Volume 4, Number 11
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December 2003 ISSUE
Due By... 12/8
- Laura Derrick, League for Innovation
NATIONAL MASS FATALITIES INSTITUTE IN THE MAINSTREAM
on the campus of Kirkwood Community College (IA), the National
Mass Fatalities Institute (NMFI) began operations in October
2000 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. The institute recently announced continued CDC
funding that enables it to continue offering training and
support to communities, businesses, government, and disaster-response
agencies across the nation to plan for and respond to a mass
NMFI recently completed research among professionals across
the United States and received very strong support for periodic
and timely email communications about mass fatalities incident
NMFI Offers Exclusive, FREE On-line Course
The institute will soon offer a free online course that will
provide an overview of mass fatalities incident response including
a range of topics.
free course will create awareness of the primary considerations
in the development of a mass fatalities incident response plan
and serve as a foundation for more intensive courses and advanced
training offered by the institute.
Incident Management Systems
Morgue Site Operations
Family Assistance Center
Acute Traumatic Stress
Disaster Site Operations
Staff Processing Center
Hazardous Materials Concerns
you have questions or
would like to preregister, contact email@example.com
Announcing Regional Training Programs:
San Diego, January 26-30, 2004
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allows the
institute to offer training programs to participants tuition
free. (Lodging, meals, and transportation are not covered by
the institute). Using a comprehensive curriculum, experienced
instructors, and hands-on exercises, the institute will hold
a series of regional multiday in-depth training programs tailored
to meet needs of an array of responders:
next scheduled training session will be January 26 -
30, 2004 in San Diego. Enrollment is limited
to 50 participants.
Disaster Response Organizations
Medical Examiners and Coroners
Mental Health Professionals
Fire and Police Officials
call 1-866-623-6634. Additional
sites and dates for this training program series will be
working relationships start on a few small projects but are
designed to evolve over time to address changing needs and market
realities. They are tied to local and regional economic development
goals and to the goal of expanding economic opportunity for
less-skilled and lower-income workers.
Richard Kazis, “The Emergence of
Regional Workforce Intermediaries and the Implications for Community
have always asked for employees to hit the ground running. Capable
employees bring usable skills and work readiness into the organization.
Today the needs go beyond being ready
to work to being ready to assume new responsibilities.
Diana Oblinger and Diana Carew,
“Workforce Competencies for the 21st century”
colleges today face a tremendous demand for responsive educational
programs. But this pressure also provides the
greatest opportunity for change and innovation
in education since World War II.
Norm Nielsen and Dee Baird,
“Building Opportunity Through Partnerships”
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
PUBLISHES STUDY ON INFORMATION SECURITY
EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) has released a major
research study on Information Technology security, "Information
Technology Security: Governance, Strategy, and Practice in Higher
The study examines how higher education is coping with the growing
cost of IT security and with the tensions between preserving
confidentiality, ensuring data integrity, and maintaining an
academic environment in which information is easily available
to authorized users.
in the results of a quantitative survey of 435 higher education
institutions as well as interviews with 42 technology executives,
managers, and faculty members at 18 institutions, "Information
Technology Security" looks closely at strategies that at
once try to sustain a culture of open access while implementing
enhanced security environments with technical, social, legal,
and risk-management implications. It examines the measures that
colleges and universities have taken to secure their networks,
computers, and information resources, as well as their management
practices, policies, and plans for the future. In addition,
the study identifies and compares leading IT security practices
within higher education, industry, and government, and provides
an assessment of higher education's capacities to protect against
the growing number of highly destructive threats facing it.
publications to this ECAR study include case studies on incident
management and IT security at Georgia Tech, Indiana University,
MIT, the University of Montana, The University of Texas at Austin,
and the University of Washington.
summary of findings from this research is available in PDF
complete research study and companion case studies are only
accessible to ECAR subscribers.
is the only organization dedicated exclusively to conducting
applied research on the management, use, and application of
information technologies in higher education. In 2003, ECAR
is publishing a total of six research studies, 25 research bulletins,
and more than 10 case studies. Go
online or information on ECAR subscriptions, research
products, and activities..
