July 2004
Volume 5, Number 7

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Learning Summit 2004

2004 Conference on Information Technology

League Services is Pleased to Announce Several New Topics


2004-2005 HERI Faculty Survey Administration Begins in October

Walden University Launches M.S. in Nursing Program

Change The Way You Think About Change!

How Should You Capitalize on the Retirement-on-Campus Movement?


Chemeketa Community College
Salem, Oregon

The Digital Campus—Helping to Deliver the Best Learning Experience Possible


The Leadership Dialogues: Community College
Case Studies to Consider
Larry W. Tyree, Mark David Milliron, and Gerardo E. de los Santo , Editors

Those who have dedicated their professional careers to the community college movement care greatly about the work of these institutions—institutions that serve more than 10 million students across the U.S. and millions more around the world. However, some mistakenly assume that our challenges are simply another version of those found in K-12 or university educational leadership.

For The Leadership Dialogues:Community College Case Studies to Consider, the League for Innovation in the Community College invited more than 60 distinguished leaders from across the community college field to share their experiences and give perspectives on those experiences in an effort to provide a more focused look at the work of leading in the community college. The goal with this work was to produce a practical tool for community-college-specific leadership development seminars, institutes, classes, and programs. Leadership teams at community colleges should also find these case studies useful to spur thinking and ponder challenges that may soon come their way. In short, The Leadership Dialogues endeavors to be useful to the field about which the League cares so deeply.

Each case study in this volume is structured according to context, summary of the case, questions to consider, and thoughts and analysis. Content areas include the following chapters

  • Governance;
  • Executive Leadership;
  • Administration and Finance;
  • Instructional Programs and Services;
  • Student Life;
  • Legal Issues, Politics, and Policy;
  • What? (a section on interesting and surprising experiences of community college leaders);
  • Fundraising;
  • Media;
  • Technology; and
  • Workforce, Partnerships, and Outreach

The Leadership Dialogues is the League's latest book available through the League Store.

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Sinclair President Emeritus Named CASE Distinguished Service Winner

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has named David H. Ponitz, President Emeritus of Sinclair Community College (OH), a recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to education. The award is given to honor extraordinary service to education over all, service on behalf of particular institutions, or service benefiting the field of education advancement.

The award was presented July 11, during CASE's annual assembly in San Diego.

President of Sinclair from 1975 until 1997, Ponitz also founded and headed Washtenaw Community College (MI) and Highland Community College (IL). In Illinois, he helped to create legislation that established a statewide community college system. While at Sinclair, Ponitz led three successful countywide levy campaigns in 1975, 1989 and 1998, the last of which garnered 73 percent voter approval.

Ponitz was also credited with developing corporate contracts with more than 200 companies and cofounded the Miami Valley Research Park, a hub for technology companies. The Dayton Business Journal has named Ponitz as one of the city's top 25 most influential people. He was also honored in 1999 with the Governor's Award for education.

CASE is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2004. It is the largest international association of education institutions, serving more than 3,200 universities, colleges, schools, and related organizations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and 42 other countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of education fundraising, communications and marketing, alumni relations, and advancement services.

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League for Innovation in the Community College
Presents JobNet

League JobNet is an innovative feature that provides community colleges with an efficient and effective means to post their administration and faculty positions. This job site allows individuals to search job listings by various means, as well as notifies potential job candidates of current community college administration and faculty openings.

Payment is based on the number of posts listed, and positions remain online for one month. Institutions can extend their postings for jobs currently listed on the site by contacting Wendy Neil three days prior to the posts' removal date. If you would like to post additional job openings, please submit a new submission form.  

We have updated the payment options to include Payment by Purchase Order. We are excited to offer our special introductory pricing for the summer months at $35 per post for League Alliance Members and $80 per post for non members.

Current Introductory Pricing:


JobNet Pricing



$35 per post

1 Month


$80 per post

1 Month

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League Radio League Radio Preview Edition

Experience League Radio, a web-based talk show featuring pertinent interviews and discussions on topics important to community college educators.

Ann McGeeBrenda BabitzIn this edition of League Radio, guests Ann McGee and Brenda Babitz explore the rise of fundraising in the community college field. The discussions covers a range of topics including (1) why should community colleges be involved in fundraising, (2) what kinds of giving options work best, and (3) the important roles of CEOs, Boards, and all college employees. In addition, several compelling fundraising stories help illustrate the essentials of reaching out to individuals and corporations to better support our institutions.

