Volume 6, Number 8
The League for Innovation in the Community College requests statements of qualifications from postsecondary institutions around the world for participation in the Basic Education Online Project. The project, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, seeks to identify high-quality developmental reading, developmental writing, developmental mathematics, and English for Speakers of Other Languages courses for inclusion in a proposed open-content project. In the proposed project, identified courses will be adapted, redesigned, or otherwise transformed for inclusion in an online, open-content environment. The open-content courses will serve as resources for teachers and learners throughout the world who seek instructional models or self-study options.
Any postsecondary institution in the world that offers, in English, developmental reading, developmental writing, and/or developmental mathematics courses, or English for Speakers of Other Languages courses, is invited to respond to this request. Please note that the project seeks to identify high-quality courses, regardless of current delivery method (e.g., face-to-face, online, telecourse, combination). Courses are not required to be offered online currently in order to qualify.
Institutions submitting courses that are selected for the larger-scale project
- will be invited to participate in a work session to be held in Dallas, Texas, on October 22, 2005, in conjunction with the League's Conference on Information Technology. Participants in the work session will provide input into the design of the proposed project. The League will use this input in developing a proposal to be submitted to the Hewlett Foundation in December 2005. The current grant will cover travel expenses for participants in the work session.
- will provide, prior to the October 22 meeting, a letter of support from the ranking administrator at the institution.
- will work within the project to tailor the selected courses for the online open-content environment.
- will allow the open-content course to be available online for free global access.
Guidelines for each statement of qualifications are provided at the following links:
Guidelines for Preparing the Statement of Qualifications for Developmental Reading, Developmental Writing, and Developmental Mathematics Courses
Guidelines for Preparing the Statement of Qualifications for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Courses
Deadline for submissions is September 9, 2005, at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -7 hours). Submit each statement of qualifications (including attachments) as an MSWord document attached to an email message addressed to Wendy Neil at email@example.com.
If you have any questions about the Basic Education Online project or the guidelines for submitting a statement of qualifications, please contact Cynthia Wilson at 480-705-8200, ext. 238, or Peggy Ake at 480-705-8200, ext. 224.
To learn more about open content in education or other open-content projects supported by the Hewlett Foundation, visit http://www.hewlett.org/Programs/Education/Technology/OpenContent/opencontent.htm.
March 19-22, 2006
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Louisiana Community and Technical College System
DEADLINE for submitting proposals:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2005
Submit your proposal online at
The Innovations 2006 Conference will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside which is in the center of it all. The Hilton is located on the banks of the Mississippi River with easy access to everything New Orleans has to offer. This full service luxury complex is actually a 'city within itself, providing shopping and entertainment options just steps away. The Riverwalk Marketplace (140+ shops and food outlets) is at the hotel's doorstep, as are Harrah's Casino, the Aquarium of the Americas, the IMAX Theatre, the French Quarter, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, The National D-Day Museum, the Arts District, the Louisiana Children's Museum, and the Riverfront Streetcar.
The Innovations conference incorporates ideas, initiatives, and inspirations from seven key streams into the broader conference goal of encouraging and facilitating student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.
Innovations 2006 CONFERENCE STREAMS:
Learning and Teaching
Leadership and Organization
Workforce Preparation and Development
Student Services and Activities
Basic Skills and Developmental Education
Resource Development and Foundation Management
Research, Assessment, and Accountability
Key Innovations 2006 features:
Hotel and travel information available at http://www.league.org/i2006/travel.html
Subscribe to the new generation of iStream
A powerful web-based resource and professional development tool for
your learning community
Designed as a professional development tool for college administrators, faculty, and staff, iStream provides access to the latest innovations in leadership, learning, and teaching and includes LENs, an outstanding professional development program designed by and for faculty.
As a subscriber to iStream, your college receives unlimited access for all the college's administrators, faculty, and staff to this powerful web-based resource, with simple navigation using keyword and category searches to a wide range of content.
