October 2003
Volume 4, Number 10

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- Paul Martinez

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iStream …Innovation at Your Fingertips
Want To Enhance and Energize Teaching and Learning at Your College?
Build Organizational Capacity Through Appreciative Inquiry


Charlotte in November with CPCC
Red Hat Academy Will Present at Conference
Technology Transformations in Higher Education: The Conversation Series
Kirkwood Receives $2 Million Federal Grant For Anti-Terror Training
Community College Leadership Development Initiatives
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Funds AACC and Fielding Graduate Institute for Community College Leadership Legacy Study

    Campus Compact Appoints Robert Franco Senior Faculty Fellow for Community Colleges
Three Innovative Educators Honored With Prestigious Harold W. Mcgraw, Jr. Prize in Education
PVCC President Passes Away


In April, the National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools and Colleges issued a report calling for increased emphasis on writing in schools and colleges. The Neglected R: The Need for a Writing Revolution put forth a four-part strategy to improve writing in America, including submission each July of a report to Congress.

To that end, the commission is soliciting suggestions and help for next year’s submission. To view the report, or to offer suggestions, visit the commission’s website or send an email.

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Unless America is successful in preparing a new generation of citizens for the jobs of tomorrow, and in helping existing workers upgrade their skills to hold on to the jobs they have today, our quality of life, our standard of living, our domestic and international security, and our attainment of the American dream is severely threatened.
--Senator Tom Harkin, “Community Colleges and Workforce
Clearly Quotable Investment: A Necessary Partnership

The long-term challenge is that there are too few workers with too few skills.
--Beth Buehlmann, “Building Partnerships With Employers

States need to get serious about moving their incumbent worker training programs away from job creation (economic development) and toward lifelong learning (workforce development).
--John Lederer, “Broken Promises: Lifelong Learning, Community Colleges,
and the Sad State of Incumbent Worker Training

All quotes are from chapters in the newly released Building a Workforce System Through Partnering, published by the League for Innovation and available through the League Store.

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Practical Magic: On the Front Lines of Teaching ExcellenceEarlier this year, the University of Texas at Austin’s John E. and Suanne D. Roueche teamed up with League President and CEO Mark David Milliron to write Practical Magic: On the Front Lines of Teaching Excellence. The book gives a deep focus on five years of focus groups, questionnaires, and interviews with recipients of teaching-excellence awards.

An article based on Practical Magic was relaesed as an issue of Celebrations, an occasional publication of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Click here to view this issue of Celebrations, entitled The Power of Practical Magic: Perspectives from Teaching Excellence Award Recipients.

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Just the Stats!

According to NationMaster.com

The top five countries for education spending are Maldova (10.3%), Namibia (8.5%), Denmark (7.7%), South Africa (7.5%), and Uzbekistan (7.4%) – the United States is 47th with (4.7%).

The United States spends more on its military than the next 12 countries combined; France, Japan, Germany, UK, Italy, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, S. Korea, India, Iran, and Australia.

American women have the most powerful jobs – followed by Lithuania, Trinidad, Barbados, Columbia and New Zealand.

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Black Issues in Higher Education

While four-year schools have traditionally approached the issue of diversity from a less-is-more perspective, community colleges have taken the opposite stance: Bring on the rainbow; everybody gets a chance at higher education.

The result, according to a recent article in Black Issues in Higher Education, is that “community colleges – more than any other segment in higher education – look like America.”

Read this fascinating article "Diverse City" online today - reprinted with permission from the publishers of Black Issues In Higher Education.

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Announcing a powerful web-based resource aimed at revolutionizing professional development in higher education. iStream offers everything imaginable to widen your professional pathway, including

  • Innovation database with more than 4,000 community college model programs, best practices, and innovations
  • League Publications including Cross Papers, Digital Divide Series, Perspectives on the Community College, Yes We Can!, and many more
  • League Radio, presenting a colorful variety of programs such as interviews, lectures, seminars, and thought-provoking panel discussions
  • League TLC
  • Learning and Leadership Abstracts
  • LENs modules including all six modules, along with facilitator, workshop, and ancillary materials
  • Online conference and keynote presentations from speakers including Kweisi Mfume, Kay McClenney, John E. and Suanne D. Roueche, and Senator Edward Kennedy
  • Partner Expo featuring demonstrations of state-of-the-art products and services
  • People to People forums and chat

This powerful web-based tool offers an abundance of means and materials. Best of all, navigation is simple with keyword and category searches – truly innovation at your fingertips!


Now is the time to subscribe to iStream. Special charter institutional subscription rates are being offered for the introductory period.

