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May 2003
Volume 4, Number 5

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News & Events

Antioch University McGregor Scholarship
TLT Group Announces Online Workshops
Macromedia Contribute Now Available
Leadership Program at Old Dominion University
2003 Career Advancement Strategy Competition
Higher Education Executive Conference
@ONE Summer Institute 2003
NCBAA MidLevel Leadership Institute



Be sure to check out the Associated Press story about community colleges at CNN.com!

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As e-learning has evolved, new developments have translated the content mastery of scientific experiments through hands-on, home-based learning experiences. Sink, tub, and garage have become humble yet surprisingly effective worksites in the e-learning experience. Read about how Miramar’s Biology Laboratory Online project team has taken this e-learning assay from pilot to full lab implementation in this month’s LeagueTLC update.

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The increased testing requirements imposed by No Child Left Behind—a far-reaching overhaul of federal education policy signed into law by President Bush in January 2002—have set schools scrambling to find more efficient ways to assess academic skills and get children ready for high-stakes state exams. Unlike traditional standardized tests on paper, which can take weeks or even months to score and return to schools, computer-based assessments can provide almost immediate feedback. That is arguably one of the biggest draws for educators.

Eventually, experts predict, technology could change the face of testing itself, enabling states to mesh the use of tests for instructional and accountability purposes.

Read more of this Education Week on the Web article.

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More than 95% of community colleges are internet connected.

In recent years, the average starting salary for graduates of information technology programs has increased more than 24%, from $20,753 to $25,771.

95% of businesses and organizations that use them recommend community college workforce education and training programs.

48% of community colleges offer welfare-to-work programs. Of those that do not, 54% plan to offer programs specifically designed for welfare recipients.

Reprinted with permission from American Association of Community Colleges.

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The U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), and the League are pleased to announce the 15 site partnerships that will join the CCTI Consortium. The Consortium will identify, develop, and refine practices 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 15 sites selected for participation include:

Education and Training Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland)   Lehigh Carbon Community College (Pennsylvania)
  Lorain County Community College (Ohio)   Sinclair Community College (Ohio)
  Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona)   St. Louis Community College (Missouri)
Health Science Law, Public Safety and Security
  Ivy Tech State College (Indiana)   Fox Valley Technical College (Wisconsin)
  Miami-Dade Community College (Florida)   Prince George’s Community College (Maryland)
  Northern Virginia Community College (Virginia)   San Diego Community College District (California)
Information Technology    
  Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina)    
  Corning Community College (New York)    
  Southwestern Oregon Community College (Oregon)    

These site partnerships represent geographic reach across the United States and an urban, rural, suburban mix; diversity in ethnicity of staff and students; a variety of delivery mechanisms; and a range of strategies. All participating site partnerships have met specific criteria and minimum requirements and responsibilities outlined in the RFP.

“We are excited to begin work with these outstanding site partnerships,” states Laurance J. Warford, CCTI Project Director. “With them in place, we can focus all of our attention on the main purpose of CCTI: strengthening the role of community and technical colleges in easing student transitions from high school through postsecondary education into employment.”

Find more information regarding this initiative, as well as the two new products available for immediate use at the CCTI web page. The Virtual Reader is a collection of approximately 130 references related to college and career transitions. Also available is the Inventory of Current Practices in College and Career Transition – a database searchable by strategy, outcome, and college.

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Celebrating 19 years of excellence, the League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (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 Airline Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Online conference registration is available for individuals interested in registering for the 2003 CIT prior to the end of this fiscal year. You can also download a hard copy of the group conference registration form and return it to the League office via mail or fax. In order to take advantage of group registration discounts, colleges must send in their group registrations together. For additional information about group conference registration discounts, email Judy Greenfield or call (480) 705-8200, x200.

