League Connections
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February 2003
Volume 4, Number 2

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”—Robert Lewis Stevenson

In This Issue...

Homeland Security Initiatives Meeting
President is named for South Seattle Community College
Kirkwood’s Moran Announces Retirement
Is the Information Revolution Making Libraries Obsolete? The Chauncey Group International Creates Web-based Registry Service
"Building Bridges to College and Careers: Contextualized Basic Skills Programs at Community Colleges"
Task Force Named for Community College Project The Pacific Northwest Field Center of the Chautauqua Welcomes You!
The Harold Howe II Youth Policy Fellowship of the American Youth Policy Forum Sinclair Dean Elected as Engineering Fellow
  Vernier Networks Enhances Its Enterprise-Class Features for Securing Mission-Critical WLANs


Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2003 for community colleges wishing to participate as one of the 10 College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI) site partnerships. The League for Innovation has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Adult and Vocational Education, to lead the CCTI Consortium of site partnerships.

Community and technical colleges and their partners interested in applying for CCTI site partnerships can find application requirements, additional information, and frequently asked questions on the CCTI project homepage, or by emailing Judy Greenfield (CCTI Project Support) or calling (480) 705-8200, ext. 243.

Through its collaboration, the CCTI Consortium will identify, develop, and refine strategies and programs of study that help students move effectively from high school to college and to careers by better aligning and improving the quality of secondary and postsecondary programs in high-demand career areas. The League will work closely with project partners: the American Association of Community Colleges, the Center for Occupational Research and Development, The Chauncey Group International, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, and an impressive array of eminent national figures who have agreed to serve as the Advisory Working Group.

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Kweisi MfumeRegister now for Innovations 2003, March 16-19, at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. The host, Maricopa Community Colleges, and coordinators, Estrella Mountain Community College and Mesa Community College, are dedicated to making this conference the best yet!

Confirmed keynote speakers include Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); David Ward, President of the American Council on Education; Harry Pachon, President of the Tomàs Rivera Policy Institute; Renate Nummela Caine, Professor Emerita of Education, California State University; Geoffrey Caine, LL.M., Author and Consultant on Learning Communities; and Steve Benson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona.

This year's conference continues the tradition of providing an array of learning opportunities for participants:

  • Engaging keynote speakers discussing critical issues facing community college educators
  • Forums and Special Sessions supported by state-of-the-art presentation technology
  • Roundtable Discussions offering a personal setting for exchanging ideas
  • Poster Session Presentations primarily delivered in the form of visual displays
  • Learning Center Courses: Three-hour and six-hour intensive workshops granting Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Convenient E-Mail and Internet Lab
  • The 4th annual Community College Orientation Course
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions, coffee and refreshment breaks, and after-hours gatherings

Visit the Innovations Conference website for more information and to register for the conference.

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PROPOSALS FOR 2003 Conference on Information Technology DUE MARCH 24th

The League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at the 2003 Conference on Information Technology (CIT). The 19th annual showcase of the use of information technology to improve teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management is being hosted by the Wisconsin Technical College System and will take place on October 19-22 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, March 24. All proposals can be submitted online.


For the 2003 CIT, the special focus for Track 1 is "Nanotechnology and Possible Directions for Educators." Proposals targeted toward this focus area should encourage an exchange of ideas regarding how community colleges can anticipate and meet future educational and training needs in this emerging field.


Track 7: Math, Science, Allied Health, and Vocational Education
Given special consideration are proposals that explore innovative approaches to improving career and technical education leading to improved student achievement in vocational areas.

Diana G. Oblinger, Executive Director, Higher Education, Microsoft Corporation

Hotel, travel, and registration information will be available soon. For assistance or additional information, please email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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On January 17, the PBS show “NOW with Bill Moyers” looked into the digital future of intellectual property and the debate that has pit private control against the public domain.

Moyers raised the question, "With publications and broadcasting delivered free by the Internet directly to homes, is the information revolution making libraries obsolete?" As more people can access this content, the copyright owners—in many cases large corporate publishing entities—are looking for ways to charge fees.

