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February 2006
Volume 7, Number 2
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highlights
Innovations 2006
Innovations 2006 Conference
Learning Center Courses
2006 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals
Sinclair Teams Up With Habitat
for Humanity to Build Homes
Clearly Quotable
The Cross Papers Fellowship 2006-2007
Call for Proposals

news and events
Innovate Call for Manuscripts
SAS and Performa On-Demand Webcast – Alumni Development: It’s Everybody’s Business
Real World Learning Objects (RWLO) Resource Library
Alverno College to Lead Consortium for Community and Technical Colleges
Request for Proposals: Faculty of the Future 2006
inside the league
iStream Invitation
2006 CIT Call for Proposals
The League is Proud to Announce
Several New Presentations and Workshops
Call for Manuscripts
CCTI Network Summit
Community Colleges Involved in Preservice Teacher Education Invited to Join Pathways
Executive Leadership Institute

member spotlight
Butler Community College (KS)

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Innovations 2006

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Innovations 2006 Conference Information
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.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Belle s. wheelan
Opening General Session
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Belle S. Wheelan
President, Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, GA
Walter bumphus
General Session
Monday, March 20, 2006

WALTER G. BUMPHUS
President
Louisiana Community and Technical College System

General Session
Keynote Panel
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Emily derocco
Moderator
Emily DeRocco

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

Panelist
Martha a. smith
Martha A. Smith
President
Anne Arundel Community College, MD
Gary m. green
Gary M. Green
President
Forsyth
Technical Community College
, NC
Jesus carreon
Jesus Carreón
Chancellor
Dallas
County Community College
, TX
Jerry sue thorton
Jerry Sue Thornton
President
Cuyahoga Community College
Cleveland, OH
Beto gonzales

Closing General Session
Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Beto Gonzales
Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education U. S. Department of Education
 

 

Supporting the Louisiana Community and Technical College System
In support of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the original hosts of Innovations 2006, the League for Innovation in the Community College has established a relief fund to help after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. To that end, the League for Innovation will also donate 10 percent of the net conference proceeds from Innovations 2006 to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

To make your donation to the LCTCS Hurricane Relief Fund, please proceed to the conference online registration. Once your registration is complete, you will be given the opportunity to continue to the online contribution form.

Event Registration
Join innovative community college professionals as they come together to improve student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation. Online registration for Innovations 2006 is currently available!

Disaster Preparedness Summit
The Community College National Center for Community Engagement http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/other/engagement/ and the League for Innovation in the Community College are hosting the Disaster Preparedness Summit to help community colleges create and improve disaster preparedness training and education programs that emphasize community engagement. The 2005 summit offers research and theories, strategies, and tips and techniques for connecting disaster preparedness academic curriculum to civic engagement. Participants from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Schedule of Events
11:00 – 11:10 AM   Introductions, Welcome
11:10-12:30 AM

Panel presentation “College Responses to Katrina” Martha Ellis, President, Lee College, Baytown, Texas; Clark Friesen, faculty member, Tomball College, Texas; Lyvier Conss, Executive Director, National Center for Community Engagement

12:30-1:15 PM Working lunch, Guided Discussion of Morning Panel and Keynote Address
1:15-2:15 PM Presentation “The Story of Delgado Community College and Katrina” Alex Johnson, President, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA
2:15-3:30 PM Scenario Presentations, Work Session
3:30-4:00 PM Wrap Up and Adjourn

Registration scholarships in the amount of $150 per participant are generously being sponsored by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement. Space is limited to 100 participants, so register early!

Conference Itinerary Builder New to Innovations 2006
The Conference Itinerary Builder is a handy online tool that allows conference participants to search the entire Conference Program, read descriptions of sessions, and select those presentations that best meet their needs and interests. You can start making decisions today about the presentations you want to attend at Innovations 2006, build your personal itinerary accordingly, and print or email your itinerary.

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Innovations 2006 Conference
Learning Center Courses

LearningCenter Courses deliver a body of practical knowledge and applications by supplementing the conference program with in-depth coverage of current topics provided by recognized leaders in the focus areas. 

