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July 2003
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News & Events

League Receives Grant From
Lumina Foundation for Education

Sinclair and ABC to Offer OSHA Training
Publishing Opportunity Related to
Urban Community Colleges

New Contract Opportunities With the Ticket to Work Program!
Center For Ocean Science Education Excellence
2003 Campus Computing Survey



The Michigan court cases are getting all the attention, but the bigger threat to campus diversity is state budget cuts, especially for community colleges. Almost 5,000 African-American and Hispanic students would be shut out of the country's 146 most selective colleges if the institutions were no longer allowed to use affirmative action in admissions and relied only on grades and test scores, according to a study by the Century Foundation.

Read more today in The Chronicle.

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“Success comes when we've got strong leadership in our schools – leaders who seek the truth, leaders who are willing to confront reality, and leadership who believe in the worth of every single child.” -- Remarks by President Bush on the No Child Left Behind Act, June 10, 2003

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” -- Charles Darwin

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." -- Margaret Mead

"Find the need and endeavor to meet it." -- David A. Sinclair

"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." -- William Faulkner

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The materials found at the website below are the product of a collaborative writing project that brought together four colleagues from three institutions of higher education in Tennessee and their more than 70 students--Bryan College, a Christian, liberal arts, four-year institution with 600 students; Columbia State Community College, a public two-year institution with 4,300 students; and Middle Tennessee State University, a public four-year institution with over 19,000 students.

While these resources may be investigated in any order that suits the reader, the relationship among all of them will be more clear with a common starting point: the project description, which lays out the specific details of the project. The hope is that other writing teachers will find the project interesting and useful, as well as be encouraged to embark on a similar journey of their own. Questions and comments can be sent to Maria Clayton.

This article first appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of Kairos.

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  • In 2000, the percentage of American households with computers jumped from 42.1% in 1998, to 51% -- 53.7 million households.
  • Almost half of all rural families had a computer at home by August 2000, compared with less than 40% in 1998.
  • The number of both African-American and Hispanic households with computers at home increased from approximately 25% in 1998 to approximately 33% in 2000 -- 32.6% and 33.7% respectively.
  • While 93% of households earning more than $75,000 per year own computers, only 40% of households earning less than $30,000 per year own them.
  • 58% of all postsecondary students own computers, while only 40% of those students attending two-year institutions own computers.
  • Between 1998 and 2000, the number of households with internet access grew from 26.2% to 41.5%.
  • 80% of all households with computers have internet access.

As reported by Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. in From Digital Divide to Digital Democracy.

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The Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) Version 1.3 Beta release of the Application Profile, Sample Run-Time Environment (RTE) and Test Suite are available for download and evaluation.

The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Technical Team is pleased to report that several significant development efforts related to SCORM Version 1.3 are available on ADLNet.org for download and testing, including:

  • SCORM Version 1.3 Application Profile Working Draft Version 1.0
  • SCORM Version 1.3 Sample RTE Version 1.3 Beta 2
  • SCORM Version 1.3 Conformance Test Suite Version 1.3 (Self Test) Beta.

The draft Application Profile Version 1.0 contains an early version of the SCORM 1.3. This application profile introduces the IMS Simple Sequencing Specification, changes to the SCORM Meta-data profiles related to the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Learning Object Metadata (LOM) standardization effort, and some changes to the SCORM RTE Data Model needed to support the inclusion of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. (IMS) Simple Sequencing Specification.

Standardization Efforts:
Over the last several months, development efforts within the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC) and the IMS have been shaping the future of the SCORM Version 1.3. The IEEE has been focusing on three standardization efforts:
  • IEEE P1484.12.3 – Draft eXtensible markup language (XML) Binding of the LOM Standard
  • IEEE P1484.11.1 – Draft Standard for Learning Technology – Data Model for Content Object Communication
  • IEEE P1484.11.2 – Draft Standard for Learning Technology – ECMAScript Application Programming Interface for Content to Runtime Services

The IMS has been focusing work on two specifications:

  • IMS Simple Sequencing Version 1.0
  • IMS Content Packaging Maintenance Release Version 1.1.3

Plugfest 8
Plugfest 8 is planned for October 2003, when a revised version of the draft SCORM Version 1.3 will be available. During Plugfest 8, attendees will be able to test early applications of the draft SCORM Version 1.3. Participants will be encouraged to provide comments on the draft and share lessons learned or best practices on the development of SCORM Version 1.3 products.

The ADL Technical Team encourages the e-learning community to use the draft SCORM products and provide feedback prior to Plugfest 8. Following Plugfest, the ADL Technical Team will address issues and update the draft SCORM Version 1.3 for final release. To learn more about the ADL Initiative, or to download the SCORM and supporting documents and software, visit the ADL website.

The ADL Vision
Provide access to the highest quality education and training, tailored to individual needs, delivered cost effectively, anywhere and anytime.

