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January 2006
Volume 7, Number 1
inside this issue
highlights
Innovations 2006 Early Registration Now Available
2006 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals
Capella University Announces
Fifth League Doctoral Scholarship
Clearly Quotable

news and events
Premier IT Leaders in Academe
Connect! 3.2 Offers New Tool for
Filing Critical Student Aid Applications
Award-Winning Ready2Net Series Launches
March 1, 2006, in San Diego
Personal Endpoint Security Solution Available as
Free Download for Students
Voyaging Into a new decade!
TCC Worldwide Online Conference
inside the league
2006 Conference on Information Technology
Call for Manuscripts
Innovations 2006 College Exhibition
League Services
Join the CCTI Network and become a Charter Member

member spotlight
College of Menominee Nation
Keshena, Wisconsin
EdTech: Focus on Higher Education
Offers Colleges and Universities a Chance to Win a Technology Shopping Spree and
Recognition for Their Innovation

League Connections wants to hear about your innovations! Share your college's best practices, publish events, and catalyze ideas with thousands of readers in your field by contacting League Connections today!
Deadline for submissions for the February 2006 issue of League Connections is February 15, 2006.
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Highlights
 

Innovations 2006 Early Registration Now Available

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 17, 2006

Online registration for Innovations 2006 is available at the link below! Early registration helps ensure that you take advantage of early registration discounts of up to 30 percent.

REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AT  http://www.league.org/i2006/reg/

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

WHEN
March 19-22, 2006

WHERE
Hilton Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

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 Hilton Atlanta, 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.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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

Walter bumphus
Walter G. Bumphus
President, Louisiana Community
and Technical College System, LA

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

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
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.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
* Engaging keynote speakers discussing critical issues facing community college educators
* Forums, Special Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, and Poster Sessions
* Disaster Preparedness Summit
* A special series of College and Career Transition Initiative forums focused on improving student transitions and academic performance
* Learning Center Courses – three-hour and six-hour intensive workshops granting Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
* 24-Hour Gateway Email and Internet Lab
* An extensive exhibition featuring educational products and services
* The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions and coffee and refreshment breaks

HOTEL RESERVATIONS FOR INNOVATIONS 2006
DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 13, 2006

A special rate of $169 single or double occupancy per night plus tax has been arranged for Innovations attendees. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-667-7210, and requesting the group rate for “INNOVATIONS 2006 or LEAGUE FOR INNOVATION.” Reservation requests must be received by February 13, 2006, in order to receive the conference rate. All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. All credit cards will be charged immediately for the first-night deposit.

Additional hotel and travel information, including airline and rental car discounts, is available at http://www.league.org/i2006/travel.html

PRECONFERENCE EVENTS
National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs
http://www.nacctep.org/no06/index2.php

Community College Baccalaureate Association Sixth Annual Conference 
http://www.accbd.org/AnnualConference.php

If you would like additional information about Innovations 2006, please contact Judy Greenfield at mailto:greenfield@league.org  or visit http://www.league.org/i2006/

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2006 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals

The League is now seeking proposals for forum sessions at the Learning College Summit to be held June 11-14, 2006, at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 1, 2006.

Now in its fourth year, the League's 2006 Learning College Summit is being hosted by St. Louis Community College. Plans are fully under way for this exciting gathering, which brings together educators from around the nation and world who are committed to a deliberate, powerful focus on learning at their institutions. As an integral facet of the League's Learning Initiative, the Learning College Summit is designed to benefit colleges that are beginning the journey toward becoming more learning centered as well as veteran learning-college institutions that are well on their way.

In a small conference center setting, the 2006 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. This gathering of community college educators is designed to foster networking and collaborative opportunities among colleagues, and is a vehicle to investigate ways colleges have successfully undertaken significant organizational transformation to improve student learning.

The 2006 Learning College Summit offers participants opportunities to explore in depth five pressing topics in community college education as they relate to the Learning College concept in action:

  • Accreditation
  • Accountability
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment
  • Professional Development

Each topic is the focus of deep examination during its own morning or afternoon session. Each session features a symposium, forums, and conversations about learning.

Symposium. Each half-day session begins with a plenary symposium focused on the topic for that session. Each symposium features a panel discussion by leaders and practitioners in the specific topic area, followed by a question-and-answer period involving Summit participants. Participants are encouraged not only to ask questions of the panelists, but also to share brief descriptions of ways their colleges are working to make that aspect of their institution more learning centered.

Forums. Held concurrently, the forums for each half-day session follow the symposium and feature a team of two or three participants from a college presenting successful approaches to achieving educational transformation in the topic area. Presenters provide specific examples of successful strategies and practices used at their college. The deadline for proposals to present a forum is March 1, 2006.

