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December 2005
Volume 6, Number 12
inside this issue
Humber VP Emeritus Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Executive Leadership Institute Graduates
The Community College Enrollment Management Symposium
Clearly Quotable

news and events
EdTech: Focus on Higher Education Offers
Higher Education Awards for Innovation
A-HEC Internet-Supported Learning Study
and Leadership Program
Family Financial Literacy Pilot: Call for Vounteers
Paralegal Students Benefit Through Gatlin Education Services Partnership with CASA
inside the league
Join us for the 2006 Innovations Conference
Save the Date!
Learning College Summit
2006 Conference on Information Technology
Career Pathways Increase the
Rate of Completion and Success!
League for Innovation Announces
a New Articulation Agreement
League Services is Pleased to Announce an
Exciting New Topic

member spotlight
Macomb Community College Connects Transfer Students

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Deadline for submissions for the January 2006 issue of League Connections is January17, 2006.
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Humber VP Emeritus Awarded Honorary Doctorate

GirouxVice President Emeritus of Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and former League for Innovation Representative Roy Giroux has been awarded a doctorate degree for his contribution to the development of graduate programs in Ontario. The degree is awarded by the board of trustees at Central Michigan University (CMU). Giroux has developed more than 53 master’s degree cohorts that have graduated more than 1,000 students on 15 campuses in the province of Ontario. Many of the graduates have assumed leadership roles as administrative staff, faculty, deans, directors, and vice presidents, and six have become college presidents. Many have also pursued and attained their doctorates.

“Humber is privileged to work with Dr. Giroux to provide a venue for a new CMU master’s cohort each year,” says Robert A. Gordon, president of Humber. “His work in providing a master’s program with a college focus in Ontario has contributed to a better college system.”

Giroux organized the first of these 53 cohorts while he was vice president at St. Clair College. He then established similar programs at Sault, Cambrian, and Canadore Colleges. After moving to Humber, he organized 20 cohorts for staff at Humber and other colleges. He has also implemented five doctoral programs in Community College Studies at Humber.

Following his retirement, Giroux was appointed vice president emeritus at Humber, where he is the coordinator and a faculty member of the Community College Leadership Ph.D. program at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Giroux was recently recognized by the National Council for Staff and Organizational Development for his work. He was also honoured with a Distinguished Educator Award for his contributions in Ontario by OISE/UT.

The honorary degree was be awarded to Giroux at the CMU commencement on Oct. 22, 2005, in conjunction with a provincial CMU alumni homecoming.

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Executive Leadership Institute Graduates

The Board of Directors of the
League for Innovation in the Community College
Congratulates the 2005 Executive Leadership Institute Graduates - “The Rising Stars”

John Adlish
Dean, Arts and Humanities
Truckee Meadows Community College

Clarence Ates
Executive Dean, Business and Information Technology
North Lake College

Mary M. Bendickson
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Hillsborough Community College

Wayne Brown
Chief Information Officer
Johnson County Community College

Mary Chapman
Vice President, Community and Workforce Partnerships
Des Moines Area Community College

Carol Churchill
Vice Provost, Economic and Workforce Development
Macomb Community College

Paula Davis
Dean, Instruction
Independence Community College

Jan Doebbert
Dean, Technology and Technical Programs
Alexandria Technical College

Eileen E. Ely
Campus Dean, Albany County Campus
Laramie County Community College

Mary Tripp Gaier
Director of the President’s Office
Sinclair Community College

John Ganio
Vice Chancellor, Education
St. Louis Community College

Sarah L. Garrett
Dean/CAO, Academic Affairs
Asnuntuck Community College

David Just
Vice President, Continuing Education
Spartanburg Technical College

Sharon Kennedy
Dean, Career Programs
Moraine Valley Community College

Bennie Lambert
Vice President, Student and Organizational Development
North Harris College

James Martin
Vice President, Student Affairs
Pensacola Junior College

Kenneth Martin
Vice President, Student Services
Navarro College

Carole McCoy
Vice President, Learner Support Services
Anne Arundel Community College

Kenneth A. Moore
Vice President, Information Technology and CIO
Sinclair Community College

Shari L. Olson
Vice President, Outreach and Technology
Northland Community and Technical College

Gregory Schmitz
Hawkeye Community College

Barbara Sloan
Vice President, Academic Affairs
Tallahassee Community College

Sally Struthers
Dean, Fine and Performing Arts Division
Sinclair Community College

The Executive Leadership Institute is an opportunity for selected senior administrators aspiring to the presidency of a community college to review their abilities, refine their skills, and participate in discussions with outstanding leaders from community colleges in the United States and Canada. This institute is sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College in cooperation with The University of Texas at Austin and the American Association of Community Colleges.

For more information about the 2006 Executive Leadership Institute visit: www.league.org/eli.

