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May 2005
Volume 6, Number 5
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Join the Us 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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The Bridge Partnership is Accepting Applications for
the 2005-2006 College Year

The Bridge Partnership is a project of the League for Innovation in the Community College, with the participation of the National Association for Developmental Education. Applications to join for the 2005-2006 college year are now being accepted. In its first full year, this exciting program has made substantial progress; 71 community colleges and 105 high schools in 20 states are involved.

The project addresses America's critical need to increase the number of students who advance to college and succeed as well as meet the national priority for a seamless transition from high school to college.

The partner colleges and high schools collaborate to raise student aspirations and expectations, assess college readiness, and provide appropriate college preparation.

The partnerships are supported by Bridge Partnership Director Robert McCabe and the project office. Based on experience, services and materials continue to be refined. For 2005-2006, the operating guide will be revised and upgraded, a Spanish version of student materials produced, electronic communications improved, and all current services continued. A guide for gaining local contributions is also being developed, and grants are being sought to produce additional support materials.

The application deadline to join the Bridge Partnership for the 2005-2006 college year is July 15, 2005.

See the project web site: http://www.league.org/league/projects/bridge/ For more detailed information contact:
Robert McCabe, Director, the Bridge Partnership
The League for Innovation in the Community College
1601 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

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Kirkwood Professor Wins National Honor: Rich Underwood Earns Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Award

Rich Underwood A long-time Kirkwood Community College educator has earned a top leadership honor. Arts and Humanities Professor Rich Underwood was awarded the Robert Giles Distinguished Advisor Award from Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college honor society.

Underwood is the chapter advisor for Kirkwood 's (IA) main-campus Alpha Eta Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). He received the award at the honor society's mid-April annual convention in Dallas, Texas. Underwood was chosen for the award after being nominated by Kirkwood PTK students. The award is presented to 30 of the top chapter advisors annually from over 500 honor society chapters in the United States, U.S. territories, Canada, and Germany.

“I am very honored, humbled, and completely surprised to receive this prestigious award,” Underwood said. “Advisors are nominated by students for this award. Thus, it has a special meaning for me.”

Kirkwood's Phi Theta Kappa chapters at the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City campuses have over 300 active student members in the current academic year. Phi Theta Kappa encourages the highest levels of scholarship, campus involvement, and community service among its members. The society also reflects the goals and ideals of Phi Beta Kappa, the similar honor society among four-year colleges and universities.

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“Since community colleges are the locations where 80 per cent of first responders are trained, the extensions of the concepts within disaster preparedness are logical directions for community colleges' agenda.”

“Civic engagement is a part of the responsibility that most community colleges take on regularly, but action is especially crucial at times of emergency in the local community.”

“Because of the hurricane's impact, both in physical damage and in the psychological stress of waiting and preparing for storm after storm, Henry said, ‘the life appeared to be sucked out of them [students].'”

“Service learning and the opportunity for civic engagement was an obvious and logical result for students and faculty at Brevard following the [hurricanes of 2004]. Students volunteered in many ways: they staffed the Salvation Army comfort stations, some helped to remove trees from local parks, others repaired damaged wharfs, and still more used shovels to aid in stemming the significant erosion caused by the storms.”

“A Humanities faculty member was reminded of the social fragility that disaster uncovers. Her response: encouragement of her students to volunteer with field-relief agencies rather than their usual beach cleanup project, since her house was too damaged to host the event.”

“All the disaster-scenario work included opportunities for a college to convert experience into service-learning options.”

All quotes are from Alice W . Villadsen's report on the third annual Disaster Preparedness Summit, held March 6, 2005 in New York. The White Paper, titled “How Do You Prepare Your Community for Disaster?” is available online at www.league.org/dps.


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How Do You Prepare Your Community for Disaster?
A Report of the Third Annual Disaster
Preparedness Summit

Community colleges continue to be institutions with special expertise and local responsibilities in the homeland security educational arena. In a continuing effort to support community colleges in this endeavor, the third Disaster Preparedness Summit was held in New York in March 2005. The specific purposes of the summit were to aid community colleges in creating or improving disaster preparedness programs and to increase prospects for community engagement.