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance
higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information
technology. The current membership comprises nearly 1,900 colleges,
universities, and education organizations, including more than
170 corporations. EDUCAUSE has offices in Boulder, Colorado,
and Washington, D.C. Learn more about EDUCAUSE online.
On the Labor Force -
Today, workers over 55 make up 13 percent of the total
workforce, but by 2020, they will comprise 20 percent of the
workforce. As workers retire, many of the skills they hold will
go with them
The number of White non-Hispanics will decrease from the
current level of 73 percent of the total workforce to only 53
percent in 2050. The Hispanic working population will increase
from 11 percent today to 24 percent by 2050. The number of working
African Americans will grow from 12 percent to 14 percent, and
the number of Asian workers will swell from 5 percent to 11
percent by 2050.
estimate that 39 percent of their current workforce and 26 percent
of new hires will have basic skill deficiencies. ... Seventy-five
percent of the American workforce will need to be retrained
merely to retain their jobs.
statistics above have been borrowed from the League's November
Abstract written by Senator
Tom Harkin (IA).
CENTER FOR ACADEMIC TRANSFORMATION BEGINS SECOND PHASE
Center for Academic Transformation announces the second
phase of its Program in Course Redesign (PCR). Its goal
is to build on the successes achieved by the 1999-2003 Pew-funded
grant program that is drawing to a close. The second phase
is designed to have several components for which the center
is seeking funding partners. These components include (1)
a series of state-based initiatives to replicate the national
Pew-funded program at the state level in partnership with
systems of higher education and state governments; (2) a
leadership development effort to share knowledge about what
redesign techniques lead to increased success rates for
underprepared students; (3) a series of program initiatives
that focus on redesign techniques for small liberal arts
institutions and for community colleges; and (4) a new program,
the Roadmap to Redesign (R2R), that will establish a more
efficient means of spreading the ideas and practices that
have come out of the PCR to additional institutions.
R2R has received substantial funding from the Fund for Improvement
of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) and will begin on February
1, 2004. The center will test a new model –
the academic practice – that partners experienced,
successful institutions with new institutions and relies
on best practices and learning materials with a proven track
record in particular disciplines. It will test a streamlined
redesign methodology that continues to emphasize evaluation
of both learning outcomes and institutional costs. The goal
is to accelerate institutional adoption by simplifying the
redesign process, making it as close to turnkey as possible
while allowing for institutional individuality in the adoption
two-stage application process will require new associate applicants
to assess their readiness to participate in the program and
to develop a plan for redesign in one of the four disciplines.
Prospective new associates will be supported as they develop
their redesign plans through a workshop that will teach participants
how to use the program’s streamlined tools and techniques
and through individualized consultations with core academic
practice teams and center staff.
February 1, 2004 Publication of competition guidelines
1, 2004 Competition preliminary application deadline
15, 2004 40 institutional teams invited to workshop
2004 Workshop for potential new practice associates
August 1, 2004 Competition final application deadline
August 15, 2004 20 new practice associates selected
1, 2004 20 new redesign projects begin
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SELECTED FOR INNOVATIONS
2004 IN SAN FRANCISCO
2004 is an opportunity for colleagues around the world
to showcase their model programs, to share lessons learned,
and to look to the future by experiencing a wide array of learning
opportunities. Join the most innovative community college professionals
as they come together to improve student and organizational
This year’s keynoters include an impressive slate of educators,
industry leaders, and innovators:
Kay McClenney, Director of CCSSE,
The University of Texas at Austin
President and CEO, Educational
Sarris, Fletcher Jones Chair of Literature and
Marymont University, Filmmaker, and Tribal Chairman,
Indians of the Graton Rancheria
Haycock, Director, The
J. Dungy, Executive Director, NASPA
De Rocco, Assistant Secretary for Employment
and Training, U.S.
Department of Labor
2004 COLLEGE PAVILION
League Board and Alliance Member Colleges are invited to participate
in the Innovations 2004 Exhibition, February
29-March 2, a great opportunity to promote a new curriculum,
recruit for open positions, or showcase a special program or
project. Packages begin at $1,000, and include one full-conference
registration, a carpeted 10x10 booth with one draped table,
two chairs, and identification sign. To secure exhibition space
or for additional information, please contact Greg
Luce at (480) 705-8200, ext. 237. Act quickly: Exhibition
space is limited.