This edition is currently available in the free preview section of iStream, or you can link directly to the program here. Archives of all League Radio programs are available to iStream subscribers.


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Clearly Quotables

The League has just published the eagerly awaited The Leadership Dialogues: Community College Case Studies to Consider. More than 50 authors contributed their leadership experiences to this volume, in a highly readable format that treats each case by context, case summary, questions to consider, thoughts and analysis, and outcomes.

The following quotes are from the Questions to Consider sections of some of the chapters in The Leadership Dialogues.

"Should colleges abandon their workforce programs because of lack of support from the legislature and only offer A.A. transfer programs?"

Susan M. Lehr, Vice President for Government Relations at Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Florida

"What are important design principles for a strong statewide community and technical college system that should be considered in developing and proposing state policy?"

Kay McClenney, Director of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and an adjunct professor in the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin

"Should I just give the legislator's wife the position?"

Charles Spence, Chancellor of Contra Costa Community College District in Martinez, California

"Who really governs a community college?"

J. David Armstrong Jr., Chancellor, Florida Community Colleges and Workforce education in Tallahassee, Florida.

"During the last 20 years, a large number of courses that were part laboratory and part lecture were changed to an all-lecture designation, which had the effect of changing the laboratory load factor from 0.8 to 1.0. This was done without any financial planning and, because these were subtle changes over many years, the president and finance office were unaware of these changes as they were taking place. Should all of the classes that have made this change in the past 20 years be re-examined and changes made in the faculty load designation if appropriate?"

Peter D. Boyse, President of Delta College in University City, Michigan

"Should the president modify his plan to spend time in the community in favor of building relationships within the institution?"

Barbara Sloan, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tallahassee Community College, Florida

"What should be the basic philosophy of the institution toward adjuncts, and how can the college exemplify an atmosphere of inclusiveness?"

Linda Thor, President of Rio Salado Community College in Tempe, Arizona

"What would be the effects of changing the college's philosophy on intercollegiate athletics within the campus community and on the community at large?"

Scott Elliott, President of Meridian Community College in Meridian, Mississippi

"What was the responsibility of the president in this instance? Should he have told the truth to the governing board? Why did he lie?"

Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Research Professor, Arizona State University, Main, and Senior League Fellow at the League for Innovation in the Community College, Phoenix, Arizona

"Should high school and community college officials receive additional training from in-house counsel on matters surrounding the legal rights of students who retain dual status as high school-community college students?"

Patricia Grunder, Vice President for Innovation and College Advancement at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida

"In a community college setting, how should or does one balance the health, safety, and welfare of the educational community with the part of the mission of the college to provide educational access – an open door – to those motivated to pursue higher education?"

Bill Mullowney, Vice President for Policy and General Counsel at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida

"How could I get the state to recognize the importance of its community colleges?"

David C. England, former President of the Des Moines Area Community College District, Iowa

"How should the CEO deal with the press?"

James S. Kellerman, Executive Director and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association, Missouri

"What means could the president use to discover the facts about the arrest?"

Alice Villadsen, President of Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas

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Deadline Extended for the League’s
Executive Leadership Institute

The League for Innovation's Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) provides the opportunity for potential community college presidents, or those in transition, to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with outstanding community college leaders from across North America.

The program is designed as an intensive week-long experience, with format varying by topic and purpose. Participants should expect to immerse themselves in the seminar from Sunday morning until Friday noon.

Deadline for application has been extended to August 2, 2004.

Join the hundreds of graduates whose careers have taken off thanks to this remarkable professional developing and networking opportunity.

ELI BrochureTo view the latest details or download the 2004 ELI brochure and application, click here.


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Out of Every 100 Kindergartners:

Data presented by Kati Haycock, Director, The Education Trust, at Innovations keynote session, March 2, 2004.
Source: US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. March Current Population Surveys, 1971-2001, In The condition of Education 2002.

You can view Kati Haycock's PowerPoint slides here.
Subscribers to iStream can view Kati Haycock's keynote presentation in streaming video.