A growing chorus of lawyers, librarians, and educators fear the implications of losing free access to information for everyone. "Our information and communication infrastructure is so central to everything we do," said former American Library Association president Nancy Kranich. "But what's really underlying that is the free flow of ideas which is essential to democracy."

Those individuals interested in this important discussion of rapidly changing copyright issues can find the complete transcript on the PBS website.

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The Board of Trustees of the Seattle Community College District named longtime Seattle educator Dr. Charles Mitchell as its next Chancellor. Mitchell will assume responsibilities on July 1, 2003, upon the retirement of the current Chancellor, Dr. Peter Ku.

Mitchell, a nationally recognized leader in higher education, has served as President of Seattle Central Community College since 1987. During that time the college established a reputation for developing innovative curriculum and student services that were acknowledged with a Time “College of the Year” Award in 2001. Mitchell has also been a leader in the civic arena and in working with business and industry to develop programming to match the needs of local employers and students training for the workforce. Dr. Charles Mitchell

Mitchell will be responsible for the overall operation of the district that educates 55,000 students at North Seattle Community College, Seattle Central Community College, South Seattle Community College, the Seattle Vocational Institute, and five specialized training centers.

The Board conducted an internal search for candidates during the fall quarter. In making the announcement, Trustee Chair Dorothy Hollingsworth noted that the decision of the five-member Board was unanimous and that Mitchell will serve on a three-year contract. Board members all expressed their familiarity with Mitchell’s career of service in Seattle and commended his leadership skills, civic involvement, and strong interest in equity throughout his career.

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The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) today announced the task force membership for its recently launched community college project. The community college project is part of CAAL's program to help develop state-level resources and foster effective state policy development and planning in adult education and literacy. "Community colleges provide ABE services for millions of adults now," noted CAAL president Gail Spangenberg, "but the links between their services and between community colleges and other service-providing institutions in the adult literacy system are weak or poorly understood. CAAL hopes to increase awareness of what the colleges are already doing and to provide guidance, as appropriate, on ways to strengthen their role." The task force will meet 4-5 times during the 1.5-year life of the project. Several papers will be commissioned and published by CAAL including a final task force report with analysis and recommendations. Start-up funding has been provided by the Nellie Mae Foundation, Verizon, and McGraw-Hill. Dr. Forrest P. Chisman, CAAL Vice President for Special Projects, will direct the project.

In addition to Dr. Chisman, the task force is comprised of

Byron McClenney (Chair)
(American Association of Community Colleges representative)
President, Kingsborough Community College
City University of New York
Brooklyn, New York

Robert Bickerton
Director, Adult Basic Education
State Department of Education
Malden, Massachusetts
Hunter Boylan
Director, National Center for Developmental Education
Reich College of Education
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina
JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall
Professor of Education and Director, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Language, Literacy, and Culture
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Baltimore, Maryland
Gerardo de los Santos
Vice President for Advancement
League for Innovation in the Community College
Phoenix, Arizona
Sarah Hawker
Vice President, Workforce Development and Adult Education
Illinois Community College Board
Springfield, Illinois
Lennox McClendon
Executive Director, National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium
Washington, DC
Patricia Rickard
Director, Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System
San Diego, California
Sharlene Walker
Director, Adult Basic Skills and Family Literacy Unit
Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development
Salem, Oregon
Ex officio:
Sandra Baxter
Interim Director
National Institute for Literacy
Washington, DC

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The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) announces the inauguration of a Fellowship to be awarded each year to a promising young scholar or scholar-practitioner. The Fellow will carry out a self-designed project on significant issues in youth policy, practice, research, or program evaluation, focusing particularly on disadvantaged youth. The Fellowship is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation. The first Fellowship will be available for work commencing in the summer or fall of 2003.

AYPF envisions that this prestigious Fellowship award will help initiate a professional career in the youth policy arena. It is designed to help attract talented and high-achieving scholars to the field of youth work and youth policy development and expand the knowledge base for improving policy and practice.

Fellows will carry out an in-depth exploration of an important issue or initiative that will contribute to the expertise of AYPF and to the youth policy field. Such projects will help to extend and deepen AYPF’s current work in developing youth policy reports on effective interventions for youth.

