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HIGHLIGHTS
INSIDE THE LEAGUE
 

Innovations 2005 Call for Proposal Deadline:
September 17

2004 Conference on Information Technology

iStream Preview Edition

League Services is Pleased to Announce Several New Topics

Capella University Awards Third League For Innovation Ph.D. Scholarship

NEWS & EVENTS
 

Certify at CIT: Certifications Prove Skills to Potential Employers

701 e-Learning Tips: Free Digital Book

New Nursing Program Approved for
Brookhaven College

ACRL Seeks Applications and Nominations for
Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

Adobe Super Powers: Back to School Specials & Promotions!

St. Petersburg College Adopts ANGEL
Learning Management System

This Stuff Really Works!

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
 

Lane Community College
Eugene, Oregon

40th Anniversary Brings College Vision to Life

 


Establishing a Tobacco-Free Policy on Campus:
The OTC Story

A completely tobacco-free campus is still almost unheard of. This is not to say that policymakers, students, and staff are unaware of the inherent problems of tobacco use on campus, it has just seemed an insurmountable obstacle to date. Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) in Springfield, Missouri took the leap to eradicate tobacco use from the college grounds in fall 2003 after much consideration and planning, and upon reaching the conclusion that it was just the right thing to do. OTC is among fewer than a handful of colleges nationwide that have implemented such a policy. A brief outline of the OTC strategy has been provided below.

Education and Information. Education and Information made up the primary thrust of this initiative. In cooperation with the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association, OTC faculty, staff, and students are spreading information across campus via signage, print materials, the web, classroom discussion, and word of mouth.

  • Smoking Cessation. OTC uses posters and the college website (www.otc.edu) to keep the campus community informed of smoking cessation assistance available on the campus and in the community.
  • Community Support and Involvement. The community advisory committee formed to guide the tobacco-free efforts on campus is well represented by the local health department, major local healthcare providers, chapters of the American Lung Association, Heart Association, and American Cancer Society, and the civic and business communities.
  • Policy Implementation. Project endorsements were assured from the OTC Faculty Senate, the Classified Staff Association, and the Student Government Association prior to policy implementation in August of 2003. It is the continued goal of this initiative to educate the campus community about the tobacco-free policy adopted by the OTC Board of Trustees and endorsed by faculty, staff, and the student body.

For more information about the OTC policy, implementation, or enforcement, please refer to the OTC website at www.otc.edu.

View the full report at http://www.otc.edu/League_of_Innovation.pdf.


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The Illinois Community College System
and Adult Education

The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) has released a 123-page paper, “The Illinois Community College System and Adult Education.” The document is Working Paper 5 in a series issued in conjunction with CAAL's study of the role and potential of community colleges in adult education and literacy.

The report contains an Executive Summary followed by two main sections. Part 1 provides (a) a statistical overview of the need for adult education service, the provider system, the number of students served, and the nature of service in Illinois; (b) a discussion of the nature and functioning of the community college administrative system for adult education in the state; (c) the state's system of financing adult education; (d) the process by which responsibility for adult education was transferred to the Illinois Community College Board in 2001 and the issues and outcomes this shift has produced; and (e) a summary discussion of how adult education service is provided in four Illinois community colleges. Part II of the paper includes detailed profiles of the four local community colleges studied.

Illinois is a significant model for the CAAL series, since 77 percent of adult education and literacy learners in the state are served by community colleges. It is also the largest state in which a community college authority administers adult education services.

Read the full report here.


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Clearly Quotables

More than 50 authors contributed to the recent League publication, The Leadership Dialogues: Community College Case Studies to Consider. The book presents leadership experiences in a reader-friendly format that addresses each case by context, 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 the college district accept the $8 million offer? What would you decide if the only stipulation was to not offer “immigrant classes?”

Augie Gallego, Chancellor, San Diego Community College District

“Would developing an internal program to grow our own leaders promote leaders with too-narrow viewpoints?”

Michael B. McCall, President, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

“What is the best strategy for developing partnerships with the research universities, who have been granted the leadership role in the new economy?”

