Volume 6, Number 4
Early registration deadline is May 13, 2005
Registration is now open
for the 2005
Learning College Summit. Now in its third year, the League's
Learning Summit has joined with the successful Vanguard
Learning College Conference, held last year in Toronto,
to form the Learning College Summit. Plans are fully under
way for this exciting new gathering, to be held June 11-14,
2005 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook, Illinois.
The 2005 Summit is being hosted by Moraine
Valley Community College (IL) and Maricopa
County Community College District (AZ).
As an integral facet of the League's Learning Initiative, the Learning College Summit is a gathering of innovative community college educators who are committed to a deliberate, powerful focus on learning at their institutions. With an exciting new program, the 2005 Learning College Summit is designed to help both colleges that are beginning the journey toward becoming more learning centered and veteran learning-college institutions that are well on their way.
a small conference-center setting, the 2005 Learning College
Summit will serve as a working retreat for college teams or
for individual representatives from colleges to connect with
colleagues and to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore
strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges.
The 2005 Learning College Summit has been designed as an interactive
experience for participants, and whether you come with a team
from your college or by yourself, the summit has something
The program is designed around five topics
organizational culture, staff recruitment and development,
learning outcomes, student engagement, and technology
derived from the institutional objectives in the League's
College Project. The 2005 Learning College Summit offers
a variety of opportunities for teams and individuals to learn,
share, and reflect on their summit experiences. Learn
more about the Learning College Summit.
The League is now seeking proposals for the 2005-2006 Cross Papers Fellowship. Last year, the League was pleased and honored
to announce the creation of The Cross Papers Fellowship in
recognition of the outstanding contributions K. Patricia Cross
has made to community college teaching and learning. Supported
by an endowment from K. Patricia Cross, the fellowship continues
and builds upon the outstanding success and renowned usability
of The Cross Papers. Each year, the K. Patricia Cross Endowment
names a scholar-practitioner of community college teaching
and learning as The Cross Papers Fellow.
The selected Fellow
authors an issue of The Cross Papers using the general format
established by K. Patricia Cross. This format includes a review
of literature on current teaching and learning theory as well
as practical applications of current theory in today's
learning environments. The Cross Papers Fellow also conducts
a Special Session on the Cross Papers topic at the League's
annual Innovations conference, with the session videotaped
and posted on the League's iStream. Following the session,
The Cross Papers Fellow is available to sign copies of the
The Cross Papers
Fellow receives a stipend of $2,000 to support research and
writing; complimentary registration to the Innovations
conference, at which the Fellow will present the work; travel
expenses up to $1,000 to attend the conference; a plaque commemorating
the recipient's designation as a Cross Papers Fellow, and
10 copies of the print edition of The Cross Papers issue the
Since the release of the inaugural issue of The Cross Papers in 1997, community college educators have used these monographs as tools for stimulating discussion, for providing orientation and training to new faculty and staff, for rejuvenating veteran employees, and for designing successful practices and strategies for reaching the diverse groups of students who come through the open doors of community colleges every day. The League applauds the work of K. Patricia Cross and seeks through this endowment to continue her legacy of professional development focused on community college teaching and learning.
Each year, The Cross Papers Fellow Review Panel selects the recipient after a review of submitted proposals. Interested scholars and practitioners of community college teaching and learning who wish to be considered should submit proposals according to guidelines available at www.league.org/crosspapersfellow no later than June 6, 2005.
The League congratulates the inaugural
recipient of The Cross Papers Fellowship, Alice Bedard-Voorhees,
who wrote Increasing
Engagement for Online and Face-to-Face Learners Through Online
Discussion Practices, The Cross Papers, Number 8.
Every year, the
League honors outstanding innovations that have been recognized
by member institutions as Innovations of the Year. These innovations
represent capstone achievements and the continuing renewal
of the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which
the League was founded.
Once again, this
year's competition has been very exciting. The League has
received innovations that prove to fall in line with every
category of the award criteria: quality, efficiency, cost
effectiveness, replication, creativity, and timeliness. We
at the League extend our congratulations to all the 2005 Innovation
of the Year Award recipients and say thank you for your outstanding
effort and creativity at your community colleges.