It is expected that in the 12-month period of the Fellowship, a high quality
report based on rigorous analysis will be produced. The resulting paper will be published and disseminated by AYPF and may be the basis for an article in a peer-reviewed journal. The scholar’s project may also be the basis for one or more AYPF forums to be held on Capitol Hill.

Criteria for Selection

  • Applicants must have a Master of Arts degree or higher, earned in the past five years.
  • Applicants must possess excellent writing and sufficient computer competency to carry out their own research and writing.
  • Applicants must submit a well-written three- to five-page proposal outlining the proposed scope of work, methodology, and resources to be consulted. (An accompanying biographical sketch, professional recommendations, prior employment history, and previous writings should be appended to the application. However, the prime basis for the AYPF Fellowship award is the quality and relevancy of the submitted proposal to the field of youth policy and practice.)
  • The Fellow will work fulltime for a 12-month period (including a vacation period) at the offices of AYPF in Washington, DC. The Fellow will have access to AYPF’s extensive networks, learning events, and the experts and resource people that participate in them. AYPF senior staff will act as mentors.

Deadline for Proposals

Deadline for proposals is March 1, 2003. AYPF will announce the first Fellowship awardee early in May 2003. The awardee may begin residence at AYPF by mutual agreement over the next one-year period.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $25,000 and, if not otherwise available, health insurance.

Please submit all applications to Harold Howe II Fellowship, American Youth Policy Forum, 1836 Jefferson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20036-2505. Visit the AYPF website for additional information.

It is high time for those of us who want to improve education to stop paying more attention to schools than to kids. We tend to think of children as if their lives could be divided up into neat compartments–school in one slot, home and community in another. We know that many children today come to school damaged by poverty, by disrupted family situations, by other factors that schools cannot influence, let alone control. We know, if we are willing to face it, that anything we can do to help families–by offering them paths out of poverty, for example–will be a real help to children.—Harold Howe II

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Are you interested in learning how to produce 3D content, as well as pulling together a digital library of objects that can be licensed to other educational institutions and to industry? Are you interested in creating content that will produce ongoing revenues from your local industry partners?

Our consultants can show you how to organize and distribute training, content, instructional technology, and services around the needs of your local educational consumers. The business opportunity can be significant as your college becomes the supplier of learning and technology that you create, own, and control.

Our consultants can show you how

Community colleges can join together to build regional consortia without significant capital requirements
Community colleges can build on their market share and emerge as the ultimate distributors of educational services
Community colleges can deliver the appropriate level of training within their customers' time frame and budget
Community colleges can deliver learning to corporations, which allows companies to focus on their core businesses while ensuring quality of instruction and budget adherence
Community colleges, acting as Application Service Providers (ASPs), can offer cost-effective brick-and-mortar, e-learning, and blended training solutions
Community colleges can bond customers to their brand and keep them coming back for all lifelong learning needs
Community colleges can create revenue centers that provide
    High-demand specialized training
    Digital content creation for online learning repositories
    Demonstration centers for technology companies
    Incubation contracts for learning and training technologies
    Leasable high-end electronic classrooms and holoconferencing suites
    E-learning consulting and workshops
    Professional development and technology training for K-12 educators
    Regional educational ASPs

To find out more about how the League can help your community college capitalize on the educational services market, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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The League hosted a two-day planning meeting February 6 and 7, 2003 to learn about existing homeland security and prevention programs being offered by community colleges and to identify unmet homeland security needs. Thirty-seven participants from League Member Colleges and partners gathered in Tempe, AZ to help frame a national community college readiness and prevention initiative that could be tied to portable credentials.

The League will also host a Homeland Security Summit at Innovations 2003 on March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to identify service learning and civic engagement initiatives that are complementary to homeland security needs. In addition, the League will host a Cyber Security Summit at Innovations 2003 on March 18th, 2003.

Future issues of LeagueConnections will provide information about continued planning and development pertaining to Homeland Security initiatives.

