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Due By... 9/15
CONSORTIUM ADDRESSES NEED FOR HOMELAND SECURITY
Responding to the need for Homeland Security in the Philadelphia
region, a Consortium of five community colleges and one university
developed a comprehensive curriculum to address all aspects
of safety, security, and emergency response.
Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development
is a nonprofit Pennsylvania Corporation owned by the Community
College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College,
Bucks County Community College, Camden County College, Drexel
University, and Montgomery County Community College. Working
together, the colleges and university of the Consortium developed
Incident Command and Control;
Disaster Emergency Management;
Regulations, and Public Administration;
Hazardous Materials; and
IT Security Specialist.
by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Homeland Security Project
is a competency-based education and training program for career
professionals responsible for public safety in time of emergencies.
The program builds upon professional certifications and includes
college certifications and Associates and Bachelors degrees.
80-hour training program for Network Professionals is designed
to maintain the security and integrity of computers and computer
networks. Completion of the program also prepares individuals
to sit for the two nationally recognized IT security certification
exams: Security Certified Network Professional (SCNP) and CompTIA
Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development website
for more information on the consortium. Find more information
on the Homeland
Security Project online, or call Rob Freese, Homeland Security
Project Coordinator, at 1-888-282-5733.
still holds true that man is most uniquely human
when he turns obstacles into opportunities."
"Little by little, one travels far."
service learning and civic engagement programs confirmed
the vital role community colleges play as conveners of our communities
during times of Homeland Security threat or response.
We are bridge builders."
-R. Thomas Flynn, Mark David Milliron, Gerardo
E. de los Santos, and Cindy L. Miles
Security and the Community College: A Vibrant Present and Vital
is the best provision for the journey to old age."
teach best what you most need to learn."
"Knowing what you cannot do is more important
than knowing what you can do."
CAPELLA UNIVERSITY ADVANCES INNOVATIONS
IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Awards Full Ph.D. Scholarship to Tribal Community College
part of its commitment to the League Articulation Project, Capella
University offers one full-ride scholarship each year to a member
of a League Board or Alliance college. This year’s recipient
is William Harjo LoneFight, President of Sisseton Wahpeton College
(SD). More than 70 applications were received for this year’s
scholarship, nearly double the first year’s. Read more
about the scholarship and this year’s winner in the League’s
University’s website to learn more about the Capella
scholarship winner, or to hear his acceptance address.
PATHWAYS BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL
Education and training that most Americans require to fully
participate in our economy and society are not simply education
credentials, but the specific knowledge and skill levels that
the credential implies…. Multiple pathways do not imply
multiple standards, but rather clear standards at various levels
and many ways of moving toward the standards.”
cooperation with Jobs for the Future, Pat Callan and Joni Finney
have just released this thoughtful essay on the challenges facing
postsecondary education due to the increased need for education
beyond the high school: “Multiple
Pathways and State Policy: Toward Education and Training Beyond
to the U.S.
The projected number of college degrees that will be conferred
during this academic year.
Percentage of public schools with Internet access.
As recently as 1995, the proportion was 50 percent.
For every teaching computer connected to the Internet, there
were seven students.
Average tuition, room and board (for in-state students) at the
nation's four-year public colleges and universities for an entire
academic year; that is up 75 percent from 1990.
Average tuition, room and board at the nation's four-year private
colleges and universities for an entire academic year; that
is up 84 percent from 1990.
Percentage of the nation's adults 25 and over with at least
a high school diploma.
FEMA’S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROJECT
goal of FEMA is to encourage and support the dissemination of
hazard, disaster, and emergency management-related information
to U.S. colleges and universities. FEMA believes that future
emergency managers in government, business, and industry will
have a degree in emergency management. FEMA also believes that
in order to build disaster-resistant and resilient communities,
a broad range of college students and professionals need courses
that introduce them to hazards and disasters, and to what to
do about them.
support of this effort, the Emergency Management Institute has
undertaken several projects to promote college-based emergency
management education for future emergency managers and other
interested personnel, including developing courses that are
engaging and scholarly and ready to be downloaded
and implemented on college campuses. Each course consists of
an instructor guide sufficient in detail to enable an informed
instructor to teach the course with a minimum of additional
preparation other than becoming familiar with the course materials.
