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June 2003
Volume 4, Number 6

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In This Issue...

 
News & Events
 

Capella University and The League Announce Scholarship Contest
Online Demonstration of XanEdu
New Service For Community College Leaders
Free Cisco Career Certification With Registration
Call For Candidates!
Improvement Strategy For Community Colleges

 


UNEQUAL IMPACT: COMMUNITY COLLEGES FACE DISPROPORTIONATE CUTS IN STATE BUDGETS

Nationwide, budget cuts to educational institutions have been cancerous and widespread throughout the entire spectrum of educational systems. Although two-year and four-year colleges alike are getting hit with these cuts because of their funding sources and appropriation requirements, those cuts are resulting in drastically different outcomes for facilities, students, and educational systems in the end.

Read more in The Chronicle as it highlights this trend of unequal reductions in educational support and services in a recent article.

Section: Government & Politics; Volume 49, Issue 38, Page A21

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CLEARLY QUOTABLE

"Education is knowing where to go to find out what you need to know, and it's knowing how to use the information you get."
-William Feather, Author and Publisher

“Your challenge will far exceed the technological challenges that previous generations faced, for two reasons. One, nanotechnology will impact almost every segment of society, and two, it will arrive – and already is arriving – much more rapidly than previous scientific advances.”
-Excerpted with permission from The Next Big Thing Is Really Small by Jack Uldrich with Deb Newberry, Keynote and Special Session presenters at the 2003 Conference on Information Technology.

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
-Alvin Toffler

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RURAL SOUTH PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADDRESSES THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

The location of South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) in rural Anson County (NC) is an area experiencing a high unemployment rate. To address the situation, the area is changing its economic focus from textiles – most of the mills have closed – to an approach that supports entrepreneurial ventures that need affordable high-speed internet access. Through a statewide effort called the Rural Internet Access Authority (RIAA), SPCC partnered with other local groups and agencies to establish the Anson County Technology Coalition (ACTC).

Working with the local telephone company, the ACTC determined that for around $100,000, high-speed DSL internet access could be provided to 96 percent of the current telephone subscriber base. The RIAA funded a grant proposal and by September 1, 2003 all of the equipment needed to provide high-speed access will be in place. Anson County now has a powerful tool in hand to attract new business and industry to this rural area.

Go online for more information about the work of SPCC and the RIAA, or email Don Altieri.

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JUST THE STATS!

… on Retention:

  • The highest proportions of at-risk students are in two-year and less-than-two-year institutions.
  • Community colleges serve students who have various reasons for attending college. These range from taking a course or two, to taking a series of courses to obtain occupational skills, to transferring to a four-year institution before completing an associate degree, to earning an associate degree. Therefore, students who leave the community college are not necessarily stopouts or dropouts: They may never have intended to complete a program or earn a degree.
  • Most dropout (stayout) and stopout behaviors among undergraduates occur during the first year.
  • Most students who leave college during or after their first year return sometime during the next six years. More often, though, they enroll in a different institution rather than returning to their first one.
  • Even if students leave the first college in which they enrolled, they do not necessarily drop out of the postsecondary system; they often transfer to another school. Therefore, the dropout and completion records of individual institutions understate overall postsecondary persistence.
  • Twenty-six percent of transfer students who entered community colleges in 1989 obtained a bachelor’s degree by 1994; 44 percent were still enrolled in a four-year school at that time. This adds up to a 70 percent persistence rate, a rate equivalent to the persistence rate of students who begin at four-year schools or transfer between or among four-year schools.

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2003 EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (ELI)

ELI provides the opportunity for potential community college presidents or those in transition to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with outstanding community college leaders from North America.

Deadline for application to ELI is August 1, 2003. Dates of the institute are December 7-12, 2003 in Tempe, Arizona. Please go online for further details.

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SPEAKERS AVAILABLE FOR FALL FACULTY-STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS

Need an experienced, dynamic, and interactive speaker to help make your fall faculty-staff development day successful? Let League Services provide a recognized expert to inform, inspire, and enthuse your back-to-school gathering. Representing a wide assortment of topics, our experienced speakers will tailor workshops to meet your organization's specific needs. If you don't see the topic you are interested in, let us know!

Why opt for a League Services speaker for your fall event? Here are just a few reasons:

  • We are committed to providing high-quality, affordable speakers.
  • We specialize in community colleges, so we speak your language.
  • Our speakers have years of experience in community college education.
  • Speakers cover topics ranging from preparing for accreditation to becoming more learning centered to evaluating your institution’s workforce development efforts.
  • We offer customized programs to meet your institution's specific needs, from campuswide events to interactive small-group sessions.
  • When developing a program, our speakers meet with institutional leaders to solicit input that ensures the maximum possible benefit.

League speakers are now accepting engagements for fall events. Email Ed Leach to schedule your speaker now!

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APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: A NEW WAY OF LEADING CHANGE

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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2003 CIT LEARNING CENTER COURSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE

You are invited to join a community of learners who share common interests and concerns at the 2003 Conference on Information Technology (CIT). Celebrating 19 years of excellence, the League for Innovation's annual technology conference 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.

Facilitated by recognized educational leaders, Learning Center Courses are special three- or six-hour sessions that provide in-depth exposure to current topics in information technology in each of the seven conference tracks. Learning Center Course participants receive continuing education units for completing each course and can expect to take home a body of practical knowledge and applications.

