League Connections

World Wide Web Edition June 2001 Volume 2, Number 2

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Welcome to the June 2001 edition of LeagueConnections, one of the best ways to stay connected with ongoing League for Innovation in the Community College projects, activities, and events—and to make the most of your institutional and individual relationship with the League! 

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In This Issue...

George Boggs Receives the PBS O’Banion Prize for Commitment to Learning
How to Begin the Journey Toward Becoming More Learning Centered
2001 CIT—The Premier Showcase of How Information Technology Is Transforming the Educational Enterprise
Rising Stars: The Class of 2001 Is Selected for Executive Leadership Institute
Innovations: Continued Growth and Energy—The Best Is Yet to Come
Between the Lines…What Community College Leaders Are Reading
Learning Outcomes Network Meets to Define and Document Student Achievements
Get “The Inside Track” from Key Community College Educators Responding to the Question, “What is your institution doing in response to the energy crisis?”
The League Addresses the Digital Divide with New Products and Services
“Clearly Quotable”—A “Who Said What” About Topics We Follow
Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards 2001 Announced at Innovations Conference
League Announces Articulation Agreements Between Member Colleges and Four-Year Universities
League Transformational Learning Connections Monthly Feature
LeagueConnections Presents a New Feature: Partner Profile
Check Out Quick Stats for Snapshots and Trends


George Boggs Receives the PBS O’Banion Prize for Commitment to Learning

George BoggsPBS Adult Learning Service, in cooperation with the League for Innovation, presented the 2001 O'Banion Prize to George Boggs, President of the American Association of Community Colleges. The award was given to honor Boggs for the transformative work he did during his years at Palomar College and the contributions he has made to the literature of learning.

When presenting the award to Boggs at the Innovations 2001 conference in Atlanta, Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of PBS underscored Bogg’s role in the Learning College movement, "George Boggs triggered the most significant educational movement of this past decade, a movement that is now deeply imbedded in the culture of higher education for decades to come."

Terry O’Banion, after whom the award was named, noted, "The first community college leader to articulate these new perspectives on learning was George Boggs." In the acknowledgements of O’Banion’s book, A Learning College for the 21st Century, he writes, "George Boggs first introduced me to the basic concepts of the new learning paradigm, and his writings and speeches have been a continuing inspiration."

PBS established the award in 1999 to honor O'Banion when he retired after serving for 23 years as President and CEO of the League. The award is given annually to an individual who has greatly influenced a transformation in teaching and learning at community colleges or to a college that best exemplifies the ideals and characteristics of a learning college as established by O’Banion and the League.

How to Begin the Journey Toward Becoming More Learning Centered

Midway through the Learning College Project, the work of the Vanguard Learning Colleges (VLCs) is providing a growing body of information for those who want to begin the journey toward becoming more learning centered. These resources are now available through the League’s Learning College Project website:

  • Resource Directory—a searchable database of books, articles, and websites related to the project objectives—organizational culture, staff recruitment and development, technology, learning outcomes, and underprepared students—and to brain-based learning, collaborative learning, and learning communities.

  • Outstanding Features—links to descriptions of outstanding learning-centered programs, practices, and policies at the Vanguard Learning Colleges.

  • Advice to Colleagues—links to insights and suggestions from the VLCs based on their journeys toward becoming more learning centered.

Project teams from the VLCs met in Atlanta just prior to the League’s Innovations conference for their second seminar and participated in a poster session that showcased their Learning College journeys at the conference. The VLCs have identified a set of critical issues that will be the focus of in-depth exploration at Seminar III in June. Watch the Learning College Project website for information about how the VLCs are dealing with these critical issues.

2001 CIT—The Premier Showcase of How Information Technology Is Transforming the Educational Enterprise

The 2001 Conference on Information Technology will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 14-17, with the Hilton Minneapolis & Towers serving as the headquarters hotel. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are this year’s host. Online registration and hotel reservation services are available at the 2001 CIT website.