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The Community College Enrollment Management Symposium

The Community College Enrollment Management Symposium will be held February 7-8, 2006, at the world headquarters of SAS in Cary, North Carolina. The event will be co-sponsored by SEM WORKS and SAS, with support from the League for Innovation in the Community College. SEM WORKS and SAS have designed an event that integrates proven practice with sound theory, and have gathered nationally recognized education thought leaders to discuss enrollment management needs specific to the community college.

For complete information on the event, visit http://www.semworks.net/symposium

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Clearly Quotable

“The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education developed some 35 years ago has become a familiar and useful tool for many of us…. Much as we tried, the single classification had become creakier and creakier. It was increasingly clear that attempting to shoehorn all institutions of higher education into a single classification system introduced distortions, inaccuracies, and obscurities that could be avoided.”

            Lee S. Shulman, President, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

“By expanding the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education from a single typology to a set of distinct classifications representing several ways to think about how colleges and universities resemble or differ from one another, the [Carnegie] Foundation aims to provide users with greater analytic flexibility, allowing them to choose the classification that is best suited to their needs and questions."

            Alexander C. McCormick, Director, Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education Project

 All quotes are from Carnegie Perspectives, available at http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/perspectives/november2005.


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Join us for the 2006 Innovations Conference

Join the most innovative community college professionals as they come together to improve student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Belle s. wheelan
Belle S. Wheelan
Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools, GA

Emily derocco
Emily DeRocco
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration
U. S. Department of Labor
Washington D.C.

Be a part of Innovations 2006, March 19-22 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

Experience Southern hospitality in an elegant setting at the Hilton Atlanta, located in downtown Atlanta. From arts to sports and dining in between, Atlanta’s the key to nonstop excitement.

At the hotel, onsite entertainment abounds with Trader Vic's and Nikolai's Roof, the first four-star restaurant in downtown Atlanta. You'll find a full-service fitness center perfect for workouts away from home, with tennis courts, jogging track, swimming pool, basketball court, fitness equipment, and locker rooms.

Innovations 2006 is an opportunity for colleagues around the world to showcase their model programs, to share lessons learned, and to look to the future by experiencing a wide array of learning opportunities. Join the most energetic community college professionals as they work together to improve student and organizational learning by exploring innovations in (1) Learning and Teaching; (2) Leadership and Organization; (3) Workforce Preparation and Development; (4) Student Services and Activities; (5) Basic Skills and Developmental Education; (6) Resource Development and Foundation Management; and (7) Research, Assessment, and Accountability.

Register now and join the most innovative community college professionals as they come together to improve student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

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Save the Date!
Learning College Summit

June 11-14, 2006
Sheraton Westport Lake Chalet
St. Louis, Missouri

Hosted by St. Louis Community College, the League's annual Learning College Summit is scheduled for June 11-14, 2006, at the Sheraton Westport Lake Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2006 Learning College Summit will be hosted by St. Louis Community College.The Learning College Summit is designed as a working retreat, where you can connect with colleagues to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges. Summit planners are developing a program of symposia, forums, and conversations about learning centered around five topics as they relate to the Learning College:

  • Accreditation
  • Accountability
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment
  • Staff Development

The League and host institution St. Louis Community College invite innovative community college educators who are committed to a deliberate, powerful focus on learning at their institutions to gather with colleagues in St. Louis for this exciting new program designed both for colleges that are beginning the journey toward becoming more learning centered and veteran Learning College institutions that are well on their way.For additional information, see future issues of League Connections and watch for updates on the League website at http://www.league.org/ls2006/.  The Call for Proposals will be issued January 16, 2006.

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2006 Conference on Information Technology

Call for Proposals

The League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at the 2006 Conference on Information Technology, October 22-25 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In Charlotte, there is always something new to entice, interest, and amaze. Charlotte's southern culture represents a colorful spectrum, from the fine artwork of the Mint Museum to the engine-racing thunder of NASCAR that draws more than one million visitors each year. Whether you stay a day, a weekend, or longer, Charlotte will keep you entertained!

The League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT) is the premier showcase of the use of information technology to improve teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management. Celebrating its 22nd year of excellence, the 2006 CIT will feature a technologically sophisticated and topically diverse program that helps educators explore and expand their use of technology. This call for proposals is an invitation to join your colleagues in a dynamic learning community to discover how information technology is transforming the educational enterprise.

Proposals to present at the 2006 Conference on Information Technology can be submitted online at http://www.league.org/2006cit/cfp/index.html. Each year, Track One focuses on an emerging technology believed to be of particular interest to educators. For the 2006 CIT, the special focus for Track One is Open-Source Solutions and Their Implications for Community Colleges. As increasing numbers of colleges implement a wide variety of open-source instructional and enterprisewide tools and solutions, what are the pros and cons that must be considered? Proposals targeted toward this focus area should assist community colleges to evaluate, customize, anticipate, and deploy fiscally, technologically, and educationally sound open-source solutions to meet instructional and organizational needs. Although open-source solutions are the special focus of the 2006 CIT, other proposal topics related to the emerging and future use of information technology at community and technical colleges are strongly encouraged.