Keep in mind that access to iStream is for everyone on your campus – it is like sending your entire college to Innovations and CIT plus much more.

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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 they acquired for energizing and enhancing instruction. Facultywide participation can positively affect the academic, social, and emotional climates on your campus.

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 your faculty.

A workshop will enable your faculty to teach more effectively by working with the brain’s natural learning mechanisms; provide students with strategies that will make learning easier and more enjoyable for them; acquire principles based on brain research that they can apply when designing their curriculum and methods; learn new strategies that can be applied immediately; experience the energy, motivation, and pleasure of brain-compatible learning strategies as they participate in interactive activities; explore strategies for addressing learning differences and multiple intelligences in the classroom; positively affect the social and emotional climate; and energize their teaching practices.

If you would like to arrange for a Brain and Learning talk or workshop, please contact Ed Leach at (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Create a better future for your college by building your organizational capacity for positive change through Appreciative Inquiry (AI). One can go online to learn about and register for one of a dozen four-day trainings to be held in 2003-04: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, and Washington State; and British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. Especially designed for community college leaders (CEOs, administrators, faculty, support staff, students, and trustees), these trainings are affordable for educators.

According to the inside cover of a newly published handbook on AI, "AI is one of today's most popular change methods. It has been used to undertake transformational initiatives in hundreds of organizations worldwide, ranging from McDonald's to the U.S. Navy to Save the Children. Its assumption is simple: Every organization has something that works right – things that give it life when it is vital, effective, and successful. AI begins by identifying this positive core and connecting to it in ways that heighten energy, sharpen vision, and inspire action for change." AI has been used in over 100 countries throughout the world. It is now moving into community colleges.

Appreciative Inquiry

Here's what Cindy Miles, Vice President of Learning and Academic Affairs at the Community College of Denver, had to say about AI in a recent Leadership Abstract:

"...AI (is) a process that replaces classic problem-based analysis of institutional deficiencies with large-scale collaborative exploration of what is working well within an organization. Based on a philosophy of positive change, AI contends that the most rapid, systemic way to improve a human system is to build connections between its members, its positive core of capabilities, achievements, and wisdom, and its vision of a preferred future."

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SPSS Services Coproration


Join CPCC Services Corporation and the League for Innovation at the first Regional Best Practices Conference, “Creating Positive Reactions to Negative Budgets,” November 6-7, 2003, at the Charlotte Wyndham Hotel. Tony Zeiss (CPCC), Becky Paneitz (NWACC), John Dempsey (SCC), and Bill Wenrich (DCCCD) are featured speakers. For more information, please visit the CPCC website or call 704.330.6212.

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Red Hat AcademyRed Hat will be leading two workshops at the Conference on Information Technology, each titled "A New Paradigm for Academic and Workforce Education: Teaching Linux Skills Using Red Hat Academy."

Red Hat Academy is an academic curriculum for performance-based learning and certification of Linux and open source technology skills. We invite you to participate in an open discussion on how we designed our curriculum business model and are partnering with our school clients to overcome many of the challenges they face today. Our workshops will be held on Monday 9:15-10:15 and Tuesday 5:00-6:00. Learn more about Red Hat Academy online.

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This series, sponsored by Macromedia Education Solutions, identifies four significant ways in which technology is transforming higher education. Each seminar examines a particular topic with the guidance and direction of a nationally recognized expert. Attendees learn more about how each of these topics relates to the higher education community and find out how each presenter and her respective institution are responding to those challenges. They also have the opportunity to participate in a conversation that explores methods for managing change, maximizing success, and minimizing risk.

Please visit the conversation series site to register for these real-time discussions, to be delivered using the new Breeze Live platform.

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Department of Justice Funds Add to Array of Security Training Programs

Kirkwood Community College (IA) has been awarded a major grant to develop security training and advanced information systems. The United States Department of Justice has notified Kirkwood officials of a $2 million grant for development of secure digital information processing for the purposes of public safety and security.

The funds will provide major operating budgets for the college’s evolving efforts in hazardous materials training and response to potential mass-fatality occurrences. This latest DOJ grant will also support a central part of the planned Community Training and Response Center to be located on the Kirkwood campus.

Plans call for the new center to be the headquarters of Linn County Emergency Management Agency and serve as the command center for any large-scale emergency in the area. Kirkwood officials have been engaged in planning for the proposed center since 2002.

The $2 million grant from the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance will support the development of an educational curriculum to train over 6,000 community responders in using technologies to combat terrorist incidents. Community responders will be trained to use Hazardous Response Technology (HaRT) which provides immediate, accurate and understandable data. These local personnel would then plan and execute a response or respond directly to terrorist incidents.