Also available from the Emergency Management Institute is a
prototype curriculum for an Associate
Degree in Emergency Management that can be used as is or
adapted by community colleges.
an annotated listing of colleges and universities offering emergency
management and homeland security courses, certificates, and
degree programs, as well as program descriptions and contact
information, visit The
additional information, please visit EMI
Higher Education Project or contact Barbara
DISTANCE EDUCATION AT DEGREE-GRANTING
National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) used the Postsecondary
Education Quick Information System (PEQIS) to provide current
national estimates on distance education at two- and four-year
Title IV-eligible, degree-granting institutions. In this latest
report, distance education was defined as education or training
courses delivered to remote (off-campus) sites via audio, video
(live or prerecorded), or computer technologies, including both
synchronous (i.e., simultaneous) and asynchronous (i.e.,
not simultaneous) instruction.
were collected on a variety of topics related to distance education,
number and proportion of institutions offering distance
education courses during the 2000–2001 12-month
distance education enrollments and course offerings,
distance education degree and certificate programs,
in distance education consortia,
in distance education courses for students with disabilities,
education program goals, and
that keep institutions from starting or expanding distance
Electronic Catalogue for the entire study.
SUBMIT YOUR INNOVATIONS 2004 PRESENTATION
for proposals has gone out! The deadline for all presentation
proposals is September 12, 2003 for the 2004
Innovations Conference, being held in San Francisco,
your calendar to join the most energetic professionals in
community colleges as they come together to showcase their
model programs, share lessons learned, and look to the future
by exploring student and organizational learning through innovation,
experimentation, and institutional transformation.
2003 CIT IS ON A FAST
Celebrating 19 years of excellence, the League for Innovation's
on Information Technology is the largest community
and technical college conference in the nation and the premier
instructional technology conference for two-year institutions.
CIT features the latest applications of information technology
that improve teaching and learning, student services, and
institutional management in community and technical colleges.
CIT LEARNING CENTER COURSES
registration helps ensure that you reserve
a place in the Learning Center Courses of your choice and
that you take advantage of discounts of up to 30 percent.
registration discounts are also available!
courses require an additional registration fee, and enrollment
is limited, so register today!
Saturday, October 18
Cybersecurity Summit will begin at 1:00 p.m.
(103C in the Midwest Airlines Center).
the very successful discussions started at the 2002 CIT
about the development of a nationally recognized curriculum
of certifications and associate degrees in the field of
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, a consortium of
community colleges led by Miami-Dade College is hosting
a Cybersecurity Summit to discuss topics of curriculum,
internships, and faculty development.
is SEPTEMBER 19th
hotel rates for CIT expire SEPTEMBER
Mark David Milliron,
and Kathy Sigler
while Attending the 2003 CIT!
FIRST TIMERS’ Reception and Special Session
HOTEL AND TRAVEL Information...
additional information about the 2003
CIT Conference online, or contact Ed
SPEAKERS AVAILABLE FOR FALL FACULTY-STAFF DEVELOPMENT
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
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!
opt for a League Services speaker for your fall event? Here
are just a few reasons:
are committed to providing high-quality, affordable speakers.
specialize in community colleges, so we speak your language.
speakers have years of experience in community college education.
cover topics ranging from preparing for accreditation to
becoming more learning centered to evaluating your institution’s
workforce development efforts.
offer customized programs to meet your institution's specific
needs, from campuswide events to interactive small-group
developing a program, our speakers meet with institutional
leaders to solicit input that ensures the maximum possible
speakers are now accepting engagements for fall events. Email
Leach to schedule your speaker now!
ENHANCE TEACHING AND LEARNING AT YOUR COLLEGE?