Innovation database, offering more than 11,000 community college model programs, best practices, and innovations
League publications, including The Cross Papers, Faculty Guide to Move Teaching and Learning to the Web, The Leadership Dialogues, Yes We Can!, and many more
League Radio, featuring interviews, lectures, seminars, and thought-provoking panel discussions
League surveys and polls
League periodicals, including Learning Abstracts and Leadership Abstracts
LENs faculty development program, including all six modules, along with facilitator, workshop, and ancillary materials
Online conference and keynote presentations, focused on community college issues, from speakers including Senator Edward Kennedy, Kweisi Mfume (NAACP), and Kay McClenney (Director, Community College Survey of Student Engagement)
League Partner Connections, featuring special highlights of their community college initiatives and best-practice implementations
People to People forums and chats, including discussions with leaders in higher education around the globe
To subscribe to iStream, or to receive more information, contact Wendy Neil at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://istream.league.org/.
| "As long as an
organization or society's image is positive and flourishing,
the dynamic culture grows toward the positive images of the
"[Community colleges leaders] need to begin being postmodern leaders
while living in a typically bureaucratic and hierarchical
"Effective leaders develop both a culture of evidence and a
culture of inclusiveness. They motivate people to improve
their organizations and help people to feel rewarded by doing
All quotes are from the League publication,
Appreciative Inquiry in the Community College: Early
Stories of Success, available at the League Store.
October 23-26, 2005
Wyndham Anatole Hotel
Hosted by Dallas County Community College District, Collin County Community College District, North Texas Community College Consortium, and Tarrant County College District.
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. Early registration helps ensure that you take advantage of special group rates of up to 30 percent! Learning Center Courses, which are held on the first day of the conference in conjunction with a full program of Hands-On Alley Labs, Special Sessions, Forums, and Roundtables, are filling up fast! A tentative list of presentation titles, which may assist individuals who require early details about the conference in order to obtain travel support, is now available.
Back by popular demand, demonstrations of 3D HoloProjection (3DH) technology will again be available during the conference. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the 3DH live demonstrations are worth millions!
Cybersecurity Summit: The Critical Role of Community Colleges in Protecting Information Technology Resources Saturday, October 22
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This Cybersecurity Summit increases the awareness of community college decision makers about the need for IT security education programs for their students. The presenters share the existing standards for IT Security Education programs and certifications, as well as provide resources to help colleges achieve industry-recognized standards in their IT security education courses.
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Certify at CIT: IC³ and Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Lab
Educators can earn a Microsoft Office Specialist or IC³ certification while getting a firsthand look at the leading certifications in digital literacy and business productivity. This year attendees who pre-register for the IC³ exam(s) have free-of-charge access to the new IC³ Benchmark and Diagnostic Assessment System. Whether you want to gauge your skills level or get some last-minute coaching, sign up early and prepare before you test.
Get SAS Certified at CIT!
SAS, the leader in providing a new generation of business intelligence software, is offering certification for conference participants for the first time at the 2005 CIT. Available SAS certifications include SAS Programming, Data Warehousing, and Web-Based Application Development. Exams will be available for $75 each, a 50 percent discount! Register early! Learn more about SAS Certification and exam preparation at http://support.sas.com/certification.
CIT exhibitors provide you with the opportunity to experience the latest products and services from first-rate companies serving the community college sector.
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.
Discounted Dallas Mavericks Tickets
The Dallas Mavericks have been providing FAN-tastic NBA entertainment to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for 26 years. Through a special arrangement, 2005 CIT participants have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to Dallas Mavericks games!
Hotel and travel information is now available. We anticipate that 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! Room rates and availability cannot be guaranteed after Friday, September 30, 2005.
For assistance or additional information, please visit www.league.org/2005cit/, email Ed Leach, or call (480) 705-8200, x233.
The League for Innovation in the Community
College and Stevens Institute of Technology invited colleges
to join Community College Pathways to Improved Teacher
Preparation Through Technology (Pathways), a dynamic
collaboration involving community colleges across the country
in what promises to be a rewarding and worthwhile endeavor.
Pathways provides faculty with online and
face-to-face instruction for using internet-based resources
designed to improve student engagement, while also modeling
We are pleased to announce that 12
colleges have been chosen from a total of 68
institutions that applied to participate in the fall 2005
Pathways cohort. Each of the 12
institutions selected articulated a strong understanding of
Pathways goals, including an institutional focus on
preservice teacher education, modeling effective pedagogy for
preservice teachers, and supporting faculty in the effective
use of technology in their own teaching.
