January 2004
Volume 5, Number 1

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In This Issue...


2004 Conference on Information Technology

Executive Leadership Institute Celebrates 2003 Graduation

League's Project SAIL Progressive Initiative for Expanding Availability of Specialty Distance Programs

Sloan-C Announces Spring 2004 Online Learning Research Workshop, Registration Begins January 21, 2004

New Publication Releases by CCRC

Speakers Available for Faculty-Staff Development


Second Annual Learning Summit

Creativity Workshops in Europe 2004

Raritan Valley CC Opens Doors for Faculty Positions

Build on your College's Strengths and Opportunities


Innovations 2004
Early Registration Deadline is January 27, 2004!

San Francisco, CAOnline registration for Innovations 2004, which includes an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses, is available at the link below! Early registration helps ensure that you reserve a place in the Learning Center Course(s) of your choice and that you take advantage of early registration discounts up to 30 percent. The opportunity to take advantage of group discounts ends January 27 as well!


Join the most innovative community college professionals as they come together to improve student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

February 29 – March 3, 2004

Hosted by City College of San Francisco , Foothill-De Anza Community College District, and the Bay 10 Colleges

Hilton San Francisco
San Francisco, California

World-class shopping. historic cable cars. Dramatic theater and bustling farmers' markets. You can find all this and more just a short walk from the Hilton San Francisco.

Located at the center of the Theater District, the Hilton San Francisco is close to many nearby sightseeing attractions such as Union Square, the San Francisco Shopping Center, City Hall, PacBell Stadium, and the Moscone Convention Center . During your visit, you can stroll through Golden Gate Park or savor sumptuous delicacies at San Francisco's world-famous Chinatown . The entire city is yours to explore!

Nearby excursions include wine tasting in the Napa or Sonoma valleys, hiking at Muir Woods National Monument, or escaping down the rugged California Coast to Monterey and Carmel. http://www.sfvisitor.org/


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 Marymount 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



Innovations is a conference dedicated to improving student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation. Mark your calendar now and join the most energetic professionals in community colleges as they come together to showcase their model programs, share lessons learned, and look to the future by exploring innovations in (1) Learning and Teaching; (2) Leadership and Organization; (3) Workforce Preparation and Development; (4) Student Services and Activities; (5) Basic Skills and Developmental Education; (6) Resource Development and Foundation Management; and (7) Research, Assessment, and Accountability.

This year's conference continues the tradition of providing an array of learning opportunities for participants:

  • Engaging forums discussing critical issues facing community college educators
  • Roundtable discussions offering a more personal setting for exchanging ideas
  • Poster Session presentations primarily delivered in the form of visual displays
  • Learning Center Courses – three-hour and six-hour intensive workshops granting Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Gateway Email and Internet Lab
  • Opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions, coffee and refreshment breaks, and after-hours gatherings
  • Opportunity to Meet internationally renowned Southwestern artist and educator, Amado M. Peña, Jr.


A special rate of $179 single or double occupancy per night plus 14.05% tax has been arranged for Innovations attendees. Reservations can be made by either calling 1-800-HILTONS and referencing the group rate for the League for Innovation, or going online to www.sanfrancisco.hilton.com. Click on Book a Room and enter LFI in the group/convention code field. Reservation requests must be received by February 9, 2004 in order to receive the conference rate. A deposit of one night's room and tax charges will be required. This deposit is refundable up to 72 hours in advance of the convention date.

Make your hotel reservation by the early registration deadline, January 27, and your name will be entered into a drawing for dinner for two at the Hilton's Cityscape Restaurant. Enjoy 360° views of the city and bay as you dine on the 46 th floor.

Additional hotel and travel information, including airline and rental car discounts, is available here.


Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Summit – Please contact Ed Leach for more information

Terry O'Banion in Graduate Study on the Learning College

Community College Baccalaureate Association Fourth Annual Conference

National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs

If you would like additional information about Innovations 2004 , please contact Judy Greenfield or visit The Innovations 2004 website.

Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Initiatives Meeting

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement and the League for Innovation are hosting the second Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Summit to help community colleges create and improve homeland security training and education programs that emphasize community engagement.

The 2004 Homeland Security and Community Engagement Summit will continue the exploration of how community colleges are currently addressing issues of homeland security, service-learning, and civic engagement, as well as identify the critical features/characteristics of mature homeland security programs that emphasize community engagement at community colleges.

Outcomes gleaned from the 2004 Homeland Security and Community Engagement Summit discussions will serve as the foundation for a white paper report that will assist community colleges determine their readiness to deliver homeland security training and education that emphasizes community engagement.

The Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Summit will be held on Sunday, February 29, 2004, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom A at the San Francisco Hilton, and there is no charge to participate in the summit.

