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March 2003
Volume 4, Number 3












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“When you talk to one student, you talk to a community.”—Dr. Thomas Flynn


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Three new publications released from the League.

  • Techniques for Promoting Active Learning by K. Patricia Cross;
  • From Digital Divide to Digital Democracy by de los Santos, de los Santos Jr., and Milliron; and
  • Yes We Can! by Robert H. McCabe.

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In This Issue...

The League Can Help You Integrate Baldrige-based Quality Principles Into Your College’s Way of Work
Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training for Community College Leaders
New McCabe Book Stresses Development of Underprepared The League Expands Your Conference Experience
Macromedia Education Leadership Briefing
Dr. Kent Farnsworth Receives Werner Kubsch Award SCT Announces Enterprise Information Access Initiative for Higher Education
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Sinclair Community College used electronic scissors to cut a ribbon for its new website before a gathering of news media, college officials, employees and students. The revamped site is based on a dynamic content management system that allows for easier navigation and dynamic access to a large database of college web content.

Sinclair information technology personnel have developed the new system in conjunction with Macromedia, a major web content management company.

“The new Sinclair website is the product of a 20-member cross-functional team of IT and other college personnel to deliver a greatly improved product,” said Ken Moore, Sinclair Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. “The new website makes use of a small set of standard templates that are matched with the appropriate database content on the fly to dynamically deliver each web page requested. Students have told us the website is easier to navigate, and college staff have said the new dynamic content management system makes it much easier to update information, making it more timely and accurate.”

Moore said the new site has a stronger look, more consistent navigational features, and a robust search engine that facilitates easier access to requested information. The new website is also more compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for websites.

Sinclair’s IT staff has begun one-hour training sessions for dozens of college personnel to teach them how to update and manage the information on their specific department or division web pages. The pilot training sessions were originally four hours in length, but the process proved to be so easy to learn that the time scheduled for training was significantly reduced.

For more information about Sinclair’s new website, email Andy Runyan, Director of eCollege, or call (937) 512-2453.

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The MESA program at Hartnell College (CA) has won the Bellwether Award, a prestigious national honor from the University of Florida’s Institute of Higher Education. The MESA program provides academic support to students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions of higher learning and major in math, science, or engineering.

The award was presented to MESA director Michael Kane and program faculty advisor Chuck Beals earlier this month in Orlando, Florida, at the 2003 Community College Futures Assembly.

The Bellwether Award was established to recognize outstanding and innovative programs that are leading community colleges into the 21st century. Only three awards were presented among the 30 finalists this year. Colleges in Wisconsin won the other two awards.

Hartnell’s MESA program won the award for improving the performance of Latino students in technical fields. In addition to providing a study center, academic excellence workshops, and career advising, the program has linked MESA students to the several on- and off-campus outreach and support services such as the Learning Skills Center.

Commenting on the award, Hartnell President Edward Valeau praised the “significant innovations” of Kane and other program personnel. “Their work has dramatically improved student success in math and science courses, enabling students to accomplish their goal of transferring to four-year colleges and universities.”

Kane also expressed appreciation of the teamwork involved. “Many Hartnell faculty and staff members definitely have to share in this award,” he added. “Their dedication to students in the MESA program has been overwhelming and a definite factor in the program’s success.”

The Community College Futures Assembly convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for opinion leaders to work as a think tank in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges and to recognize Bellwether finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions.

For more information on the award, email Michael Kane or call him at (831) 770-6131.

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“We’ve gone careening down the road to DotCom and we know now where that leads. There has to be a better way. Maybe it’s time to slow down, look around, and get on the road to DotCalm – a place where we can thoughtfully engage and explore all aspects of technology, good, bad, or indifferent; a place where we can move beyond love affairs with the new and novel to a passion for the essential and important; a place beyond frantic multitasking to a mindful focus on the people and passions that make life worth living. And let’s bring as many along with us as we can!”

-- Mark David Milliron, From Digital Divide to Digital Democracy

“…for those individuals and enterprises that learn how to enhance their knowledge-sharing capacity by an order of magnitude. This is not wishful thinking, nor does it require Star-Wars technology. Leading-edge enterprises and new innovators are already setting new benchmarks for leveraging knowledge. The signs are in plain view. Every enterprise aspiring to succeed in the 21st century global economy must make certain that it becomes both a reflective practitioner and an ardent student of e-knowledge.”

-- Donald Norris, Jon Mason, and Paul Lefrere,
From Transforming e-Knowledge

“Students have multiple demands on their time and spend limited time on campus. Survey results indicate that most student-faculty interaction takes place in class; students report limited out-of-classroom interaction, and more than 80% of students do not participate in college-sponsored extracurricular activities. Therefore, the most powerful engagement strategies likely will center around the classroom and classwork.”