Selected for the fall 2005 cohort includes:
Austin Community College
El Centro College
Kapi'olani Community College
Monroe Community College
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Santa Fe Community College
Stark State College of Technology
Wayne County Community College District
William Rainey Harper College
Current plans include offering an opportunity
for another 18 institutions to participate in Pathways
preceding the League's 2006 Innovations
conference in New Orleans. More details will be
available in the fall about the opportunity to be selected for
the next round of training.
For additional information, contact Beth McGrath
Director, Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science
Education (CIESE), Stevens Institute of Technology, or Edward
J. Leach (email@example.com), Vice
President, Services and Programs, League for Innovation in the
The College and Career Transitions Initiative
(CCTI) has just updated its brochure and website with
information and dates as well as links to exemplary community
college-led site partnerships. You'll find project overviews,
career pathways, implementation plans, lessons learned, and
much more to help you in easing student transitions between
secondary and postsecondary education and improve academic
performance at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.
Take a look at www.league.org/ccti.
The big boom in Advanced
Placement and College Outreach for high school Students is
only part of the collaborative partnership of the
Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE).
MITE has developed a full series of multimedia
online A/P course options for delivery anywhere and
anytime. Visit the SAIL Website and preview these
courses at http://www.league.org/league/projects/sail/archives/0507.html
Resources to Hire, Aid, and Keep
Excellent Adjunct Faculty
This workshop will assist instructional
administrators in developing a plan to strengthen adjunct faculty
through loyalty, awards, professional development, evaluation,
and mentoring. Programs that have proved beneficial at a
college that typically contracts with 1,000 adjunct faculty
per year include elements of interest to the adjuncts and of
benefit to the institution. From Saturday workshops to faculty mentorships to awards and recognitions, adjuncts can be made
to feel like they are an integral part of the college. The
workshop focuses on best practices in the use of adjuncts,
particularly in a nonunion environment. From answering
questions like, “Who are they?” and “What do they want?” to
addressing issues of expectations of adjuncts and ways to
ensure comparable instruction, the speaker presents workable
solutions and aids participants in making a customized plan
for their own institutions. Outcomes include a thorough plan
for the use of adjuncts and determination of the best
practices of benefit to the institution and the adjunct
Proven Methods to Increase Diversity
This workshop will help you discover and use
proven methods implemented by numerous institutions to
recruit, hire, and assimilate faculty of color into what is
otherwise an institution with mostly Caucasian faculty. The
workshop includes information and exercises to validate the
strengths that are inherent in an institution that values
diversity among faculty. A learning college exhibits openness
to change and to differences among employees. The speaker
outlines how a college can prepare itself to welcome diversity
and to benefit most in the hiring and keeping of faculty of
color, faculty with disabilities, and faculty with cultural
backgrounds different from the norm. Cultural-literacy
principles are used in an interactive way to aid workshop
participants in recognizing their own hidden biases and
becoming open and welcoming to all. This workshop is
especially important to faculty and their hiring
administrators, but all at the institution will find the
Given that the web is increasingly the first
impression and repeated point of contact for prospective
students, it's critical that college websites are the best
that they can be. The League can help! A League consultant
with extensive knowledge of national best practices in college
web organization and deployment can conduct a review of your
campus website. The review focuses on ease of use for
students, including usability and navigation, and can also
concentrate on back-end technical issues and opportunities as
well. A detailed report is provided that includes comments,
concerns, and recommendations for improvements.
To find out more about these and other topics, email Ed
Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.
In 1998, a collaborative team of Berkshire Community College faculty and staff and county high school teachers developed Project Connect, a two-week summer transition program. Now in its seventh year, this program has become nationally recognized as a pioneering initiative in improving the retention of entering students. For the past three years, the program has been disseminated nationally to six community colleges with support from a second FIPSE award. Institutions partnering in this project are De Anza College (CA), Greenfield Community College (MA), Houston Community College System's Central College (TX), Lansing Community College (MI), Madison Area Technical College (WI), and Tacoma Community College (WA). A culminating conference will be held September 29-October 2, 2005 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to present the Project Connect model and partners' adaptations and results.