This year’s CIT has a new special focus: Nanotechnology and Possible Directions for Educators. This focus area will encourage an exchange of ideas regarding how community colleges can anticipate and meet future educational and training needs in this emerging field. Track 7 has been expanded. Math, Science, Allied Health, and Vocational Education examines the role of computers in mathematics, health sciences, physical science, chemical science, biological science, materials science, and economic and financial science. Also given special consideration are 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
Jack Uldrich, President, The NanoVeritas Group
Mark David Milliron, President and CEO, League for Innovation

Hotel and Travel information is now available. For assistance or additional information, please email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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In a recent article, League President and CEO Mark Milliron discusses the latest phase of disruptive innovation set in motion by internet technology. “On the Road to DotCalm” takes a riveting look at how the dotcom boom and bust only underlined the need for educators to take a slower, more thoughtful pace toward Digital Democracy.

You can read this article in its entirety now in this month's League White Papers. The article formally appears as the final chapter in the recently published book, From Digital Divide to Digital Democracy, available now at the League Store.

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The League invites you to experience the Innovations Online Conference Summer 2003 Presentation Series beginning in June with Mark Milliron, who will share the recently released outcomes from Practical Magic—From the Front Lines of Teaching Excellence.

In July, Stella Perez introduces Project SAIL and the creation of a national marketplace promoting access, exchange, and dissemination of specialized industry-driven programs anywhere and anytime for community college students.

Rounding out this special series in August is the opportunity to connect with Richard Rhodes, Lydia Tena-Perez, and Shirley Gilbert of El Paso Community College and learn about how they support the diversity of recruitment through Closing the Gaps: Using the Visual Arts to Attract Future Students.

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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 are co-sponsoring a series of Facilitator Trainings designed especially for community college leaders. Training participants learn how to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry, a way of leading positive change without resistance within a single department or campuswide. Several four-day training sessions are being held through December 2003 in St. Louis, Anaheim, Richmond/Vancouver (BC), Phoenix, La Crosse, Denver, Orlando, Portland, and Houston. Go online for additional information or to register.

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As 1,100 institutions serving more than 10 million students annually, America’s community and technical colleges serve a strategic function in meeting local learning needs in communities across the country. This local-level focus often leads to specialized industry-driven programs that are particular to a college’s service area. With limited funding resources and burgeoning educational needs, colleges are often forced to narrow program offerings and neglect smaller, specialized, or high-cost industry demands. This dynamic has traditionally left some local businesses, industry specialists, or interested individuals without access to some of our nation’s best learning opportunities simply because of where they are located.

The growth and maturity of online learning options now makes it possible to extend access to specialty courses, degrees, and training beyond traditional college service area boundaries to fulfill workforce needs in even the most remote communities. To support such outreach, the League for Innovation in the Community College, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is launching Project SAIL (Specialty Asynchronous Industry Learning). Through a network of colleges and industry partners, Project SAIL aims to create a national marketplace promoting access, exchange, and dissemination of specialized industry-driven programs anywhere and anytime for community college students.

In addition to building a national clearinghouse for exchange of asynchronous specialty industry curricula and training options, Project SAIL partners will develop a catalog of learning exchange resources, such as (a) model articulation agreements, (b) sample transaction models, and (c) customized exchange agreements. These resources will provide the foundation for a full-scale national implementation model for development, exchange, and customization of online specialty courses. Project SAIL is distinguished by three key objectives:

Targeting Specialty Asynchronous Industry Learning content. Project SAIL focuses on specially designed courses and programs that provide skill training for the fundamentals of a specific trade or profession rather than widely available postsecondary general education offerings.
Providing access to existing programs and degrees. Project SAIL connects participants to content and curriculum developed within community colleges or industry training centers, as well as to existing degree, certificate, and transfer agreements and college support systems.
Development of a model curriculum/content-exchange system. Through Project SAIL successful specialty courses that have been developed by one institution — often at significant cost and investment — can be swapped, purchased, or brokered for use by another college to build a program that meets new workforce development needs without duplication of development dollars.