Kirkwood Community College

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Community College Leadership Program Offers Series of Policy Seminars

The Community College Leadership Development Initiatives (CCLDI) at Claremont Graduate University (CA) has announced its schedule of policy seminars for 2003-2004. The seminars will focus on six major policy issues facing California community colleges, including "What's Happening to the Curriculum;" "Policy Issues Regarding Workforce Education;" "New Expectations for Assessment and Accountability;" "State Resource Allocation Models and the Policy Implications;" "Technology and Learning: Balancing on the Digital Log;" and "Maintaining Institutional Vitality During Financial Hard Times." The seminars will be offered at locations in the northern and southern parts of the state to keep travel costs low for participants.

The CCLDI policy seminars were first offered in 2002-03 for the participants in the week-long 2002 Leadership Academy. This year's seminars have been designed as a continuation of the 2003 Leadership Academy activities, and will also be open to community college staff, faculty, and administrators who did not participate in the Academy. The seminars will feature presentations by leading national experts, as well as opportunities for discussion and interaction with professional colleagues. The day-long program will include lunch.

The first seminar, "What's Happening to the Community College Curriculum?" will be held November 6 at Claremont Graduate University, and will be repeated November 7 at the Los Rios Community College District Board Room in Sacramento. The speaker, Betty Duvall, served as the first community college liaison for the U. S. Department of Education and now is a faculty member at Oregon State University in the Community College Leadership program.

Seminars run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations. The $50 required registration includes lunch. This year’s Leadership Academy Fellows’ registration fees are provided by a grant from the State of California, but Leadership Fellows must still register.

For further information on the series and to register, call (909)447-1287, or visit the CCLDI web page. Community College Leadership Development Initiatives

The CCLDI is a partnership organization that offers leadership development opportunities for community college professionals and facilitates interaction between community college scholars and practitioners.

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The Fielding Graduate Institute is the recipient of $439,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s grant to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded $1.9 million to AACC in May for the development of community college leaders.

The Fielding grant will fund a study of the accomplishments and contributions of Kellogg Fellows who participated in Community College Leadership programs offered in leading universities in the 1960s and 1970s. Universities having Kellogg Fellows in their programs included UCLA, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Wayne State, the Universities of Michigan, Florida, Colorado, and Texas, as well as Michigan State, Florida State, and Stanford University. The research will produce two publications: a book highlighting selected Kellogg Fellows who were leaders and a monograph reporting the history of AACC from 1955 to the present.

Information regarding former community college Kellogg Fellows should be directed to Bernard Luskin.

Fielding Graduate Institute
The Fielding Graduate Institute, headquartered in Santa Barbara (CA), is an accredited nonprofit graduate university that created one of the original distributed collaborative learning models in 1974. Fielding offers midcareer professionals, nationally and internationally, graduate degrees and programs within the schools of Psychology, Human and Organizational Development, and Educational Leadership and Change. For more information, go online or call 1-805-687-1099.

American Association of Community Colleges
The American Association of Community Colleges represents the nation’s 1,171 community, junior, and technical colleges and their more than 10 million students. The colleges comprise the largest sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling almost half of all U.S. undergraduates.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 “to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.” Its programming activities center on the common vision of a world in which each person has a sense of worth; accepts responsibility for self, family, community, and societal well-being; and has the capacity to be productive and to help create nurturing families, responsive institutions, and healthy communities.

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Inside the League
People in the Spotlight!
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Campus Compact has announced the appointment of Robert Franco as Campus Compact Senior Faculty Fellow for Community Colleges. A noted scholar and speaker on the topic of civic engagement at community colleges, Franco will provide training and resources nationwide to help Campus Compact’s community college members adopt service-learning and other campus-based engagement practices. Such practices help to build local communities while meeting community colleges’ workforce development and university transfer missions by providing a rigorous academic experience in a real-world setting.

As Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Kapi’olani Community College in Hawaii, Franco spent the last year working with Campus Compact on an in-depth study to document and disseminate exemplary civic engagement programs at community colleges. As part of this effort, Campus Compact hosted an array of state and national community college meetings. The findings from this study, including profiles of exemplary programs and practices at 20 colleges, will appear in a book to be published by Campus Compact in early 2004.

Franco’s appointment is part of Campus Compact’s comprehensive effort to serve community college members and amplify the community college voice in the civic engagement movement across higher education. Campus Compact’s publications, conferences, workshops, and other resources are designed to meet the needs of its highly diverse membership, which comprises one-quarter of all institutions of higher education. Resources geared specifically to community colleges include an expanded website with an interactive database of model programs, service-learning syllabi, and publications with direct relevance to community colleges. This national work is complemented by numerous trainings, institutes, and campus initiatives at the 30 state Campus Compact offices.