The first session will present a history of program development, an overview of the interdisciplinary curriculum, and outcomes. Presentations and interactive workshops on the individual portable components will follow. Partnering institutions will present their adaptations of Project Connect and explain how the curriculum was modified to meet their institutional needs and goals. Challenges, successes, and preliminary results will also be shared.
Keynote speaker Rosemary Wolfe will focus on how to successfully adapt proven program models. Time for questions and informal discussion of modification of program components to accommodate the needs of the attendees' institutions has been built into the schedule. Other sessions will focus on high school-college partnerships, program evaluation, and funding challenges, and suggestions.
Berkshire Community College 's Project Connect faculty invites you to join us and our colleagues from the partnering institutions in the Berkshires this fall. For further information or to request a registration brochure, visit www.berkshirecc.edu or contact Chris Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Jean Walden (email@example.com).
The Community College Research Center (CCRC) is pleased to announce its new website, located at http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/. CCRC's mission is to conduct research on the major issues affecting community colleges in the United States, and to contribute to the development of practice and policy that expands access to higher education and ensures success for all students. CCRC publications are available to download free of charge.
CIO magazine announced recently that Educational Testing Service (ETS) is a recipient of the 2005 CIO 100 award. ETS is the only education company this year to receive the CIO (Chief Information Officer) 100 award, which annually recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.
The 2005 award theme is the Bold 100, recognizing executives and organizations that embrace great risk for the sake of great reward. This month's issue of CIO describes ETS's bold initiative of launching the new internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ® iBT) this fall. The CIO article can be found at www.cio.com.
“ETS is honored to be named a CIO 100 award winner and pleased that the TOEFL iBT test is generating the excitement we think it deserves,” says ETS Chief Information Officer Scott Weaver, who will accept the award at the CIO 100 symposium and awards ceremony in San Diego on Aug. 23. “The TOEFL iBT test is a great example of how ETS embraces risk to better serve its customers and constituents. When ETS launches the assessment this fall, we will be the first organization in the world to administer a large-scale assessment of this magnitude over the internet in real time.
ETS's vision for the new TOEFL iBT test poses significant technological challenges for the company, Weaver says. To meet these challenges, ETS's information technology team is establishing a test delivery capability that will
- expand the international test-center network from 110 to 3,000 sites by 2007;
- switch from LAN-based to internet-based testing; and
- switch from continuous testing to fixed, mass administrations.
For more information about the TOEFL iBT test, please visit www.ets.org/toefl/nextgen.
The League has partnered with YourAlumni.com (http://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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org)
for more information and to set up a product demo. Mention the
League to receive the free setup and six-month free trial!
Horizon Wimba has announced the immediate
availability of Live Classroom version 4.2, which most notably
boasts several significant changes to the architecture of its
media system, application sharing, and diagnostic tool
This new release of Horizon Wimba’s virtual classroom
- Redesigned HorizonMedia audio that is now Java-based,
plugin-free, and embedded in the Live Classroom interface
for easier window management;
- New Java-based Horizon Media System and application
sharing for simpler installation (no computer admin
- Integrated tunneling system for better performance of
the Horizon Media System and application sharing;
- New Jitterbuffer for better audio quality in poor
- New NetStats that provide audio connectivity
statistics of all users; and
- A new Wizard interface that is now mandatory for any
user to initially join a live or archived class.
As evidenced by its new features, Live Classroom continues
to be developed for education. All upgrades support Live
Classroom’s thin-client, cross-platform and low-bandwidth
capabilities and accessibility requirements. Its architecture
also enables Live Classroom to easily integrate with many
leading educational technologies, such as course management
“It is always our goal to the make the user experience as
simple and as enjoyable as possible, and the release of Live
Classroom 4.2 makes it even easier for all users to enjoy
live, online classes,” said Tommaso Trionfi, CEO of Horizon
Wimba. “The addition of Java-based audio and application
sharing, when coupled with an easier Wizard, means that all
users can access Live Classroom even more quickly and easily
than ever before.”
The release of Live Classroom 4.2 comes only two weeks
after the announcement that Horizon Wimba acquired Connected
Learning and its flagship software product, Course Genie.