Proposal Submission Deadline—March 17, 2006.

For additional information about the 2006 Conference on Information Technology, contact Ed Leach at leach@league.org or (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Career Pathways Increase the
Rate of Completion and Success!

The College and Career Transitions Initiative invites your college to join with colleges that are leading systemic change across North America by developing career pathways to ease student transitions from high school to college and on to careers. If your college is interested in Career Pathways, we invite you to join as a member of the College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI) Network.  For more information, www.league.org/ccti/networkapplication.

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League for Innovation Announces
a New Articulation Agreement

The League is pleased to announce a new articulation agreement with Touro University International that will facilitate the transfer of students from two-year colleges to a four-year institution. Articulation agreements are open solely to League Alliance Member colleges and extend beyond traditional one-to-one college agreements by also including a variety of benefits for faculty and staff. To participate in the articulation agreement, visit the Executive Summary and send an email requesting additional information to the contact persons provided at the end of the summary.

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League Services is Pleased to Announce an
Exciting New Topic

Student Success is Everyone's Responsibility

Calls for educational accountability from legislators, taxpayers, employers, and accrediting associations, along with the increasing focus in the community college field on improved and expanded student learning, have led to a re-examination of how we conduct the business of education.

A number of colleges that have taken a close look at their student success have found that retention, completion, and transfer rates at their institutions do not reach the levels they would like, particularly when the data are disaggregated to reveal gaps among groups based on race and ethnicity, economic status, gender, and other demographic characteristics. Many of these colleges have responded by expanding the responsibility for learning to include not only students and faculty, but all members of the college community.

Drawing on her experience as director of the League's Learning College Project, 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project, and Learning College Summit, as well as her work as editor of and contributor to Keeping America's Promise: A Report on the Future of the Community College, the presenter explores various rationales for making student success everyone's responsibility and provides multiple examples of strategies colleges across the country are using to involve the entire campus community in improving student learning and success.

To schedule this presentation for your college, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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News and Events

EdTech: Focus on Higher Education Offers
Higher Education Awards for Innovation

EdTech: Focus on Higher Education is seeking nominations for three higher education awards that recognize the innovative use of technology on campus. The publication will award a $2,000 technology shopping spree at www.CDWG.com to the winner of each award and will profile the winners in an upcoming issue. 

The publication's three awards look for creative responses to the following challenges:

  • Pedagogy and IT Practice seeks entries describing how higher education institutions are leveraging technology to improve instruction and student service.
  • IT Pop Quiz seeks entries that provide a solution to a specific IT challenge posed by the editorial staff of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education.
  • Best Business Case seeks entries that describe successful business-case justifications for capital technology expenditures.

For full descriptions of the awards and entry instructions, please visit http://www.edtechmag.com. All entries are due by February 15, 2006. Winners will select technology products for their institutions totaling $2,000 at http://www.CDWG.com, at CDW-G advertised prices.

EdTech:  Focus on Higher Education is a new magazine published by CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation and leading source of information technology solutions to governments and educators. The publication serves the higher education community by providing campus IT decision makers with content on technology solutions, implementation strategies, return on investment metrics, and analysis of IT expenditures and projects.

"We launched EdTech:  Focus on Higher Education to help college and university IT administrators, managers, and practitioners leverage the power of technology to better serve their students, faculty, and communities," said Lee Copeland, editor in chief, EdTech: Focus on Higher Education. "With these awards, we hope to recognize technology innovators and publicize their achievements as best practices for other institutions."

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A-HEC Internet-Supported Learning Study
and Leadership Program

The A-HEC Internet-Supported Learning (IsL) study is a col­laboration of higher education institutions interested in par­ticipating in an ongoing discovery and sharing of best practices for serving students, faculty, and society using the internet. The study incorporates A-HEC’s approach of participatory ac­tion research. Study participants contribute to the community’s under­standing of best practices while simultaneously evaluating the quality of their specific initiatives.

The IsL study is the first and only self-audit process that consid­ers all aspects of internet-supported learning, collects responses from administrators, staff, faculty, and students, and provides tangible benchmarking and action points to participating institutions. More than 50 institutions and online initiatives have con­tributed to the IsL study process to date. The questions this study asks are motivated by a desire to un­cover best practices in achieving success in the use of the internet in higher education. The objective is to understand the larger connection to institutional strategy as well as the necessary operational ingredients. Participants engage in the study by entering the Internet Learning Leadership and Innovation Program, which collects initial self-audit information and provides quarterly electronic updates on IsL trends. The study reports and related leadership program information are available at http://www.a-hec.org/IsL_success.html.

