That's right, the League for Innovation in the Community College Board of Directors decided during its June meeting to relocate the League office from Mission Viejo (CA) to Phoenix (AZ). The new location allows the League to expand operations and host meetings and institutes in an easily accessible location with attractive venues. Keep an eye out for new programs and services in the months to come and look for your opportunity to visit the League office in the Valley of the Sun. Update your address book with our new contact information: 4505 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85048-7690, phone 480-705-8200, fax 480-705-8201. The League website (www.league.org) and staff e-mail addresses made the move with us, so no changes there!
A veteran of the League for Innovation Board of Directors and longtime innovator in the community college movement, Larry Tyree is retiring from his post as President of Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL to become the J.D. Moore Distinguished Professor of Community College Leadership at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. With the community college leadership shortages hitting institutions nationally and internationally, Tyree will play an important part in preparing a next generation of leaders to be on vanguard of teaching and learning. He will remain closely connected to the League, serving as a Senior League Fellow and working closely with the League's Executive Leadership Institute and institutional rising-star leadership training programs.
The early registration
deadline for the 2001
Conference on Information Technology has been extended to October
31! The 2001 CIT will be held November 14-17 at the Minneapolis
Convention Center and is being hosted by the Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities. The Hilton Minneapolis & Towers
will serve as the headquarters hotel; online registration and hotel
reservation services are available at the 2001
CIT website. The League's CIT continues to be the premier showcase
for how information technology is used to improve teaching and learning,
student services, organizational management, and partnerships.
CIT promises a wide range of learning options:
Learn more about Minneapolis/St. Paul area restaurants, shopping, culture, sports, and other amusement activitiesincluding the world famous Mall of Americathat make this the entertainment and cultural center of the upper Midwest.
August the League completed its 13th Executive
Leadership Institute (ELI) in Newport Beach, CA. Thirty-six outstanding
professionals participated in this year's institute, which was sponsored
by The University of
Texas at Austin and Cornell
University. The 2001 ELI class was treated to a week full of interaction
with 35 CEOs and university faculty members exploring topics including
learning-centered education, team building, strategic change management,
information technology, fundraising, internal and external roles, legislative
engagement, and media relations. A special emphasis was placed in the
program on finding the right fit in searching for the presidency. View
a list of 2001 ELI graduates on the ELI
Planning is under way for Innovations 2002, scheduled for March 17-20 (including St. Patrick's Day) in Boston, Massachusetts. The host institution, Bunker Hill Community College, is dedicated to making this conference the best yet!
Confirmed keynote speakers include Tina Sung, President, American Society for Training and Development; Amado Murillo Pena, Jr., International Renowned Southwestern Artist and Educator; and Mark Milliron, President and CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College. Invited speakers include Senator Edward Kennedy and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume.
This year's conference introduces a new presentation format, a Poster Session, which provides the opportunity for participants to make brief remarks, share information, and answer questions about the presentation topic. Poster session presentations take the form of an exhibit and are delivered primarily through the use of visual displays.
In addition, a new presentation
stream will be introduced at Innovations 2002, Resource Development
and Foundation Management, which spotlights successful models and
identifies future directions in a large number of resource related activities.
We have an important role in the months and years ahead, including advancing and supporting education nationally and internationally to give people options and empower them beyond the reaches of manipulation and control. Moreover, we can band together to help individuals realize that when it comes to hate in all its forms, 'that is the terror!'
Sanford Shugart, President, Valencia Community College (FL), in an e-mail message to Valencia employees and friends:
I spent several hours yesterday visiting with students, faculty, and staff on three campuses, just to get a feel for how we are coping with the horrific events of the week. I was impressed with the many provisions made by counseling, other student services offices, faculty and career staff to support grieving and shocked students and colleagues through this experience. I found a subdued spirit in many conversations with students who are seriously considering the consequences, possible responses, and even the moral and existential questions raised by terrorism. I also found a deep appreciation among the students for the thoughtful approach their professors are taking, trying to balance the need for some 'normalcy' and yet needing to process events together.