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Dr. Jill WakefieldDr. Jill Wakefield, an educator and administrator with more than 25 years of experience at South Seattle Community College, has been named president of the college.

The announcement was made by Seattle Community College District Chancellor Peter Ku at the January 9th meeting of the District’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Wakefield’s depth of experience with the college, with the Seattle District, and with our state higher education system is an important asset,” Ku said. “Her dedication to South Seattle Community College is unmatched and she has a well-developed vision for the future of the college.”

Wakefield began her career at South Seattle Community College in 1976 as Veterans’ Program Coordinator and then served as Research Coordinator and Director of Communications. In 1986 she was appointed Assistant to the President, where she initiated a marketing program that increased enrollment by 20 percent over five years, as well as helped obtain and direct several state and federal grants. Next, as Vice President for Educational Services, Wakefield developed the college’s investment in technology and its Career Link Program for high school students.

Since 1995, Wakefield has served as Vice President for Instruction. Her responsibilities included reorganizing and developing new instructional programs, leading the collegewide strategic planning process, and the recent accreditation review in which the college received commendations in six major areas.

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VP's 34-Year Career Spanned Iowa College's Growth to International Prominence and Excellence

The Vice President of Instruction for Kirkwood Community College, Dr. Terrence J. Moran, has announced his plans to retire from his college post. The June 30, 2003, effective retirement date will mark 34 years of Moran's service with Kirkwood.

Moran's tenure with the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, community college began as an economics instructor in the fall of 1969. He later was appointed head of Kirkwood's social science and history departments and served as dean of Arts and Sciences from 1984 through 1987 and executive director of grants and governmental relations from 1897 to 1990. He took on his current role as Vice President of Instruction in 1990 and has served continuously in that post.

Kirkwood President Dr. Norm Nielsen praised Moran's leadership and influence over three decades. "This is an announcement we accept with regret and great appreciation. Terry began his career at Kirkwood when our college and the whole Iowa system were in their infancy. The excellence of our credit programs and the renowned reputation of Kirkwood not only in Iowa but around the U.S. is a continual testimony to Terry Moran's diligence, hard work, and respect for his colleagues. We all owe him a big thank you and a debt of gratitude for his many accomplishments," Nielsen said.

Dr. Moran commented on his Kirkwood career, saying, "It has been a true joy working with Kirkwood's trustees, administration, faculty, and staff and being able to contribute to the phenomenal growth of the college. I have always been proud of my association with Kirkwood and I expect my pride will remain strong as Kirkwood continues to grow in the years ahead."

Kirkwood will soon begin the search process for Moran's successor.

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The Chauncey Group International, the leading provider of certification and licensing examinations for professionals, business, and government, now offers clients a state-of-the-art, online registry service to meet a variety of needs.

“We have created a registry service that is comprehensive, secure, flexible, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Stephen L. Koffler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Chauncey Group. “We are proud of our new capabilities,” he said. “We now have the flexibility to provide a registry that is appropriate to meet a client’s needs, whether that means a sophisticated, online service or a more traditional type of system.”

According to Koffler, “a comprehensive registry system would be useful in virtually any field—nursing or insurance, for example—where an organization, association, government agency, or other certifying body wishes to gather, maintain, and update important information.”

As an example, Koffler noted that, for one client, The Chauncey Group provides a full-service certification program, including the development and delivery of examinations and a highly flexible and functional online registry service. “Our client has real-time access to the registry,” Koffler said. “That means initial certification and certification renewals are reflected immediately for public access, and the client can read, edit, or update records at any time, from any location, with absolute security.”

Koffler also emphasized that The Chauncey Group has the capability “to link an entire certification and registry process under one umbrella, including initial registration of the test-taker, tracking and analyzing test results, placing qualified people in the registry, and keeping the registry up to date. “We can do the entire process or any piece of it, depending on a client’s needs,” Koffler concluded. For additional information email Jon Alexiou or call (305) 255-8347.