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Learning Summit 2004

It's not too late to register for the League's Learning Summit, August 1-3, 2004, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore! With keynote speeches by Belle Wheelen, Cindy Miles, and Mark David Milliron; two preconference workshops; more than 60 breakout sessions; tabletop exhibits from League corporate partners and friends; and a variety of opportunities to become part of this community of learners, the Learning Summit is a great way to greet the 2004-2005 academic year. The following list provides just a sample of this year's breakout topics:

  • Institutionalizing Learning: The Bridge to Becoming a Learning Campus
  • Fostering Creative and Innovative Opportunities to Stimulate Communication and Change
  • Going Beyond Grades: Using Research-Based Assessment to Improve Student Learning
  • How the Brain Naturally Learns: Natural Teaching for Natural Learning
  • Flexible Faculty in a Learning College:Retaining and Advancing New Faculty
  • An Assessment Framework for the Community College
  • Transform the Physical Environment and the Learners Will Transform Themselves
  • Reframing the Organization Around Learning
  • Transforming Community Colleges Through Leadership of Organizational Climate
  • The Personal Side of Assessment: Professional Efficacy and Individual Fulfillment
  • Electronic Performance Support Systems for Course Assignments
  • Increase Learner Motivation and Achievement Through the Promotion of Student Self-assessment Techniques
  • How Do You Know What Your Students Are Learning? Creating Assessment Plans For Student Services.
  • Building a Learning College: The Role of Integrated Planning
  • Introduction to the Learning College Paradigm: Is Your College Positioned to Become a Learning-Centered Institution?
  • Making Student Achievement Truly Visible: Standards-Based Evaluation of Student Coursework
  • Organizational Transformation: The Evolution of a Community College
  • Interaction in the Online Class: Instructor and Tutor Partnering to Facilitate Student Success
  • Keeping America 's Promise: A Report on the Future of the Community College

Register Now

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CIT 2004

2004 Conference on Information Technology

Online registration for the 2004 Conference on Information Technology (CIT), which includes an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses, is now 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 of up to 30 percent!


Hosted by Santa Fe Community College with support from Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College.

The annual CIT offers a diverse program and forward-looking exposition exploring the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges.

November 7-10, 2004
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

Accented by warm sunshine and cool bay breezes, Tampa Bay is always alluring with its numerous attractions, cultural institutions, professional and recreational sports facilities, great restaurants, rich history, nature preserves, shopping plazas, and quirky and colorful events. Orlando, the home of Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and numerous other attractions, is a short drive from Tampa. Bring the whole family and stay awhile!

Administrators, faculty, librarians, chief technology officers, webmasters, counselors and advisors, faculty development specialists, and others who care about exploring and expanding the use of information technology to improve all aspects of the educational enterprise.

If you would like additional information about the 2004 CIT, please visit http://www.league.org/2004cit/index.html or contact Ed Leach at leach@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 233.


Jeb Bush, Governor, State of Florida.


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

Judith BoettcherJudith Boettcher, Author, Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, Veteran Executive Director, Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN)

Keynote Talk Show: The State of Technology in the Community College

Walter BumphusWalter Bumphus, Chancellor, Louisiana Community and Technical College System

J. David ArmstongJ. David Armstrong Jr., Chancellor, Florida Division of Community Colleges

H. Martin LancasterH. Martin Lancaster, President, North Carolna Community College System

Mark David Milliron (Host)

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League Services is Pleased to
Announce Several New Topics

The League for Innovation provides community colleges with high-value, high-quality solutions to a variety of issues being dealt with by today's educational leaders.

The League for Innovation has added several new topics to our ever expanding list of outstanding presentations and consulting opportunities. With the addition of these new topics, we continue to provide our members access to some of the best community college leaders in the nation. These new topics are especially relevant because they represent significant issues and opportunities being faced by 21st century community college educators.

The Future of the Community College

In the Keeping America's Promise project, the League and the Education Commission of the States partnered to research and explore the future of the community college. (More information.)

Zen and the Art of Assessment: A Framework for Effective Practice

Through the use of metaphors and examples, this presentation provokes thought and promotes dialogue on effective educational practices by highlighting the importance of context and assessment in aligning actions with intentions to achieve outcomes. (More information.)

Educational Cartography: Mapping the Learning Outcomes Frontier

Using a roadmap as a metaphor, this discussion presents a philosophy and outlines a process to convert teaching intentions and implied learning assumptions into student achievements of explicit learning outcomes that are deeply grounded in institutional values and mission. (More information.)

Learning, Communication Styles, and Intergenerational Communication

Generation Xers are pushing 40, and as they rise in numbers and positions of leadership, they are bringing a different set of values and expectations to work along side long-established baby boomers and retiring traditionalists. Give your team powerful communication tools to help create immediate and collaborative solutions. (More information.)