James L. Hudgins, President, South Carolina Technical College System

“Was it really a case of censorship of the press or simply an application of the rights of the publisher? Is the college district really the publisher?”

J. William Wenrich, Chancellor Emeritus, Dallas County Community College District

“Should the president have directly but privately confronted the bartering trustee? How should the president have responded to the irate banking institutions?”

Larry W. Tyree, Senior League Fellow; Director, Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida and Executive Director, National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges.


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University Of Guelph-Humber:
Joint Venture for Student Success

A joint initiative between Toronto's University of Guelph and the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning has resulted in a $45 million facility and a partnership that enables students to earn honors degrees and diplomas in four years.

Under the new one-of-a-kind venture, The University of Guelph-Humber recently celebrated the opening of its new four-story, 133,130-square-foot Guelph-Humber building, financed by more than $30 million from the Ontario government's SuperBuild fund. The facility was designed to complement the university's commitment to a learner-centered environment. Most classrooms are designed for 30 to 65 students, and the entire second floor is devoted to informal learning. There are also computer classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories, an internet café, and a plant wall biofilter, a living wall that improves air quality and creates a natural source of indoor fresh air.

Guelph-Humber offers programs in business, computing, media studies, early childhood, family and community social services and justice studies. Last spring, the university announced a degree-completion program in justice studies, a model program it intends to expand to other areas.

“The University of Guelph-Humber has been designed from the start to connect students to the world outside the classroom,” Humber President Robert A. Gordon said. “It is the culmination of years of hard work and careful planning, during which the University of Guelph has been a truly dedicated partner.”

In fall 2002, The University of Guelph-Humber began offering classes taught by faculty from both institutions. The Guelph-Humber building opened last fall and has been serving some 850 first- and second-year students. The university plans to have 2,000 students by 2007.

“Our programs have been designed to meet the emerging demands of employers for strategic skills, including critical thinking, communications, computer expertise and leadership,” said David Trick, Guelph-Humber's chief executive officer. “It's a winning combination that helps students succeed.”


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What Do CEOs Want to Know About. . .
Professional development

These stats were part of the survey results released June 1, 2004, and are composed of the responses submitted by CEOs for the Alliance quarterly CEO survey service. The response rate for this survey was 28% (n=182).

Does your institution offer professional development opportunities for various employee groups?

Percentage of institutions that provide professional development opportunities per employee group:

  • Administrators = 98%
  • Faculty = 99%
  • Professional Staff (nonfaculty) = 98%
  • Classified Staff = 97%
  • None = 0%

If yes, please indicate which types of activities are provided for the various employee groups.

Is professional development rewarded and/or compensated at your institution?

Percentage of institutions that reward or compensate professional development per employee group:

  • Administrators = 73%
  • Faculty = 88%
  • Professional Staff (nonfaculty) = 75%
  • Classified Staff = 71%
  • None = 11%


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Sinclair's IT Solutions Wins National Award

EDUCAUSE LogoSinclair Community College's online student success planning project has been named one of two recipients of the EDUCAUSE Award for Excellence in Information Technology Solutions.


Sinclair's Student Services and Information Technology staff collaborated to create a system combining student success counseling with online support serving both students and counselors. Faced with statistics showing high rates of dropout for first year students, Sinclair's Student Success Planning System provides tools for counselors to proactively identify students at risk, develop an individualized plan for each student including course selections or service referrals, and track student progress. Students also receive to-do lists to help them in following up on counselors' recommendations.

The awards committee noted that Sinclair's “advising and counseling system is exciting and effective, yielding impressive student retention rates and valuable new research tools that will be of interest to many other institutions in our community.”

