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April 2005
Volume 6, Number 4
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Registration is Open for
2005 Learning College Summit!

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.

In 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 for you!

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 Learning 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.

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The Cross Papers Fellowship
Proposals now Being Accepted

K. Patricia CrossThe 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 monograph.

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 Fellow writes.

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.

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Congratulations 2005 Innovation of the Year Recipients

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:

Bellevue Community College

Johnson County Community College

San Juan College

Brookdale Community College

Kapi‘olani Community College

Seattle Community Colleges

Century Community and Technical College

Kirkwood Community College

Sinclair Community College

Community College of Allegheny County

Miami Dade College

South Mountain Community College

Cuyahoga Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

St. Clair County Community College

Dallas County Community Colleges

Mohave Community College

St. Louis Community College

Delaware Technical & Community College

Monroe Community College

Wallace State Community College

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

West Georgia Technical College

Frederick Community College

Northwestern Michigan College


Iowa Western Community College

San Diego City College


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Clearly Quotable Image 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 successful?

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.
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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 neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200 x234.

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All the Latest About the 2005
Conference on Information Technology

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, Texas

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!


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.


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 greenfield@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 200.


Dr. Adena Williams Loston PhotoAdena Williams Loston, Chief Education Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Piedad F. Robertson, President, Education Commission of the States

Andre LaMothe PhotoAndré LaMothe, CEO and Chief Scientist, Nurve Networks LLC and Xtreme Games LLC


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 leach@league.org.

If you would like additional information about the 2005 CIT, please visit http://www.league.org/2005cit/ or contact Ed Leach at leach@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 233.

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Community College Pathways to Improved Teacher Preparation Through Technology

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.

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College and Career Transitions
Initiative Virtual Reader

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.

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League for Innovation Selects Unicon Academus to Deliver
iStream Online Resources

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.

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Success Factors: Designing Online Learning That Works!

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 or syllabus,
  • 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.

  • One-day workshop: Participants design their course.
  • Two-day workshop: Participants design and build their course.

To find out more, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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News and Events

Community Colleges Solicited for Excellence Award

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:

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Macromedia Announces the 2005 Macromedia Innovation Awards for Higher Education

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 innovation@macromedia.com.

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Call for Nominations—Student Development
Leadership Institute

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.

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Sinclair Awarded Renewal of Department
of Education Grant

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.

Services offered 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 to universities.

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.

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Heading 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.

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The Seventh Learning College Principle:
A Framework for Transformational Change

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.

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Member Spotlight
Northland Pioneer College
Holbrook, Arizona

Going the Distance: Enhancing Educational Access to Rural Students

Northland Pioneer 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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