December 2003
Volume 4, Number 12

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In This Issue...


New Online Supplier Directory
Keynoters Selected for Innovations 2004 in San Francisco
Innovations 2004 College Pavilion
Join Terry O'Banion in Graduate Study on the Learning College
Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Initiatives Meeting
2004 Conference on Information Technology
Auditing Your College's Fundraising Program
Support the Amado Pena Student Art Scholarship Endowment
Heighten Energy, Sharpen Vision, and Inspire Action for Change on Your Campus


HEWAC Conducting Panels at Broadband Wireless World Conference
Moraine Valley Receives $3 Million NSF Grant for IT Security Center
EDUCAUSE Core Data Service Open to All League Members
Minnesota's First Nanoscience Technology Program Approved
IWITTS Offers Best Practice CD
USLDA Announces New Method of Supplying Outside Readings

NOTICE!! Call for Authors


The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions has asked the General Accounting Office (GAO), to study the multiplicity of roles that community colleges and technical schools play as pathways to higher academic learning and employment for both youth and adults. The centerpiece of the GAO study will be a web-based survey of all public community colleges and technical schools in the U.S. Survey topics include

  • Academic transfer programs;
  • Occupational, professional, and technical education programs, both credit and noncredit;
  • Below college-level (remedial) courses;
  • Basic skills programs and courses;
  • Contract training and other programs such as personal enrichment;
  • Sources of revenue and funding; and
  • Federal Workforce Investment Act participation.

General Accounting OfficeRelease of the survey is scheduled for early January 2004.

A GAO report to the Congress will result from the survey. It will be issued in the fall of 2004. As with most GAO reports, it will be available at no cost on that agency's website after publication.

For more information, please contact Susan J Lawless.

Clearly Quotables

In some cases, colleges are themselves taking on the intermediary role, functioning not just as providers of services, but as catalysts and organizers for partnerships, driving program design and leading negotiations among partners that result in effective training and employment programs.
--Richard Kazis, “The Emergence of Regional Workforce Intermediaries and the Implications for Community Colleges”

Building a Workforce System Through PartneringThe goal of workforce development goes beyond just knowing things; the ultimate goal is achieving success.
--Diana Oblinger and Diana Carew, “Workforce Competencies for the 21st Century”

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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Palm Beach Community College's (PBCC) strategic planning process has played a major role in enhancing the college's ability to manage change and reach agreement on resources and actions that will lead to increased effectiveness. The development of the college's strategic plan happened at the same time as its self-study review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The review by SACS brought with it a commendation for PBCC's institutional effectiveness (IE) and planning processes. The SACS Criteria define IE as the matching of institutional performance to institutional purpose. The institution must develop goals and objectives that support the institutional purpose or mission, and must document the use of data for decision making. For PBCC, IE has been a process of assessment that demonstrates that the college is successfully achieving its mission. To ensure that programs and resources are effectively used, the governing board and the administration must provide the necessary supports.

Palm Beach Community CollegeFaculty and staff are an integral part of the process. IE involves all stakeholders and is perceived as the means for facilitating continuous positive change.

The one element that has no substitute when establishing the IE process is the total understanding, support, and commitment by the college's administration, staff, and faculty. The success of any college assessment effort is contingent on the strength and dedication of the executive leadership as institutional effectiveness can be a time-consuming and costly enterprise. Institutional effectiveness requires additional time, energy, and other resources allocated to institutional evaluation. Those who have entered the teaching profession have not been exposed to the required participation of faculty in the institutional effectiveness process. Faculty has been fully committed to teaching within their discipline and student learning. The amount of time and energy required of faculty in the IE process can become overwhelming. If that time is left unchecked and unsupported, teaching can become secondary to the IE process. The institutional effectiveness process was done so well that the college received a commendation for its efforts. Once the SACS review was completed and faculty went back to the business of teaching and learning, it was difficult for many to keep up with the requirements of continuous quality improvement, including the forms and documentation for decision making and accountability.

Supporting Faculty and Staff

Palm Beach Community College realizes that a significant effort is required to support faculty in their contributions to evaluating student outcomes and learning. To move from written compliance to the active use of assessment to improve learning and programs, an increased use of technology was essential. PBCC has completed a user-friendly, online institutional effectiveness process that allows for quick access to electronic data and, as a consequence, use of the results of assessment and data gathering in a prompt and efficient way. The PBCC design initiates and responds to useful data to improve programs and student success. The online IE process supports faculty and administration in making educational decisions. The process has moved the faculty through the process of developing objectives and student outcomes in support of the expanded mission of the college. Samples of student outcomes, data sources, and means of assessment are provided. An Online Manual for Institutional Effectiveness has been developed to support the users as they move through the process. The process then moves faculty to decision making and either new or continued objectives.