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement, in partnership with the League for Innovation in the Community College, sponsored the summit titled "How Do You Prepare Your Community for Disaster?" Held in conjunction with the League's Innovations conference in New York, the summit enrolled 90 participants in the day-long workshop. Read the summit White Paper online at http://www.league.org/dps/.

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League Alliance and Alliance Advantage Membership

When you become a League Alliance member, your institution's administration, faculty, and staff become part of the international community connected to our efforts. Just take the time to look at our website, and we think you'll agree that we are working hard to make belonging to the League a valuable proposition.

By joining with the more than 790 League Alliance members, you demonstrate your institution's commitment to innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

Some of the many benefits available to League Alliance Members include

To obtain even more benefits, your institution can sign up to become a League Alliance Advantage Member. As a League Alliance Advantage member, you'll not only receive the benefits listed above, but your institution will also have access to iStream. More than 70 community colleges have joined as League Alliance Advantage members to enjoy the benefits of this state-of-the-art tool that offers users an abundance of additional resources and information.

Join Now and Start Interacting With Some of the

Most Innovative Institutions in the World!

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2005 Conference on Information Technology

October 23-26, 2005
Wyndham Anatole Hotel
Dallas, Texas

Hosted by Dallas County Community College District, Collin County Community College District, North Texas Community College Consortium, and Tarrant County College District.


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

CIT, the largest community and technical college conference in the nation, is perfect for administrators, faculty, librarians, chief technology officers, webmasters, counselors and advisors, faculty development specialists, and others who care about exploring and expanding the use of information technology to improve all aspects of the educational enterprise. Regardless of your campus responsibilities, whether you're a novice seeking solutions to everyday challenges or an experienced professional interested in learning about the latest educational advances, you'll find useful information and practical tips that will help you do your job more effectively!

Register for the conference prior to the end of this fiscal year at www.league.org/2005cit! Available are group registration discounts and an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses, special three-hour or full-day workshops that provide in-depth exposure to specific topics in each conference track while connecting a community of learners who share common interests. Special Sessions, diverse and exciting presentations that provide a focused discussion about particularly innovative and timely topics, are also available. Early registration helps ensure that you secure a place in the Learning Center Course(s) of your choice and that you take advantage of early registration and special group rates of up to 30 percent!

Back by popular demand, demonstrations of 3D HoloProjection (3DH) technology will again be available during the conference! 3DH is a futuristic technology being introduced into learning environments to create more immersive and realistic learning experiences. The possibilities 3DH holds for education will immediately become clear once you see and experience a live demonstration of an image created and displayed using this technology. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the 3DH live demonstrations are worth millions!

The benefits of attending CIT are as numerous and as diverse as the participants themselves.

  • Discuss strategies, solutions, and technologies with colleagues facing similar issues and concerns.
  • Hear first hand what international experts have to say about important issues facing community and technical colleges.
  • Learn about the latest technology innovations and approaches that help accelerate learning.
  • Experience hands-on and demonstration sessions designed by and for new and experienced educators.
  • Compare the products and services of leading vendors in hours instead of weeks or months.
  • Expand your professional connections while exchanging advice and real-world experiences at receptions and other networking opportunities.
  • Embrace fresh perspectives and return to your campus rejuvenated and enthused.
  • Gain insight into how to leverage technology to help your institution reach its potential.
  • Learn about emerging technologies and their implications that may affect your job in the future.

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! Download the 2005 CIT Ultimate Guide to Dallas-Fort Worth, a Windows desktop application. Once downloaded to your PC, the Guide is available for offline use.

