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July 2006
Volume 7, Number 7
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highlights
Innovations 2007
Call for Proposals
2006 Conference on Information Technology

news and events
Executive Leadership Institute
Deadline Extended to July 31, 2006
Community College Pathways to Improved Teacher
Preparation Through Technology (Pathways)
Getting Results Free Online Faculty Development
Modules Now Available!
2006 Campus Computing Survey
Health Care Program Alignment in
Wisconsin Technical Colleges
inside the league
League Alliance and Alliance Advantage Membership
iStream: Focus on
Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development
College and Career Transitions Initiative
(CCTI) National Summit
New Presentations and Workshops
Available Through League Services
Call for Manuscripts

member spotlight
Member Spotlight Year in Review

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Deadline for submitting items for the August issue of League Connections is August 1, 2006.
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Innovations 2007
Call for Proposals

Innovations 2007

Innovations 2007
Call for Proposals

March 4-7, 2007
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
http://www.league.org/i2007/index.htm

The League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at the Innovations 2007 conference, March 4-7, 2007, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside (http://www.league.org/i2007/index.htm), hosted by Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

Submit your proposal online at www.league.org/i2007/cfp/call.htm. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, September 22, 2006.

The Innovations 2007 conference will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, located on the banks of the Mississippi River, with easy access to everything New Orleans has to offer. This full-service luxury complex is actually a city within itself, providing shopping and entertainment options just steps away. The Riverwalk Marketplace (140+ shops and food outlets) is at the hotel's doorstep, as are Harrah's Casino, the Aquarium of the Americas, the IMAX Theatre, the French Quarter, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the National D-Day Museum, the Arts District, the Louisiana Children's Museum, and the Riverfront Streetcar.

The Innovations conference incorporates ideas, initiatives, and inspirations from seven key streams into the broader conference goal of encouraging and facilitating student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

Innovations 2007 Conference Streams

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Leadership and Organization
  • Workforce Preparation and Development
  • Student Services and Activities
  • Basic Skills and Developmental Education
  • Resource Development and Foundation Management
  • Research, Assessment, and Accountability

Key Innovations 2007 Features

  • 2,000+ attendees exchanging the latest innovative practices in community colleges
  • Learning Center Courses on leading-edge topics granting Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Extensive exhibition of educational resources and services from League Corporate Partners
  • Engaging keynotes, forums, special sessions, and poster sessions addressing critical issues facing community college educators
  • Email and Internet Lab
  • Roundtable Discussions offering a more personal setting for exchanging ideas
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions, coffee and refreshment breaks, and after-hours gatherings

Hotel and Travel Information
Hotel and travel information is available at http://www.league.org/i2007/travel.htm.

For more information:
Mary Harris
Meeting Planner
480-705-8200, x228
harris@league.org

We look forward to another great conference and hope you'll join us in New Orleans! Please share this information with others who may want to participate.

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2006 Conference on Information Technology

2006 cit

2006 Conference on Information Technology
October 22-25, 2006
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

CIT, the largest community and technical college conference in the nation, is perfect for administrators, faculty, librarians, chief technology officers, webmasters, counselors and advisors, faculty development specialists, and others who care about exploring and expanding the use of information technology to improve all aspects of the educational enterprise. Regardless of your campus responsibilities, whether you're a novice seeking solutions to everyday challenges or an experienced professional interested in learning about the latest educational advances, you'll find useful information and practical tips that will help you do your job more effectively!

Registration for the conference is now open at www.league.org/2006cit! Available are group registration discounts and an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses, special three-hour or full-day workshops that provide in-depth exposure to specific topics in each conference track while connecting a community of learners who share common interests. Special Sessions, diverse and exciting presentations that provide a focused discussion about particularly innovative and timely topics, are also available. Early registration helps ensure that you secure a place in the Learning Center Course(s) of your choice and that you take advantage of early registration and special group rates of up to 30 percent off the full registration fee!