Conversations About Learning. Each half-day session ends with conversations about learning designed to provide college teams the opportunity to regroup and reflect on their experiences at the Summit and to begin discussing ways to apply their learning at their college. Teams may choose to use this time to meet with other college teams and/or individuals. For participants who are the sole representative from their institution, these conversations offer an opportunity to continue symposium and forum dialogues and to discuss challenges, obstacles, and successes with others. Individuals may also choose to use this time for meeting with specific college teams and/or individuals.

The 2006 Learning College Summit has the following goals:

  • Provide a comfortable setting for educators to share the successes and challenges of transforming institutions to become more powerfully focused on learning.
  • Increase understanding of the concepts of the Learning College as a framework and inspiration for affecting institutional change to improve student learning, performance, and success.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of innovative processes and approaches to transforming undergraduate education and improving institutional student outcomes.
  • Facilitate participant interaction and development of new networks of colleagues who support Learning College concepts.

If you want to learn more about the process of transforming the structures, procedures, and practices of your institution to focus on producing meaningful and successful student learning, the 2006 Learning College Summit will give you an opportunity to share ideas, approaches, and experiences with colleagues in higher education. For more information, visit the Learning College Summit website or contact Cynthia Wilson at wilson@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 238.

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Capella University Announces
Fifth League Doctoral Scholarship

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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 fifth 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 is July 15, 2006. The award winner will be notified the week of August 1, 2006.

Applicant is expected to enroll at Capella no later than October 3, 2006. 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 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 10,000 enrolled adult learners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Central to Capella’s approach are achievement-oriented learners, expert faculty, and a university staff that is passionate about each individual’s success. Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit www.capellauniversity.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227-3552).

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

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Clearly Quotable

Knowledge management is a significant tool for higher education. Organizations that recognize and harness the power of knowledge and information have the opportunity to respond quickly and effectively to rapid changes in the marketplace.

It may seem obvious that an organization in the knowledge business would embrace knowledge management. But colleges and universities are like the shoemaker's children who go without shoes.

The key to a successful knowledge-management implementation is to align your communities of practice with the priorities and goals of your organization. If you don't leverage the appropriate human and knowledge capital toward this end, your knowledge-management efforts will have little if any value.

Quotes are from the forthcoming League publication, Knowledge Management in Practice: The Cuyahoga Community College Experience, to be published in March 2006.

 

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2006 Conference on Information Technology

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 24, 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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Call for Manuscripts

The League maintains an open call for manuscripts for its monthly digital publications, Leadership Abstracts, Learning Abstracts, and Innovation Showcase. The editorial staff invites community college educators to share effective, innovative practices, processes, strategies, and programs with the field through the brief articles (1,500 to 2,000 words) featured in these publications. Click on the publication links below to access the guidelines for prospective authors:

  1. Leadership Abstracts
  2. Learning Abstracts
  3. Innovation Showcase

If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Wilson at wilson@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 238.

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Innovations 2006 College Exhibition

League Alliance College Members are invited to participate in the Innovations 2006 Exhibition in Atlanta, GA. Innovations is a great opportunity to promote a new curriculum, recruit for open positions, or demonstrate new learning opportunities. The exhibit package includes one conference registration, a carpeted 10x10 space, one six-foot skirted table, two chairs, a wastebasket, and an identification sign. The cost for this package is $1,200.

Act quickly, because space is limited. To secure an exhibit space for your college, or for more information, please contact Chris Hennessey at hennessey@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 137.  To see if your institution is a League Alliance Member, please visit http://membership.league.org/allimembers.html

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League Services

Look Who’s Coming to Your Community College: Implications for Student Engagement and Academic Persistence

Student engagement and persistence is everybody’s job! “Students learn more when they are actively involved in their education and have opportunities to think about and apply what they are learning in different settings” (CCSSE). Regardless of the institution, students engage in some manner with faculty, staff, and administrators throughout their academic experience. The success of that engagement greatly affects persistence and goal attainment. To meet the increased demands placed on community colleges to bring about student success with fewer resources, maintain quality, and promote student learning and goal attainment, student interaction must be considered. Who are our students interacting with, and how well is that interaction going? During this presentation and workshop, faculty, staff, and administrators discuss their roles in engaging students to bring about student success.

New Revenues: Developing an Entrepreneurial Contract Training Program in the Global Millennium

To be successful in alternative revenue generation, community colleges will have to perceive growth opportunities not in terms of open admissions or generalized workforce development skills, but in terms of vertical institutional cores of subject-matter expertise.

This is one of several characteristics that emerged from a study of 14 community colleges that have demonstrated success at generating revenues from alternative sources of workforce development programs, and from interviews with major regional employers.

A successful revenue program for serving industry’s new worker and incumbent workforce development needs is going to require three well-thought-out and executed elements: (1) a vision of the college as a training solutions provider to industry, (2) a set of internally and externally developed and maintained relationships that support the vision as a training solutions provider to a specific vertical industry, and (3) a proven business revenue model.