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Two summits this year opened a dialogue about the role of community colleges in Homeland Security. What emerged was the clear call for community colleges to step to the forefront with continued and unified training standards and a truly national system for Homeland Security. Read about the results of the summits and the forecast for the future of Homeland Security in July’s extended Leadership Abstracts.

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Join your colleagues in San Francisco, February 29-March 3, 2004, to experience two exceptional keynote presentations at this year’s Innovations Conference.

The 2004 confirmed keynote speakers include Kay McClenney, Director of The Community College Survey of Student Engagement, Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin; and Greg Sarris, Fletcher Jones Chair of Literature and Writing, Loyola Marymount University; Chairman of the Coast Miwok Tribe; and a consultant at the annual Sundance Film Festival.

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

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

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Nearly 100 representatives of the College and Career Transitions Initiative’s (CCTI) 15 site partnership teams attended a seminar June 26-28 in Mesa, Arizona. The seminar was sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College Consortium for the project which includes the League, Maricopa Community Colleges and Miami-Dade College. The seminar was held at Mesa Community College’s new Red Mountain campus.

Keynote speeches at the seminar were presented by Hans Meeder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Office of Education, and Mark David Milliron, President and CEO of the League. The purpose of the meeting was to provide background information about project expectations to site partnerships. These partnerships are led by community colleges and include representatives from secondary schools and business and industry. They have been selected to be exemplars to improve transitions from high school to postsecondary education and on to careers. CCTI is a project funded by the Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

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The increasing focus on learning and accountability has many community colleges looking for ways to become more learning centered and to demonstrate to local, state, and regional stakeholders that learning is indeed occurring on their campuses.

Although transformational efforts often seem to require additional resources to be effective, colleges that are renewing their focus on learning are finding that they can do so on existing, and even diminishing, budgets. This presentation provides an overview of fundamental principles of the Learning College, with examples of ways community colleges across the country are using the focus on learning not only to allocate increasingly scarce resources, but also to identify and develop nontraditional revenue streams.

To find out more about how the League can help you transform your college while aligning values, mission, and diminishing dollars, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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...for community college leaders who want to learn how to facilitate rapid, sustainable, and transformative changes, without resistance, on their campuses through Appreciative Inquiry.

The League for Innovation; the National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development; and Company of Experts.net are co-sponsoring a series of four-day Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Trainings. The trainings, with affordable fees, are being held this summer and fall, with more to be scheduled for 2004. Go online for more details.

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The Lumina Foundation for Education supported planning for the Bridge Partnership and has now announced a grant to the League for the pilot year of the project. The Kentucky community colleges and 11 others will partner with high schools in the project. The mission of the partnership is to increase the number of students, especially minorities who enter and are successful in community college.

Qualified colleges, those meeting specific program requirements, and partner high schools will collaborate to enhance the learning path from 10th grade through enrollment in college credit courses. High school students will take the college placement test in the 10th grade and the high schools, working with the colleges, will support the students toward full preparation for college credit courses. High school and underprepared college students will be awarded a Certificate of College Competencies when they demonstrate these competencies as defined by the college.

For more information email Robert McCabe, or call 305.854.4428.

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The Ohio Valley Construction Foundation; the educational foundation of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Ohio Valley Chapter (OVABC); and Sinclair Community College have been designated by the U.S. Department of Labor as the Mid America OSHA Education Center and began offering classes July 14 at ABC’s headquarters in Springboro, Ohio.

"These education centers were selected because they can best support our national training and education mission," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "More than 14,500 students were trained at education centers in 2002 alone. We expect the number of students trained by these centers to double over the next two years and to continue to increase substantially each year after that. The additional centers will help us meet an increasing demand for OSHA training and provide added value to our outreach efforts in a variety of areas, including ergonomics, Spanish language courses and youth initiatives."

The centers were selected through a national competition. Evaluation criteria included occupational safety and health experience, nonacademic training background, classroom and laboratory availability, and the ability to provide training throughout the region. OSHA provides no funding to the education centers.

The educational centers will assist the agency in administering the OSHA Outreach Training Program, the agency's primary way to train workers in the basics of occupational safety and health. Through the program, individuals who complete a one-week OSHA trainer course are authorized to teach 10-hour or 30-hour courses in construction or general industry safety and health standards. These individuals go on to train thousands more students each year.

  • Basic Course in Construction Safety (SRM 132) - July 14-17 and October 6-9.
  • Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry (SRM 130) - July 28-31 and again October 20-23.
  • Trainer Course for Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry (SRM131) - August 18-21.
  • General Industry Trainer Update (SRM 133) - August 25-27.
  • Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards (SRM 138)- August 3-6.

ABC is located at 33 Greenwood Lane, just off Route 73 and I-75 interchange in Springboro, OH. For course and registration information, call Mid America at 1-866-444-4412. Additional information is available at online.

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Academics, educational researchers, and graduate students who have conducted research on urban community colleges are welcome to submit manuscripts for a proposed Academic Exchange Quarterly issue that will examine the success of urban community college students.