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina, and Ellen D. Wagner, Senior Director, Worldwide E-Learning Solutions, Adobe Systems.

Back by Popular Design!
Demonstrations of 3D HoloProjection (3DH) technology will again be available during the conference! 3DH is a futuristic technology being introduced into learning environments to create more immersive and realistic learning experiences. The possibilities 3DH holds for education will immediately become clear once you see and experience a live demonstration of an image created and displayed using this technology. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the 3DH live demonstrations are worth millions!

New Special Focus!
For the 2006 CIT, the special focus for Track 1 is Open-Source Solutions and Their Implications for Community Colleges.

Expanded Conference Track!
Track 7, Math, Science, Allied Health, and Vocational Education, aims to facilitate the dialogue among mathematicians, scientists, health care professionals, engineers, and technologists in academia and industry.

Benefits
The benefits of attending CIT are as numerous and as diverse as the participants themselves:

  • Discuss strategies, solutions, and technologies with colleagues facing similar issues and concerns.
  • Hear firsthand what international experts have to say about important issues facing community and technical colleges.
  • Learn about the latest technology innovations and approaches that help accelerate learning.
  • Experience hands-on and demonstration sessions designed by and for new and experienced educators.
  • Compare the products and services of leading vendors in hours instead of weeks or months.
  • Expand your professional connections while exchanging advice and real-world experiences during receptions and other networking opportunities.
  • Embrace fresh perspectives and return to your campus rejuvenated and enthused.
  • Gain insight into how to leverage technology to help your institution reach its potential.
  • Learn about emerging technologies and their implications that may affect your job in the future.

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!

Exhibiting at CIT
The 2006 CIT will continue the momentum and excitement generated by previous conferences by bringing an even greater number of participants to the inviting and alluring city of Charlotte. Companies that have exhibited at CIT in previous years know that space in the hall is limited and fills quickly. Be sure and secure your exhibition space early for the 2006 CIT! Direct any questions about exhibiting or about becoming a League Corporate Partner to Chris Hennessey at hennessey@league.org.

Hotel and Travel Information
Hotel and travel information is now available. For assistance or additional information, please visit www.league.org/2006cit/, email Ed Leach, or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Inside the League

League Alliance and Alliance Advantage Membership

Alliance membership

When you become a League Alliance member, your institution's administration, faculty, and staff become part of the international community connected to the League's efforts. Just take the time to look at the League website, and we think you'll agree that joining the League is a valuable proposition.

By joining with the more than 790 League Alliance members, you demonstrate your institution's commitment to innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation. Some of the many benefits available to League Alliance Members include

To obtain even more benefits, your institution can sign up to become a League Alliance Advantage Member. As a League Alliance Advantage member, you'll not only receive the benefits listed above, but your institution will also have access to iStream. More than 70 community colleges have joined as League Alliance Advantage members to enjoy the benefits of this state-of-the-art tool that offers users an abundance of additional resources and information.
Join now and start interacting with some of the most innovative institutions in the world!

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iStream: Focus on
Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development

iStream

Subscribers to iStream have access to League conference keynote speeches and selected other sessions, League print and electronic publications, and a variety of other focused content for staff and organizational development. This month’s special focus is entrepreneurship and workforce development, and the following list highlights new content for July.

  1. A diverse panel of higher education professionals met with the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration at the 2006 Innovations conference in Atlanta. See what they had to say about jobs, students, and entrepreneurship in the July Thoughtful Topics and Learning Guide.
  2. Johnson County Community College took a risk by weaving entrepreneurship education throughout the college curriculum. That willingness to dare has turned out, not surprisingly, to be downright entrepreneurial.
  3. Faculty looking to unlock students’ entrepreneurial spirit would do well to expose them to all aspects of culture and world events on a regular basis. The New York Times offers many avenues to students with an education program that runs broad and deep.
  4. Seating is limited for TLT’s new workshop, available July 6, 13, and 20. The workshop, How to Get Started With Information Literacy, is an introduction to a carefully selected set of basic resources and holistic approaches for launching or advancing local undergraduate information literacy programs. A limited number of free seats is available to our iStream members for workshops offered by the TLT Group.
  5. Heather Van Sickle, Executive Director for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, talks about the benefits of entrepreneurship programs for community college students.
  6. George Lorenzo makes a strong argument that orientation to online learning is most natural, unintimidating, and effective when it’s undertaken online. Read this engaging article about the psychological and communication benefits of online orientation in this month’s issue of Education Pathways.