Liberal Arts, Technical Literacy, and Computer Proficiency

Community and technical colleges stand at a real crossroads. American workers compete in a global market. This presentation helps community and technical colleges ensure the continued viability of community and technical college education and the American workforce. (More information.)

Moving From Effectiveness to Excellence

Institutional effectiveness is addressed by comparing stated institutional goals to achieved institutional results. Appropriate definitions of quality for community colleges are discussed, as are new national benchmarks for effective educational practice provided through the results of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. (More information.)

Challenges and Opportunities for Two-Year College Faculty in the New Millennium

Faculty members at two-year colleges deal daily with numerous challenges. Within these challenges lie exciting opportunities for faculty to find professional fulfillment, to serve students and their communities, and to raise their institution's profile. A noted columnist and authority on two-year colleges leads this entertaining and inspirational discussion, ideal for convocations or faculty development days. (More information.)

Academic Master Planning

There are many ways that the development of an academic master plan can be achieved, but the process selected must fit the culture and context of the institution. A specific plan of work with responsibilities and key dates is developed following preliminary decisions with and by college leaders about the process. (More information.)

In addition, we are particularly proud of the newly launched online Request a Guest Speaker or Consultant form. With the addition of this new page, it's now even easier to request a Guest Speaker or Consultant. In the coming months, we plan to unveil dozens of new topics of interest to community college educators. We hope that you will continue to consider League Services for your fall and spring convocations, faculty and staff development, and consulting needs.

For more information about League Services, including how to submit materials if you would like to be a Guest Speaker or Consultant, visit League Services or contact Ed Leach at (480) 705-8200, x233.

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2004-2005 HERI Faculty Survey Administration Begins in October

Reminder: There’s still time to register for the 2004-2005 Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Survey, the sixth in a triennial series initiated in 1989. Since 1989, over 300,000 faculty at more than 1,100 two-year and four-year colleges nationwide have participated in this research.

The HERI Faculty Survey is designed to provide colleges and universities with timely information about the attitudes, experiences, concerns, job satisfaction, workload, teaching practices, and professional activities of collegiate faculty and administrators. The 2004-2005 Faculty Survey contains a special emphasis on civic engagement and teaching and learning enhancing student skill development.

Information resulting from the survey can be used to facilitate self study and accreditation activities; inform campus planning and policy analysis; improve faculty development programs; and enrich students’ educational experiences.

In each administration year, surveys from those institutions providing the most representative samples are used to compute the national norms, which are statistically adjusted to represent the nation’s total population of approximately 441,000 full-time undergraduate faculty. Placing institutions in comparison groups based on type, control (public or private), and selectivity is a fundamental feature of creating the national norms and permits HERI to provide institutions with national normative data for faculty in similar types of institutions. Additional data services tailored to meet particular institutional needs are available for a nominal fee.

For more information about HERI’s faculty research program, please contact the HERI office at (310) 825-1925 or visit the faculty survey website: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/heri/faculty.html. Registration forms are available at: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/heri/PDFs/FAC_REG_2004.pdf.

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Walden University Launches M.S. in Nursing Program

As community colleges face the challenge of finding enough nurse educators to meet growing demand nationwide, Walden University, an accredited online institution, has announced that it is launching a Master of Science in Nursing program this fall, with specializations in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership and Management.

The program, for B.S.N.-prepared nurses, begins in September and is accepting applications now. Walden University is also accepting applications from A.D.N.-prepared nurses for an R.N.-to-M.S. in Nursing program that will begin in 2005.

Walden's M.S. in Nursing program continues a longstanding commitment by Walden University and its experienced faculty to create graduate programs that address specific issues and challenges affecting health care professionals. Other Walden health graduate degree programs include a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Public Health, a Ph.D. in Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Health Services.

The Nursing program's curricula, based on standards published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Nurses Association, are designed to address two principal needs of the profession: producing nurse educators who can expand the capability of nursing education programs to increase student enrollments and developing nurses who can assume leadership positions to improve patient services. Walden University 's online learning format, requiring no campus visits, allows nurses to earn their degree by fitting the class and field-experience assignments into their current schedules.

Walden University has become nationally recognized among community colleges with its Community College Leadership Ph.D. program, which now has over 70 doctoral students and is led by Terry O'Banion.

For more information on Walden University 's M.S. in Nursing program, interested allied health faculty should call 866-278-6036, or visit www.waldenu.edu/nursingprograms or www.degrees4nurses.com.