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Family Financial Literacy Pilot: Call for Vounteers

LearningTimes and Intuit have teamed up to develop a program designed to give parents the tools and guidance they need to teach their children money-management skills that will last a lifetime. We’re now inviting families from the United States to be part of a free pilot program beginning in January 2006.

The pilot is a distinctive learning experience that blends online learning components with a home-based allowance program. You’ll play a significant role in guiding the development of the program through the feedback you may provide.

Why is it important to teach children about managing money?

  • Kids who learn to manage their own money early are on their way to becoming financially secure adults.
  • Giving children the responsibility to earn, spend, save, and share helps build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Taking the mystery out of money helps children understand its value.
  • Parents who show they trust their kids reap tremendous rewards as their children learn to take responsibility for their actions.

For more than 20 years, Intuit has created award-winning software like Quicken, QuickBooks, and TurboTax to help adults manage their money. Intuit is collaborating with LearningTimes and experts in finance and education to develop this innovative new program designed just for kids.

When you join the pilot program, you’ll receive step-by-step guidance on how to teach children about budgeting, saving, sharing with charity, and spending wisely You’ll also get a starter kit and access to a secure website where you can consult our experts, find tools and resources to help you do it right, and chat with other parents.

The program is simply structured and designed to fit into a busy family’s schedule. There is no cost to you. The value to us is in what we learn from the parents in the pilot program.

Here is what we’re looking for:

  • Parents with at least one child age 5 to 8
  • Willing to dedicate no more than two hours a week of your time for about three months
  • Feedback from you to help us make the program even better
  • Currently must reside in the United States

To apply to participate if this program is right for you, click this link to take the quick survey.

Once you submit the survey, we’ll review it and let you know if you meet our requirements for the next phase of the program, which kicks off in January. Thank you for considering being a part of this exciting project.

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Paralegal Students Benefit Through Gatlin Education Services Partnership with CASA

Partnership with CASA encourages students to volunteer and receive work experience

Gatlin Education Services, the world’s largest provider of online workforce development programs to colleges and universities, has partnered with the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association to encourage Gatlin paralegal students to volunteer as advocates for abused and neglected children. Students who partner with CASA receive 30 hours of free advocacy training and valuable legal work experience as court-appointed advocates for children.   

“The paralegal field is very competitive, and I knew that in addition to my training certificate from Gatlin, I would also need legal work experience to have an edge while job hunting,” said Rachel Buker, GES student and CASA volunteer. “When I approached my instructor, Anita Whitby, about needing work experience, she connected me with CASA. Although I’ve just started my new job working at a firm that specializes in family law, I will continue to be a CASA volunteer for quite some time.”

Through their participation with CASA, Gatlin students will carry out an objective, systematic examination; identify resources and services for the child and facilitate a collaborative relationship between all parties involved; speak up for and plead the case of the child; and keep track of whether the orders of the court and child protective services agency plans are carried out. 

“At Gatlin, our goal is to empower students with knowledge, and we are pleased that we could find a positive partnership that benefits our students as well as the community,” said Stephen Gatlin, CEO of Gatlin Education Services.

Established in 1989, Gatlin Education Services is the largest provider of web-based, instructor-supported training to colleges and universities. GES open-enrollment programs are self-paced and designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional caliber positions for many in-demand occupations.

For more information about Gatlin Education Services, please visit http://www.gatlineducation.com or call 817-870-2870.

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Member Spotlight

Mocomb centerMacomb Community College (MI) has developed an online tool to assist students in navigating the path to earning their baccalaureate degrees. The Degree Connections website offers three options that most accurately describe students’ decision-making status as they pursue a baccalaureate degree. Career Connections provides a path for students who know the career they wish to pursue. College Connections addresses students who have identified a transfer college. Course Connections assists students who are still exploring both careers and transfer colleges.

Each option guides students toward programs or courses offered by senior institutions that Macomb has designated as “preferred partners.” The preferred status includes colleges and universities most frequently chosen by Macomb students, institutions that have true 2 + 2” articulation agreements with the college, or any of the nine institutions that offer courses leading to an advanced degree at Macomb’s University Center. Also included among preferred partners are those institutions with whom Macomb has developed an Associate in Baccalaureate Studies (ABS) degree. This degree satisfies the general education requirements of the senior institution, foundation courses in the student’s intended major, and electives that will count toward the student’s degree completion at the senior institution.

Additionally, a safe-semester choice offers a selection of first semester courses that have guaranteed transferability to all partnership institutions. Students still searching for their career path and transfer destination can choose these courses with confidence while they engage in further career exploration.  

In a state that does not have a standard course-numbering system, transfer can be especially complex. The Degree Connections website helps ensure that students don’t waste time or money on courses that may not transfer. In addition, the site highlights the role of the community college as a first step in attaining a baccalaureate degree.

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