The 2001 CIT continues the tradition of demonstrating how information technology can be used to improve all aspects of community college education—teaching and learning, student services, organizational management, and partnerships. Celebrating 17 years of excellence, this year’s conference is expected to attract 4,000 participants to share in an exhibition of how technology continues to change the art and practice of education, and to participate in dynamic professional development activities in this important area.

2001 CIT Keynote Speakers

The 2001 CIT again promises a wide range of learning options including hands-on computer labs, nearly 1,000 presenters, an exhibition of resources and services from over 100 corporate partners, and an e-mail and Internet lab open to participants 24 hours a day. The national technology leaders slated to deliver keynote addresses this year are especially exciting: Carlene Ellis, Vice President, Finance and Enterprise Services, Director, Education, Intel Corporation; Willard Daggett, President, International Center for Leadership in Education; James Vanderslice, Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Dell Computer Corporation; and Darien C. Dash, Founder/Chairman/CEO, DME Interactive Holdings.


All Keynote Sessions, Learning Center Courses, Hands-On Labs, and Forums are supported by sophisticated technology, including high-speed Internet accessibility, video-data projection, multiplatform computing, and multimedia presentational software. League Corporate Partners provide much of the conference state-of-the-art infrastructure in addition to participating in the extensive conference Exhibition.

Two progressive features have been added to the 2001 CIT. A new conference track, The Future of Educational Technology, focuses on trends, issues, and opportunities in the use of information technology in higher education that have long-term consequences for educators. For the first time, this year’s conference includes Poster Sessions, in which selected presenters demonstrate their topics in print and electronic displays and engage one-on-one with participants to share information and answer questions about their specific topics.

This year’s Learning Center will include approximately 20 workshop-style courses on current topics such as technology and the future of educational leadership, web design and content development, e-portfolios, developing and using the virtual campus, online proficiency testing, laptops and wireless LAN networks, and digital research. Offered in three-hour and full-day formats by recognized leaders in the field, Learning Center Courses augment the conference by providing in-depth exposure to the latest technology topics and building a community of learners who share common interests.

One of the most powerful learning opportunities for participants at the conference is Hands-On Alley where companies such as Academic Systems, Apple Computer Corporation, Course Technology, Gateway, iStream Interactive, Macromedia, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, NETg, Oracle Corporation, Pearson Education, PLATO, Rovia, Inc., SmartForce, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and WebCT sponsor computer lab sessions designed to give participants practical experience with some of the best technology available for community college instruction, student support, and administration.

Additional details can be found on the League's 2001 CIT website; League Alliance members can attend this conference at a special member price.

Rising Stars:  The Class of 2001 Is Selected for Executive Leadership Institute

2001 Executive Leadership Institute35 senior-level community college leaders have been selected to attend the League’s 14th annual Executive Leadership Institute scheduled August 5–10, 2001, in Newport Beach, California. A review committee of community college presidents and ELI graduates selected the participants from nearly 100 qualified applicants.

The ELI Class of 2001 includes Jane Abbott, Pikes Peak Community College; Stanley G. Aman, Western Nevada Community College; Robert Bell, South Puget Sound Community College; David Borofsky, Colorado Mountain College; Kathleen Brock, Northwest Iowa Community College; James Bruns, Pellissippi State Technical Community College; David Bugay, Oakland Community College; Thomas Butler, Northern Virginia Community College; Jeffrey Cantor, Norwalk Community College; Marjorie Carson, Salt Lake Community College; Dawn Cartee, Southeastern Technical Institute; Catherine Chew, Northampton Community College; Sidney Connor, Westark College; Rafael Diaz, Brookhaven College; Richard Fleming, New Mexico Junior College; Linda Fossen, Skagit Valley College; Leonard Garrett, Baton Rouge Community College; Bruce Getzan, Gloucester County College; Patricia Grunder, Santa Fe Community College; William Hart, Bunker Hill Community College; Patricia Land, Roane State Community College; Andrew Matonak, Lakeland Community College; Claudia Moore, Genesee Community College; Thomas Quinn, Northland Community and Technical College; Edward Raspiller, Blinn College; Francisco Rodriguez, Yuba Community College District; Linda Simmons, Lane Community College; John Souders, Cedar Valley College; Patricia Spencer, Fullerton College; Alvin Starr, The Community College of Baltimore–Essex; Portia Taylor, Santa Fe Community College; Roberta Teahen, Northwestern Michigan College; Tom Walter, Gainesville College; David Whitaker, Prairie State College; and Felita Williams, Georgia Perimeter College.