Sharing: The Online Institutional Effectiveness Process

The IE Online Process has been presented at the FACC Institutional Effectiveness Commission, SACCR, and the League for Innovation. It has been very well received and has resulted in visitations and information requests from other community colleges throughout the country. Palm Beach Community College is preparing a free CD package containing all the program elements needed to create the program at any college.

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Just the Stats!

Top 10 Counties of Latino Growth
Of these Top 10 Counties:

  • 4 are in North Carolina
  • 3 are in Georgia
  • 2 are in Arkansas
  • 1 is in Indiana


60% of respondents strongly agree or agree that the government should provide parents with funding to send their children to a private school, including a religious school.

There is little difference between Catholics and Protestants in support for school vouchers.

60% of Latinos agree that illegal immigrants should be eligible for government assistance, such as Medicaid or welfare.


* Statistics from the national sample only (N=1709).
FACT 1: The Latino community has high numbers of recently arrived immigrants.
FACT 2: Immigrant households lower the average income and educational levels for all Latino households.
TREND 1: There is a growing Latino middle class (household income $40,000+) that is regularly overlooked by the media and the pundits).

The statistics above have been provided by the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute.

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League for InnovationThe League is excited to announce a new resource for members, the League's Online Supplier Directory. This interactive buying guide allows community college administrators, faculty, and staff to locate vendors for their specific needs. Search by product or service category, supplier name, or League partner listing.

Once you identify a potential vendor, you can learn more about their products and services, visit their website, or make contact.

The Online Supplier Directory is online today! Be sure to bookmark the site and return any time you are looking for a supplier or vendor.

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Innovations 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 learning.

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
Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service
Greg Sarris, Fletcher Jones Chair of Literature and Writing, Loyola Marymont University, Filmmaker, and Tribal Chairman, Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria
Kati Haycock, Director, The Education Trust
Gwendolyn J. Dungy, Executive Director, NASPA
Emily DeRocco, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor

Early registration DEADLINE:
January 27, 2004

Register online today.


San Francisco, CA

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Want to promote a new curriculum? Recruit for open positions? Showcase a special program or project? Your college can participate in the Innovations 2004 Exhibition, February 29-March 2 at the San Francisco Hilton. A college exhibit package is $1,000, and includes one full-conference registration, a carpeted 10x10 booth with one draped table, two chairs, and an 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 very limited.

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Antioch University McGregor
Through Antioch University McGregor, you can attend class with Terry O’Banion and incorporate Innovations conference activities into a doctoral, master’s, or continuing graduate education course on the Learning College. Review the key concepts of the Learning College and critique how colleges are applying these concepts in institutional policies, programs, practices, and in the way they use their personnel. Go online for registration and course information.

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The League will host a Homeland Security Summit at Innovations 2004 on February 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the San Francisco Hilton.

Future issues of League Connections will provide additional information about this Homeland Security Summit as it becomes available.

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DEADLINE!CFP Deadline: April 2, 2004

The League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at the 2004 Conference on Information Technology, November 7-10, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL.

Accented by warm sunshine and cool bay breezes, Tampa Bay is always alluring with its numerous attractions, cultural institutions, great restaurants, rich history, nature preserves, shopping plazas, and quirky and colorful events.

The League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT) is the premier showcase of the use of information technology to improve teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management. Celebrating 20 years of excellence, CIT features a technologically sophisticated and topically diverse program that helps educators explore and expand their use of technology.

This call for proposals is an invitation to join your colleagues in a dynamic learning community to discover how information technology is transforming the educational enterprise.


For the 2004 CIT, the special focus for Track 1 is Wireless Communications Systems and Their Implications for Community Colleges. Proposals targeted toward this focus area should encourage an exchange of ideas about how community colleges can anticipate and meet future educational, training, and organizational needs related to radio and TV broadcasting, cellular telephony, specialized mobile radio, wireless data, microwave, and satellite services. Although wireless communications systems are the special focus of the 2004 CIT, other proposal topics related to the use of information technology at community colleges are strongly encouraged.