Log in to iStream for new content, new updates, and new ideas. (http://istream.league.org) To find out if your college is an iStream subscriber, check the participating institution list at http://istream.league.org/. For subscription information, contact Wendy Neil at neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200 ext. 234.

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College and Career Transitions Initiative
(CCTI) National Summit

CCTI

Mark your calendar for March 3-4, 2007, in New Orleans! More than 140 community colleges throughout North America will be convening to share and discuss career pathways, reducing remediation, dual and concurrent enrollment, implementation strategies, and many other topics.

If you are not currently a member of the CCTI Network, you’ll want to join today at www.league.org/ccti/networkapplication. See you in New Orleans!

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New Presentations and Workshops
Available Through League Services

Services

Emergency and Disaster Planning
This workshop trains community college administrators, faculty, and staff how to establish emergency plans for their campus. The training prepares the college campus to deal with natural and man-made emergencies. (More information.)

Issues Relating to Recruiting and Retaining Minority Faculty
This presentation specifically addresses how community colleges can identify minority faculty candidates in their early stages. (More information.)

Managing an Online Education Program
This presentation shares the pros and cons of operating an online program. such as return on investment, security, and faculty training. (More information.)

Entrepreneurship and Intrapraneurship in Today’s Business Environment
This presentation focuses on using entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial techniques to secure additional financial resources for your institution. (More information.)

To have these new offerings and other topics delivered on your campus, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Call for Manuscripts

Publications

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 and scholars 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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News and Events

Executive Leadership Institute
Deadline Extended to July 31, 2006

ELIThe deadline for application to the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) has been extended to July 31, 2006. 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 at community colleges and must 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 at 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. 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 about ELI, visit http://www.league.org/eli.

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Community College Pathways to Improved Teacher
Preparation Through Technology (Pathways)

Pathways

The League for Innovation in the Community College and Stevens Institute of Technology invited colleges to join Community College Pathways to Improved Teacher Preparation Through Technology (Pathways), a dynamic collaboration involving community colleges across the country that has proven to be a rewarding and worthwhile endeavor. Eighteen colleges have been chosen to participate in the next Pathways cohort:

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Central Arizona College
  • College of DuPage
  • Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • Gulf Coast Community College
  • Henderson Community College
  • Lorain County Community College
  • MassBay Community College
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Neosho County Community College
  • Niagara County Community College
  • North Harris Montgomery Community College District
  • North Iowa Area Community College
  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College
  • Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
  • South Texas College

Pathways provides faculty who teach mathematics, science, language arts, and educational technology to preservice teachers with online and face-to-face instruction for using internet-based resources designed to improve student engagement, while also modeling best practices. Pathways will also create an online library of technology-based learning objects to promote constructivist learning in community colleges. More information about the U.S. Department of Education-sponsored Pathways Project can be found at http://www.stevens.edu/ciese/pathways.

Each of the 18 institutions selected articulated a strong understanding of Pathways goals, including an institutional focus on preservice teacher education, modeling effective pedagogy for preservice teachers, and supporting faculty in the effective use of technology in their own teaching. 

For additional information:
Beth McGrath, Director
Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Stevens Institute of Technology
Castle on the Hudson
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 216-5037
bmcgrath@stevens.edu

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Getting Results Free Online Faculty Development
Modules Now Available!

