Volume 4, Number 12
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January 2004 ISSUE
Due By... 1/12
- Laura Derrick, League for Innovation
TO STUDY COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS
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
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.
of the survey is scheduled for early January 2004.
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
more information, please contact Susan
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.
Kazis, “The Emergence of Regional Workforce Intermediaries
and the Implications for Community Colleges”
goal of workforce development goes beyond just knowing things;
the ultimate goal is achieving success.
Oblinger and Diana Carew, “Workforce Competencies
for the 21st Century”
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
BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ONLINE EFFECTIVENESS
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.
and staff are an integral part of the process. IE involves all
stakeholders and is perceived as the means for facilitating
continuous positive change.
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.
Faculty and Staff
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
The Online Institutional Effectiveness Process
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.
10 Counties of Latino Growth
these Top 10 Counties:
are in North Carolina
are in Georgia
are in Arkansas
is in Indiana
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.
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).
1: The Latino community has high numbers
of recently arrived immigrants.
2: Immigrant households lower the average
income and educational levels for all Latino households.
1: There is a growing Latino middle class
(household income $40,000+) that is regularly overlooked
by the media and the pundits).
ONLINE SUPPLIER DIRECTORY
League is excited to announce a new resource for members, the
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
Once you identify a potential vendor, you can learn more about
their products and services, visit their website, or make contact.
Supplier Directory is online today! Be sure to
bookmark the site and return any time you are looking for a
supplier or vendor.
SELECTED FOR INNOVATIONS
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
J. Dungy, Executive Director, NASPA
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.
TERRY O’BANION IN GRADUATE STUDY ON THE LEARNING COLLEGE
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.
SECURITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVES MEETING
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.
issues of League Connections will provide additional
information about this Homeland Security Summit as it becomes
CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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.
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.
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
Twigg, Executive Director, Center for Academic Transformation,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
I. Cooper, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department
of Homeland Security
Conway, President and Chief Executive Officer, PeopleSoft
Hotel, travel, and registration information will be available
soon. For assistance or additional information, please email
Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.
YOUR COLLEGE’S FUNDRAISING PROGRAM
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.
your fundraising program where you want it to be, or does
it seem stuck?
other colleges and nonprofit organizations in your service
yield better results from their fundraising programs than
you feel there is untapped giving potential in your community?
your fundraising programs intuitive rather than systematic
and research based?
you less than satisfied with the performance of your fundraising
team or board?
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!
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
the areas carefully reviewed and analyzed in the audit will
be the following:
an appropriate volunteer fundraising board in place, and
do its members fully understand their leadership role and
the college systematically examined its fundraising potential?
the college foundation appropriately organized and configured
for optimum productivity and results?
the college made the prerequisite investments in institutional
development to attain the desired results?
the college president play the appropriate role in leading
the fundraising program and integrating it into the college
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.
additional information or to schedule a fundraising audit, contact
at (480) 705-8200, x233.
THE AMADO PEÑA STUDENT ART SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
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.
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
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.
ENERGY, SHARPEN VISION, AND INSPIRE ACTION FOR CHANGE ON YOUR
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
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.
CONDUCTING PANELS AT BROADBAND WIRELESS WORLD CONFERENCE
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.
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
For additional information, contact Thomas
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
VALLEY RECEIVES $3 MILLION NSF GRANT FOR IT SECURITY CENTER
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
more information, contact Mark
Horstmeyer, director of College and Community Relations,
at (708) 974-5275.
CORE DATA SERVICE OPEN TO ALL LEAGUE MEMBERS
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.
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
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.
FIRST NANOSCIENCE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM APPROVED
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
Rubin, president of the Minnesota High Tech Association, praised
DCTC’s initiative in starting up such a program.
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.”
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
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.
County Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities system, and an equal-opportunity educator
OFFERS BEST PRACTICES CD
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.
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.
ANNOUNCES NEW METHOD OF SUPPLYING OUTSIDE READINGS
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
can visit the site and obtain a Temporary Password
by clicking on the tab marked Educators on
Library homepage and clicking on the Free 1-Day
more information, visit the Learner's
Library website or call 617-621-1565.
Inside the League
News & Events
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.
in Psychology and Education are abstracted in Psychological
Abstracts, Current Index to Journals in Education,
Sage Family Studies Abstracts, and many more resources.
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
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