Special Learning Center at Innovations
League Sedona Edge: Larger Technology Issues

The goal of this Learning Center Course is to assist educational leaders in understanding new developments in multimedia; the merging of education, technology, and entertainment; and future changes. The presenters, Paul Elsner (Chancellor Emeritus, Maricopa Community Colleges ) and Mark David Milliron (President and CEO, League for Innovation) also facilitate the exchange of ideas and innovations with educational leaders and industry change agents and examine the impact that technology is having on educational leadership. Modeled after the successful Sedona Conference, this Learning Center Course also closely examines leadership issues and considers solutions to reenergize and revitalize leaders, employees, and students. Click here to register.


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.

Clearly Quotables


“Organizations, like organisms, have lives of their own that are more than the sum of the individuals who work in them.”

Sanford C. Shugart, President, Valencia Community College (FL)

“Every new challenge brings new opportunities, especially for community colleges that have a workforce capable of thinking comprehensively and creatively.”

Rose B. Bellanca, Provost, Macomb Community College (MI)

“If legislators can embrace the imperatives of targeting policy toward creativity, connection, and catalysis, it can be a new day for community colleges.”

Mark David Milliron, President and CEO, League for Innovation

Perspectives Book CoverFrom Perspectives on the Community College: A Journey of Discovery, a League Publication available at the League Store.

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Second Annual Learning Summit

The second League Learning Summit will be held in Baltimore August 1–3, 2004. The Learning Summit is a smaller, focused conference dedicated to showcasing exciting approaches to teaching and learning, fostering networking and collaborative opportunities among colleagues, and investigating how colleges have undertaken significant organizational development and transformation to improve student learning. The Summit will feature outstanding speakers, information-rich breakout sessions, informative poster sessions, and social events designed to maximize networking and fun.

At the first Learning Summit, held in conjunction with Innovations in Phoenix this past March, participants heard from four groundbreaking leaders in the learning-centered college movement in the past decade: Terry O'Banion , President Emeritus and Senior League Fellow, League for Innovation, who championed the concept of the Learning College; George Boggs, President of the American Association of Community Colleges, who was another pioneer whose writings and leadership focused discussion on a national level; and the authors of "From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education," an article by Robert Barr and John Tagg that appeared in the November-December 1995 issue of Change, causing widespread discussion and debate within the academy.

The second Learning Summit will focus on exemplary practices in learning and institutional assessment. You'll discover more about the process of transforming the structures, procedures, and practices of your institution to focus on producing meaningful and successful student learning by

  • Increasing your understanding of the concepts of the Learning College and the Learning Paradigm as a framework and inspiration for affecting institutional change to improve student learning, performance, and success;
  • Exchanging innovative processes and approaches to transforming undergraduate education and improving institutional and student outcomes;
  • Joining cutting-edge leaders in learning technology and techniques for demonstrations and exchange of ideas;
  • Sharing approaches in improving assessment techniques to more effectively measure student success; and
  • Interacting with and developing new networks of colleagues in support of becoming more learning centered.

Conference headquarters will be the beautiful four-diamond Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, perfectly situated in Baltimore 's famed Inner Harbor area. Water taxis can take you to 35 attractions and five different neighborhoods around the Inner Harbor, where Baltimore 's world-renowned Chesapeake Bay cuisine is served year-round in an array of first-class restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Budget conscious? Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is 15 minutes from downtown via economical light rail direct from the airport, and has the most affordable airfares on the east cost.

In future editions of League Connections, we'll be announcing our exciting keynote speakers, issuing a Call for Proposals for the conference, and publishing details on the schedule and events that comprise the Learning Summit experience. Make your plans now to be with us in Baltimore this summer!

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League for Innovation


The League for Innovation would like to congratulate the graduating class of the 2003 Executive Leadership Institute. We wish you all the best as you pursue your goal of becoming a future community college president. The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) provides the opportunity for potential community college presidents or those in transition to review their abilities and interests, refine their skills, and participate in discussions on leadership with outstanding community college leaders from North America . To learn more about next year's institute, go to the ELI website.

Charles Abasa-Nyarko
Vice President, Academic Services
Gloucester County College
Sewell, NJ

Nicholas O. Akinkuoye
Dean, Occupational Technologies
Community College of Allegheny County
West Mifflin, PA

Donna K. Alley
Provost, West Bank Campus
Delgado Community College
New Orleans, LA

Joanna F. Blount
Associate Dean, Collegiate and Professional Technical Education
Southwestern Oregon Community College
Coos Bay, OR

Barbara Bollmann
Vice President, Learning
San Juan College
Farmington, NM

Stephen Broyles
Dean, Administrative Services
North Central Texas College
Gainesville, TX

Margarita Cabral-Maly
Associate Vice President, Liberal Arts
Florida Community College at Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Matthew J. Connell
Northampton Community College
Tannersville, PA

Gene Couch
Vice President, Instructional Services
Southwestern Community College-NC
Sylva, NC