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

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Join the CCTI Network and become a Charter Member

The College and Career Transitions Initiative Site Partnership Teams throughout the United States have been working on tools and strategies to assist all colleges in successful transitions for their students. Community college-led teams/partnerships with high schools, employers, community-based organizations, universities, and others are working together to ease transitions and reduce remediation from high school to college to careers. If your college is working toward these types of goals, we invite you to join the CCTI Network before March 30 and become a Charter Member. For more information go to www.league.org/ccti/networkapplication.

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News and Events

Premier IT Leaders in Academe

Five College Tech Executives and One Scholarly Society Official Made the 2005 Computerworld list of "Premier 100 IT Leaders."

  • Kathy J. Claypatch, director of online IT operations for University of Phoenix Online
  • Lev S. Gonick, vice president for information-technology services and CIO at Case Western Reserve University
  • Earl R. Monsour, director of strategic information technologies for Maricopa Community College District
  • Mark A. Resmer, chief technology officer at Whitney University and former corporate chief technology officer at eCollege
  • Sheri Stahler, associate vice president of academic computer services for Temple University
  • John Sullivan, chief information officer at the American Chemical Society

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Connect! 3.2 Offers New Tool for
Filing Critical Student Aid Applications

ConnectEdu, a leading provider of technology and services for education planning, announced the launch of its Connect! Version 3.2 web-based software for high school students, parents, counselors, and administrators engaged in the college test preparation, search, application or financial aid process. One significant upgrade in particular, available just in time for the financial aid application season, is that families can now complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online through an intuitive, step-by-step interview process. 

With the Connect! Financial Aid Wizard, a simplified tool leads families question by question through the submission of personal tax or financial information required by the federal government. The Wizard prepopulates fields appropriately, hides those that do not apply, and facilitates completion and mailing of the form to the U.S. Department of Education for award allocation. 

And because Connect! is deployed in partnership with high schools, community colleges, and universities, there is no cost to the student or family. 
 
“According to the U.S. Dept. of Education, roughly 85 percent of students and families complete the FAFSA incorrectly," said Craig Powell, president and founder of ConnectEdu. "Early on, ConnectEdu knew that technology could help ensure accurate and on-time completion. By helping to remove financial obstacles for families, we hope to be seen as a lifeline to educational opportunity.”  

In addition to the new financial aid tools, Connect! 3.2 provides customized content and powerful features:

Articulation Agreement Facilitator – First-of-its-kind tool automatically calculates which courses or credits can be transferred to what two or four-year institutions;

Electronic Transcripts – Seamlessly integrates with transcript management systems to organize students’ grades, allowing counselors to electronically send and track transcripts submission with college admission officers.

Connect! Community – Links students with their peers via communication tools of choice – instant messaging, message boards, chat rooms, and email – in a secure environment.

College Preferences Interview  – Interactively helps students review and find colleges that match their academic performance, personal interests, and financial preferences.

About ConnectEdu, Inc.

Founded in 2002, ConnectEdu provides web-based education planning to students and advisers engaged in the preparation, search, application, or financial aid process of undergraduate, community college, graduate, or adult learner admissions. Named one of the Hottest Businesses, 2005 by Entrepreneur Magazine, ConnectEdu is dedicated to ensuring that all students and parents have access to the resources necessary to maximize their education potential and financial investment. 

For more information, please go to http://www.ConnectEdu.Net.

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Award-Winning Ready2Net Series Launches
March 1, 2006, in San Diego

California State University, Monterey Bay and The Campus Computing Project announce that the award-winning Ready2Net (R2N) series will begin its spring 2006 programs at Blackboard World Conference in San Diego on March 1, 2006. "The Future of eLearning" broadcast will focus on the great aspirations for technology and eLearning over the past three decades, examine model implementations of information technology and eLearning programs, and discuss the challenges of moving effective eLearning from unique to ubiquitous.

The Ready2Net programs are available free, broadcast live via satellite, and also streamed over the internet. The day-of-broadcast R2N programs reach viewers at more than 4,000 sites across the United States; thousands more, in North America and around the globe, watch the Ready2Net programs over the web.

Casey Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project, will be the moderator of the 75-minute program, broadcast from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET (8:30 to 9:45 a.m. PT). “We are honored that Ready2Net has chosen the Blackboard World Conference as the forum for the first program in its 2006 series,” said Michael Chasen, president and CEO of Blackboard.

Upcoming Ready2Net programs include "From Digital Campus to Connected Communities," scheduled for April 19, 2006, and produced in partnership with Case Western Reserve University and OneCleveland. "The Mobile User" program will be broadcast and webcast live from The Wireless Community and Mobile User Conference in Monterey, California on June 1, 2006.