EDUCAUSE's award program for Excellence in Information Technology Solutions honors original and creative campus projects that apply emerging technologies to improve the scholarship, service, or management practices and policies of the institution or that have the potential for changing the technology infrastructure so that new technology solutions become possible. Such projects may serve the institution itself or its external constituency. Other EDUCAUSE awards recognize excellence in the specific areas of teaching and learning on an enterprisewide scale, of networking, and of administrative information systems.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Membership is open to institutions of higher education, corporations serving the higher education information technology market, and other related associations and organizations. EDUCAUSE programs include professional development activities, print and electronic publications, strategic policy initiatives, research, awards for leadership and exemplary practices, and a wealth of online information services.

 


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Innovations 2005 Call for Proposal
Deadline: September 17

The League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at Innovations 2005, March 6-9, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. Hosted by Monroe Community College and Queensborough Community College.

The hotel is just steps from Times Square in the heart of the Theater District and within walking distance of Fifth Avenue shopping, Lincoln Center, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Carnegie Hall.

The Innovations conference incorporates ideas, initiatives, and inspirations from seven key streams into the broader conference goal of encouraging and facilitating student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

The conference features Forums, Roundtables, Learning Center Courses, and Poster Session presentations for each Innovations stream, along with General Session Keynotes and an Exhibition aimed at inspiring innovation and productive change in all areas of community colleges.


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CIT 2004

2004 Conference on Information Technology

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

UPDATES

It's Confirmed!

Jeb Bush, Governor, State of Florida, will deliver a keynote address at the 2004 Conference on Information Technology. Governor Bush's address is scheduled for 1:45–3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2004.

Additional Keynote Speakers 

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

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

 

Keynote Talk Show:

The State of Technology in the Community College

J. David Armstrong Jr., Chancellor, Florida Division of Community Colleges; Walter Bumphus, Chancellor, Louisiana Community and Technical College System; H. Martin Lancaster, President, North Carolina Community College System; Mark David Milliron (Host), President and CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College

Learning Center Course Titles and Descriptions Are Now Available

Learning Center Courses provide in-depth coverage of current topics in information technology and are facilitated by recognized leaders. Enrollment for Learning Center Courses is limited, so register early!

Special Session Titles and Descriptions Are Now Available

Special sessions are diverse and exciting presentations that provide a focused discussion about particularly innovative and timely topics. Conference registration fees provide admission to all conference Special Sessions.

Tentative List of Presentation Titles

We are in the process of developing the Conference Program and anticipate providing a first draft by mid-September. However, in the meantime, you may view a tentative list of presentations, which may assist individuals who require details of the conference in order to obtain travel support.

WHAT:
Celebrating 20 years of excellence, the League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT) offers a diverse program and cutting-edge exposition exploring the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges.

WHEN:
November 7-10, 2004

WHO:
Administrators, faculty, and staff who want to explore and discuss the use of information technology to improve all aspects of educational institutions.

WHY:
The benefits of attending CIT are as numerous and as diverse as the participants themselves.

  • Discuss strategies, solutions, and technologies with colleagues facing similar issues and concerns.
  • Hear first hand what international experts have to say about important issues facing community and technical colleges.
  • Learn about the latest technology innovations and approaches that help accelerate learning.
  • Experience hands-on and demonstration sessions designed by and for new and experienced educators.
  • Compare the products and services of leading vendors in hours instead of weeks or months.
  • Expand your professional connections while exchanging advice and real-world experiences at receptions and other networking opportunities.
  • Embrace fresh perspectives and return to your campus rejuvenated and enthused.
  • Gain insight into how to leverage technology to help your institution reach its potential.
  • Learn about emerging technologies and their implications that may affect your job in the future.

Regardless of your campus responsibilities, whether you're a novice seeking solutions to everyday challenges or an experienced professional interested in learning about the latest educational advances, you'll find useful information and practical tips that will help you do your job more effectively.

WHERE:
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!
http://www.visittampabay.com/

HOW:
Online registration for the 2004 Conference on Information Technology, which includes an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses, is now available! Early registration helps ensure that you take advantage of discounts up to 30 percent.

GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!
Below are details regarding group conference registration discounts for the 2004 CIT. Learning Center Courses require an additional registration and are not discounted.