For more information on Walden University 's Community College Leadership Ph.D. program, interested administrators and faculty should call 866-4WALDEN.

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Change The Way You Think About Change!

Hundreds of community college leaders have changed the way they think about change. Here's your opportunity to learn how to facilitate a positive revolution in change on your campus. League for Innovation in the Community College, National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development, and Company of Experts.net announce three learning opportunities in August:

  • August 9-12, Riverton, Wyoming - Register by July 23
  • August 16-19, Lafayette/Oakland, California - Register by July 30
  • August 23-26, Enfield, Connecticut - Register by August 6

Others workshops are scheduled in California, Florida, and Michigan. See details at http://CenterforAppreciativeInquiry.net.

Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based and collaborative approach to facilitating—change in human systemsorganizations, groups, and communities—that can be rapid, sustainable, and transformative. To learn how to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry, participate in a four-day Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) designed for beginners. All leaders are welcome: CEOs, administrators, faculty, support staff, students, and trustees.  We encourage you to participate as a team of at least two people from your campus. Fees range from $840 to $1,000 per person.

We're seeking host colleges in Chicago, Raleigh/Durham, Providence/Boston and in countries outside the U.S. for 2005. To learn more about Appreciative Inquiry, including how to register for a four-day training and how to host a training, go to http://CenterforAppreciativeInquiry.net.

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How Should You Capitalize on the
Retirement-on-Campus Movement?

Based on interest by aging baby boomers, investors, and developers, retirement on campus may be a major opportunity for your community college.

Campus Continuum invites League members to a day-long briefing with thought leaders from institutions that have developed, or are thinking about developing, campus-linked retirement communities at:

  • Lasell College, in Newton, MA, on August 17 or,
  • University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, on September 30.

Campus Continuum focuses exclusively on developing residences for lifelong learners, in collaboration with academic hosts. Together with its partners, it can bring together the full array of services and capital required to enable community colleges to participate in this market. You can learn more about us by visiting our website at www.campuscontinuum.com.

During the briefing, you can hear and question recognized experts as they describe the financial and nonfinancial benefits that community colleges can accrue by partnering to develop retirement communities on or near their campuses. Take a tour of a campus-linked retirement community and speak with its directors and residents. And learn about plans to organize the Collegiate Retirement Communities Network, a consortium of schools that have built, or are thinking about building, residential communities for lifelong learners.

Our speakers have hands-on operating experience at Lasell College, Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, and the University of Michigan.

The meetings will be valuable to presidents, chief business officers, and directors of alumni relations, continuing education, and development.

You can find a copy of the invitation, agenda, and registration form at http://campuscontinuum.com/events.htm.

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Member Spotlight
Chemeketa Community College
Salem, Oregon
The Digital Campus—Helping to Deliver the Best Learning Experience Possible

Salem, Oregon-based Chemeketa Community College wanted to improve its learning experience. Consequently, the IT team faced a tough technology challenge: Unify an awkward and disconnected network of systems and applications spanning four campus locations, then turn it into an integrated and efficient self-service environment.

The team met the challenge by creating a digital campus to support learning, teaching, and achievement. Built initially with the SCT Campus Pipeline Web Platform and the SCT Banner student information system, the digital campus connects diverse constituents to a centralized network of integrated information and services. Chemeketa plans to expand the project using SCT Luminis later this summer.

“The student and staff adoption of the digital campus has exceeded all expectations,” said Bob Hunter, associate director of information technology at Chemeketa Community College.

Chemeketa students are embracing the digital campus, eagerly and conveniently accessing information and campus services. In fact, more than 78 percent of all registrations are now completed online through a portal. Chemeketa staff are also using the easy access to employee information and services, and are better able to manage course information and student enrollment data.

"Having a consistent look and feel across all our web properties has made navigation easier, and has strengthened our institutional brand," added Hunter. "Yet our digital campus allows us to personalize the online experience with varying access to information and services."

Chemeketa encourages other institutions embarking on the digital campus path to seek buy-in from many areas. To ensure the project met a range of needs, the Chemeketa IT planning committee included campus deans, IT managers, and directors of the student, human resources, finance, financial aid, and alumni departments.

The digital campus has proven to be Chemeketa's solution to ensuring that they are achieving the best learning experience possible.

If your institution would like to submit a story for the Member Spotlight section of League Connections, please contact Wendy Neil, Director, Membership Services at neil@league.org for article requirements.

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