I think I found a palpable sense of need for community. Students didn't stay away in large numbers, but came and engaged with their friends and professors, wanting to be together and do something constructive. The overflow crowds at the Blood Mobile on East were a powerful testimony to this, as well.
I especially sought out the leaders of our international student organizations for conversation and comfort. How exposed and fearful many of these students must feel now. I know that we will all reach out to assure them of their full membership in our learning community and our trust and regard for them.
American Association of Community Colleges
Association of Community Colleges quickly posted a message from the
association president, George Boggs, that provides an update on community
colleges in the New York and Washington areas, along with a collection
of responses from colleges in surrounding areas and in other parts of
the country. AACC has posted on its website a list of resources community
college leaders may find useful in helping students and other members
of the campus community deal with the attacks.
The League publication, Access in the Information Age: Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide, released at Innovations 2001, defines the Digital Divide in the context of community colleges and highlights model community college programs. To further understand how the technology access issues are influencing various areas within community colleges, the most recent CEO Survey focuses on the Digital Divide. Data generated from the Leagues various Digital Divide research efforts are shaping the second Digital Divide publication. The series editors, Gerardo E. de los Santos, Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., and Mark David Milliron, have invited leaders in the community college effort to make technology accessible to write about their experiences, challenges, and successes. The book will be released at the League's Innovations 2002 conference in Boston, March 17-20.
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 under way to define similar agreements between the League member colleges and University of Maryland University College, Capella University, National American University, and Franklin University.
Visit League Articulation Agreements to learn about these agreements, including benefits for students, faculty, and staff. The articulation packages are available only to League member colleges, and each partnership is negotiated individually to allow for college variations in curriculum, accreditation requirements, and institutional policies. For additional information, contact Edward J. Leach.
The League and corporate partner OpenMind Publishing Group, Inc. are working together to implement a digital publications strategy that will provide access to League publications for every member of the campus community. Purchase of a subscription to League Digital Publications will provide password-protected online access to the entire library of League titles. After selecting a book or monograph from the library, a user can highlight text, make notes, dog-ear pages, and download content. The new digital subscriber offering will be showcased at the League's Conference on Information Technology, November 14-17 in Minneapolis, and subscription sales are scheduled to begin in mid-December. For more information about OpenMind Publishing Group, see the partner profile in this edition of LeagueConnections and visit the OpenMind website. To view a list of current League publications, visit the LeagueStore.
The League's online Transformational Learning Connections, LeagueTLC, is dedicated to connecting community colleges with innovative solutions through online services. The Phoenix Think Tank, a Maricopa Community College District collaborative committed to finding uncommon solutions to common problems, is featured in October's Innovation Express. Join the LeagueTLC Forum to participate in the online discussion of innovative practices featured in Innovation Express. LeagueTLC also provides a variety of resources on innovation in the community college through its Innovation Database, Learning Links, and Resources on the Web sections. For more information about LeagueTLC, visit the website or contact Stella Perez.
Participants in the League's 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project and the League's Learning College Project will meet together at an E-Documentation Summit in Minneapolis in conjunction with the League's Conference on Information Technology. Representatives from the 28 colleges will explore various forms of electronic documentation of student learning, including the Career Transcript (Arnold Packer, Johns Hopkins University), the Diagnostic Digital Portfolio (Kathleen O'Brien, Alverno College), the Critical Life Skills Transcript (Waukesha County Technical College, WI), and the Liberal Studies/Professional Skills Portfolio (Inver Hills Community College, MN). Information gathered through the summit will be used to further efforts to design and implement electronic documentation of student learning at community colleges.
The 16 community colleges participating in the League's 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project are working with project staff to plan the second round of peer-college workshops scheduled during October and November. At the workshops, each pair of colleges will focus on (a) strategies for assessment of student learning, (b) plans for advocacy during and after the project's second year, and (c) progress toward achieving project outcomes. College teams will also define issues that will build the program at the project's Seminar 2002, March 15-17 in Boston.