The Executive Leadership Institute is conducted by the League in cooperation with The University of Texas at Austin and the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell University. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for potential community college presidents or those in transition to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to interact in problem-based workshops on leadership with outstanding community college leaders in North America. During the past 13 years over 420 community college leaders have participated in the program, and more than 160 have become presidents.

Information about the 2002 Institute will be available from the League office and on the League website in December 2001.

Innovations Conference: Continued Growth and Energy

Innovations 2001, held February 28–March 3, in Atlanta, was the largest and most successful Innovations conference to date with over 2,000 attendees. Georgia Perimeter College with The Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education provided exemplary host college support.

11 dynamic Keynote and Special Sessions from the conference were recorded and are now available to experience virtually. The sessions are available for a nominal fee with support from League corporate partner HorizonLive.com at http://www.league.org/i2001/webcasts.htm.

The League Learning College Project participants added a new dimension to the conference by facilitating a 2-hour Poster Session that showcased their journeys on the road to becoming Learning Colleges. Representatives from the 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges also facilitated five Learning Center Courses exclusively for Learning College Champions during the conference.

Planning for Innovations 2002 is well under way, with the conference scheduled for March 17-20 (St. Patrick’s Day weekend!), at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay area. The host institution, Bunker Hill Community College, is dedicated to making this conference the best yet. High-profile activities and sessions related to many League projects and initiatives are planned, including the Center for Formation in the Community College, the Digital Divide Project,Tina Sung the Learning College Project, and the 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project. The first confirmed Keynote presenter is Tina Sung, President, American Society for Training and Development.

New features for Innovations 2002 include a League Alliance CEO Roundtable designed to provide opportunities for intimate discussion around topics relevant to community college leadership and a Learning Center Course on The Role of the CEO as Chief Development Officer. In addition, a League Alliance Representative Summit, as well as a Staff Development Officer Summit, will be introduced to help improve connectivity and service orientation to League Alliance Institutions and educators.

Visit the Innovations 2002 for continually updated information about the conference.

Between the Lines...What Community College Leaders Are Reading 


“I revisited Prosperity by Bob Davis and David Wessel as I moved to a new assignment. These authors understand the vital role played by community colleges. It provides hope for the future, but only if that role is fully recognized. The book almost makes me think there is hope for a middle class. I also just read The Lexus and Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman. This book takes you from the Cold War to a global village. Once we asked, ‘How big is your missile?’ Now we ask, ‘How fast is your modem?’ My notion of ‘high-tech’ and ‘high-touch’ is reinforced as a pursuit for community colleges.

For pleasure I recently read A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. This one pulls at the heartstrings. It took me back to what it was like to be seventeen. It is also a great reminder of how love motivates the most significant aspects of life. I also just read The Brooklyn Reader, edited by Andrea Wyatt Sexton and Alice Leccese Powers. Thirty writers celebrate America’s favorite borough. Pieces by Woody Allen, Truman Capote, Peter Hamill, Spike Lee, Bernard Malamud, Neil Simon, William Styron, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Wolfe are fascinating. It makes me feel proud to be working in Brooklyn.”

Byron N. McClenney Byron N. McClenney
Kingsborough Community College

“My readings, like my interests in life, are very eclectic. Currently five books are feeding my soul, my intellect, my senses and my emotions.