The League can provide your faculty with an energizing and
informative presentation or staff development workshop that
will send your faculty back to the classroom eager to use
the many strategies for energizing and enhancing instruction
that they acquired. Facultywide participation can positively
affect the academic, social, and emotional climates on your
Brain research has led to dramatic findings about the nature
of learning. Almost every week we see in the media exciting
new information about learning coming from the explosion of
scientific research on the brain. The challenge for educators
today is to understand this research and translate these findings
into research-based practices in the classroom.
Keynote addresses, presentations, and workshops are available
on The Brain and Learning geared to your needs and suitable
for the entire faculty. A speaker with community college teaching
experience and cognitive neuroscience research experience
will bridge the gap between brain research and education for
you would like to arrange for a Brain and Learning
talk or workshop, please contact Ed
Leach at (480) 705-8200, x233.
workshop will enable your faculty to
more effectively by working with the brain’s natural
students with strategies that will make learning easier
and more enjoyable;
principles based on brain research that they can apply
when designing their curriculum and methods;
new strategies that can be applied immediately;
the energy, motivation, and pleasure of brain-compatible
learning strategies as they participate in interactive
strategies for addressing learning differences and multiple
intelligences in the classroom;
affect the social and emotional climate; and
their teaching practices.
REALISTIC ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING OUTCOMES
in benefiting from over five years of collaborative thinking
by hundreds of faculty on many different campuses who have worked
to identify learning outcomes at the institution, program, and
course levels; revise curriculum planning templates; create
capstone assessment tasks and assessment tools; and map programs
to establish stronger relationships between courses? League
consultants can help bring clarity to the whole notion of outcomes-based
curriculum and learning assessment at your community college.
principles from organic science and systemic thinking, League
consultants help community college faculty build their own capacity
to initiate and sustain the renewal process across all programs
and disciplines, as well as help faculty think outside the classroom
to create learning experiences for students that make a difference
in the rest of their life. League consultants don't arrive on
campus with all of the answers, but instead help colleges build
the capacity with their own staff to initiate and sustain a
curriculum change process that makes a difference for students.
colleges begin the process by working on institutional outcomes
and assessment. Others want to talk about whether or not outcomes
are just another fad. Most colleges find it best to work exclusively
on individual program outcomes and assessment for their initial
exposure. On still other campuses, faculty want to begin by
redesigning one or two courses, just to see what difference
it might make, before investing too heavily in the concept.
League consultants can help, the process of defining learning
outcomes and appropriate assessment strategies must be owned
by the faculty. There is no other way real curriculum change
can happen. League consultants work as facilitators and listen
carefully to what faculty say to find a place where the work
can begin. Where the work has been most successful, the consultants
visit every few months to gather more information, move the
process along a little further, and help sustain commitment.
your college is looking for assistance in moving the whole college
toward the identification of learning outcomes and effective
assessment strategies, email Ed
Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.
U OF M ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIO
SOFTWARE NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE
idea hatched at the University of Minnesota (U of M) Duluth
that lets U of M students continually update their electronic
identity for advisors, instructors, and prospective employers
is now open to the world.
Source Portfolio Initiative has announced the release of version
1.0, meaning anyone can download the software and use it for
any purpose at no cost. This is the first portfolio system produced
under an open-source arrangement. Open Source Portfolio (OSP)
lets students gather, store, and distribute personal information
selectively and electronically.
is great news for the education community," said Kari Branjord,
Director, Enterprise Application and Web Development at the
University of Minnesota. “Educational institutions all
over the world stand to benefit from the free exchange of ideas
and open sharing of the source code."
information and OSPI’s organizational structure are viewable
on their website.
APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY FACILITATOR
Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) is an innovative
leadership development opportunity for leaders of
change in community colleges--administrators, faculty,
and support staff. To find out more about Appreciative Inquiry,
CALL FOR CAMPUS PARTICIPATION –
identify campuses that have made significant progress in promoting
integrative learning and are committed to extending that work
in new ways and contexts, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement
of Teaching and the Association of American Colleges and Universities
(AAC&U) announce a call for campus participation in a new
three-year collaborative project.
interested in creating new resources, networks, models, and
evidence-based arguments to strengthen integrative work are
invited to submit
a proposal online.
must be received by October 10, 2003.