Questionmark, provider of the Questionmark™ Perception™
assessment management system, will explain the latest
developments in online testing and assessment during a series
of briefings to be held in eight U.S. cities this fall.
During the briefings, key Questionmark staff will
demonstrate new features from Questionmark Perception Version
4 and explain how best to integrate assessments with other
learning technologies. The briefings will also include case
studies by Perception users and information about learning
opportunities provided by Questionmark. Complimentary
continental breakfasts will be served during the briefings,
and attendance is free of charge.
Briefings are scheduled in Washington, D.C., on September
27; New York on October 6; Alpharetta, Georgia, on October 11;
Chicago on October 12; Waltham, Massachusetts, on October 20; Irving, Texas, on October 27; Los Angeles on
November 1; and San Francisco on November 2.
Full details and registration are available at http://www.questionmark.com/go/briefings or
by calling (800) 863-3950.
Questionmark has been producing testing and
assessment software since 1988. The Questionmark
Perception assessment management system allows people to
create question files without programming experience or
knowledge of HTML. Businesses, governments, schools,
colleges, and universities in more than 50 countries use
Questionmark software. Questionmark has
more than 2,200 customers using Perception and is a keen
supporter of open standards. Typical applications include
exams, quizzes, study aids, diagnostic tests, pre-course
skills assessments, and course evaluations. Questionmark offers training courses and extensive learning materials
designed to improve assessment authoring and management.
Complete information is available at http://www.questionmark.com/.
Savvy community college leaders
have learned to ask people on campus to come to them with
solutions, not problems. Paul Hill, Interim
President of Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus,
takes it one step further. When an individual (an
administrator, faculty, support staff, or student) or a group
(cabinet) discovers a problem, Hill intentionally flips the
dialogue into an exploration of what the person or group wants
more of, what is desired. He then asks what he calls an
affirmative question, one that triggers "an avalanche of
creativity" related to the topic. The affirmative question
calls forth the person's own best practice story relating to
the topic. For instance, if someone were dealing with a
difficult working relationship, the question might be as
simple and straightforward as, "Tell me a story about your
best experience, or success, in a relationship that worked
exceptionally well. What did you do? What did they do?" The
questions generate possibilities rather than problems.
As Hill says, an affirmative question "allows
people to tell their stories, share their successes." It
"triggers an avalanche of creativity based on an exciting and
affirming history of past successes." He believes that "the
well-placed appreciative question can dramatically change the
dialogue, moving away from energy-draining, negative griping
to energizing and exciting stories and conversations. It can
generate exceptional creativity that is grounded on a
foundation of real successes." To learn how you can ask
affirmative questions and trigger an avalanche of creativity,
go to http://centerforappreciativeinquiry.net/.
Foothill-De Anza Launches Latest in
District Will Save More than $800,000
Annually, Help Preserve Environment
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District,
which serves 45,000 students annually in the heart of Silicon
Valley, recently launched its latest energy efficiency and
environmental initiatives: solar electric and energy-efficient
cogeneration projects at both Foothill and
colleges. Along with prior improvements to lighting, air
conditioning and energy management systems, the installations
will reduce the district's electricity purchases by half and
save the district about $800,000 a year.
The projects, which include two solar-paneled parking
structures together generating 301 kilowatts of electricity,
will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 14 million
pounds per year, equivalent to planting a 2,000-acre forest.
“We're proud to serve as a model for educational
institutions statewide and across the nation in achieving
energy sustainability, preserving the environment while
reducing costs and thereby maximizing resources for students,”
said Chancellor Martha J. Kanter. “We're pleased that with
these energy efficiency methods as well as other means—such as
through the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies—we
can educate students and the community about sustainability
and the environment.” The Kirsch Center, the Science Center,
and the Student and Community Services Center at De Anza
College are constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System standards
for high-performance, sustainable buildings.
The $5.1 million total cost of the cogeneration and solar
projects was offset by $2 million in rebates from the state of
California, with the remainder from energy savings and
construction bond funds.
“The board of trustees is proud that Foothill-De Anza is to
be a leader in this critical area,” said board President
Edward A. Hay, a retired geology instructor. “Using energy
resources wisely and preserving our environment are
imperatives for the region, the state, the country, and the
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