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June 2005
Volume 6, Number 6
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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.

CIT is perfect for administrators, faculty, librarians, chief technology officers, webmasters, counselors and advisors, faculty development specialists, and other educators 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 at www.league.org/2005cit. Also available are group registration discounts and an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses, special three-hour or full-day workshops that connect 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!


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

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!

Now available is a tentative list of presentation titles that may assist individuals who require early details about the conference in order to obtain travel support.

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. We anticipate that conference registrations and hotel rooms will fill up quickly due to the considerable interest in this year's event as a result of the outstanding success of the 2004 conference!

For assistance or additional information, please visit www.league.org/2005cit/ or email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, ext. 233.

Exhibiting and Sponsorship Opportunities 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! Additionally, some great sponsorship opportunities are still available for CIT. They too are going quickly and need to be booked in advance. Direct any questions about exhibiting and sponsorships at the 2005 CIT or about becoming a League Corporate Partner to Heather Miller, Partnership and Marketing Specialist at miller@league.org or 480-705-8200 ext. 237.

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League for Innovation Alliance Member
2005 Ph.D. Scholarship

Capella University and the League for Innovation offer a complete doctoral scholarship to innovative community college faculty or staff. In addition, three partial League for Innovation scholarships are available to Ph.D. learners

Call for entries
Capella University, an accredited online university, is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Capella University-League for Innovation in the Community College doctoral scholarship.

Who is eligible? Members of the faculty or staff at a League Alliance member college who have demonstrated innovation in the field of higher education are eligible to apply. Log on to http://www.league.org/league/membership/allimembers.htm for a list of League Alliance member colleges. In addition, online rules and applications are available at http://www.capella.edu/about_capella/community_college_leaguescholarship.aspx.

Eligible programs: The scholarship winner can enroll in a Psy.D. or Ph.D. program in Capella's Harold Abel School of Psychology, or in a doctoral-level program in the School of Human Services, Business, or Education. Current Capella doctoral-degree or individual course learners meeting the eligibility requirements described above are also encouraged to apply.

Value of the scholarship: The scholarship award is valued at approximately $50,000 and covers three years' tuition, and the three partial scholarships are valued at $12,000 each during the three continuous years of enrollment at Capella University.

Application deadline: Application deadline is June 30, 2005. The award winner will be notified the week of August 1, 2005.

Enrollment deadline: Applicant is expected to enroll at Capella no later than October 3, 2005. Visit the Capella website, www.capella.edu/league-scholarship, for full details, including eligibility requirements and application forms. Go to www.capella.edu and choose the Schools tab to view Capella's doctoral programs.

About Capella University
Capella University is an online academic institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.* Founded in 1993 to serve working adults and employers, Capella University offers degree programs and certificates in business, technology, education, human services, and psychology. Today, the university serves more than 12,000 adult learners in 50 states and in more than 50 countries. Capella University is affiliated with the for-profit Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit www.capellauniversity.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA.

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

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Clearly Quotable Image "Articulating relationships among intentions, actions, and accomplishments is one way to identify needed changes to practice as well as to enhance conficence in the academy's ability to deliver on its promises."

"A clear understanding of the intended outcomes and actions for achieving those outcomes is essential in guiding selection and implementation of appropriate actions and assessment strategies."

"One of the main purposes of assessment is to evaluate and document achievements. An important consideration in fulfilling that purpose is the level of analysis required."

All quotes are from the League publication, Assessment in Context: A Systems Approach to Educational Effectiveness, by Ronald L. Baker. The book is available through the League Bookstore.
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Sinclair to Partner with YMCA to Build Learning Centers

Sinclair Community College has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Dayton to create Fast Track Learning Centers in two of the areas the college serves.

Sinclair will lease the facilities from the YMCA. The YMCA has secured financing for construction of the facilities with a Sinclair lease guarantee. Sinclair has estimated that attaching the Learning Centers to the YMCAs will save approximately 30 to 40 percent over the costs of a similar-size stand-alone facility.

“We are partnering with the YMCA to create these learning centers in Montgomery County’s farthest northern suburbs in response to a growing need for educational programs where people live, work and play,” said President Johnson. “Each site is at least a 25-minute combined drive-and-park distance from our downtown Dayton campus. We expect to provide fast-track learning opportunities for potentially thousands of new individuals who are currently unwilling to make that ever more important time-consuming commute.”

Although the learning center sites will vary, in general, each site will include

  • Approximately 15,300 square feet of Sinclair-exclusive space;
  • Eight classrooms with seating for up to 24 students each, with two of the classrooms equipped with a movable wall that could open up to double the space;
  • One large classroom with seating for up to 32 students;
  • Multimedia access with hardwire and wireless computer availability;
  • An Information Commons combining library services functions and open computer lab;
  • Small bookstore and lounge area;
  • Offices for private academic and personal counseling;
  • Shared administrative and faculty office areas;
  • Additional parking areas built for maximum capacity, 250 spaces; and
  • Separate secure entrances with excellent visibility and suitable signage.