SERVICES PROVIDES CURRICULUM DESIGN RESOURCES
In collaboration with the Worldwide Instructional Design System
(WIDS), the League’s Service Division now offers curriculum-design
software, training, and consulting services to facilitate
the process of course and program development at community
and technical colleges.
Through this partnership, community college educators have
access to advanced tools and personal support to facilitate
the development of effective learner-centered curriculum for
any discipline or delivery mode.
WIDS, a nonprofit division of the Wisconsin Technical College
System Foundation, Inc., offers expertise and cutting-edge
methodology and technology in the design of learning and assessment.
available through the WIDS-League partnership include
Online and face-to-face multilevel training designed to provide
hands-on experience in curriculum design, with learners ultimately
becoming trained to lead their own curriculum-design workshops
at their home campuses; and
Consultants who facilitate the development of statewide or
college alignment programs, online offerings, or program redesigns.
the WIDS-League partnership, community college educators can
learn how to design effective learner-centered curricula for
online or face-to-face delivery. Learn how to create curricula
competencies within courses and programs;
Helps educators stay up to date with course materials and
Can be designed from DACUM occ upational analysis information;
Links external standards to outcomes; and
Allows customization of reports, including outcome summaries,
learning and teaching plans, performance assessment tasks,
syllabi, occupational analyses, and program profiles.
find out more
about the League’s curriculum design,
please email Ed
call (480) 705-8200, x233.
SAIL: CAN IT WORK FOR YOUR COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
you looking for different ways to expand your college-program
workforce development offerings and student enrollments without
you interested in supporting your FTE enrollments while offering
successful and proven online courses from other colleges and
your college interested in promoting nontraditional and underrepresented
workforce development efforts for a more diverse student population?
you answered yes to any of the above, please take a moment to
reflect on these statistics:
demand for environmental workers and operators is constant,
and even in today’s tightened economy, the demand far
surpasses the ability of postsecondary education to supply
an adequately trained workforce.
percent of the American population spends 90 percent of their
time in a controlled environment. Existing national energy
crises have only exacerbated the dearth of HVACR technicians,
and there are currently 60,000 unfilled positions, with the
U.S. Department of Labor predicting the shortage to increase
over 20 percent each year in the next five years.
women engage and succeed in online courses, yet they make
up only a small percentage of students enrolled in industry
you answered yes to any of the questions, or if these statistics
came as a surprise, we invite you to participate in Project
SAIL (Specialty Asynchronous Industry Learning).
SAIL is a national marketplace of proven and specific content
available for dissemination and delivery with college partners
across the country. The enclosed Project SAIL catalog details
the courses and programs that can compliment and potentially
cultivate your local workforce community. Through Project SAIL,
you can initiate the first steps toward new courses, certificates,
and degree programs without the time, investment, and expense
Download the 2003
SAIL Course Catalogue here!
at your convenience.
ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY THROUGH APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY
Create a better future for your college by building your organizational
capacity for positive change through Appreciative Inquiry (AI).
You can go online to learn about and register for one of a dozen
four-day trainings to be held in 2003-2004: Arizona, California,
Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, 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. To learn how to host a training at
your campus, contact Nancy
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."
FOUNDATION HONORS FOUR COLLEGES FOR BEST PRACTICES
community colleges have been named as recipients of the MetLife
Foundation Best-Practice College Awards for 2003-2004. The awards
honor community colleges for exemplary performance in student
retention. The recipients are LaGuardia Community College
(NY); Muskingum Area Technical College (OH);
Northwest Vista College (TX); and Skagit
Valley College (WA).
award-winning college receives a cash award of $10,000. Following
a series of student focus groups to be conducted at each of
the colleges, the institutions’ success stories will be
summarized and disseminated through a series of Best Practice
Highlights, a publication that will reach community and technical
college presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, and state
directors across the country.