If you've always wanted to learn more about wine, without overindulging, Andrea Immer's Great Wine Made Simple fits the bill. You'll learn that Chardonnay is the best supporting actor for a weekend clambake, while Chianti enhances the leftovers "Fridge Fest."  You'll learn about "legs." Cabs, syrahs, pouilly-fuisses, and pinots will roll off your tongue as well as your lips. The differences in countries, labels, styles, regions, looks and smells are all explained in straight talk by this Master Sommelier. So wet your appetite, and nose with wine talk by Immer.

Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. provides stories that heal the soul. Within two to four pages, narratives discuss life forces, freedom, mystery, and awe. Reading "Kissing the Boo-Boo", "Endbeginnings", Grandmother Eve" and "The Final Lesson" are a taste of the things we cannot measure but that sustain and enrich our lives. A wonderful read to begin or end a day.

lf history turns your fancy, pick up Stephen E. Ambrose's The Men Who Built the Transcontinental RailRoad 1863-1869. Travel the miles from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California, with ambitious engineers, capitalists, Chinese immigrants, Confederate officers, and many other hardworking laborers. Explore the route of the Union Pacific across Wyoming after reading the challenges of the Central Pacific's assault on the Sierra Nevada. Learn more about Lincoln, Doc Strong, Grant, and Theodore Judah as you experience the thrill, the exhaustion, and the victory of creating the railroad.

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates is acclaimed as her "finest." What happened on Valentine's Day 1976? How can one incident hush a town and threaten to destroy a family? With her heart and imaginative pen, Oates takes us down the road of a dark and powerful family tale. As the Los Angeles Times writes this is a book that "will break your heart, heal it, then break it again." The power is in Oates pen and humankind.

Patrick Lencioni presents a leadership fable: The Five Temptations of a CEO. A small book, only 134 pages, is packed with simple wisdom and five lessons for all leaders who strive to succeed. A "must read" for community college presidents as we strive to gain more insight into ourselves so that we can lead with integrity and wisdom. Place yourself in Andrew's seat and really hear what Charlie has to share. Our colleges and students will benefit.”

Beverly Simone   Beverly Simone
Madison Area Technical College

“Our college just completed a national symposium on best practices to address Hispanic student achievement in science and mathematics. So, in addition to reading tons of NSF and AACC documents on the subject, I reread Access in the Information Age: Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide by Alfredo and Gerardo de los Santos (who were among the symposium presenters) and Mark David Milliron. The digital divide picture is not pretty for underserved and economically disadvantaged populations and the de los Santos' book is a technology wake-up call for us in the community college. Since the demographic implications from the 2000 Census were so much a part of the symposium, I’m rereading Boom Bust & Echo 2000 : Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the New Millenium by David K. Foot that emphasizes the study of human populations as the most powerful and most underutilized tool to understand the past and to foretell the future.

In preparation for the big 50th birthday, I carefully read Understanding Men's Passages by Gail Sheehy, and it reminded me how much Sheehy’s early work Passages influenced so many of us back in the mid seventies (I’m thinking of rereading books that influenced me when I was a young adult). I finally got around to reading Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom ,that makes you understand his commitment to the struggle in South Africa. “

Homero Lopez   Homero Lopez
Estrella Mountain Community College

“From time to time, I dip into Peter Drucker's The Leader of the Future . This book includes chapters by a wide variety of authors on leadership—each only a few pages long. The short chapters provide quick and succinct inspiration or reminders of key leadership strategies or issues, including the spiritual basis of leadership, leading by fostering other's leadership, and focusing on the vision. I recommend it for its comprehensiveness and ease of reading.

For pleasure I am reading Time To Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography, by 
P. D. James
. British mystery novels by authors such as P. D. James, Elizabeth George, and Ruth Rendell are one of my favorite ways of relaxing. They are complex stories that explore human nature in all its glory and iniquity and provide great escape reading. P. D. James' "fragment of autobiography" is a journal she kept for one year in 1997, when she was 77. I'm thoroughly enjoying her reminiscences of her long life of being a writer, as well as admiring her quite active life at what some would call an "advanced age." She writes about the creative process and balancing many responsibilities in a down-to-earth and very human manner, and I'm learning much.”