Getting results

WGBH-TV and the League for Innovation in the Community College are pleased to announce the launch of Getting Results multimedia professional development modules for training community college faculty. The modules focus on the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, specifically in Advanced Technology Education classrooms. The videos accompanying the modules include real teachers and students in real classroom settings across the country, representing a range of fields, institutions, programs, and subject areas.

Suitable for self-study, face-to-face training, or other formats of online and onsite use, Getting Results gives faculty members strategies for deepening teaching and learning. Extensive curriculum is now available online at no charge at www.league.org/gettingresults. Free, downloadable PDF versions of web-based text and PowerPoint outlines are included with each module. A CD-ROM version that does not require internet access is available for purchase ($29 price includes standard shipping) from the League Store at http://www.league.org/store/catalog.htm.

Getting Results begins with an orientation video followed by six modules. Each module features classroom videos illustrating classroom practice; background information about the teacher and class; activities for learners; readings; downloadable, printable PDF versions of web-based text content; customizable PowerPoint slide shows; and suggestions on how to incorporate the strategies into users’ own classrooms. The module topics are

  • Creating a Community of Learners,
  • Planning for Outcomes,
  • Active Teaching and Learning,
  • Moving Beyond the Classroom,
  • Teaching with Technology, and
  • Assessing Teaching and Learning.

Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program, Getting Results was produced by WGBH-TV, PBS’s flagship station, in association with the League for Innovation in the Community College. Getting Results draws on research about best practices in adult learning. It has been piloted at 13 community and technical colleges, and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) at The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a formative and summative evaluation through 2007.

WGBH Boston is America’s pre-eminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television’s best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites. WGBH is the number-one producer of websites on pbs.org, one of the most trafficked dot-org websites in the world. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information, visit www.wgbh.org.

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2006 Campus Computing Survey

Campus computing

The 2006 Campus Computing Survey will launch later this month (July 2006). The annual Campus Computing Survey is the largest continuing study of information technology issues in American higher education. It remains one of the best sources for data and information about IT planning and policy issues affecting U.S. colleges and universities.

Kenneth C. Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project (www.campuscomputing.net), reports that more than 100 community colleges participated in the 2005 survey. The results from the 2006 Campus Computing Survey will be presented at the League's 2006 Conference on Information Technology in Charlotte in October. For information about the Campus Computing Project and to participate in the 2006 survey, please contact Kenneth Green (cgreen@campuscomputing.net).

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Health Care Program Alignment in
Wisconsin Technical Colleges

Partners

A collaborative curriculum alignment initiative that began in 2001 has engaged hundreds of instructors and deans among Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges in face-to-face curriculum development and improvement discussions. The result? Nineteen newly aligned health care programs simplify life for students and faculty alike. The collaborative alignment process has resulted in improved health care programs while preserving academic freedom. Now students enrolled in a health care program at one technical college are taking the same courses, and achieving the same skills, as students enrolled in the same program at any of the 15 other technical colleges.

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) is moving forward with more alignment projects. And each aligned course and program is available for quick download by WTCS faculty and staff at CurriculumBank.org, a centralized website that inventories WTCS statewide curriculum projects and encourages instructor and college collaboration.

Alignment Criteria in Wisconsin. When a program is aligned across Wisconsin, regardless of delivery methods, it has the same course titles, numbers, credits, descriptions, competencies (outcomes), and performance standards, according to Terri Johnson, Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS) consultant. Yet, the curriculum leaves instructors free to individualize learning activities and delivery.

Johnson has facilitated alignment collaboration of more than 10 programs for WTCS as a WIDS consultant. WIDS offers instructional design expertise to learning organizations worldwide via performance-based software and consulting and training services. Johnson maintains there is often the misconception by teachers that with alignment comes a loss of academic freedom. That’s not the case, according to Johnson, who maintains that when done correctly, the alignment process encourages the exchange of best practices among faculty. “It secures their right to teach creatively and turns out an improved course or program,” she said.