Selection of the colleges was based on the institutions’
performance on the retention index from the Community College
Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Colleges with the top
retention index scores were identified as semifinalists. Each
institution was then invited to submit further information,
including updated data on student retention and a description
of strategies for student retention employed by the college.
Selection of colleges to receive the MetLife Foundation awards
was based on blind review of college portfolios by a panel of
community college experts.
McClenney, director of the project at The University of Texas
at Austin, says, “The success of community college students
matters a great deal, both to them as individuals and to our
society. We welcome this opportunity to celebrate the achievement
of colleges where the evidence shows that they are gaining ground
in promoting student retention.”
other community colleges were selected as semifinalists for
the MetLife Foundation Best-Practice College Awards: Cascadia
Community College (WA); Isothermal Community College (NC); Johnson
County Community College (KS); Louisiana Delta Community College;
Mountain View College (TX); New Hampshire Community Technical
College – Berlin; North Harris Montgomery Community College
District (TX); and Phoenix College (AZ). All exhibited innovative
practices that support student retention.
College Leadership Program (CCLP) at The University
of Texas at Austin is recognized internationally as a leading
program in the preparation of educational leaders in the community
college sector. Affiliated with CCLP is the Community
College Survey of Student Engagement
(CCSSE), funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the
Lumina Foundation for Education.
Foundation, established in 1976 by MetLife Insurance
Company, supports health, education, civic, and cultural programs
throughout the United States.
WEB-BASED PROPOSAL ATTRACTS ADDITIONAL NSF
Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME), headquartered
at Sinclair Community College (OH), has received a $299,947
two-year grant from the National
Science Foundation for the development and testing of
a distributed-hybrid instructional delivery process.The primary
outcome of the grant is to evaluate the effectiveness of the
delivery method as a means to increase the number of students
in manufacturing-related programs by providing institutions,
companies, and students a way to work together both on site
and online in a cost-effective, practical way.
project has two partners: Seminole Community College (FL)
and the Social Science Research and Evaluation Corporation
in Burlington, Massachusetts. Additional industry test sites
are being developed as part of the project, effective winter
companies, and individuals interested in participating in
pilot or dissemination activities are encouraged to contact
Houdeshell or at (937) 512-2835.
NCME has received a $1.5 million, three-year grant from the
Foundation to expand on the its resource center and technical
NCME Resource Center has three primary roles: (1) publications,
(2) resource center and clearinghouse, and (3) professional
development and consulting. This NSF grant will provide funding
to expand upon all three roles.
NCME’s clearinghouse role includes developing the website
as a primary national provider for exemplary manufacturing
education materials and information. Materials will be selected
by a peer-review process, categorized, and incorporated into
a searchable database. The site will have links to other internet
sites, professional societies, college and university manufacturing
education programs, and announcements.
project partners include the University of Dayton; the Center
on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) at The Ohio
State University (which operates the ERIC Clearinghouse on
Adult, Career, and Vocational Education); the Society of Manufacturing
Engineers; the Computer Integrated Manufacturing in Higher
Education (CIM/HE) consortium representing five community
colleges; and 18 universities in 12 states.
more information, contact Monica
Pfarr or at (937) 512-2219.
Inside the League
News & Events
New Reads for the New Year
NAMED EBUSINESS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
P. Bartkovich, vice president, Educational Technology Services
at Monroe Community College (MCC), received the Executive of
the Year Award for Government/Academia/Nonprofit given by the
Bartkovich is MCC’s chief information officer responsible
for all technology, including instructional and online learning
technologies, communications, network services, and technology
training. He serves on the State University of New York Learning
Network Advisory Council and is a founding and current board
member of the SUNY Council of Information Officers.
Bartkovich has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from
the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He has a master’s
degree in Library and Information Science from The University
of Texas, Austin, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English
from Western Connecticut State University.
Bartkovich was instrumental in implementing MCC’s SUNY
Learning Network (SLN) online learning program. The SLN initiative,
which began in 1997 serving 31 students in four online courses,
has grown to include over 5,000 annual online enrollments in
over 100 courses. Bartkovich is a leader on several SUNY committees
that work to improve alternative and technology-rich learning
environments for students.