These courses are scheduled from March 19 to March 21. They are offered in three-hour and six-hour formats and require an additional registration fee. Enrollment is limited, so please register early. Registrants receive one continuing education unit (CEU) for a three-hour Learning Center Course and two CEUs for a six-hour Learning Center Course.

Visit http://www.league.org/i2006/reg/ for LearningCenter course descriptions.

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2006 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals

Deadline Extended to March 15, 2006!

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 has been extended to March 15, 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 15, 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.

Registration for the Learning College Summit is now open.

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Sinclair Teams Up With Habitat
for Humanity to Build Homes

The Engineering and Industrial Technologies Division at Sinclair Community College has reached an agreement with Habitat for Humanity of Dayton to build two homes beginning in 2006. One home will be sited locally in Montgomery County and another tentatively designated for an as-yet undetermined location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The two homes, in conjunction with Habitat’s national Operation Home Delivery program, will be constructed at Sinclair’s Eaker Street lab in downtown Dayton using students and faculty in Sinclair’s Architectural Engineering Technology and HVAC programs and Dayton area volunteers. The first home, to be built May 20, will be placed at a site in Riverside. The second, targeted for a Hurricane Katrina rebuilding site, is cosponsored by LexisNexis and other area businesses.

Sinclair President Steven Lee Johnson requested that the second home be sited in Louisiana in symbolic support of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Its chancellor, Walter G. Bumphus, is a close friend and mentor, and Sinclair had pledged its support for the system in response to the hurricane’s widespread damage throughout that state.

“I was in conversation with Dr. Bumphus within hours after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast,” said President Johnson. “I pledged to him our personal support in helping the Louisiana Community and Technical College System recover. Placing this Habitat home in Baton Rouge, the college system’s home, is symbolic of our making good on that pledge of support. We expect to do much more in the months ahead.”

The 1,100-square-foot homes include a living room, kitchen, dining area, bathroom, and three bedrooms. Its walls will be built at Sinclair’s Eaker Street lab and then transported by truck to the Dayton and Baton Rouge assembly sites for construction.

George Sehi, Sinclair Dean of Engineering and Industrial Technologies, said the partnership with Habitat for Humanity is a great hands-on opportunity for students and faculty. “We prepare our engineering technology students for real-world jobs and careers. What better way is there to do that and at the same time give back to the community something of real value to both families and in rehabilitating neighborhoods?”

For more information about the Sinclair Community College Habitat for Humanity home construction partnership, call (937) 586-0860, or go to www.daytonhabitat.org.

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Clearly Quotable

"Whether they are referred to as Generation Y, millennials, or even echo boomers, studies suggest that too few of our entering freshmen have learned to internally process information as it is presented to them, primarily because they tend to be multitaskers."

"For an idea to take root in my mind, I had to understand its relevance. And, more significant, I needed skills to help me process the information I encountered and collected in many of my courses."

"I am convinced that the reflective learning process is an effective tool that can address the common needs of the milennial generation as well as the students enrolling in community college courses at later stages in their lives."

All quotes are from the forthcoming League publication, Constructing Knowledge Through Reflection, by Anneliese Homan. This book, Number 9 in The Cross Papers series, will be available March 19. 

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The Cross Papers Fellowship 2006-2007
Call for Proposals

In recognition of the many valuable contributions K. Patricia Cross has made to community college teaching and learning, the League is pleased to announce the third annual Cross Papers Fellowship. Supported by an endowment from K. Patricia Cross, the fellowship builds upon the outstanding success and renowned usability of The Cross Papers. Each year, the K. Patricia Cross Endowment names a practitioner/scholar of community college teaching and learning as The Cross Papers Fellow.

Since the release of the inaugural issue of The Cross Papers in 1997, community college educators have used these monographs as tools for stimulating discussion, for providing orientation and training to new faculty and staff, for rejuvenating veteran employees, and for designing successful practices and strategies for reaching the diverse groups of students who come through the open doors of community colleges every day. The League applauds the work of K. Patricia Cross and seeks through this endowment to continue her legacy of professional development focused on community college teaching and learning.