Kay Dunkley
Vice President, Instruction and Student Services
Lord Fairfax Community College
Warrenton, VA

Hank Dunn
Vice President, Student Services
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH

William Findt
Vice President, Development
Mitchell Community College
Statesville, NC

Faye E. Fullerton
Vice President, Student Services
Lincoln Land Community College
Springfield, IL

Steven M. Gates
Dean, Centerville Campus
Indian Hills Community College
Centerville, IA

Kathleen E. Guy
Executive Director, College Relations/Foundation
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, MI

D. Michael Hamm
Dean, Mathematics & Science
Brookhaven College
Farmers Branch, TX

Barbara M. Hartnett
Executive Director
Friendship House of Christian Service
Peoria, IL

Ronald C. Heacock
Vice Chancellor, Technology & Planning
The Community College of Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD

Rickey A. Huffstutler
Dean of the College
J.F. Ingram State Technical College
Deatsville, AL

Lynn Kilchenstein
Interim President
New Hampshire Technical Institute
Concord, NH

Matthew J. McCoy
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Central Oregon Community College
Bend, OR

Gordon Nixon
Vice President, Academic
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Calgary, AB

Lynn Nolte
Dean, Career and Technical Education
Navarro College
Corsicana, TX

Martin Olshinsky
Vice President/Executive Dean
Community College of Allegheny County
West Mifflin, PA

Sheila Ortego
Asst to the President, Office of the President
Santa Fe Community College New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM

Mary B. Reaves
Vice President, Student Affairs
Prairie State College
Chicago Heights, IL

Becky Rowley
Vice President, Educational Services
Clovis Community College
Clovis, NM

Andrew Alan Runyan
Director, eCollege
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH

L. Jane Saldaña-Talley
Dean, Administrative Services
Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix, AZ

Mick Starcevich
Executive Vice President
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA

Marsal P. Stoll
Vice President, Instruction and Student Services
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Charlottesville, VA

Monty Sullivan
Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
Louisiana Delta Community College
West Monroe, LA



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League's Project SAIL Progressive Initiative for Expanding Availability of Specialty Distance Programs

Recognizing the value and impact of distance learning, the League for Innovation and Project SAIL (Specialty Asynchronous Industry Learning) launch a new initiative offering new opportunities and new options for community colleges. Project SAIL, as a web-based partner network, offers distinct benefits to colleges who want to expand their workforce development programs and directly impact local industry needs with minimal investments and development dollars. Read what others are saying about Project SAIL as a national initiative in the December 2003 edition of Educational Pathways.

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Sloan-C announces its newest online workshop focusing on the latest issues in online learning. The workshop starts February 15, 2004, with registration beginning Wednesday, January 21, 2004 .

Using an online format, Sloan-C can deliver cutting-edge information to you and your colleagues while lowering the cost and time associated with travel that prohibits so many from attending traditional face-to-face workshops. No airports or highway driving, no hotels, no scheduled meeting time that must be planned around, just Sloan-C research and interaction at its best!

Developed with 40 of the most influential researchers in the field of online learning, and brought directly to your computer, this workshop can provide you with critical information about the most important issues in online learning, including

  • Blended Learning,
  • Assessment Methodologies,
  • Improving Student Satisfaction,
  • Increasing Learning Effectiveness, and
  • Other Significant Topics in Online Learning

Included with the workshop is a CD-ROM that includes 14 video presentations from the researchers and their associated research reports, allowing you to see and hear the presentations as many times as you wish! And the workshop itself will allow you to ask any questions you have of presenters in both asynchronous and synchronous formats. The results of the workshop will be published by Sloan-C. 

TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCEMENT: This year, Sloan-C partnered with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell to provide asynchronous technology. The synchronous technology sponsor is Elluminate™, which is providing its powerful vClass software to help Sloan-C present an innovative, collaborative format that caters to both novices and experts alike.

This workshop has been developed in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, which will be offering optional CEU credit as well as optional graduate course credit at the masters or doctoral levels. 

Please visit the Sloan-C website for further details on the workshop and to register.

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Come join Creativity Summer Workshops in Europe, are designed to stimulate and develop teachers' creativity and the creativity of their students as a way to inspire and nurture learning. Whether you are an administrator or a teacher in areas as diverse as math, art, science, history, or English, the Creativity Workshop can help you design new ways of learning.

Join the hundreds of international educators who have taken this workshop since 1993 and developed their creative processes through using memoir, creative writing, storytelling, visual arts, collage, and photography.

For more information go to http://www.creativityworkshop.com or contact Karen Bell at (212) 922-1555

Calendar of Creativity Workshops in Europe 2004
Tuition + accommodations packages available from $1,450
You can reserve your space now with a $50 deposit.