Carol TwiggCarol Twigg, Executive Director, Center for Academic Transformation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Steven I. CooperSteven I. Cooper, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Craig ConwayCraig Conway, President and Chief Executive Officer, PeopleSoft Inc.

Hotel, travel, and registration information will be available soon. For assistance or additional information, please email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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With economic stagnation and diminished tax revenues depleting the coffers of state and local governments nationwide, America’s community colleges must look beyond the public sector to fund their educational missions. Accordingly, community college presidents are increasingly reliant on their college foundations, tasking them to develop new external income sources from the private sector and to invigorate existing sources. Truly, the challenge before community college presidents and their development officers has never been greater and more consequential; and yet, while almost all community colleges have operating foundations, their impact and revenues remain unimpressive.

  Is your fundraising program where you want it to be, or does it seem stuck?
  Do other colleges and nonprofit organizations in your service yield better results from their fundraising programs than yours?
  Do you feel there is untapped giving potential in your community?
  Are your fundraising programs intuitive rather than systematic and research based?
  Are you less than satisfied with the performance of your fundraising team or board?
  Can your fundraising program be ramped up or restructured to make a greater impact on your unmet needs?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, know that you’re not alone!

To answer these questions, the League for Innovation is offering a new service to conduct a comprehensive review and confidential analysis of your institutional advancement program. Highly successful and experienced community college development experts will assess your program’s current strengths and problem areas, introduce you to strategies that are producing benchmark results for some of your peers, and recommend specific steps needed to enhance productivity and effectiveness and grow your program’s bottom line.

Among the areas carefully reviewed and analyzed in the audit will be the following:

Is an appropriate volunteer fundraising board in place, and do its members fully understand their leadership role and responsibilities?  
Has the college systematically examined its fundraising potential?  
Is the college foundation appropriately organized and configured for optimum productivity and results?  
Has the college made the prerequisite investments in institutional development to attain the desired results?  
Does the college president play the appropriate role in leading the fundraising program and integrating it into the college superstructure?  

Successful community college development professionals will analyze your current fundraising efforts – from governing bylaws, structures, and procedures to strategic planning, program implementation, and results – helping you to identify strengths and opportunities. The final audit will offer concrete recommendations and timelines for revamping your program and achieving the desired annual and long-term outcomes.

For additional information or to schedule a fundraising audit, contact Ed Leach at (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Pena Prints
To help fund the student art scholarship, Amano Peña has created two distinctive posters for the League. The Digital Divide and Digital Democracy posters are available for purchase at $10 each or both for $18 (prices include shipping). Buy yours today; all proceeds go to the endowment of the student scholarship.

The League's student art scholarship endowment is named in honor of internationally renowned Southwestern artist and educator Amado M. Peña, Jr. The artist is a distinguished graduate from Laredo Community College (TX), who is dedicated to supporting community college students in their pursuit of art. Peña has generously donated artwork to help seed the endowment for this scholarship.

Due to popular demand, Amado Peña will be presenting two forums at Innovations 2004, as well as being present during conference exhibition hours, when he will be creating an original piece of art in his booth.

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Appreciative InquiryCreate 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 in 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 E. Stetson.

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.

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Higher Education Wireless Access ConsortiumThe Higher Education Wireless Access Consortium will conduct three panel discussions focused on wireless issues in higher education during the upcoming Broadband Wireless World conference on February 24 and 25, 2004, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Members of the League for Innovation in the Community College who register through HEWAC will automatically receive a 50 percent discount registration to the event. The discount price is $199, compared with $399 full price for early registration. League members interested in attending the panel discussions or the Broadband Wireless World conference itself can register online.

For additional information, contact Thomas Muleta.

Panel A: Wireless Applications
and New Technology
for Higher Education

Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
February 24, 2004

Panel B: Wireless
Security on Campus

Time: 2: 00 PM - 3:30 PM
February 24, 2004

Panel C: Best Practices and Successful Business Models for Wireless Access By Colleges
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
February 25, 2004

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Dr. Vernon O. Crawley, president of Moraine Valley, thanks John P. Morgridge, chairman of the board for Cisco Systems, Inc.
Moraine Valley Community College (IL), along with six partner institutions representing five Midwest states, has received a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Regional Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance, the first comprehensive information technology security center in the region.