The 2006-2007 Cross Papers Fellow will write an issue of The Cross Papers using the general format established by K. Patricia Cross in the original Cross Papers. This format includes a review of literature on current teaching and learning theory as well as practical applications of current theory in contemporary learning environments. The Cross Papers Fellow will also conduct a Special Session on The Cross Papers topic at the League’s annual Innovations conference, with the session videotaped and posted on the League’s iStream. Following the session, The Cross Papers Fellow will be available to sign copies of the monograph.

The Cross Papers Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000 to support research and writing, complimentary registration to the Innovations conference at which the Fellow will present the work, travel expenses of up to $1,000 to attend the conference, a plaque commemorating the recipient’s designation as a Cross Papers Fellow, and 10 copies of the print edition of The Cross Papers issue the Fellow writes.

The 2005-2006 Cross Papers Fellow, Anneliese Homan of State Fair Community College (MO), will present her work, Constructing Knowledge Through Reflection, in a Special Session at Innovations 2006. The Special Session is scheduled for Sunday, March 19, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. The author will be signing copies of the book at the League booth during the opening reception, 6:30 to 8:00 that evening.

Guidelines for submitting proposals are available on the League website at http://www.league.org/crosspapersfellow/guidelines.html. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30, 2006.

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Inside the League

iStream Invitation

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Have you previewed iStream lately? How about joining us for a front-row, *free seat to a TLT Webinar, or touch base with a national educational leader in 10 questions to Leadership, or attend a League Conference at your desktop! To check out the many iStream benefits and resources, contact Wendy Neil for more information.

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2006 CIT Call for Proposals

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Proposal Submission Deadline—March 24, 2006

The League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at the 2006 Conference on Information Technology (CIT), October 22-25, Charlotte Convention Center, 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, weekend, or longer, Charlotte will keep you entertained!

CIT is the premier showcase of the use of information technology to improve teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management in community and technical colleges. Celebrating its 22nd year of excellence, the 2006 CIT will feature a technologically sophisticated and topically diverse program that helps educators explore and expand the effective 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 CIT can be submitted online.

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 help 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.

What participants in last year’s conference had to say:

“I've attended several national conferences and CIT was by far the best. I came home with an overwhelming amount of information.”

“This was my first League conference and I was extremely pleased.”

“EXCELLENT conference! I packed in a lot of very usable information and techniques in a short amount of time!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. My head is stuffed with new ideas and plans for our institution.”

“One of the best conferences I have attended in recent years.”

“It was good to rub shoulders with others who love learning and are committed to excellence in higher education, especially in the area of technology.”

“I look forward to attending next year's CIT and plan on recommending that more colleagues attend!”

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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The League is Proud to Announce
Several New Presentations and Workshops

Copyright Issues in Academia

What do you tell your students when they ask about using images they find on the web in their presentations? Is it fair use to copy materials for a web-based course? In a contract with a publisher, how do you preserve your right to use your own work in another format or another context?

21st Century Libraries and Learning Resource Centers

21st century libraries and learning resource centers (LRC) should be a vital part of fulfilling the institutional mission. Is your library or LRC facility designed to deliver 21st century library services? (More information.)

Editorial Cartoons: Bringing World Issues to the Classroom

Editorial cartoons engage students in learning in a variety of ways. Participants are invited to discuss ideas for using editorial cartoon materials in their particular disciplines and, working in small groups, present to the larger group their own analysis and interpretation of cartoons distributed during the workshop. (More information.)

Millennial Generation: The Next Generation in College Enrollment

This presentation focuses on the generation of children born between 1982 and 2002, some 81 million children who have already entered college and will begin entering the workforce this year. In order to serve millennials better, colleges and universities are having to change the way they do business. (More information.)

To have these new offerings delivered on your campus, contact Ed Leach.