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Co-authored by Christopher Mazzeo, Sara Y. Rab, and Julian L. Alssid

With welfare time limits taking effect and unemployment at a ten-year high, this study documents five community colleges that are training and quickly finding employment for hard-to-employ adults. These vanguard colleges are pioneering a new adult education model that links basic skills, such as writing and math, to immediate job opportunities in high-wage fields that need workers such as health care and information technology. With well over two million adults in traditional remedial and adult basic education courses that often lack any connection or exposure to the work world, there is a lot to be learned from the programs highlighted in the study.

The study is posted online.

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Chautauqua Short Courses are an annual series of forums in which scholars at the frontiers of various sciences meet intensively for several days with undergraduate science teachers. These forums provide an opportunity for invited scholars to communicate new knowledge, concepts, and techniques directly to college teachers in ways that are immediately beneficial to their teaching. The primary aim is to enable undergraduate teachers in the sciences to keep their teaching current with respect to content and pedagogy.

The University of Washington is offering nine courses during the summer of 2003. Courses are listed below in chronological order. Course details, including a course abstract, is provided for each course by clicking on the title. General information, including travel and accommodations details, may be found at Participant Information.

Exciting Students About Science and Technology Using Materials Science
June 913, 2003, Bonne Terre, MO
Course UWA-3

Global Climate Change: Today’s News, Tomorrow’s Problem?
June 19-21, 2003, Seattle, WA
Course #80
Lodging | UW Housing

Improving Student Learning Using Classroom Assessment Techniques
June 26-28, 2003, Seattle, WA
Course #7
Lodging | UW Housing

Physiology for Physiology and Biology Teachers
July 9–12, 2003, Seattle, WA
Course #48
Lodging | UW Housing

Volcanic Hazards: On Site at Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier
July 12-16, 2003, Seattle, WA
Course #36
Specific Participant Information

Biomedical Ethics: Today’s Debate, Tomorrow’s Dilemma
July 16-18, 2003, Seattle, WA
Course #60
Lodging | UW Housing

The Nuts and Bolts of Classroom Management: How to Teach Like a Pro
July 17-19, 2003, Seattle, WA
Course #6

Lodging | UW Housing

Ecological Lessons from Mt. St. Helens
July 20–23, 2003, Mt. St. Helens, WA
Course #72
Specific Participant Information

Deciphering Ancient Mangled Rocks:
Terrane Tectonics and Geological History of the North Cascades and San Juan Islands, Washington
August 7-10, 2003, Seattle, Washington
Specific Participant Information

Chautauqua Short Courses

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Dr. George SehiDr. George Sehi, Dean of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Sinclair Community College, has been elected a Fellow by the American Society for Mechanical Engineers.

Founded in 1880, ASME International is a nonprofit educational and technical organization serving a worldwide membership of 125,000. It conducts one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations, holds some 30 technical and 200 professional development courses each year, and sets many industrial and manufacturing standards.

The Fellow is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, the attainment of which “recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.”

During his tenure as Dean, engineering technology enrollment has doubled. With 4,000 students, Sinclair has the third largest division of its kind in the nation. Dr. Sehi holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a master's degree in mechanical engineering, and a doctoral degree in academic administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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Vernier Networks has announced Version 3.0 of its award-winning Vernier Networks System™ software that provides network managers with enhanced support for securing, scaling, and managing enterprise wireless LANs (WLANs). The company also introduced a new hardware platform, the 6500 series, that provides improved performance, integrated Gigabit Ethernet capability, and hardware acceleration of 3DES encryption for boosting performance of encrypted traffic. This new software and hardware improves the robustness of WLAN security and management, giving enterprise IT managers the features and performance they need to make WLANs as strategic to long-term corporate business objectives as their wired LANs are today.

“The Vernier Networks System is very feature rich, said Michael Shisko, director of information technologies for Experio Solutions (Dallas, TX). “It gives us the features we need today in an easy-to-use package. A lot of the things that we may want to implement in the future, Vernier Networks already supports. We couldn’t think of a feature or control that Vernier Networks doesn’t already account for.”

Version 3.0 of the Vernier Networks Systems software, which runs on all Vernier platforms, is available as a no-charge upgrade to existing Vernier customers and ships standard with all new Vernier systems. For more information email Arlene Dickson or call (650) 237-2216.

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