The center will be established to address the needs of IT security professionals by increasing faculty expertise and higher education training programs in IT security and data assurance. The center will collect, categorize, adapt, enhance, standardize, and evaluate curriculum and offer training programs to community colleges and university faculty and students. Colleges involved in the training include Moraine Valley, Rock Valley College; University of Illinois at Springfield; Lakeland Community College (OH); Washtenaw Community College (MI); Inver Hills Community College (MN); and Madison Area Technical College (WI).

John P. Morgridge, chairman of the board for Cisco Systems, Inc., praised the tenacity of community colleges for their role in taking on the challenge of change, stressing the importance of partnering with other institutions. “Cisco Systems is proud to partner with Moraine Valley in educating the future workforce of Palos Hills and beyond,” he said.

Morgridge, who has led Cisco since 1988, made special note of the growing number of students enrolling in online degree programs. “Young people are eager to embrace e-learning because their young minds aren’t burdened by limitations.”

The center will partner with private industry and local and federal government agencies to establish an advisory committee that will influence curriculum development to meet industry needs. The center will also work with these agencies to provide internships for students and externships for faculty. In addition, free and low-cost NSF-sponsored community workshops will be conducted on a broad range of topics on information security and data assurance.

Moraine Valley Community CollegeFor more information, contact Mark Horstmeyer, director of College and Community Relations, at (708) 974-5275.

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EDUCAUSE Core Data Service
Through an agreement between the League for Innovation and EDUCAUSE, all League member colleges, whether or not they are EDUCAUSE members, are eligible to participate in the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service. Early in January, EDUCAUSE will send out an email inviting your college to participate in the Core Data Service. The Core Data Service provides needed comparisons about campus information technology environments and practices that can help you benchmark and plan for IT on your campus.

The Core Data Service has the following two components:

1. A web-based survey instrument where you or your designee submit core data about the use of IT on your campus.

2. An interactive web-based database service where you gain access to the core data submitted by your peers.

Information about the Core Data Service is available online. This website is also where you will register for a username and password to complete the survey and gain access to the service after you receive the invitation.

EDUCAUSE collects data from all of its member colleges and universities, but is specifically looking to encourage greater participation by community colleges. Completing and submitting the survey is the only requirement for access to the database service.

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Dakota County Technical CollegeProgram to begin in August 2004.

Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) will offer Minnesota’s first-ever Nanoscience Technology program, in partnership with the University of Minnesota.

According to Karen Halvorson, DCTC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, “There is a growing market for nanoscience technicians in the workforce nationally and DCTC is first in meeting this industry need.”

Halvorson noted that industry experts predict a need for nearly two million jobs by 2010. “We are also pleased to be working with the University of Minnesota, which will provide a fourth-semester capstone experience for our graduates.”

With program approval from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees now in place, courses are scheduled to begin next fall, with the first nanoscience students ready to graduate from DCTC in May 2006. The courses are designed both for high school students with strong math and science backgrounds, as well as career changers looking for new industry opportunities.

DCTC and the University of Minnesota are modeling the partnership after Penn State University’s work with two-year institutions across Pennsylvania. Halvorson and Dean Mike Opp have been in close consultation with Penn State over the past year to ensure a positive experience for DCTC students next fall.

Kate Rubin, president of the Minnesota High Tech Association, praised DCTC’s initiative in starting up such a program.

“The success of Minnesota’s technology-based economy depends on aggressively scanning the horizon and preparing for the future through skill development in emerging technologies,” she said. “The Nanoscience Technology program at DCTC is key to providing employees who are able to develop, support, and grow industry applications of nanoscience.”

And, according to Deb Newberry, co-author of the book, The Next Big Thing is Really Small and DCTC Nanoscience Technology instructor, nanoscience could become a $1 billion industry within six years, underscoring the need for training in this emerging field.

Minnesota State Colleges and UniversitiesHalvorson said she expects the program to fill up quickly and encouraged those interested to sign up soon. For more information, contact Dean Mike Opp at (651) 423-8232.

Dakota County Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and an equal-opportunity educator and employer.