The winners for this year's award are:
| Educational planning offers community colleges
a significant opportunity to record student goals, monitor progress
toward achievement of them, and engage students in one of the
essential educational functions of the college: the overall
development of the whole student.
Community colleges are using information technologies to engage
students in taking a more active role in their own educational
and career planning throughout their college experience.
One question with which college leaders must grapple is this:
What can be done to improve services to students, and what mechanisms
can be put in place to monitor whether the planned efforts are
All quotes are from the League publication by Lisa Petrides,
Turning Knowledge Into Action: What's Data Got to Do With
It?, available through the League Bookstore.
JobNet – Opening the Door to the Future
If you are looking to fill an open position…
JobNet will help you advertise to a targeted international audience. With more than 10,000 visitors to the League website each month, JobNet is an excellent venue for filling open positions.
If you are searching for a new employment opportunity…
JobNet provides free access to job listings for colleges and partner corporations throughout the country. Whether you are looking for a position in education or in corporate America, JobNet provides an array of opportunities.
Click here to search the posted positions.
For more information, please contact Wendy Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 705-8200 x234.
The League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT) offers a diverse program and forward-looking exposition exploring the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges.
October 23-26, 2005
Wyndham Anatole Hotel
Dallas offers visitors a unique blend of Southwestern warmth, cosmopolitan flair, Old West charm, and modern sophistication. Come see why it's the #1 leisure and business destination in Texas!
2005 CIT HOSTS
Hosted by the Dallas County Community College District with support from the Tarrant County College District, the Collin County Community College District, and the North Texas Community College Consortium.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
Online conference registration is now available! Individuals interested in registering for the 2005 CIT prior to the end of this fiscal year should visit http://www.league.org/2005cit/reg/. Early registration helps ensure that you reserve a place in the Learning Center Course(s) of your choice and that you take advantage of early registration discounts. Details regarding group conference registration discounts for the 2005 CIT are also available at the above link. For additional registration information about the 2005 CIT, visit http://www.league.org/2005cit/reg/ or contact Judy Greenfield at email@example.com or (480) 705-8200, ext. 200.
Adena Williams Loston, Chief Education Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Piedad F. Robertson, President, Education Commission of the States
André LaMothe, CEO and Chief Scientist, Nurve Networks LLC and Xtreme Games LLC
EXHIBITING AT THE 2005 CIT
The 2005 CIT will continue the momentum and excitement generated by previous conferences by bringing an even greater number of participants to the inviting city of Dallas. Those companies that have exhibited at CIT in previous years know that space in the hall is limited and fills quickly. Be sure and secure your exhibition space early at the 2005 CIT! Direct any questions about exhibiting at the 2005 CIT or about becoming a League Corporate Partner to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like additional information about the 2005 CIT, please visit http://www.league.org/2005cit/ or contact Ed Leach at email@example.com or (480) 705-8200, ext. 233.
The League and its partners invite League Alliance member colleges to apply for participation in two new phases of the Pathways Project. The Pathways Project adapts a proven set of P-12 training materials and internet-based curricula for use in math, science, language arts, and educational technology in community college courses taken by preservice teachers. Pathways will create an online library of technology-based learning objects to promote constructivist learning in the community colleges. Faculty from 30 community colleges will participate in a face-to-face and online training and development program and will be supported by mentors in an online learning community to promote institutionalization.
The first phase of Pathways resulted in the development of a 26-hour blended professional development program, Savvy Cyber Professor, for community college faculty who teach math, science, language arts, or educational technology to students planning to go into teaching. Through online and face-to-face instruction, faculty participating in the Savvy Cyber Professor program learn to use unique and compelling internet-based applications that promote effective teaching and improved learning. Another product of the first phase was the development of an internet-based library of Real World Learning Objects (RWLOs) for use in the four mentioned disciplines.
The second phase of the Pathways Project focuses on training teams of four faculty from 12 additional community colleges in Savvy Cyber Professor who will, as part of the process, develop additional RWLOs in their discipline areas. The third phase will expand Savvy Cyber Professor training and RWLO development to faculty teams from 18 additional community colleges. It is for the second and third phases that we are inviting League Alliance Member Colleges to join the Pathways Project.