The curriculum/content exchange system — an array of customized purchase, trade, and lease options — is the “win-win-win” foundation of Project SAIL. This exchange system serves the institution providing the specialty content that recaptures some of its investment funding; the recipient institution that enriches its program options, maintains FTE counts, and serves local industry needs; and the students who access successful, high quality online or hybrid learning options while remaining at their home institution with sustained services such as advising, financial aid, tutoring, computer lab access, library access, career guidance services, and local industry placement services.

Through Project SAIL, the League, with support and leadership from the Sloan Foundation, will help community colleges build on their local strengths and capitalize on their transferable expertise to meet specialized local industry needs and national workforce development demands through expanded asynchronous learning alternatives. For more information, contact Stella Perez, Director, League Online and Project SAIL.

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Antioch University McGregor (AUM) has established a new scholarship in honor of Carolyn DesJardins, a revered leader in community college leadership development with the National Institute for Leadership Development. The Carolyn DesJardins scholarship will provide $2,000 each year to community college professionals for their graduate education at AUM.

Eligibility for the scholarship requires that students work at a community college and are enrolled full time in Antioch’s online M.A. in Management, Community College Management track.

For more information about the program and scholarship, please email Iris Weisman, Chair of Community College Management, or call (937) 769-1890. Information about AUM’s Community College Management Track is available online.

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The TLT Group helps educational institutions around the world improve teaching and learning by making more appropriate and cost-effective use of information technology.

The Best Practices in Information Literacy in Undergraduate Education workshop focuses on criteria for developing, assessing, and improving information literacy programs in undergraduate education. Workshop leaders also identify categories and case studies of best practices in undergraduate information literacy programs. (Through May 30)

The Information Literacy and Assessment workshop focuses on the roles of assessment in undergraduate information literacy programs. (July 14-August 1)

Find more information about these and other TLT Group workshops online.

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Macromedia has announced the immediate availability of Macromedia Contribute Higher Education Solution, a licensing program that provides all the necessary software, development resources, and training materials to empower faculty, students, and staff to maintain web content. Macromedia Contribute is a new desktop application that enables everyone on campus to easily update, add, and publish web content to existing websites without the need to learn HTML.

The Macromedia Contribute Higher Education Solution includes a license to install Macromedia Contribute on institution-owned computers, books on Contribute, online training modules, and development resources for end users and administrators. Additional assets, website templates, staff development resources, and presentations are available to campuses that purchase the 50- or 100-pack versions of Contribute.

Go online for more detailed information on Macromedia Contribute Higher Education Solution.

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Old Dominion University (ODU) has developed a doctor of philosophy degree in Community College Leadership that demonstrates the university’s commitment to technology-delivered learning. The innovative program is delivered via an interactive distance education delivery system that enables prospective students to meet their personal and professional needs.

ODU's Community College Leadership program is comprised of courses totaling 48 academic credit hours beyond the master’s degree. A minimum of two semesters of full-time study is required to meet residency requirements.

ODU is seeking a faculty director for the program to begin this summer. For additional information about the faculty director position or the program, email Dennis E. Gregory, Assistant Professor, Higher Education Program, Old Dominion University or go online.

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Jobs for the Future (JFF) invites applications from exemplary programs that meet the workforce needs of employees and employers for the 2003 Career Advancement Strategy Competition. This national competition identifies and supports exemplary programs that advance lower-skilled individuals into better paying jobs while providing employers with a highly skilled workforce.

JFF will select four winning organizations. Each winner receives a first-year grant of $65,000 and membership in the JFF Career Advancement Portfolio. The pre-application is due May 26, 2003. Final applications are due June 6, 2003. Competition information and applications are available online. For assistance, email Monique Sheen or call (617) 728-4446.

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Campus Computing Project Director Casey Green and EDUCAUSE Vice President Richard Katz are keynote speakers at SAS’ 2nd Annual Higher Education Conference, June 25-26, Cary, NC. The Intelligence in Action portion of the conference offers attendees an up-close viewing of a range of SAS solutions and customer applications in demonstration and theater settings. Visit SAS' website for the agenda and a description of the conference.