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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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CCTI Network Summit

The CCTI Summit is Saturday, March 18-19, at the Atlanta Hilton. If you are a CCTI Site Partner or CCTI Network Member, you’ll want to be sure to attend. CCTI is about collaboration and teamwork. Plan to bring a team, as teamwork is critical for college and career transitions work. At the summit, you will network with college presidents, CCTI coordinators, and research directors, as well as secondary schools, other sectors of education, and representatives of business and industry. If you are already a CCTI Network member, you can register for the Summit at 

http://www.league.org/ccti/summit/reg/

To become a CCTI Network Charter Member, go to  www.league.org/ccti/networkapplication. There’s no cost to join with all these great colleges

CCTI Network Colleges

Anne Arundel Community College*

Lorain County Community College*

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Lincoln Land Community College

Arkansas Northeastern College

Madisonville Community College

Ashland Community and Technical College

Miami Dade Community College*

Bakersfield College/Kern Community College District

Maricopa Community College*

Bluegrass Community & Technical College District

Marshall Community and Technical College

Bowling Green Technical College

Maysville Community and Technical College/Licking Valley Campus

Calhoun Community College

Metropolitan Community College

Central Community College

Middlesex Community College

Central Piedmont Community College*

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Century Community and Technical College

Montcalm Community College

Clark State Community College

Mt. Hood Regional Education Consortium

College of the Mainland

Northern Virginia Community College*

Columbia State Community College

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Community College of Beaver County

Orange Coast College

Corning Community College*

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

Cumberland County College

Pasco-Hernando Community College

Delta College

Paul D. Camp Community College

Eastern Iowa Community College District

Pensacola Junior College

Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell

Portland Community College

Eastern Wyoming College (EWC)

Prince Georges Community College*

El Centro College

Quinebaug Valley Community College

Estrella Mountain Community College/Maricopa Community Colleges

Redlands Community College

Florida Community College at Jacksonville/Duval and Nassau Counties

Redwoods Community College District

Fox Valley Community College

San Diego Community College District*

Gadsden State Community College

Santa Fe Community College

Genesee Community College

Sinclair Community College*

George Brown College

South Texas College

Harry S Truman College

Southeast Community College

Henderson Community College

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Hocking College

Southeastern Technical College

 

Southwestern Michigan College

Hopkinsville Community College

Southwestern Oregon Community College*

Indian Hills Community College

St. Louis Community College*

Indian River Community College

St. Petersburg College

Ivy Tech Community College*

Tacoma Community College

James A. Rhodes State College

Terra State Community College

Kern Community College District/Cerro Coso Community College

Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)

Kingwood College/ North Harris Montgomery Community College District

Tulsa Community College

Kirkwood Community College

Utah System of Higher Education

Lake Superior College

Valencia Community College

Lakeland Community College

West Kentucky Community & Technical College

Lane Community College

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Lehigh Carbon Community College*

 

Lethbridge Community College

 

* CCTI Funded Colleges

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Community Colleges Involved in Preservice Teacher Education Invited to Join Pathways

League for Innovation and NACCTEP (National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs) members are invited to join Pathways, a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored project focusing on community college preparation of preservice teachers.

What is Pathways?

Pathways’ objective is to improve the way preservice teachers learn science, mathematics, language arts, education, and education technology content by providing community college faculty members with tools and resources to model effective, technology-based teaching in their courses. The overall goal of the project is to improve the way preservice teachers in community colleges teach when they are in their own K-12 classrooms. Community colleges selected for participation are required to provide the support necessary to ensure the full participation of their four faculty members. The benefits to and commitments of selected colleges are detailed on the application.

Why Join Pathways?

Faculty teams participating in the training learn to develop and use unique and compelling internet-based instructional resources that promote critical thinking and effective learning for students via a 26-hour blended-mode faculty development program called Savvy Cyber Professor. As a result of the Savvy Cyber Professor course, community college students who are preservice teachers learn how to bring relevant, pertinent, dynamic, and real-world data into the learning environment. Another key benefit is access to a growing library of Real World Learning Objects (RWLOs), discrete units of instructional content that use internet-based real-time data or primary source information.