Cindra J. Smith

  Cindra J. Smith
Director, Education Services
Community College League of California


Learning Outcomes Network Meets to Define and Document Student Achievements

The 16 colleges participating in the 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts met together for the first time in Atlanta following the League’s Innovations 2001 conference. At the seminar, they explored a series of issues and challenges related to fully developing and implementing learning outcomes across their institutions, including reaching consensus on learning outcomes, developing an outcomes-based curriculum, developing and implementing good practices for assessment, developing alternative documentation for learning outcomes, creating an organizational culture for learning, institutionalizing the learning outcomes effort, getting buy-in across the college, maintaining momentum, and connecting to other internal projects and initiatives. Reports from these seminar sessions are available on the Learning Outcomes Project website.

The colleges have also posted their project plans and updates on their progress. Links to the college project websites are available from the Learning Outcomes Project site. Plans are being made for a set of fall workshops among the colleges. The workshops are led by project facilitators Ron Baker, Mary Hjelm, Noreen Thomas, and Joan Warren, and project staff members Cindy Miles and Cynthia Wilson.

The Inside Track

Four community college leaders responded to our question, “What is your institution doing in response to the current energy crisis?”

“At San Diego Community College District (CA) we have had a very aggressive energy conservation program for about a decade, but of course have stepped up our efforts since the current energy crisis. Our energy management control system remotely controls heating and cooling in all of our buildings. A technician remotely monitors the temperature in the buildings and adjusts heating and cooling as needed. This is particularly useful to ensure that we do not turn heating and cooling on too early before classrooms are occupied in the morning and that energy does not stay on after classes end in the evening. Our temperature settings are 68 degrees for heating and 78 for cooling. We have replaced all incandescent lights with florescent and replaced the old, inefficient florescent ballasts with solid state. Most of our classrooms have motion sensors that automatically turn lights off when rooms are not in use. In the construction plans for new buildings, we ask the architects to include as much natural lighting as possible, but also balancing that with the need to ensure the natural light efficiency is not offset by extensive cooling that could be required with some designs. A new educational technology building at San Diego City College takes advantage of natural light with a computerized light meter setting that automatically dims the lights during the day to an optimal lighting level and brightens the lighting in the evening to the same optimal level set by the college. We are also considering solar power and other alternative energy sources, plus rebates and state funds that may be available for energy efficiency.”

Augustine Gallego Augustine Gallego
San Diego Community College District

“Mount Wachusett Community College (MA) has taken a very proactive role in addressing the current energy crisis.  The college currently utilizes electricity as its sole source of climate control, which includes its heating, lighting, domestic hot water, and air conditioning requirements.

Over the past several years we have implemented a variety of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) including variable air volume (VAV) conversion, installation of variable frequency drives on air handler units, chiller replacements, new efficient lighting, heat pumps, cooling tower replacement, domestic hot water conversion, replacement of unit ventilators, and the installation of new domestic hot water heat exchangers.

The centerpiece of the college’s efforts to address the energy crisis, however, involves the conversion of the college’s all electric campus to a biomass hydronic system utilizing wood chip fuel.  The first phase of this project will supply 8 million BTUs per hour of hot water and will replace the equivalent of 2 million KWH of electricity while providing most of the heat for the campus.  Phase II of the project will involve the installation of a 500K W Gazogen gasifier and co-gen set that will generate electricity to meet the college’s remaining climate requirements.  It is our position that this project will demonstrate that a boiler plant that combines the proven reliability of a wood chip gassifier coupled with the eventual integration of the Gazogen co-gen system will provide a state-of-the-art energy facility that uses a renewable fuel to achieve predicable and impressive energy savings.  By incorporating a biomass process, we will be utilizing a fuel source that is renewable, locally available, cost effective, nonpolluting, and publicly  acceptable.  We have recently been awarded $1,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the FY01 Energy and Water Development Appropriation bill for this project.”