The theme of urban community colleges is one that is generating a great deal of interest. Urban community colleges serve multiple and diverse audiences. Urban community colleges serve increasing numbers of older students, students of color, displaced workers, low-income families, and speakers of other languages seeking to acquire better English skills.

Urban community college student success will be measured as retention, degree acquisition, acquirement of job skills, and English improvement. In other words, success in urban community colleges is as varied as the students these colleges serve.

Manuscripts, due by February 1, 2004, can be submitted online. For additional information, contact feature editors Linda Serra Hagedorn or Jaime Lester.

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Ticket to Work is a new employment program from the Social Security Administration that gives many of the disabled students in your schools the opportunity to achieve long-term steady employment by providing them greater choices and opportunities to work. Community colleges such as Eastern Iowa Community College District participate as contracted Employment Networks and receive revenue for their existing programs and services for students with disabilities.

Since the program began, over 200,000 calls have been made to the national Ticket to Work call center from people inquiring about the Program and Employment Networks services. Callers are looking for organizations like community colleges to help them with job counseling, placement, training, vocational rehabilitation, and support services to help them enter or re-enter the workplace.

Community colleges that participate in this program can increase their bottom line and can develop new partnerships or expand on existing ones, increase enrollment, and continue to serve their students.

To learn more, contact Ticket to Work at 1-866-968-7842, or visit the Ticket to Work website, for additional Ticket program information and to view a current list of the over 800 Employment Networks nationwide.

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The Oceans Connecting Education project sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (MA-COSEE) took place June 16-22, 2003 at the Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center in Tuckerton, NJ. Through a National Science Foundation initiative, the MA-COSSE offers opportunities to receive new and extraordinary internet curricula that focus on interdisciplinary ocean science topics.

This special project links community college faculty and K-12 educators in a collaborative environment to use compelling internet-based curricula that focus on interdisciplinary ocean science topics. Local participants included Becky Kapley, biology professor, Cuyahoga Community College–Western Campus; and Sam Roman, technology coordinator, Empire CompuTech, Cleveland Municipal School District.

Participants evaluated, tested with students, and made suggestions for improvements to MA-COSEE-developed products related to real-time data available from coastal ocean observatories. Participants also developed a plan that details how educators and community college faculty will collaborate during the next school year to successfully revise and apply the knowledge acquired in the workshop to classroom teaching.

For more information about this exciting endeavor, please read this short newspaper article from the Asbury Park Press, or contact Janice McDonnell, Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University.

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The 2003 Campus Computing Survey is now under way. The survey is the largest continuing study of information technology issues in American higher education. It remains one of the best sources for data and information about IT planning and policy issues affecting U.S. colleges and universities.

Kenneth Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project, reports that 147 community colleges participated in the 2002 survey. The first public presentation of data from the 2003 Campus Computing Survey is scheduled for the League's 2003 Conference on Information Technology in Milwaukee. To participate in the 2003 survey, please contact Kenneth Green.

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Mike Brandy, acting vice chancellor of business services for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, has been named to the permanent position following an extensive search and selection process. He had served in the acting position since September 2002.

"I am honored to be appointed vice chancellor of business services," Brandy said. "In this time of extraordinary fiscal challenges, my goal is that Foothill-De Anza continues to offer the highest quality education and services to students to ensure their success."

For the last 10 months, Brandy also continued to serve as vice president of finance and college services at De Anza College, a position he held since 1997. Previously, he served for more than 10 years as business manager for the Los Gatos Union School District. He also worked for 13 years at the West Valley-Mission Community College District, including six years as vice chancellor of business services. Brandy holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from California State University, Northridge.

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Winning Course Features Online, Interactive English Instruction

Chikao Tsubaki, assistant professor of English at Baltimore City Community College, has been awarded the Distance Course of the Year award for 2003, for his online English course that combines traditional and online interactive English instruction. In addition, the course has been adopted for use by Maryland's statewide distance learning network.

Tsubaki's Composition Skills II (ENG 82) features traditional English instruction with self-paced multimedia instruction featuring Interactive English, a process-oriented writing program that provides a flexible curriculum of writing lessons, readings, and grammar exercises, as well as a management system to help track student progress.

Tsubaki stated: "It is a great honor to receive this award, which recognizes the increasing demand for innovative approaches to teaching and learning in order to address the diverse learning styles of today's students, and motivate them to succeed. Interactive English has played a key role in the success of this distance learning course."

The Maryland Distance Learning Association presented the award at the organization's spring conference held in Cumberland, Maryland.

About Academic Systems
Academic Systems, the secondary and higher education division of Lightspan, Inc., has focused on meeting the needs of instructors and students since it was founded in 1992. The company's interactive multimedia instructional programs, Interactive Mathematics and Interactive English, offer an enhanced learning environment in developmental and entry-level courses. In addition, academic.com, Academic Systems' web-based product, offers a comprehensive online content library for targeted skill development across many disciplines. For more information, contact Academic Systems Corporation at 800-694-6850, or visit the website.

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