Campus Compact



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Campus Compact’s
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Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 900 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students’ citizenship skills and values, encourages collaborative partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.

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Three educators received the 16th annual Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education for 2003. By introducing students to technology at an early age, developing affordable postsecondary distance learning programs, and influencing education policy to embrace high standards for all students, they have a distinguished record of achievement. They were honored September 23 at a dinner at the New York Public Library.

The 2003 honorees were

Mark Edwards. For 25 years, Edwards has worked in education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, earning his reputation as a results-oriented leader. Since 1994, he has served as Superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools (VA), leading a system of 65 schools, 44,500 students, and 3,000 teachers. Edwards spearheaded the innovate use of technology to raise achievement in Henrico County through the Technology and Learning Initiative, one of the largest educational laptop programs in the country.

Technology integrated into the classroom in Henrico through professional development for teachers and required training sessions for parents has delivered impressive results. Student achievement increased in all subjects from 2001 to 2003, and all regular Henrico County Public Schools are fully accredited on the Virginia Standards of Learning assessment tests.

Kati Haycock. Kati Haycock serves as one of the nation’s leading advocates for children and high achievement in education. In 1990, she founded The Education Trust, a national organization dedicated to “the high academic achievement of all students at all levels – kindergarten through college.” The Trust is known as an authority on education reform, and Haycock is regarded as a powerful voice in driving education policy at all levels. The organization concentrates on public elementary and secondary schools and colleges that serve students of color and those from low-income families, striving to provide a voice for those most likely to be left out of mainstream educational improvement efforts.

Under Haycock’s leadership, The Education Trust is also committed to equipping local communities with the tools needed to improve education for all students at all levels. The Trust works with school districts and colleges in more than 40 communities and 22 states, assisting in raising teacher knowledge and skills through professional development and helping implement higher standards for students.

Carol Twigg. Carol A. Twigg is an internationally recognized expert in using information technology to transform teaching and learning in higher education. Since 1999, she has served as Executive Director of the Center for Academic Transformation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Center serves as a resource for colleges and universities, providing leadership in transforming teaching and learning in higher education. In collaboration with 30 participating institutions, the program has demonstrated how effective use of information technology can lead to significant improvements in student learning, while reducing instructional costs.

Twigg has spoken extensively on the need to improve productivity in higher education and the process of engaging college faculty in the use of instructional technology.

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education in this country and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. Honorees are chosen by a panel of judges made up of influential members of the education community. Each winner receives a gift of $25,000 and a bronze sculpture. The prize was established in 1988 to honor Mr. McGraw’s lifelong commitment to education, and to mark the corporation’s 100th anniversary.

The two most recent U.S. Secretaries of Education were honored with the McGraw Prize in Education before each was appointed to their Cabinet positions. Richard Riley, who served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 1992 to 2000, received the Prize in 1989 for his work in raising educational standards as Governor of South Carolina. Current U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige was honored in 2000 for his success as superintendent of the Houston public schools.

Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's, BusinessWeek, and McGraw-Hill Education. The Corporation has more than 320 offices in 34 countries.

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Gina Kranitz, President of Paradise Valley Community College (AZ) for the past four and a half years, recently passed away. Kranitz was a passionate advocate for access to higher education for all who began her 34-year career with the Maricopa Community Colleges at Glendale Community College in 1969. She served at the Maricopa Community Colleges district office and at South Mountain Community College from 1980 to 1991, where she was Director of Administrative Services and later Director of College Business Services. During its initial phase she helped to coordinate the construction of the campus and the establishment of South Mountain's fiscal services office, as well as its maintenance, operations, and administrative service departments.

In 1992 Kranitz came to the northeast Phoenix campus of Paradise Valley Community College as Dean of Administrative and Student Services. She became interim president of the college in May of 1999. Following a national search, she was appointed president of PVCC in 2001.

Kranitz served as president of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers and as chair of the board of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. She belonged to the American Association of University Women, American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of Women Deans and Counselors, the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa, an education honors society.

Locally, Kranitz was a precinct committeewoman, an officer of the Arizona Women's Political Caucus, a member of the board of directors of the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and a former delegate to the Arizona Presidential Nominating Committee. In 1999, she received the Maricopa Community Colleges' Women's Leadership Distinguished Achievement Award. She also received Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards from both Nova Southeastern University and Grand Valley State University (MI). For the past three years, she was selected as one of the top 10 women in Arizona higher education by Today's Arizona Woman magazine.

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