Daniel M. Asquino Daniel M. Asquino
Mount Wachusett Community College

”Every old and new technology has an up and a down side. Have we created it, or has it recreated us? Do we own the automobile or does it own us? Who is the master and who is the slave when it comes to computers?

Most of the world knows that California, where the League office is headquartered, is having a power shortage/demand surplus, that this problem will spread, and that there are perhaps huge nationwide economic consequences looming on the horizon. We at the League have experienced two recent blackouts and expect many more in the near future. This crunch will undoubtedly impact how we work; and we believe it will greatly impact college campuses. Some area colleges, having subscribed to a voluntary “Stage Two” power-down agreement with local power companies, are already having regular outages.

What can be done? We believe that there are probably some great ideas to be shared among colleges in the areas of conservation, scheduling, and technology. At the League office we are considering several comparatively inexpensive, nongenerator backup possibilities which will keep us functioning through a one or two-hour blackout. And there are, I’m sure, other solutions waiting to be discovered. Our landlord, for example, just installed motion-activated lighting in the restrooms in our building.

I’ve found that the technology of photovoltaic panels has radically improved just in the past two years. I heard an estimate from one advocate that less than a square mile of solar panels could supply our state’s entire power needs. This is the kind of stuff that challenges the imagination. Fossil fuels have taken us far; now we need to look to a different future. We need to face adversity and let it teach us. Sharing ideas can help make this energy crunch an energy opportunity.”

Bob Eggers Bob Eggers
Technology and Publications Associate
League for Innovation in the Community College

The League Addresses the Digital Divide with New Products and Services

Digital DivideIn early 2000 the League initiated the Digital Divide project to inspire community college educators to take the strategic and aggressive steps to help provide the necessary information technology access and skill sets for a growing number of minorities and economically challenged populations. Subsequently, the February 2000 Leadership Abstract, “Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide” was released and a Digital Divide Summit was conducted at the 2000 Conference on Information Technology in November. At this summit Digital Divide leaders highlighted model programs and current trends and facilitated interactive focus groups aimed at helping the League define broad-scale Digital Divide projects. Please click here to view or download the Digital Divide Summit PowerPoint presentation.

The League’s publication on the subject, Access in the Information Age:  Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide, was released at Innovations 2001. This publication defines the Digital Divide in the context of community colleges and highlights model community college programs.

In order to further understand how the Digital Divide is influencing various areas within community colleges, the current Alliance CEO Survey focuses on the Digital Divide. Data generated from the League’s various Digital Divide research efforts will shape the second Digital Divide publication scheduled to be released at Innovations 2002, March 17-20, Boston, Massachusetts.

Clearly, the Digital Divide requires creative and collaborative approaches from multiple sectors of our society. Therefore, the League is exploring partnership opportunities with AT&T, the National Science Foundation, and the National Telecommunications Information Administration to create a national consortium of community colleges that are dedicated to bridging the Digital Divide.

The League’s Digital Divide activities and publications are described at the League's Bridging the Digital Divide web page.

Clearly Quotable

“The learning-college concept is now the modus operandi at Valencia. Quite simply, say its advocates, being a learning college is about putting learning first. Faculty members say they are giving students more responsibility for their own learning by having them play a bigger role in planning their classes and academic programs. Professors also say it's more important to teach life skills-such as good study habits and analytical thinking-than the actual content of a course. The entire process involves rethinking the syllabus, the lecture, and the function of the student.”

Jamilah Evelyn, “A Community College Offers Directions for the Road of Life” The Chronicle of Higher Education. From the issue dated October 12, 2001 (online version). Join a discussion of the Learning College movement at the Chronicle's Colloquy.