Criteria for the annual award, which honors local eBusiness
practitioners, is based on business or market impact, leadership,
strategies, innovation, change agency, cost savings or return
Inside the League
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People in the Spotlight!
DOG, NEW TRICKS
you been working like a dog? Richland College (TX) philosophy
professor and popular League keynote speaker Luke Barber sure
hopes so. His new book, Dogs Don't Bite When A Growl Will
Do: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Living A Happy Life,
is an insightful, engaging, and witty guide to how we can all
benefit from becoming a little more canine in our human interactions.
Learn more about the book at online.
GOLD: CLAIMING THE PROMISE OF DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Blaze Woodlief, Catherine Thomas, Graciela Orozco
and Carol Dowell (editor)
community colleges comprise the largest and most diverse system
of higher education in the world. For Californians who have
traditionally faced barriers to schooling – communities
of color, immigrants, low-income and first-generation college
attendees – the system is the main gateway to higher education.
People of color make up 55 percent of the student body, and
immigrants, 25 percent. What do they have to say about how the
colleges are fulfilling their historic mission of access for
all? What supports and barriers do these students encounter,
and how are they doing? What do the teachers, administrators,
and counselors of the colleges have to say about the challenges
of serving diverse students well?
Gold, a major new study from CT, reveals the answers to these
questions and more:
Who California Community College students are, why they
come to college, and how they balance work, family and higher
experiences as people of color and immigrants in colleges
that still grapple with challenges of equity and inclusion
practices and recommendations for the classroom, campus,
system and state policy levels
Gold should be read by all those who care about crafting sound
educational policy. It will be invaluable to all who teach,
counsel, and work with and for the students whose voices are
in this book."
-Linda Collins, Past President of the Academic Senate for California
Tomorrow is one of the few organizations that has the political
will and social consciousness to raise the important issues
that make a difference in our lives."
-Regina Stanback-Stroud, Vice President of Instruction, Skyline
more information please go
BOOK ON INTEGRATED MARKETING AVAILABLE
Integrated Marketing Workbook for Colleges and Universities
By Robert A. Sevier
Written for college presidents, administrators, and faculty
who want to write an integrated marketing plan to help them
more effectively build an image, recruit students, and raise
dollars, the book begins by exploring such important questions
What is integrated marketing?
How do I know if integrated marketing is right for our institution?
What is the relationship between integrated marketing, integrated
marketing communications, brand marketing, and strategic
How can I build internal support for integrated marketing
on my campus?
How long will it take to develop a plan and how much will
The book outlines a step-by-step integrated marketing planning
process that will help move a planning team from initial goal
creation through the major components of a marketing plan, including
audience identification, the definition of target markets, the
creation of vivid descriptors, and the completion of integrated
marketing action plans.
Designed as a workbook, each chapter concludes with a series
of discussion points and questions that reinforce key themes
and clarify decisions. The book’s 250 pages also include
a detailed chapter on budgeting and a comprehensive integrated
marketing planning checklist.
The author is a Senior Vice President at Stamats, one of
the nation’s oldest and most experienced higher education
research, planning, integrated marketing, and consulting
companies. A frequent speaker and writer on integrated marketing,
brand marketing, and planning, Sevier works with more than
two dozen college clients each year and conducts nearly
20 board and staff retreats. This is Sevier’s sixth
For more information about An Integrated Marketing Workbook
for Colleges and Universities, to download a sample
chapter, or to review the table of contents, please go
WORKFORCE PARTNERS UP!
before have disruptive events, economic uncertainties, and rapidly
changing demographics come together for such explosive effect
on the workforce. And never before has the community college
been better positioned to respond to the challenges presented
on the dramatically shifting workforce landscape.
The League for Innovation in the Community College has called
on college leadership, faculty, and staff at institutions in
the U.S. and Canada to address these new challenges, and to
share how they are building a new workforce infrastructure through
a Workforce System Through Partnering includes chapter
contributions from representatives of Jobs For the Future and
the Department of Labor, as well as a foreword by Senator Tom
Harkin. More than 20 case studies give readers a practical look
at how community colleges are already meeting the tests for
a workforce whose future has arrived.
a Workforce System Through Partnering, is published
by the League for Innovation and available through the League
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