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To meet the technology training needs of faculty and staff, @ONE will host the Summer Institute, this year being held in two locations:

  • Ohlone College (Fremont, CA), June 11-14
  • MiraCosta College (Oceanside, CA), June 18-21

The institute delivers hands-on workshops and presentation-style seminars in topics ranging from Tools for Teaching to Budgeting for Technology in Challenging Times to MS Windows 2000 Network Administration. Topics vary by location. Scholarships are available for multiday workshops and full-day seminars. Visit @One's website for additional information.

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Applications are being accepted for the NCBAA's Leadership Development Institute for MidLevel Administrators. This institute represents NCBAA’s commitment to ensuring access, retention, and success of African-American students, faculty, and staff in community colleges. The Leadership Development Institute prepares African-American faculty and staff for midlevel leadership positions, thereby increasing the pools for various administrative positions. Targeted audiences include faculty, department chairs, program managers, coordinators, directors, deans, and other midlevel positions.

The institute will be held October 18-22, 2003 in Sacramento, CA. Additional information and the application form are available online.

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The Sinclair Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Steven L. Johnson, provost and chief operating officer, the fifth president of the college. Johnson will assume office September 1, 2003, succeeding Ned J. Sifferlen, who has announced his intention to retire on August 31 after a 38-year association with Sinclair.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree in educational administration from Iowa State University, and a doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of Texas.

The 11-member Presidential Search Committee recommended four finalists in a search process that began five months ago. The finalists were chosen from a pool of applicants and formal inquiries from over 30 individuals.

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Members of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Board of Trustees have nominated Jesus Carreon as DCCCD's fifth chancellor.

Carreon will fill the position vacated by William Wenrich, who retires on August 31 after almost 13 years with the district. Carreon has served as president of Portland Community College (OR) since 2001; as superintendent and president of the Rio Hondo Community College District (CA); and as president of Ventura College (CA).

Carreon serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges and is AACC's chair-elect for 2002-2003 and chair for 2003-2004. He also is a member of the AACC Future Leaders Institute advisory board and immediate past president and a member of the board of directors for the National Community College Hispanic Council. Carreon speaks regularly at regional, state, and national levels on topics such as economic development and workforce preparation, leadership and change, legal issues in community colleges, the impact of demographic change on America's workforce in the 21st century, and preparation for a globally competitive and diverse workforce.

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Rebecca (Becky) Paneitz, Central Piedmont Community College's Vice President for Instruction, has been tapped to serve as President of NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Benton County, Arkansas. Paneitz will begin her presidency on August 1.

In responding to the news, CPCC President Tony Zeiss stated, "Central Piedmont has benefited greatly from Becky's leadership and devotion to quality academic and technical programs. She has become a strong national leader in innovative workforce development initiatives. The college and I will definitely miss her, but it is no surprise that she's been sought by other colleges. NorthWest Arkansas Community College has chosen an excellent person as its new president."

In looking toward her new position, Paneitz commented, "It is with mixed feelings that I leave CPCC and the Charlotte community. My experience here has been wonderful, and I will miss everyone at the college. However, the opportunity to serve NWACC as its second president is a great one, and I am eager to begin my tenure there in August."

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HorizonLive, a leading software platform for live web-based teaching and interactive communication, has announced that Joseph Reddy will be its first Chief Learning Officer (CLO).

As CLO, Reddy will be responsible for making HorizonLive even more education-friendly while maintaining its ability to excel in a corporate environment. He will also assist in the implementation and organizational deployment of HorizonLive products, develop best practices strategies, create customized documentation, consult with clients regarding online pedagogy, and assist in the development of a consulting practice for existing and prospective clients. As Reddy grows into his role he will become HorizonLive’s chief spokesperson on synchronous learning.

Contact HorizonLive by email, calling (212) 533-1775, or find information online.

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