The 16 colleges will join the 12 community colleges participating in the League's Learning College Project in a special Poster Session at Innovations 2002 in Boston, March 17-20. The poster session will feature the progress these colleges have made in defining and developing learning outcomes and documenting student learning in nontraditional ways. The 28 colleges are also participating in an E-Documentation Summit at the League's Conference on Information Technology.
The Learning College Project's Seminar III was held June 23-26 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Before the seminar, project team members from the 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges identified Critical Problems & Issues, and the major work of the seminar was the search for solutions and approaches to dealing with these obstacles and challenges (see Critical Problems & Issues for notes from these sessions). Notes from the seminar's finale, a visioning exercise to identify new architectural forms or solutions to improve and expand student learning, are available in the New Architecture web page.
In addition to joining the participants in the 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project for the E-Documentation Summit at CIT and the Poster Session at Innovations, during the next few months the 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges will be involved in regional meetings focused on the project's five objectives. Participants will also be involved in planning the program for Seminar IV, scheduled for June 2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In response to a national Pre K-12 teacher shortage that is creating a major crisis in providing quality education for America's youth, the League has joined Cerritos College (CA) and the Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ) in the formation of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) to advance and promote the community college role in the preparation, retention, and renewal of PreK-12 teachers. The organization will help solidify the community college leadership role in improving teacher preparation and ensure that community colleges are represented when legislation and policy decisions are developed and implemented by (a) advocating for and representing the interests of community colleges at the national level, (b) serving as a clearinghouse for community colleges involved in teacher preparation, (c) providing connections among community college professionals engaged in teacher preparation, and (d) providing programs and services to enhance the role and effectiveness of community college teacher education programs.
On September 22, 2001, representatives from several community colleges and other interested organizations met in Chicago to formulate and validate NACCTEP's mission, goals, and objectives and to develop an action plan for activities and timelines. The following institutions were represented at the Chicago meeting: Anne Arundel Community College (MD), California State Chancellor's Office (CA), Cerritos College (CA), College of the Redwoods (CA), Delta College (MI), Harry S. Truman College (IL), Illinois Community College Board (IL), J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (VA), Kapi'olani Community College (HA), Kirkwood Community College (IA), Lorain County Community College (OH) Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ), Massachusetts Community Colleges (MA), Miami-Dade Community College (FL), Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MN), Monroe Community College (NY), Moraine Valley Community College (IL), Pima Community College (AZ), St. Louis Community College (MO), San Diego Community Colleges (CA), Santa Fe Community College (FL), American Association of Community Colleges, Education Commission of the States, Pi Lambda Theta, and the League for Innovation in the Community College.
The NACCTEP Planning Committee will meet at the Maricopa Community Colleges in Tempe, Arizona on November 5, 2001 to clarify the mission and develop an action plan based on the input received at the national meeting. For further information about NACCTEP, please contact Steven Helfgot (562-860-2451 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Anna Solley (480-731-8101 or anna.solley@domail. maricopa.edu).
When they weren't doing their work and moving their homes and offices, the League staff managed to do a little summer reading. Here's what we found on a few staff member reading lists:
Gerardo de los Santos, Vice President, Advancement
Ken Wilbur's A Brief History of Everything was recommended by a dear friend who has dedicated many years and a lot of energy seeking philosophical, spiritual, and social connections that help make sense of our world and the role we play in it. In this book, Wilbur describes the inextricable nature of ideas, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality, all within a historical context that makes for a very readable piece. This book grapples with base human questions, as well as Eastern and Western comparisons of thought that help to illuminate new perspectives, new questions. While somewhat controversial, this book challenges perspectives on change and what that translates in absolute form and belief. In the midst of a lot of transition at the League with our headquarters moving from Southern California to Phoenix, this book helped to put aspects of change in perspective for me, and helped me see the forest as well as the trees in many ways.