 

On or Before October 8

Board Members

30 or more participants ($175)
20-29 participants ($225)
10-19 participants ($275)
9 or fewer participants ($325)

Alliance Members

30 or more participants ($225)
20-29 participants ($275)
10-19 participants ($325)
9 or fewer participants ($375)

Non-League Alliance Members

30 or more participants ($275)
20-29 participants ($325)
9-19 participants ($375)
8 or fewer participants ($425)

Early Registration Deadline: October 8, 2004

If you need additional information, please contact Ed Leach.

iStream LogoPreview Edition

LENS LogoLearning Exchange Networks (LENs) is a professional development program designed by and for faculty. The program includes six modules, Creating a Positive Learning Environment, Developing Learning Outcomes and Competencies, Selecting Teaching and Learning Strategies, Enhancing Teaching and Learning Using Educational Technologies, Classroom Assessment: Formative Strategies, and Instructional Evaluation: Summative Strategies.

An example program is currently available in the free preview section of iStream, or you can link directly to the program here. All LENS Professional Development Programs are available to iStream subscribers.


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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 confronting today's educational leaders.

The League for Innovation regularly adds new topics to our list of outstanding presentations and consulting opportunities. With the addition of these new topics, we again 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. We hope that you will continue to consider League Services for your fall and spring convocations, faculty and staff development, and consulting needs.

Presentations

Global Change and Higher Education's Challenge

Dramatic change affects every part of our lives. Global economic and social change challenge the U.S., security and safety concerns for our citizenry leap at us from our newspapers, and environmental and many other issues face us daily. As higher education, and particularly community colleges, prepare and support a new generation of leaders, parents, and workers, our challenge is to generate a responsive curriculum and appropriate leadership. The presenter facilitates a discussion about how to meet this challenge by building on successes and leading from our strengths and our hearts.

Thriving in an Environment of Constant Change

This presentation begins by reviewing macro trends influencing changes in higher education particularly linked to student engagement and retention and changes in workplace and workforce demographics. Exploring the theme of achieving excellence in the face of change, participants view a model for managing and working with complex change and end with a discussion about principles for working effectively in a constantly changing environment.

Universal Design for Learning

Over the last few years, there has been considerable literature in journals and books about the theoretical constructs of Universal Design as it applies to learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) promotes the presentation of classroom materials in multiple formats and is seen as a pedagogical style that is flexible and suited to the many learning styles of students. UDL is based on the premise that alternatives to traditional instruction and assessment serve to enhance the learning for individuals from diverse backgrounds as well as for those with a range of abilities and disabilities. This workshop

  • Examines the changing nature and demographics of students in higher education,
  • Introduces the theoretical constructs of UDL,
  • Demonstrates practical and technological UDL applications,
  • Explores teaching strategies and applications, and
  • Provides an opportunity for faculty to begin to examine their own curriculum.

Critical Legal Issues in Distance Education

This workshop, designed especially for educators who deliver instruction at a distance, focuses on the practical aspects of legal issues in distance education. A speaker with community college teaching experience, dean-level administrative experience, online teaching experience, and online course development experience is able to cover copyright issues from all angles. Presentations and workshops are available on "Critical Legal Issues in Distance Education," geared to faculty needs or for the entire college.

"Critical Legal Issues in Distance Education" emphasizes copyright fundamentals for online course delivery and the new TEACH ACT, which has finally become law. The workshop facilitator provides background knowledge about copyright notice, copyright protections, copyright duration, copyright registration, and internet-related copyright issues. Fair-use doctrine, public domain, lost copyright, and intellectual property are also covered. In the workshop format, participants use a focus-group process to collaboratively develop correct answers to case-study scenarios encompassing legal issues in distance education.