--From Engaging Community Colleges: A First Look. Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) 2002 Findings. The complete report is available online.

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For community colleges, helping the underprepared achieve may be the most important contribution community colleges can make to the country.

That’s the position Robert H. McCabe holds in his book. Yes We Can! has just been released as a joint publication by the League for Innovation and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Each component of services and organization is discussed in this collaborative work directed by McCabe. Knowledgeable professionals with breadth of experience contributed to the writing, including Susanne Adams, Susan Clark-Thayer, Jean Conway, Rene Garcia, Byron McClenney, Donna McKusick, William Muller, Jacqueline Tulloch, Linda Wong, Michael Khirallah, Janice Hull-Matula and Sheri Goldstein. Thirty examples of effective program and practice are also presented.

Visit the League Store directly for more content and purchasing information about Yes We Can!.

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In advance of the 2003 American Association of Community Colleges Convention in Dallas this April, the AACC is offering a preconvention workshop titled “Hit the Ground Leading: A Crash Course for First-Time CEOs.”

Dan Moriarty, President Emeritus of Portland Community College (OR) and former AACC Board and Presidents Academy Executive Committee Chair, designed the program. Topics will include important survival information such as Board relations, motivating executive teams, resource development, and technology.

The workshop is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 5. SCT is underwriting much of the cost for the workshop, so attendees will receive a $400 value for only $100.

Visit their website for more information about the workshop.

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Kent Farnsworth, President of Crowder College (MO) has been awarded the 2002 Werner Kubsch Award for Outstanding Achievements in International Education.

The Award was presented during the 26th annual Conference of Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) held February 15-18 in Tucson. The nomination of Farnsworth for the award indicated an outstanding and lengthy career focusing on international education, cultural, and related issues. Under his leadership, Crowder Community College has achieved new heights of involvement in exchanges, curriculum, training issues, workforce development, and student international activities.

The Werner Kubsch Award is presented annually at the CCID conference to a community college educator selected by the CCID Board of Directors. It consists of a stipend and a recognition plaque, and provides for a complimentary registration to the CCID Annual Conference. In addition to the nomination criteria, the Board considers the honoree’s creativity, innovation, and demonstrated achievement.

Werner O. Kubsch (1922-1992) was the founder and President of Studiosus Reisen Munchen in Germany, the largest independent educational and cultural travel organization in Europe. In the course of his distinguished career, he received many national and international awards and became a close friend of the American community college system.

Anyone, including non-CCID colleges, may submit a nomination for this award. More information may be found on the CCID website.

The Werner Kubsch Award is supported through a grant from the Friends of Werner Kubsch group and by Community Colleges for International Development, Inc.

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The following results from Alliance CEOs were acquired from the Key Trends in the Community College Survey No. 22, published by the League in January, 2003. Responses reflect a three-year window of opportunity at individual institutions.

99% of survey respondents believe that supporting foundation efforts to raise funds to support instructional activities will become an increasing expectation from CEOs.
94% of survey respondents believe that credit enrollment will increase over the next three years.
79% of survey respondents foresee that dual-credit programs with local high schools will expand.
71% of survey respondents assume that their institutions will replace at least part of their Student Information System, HR System, or Finance System.
96% of survey respondents see a greater need for public service workers (e.g., teachers, nurses, police officers, EMTs) in their service areas.
Due to budget cuts, 86% of survey respondents see that there will be program closures and redesigns.
Better facilitating successful transitions between the college and other educational sectors, and between the college and the workplace, will be an increasing priority according to 97% of survey respondents.
98% of survey respondents agree that helping foster a culture that can positively manage change will become essential within the next three years.
93% of survey respondents believe their institutions will adopt strategies from the learning-centered education movement.
76% of survey respondents agree that tuitions will significantly increase in the next three years.
Workforce training will stand strong as a significant mission for most institutions, according to 95% of survey respondents.

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The deadline for submitting proposals to present at the 2003 Conference on Information Technology is Monday, March 24! Proposals can be submitted online. This Call for Proposals is an invitation to join your colleagues in a dynamic learning community to discover how information technology is transforming the educational enterprise.

The League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT) is the premier showcase of the use of information technology to improve teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management. Celebrating 19 years of excellence, CIT features a technologically sophisticated and topically diverse program that helps educators explore and expand their use of technology.

The 2003 CIT, hosted by the Wisconsin Technical College System, will be held October 19-22 at the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Each year, Track 1 focuses on one or two emerging technologies believed to be of particular interest to educators. 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.

Although nanotechnology is the special focus of Track 1 at the 2003 CIT, other proposal topics related to the use of information technology in higher education that are likely to have long-term consequences for educators are strongly encouraged.

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. This track also aims to facilitate the dialogue among mathematicians, scientists, health care professionals, engineers, and technologists in academia and industry who use computer technology in scientific and engineering research and education programs at all levels.