Savvy Cyber Professor

Savvy Cyber Professor is a proven, 26-hour, eight-part, blended-mode faculty development program that includes face-to-face hands-on instruction, as well as asynchronous, online experiences culminating in each participant’s development of a peer-reviewed RWLO. Savvy Cyber Professor sessions include

  1. Unique and Compelling Educational Resources
  2. Understanding RWLOs
  3. Planning Your RWLO
  4. Assembling Instructional Content and Creating Your RWLO
  5. Integration and Implementation: Challenges and Solutions
  6. Completing Your RWLO
  7. Finalizing and Submitting Your RWLO to the Library
  8. Showcasing Your RWLO

Savvy Cyber Professor begins with a full-day, hands-on workshop on October 21, 2006, in Charlotte, North Carolina, preceding the League’s Conference on Information Technology. The full-day, hands-on workshop is a mandatory component for all four faculty team members from each selected college.

To date, 17 community colleges throughout the U.S. have sent teams of four faculty members each to participate in Savvy Cyber Professor, and we are now inviting another 18 community colleges to participate in this excellent faculty development opportunity. We encourage your college to apply for one of the 18 openings by returning a completed application by April 28, 2006.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss Pathways in more detail, please contact Beth McGrath (Project Director) at bmcgrath@stevens.edu or (201) 216-5037.

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Executive Leadership Institute

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.

Applicants for ELI must have served 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, normally reporting to the CEO at the campus, college, or district level.

Participants are selected from qualified applicants by a committee of experienced presidents. Attendance at the institute is limited. The deadline for application is July 14, 2006.

ELI is designed primarily for those who have not yet served in a presidency. However, new community college CEOs and those contemplating a transition will find ELI extremely valuable as well. Participants do not need to be employed at League Alliance Member institutions, and international applications are welcome. Applications are encouraged from women and minorities.

For more information on ELI go to http://www.league.org/eli

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News and Events

Innovate Call for Manuscripts

Innovate, published by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University, is an open-access, bimonthly, peer-reviewed online periodical focusing on the creative use of information technology to enhance educational processes in academic, commercial, and government settings. Editor-in-Chief James L. Morrison seeks manuscripts related to descriptions of technological innovations and their implementation; information on the newest IT educational projects, programs, tools, and trends; critical reflections on the changing nature of teaching, learning, and training with IT in the 21st century; and concept descriptions that point to important new directions for research, product, and process development. Submit a manuscript for publication consideration by contacting James L. Morrison.

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SAS and Performa On-Demand Webcast – Alumni Development: It’s Everybody’s Business

Over the last 30 years, many community colleges have wondered whether alumni engagement is even a possibility and, if so, whether it’s worth the investment. This one-hour webcast from SAS and Performa will focus on the impact alumni engagement has for community colleges not only in the fundraising arena, but also for enrollment, legislative policy, job placement, and more.

In the webcast, you will

  • Find out what community colleges need to know about planning and developing an alumni engagement function;
  • Hear real-life examples of why alumni engagement is not only important, but vital to the success of any two-year institution;
  • Learn an integrated approach to breaking the silos; and 
  • Discover how you can put your institution’s plans into action.

Register Now

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Real World Learning Objects (RWLO) Resource Library

The Real World Learning Objects (RWLO) Resource Library is an online repository of internet-based unique and compelling learning objects designed so that community college faculty can easily access and adapt them for use in their classes. Developed for the PT3 Community College Pathways to Improved Teacher Preparation through Technology Project (Pathways), with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, these RWLOs promote unique and compelling uses of the internet: access to real-time data, telecollaboration, primary sources, or web publishing. They engage students in authentic activities and internet-based instructional resources that are  possible only through the use of the internet and provide compelling real-world learning experiences.