Hotel and travel information is now available. For assistance or additional information, please visit www.league.org/2005cit/ or email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Community College Pathways to Improved Teacher Preparation Through Technology

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 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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League Services is Pleased to Announce New Topics

Creating Your Own Crystal Ball: Resiliency in the Educational Workplace

This two- to four-hour workshop begins by focusing on the values, assumptions, and beliefs of community college employees and how they connect to the work that these individuals do each day. Small group dialogues explore the importance of individual contribution to the success of each student who steps on campus. Exercises provide a visionary glimpse into how every employee contributes to the organization. Examples of professional conduct and the relationship of professionalism to one's professional and personal future are provided. Participants receive guidelines, a reading list, and a certificate of participation.

Communicating in the Midst of Controversy

Every college board of trustees and administration faces a difficult controversy or outspoken advocacy group from time to time. Ideally, every board member and administrator should have a research-based, proven set of strategies ready for implementation when voices rise and controversy threatens.

This program helps leaders communicate successfully with individuals, groups, and the media during times of stress and anxiety. The strategies taught in this workshop are based on widely respected research and have been employed successfully in business, industry, and government.

For more than 15 years, the consultant for this topic has conducted communication training programs for elected school board members, administrators, government and law enforcement officials, and utility managers. His program consists of a lecture followed by exercises to help participants develop their own strategies to respond to difficult issues. The consultant was the head of media relations for a major Midwest utility with two nuclear power plants for 11 years and was elected five times to public school boards of education in three different jurisdictions. He is currently responsible for marketing and public relations activities at a community college in Michigan.

Discovering (or Refining) Institutional Vision Through College Participation

This workshop focuses on the development of a college vision or the redevelopment or revision of a college vision. The presenter shares a method for determining college strengths and weaknesses from everyone at the college; affirming or refuting the collective wisdom through institutional research; leading the college to debate potential options for vision through facilitated department and all-college meetings; endorsement of new or refined vision by college and board; defining early goals; setting up measures for those goals; and ensuring that institutional planning and budgeting reflect the new or revised mission. This method is discussed in “Starting Again: The Brookhaven Success College,” Leadership Abstracts, Vol. 15, Number 2, February 2002. The methodology has been in place at Brookhaven College for six years and is producing significant improvements. The workshop can focus on the methodology only, or it can include subsequent sessions to carry the college through the entire process. The outcome should be a new understanding of the important elements of vision and college collective engagement in vision; the development of a new or renewed vision for the college that is embraced by all of the college; and the development of goals and measures to support the new or renewed vision.

To find out more about these and other topics, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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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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News and Events

Your Alumni LogoYourAlumni.com Online Alumni Community Software, FREE Trial Offer Exclusively for League Members

The League has partnered with YourAlumni.com (www.youralumni.com), the global leader in online alumni communities, to provide an exclusive offer for all League member colleges.

Your college is entitled to setup, design, and a six-month free trial, including hosting, of the YourAlumni.com complete online alumni community, with no additional commitment required.

The product integrates into your college's website and provides a complete alumni community with secure online donations, an event and reunion system with registration and ticketing, an online store, permanent affinity email, real-time data import and export, an online forum, class home pages, an online directory with alumni profile pages, member searching, group emailing, online surveys, faculty and staff directory, custom pages, a career networking center, and total control over your site content. See our site for all current features at www.youralumni.com/features/.

YourAlumni.com provides site hosting, includes all future software upgrades at no additional cost and unlimited live-person client support, and can have your college up and running in less than 72 hours.

To have a YourAlumni.com representative contact you, please fill out the contact form at http://www.youralumni.com/contact/or contact Bill Stover (727-827-0046 x230, wstover@youralumni.com) for more information and to setup a product demo. Mention the League to receive the free setup and six-month free trial!

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How To Get Started with Information
Literacy: Special Selection

Cosponsored by The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Online Workshop:  May 24-June 7, 2005       
Webcasts each Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern

This workshop introduces participants to a carefully selected set of basic resources for launching or advancing local undergraduate information literacy programs.

These resources are selected specifically for librarians, faculty members, faculty development professionals, and their colleagues who are just beginning to help students learn how to use information resources more responsibly and effectively - especially those that include web-based materials.