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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The League’s Service Division is prepared to help community colleges integrate Baldrige-based quality principles into their ways of work. While there is no cookie-cutter approach to integrating quality principles, there are ways to build knowledge and capacity within existing college structures and processes.

The League is positioned to help in several ways:

Provide consultants to perform a quality audit that usually takes one or two site visits. The audit includes a review of current structure, practices, and processes as well as a readiness gauge. A report is written advising college leadership on next steps for the quality initiative.
The League can work closely with the institution to prepare and train college constituents and stakeholders on quality principles, tools, and processes that can be integrated into the college’s ways of work. This service usually takes four to five days on site with follow-up as needed.
The League has access to experienced consultants to serve as long-term guides and partners in the quality integration process. This service combines Number 2 above with a retainer for regular visits and offsite work to help the institution successfully integrate Baldrige-based quality principles into its ways of work.

The League’s Service Division consultants are able to assist in these important areas:

Development of foundational quality principles
Translating quality principles into routine ways of work
Process re-engineering based on quality principles
Training of college personnel
Facilitation of quality-based work groups and teams
Organizational structure review and recommendations for change
Recommendations and next steps

To find out more about how the League can assist your college integrate Baldrige-based quality principles into its ways of work, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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The League for Innovation in the Community College; the National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development; and Company of Experts.net announce the first two in an ongoing series of International Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Trainings and Practicums especially designed for leaders working in or with community colleges.

You can use Appreciative Inquiry to facilitate positive changes on your campus, e.g., strategic planning, becoming a learning college, team building, leadership development, visioning, assessment and evaluation, and formation.

June 2-5, 2003, hosted by St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, MO. Receipt deadline for registration is May 6, 2003.

June 23-26, 2003, hosted by Kwantlen University College at Richmond (near Vancouver), BC. Receipt deadline for registration is May 27, 2003.

If your college is interested in hosting a training in exchange for two complimentary registrations, email Nancy E. Stetson. For additional information, visit the Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

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The League for Innovation announces an exciting expansion of its conference series: The Innovations Online Conference. Integrating the latest technology tools and hosted by LearningTimes, this online community provides an extraordinary virtual conference experience with 24/7 accessibility extended long after Innovations 2003 has ended.

Join us in connecting with energetic professionals in community colleges as they come together to showcase model programs and student success stories and explore proven innovations. Visit our site online for further details.

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Connects Leaders to Discuss Challenges and Opportunities for Todays' Colleges and Universities

Educators are invited to participate in this special event and see firsthand how Macromedia solutions are helping institutions successfully integrate technology in the classroom and across the campus to create exceptional digital learning experiences for everyone.

Location and Dates Briefing Topics
April 2nd and 3rd, 2003
  • Technology Empowerment for Faculty, Students, and Staff
  • Realizing the Value of Distributed Learning
  • Building Flexible Campus Applications
  • Solutions for Stretching your IT Budget
Macromedia Headquarters
600 Townsend
San Francisco, California 94103

Preview the agenda and reserve your seat online.

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Initiative Turns Administrative System Information into Insight for Making Faster, Better Informed Decisions

SCT will unveil a new Enterprise Information Access Initiative for higher education at SCT Summit, the company's annual user conference being held this month in New Orleans. The three-phased approach will help institutions harness their vast amounts of siloed administrative information, analyze factors that drive success, and make more informed, timely business and operational decisions.

"It's been said time and again that knowledge is power," said SCT Senior Vice President David Moldoff. "Institutions are struggling with how to turn the data they have amassed within their administrative systems into knowledge that can be used to support strategic planning and decision-making processes that enhance institutional performance. SCT's Enterprise Information Access Initiative is designed expressly for this purpose."

As higher education institutions face operational and funding challenges, increasing enrollment, competitive pressures, and the ongoing imperative to deliver quality education experiences, the power of information to positively impact personal and institutional performance has never been stronger. Likewise, today's technology tools can make this information more accessible and manageable than ever before, enabling decision makers to transform data into applied knowledge and business intelligence that enhances personal and organizational performance.

SCT's Enterprise Information Access Initiative is designed to provide a unifying architecture that ensures consistency and ease of use in accessing the data housed across all of SCT's administrative systems. While the rich baseline reporting functionality built into SCT's administrative solutions serves the needs of many clients, other clients identify extensive needs for custom and ad hoc reporting, as well as more complex analytics associated with enterprise-scale reporting and business intelligence.

The Enterprise Information Access Initiative helps institutions standardize how data are communicated across the organization, yielding more consistent, timely, and efficient reporting and analytics readily accessible at every level of the organization. It creates a solid foundation for data management that will scale as institutional needs evolve in the future. It also represents a central part of SCT's e-Education Infrastructure, a strategic framework for the digital campus that delivers superior interoperability, service delivery, and information access.

For additional information visit www.sct.com.

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