The alignment process has also delivered other benefits. “Common curriculum creates many opportunities for faculty collaboration across the state,” said Kristine Snow, a microbiology instructor at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. “In a small school there is frequently one full-time microbiology instructor with adjunct assistance. When common curricular materials are used, instructors from different colleges help each other with problems and challenges. Common materials also ensure that new faculty, full-time or adjunct, all teach the same basic course competencies,” she said.

In Wisconsin, the technical colleges embrace the use of WIDS Software, a learner-focused curriculum design tool. Every newly aligned health care program in Wisconsin was developed using the software, with the help of a WIDS facilitator. WIDS Software provides a consistent framework for developing complete web-based, hybrid, or traditional courses, programs, and training. The Software is a database, where users store competencies, performance standards, learning objectives, assessments, learning plans, and learning activities. It also stores occupational analyses data. Because of the database structure, any changes made by a user, anywhere in the curriculum design process, are automatically made throughout the curriculum. But, perhaps the Software’s most valuable feature is its ability to generate Analyzer matrix reports that show where competencies link to external standards within a course or a program. This report also provides a data-rich snapshot often used during accreditation.

Easing Transferability and Enrollment Statewide. Despite many emerging benefits to alignment, it was a desire for fairness that spurred WTCS to pursue the initiative. Prior to the alignment of the health care programs, offerings at individual technical colleges differed considerably in terms of competencies, credits, and courses. The newly aligned programs now allow students to easily transfer schools within the same program, without repeating credits, and access courses online from different colleges in the event classes are full at their home college.

Continual Collaboration and Improvement. Since curriculum development is a process involving continual improvement, all aligned courses in Wisconsin are taught in their entirety before they enter a collaborative revision. Any teacher who has taught a course under revision participates in a statewide conference call or face-to-face meeting to share ideas on teaching methods and possible areas of change.

The Most Recent Curriculum at CurriculumBank. Careful attention is directed to each program to ensure the latest curriculum – whether newly developed or just revised – is posted in a WIDS file on the CurriculumBank website for use by WTCS teachers. Once downloaded, instructors have the core curriculum for every course within a given program, into which they may add their own learning plans and activities, ensuring freedom of teaching and delivery. If teachers choose, they may upload those learning plans and activities to CurriculumBank to share with other WTCS instructors.

As a result of the health care alignment initiative in Wisconsin, a greater collaboration among instructors and colleges has emerged, along with ease of transferability and accreditation – and most critically – the continual improvement of programs reflecting best practices.

To find out more about Wisconsin’s health care alignment initiative, visit www.wids.org.

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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight Year in Review

Member Spotlight was introduced at the beginning of the 2004-2005 membership year as a new League benefit. Each month, member colleges have the opportunity to spotlight an aspect of the institution to share with other community colleges: a program, an award, a new innovation, and so on. These spotlights are then posted in our monthly League Connections newsletter. 

We send our thanks and recognition once again to the colleges featured in the 2005-2006 Member Spotlight. Each institution is listed below with a link to the college’s spotlight selection. 

August

Foothill-De Anza CCD

February

Butler County Community College

September

Scottish Further Education Unit

March

St. Clair Community College

November

Bronx Community College

April

Mass Bay Community College

December

Macomb Community College

May

Frederick Community College

January

College of Menominee Nation

June

Indian River Community College

Member Spotlight begins anew for the 2006-2007 membership year in the August 2006 issue of League Connections. We invite our member colleges to participate in this year’s spotlight opportunity. If you are interested in participating, please contact Wendy Neil (neil@league.org) with your request. Colleges featured in Member Spotlight are selected on a first-come, first- served basis, so make your request soon!


If your institution would like to submit a story for the Member Spotlight section of League Connections, please contact Wendy Neil, Director, Membership Services, at neil@league.org for article requirements.

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