The cost of each institution's participation in the Savvy Cyber Professor professional development program is being largely subsidized by the U.S. Department of Education through this PT3 grant. The only cost to participating institutions is the cost for the faculty team to travel to the League's Conference on Information Technology to attend the first face-to-face session.
For additional information, including the application, please visit http://www.league.org/league/projects/PT3/PT3.htm.
Did you know that the
College and Career Transitions Initiative has a great Virtual
Reader with articles and links to information on strengthening
the call of community and technical colleges in easing student
transitions between secondary and postsecondary education
and improving academic performance at both the secondary
and postsecondary levels? Take a look at www.league.org/ccti.
Community College Subscribers to Access Streaming Video, Audio, and All League Publications Through New iStream Portal
Unicon, Inc., and the League for Innovation in the Community College have announced an agreement to deliver Innovation Stream (iStream) through the Unicon Academus portal. iStream is a professional development tool that provides faculty, staff, and administrators with successful strategies and practices that have been shared by colleagues around the world. iStream is the League's online resource bank, including a multitude of publications, audio and video from League conferences, and Learning Exchange Networks (LENs) modules to more than 100 subscribing community colleges.
With iStream channels delivered through the Unicon Academus portal, end users will now have access to the wealth of iStream content alongside many other League-oriented collaborative items. Subscribers will be able to login to their accounts, giving them access to iStream and League calendars, discussion forums, interactive chats, file-sharing briefcase folders, and much more. “The new iStream portal will better integrate the content available through iStream and give users easier access and methods to retrieve the valuable resources collected and created by the League,” said Gerardo E. de los Santos, Interim President and CEO of the League.
“We are excited about this tremendous opportunity to partner with the League. The iStream service is a valuable resource that benefits each of its subscribers. Unicon is honored to be involved in this knowledge-sharing effort,” said John Blakley, CEO of Unicon.
About Unicon, Inc.
Since 1993, Unicon has been designing, building, and managing technology solutions for colleges, universities, schools, and corporations worldwide. Unicon solutions are based on open-source technology to increase productivity while reducing costs. Unicon, Inc. is the leading independent provider of enterprise portal, collaborative, learning, and integration technology for higher education institutions. Unicon is the leading commercial supporter of the uPortal open-source web portal initiative, and is a Sakai commercial affiliate. Unicon also maintains and supports applications of the Cisco Networking Academy Program. For more information, please visit Unicon on the web at http://www.unicon.net.
A rewarding and effective
online learning experience involves more than learning objects,
plug-ins, and interfaces. Yet it's easy to become so involved
in figuring out how to use the technology to deliver information
that you shortchange the development of learning and assessment is shortchanged.
During this workshop, participants consider what is needed
to design an online learning experience that provides the
learning framework and environment essential for retaining
students by keeping them engaged and helping them succeed. Working with a course that they intend to offer online, participants
Determine an effective level of collaboration and plan how to support it,
Select the online learning tools learners will need,
Plan how to communicate outcomes and expectations to learners,
Lay out a How to Succeed guide
Formulate assessment procedures, and
Explore how to use performance-based learning plans to build a framework that guides students to successful learning.
This workshop is customizable and available to be delivered in one- or two-day formats onsite at your college.
To find out more, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.
Community colleges from across the nation are invited to apply for the 2006 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award. Two colleges will be honored for their institutionwide commitment to and achievement in helping low-income students, first-generation college attendees, and working adults enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Each winner will receive a $30,000 award and national recognition.
To download the APPLICATION FOR THE 2006 METLIFE AWARD and for more information, go to:
Macromedia is pleased
to announce the 2005 Macromedia Innovation Awards competition
for higher education. Faculty and staff at higher education
institutions are encouraged to submit projects that exemplify
innovation in four contest categories: Digital Communications,
Collaborative Teaching and Research, Rich Internet Applications,
and Mobile Learning.
Applications are being accepted now through July 15, 2005.
Winners will be announced on September 29, 2005. The winner
in each category will receive a $2,500 cash prize and will
be featured on the Macromedia website.
Details on the new program, including an online application are available at http://www.macromedia.com/resources/education/hed/innovation/spring2005/
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Council for Student Development (NCSD) will be conducting the sixth annual Community College Student Development Leadership Institute, October 28-30, 2005, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The institute will precede NCSD's annual conference, scheduled in Indianapolis from October 30 through November 1, 2005. The Community College Student Development Leadership Institute is designed to nurture participants for career advancement in student development. Using a group of distinguished chief student development officers as facilitators, this intensive training program is designed to prepare participants for leadership roles in student development in the community college.