QUESTIONMARK RELEASES BLACKBOARD
RELEASE 6 CONNECTOR
Assessments Link With the Blackboard Learning System
providers of testing and assessment software, and Blackboard
Inc., the leading software company for e-Education, have announced
the release of a software connector that links the Blackboard
Learning System™ (Release 6) to the Questionmark™
Perception™ assessment platform.
the Blackboard Release 6 connector, students and instructors
seamlessly link to Perception from within the Blackboard Learning
System. This means institutions can maintain student and instructor
profiles within one system while taking advantage of the powerful
assessment features of Perception. Assessments can be scheduled
from within Blackboard, with instructors viewing assessments
that pertain to each particular course.
clients continue to benefit significantly from the ongoing collaboration
between Questionmark and Blackboard," said Dan Cane, Senior
Vice President at Blackboard. "Through our Building Blocks
program applications like Questionmark Perception are easily
integrated with the Blackboard Learning System, offering our
clients great flexibility to choose applications that meet their
specific education requirements."
more documentation about Questionmark's Blackboard Release 6
Questionmark has been producing testing and assessment software
since 1988, enabling educators and trainers to write, administer,
and report on tests and surveys securely using individual PCs,
local networks, the internet, and intranets. Typical applications
include exams, quizzes, study aids, diagnostic tests, precourse
skills assessments, and course evaluations. Complete information
is available online.
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People in the Spotlight!
RIO SALADO E-LEARNING INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD
Helminski, Faculty Chair for Communication and Reading at Rio
Salado College (AZ), recently won the Faculty Award from the
Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) for the Pacific
Region. Helminski was nominated by the Governing Board of the
Maricopa Community Colleges specifically for her abilities to
create both real-time and e-learning experiences for students.
award is presented to a full-time instructor of an ACCT member
two-year postsecondary institution. The criteria include excellence
in teaching, innovation, college service on
a local and regional level, and demonstrated leadership in solving
challenges to postsecondary education.
nomination letter, signed by Ed Contreras, president of the
Maricopa Governing Board, stated, “Her work is always
creative, original, fun, and full of learning….She stays
current in her discipline and she is constantly researching
and implementing new pedagogical approaches. Laura is a tremendously
talented faculty member who is a leader of educational transformation
and a mentor of other faculty members.”
nomination also cites Helminski’s leadership efforts to
redefine faculty and learner roles throughout her 26 years as
an instructor within the Maricopa Community College District.
She is considered to be a pioneer and innovator in teaching
the working adult student who requires convenience and flexibility,
particularly through the use of online courses.
VINIAR TO LEAD CORNELL-BASED GROUP
Viniar became active as the new executive director of the Institute
for Community College Development (ICCD) at Cornell University,
School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Extension Division,
on July 21, 2003.
institute was created in 2001 to help community colleges worldwide
meet societal needs for training and education and provide valuable
education and professional development for community college
administrators and faculty members. Founded through an agreement
between the State University of New York (SUNY) and Cornell,
ICCD originally was housed in Cornell's College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences Department of Education. It moved to ILR's
Extension Division, the outreach and public service arm of the
school, in the summer of 2002.
are delighted to have someone of Barbara's caliber as executive
director of the institute, said Carl Haynes, president of Tompkins
Cortland Community College and chair of the board of directors
of ICCD. “She brings with her a rich background of experiences
that will contribute immeasurably to the ongoing success of
the institute's mission."
her new position, Viniar plans to work with ICCD's board to
define and strengthen the institute's niche among community
college education and leadership programs, identify new partners
and audiences, and develop programs to meet emerging needs.
replaces Peter Spina, who will remain affiliated with ICCD as
a consultant. Find more information on ICCD online.
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