In addition, Sinclair classes may be conducted in YMCA facilities, including the gymnasium, pool, or fitness center. The YMCA also has a variety of areas, including the family, teen, and children’s playland areas; a large multipurpose room; and many outdoor spaces that could be scheduled for Sinclair purposes. Sinclair students will also benefit from YMCA facilities and services including the child care centers. There are also potential joint educational possibilities with the health care providers located on each site.

It is expected that with a Summer 2005 groundbreaking, the Sinclair Learning Centers could open for classes as early as late Spring 2006.

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Just the Stats

What CEOs Want to Know About.
Assessment of Student Learning

A Survey of and for League Alliance CEOs

These survey results are composed of the responses submitted by your fellow CEOs as part of the Alliance quarterly CEO survey service.

1. In the context of institutional outcomes, what factors drive assessment of student learning at your college?

86% Accountability

93% Institutional improvement

89% Accreditation

36% Transfer institution requirements

23% Employee needs and demands

11% Other

32% Funding



2. In the context of institutional outcomes, what evidence is used to determine student attainment at your college?

3. At your college, are data collected to determine

74% Student attainment of course-level learning outcomes

81% Student attainment of program-level learning outcomes

63% Student progress through course sequence

30% Student achievement of self-identified goals

7% Other

4. To get a more complete picture of achievement or lack of achievement among student groups at your college, is student attainment data delineated by 

65% Age

20% Income

40% First-generation status

74% Race/Ethnicity

86% Gender

19% Other

5. How are data on student learning and attainment used at your college?

88% Systemically to improve course/program/institutional effectiveness

78% Systemically to improve student learning

70% To fulfill state and federal reporting requirements

38% For marketing and recruiting purposes

86% For program review

12% Other

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Inside the League

The Executive Leadership Institute Now Accepting Applications

The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) provides the opportunity for potential community college presidents, or those in transition, to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with outstanding community college leaders from North America.

The Program

The program is designed as an intensive week-long experience, with format varying by topic and purpose. Participants should expect to immerse themselves in the seminar from Sunday morning until Friday noon.

The Participants

Applicants for ELI are expected to serve in senior positions of leadership in community colleges and to be qualified for the presidency by their educational and experiential backgrounds.

The typical applicant will hold an advanced degree and will have three or more years' experience as a senior-level administrator in a community college, usually reporting to the CEO at the campus or district level. Participation in the institute is limited. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2005.

To view the latest details or download the 2005 ELI brochure and application, click here.

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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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League Services is Pleased to Announce New Topics

Promoting Customer Service and Professionalism for Community College Personnel

Community colleges have come to realize they are competing with other institutions, including four-year and proprietary schools, for potential students. The opportunity exists to attract more students with two very important items: excellent customer service and displaying professionalism throughout the institution. Learn how to sharpen your staff’s customer service skills, develop professionalism, and promote a professional image in order to increase enrollment. Strive to make your institution stand out by becoming a leader in keeping current students and attracting new students. We may be delivering education to students, but in the end, it is all about satisfying the students, our ultimate customers!

This highly interactive and informative workshop, delivered in a six- to eight-hour format, covers

  • Excellent Customer Service;
  • Your Hallmark: Customer Service and Satisfaction;
  • Branding Your Service;
  • Fostering Positive Attitudes;
  • Communications: Speaking and Listening;
  • Employee Empowerment;
  • Fielding Complaints;
  • Telephone Etiquette;
  • Professional Looking Brochures and Literature;
  • Web Site Attractiveness;
  • Developing a Professional Image;
  • Appropriate Professional Attire; and
  • Proper Employee Conduct.

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

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News and Events

New Web-Based Software Aids in
Academic Evaluations

Academic Management Systems is branching out to reach a wider audience within higher education with a special interest in establishing relationships with community colleges. CoursEvalTM3, a new web-based software for evaluation of courses, faculty, and other academic support services, is being marketed to colleges and universities within the United States and Canada. The new version of this well-established product, which is currently used by health professions schools and academic health science centers, provides complete online access to all participants involved in the evaluation process.

Characteristic of most online activity, CoursEvalTM3 immediately displays responses and results of evaluation activities, which underscores the importance of issues raised by respondents. New features include a peer-review mechanism, the capability to complete comparative and longitudinal analyses and promote the use of both formative and summative evaluations. This added flexibility broadens the scope of assessment beyond the traditional course and faculty evaluations.

Academic Management Systems is very optimistic about the potential impact CoursEvalTM3 will have on the higher education market. At present, over 75 individual schools and units within the health professions are using CoursEvalTM3 to evaluate both didactic and clinical courses that comprise their curricula. The company anticipates that it will experience a significant increase in its customer base within the first two years of offering CoursEvalTM3 to the broad-based higher education market, which includes community colleges.

For more information on CoursEvalTM3, contact Ed Holmes, Director of Business Development, (716) 204-0464, ext. 108, eholmes@academicmanagement.com.

