Daphne Figueroa

Winner Institution:
San Diego Miramar College

Innovation Type:
Basic Skills and Developmental Education

Description:
San Diego Miramar College’s innovation is the purposefully planned collaboration and integration of multiple Basic Skills (BSI) Programs that together, have combined to improve basic skills student success, retention, and persistence. How have we done this? Our BSI Committee has dedicated itself to systematically coordinate multi-pronged interventions in counseling, math, English, and CTE to improve student outcomes from multiple angles: • Instructional assistants working in a new basic-skills-focused English Lab, • Supplemental instruction for basic skills math classes, • Directed CTE workshops/tutoring • Targeted counseling in and out of BSI classes leading to more Ed Plans and student awareness of campus services, • Systemic changes to pre-college writing courses via increased instructor collaboration and utilization of portfolio assessment Together, these interventions are creating more successful students, who are taking and passing more basic skills and transfer-level course

How this project is being recognized:
Press Release and College Newsletter

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Online Tutoring Project
by
Dr. Glen Kuck, Andy Chang, Osman Parada, Yvette Tram, Asaph Green

Winner Institution:
SBCCD/EduStream

Innovation Type:
Student Services and Activities

Description:
The Online Tutoring project is a program where students can log into a website from wherever they are and interact with a faculty member that is hosting a tutoring session. Students can ask questions about homework, get clarification on concepts or just sit and learn from other students questions. They can log on from computers, tablets, smartphones from anywhere there is an internet connection. This program was developed to address 2 primary things. One is the cut in budgets at local college learning centers so there is less hours available to tutor students. 2nd is the gap in student services between online/remote students to traditional on-campus students. The live webcasted sessions are also archived and sent for captioning so students can also view at thier own leisure. This program is schedule to be launched state-wide to the other 110 California Community Colleges in the near future. This is a cost effective way to tutor students and also a creative way to use tech

How this project is being recognized:
Recognition from two local colleges San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College as well as the school newsletter

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

 

Campus community resource center a model for the region
by
Ron LaFayette, Wendy Peterson, Mark Mitsui

Winner Institution:
Seattle Community Colleges

Innovation Type:
Workforce Preparation and Development

Description:
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle Community College is a regional resource and the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011, more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub. House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee) championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment, helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.

How this project is being recognized:
award ceremony

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Pioneering Online Science Labs
by
L-R: Marigrace Ryan, Shan Huang, Vandana Rola

Winner Institution:
Sinclair Community College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
The “Pioneering Online Science Labs” project exemplifies Sinclair Community College‘s motto, “Find the need and endeavor to meet it”. Sinclair students expressed a need for fully-online degree programs. However, the lack of online science courses prevented the completion of the AA and AS degrees online. The College listened and met the need by developing fully-online astronomy and biology lecture and lab courses. The courses have been extremely successful – enrollment has increased and success rates mirror those of the traditional classroom. Students have learned and are very satisfied with their experiences.

How this project is being recognized:
award ceremony

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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2011-2012 South Carolina Building Operator Certificate Consortium
by
Jason Douglas (HGTC), Rufus Perry & Joy Finch (GTC), Tim Fulford (TTC) & Tom Yeoman (SCTCS)

Winner Institution:
South Carolina Technical College System

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
The South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) and the South Carolina Energy Office (SCEO) realized the need for a competency based energy efficiency program which would enable commercial, public and institutional buildings to become more energy efficient. The SCTCS, determined that the Building Operator Certification Program (BOC®), of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Council, would be an appropriate investment for energy efficient improvement. The BOC® is a nationally recognized credential which educates facilities personnel in a variety of no/low cost solutions. The BOC® also a recruitment tool for employers. Three Technical Colleges Horry-Georgetown, Trident & Greenville were selected to provide this training across SC. BOC® can be executed at any of the SCTCS Colleges. The Consortium concept can be adapted for other state system use. The Consortium allows the colleges to market the BOC® training anywhere in SC. BOC® was initiated in 8/11, first Cohorts Spring & Summer 2012.

How this project is being recognized:
SCTCS electronic publication, Technical College publications, Statewide newspapers

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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SIRvival 101: A Pragmatic Approach to Student Evaluations
by
Dr. Shashi Persaud

Winner Institution:
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
SAIT uses the SIR II Student Instructional Report to capture students' perceptions of their learning experiences. Using SIR II results from the MacPhail School of Energy, Dr. Persaud deconstructed the SIR II instrument and demonstrated the correlation between its measured dimensions of instruction and student response. His novel use of empirical data and secondary research lets instructors and administrators examine the rationale, construct, administration, validity and effective use of student evaluations. This innovative approach to a challenging, often contentious, issue creates greater transparency and institutional awareness of public expectations and accountability requirements. It motivates instructors to critically reflect on their students’ responses, pinpoint their instructional strengths and weaknesses, and adapt their teaching methods. He empowers those who attend his SIRvival 101 seminars to value student feedback and take ownership of their methods and results.

How this project is being recognized:
Award presentation, Institutional newsletter, internal announcement

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Document Camera on Steriods - Karyl Nicholson
by
Karyl Nicholson

Winner Institution:
Southwest WI Technical College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
Karyl is using the humble classroom document camera in a most innovative way. Karyl has developed an excellent method for reinforcing lecture material and demystifying challenging concepts. She creates mini-lectures and tutorials for her students. She creates and captures visual information with the document camera, and records her voice to explain the material. The recordings created can be used for instruction in any number of ways. She uses them in her online courses as well as enhancements for students needing reinforcement in her face-to-face classes. This is a low cost solution which incorporates visual and auditory information to help students learn. This is a very elegant solution using existing classroom equipment and is an innovation that should be recognized by this award.

How this project is being recognized:
End of Year Award Ceremony

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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Mental Health First Aid
by
Dr. Joe Worth, Emily Lasek, and Troy Hanson - Counseling Department

Winner Institution:
St. Louis Community College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
The Florissant Valley Counseling Department introduced Mental Health First Aid to St. Louis Community College to assist faculty and staff with the growing number of mental health issues on college campuses. It has been successful in creating an awareness of mental health issues as well as an appropriate referral source for services. After two years of development, the workshop was adapted to a one credit hour course (PRD 528) that makes it available to both students and the public. Since its introduction, the FV Counseling Department has trained and certified over 200 faculty, staff, students and community members in Mental Health First Aid. It has brought local and national attention to St. Louis Community College and has introduced the college to a number of individuals.

How this project is being recognized:
award ceremony

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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The Hive: Partnerships in Experiential Education
by
Dr. Edie Dille' is the Associate Dean for Business and Information Technology at York Technical College.

Winner Institution:
York Technical College

Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
York Technical College has been engaged in a workforce and economic development initiative with a local web marketing company, RevenFlo. This project, The Hive, uses students from York Technical College and the local university majoring in graphic design, web development, and marketing to develop content management systems and online marketing campaigns for non-profit and public organizations. The goal was to increase the students’ skill level including teaching them to be independent contractors. The Presidents of York Technical College and RevenFlo along with the project's local funding partners have received much deserved recognition for their vision and leadership in this initiative, but this nomination recognizes the leadership and commitment of Dr. Edie Dille'. Dr. Dille provided the day-to-day leadership necessary to guide the commitments of The Hive partners into a meaningful educational opportunity for students at York Technical College and Winthrop University.

How this project is being recognized:
President's Blog, local newspapers, local economic development and chambers

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency
Cost Effectiveness Creativity
Timeliness Replication
Other

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