“Widespread access to higher education is critical to the economic health and social welfare of the nation. With increasing demands for access and affordability, expanding the community college mission to include baccalaureate degrees while retaining our open-door philosophy and responsiveness to local needs is a logical option in many communities…. By adding baccalaureate degrees to our offerings, community colleges can help promote (a) increased geographical, financial, and academic access to upper division education; (b) cost efficiencies through the use of existing infrastructures; (c) success among nontraditional or returning students through smaller classes, less rigid sequencing, and greater scheduling options; (d) ready matriculation and upward mobility for students with associate degrees; (e) stable family and employment relationships for students while they complete their degrees; (f) community college commitment to economic and workforce development; and (g) responsiveness to community needs for specialized programs.”

Kenneth P. Walker, An Open Door to the Bachelor's Degree, Leadership Abstracts 14(2).

“I have a dream that anyone can read any book, in any country, at any time and in any language; that books appear for the blind and visually impaired at the same time as everyone else; that states can renew both history and geography schoolbooks the same year—and kids don’t need huge backpacks to carry them; that a small library in an inner-city or a village in Africa has as many books as the Library of Congress; and we don’t have to clear-cut forests to communicate. It’s not just a dream; I came to Microsoft to do this.”

Bill Hill, Chief E-Book Developer, Microsoft Corporation, “Molecules to Electrons—Changing the Way We Read,” a presentation at the 2000 Conference on Information Technology

Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards 2001 Announced at Innovations Conference

Two outstanding community college students were recognized by Microsoft and the League with annual awards honoring League President Emeritus, Terry O'Banion. Student Developer Champion, Todd Eberhardt, St. Louis Community College, Meramec, went far beyond excelling in his classes, graduating with a 4.0 GPA and highest honors and receiving the Information Systems Scholarship Award. He completed not only his General Education requirements but also a laundry list of programming skills and the Visual Basic Microsoft certification exam. Todd immediately put his skills to work to benefit St. Louis Community College, single-handedly designing, writing, and implementing an online web-based assessment tracking package for the college by the deadline, allowing college faculty and staff to centralize its assessment record-keeping in time for its reaccreditation requirements.

Student Technology Champion, Michael N. Sullivan, Foothill College, is a U.S. Air Force veteran, about to complete an A.S. degree in Data Communications and Network Management and recently achieving a certificate in Microsoft NT Preparation. He currently has a 3.0 GPA, has been on the Dean's List, is active in Foothill College student government, and is a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Circle K Honor Society. Michael has overcome many obstacles to achieve these accomplishments; he is a re-entry student at Foothill having spent ten years of his life overcoming the severe effects of Bipolar Disorder. He was homeless for several years and lived in a shelter for the disabled homeless until he could apply for General Assistance. Michael's passion for technology bubbles over to others when he assists other students and trains disabled residents in using the Internet at the low-income residence where he lives.

The awards are part of Microsoft's commitment to promoting technology training in the nation's community colleges. The two $5,000 honoraria help students further their education through technology and consider pursuing IT careers. These awards recognize community college students for their enthusiasm about technology and commitment to sharing technology with others. The Microsoft Education Solutions Group and the League salute this year's Student Champions and their community colleges!

League Announces Articulation Agreements Between Member Colleges and Four-Year Universities

The League for Innovation recently announced a series of articulation agreements with the University of Phoenix, United States Open University, and Western Governors University that not only facilitate the transfer of community college students from League member colleges into bachelor degree programs at partnering four-year institutions, but also strengthen relationships between two- and four-year colleges through exchanges of student and faculty services, tuition discounts, and recruiting opportunities. Discussions are underway to define similar agreements between the League member colleges and University of Maryland University College, Florida State University, and Franklin University.

The agreements include benefits for faculty and staff as well as students and have been designed by the partnering four-year institutions specifically for League member colleges. The agreements pave the way for transferring students to enter baccalaureate programs as upper-division students meeting all lower-division competencies. In other cases, AAS transfer students may complete their bachelor’s general education requirements by taking lower-division courses at League member colleges. In addition to facilitating the transfer process for students who complete associate degrees, these comprehensive articulation packages offer a range of benefits for community colleges, such as (1) access to inverted 2+2 baccalaureate degrees; (2) counseling and advising for dual admission students; (3) tuition discounts for students, faculty, and staff; (4) professional development opportunities; (5) access to online library resources; and (6) referrals of students and corporations to participating League member colleges.