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New CAAL Report on Building Healthcare Career Ladders

TO REACH THE FIRST RUNG AND HIGHER: Building Healthcare Career Ladder Opportunities for Low-Skilled Disadvantaged Adults, is a new CAAL paper co-authored by Forrest P. Chisman and Gail Spangenberg (June 6, 2005). It is based on various CAAL (Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy) explorations, including an in-depth review of six exemplary career ladder programs offered in various institutional settings: a union, a hospital, a community-based organization (CBO), and three community colleges in partnership with an array of medical centers. The programs are profiled in depth in this paper, and the authors discuss their principle findings based on CAAL's research to date.  The paper contains ideas and suggestions for institutions that may want to either create a new healthcare career program for low-skilled, disadvantaged workers or improve existing programs.  Go to http://www.caalusa.org/firstrungandhigher.pdf.

To browse and access other CAAL publications, go to the home page at http://www.caalusa.org.

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Syllabus2005: Spotlight on Innovation, Integration, and Collaboration

Explore best practices, industry trends, and technology solutions July 24-28 in Los Angeles. Syllabus 2005 features mMore than 50 collaborative sessions as well leading-edge keynotes and speakers. Join your peers this summer!

The 12th Annual Syllabus Education Technology Conference offers you a complete package of enlightenment, enrichment, and excitement this summer at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel and on the campus of UCLA.


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Space still available in NASA CAE summer workshops

The NASA Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Presents Teaching Excellence in Introductory Astronomy, FREE Two-Day, Three-Day, and Four-Day Workshops

Pre-registration is required at

Astronomy provides an extraordinary environment for teaching the excitement of scientific inquiry to students. At the same time, high-quality astronomy teaching presents an ardent challenge, because students who most often elect to take astronomy courses are frequently apprehensive of science and mathematics courses in general. Sponsored by the NASA Navigator Public Engagement Program, with additional support from the Spitzer EPO program, the two-day and three-day interactive teaching excellence workshops focus on dilemmas astronomy teachers face and develop practical solutions for the troubling issues in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

In the workshop, after reviewing the latest research about how students learn, participants will define and set measurable student learning goals and objectives for students in their astronomy courses. To improve instruction, participants will learn how to create productive learning environments by using interactive lectures, peer instruction, engaging demonstrations, collaborative groups, and tutorials. Participants will also learn how to write more effective multiple-choice tests and implement authentic assessment strategies, including portfolio assessment, performance tasks, and concept maps, with the goal of constructing a syllabus and assignments that improve student achievement. Materials presented include resources from (1) Learner-Centered Astronomy Teaching (Slater & Adams, Prentice Hall, 2002); (2) Great Ideas for Teaching Astronomy (Pompea, Brooks, & Cole, 2000); (3) Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy (Adams, Prather, & Slater, Prentice Hall, 2002); and (4) Insights Into the Universe (Slater & Zeilik, AAPT Press, 2003).

PRESENTERS: Presenters Ed Prather and Tim Slater are astronomers in the Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research (CAPER) Team at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory, where their scholarship focuses on the teaching and learning of astronomy. The workshop leaders have published numerous articles and books on active learning in astronomy and have coordinated curriculum development and professional development projects for professional societies, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. Additional presenters may also participate.

COST: There is no cost for our workshop. Participants are, however, responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. The majority of costs are being borne by the NASA Navigator Public Engagement Program, with additional support from the Spitzer EPO Program, host societies, and publishers. Graduate credit from the University of Arizona is available by paying a tuition fee. Professional Development Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are also often available.

PREREGISTRATION: Preregistration is required to ensure that all participants receive materials that will be given away. You can register online at http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/index.cfm. If you have questions, contact CAE program manager Gina Brissenden at gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu or at 520-626-9480.


6-8 July
Montana State University—Bozeman
Engineering & Physical Sciences Bldg., Room 103
Bozeman, MT 59717
(workshop has an astrobiology theme)

6-7 August
University of Utah
Orson Spencer Hall, Room 238
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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Member Spotlight

Monroe Community College (MCC) is a multicampus college serving more than 36,000 credit and noncredit students each year. As the local community and nation have changed, MCC's innovative spirit has tackled new challenges: homeland security, economic development, and an ever-changing student body.

With more than 30 years of experience in training police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians, MCC felt not only well-positioned but also obligated to expand its services to encompass homeland security. The college launched its Homeland Security Management Institute in December 2003 and now offers an array of online courses and seminars for safety professionals, elected officials, and interested citizens.

Rochester, New York is home to MCC as well as to corporate giants Eastman Kodak Co., Bausch & Lomb, and Xerox. As the economy has pinched corporate budgets, a ripple effect has been felt throughout the community. A significant workforce trainer, MCC has partnered with dozens of businesses and organizations to meet their education and training needs. MCC has partnered with area health care providers and insurers to expand its enrollment in nursing and radiologic technology - two fields in need of workers. MCC also has an online dental assisting program that is helping dental professionals meet state licensing requirements.

Finally, enrollment continues to break records year after year, and MCC has relied on the innovative spirit of its faculty and staff to meet increasing demands. Residence halls were added in 2003, and resident students have enriched the campus. A $24 million campus center updated the student programming facilities and expanded MCC's ability to host community meetings and conferences. And year after year, faculty and staff find innovative ways to better meet student needs, which MCC celebrates with an Innovation of the Year award.

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