We recommend this workshop to individuals or teams from colleges and universities that are in the early stages of developing a more institutionwide approach to information literacy.

Note: These selected resources are readily available from a variety of sources, mostly on the web, and include ACRL's guidelines and standards. However, we expect and encourage many participants to adapt the definitions and goals for information literacy to the needs and resources of their own institutions. Some may find it necessary to chose a different label, even while embracing the fundamental mission of information literacy.

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/getstarted.htm

TO REGISTER: https://www.tltgroup.org/Registration/Registration/InfoLitSeries/ILResources.htm

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Space Affects Learning

Right behind funding for staff and faculty is the cost of the physical space on campus. Is this space, and big investment, enhancing learning? Likely not, as most spaces were established to support the Instruction Paradigm. The evolution to the Learning Paradigm requires new thinking about the physical setting.

Herman Miller, Inc., along with Terry Hajduk, architectural designer, collaborated with the League for Innovation in the Community College at the August 2004 Learning Summit to demonstrate a variety of settings that support the Learning Paradigm. The summit participants were enthusiastic about the flexibility, comfort, lighting, and aesthetics of the room.

At the 2005 Learning College Summit, Herman Miller will again transform a conference meeting space into a dynamic learning setting, a Learning Studio. If a hotel meeting room can be transformed into an effective learning setting, think of the possibilities for your classrooms.

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Space affects learning, adapting to the
pedagogy and the people

Find out more about Herman Miller at the 2005 Learning College Summit by visiting the Herman Miller Learning Studio, located in the Oxford Room.

If you would like more information about Herman Miller knowledge, products, and services, send us an email by clicking LearningEnvironments@HermanMiller.com, and visit us online at http://www.HermanMiller.com/education.

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What Psychology and Neuroscience Teach us
about Organizational Change

According to the May 2005 issue of Fast Company magazine, here's what new insights from psychology and neuroscience have to teach us about organizational change:

  • Real change isn't motivated by either crisis or fear. The best inspiration comes from leaders who can create compelling and positive visions of the future.
  • Small, gradual changes rarely lead to transformation. Radical, sweeping changes are riskier but often more effective, because they quickly yield benefits visible to everyone.
  • Narratives, not facts, guide our thinking. Data on declining market share or quality problems won't get employees to change what they do. Rather, appeals rooted in emotion are what best inspire people to alter course.

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 creating compelling and positive visions of the future based on stories of success that can lead to organizational transformation. For dates and locations coming up in June, go to http://CenterforAppreciativeInquiry.net.

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Member Spotlight
Langside College
Glasgow UK

Langside College is located in the city of Glasgow in the west of Scotland and is currently participating in a home stay exchange program organized by Open Campus Learning, Glasgow Caldedonian University, and the Virginia Community College System.

From May 10 to May 21, the college is hosting a return visit from staff from the Virginia Community College System who are coming to learn about the college, the Scottish educational system, and Scottish culture.

Four Langside staff went to Virginia in October, staying with staff at John Tyler, Virginia Western, Germanna, and Southside Virginian community colleges.

All the Scottish staff had a wonderful learning experience in Virginia, receiving great hospitality and finding out that many of the challenges, such as retention, faced by community colleges are the same whether in a rural part of Virginia or in a postindustrial Scottish city.

The Virginian visitors, on the return visit, will be exploring their own special interests and will be welcomed by the Scottish Further Education Unit, who provide CPD and training for college staff.

The benefits of the program are many, on both personal and rofessional levels. The Scots came home in October full of enthusiasm about their stay and with the satisfaction of having shared perspectives and ideas in many areas.

With Scotland now only six hours away by direct flights from the U.S., the opportunities for such mutual sharing of ideas and participating in another education system are becoming easier and more affordable. With luck, such exchanges will lead to closer ties across the Atlantic. And for both Americans and Scots, the old Scots farewell, “Haste ye back,” will surely be a heartfelt one.

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