Ready2Net was originally produced during 2001-2003 and received four national awards:

  • Best Media Content on the Web - TeleCon 2001
  • Most Innovative Use of Technology - TeleCon 2001
  • Most Outstanding Videoconference 2002 - National University Telecommunications Network
  • Most Outstanding Series of Programs 2003 - National University Telecommunications Network

For more information, or to register for the satellite broadcast or the webcast of the free Ready2Net programs, go to http://www.csumb.edu/ready2net.

Gilbert Gonzales, John Ittelson and Arlene Krebs at California State University, Monterey Bay and Casey Green, Founding Director, The Campus Computing Project, are the Executive Producers of Ready2Net. Support for the Ready2Net programs comes from the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

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Personal Endpoint Security Solution Available as
Free Download for Students

Impulse Point, an endpoint security solution provider for higher education, announces a free download for students of its new personal Security Assistant at http://www.impulse.com.

The Impulse Security Assistant (ISA) is a personal security software manager that monitors the security posture of an individual’s computer system and continuously assesses the system’s compliance with antivirus, antispyware, operation system patches, and personal firewall security best practices. ISA uses real-time graphical indicators that appear on the user’s desktop application tray to notify the user of potential security threats, and provides guidance on how to remediate the situation. The ISA is electronically updated over the internet from the Impulse Support Center, providing up-to-the-minute notification of the latest virus and spyware definitions and operating-system security patch updates. ISA initially supports Microsoft Windows NT, 2000, and XP with support for Apple and Linux systems available by year end.

“We are proud to extend to the education market an easy-to-implement tool to help educate the 32 million students in the U.S. on security best practices,” said David Robinson, CEO at Impulse Point.

The Impulse Security Assistant is available at no charge to students, faculty, and staff and can be downloaded from http://www.impulse.com. Impulse also offers annual enterprise support agreements for higher education and K-12 education institutions. When combined with Impulse’s Safe•Connect™ enterprise policy-management system, the ISA can enhance an institution’s ability to define and enforce its desired endpoint security policies.

The Impulse Security Assistant is the industry’s first commercially available product to combine Impulse’s Safe•Connect endpoint security policy architecture with OPSWAT’s technology in the battle to secure the end-user desktop.

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Voyaging Into a new decade!
TCC Worldwide Online Conference

April 18-20, 2006
Preconference Dates: April 4-6, 2006

"Technology Remix: What Do Students Say?"
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2006
Homepage: http://tcc.kcc.hawaii.edu

Call for Proposals
TCC 2006 invites faculty, support staff, librarians, counselors, students, administrators, and consultants to submit proposals for papers, discussions, and other presentations that address this year's conference theme. http://tcc.kcc.hawaii.edu/proposals/

The University of Hawai'i, Kapi'olani Community College, and University of Hawai'i at Manoa Educational Technology Department, College of Education host this event in partnership with Osaka Gakuin University, Japan and LearningTimes.org.

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Member Spotlight

CampusCollege of Menominee Nation (CMN) was chartered March 4, 1993, by the Menominee Tribal Legislature and was granted initial accreditation in 1998. In 1994, Congress authorized U.S. Tribal Colleges status as Land Grant Institutions, including CMN. In 2003, CMN was granted 10-year continuing accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CMN offers 14 associate degree programs and two certificate programs. CMN has eight active articulation agreements with Wisconsin universities and colleges. CMN is located in Northeastern Wisconsin on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Keshena, about 40 miles northeast of Green Bay. CMN also operates a satellite campus in Green Bay.

The Education/Outreach/Extension office at CMN has hosted the Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS) program for five years. This training program encourages women and minorities to seek employment in the transportation industry. Since 2001, CMN has had 53 participants placed in jobs.

The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) was chartered with College of Menominee Nation in 1993, with the mission of research, education, and outreach in analysis and dissemination of Menominee knowledge and expertise in sustainable forestry and sustainable development. SDI has developed a model that lists land and sovereignty, natural environment, institutions, technology, economics, and human perception and behavior as the aspects of functional, sustainable communities.

A major initiative of CMN and SDI is the Center for First Americans Forestlands (CFAF). This is a partnership among College of Menominee Nation, the Sustainable Development Institute, and the USDA Forest Service. The center combines Menominee expertise in sustainable forestry and the technological capabilities of the USDA Forest Service. CFAF is designed to promote sustainable forestry management practices in four main areas: research, education, policy analysis, and technical assistance.

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Resource Connection

EdTech: Focus on Higher Education
Offers Colleges and Universities a Chance to Win a Technology Shopping Spree and
Recognition for Their 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 http://www.CDWG.com to the winner of each award and will profile the winners in an upcoming issue. 

The publication's three distinctive 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. "With these awards, we hope to recognize technology innovators and publicize their achievements as best practices for other institutions."

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