The articulation packages are available only to League Alliance member colleges, and each partnership is negotiated individually to allow for college variations in curriculum, accreditation requirements, and institutional policies. For additional information visit the League Articulation Agreements web page.

League Transformational Learning Connections Monthly Feature

The May Edition of LeagueTLC—the League’s dynamic website promoting successful innovations—highlights the results and findings of distance learning student service initiatives at Kirkwood Community College (IA). Read about their SOL: Support-on-Line. Just posted is the June edition which features Project Connection - a summer program that's changing freshman life at Berkshire Community College (MA). Visit TLC/Learning Links for weekly updates and resources on these topics, including the May Focus on Distance Learning Student Support Services and the June Focus on Summer Enrichment Programs.

League Thanks and Profiles Corporate Partners

The League is fortunate to partner with more than 100 corporations who play an essential role in supporting League conferences, publications, research, and projects. Our newest web page recognizes the many significant contributions of the partners who provide technology support through contributions of products and services for our office, web, and conference technology systems.  The new page can be reviewed at the League Technology web page.

In addition we will regularly profile one of our newest partners:

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Internet TV. It’s reality.

Thanks to ever-changing Internet technology, anytime/anywhere learning is becoming the most cost-effective way to deliver knowledge to a student’s “desktop.” Course instruction, audiovisual support, interactive experiments, and more can be delivered from a centralized network server to locations throughout the world at a moment’s notice.

st3.com has one of the fastest, most reliable private fiber-based networks in the country-complete with more than 30,000 route miles of cabling and a comprehensive system of port routing switches and caches in every major market in the United States.

st3.com’s network infrastructure and encoding technology is designed to deliver any type of media-voice, video or data-from the server located in the closest proximity to the end user for the optimum media streaming performance straight to the network’s edge.

st3.com is making educational opportunities through Internet TV a reality with live events and on-demand audio and video streaming, encoding, storage, and content generation services. The need for more innovative and engaging distance learning modalities and the growth of broadband access can be the catalysts for the redesign of college courses. st3’s bold and unique leading edge technology makes available video streaming, interactive capability, and reliable on demand delivery. Faculty members can move away from textbooks on the web and talking heads in the classroom and provide a multidimensional format that addresses different learning styles via an easily updated multimedia, multidimensional course.

“In 1999, Americans contributed more than $190 billion to nonprofit organizations. According to a Harvard study, about 4 percent of donors contributed online, giving about $10 million. In 2000, online donors gave an estimated $250 million. It is estimated that by 2010 one-third of money donated will be given online. At current levels, online giving will reach $63 billion. Stanford University, for example, recently had an 11 percent gift rate from an e-mail campaign, while only a 6.5 percent response rate to a direct mail campaign.”

Theodore R. Hart, ePhilanthropyFoundation.org, speaking at a CASE conference, April 2001


“The largest absolute increase in college enrollment will come from Hispanic students, whose numbers will grow from 1.4 million undergraduates in 1995 to 2.5 million in 2015. Four states will account for two-thirds of the increase in Hispanic undergraduates. About 36 percent of the increase in Hispanic enrollment in these four states—216,000 students—will occur in California, Texas, Florida, and New York.” 

As reported in Gerardo E. de los Santos, Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Mark David Milliron, Access in the Information Age:  Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide, League for Innovation in the Community College, 2001


Never Leave Home Without Tech! Fifty–seven percent of adults say they use their tech tools and toys while on vacation or in a car while driving, and 42 percent say they use them outdoors at a park, at the beach, or in the woods. Another 30 percent use them at the mall while shopping or eating, and 17 percent use their tech tools during a workout in the gym. Ten percent use them in a public restroom.

Source:  Market Facts for Best Buy as quoted in USA Today.


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