On a lighter note, I enjoy the works of John Grisham and recently finished reading The Testament. Grisham weaves stories of the legal system, espionage, adventure, and power into fictional accounts that make for an escape that hits upon my pre-law interests from years ago. In this book, a lawyer is on the brink of personal and professional ruin and is called upon by his firm to handle a complex estate case that leads to an adventure beyond his expectations. During his plight to bring the estate to closure, he unravels a complex and mysterious family dissent and discovers a renewed hope for humanity through the selfless actions of the recipient of the estate. Great airplane reading! I've also read Grisham's The Brethren, and I am currently reading The Pelican Briefall well written, fun escapes into a different world.
Rochelle Gordon, the League's new Meeting Planner
In an effort to keep up with the ever changing high-tech industry, I recently finished Cyber Rules, by Thomas Siebel and Pat House, co-founders of Siebel Systems. The book details the six critical rules now governing electronic commerce but maintains the software company's philosophy that while E-business has been built on technology, it is not about technology. It is about the satisfaction of individual customers' needs.
After a summer of reading novels that I consider to be just average, I decided to pick up one of my favorites, Beach Music by Pat Conroy. Five years after my first read, the story is still wonderful. Authors like Pat Conroy amaze me with their ability to put together not only extremely smart, superior writing but also stories that capture the reader's attention from beginning to end. This book covers years of history from the Holocaust to Vietnam while detailing one man's struggles with his family.
Mark David Milliron, President and CEO
I've just finished reading What's Worth Knowing, edited by Wendy Lustbader, a social worker who works with the elderly. She has taken the time to journal lessons learned from her elderly clients who were reflecting on regrets, dreams, and perspectives on life. A collection of gems of practical wisdom is probably the best to describe this work. These short essays put the events of life in a broader and more meaningful context, making me think about the choices of today based on what my reflections might be in years to come.
On the education front, I've enjoyed diving into a couple of new books. The first is Mind Sculpture: Unlocking Your Brain's Untapped Potential by Ian Robertson, a British neuroscientist who turns the complex field of brain research into a readable exploration of the way the brain works and the implications for how we live, work, and learn. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the most current research on brain function and learning. I found Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen to be a good, practical complement to Mind Sculpture. Jensen provides practical strategies for educators wishing to apply brain-based research to their teaching and learning strategies. While it may seem to focus on K-12, there are plenty of great examples for college educators as well.
The Department of Labor reports that in the past 10 years, more than one million new jobs were created in the high tech industry and, according to the Information Technology Association of America, employers will attempt to fill more than 900,000 new IT jobs in 2001. As a member of the Microsoft IT Academy Program, you can help your students prepare for this high-tech marketplace and offer your faculty up-to-date training for the technology courses they teach.
Open to accredited two and four year colleges, technical and vocational institutions, and high schools, the Microsoft IT Academy Program offers faculty training opportunities and curriculum tools and resources to support your workforce development program. Apply for membership to ensure that your students and faculty have access to cutting edge training to prepare for in-demand certification on Microsoft networking and developer technologies.
Program benefits include:
Learn more about the Microsoft IT Academy Program membership levels and application process at http://www.microsoftitacademy.com.
The Michigan Community College Journal, a recent partner with the League for Innovation, is seeking manuscripts about education in the two-year college. The national, refereed journal encourages work from community college educators and administrators, as well as graduate students in higher education and partners in the community.
The Journal publishes models of exemplary practice, case studies, research articles, analyses of public policy, innovative strategies, commissioned articles, and visioning practices for the new century. Each piece should define the context, a concern, an approach, and a solution. Contributors can see guidelines for submission at http://www.schoolcraft.cc.mi.us/mccj.
The Journal strives to publish newer writers as well as established authors; individuals as well as co-authors. To encourage new writers, the editorial staff hopes to establish a dialogue with them. Contact Gordon Wilson, Managing Editor, with questions.
Submit manuscripts to:
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