Istanbul - June 7 - 17
Island of Crete - June 18 - 28
Florence - June 30 - July 10
Provence - July 12 - 22
Barcelona - July 25 - August 4
Prague - August 6 - 16
Paris - August 18 - 28
Venice - September 2 - 12
Dublin - September 14 - 24

The workshop teaches a series of tools that teachers can implement to help their students and themselves develop their creative, collaborative, artistic, and writing skills, as well as self confidence and respect for their peers. To this end, the workshop concentrates its exercises in a number of areas, including collaboration and sharing, map making, free-form and automatic writing, day books, and storytelling.

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Promoting College Access and Success: A Review of Credit-Based Transition Programs
By Thomas Bailey and Melinda Mechur Karp
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Focusing on dual enrollment, Tech Prep, AP, IB, and middle college high schools, this report offers a comprehensive look at what is known and what is not known about this rapidly growing group of education initiatives.

Institutionalization and Sustainability of the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program
By Thomas R. Bailey, Yukari Matsuzuka, James Jacobs, Vanessa Smith Morest, and Katherine L. Hughes
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
This report examines the ability of the ATE projects and centers to meet the program's goal of having a significant and permanent influence on the host colleges and on the system of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in general.

Working Knowledge: Work-Based Learning and Education Reform
By Thomas R. Bailey, Katherine L. Hughes, and David Thornton Moore
Institute on Education and the Economy, Teachers College, Columbia University
Based on over five years of research on work-based learning in high school and community college programs across the country, Working Knowledge , published by RoutledgeFalmer, explores the potential for using work-based learning as part of a broad education reform strategy.

The Organizational Efficiency of Multiple Missions for Community Colleges
By Thomas R. Bailey and Vanessa Smith Morest
Based on a longer report, using case study research conducted at eight community colleges in five states, this CCRC Brief examines the issue of, and controversy over, the ever-expanding missions of community colleges.

For more information, you can visit the CCRC website to download publications and to sign up for free updates.

Community College Research Center
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-3091
(212) 678-3699

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Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 30 years, offers over 70 associate degrees and certificates, customized training, and continuing education. The college's 240-acre campus lies at the crossroads of central New Jersey in North Branch. In addition, an RVCC satellite site is located in Franklin Township . The college is committed to being a learning-centered college that works closely with the community to develop and offer new and innovative programs to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community and student population. The college seeks to ensure an environment that is supportive of diversity, and therefore is committed to diversity in its workforce.

RVCC welcomes applications from candidates who

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the community college philosophy;
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Identify student success and student learning as top priorities, employing innovative teaching strategies and active learning approaches;
  • Use technology as a tool for effective teaching and learning;
  • Apply learning outcomes assessment to curriculum and to teaching;
  • Are flexible in class schedule and delivery of instruction;
  • Are experienced in working with diverse populations
  • Are willing to combine primary teaching responsibilities with college initiatives and community partnerships; and
  • Are able to work cooperatively with other members of the College community .

Raritan Valley Community College invites applications for the following full-time, tenure-track faculty (instructor) positions:

Microbiology/Anatomy and Physiology
Early Childhood Education
Social Work/Sociology
Mathematics (2)
Criminal Justice
Business Management
Business Law
English as a Second Language

Applicants should submit a letter addressing how they meet the requirements of the position, along with curriculum vitae. See the RVCC website for position descriptions.

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Need an experienced, dynamic, and interactive speaker to help make your faculty-staff development successful? Let League Services provide a recognized expert to inform, inspire, and enthuse your campus. Representing a wide assortment of topics, our experienced speakers will tailor workshops to meet your organization's specific needs. If you don't see the topic you are interested in, let us know!

Why opt for a League Services speaker for your event? Here are just a few reasons:

We are committed to providing high-quality, affordable speakers.

We specialize in community colleges, so we speak your language.

Our speakers have years of experience in community college education.

Speakers cover topics ranging from preparing for accreditation to becoming more learning centered to evaluating your institution's workforce development efforts.

We offer customized programs to meet your institution's specific needs, from campuswide events to interactive small-group sessions.

When developing a program, our speakers meet with institutional leaders to solicit input that ensures the maximum possible benefit.

League speakers are now accepting engagements. Email Ed Leach to schedule your speaker now!

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"Wow! This (Appreciative Inquiry) really gets you pumped! My faculty are energized and I am more motivated than I have been in a long time." So said a faculty member/department chair after facilitating an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) session for her department. Learn how to create this kind of positive energy for change on your campus. AI has been used in over 100 organizations in more than 100 countries throughout the world. It is now moving into community colleges.

Send a team of campus leaders to a four-day workshop. Fees are highly affordable: $840 to $1,000, including materials. To learn more about Appreciative Inquiry and workshops scheduled for 2004, go to http://CenterforAppreciativeInquiry.net. To find out how to host training at your campus, contact Nancy E. Stetson.

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