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IWITTS recently launched our WomenTech Project Best Practices CD based on our three-year NSF Project. Finally, the tools you've been waiting for: a step-by-step guide full of winning strategies for recruiting and retaining women into your school's technology programs. Based on the successful National Science Foundation WomenTech Project, this attractive, colorful, multimedia CD has tips, real-life examples, and sample materials to help you quickly enhance your own recruitment and retention activities. There are even 10 minutes of video footage of a WomenTech Career Expo, and lots of photos throughout.Institute for Women

The three-year WomenTech Project has pulled together strategies that work from three community college demonstration sites: Community College of Rhode Island, North Harris Community College District in Houston, and College of Alameda. Use these time-tested tactics to boost your own school's recruitment and retention of women in technology. You'll easily navigate through the user- friendly CD that works like a website to develop a blueprint for your own school. The five sections - Recruitment, Retention, Employers, Institutionalization, and Institutional Assessment - each contain how-to advice and sample materials you can easily tailor to fit your own school's needs.

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The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is pleased to announce a significant advance in lowering the cost of instructional materials used by distance learning institutions and their students. The current costs of $30 to $70 per textbook and $25 to $50 for each packet of outside readings make a major dent in student budgets. One of USDLA's 21st century sponsors, Knowledge Ventures, has responded to this cost crisis with the Learner's Library. Using the Learner's Library, institutions can offer students virtual course packs or readings for less than $5. In addition, the Learner's Library offers students a valuable research tool whose automatic checking of paper citations removes any incentives students have to plagiarize from the internet.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer commissioned a study of textbook sales for freshmen and sophomores in New York that confirms textbook prices are rising dramatically. "After they pay tuition, parents and students are getting slapped with shockingly high textbook prices," he said. According to the study, over the past five years, the compounded increase has been 41 percent. "It's a serious problem," said Schumer. "If you go to SUNY or CUNY and you're paying $4,000 tuition and another $1,000 for textbooks, that's a big extra load." John G. Flores, executive director of the USDLA, noted, "the cost of instructional materials must not be allowed to become an insurmountable burden that stands in the way of the education of our next generation. We need to fix the problem of rising costs, and the Learner's Library is a major step."

The Learner's LibraryThe Learner's Library™ is a simple and intuitive search tool that locates relevant material from a comprehensive list of current full-text academic journals and news sources and automatically generates the citations needed for their use in a term paper or article. The Learner's Library is more focused than a Google-type internet search, more in-depth than an encyclopedia, and, through the footnote generator, forgiving of students' haphazard research practices.

Administrators and faculty like the fact that Learner's Library is low cost compared to other online services and it is easy to use. With the Learner's Library, an instructor can create a virtual course pack for as little as $3 per user, compared with the $40 to $60 competitive providers charge—potentially saving students several hundred dollars per year.

To develop a course pack, teachers and professors use the search engine of the Learner's Library to select articles from over 500 major academic journals. Once these articles have been aggregated using the My Reading List feature, a web page is easily created containing the selections. All permissions have been precleared and are paid. The articles can be downloaded and printed at no additional cost, provided the institution or individual has a Learner's Library subscription. In addition to the instructor's reading list, students have full access to the Learner's Library for supplemental research and for use in writing papers and articles. Learner's Library's natural language queries are deceptively simple and easy to use. The Learner's Library Citation Check gives the student the complete MLA citation for footnotes for any content used from the database. Copyright is not a concern, and the Citation Check helps students comply with an institution's rules concerning plagiarism.

The Library Journal has recommended the Learner's Library "for high school, college, and public libraries serving academic libraries." The Learner's Library offers significant advantages for students, faculty, and administrators when used as a research tool for distance learning programs. It can be used in conjunction with the school library or for programs with little or no library access. Content is focused on the social sciences, business, humanities, and health care. As a virtual course pack provider, the Learner's Library is also ideally suited for both community colleges and liberal arts programs at large institutions.

You can visit the site and obtain a Temporary Password by clicking on the tab marked Educators on the Learner's Library homepage and clicking on the Free 1-Day Trial icon.

For more information, visit the Learner's Library website or call 617-621-1565.

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Psychology and Education
, a 50-year-old interdisciplinary journal, is seeking manuscripts for its Spring 2004 issue. The journal is devoted to basic research, theory, and techniques and arts of practice in the general field of psychology and education, and is published three times a year.

Articles in Psychology and Education are abstracted in Psychological Abstracts, Current Index to Journals in Education, Sage Family Studies Abstracts, and many more resources.

If you have a manuscript on an important aspect of psychology and education that can’t seem to find a place in the professional literature, please contact Assistant Editor Professor Joel Snell at (319) 366-0063 or find additional information online at Social Vibes or his Kirkwood faculty site.

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