NCSD invites nominations of qualified candidates for participation in the Leadership Institute. Mail, fax, or email your nominations to Director Debra Bragg (using the linked form) by May 15, 2005. She will notify your referrals of their nomination and send them an application packet.
Institute fees and lodging details will be announced in summer 2005. Please continue to check the NCSD website for additional information.
The U.S. Department of Education has just renewed a four-year $1.07 million grant to the Student Support Services (SSS) program at Sinclair Community College to provide intensive assistance to academically challenged, low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities.
“The students aided by this grant have various challenges that
impede academic performance, persistence, and graduation or
transfer to baccalaureate institutions,” said Fola Fadeyi, Sinclair
SSS project director.
The SSS program details six ambitious
but attainable objectives to address the needs of the participants.
The implementation plan consists of intervention strategies
customized to meet the special needs of each student. The
strategies are prescribed and implemented by a team of veteran
student-services experts who have had experiences similar
to those of the participating students.
by the grant include academic advising and academic assistance
such as tutorial services, a study homework room, and an early-alert
system to facilitate timely interventions. A range
of other support services include financial aid, cultural
events, and career exploration. Transfer services and university
visits are also offered to facilitate student transitions
The four-year grant renewal provides $267,986 per year to serve 160 students each year. Sinclair's Student Support Services program has been in operation for eight years.
into another self-study? Gearing up for another round of strategic
planning? Facing another round of collective bargaining? Or
maybe you're just looking for a way to shift the energy on
your campus from a habitual focus on problems, deficits, and
what's wrong to a focus on strengths, successes, and what's
right. If so, send yourself and a team of leaders--chancellors/presidents,
administrators, faculty, and support staff--to a four-day
workshop to learn how to involve everyone on your campus in
a strengths-based, collaborative approach to change. For dates
and locations coming up in your region, go to http://CenterforAppreciativeInquiry.net.
Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Editor
Pre-publication price: $24.95
Published by NASPA (http://www.naspa.org)
The learning college concept has been the most popular reform model for postsecondary education since the 1997 release of Terry O'Banion's A Learning College for the 21st Century (Oryx Press). The Seventh Learning College Principle focuses on student affairs divisions in the work of transforming an institution into a more learning-centered organization. Lead editor Harvey-Smith draws on her recent research at community colleges to add a seventh principle to the learning college concept as the foundation for all other principles. The Seventh Learning College Principle is scheduled for a Spring 2005 release and is published by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). For more information, see http://www.naspa.org/publications or phone (301) 638-1749.
Going the Distance: Enhancing Educational Access to Rural Students
College's (AZ) two-county service area includes four campuses,
six learning centers, multiple other learning sites, and 16
school districts in an area that covers nearly 22,000 square
miles in northeastern Arizona. The service area includes the
Navajo, Hopi, and White Mountain Apache reservations and,
as a result, the college's enrollment of Native American students
is the highest of any public institution in the state of Arizona
(33 percent, or approximately 1,500 students a semester).
Because of the distances between locations
— it is 200 miles from the northernmost to the southernmost
center — , Northland Pioneer College has created the largest
high-speed distance learning systems and the second largest
dual-enrollment program of any community college in Arizona.
Our distance learning system includes two instructional television
systems as well as a computer network that supports access
to full-text databases, online tutorials for using library
resources, online access to librarians to answer research
or study questions, and an online instructor assistance section.
These two innovative efforts allow
the college to reach its widely dispersed student
population, including Native American students on the reservations.
Statistically, Native Americans have the lowest college participation
rate of any ethnic group in the United States, but Northland
Pioneer College remains committed to changing this statistic by providing a full range
of educational services on the reservations, even though the college receives no tax dollars
from them because of th reservations sovereignty. The college's distance
learning and dual enrollment programs not only allow Native
American students access to college-level work at minimal
or no cost, they also provide the opportunity for all students
within the service area to participate early in college-level
courses, thus facilitating their transition to full-time enrollment
at Northland Pioneer College.
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