For additional information contact Mercedes McKay, Associate Director, CIESE, Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Alverno College to Lead Consortium for Community and Technical Colleges

Innovation and Inquiry for Student Learning

Alverno College has received a three-year grant from the Lumina Foundation to work with a consortium of two-year colleges on student learning outcomes. The 24 founding member institutions for the consortium have worked with Alverno in workshops and/or consultations during recent years and are actively engaged in fostering student learning outcomes on their campuses. The consortium will explore a range of practices at member institutions as they search for ways to further improve student learning, retention, and degree completion. The primary activities of the project include the following:

  • Each institution is gathering a small group together this spring to respond to a set of questions developed by the Educational Research and Evaluation (ERE) department at Alverno. Their focus will be on articulating innovations, best practices, and challenges in using student learning outcomes in the institution to become more student learning-centered.
  • ERE at Alverno will summarize survey responses to support collaborative inquiry at the level of the consortium at a summer 2006 meeting at Alverno that will include two representatives from each of the participating institutions. Consortium members will collaborate to develop workshops for other two-year institutions that will be offered during the summers of 2007 and 2008 at Alverno, which will share identified strategies for fostering student learning and persistence at two-year colleges.
  • The 2006-08 years will involve ongoing inquiry with additional institutions, with at-a-distance discussions, workshops, and further synthesis of what institutions are learning from one another. The 2007-08 years will also be devoted to developing materials for dissemination, evaluation of the project, plans for future collaboration, and presentations at professional meetings.

To maximize impact of the project, leaders in the League for Innovation in the Community College, colleagues from the consortium for Quality in Undergraduate Education, and participants in the FIPSE-funded Seamless Learning and Transfer project will serve as resources.

Founding consortium members of Innovation and Inquiry for Student Learning are:

Alverno College, WI; Anne Arundel Community College, MD; Bellevue Community College, WA; Cascadia Community College, WA; Chippewa Valley Technical College, WI; Clark College, WA; College of the Menominee Nation, WI; Columbus State Community College, OH; Dallas County Community College District, TX; Durham Technical Community College, NC; Edmonds Community College, WA; Flathead Valley Community College, MT; Gateway Technical College, WI; Heartland Community College, IL; Isothermal Community College, NC; Madison Area Technical College, WI; McHenry County College, IL; Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI; Mt. San Antonio College, CA; Olympic Community College, WA; Peninsula College, WA; Pierce College, WA; Tunxis Community College, CT; Waukesha County Technical College, WI; and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, WI

Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access and success in education beyond high school. For more details on the Lumina Foundation for Education, visit its website at www.luminafoundation.org.

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Request for Proposals: Faculty of the Future 2006

Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, is accepting presentation proposals for a regional one-day Faculty of the Future Conference 2006

Submissions are now being accepted for the conference online until March 10.

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Member Spotlight

Butler Community College (KS)
Leadership Credentialing Initiative

Butler Community College (KS) has a strong commitment to developing responsible, involved lifelong leaders who will become the difference makers of today and tomorrow. To facilitate this aim, the college developed a new program, Butler Leadership Credentialing Initiative: An Innovative Program for Student, Community, and Corporate Leadership. The goals of this program are to increase awareness of leadership potential, to develop qualified leaders to serve in a variety of capacities, and to foster and cultivate the values associated with effective leadership.

The program includes four three-credit-hour courses: Exploring Leadership, The Emerging Leader, Team and Community Building, and Leadership Development, a capstone course. These courses include service-learning components we consider a vital element in leadership development. A series of service-learning workshops was offered to Butler faculty through the college’s Center for Teaching Excellence. We also created a directory of service-learning opportunities with area not-for-profits to provide students a wide range of choices.

Additionally, we developed a ROPES Challenge Course, the second experiential element of the leadership initiative. This component offers participants the experience of overcoming mental and physical challenges in a task-oriented environment that teaches trust, teamwork, motivation, leadership, change management, innovation, communication, collaboration, problem solving, and risk taking.

The ROPES course is also offered as a stand-alone enterprise that has attracted many nonprofit and corporate entities to our campus. Since June 2003, almost 4,000 participants have completed the ROPES course. This includes 35 nonprofit groups and 27 corporate entities. Response to the ROPES experience has been tremendous.


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