These courses require an additional registration fee, and enrollment is limited, so please register early. Online conference registration is available for individuals interested in participating in Learning Center Courses.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Diana G. Oblinger, Executive Director, Higher Education, Microsoft Corporation
Jack Uldrich, President, The NanoVeritas Group
Mark David Milliron, President and CEO, League for Innovation, with Patricia Donohue, President, Luzerne County Community College; Ray Fisher, Grand Master, Arizona Chuan Fa Society; and Kathy Sigler, Provost, Operations, Miami-Dade Community College

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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CAPELLA UNIVERSITY AND THE LEAGUE FOR INNOVATION ANNOUNCE SECOND ANNUAL FULL-RIDE PH.D. SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

As part of its participation in the League Articulation Project, Capella University is offering one full-ride Ph.D. scholarship to a faculty or staff member at a League member college. The scholarship will be awarded July 21, 2003, to a faculty or staff member at a League institution who wishes to pursue a doctoral degree.

The $47,000 scholarship covers tuition for three years plus the cost of residential colloquia in one of Capella’s 26 Ph.D. programs. Applicants must demonstrate innovative accomplishments at a community college. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 23, 2003.

Go online to learn more about this scholarship opportunity and access the online scholarship application.

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ONLINE BROWN BAG LUNCH TO FEATURE XANEDU DEMONSTRATION

Tuesday June 24, 2003 at 12:30 to 1:30 PM
USA Eastern Time

The TLT Group will present one in a series of Online Brown Bag Lunches about Low-Threshold Applications and Activities (LTAs). LTAs are instructional resources that are technology-based, educational, easy to use, nonintimidating, reliable, and inexpensive or even sometimes free to faculty and institutions. This interactive webcast, related resources, and XanEdu demonstration are being produced by The TLT Group and LearningTimes and sponsored by XanEdu.

REGISTRATION

Although there is no registration fee for this event, you must register in advance and use The TLT Group’s online registration form. After registering, you will receive instructions about how to prepare (i.e. technically and through background readings) for this event.

LEADERS

Crista Copp, Instructional Technology Manager, Academic Computing Services, California State University Long Beach.
Steven W. Gilbert, President, The TLT Group.

AUDIENCE

The TLT Group invites groups of faculty members and academic support professionals at each participating site and will provide additional materials in advance to anyone who will be leading a group. This event will provide information useful to interested individuals in almost any role in higher education.

Please contact Megan Palmer at with any questions or requests, or go online.

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CALLING ALL COMMUNITY COLLEGE LEADERS: NEW SERVICE IS FOR YOU

In view of budget cuts, tuition increases, and rising demand, never has it been harder to be chief executive at a community college. At last there is a source of support, encouragement, and expert advice available to these captains of open-access education: A new executive coaching program is being offered through the Community College Leadership Development Initiatives (CCLDI) at Claremont Graduate University (CA). Founded in 2001 by community college leaders seeking to enhance leadership development for educators in community colleges, the CCLDI works with western region community colleges, universities, and professional associations to establish collaborative partnerships addressing the need for leadership development and support in community colleges.

CCLDI's executive coaches are a distinguished group of retired community college CEOs with years of successful experience. The coaches provide CEOs with a responsive support system for private, professional discussions aimed at improving effectiveness. All coaches complete an intensive training workshop. Find more information online about the executive coaching program at CCLDI or call (909) 447-1287.

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A CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATION SAYS IMPORTANT THINGS ABOUT YOU

To colleagues, it is yet another reason to trust your expertise. To a current boss or potential employer, it is a sign that you are serious about your career and prepared for new opportunities. To the world and to yourself, it says that you have accepted and met a significant personal and professional challenge, and that you have joined the ranks of professionals who have earned recognition and respect within the networking industry.

Each year, Cisco offers a free Career Certification test to those who preregister for Networkers. As of this publication, free test seats are still available in Los Angeles, California (July 7-10, 2003). To accept a free test, simply register and pay for Networkers 2003 in advance, and choose which certification or recertification test you'd like to take. Seats at the Networkers Testing Center are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wait to register for a test onsite, and if seats are available, you can still take one test at half the regular rate.

Visit the Networkers 2003 registration website for additional information and the full calendar of sessions.

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CALL FOR CANDIDATES!

The 2003 Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership is now accepting applications for the program that will take place October 13-17, 2003 at the Piccadilly Inn Shaw in Fresno, California. This mentoring program is designed for individuals in senior level positions in higher education who desire to assume the position of CEO. Participants have the opportunity to learn first hand the fine techniques of leadership from experienced educators who have achieved senior positions and are now eager to share their knowledge and expertise.

The Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership is sponsored by the Presidents' Roundtable of the National Council on Black American Affairs, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges. Interested candidates can email Janis Hadley or call Esther Watstein at (203) 332-5226 for further information.

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AN IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES

The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) provides a much needed tool for assessing quality in community college education. CCSSE results help colleges focus on good educational practice — defined as practice that promotes high levels of student learning and retention — and identify areas in which community colleges can improve their programs and services for students. All of their work is grounded in research about what works in strengthening student learning and persistence. Find additional information online today.


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KANTER NAMED TO CHANCELLOR POSITION

The Foothill-De Anza (CA) Board of Trustees has named Martha J. Kanter District Chancellor. Kanter has been President of De Anza College for 10 years.

Prior to her current position, she served for three years as Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at San Jose City College, and for three years as Vice Chancellor of Policy Analysis and Research for the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. She holds an Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of San Francisco; an M.Ed. with a concentration in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University; and a B.A. in sociology from Brandeis University.

Kanter will assume the post of Chancellor on July 1. This will conclude the process that began with the departure in January of former Chancellor Leo Chavez to become Executive Vice President of Community Foundation Silicon Valley.


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