Consulting

Homeland Security Assessment

Homeland security readiness for an institution can be addressed by conducting a campuswide self-assessment. This workshop involves the assessment of an institution's homeland security vulnerabilities to ensure the institution's readiness during turbulent times. A two-day workshop based on the homeland security assessment manual written by the workshop facilitator provides a security check for an institution's homeland security efforts. The workshop includes

  • A quality check for an institution's homeland security readiness and vulnerabilities,
  • A method for conducting a campuswide homeland security self-assessment based on Baldrige Criteria,
  • A process to benchmark other organizations' homeland security efforts,
  • A template to develop a campuswide homeland security plan,
  • A strategic planning guide for the institution's short-term and longer-term homeland security planning, and
  • A scoring system for institutions to gauge their homeland security readiness based on the National Color-Coded Homeland Security Advisory System.

In addition, the following presentations and consulting options continue to be extremely popular and well received:

Presentations

Learning and the Brain

Brain research has led to dramatic findings about the nature of learning. The challenge for educators today is to understand this research and translate these findings into research-based practices in the classroom. This workshop is designed to help instructors energize and enhance instruction while addressing individual differences. The facilitator illustrates the nature of the brain and its variability and provides instructors with strategies for addressing those differences.

Learning on a Budget

The increasing focus on learning and accountability has many community colleges looking for ways to become more learning centered and demonstrate to stakeholders that learning is indeed occurring on their campuses. Although transformational efforts often seem to require additional resources to be effective, colleges that are renewing their focus on learning are finding that they can do so on existing and even diminishing budgets. This presentation provides ways community colleges are using the focus on learning to allocate increasingly scarce resources and identify and develop nontraditional revenue streams.

Learning-Centered Education

In 2000, the League began a project designed to help community colleges become more learning centered, and we are now ready to share the experience with other community colleges. Drawing from lessons learned and extensive research, the League developed a methodology that can help your community college increase its understanding of learning-college principles, increase its understanding of the advantages and challenges of adopting a learning-centered approach to education, explore ways in which your college is learning centered, identify areas in which your college could become more learning centered, and create a preliminary action agenda for formally beginning the journey.

Consulting Coaching/Mentoring

Our Coaches and your employees work together to address professional or personal issues, identify personal and institutional goals, and create viable solutions. Coaches do not fix problem employees, but rather help them work on rough edges by providing honest and direct reflection about how their behavior affects others in their surroundings. Coaching consists of a series of structured, one-on-one, confidential interactions between a Coach and the employee, aimed at enhancing the employee's job performance. Working consistently with a Coach on a confidential and regular basis helps to identify and clear roadblocks, unlock potential, cement new skills, and fill in gaps between where employees are and where they would like to be.

Assessing Your College's Fundraising Program

With economic stagnation and diminished tax revenues depleting the coffers of state and local governments, community colleges must look beyond the public sector to fund their educational missions. Accordingly, community college presidents are increasingly reliant on their college foundations to develop new external income sources. 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. The final audit offers concrete recommendations and timelines for revamping your program and achieving the desired annual and long-term outcomes.

Information Technology Planning

An experienced consultant facilitates a strategic planning process that addresses the needs of all instructional, administrative, and student users, examining the full range of available and possible computing technologies and services. Employed is a planning process that ensures communication among a diverse community of campus computer users. The facilitator does not bring preformulated priorities, vendor bias, or easy answers, but provides technical and planning assistance for establishing goals, priorities, and strategies developed by student, faculty, administrative, and staff end users, thereby building ownership of the plan and support for implementation.

Student Services: Time to Put Students First

The notion of Students First is a relatively simple concept that should permeate every formal and informal decision made at community colleges. Every decision gets a simple acid test: Is this decision, policy, procedure, or action in the best interest of students? The consultant meets with students, lead administrators, student services department heads, IT staff who support student services systems, and other individuals as appropriate. At the conclusion, a Final Report is submitted that consists of specific recommendations for improvement and suggested resources.

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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Capella University Awards Third League For Innovation Ph.D. Scholarship

Brookhaven College Health and Human Services Department Dean
Recognized For Innovative Curriculum Design

Capella LogoCapella University, an accredited online university headquartered in Minneapolis, and the League for Innovation in the Community College have announced that Juanita Zapata Flint is the recipient of the university's third League for Innovation Scholarship.

The League for Innovation Scholarship recognizes the innovative accomplishments of educators in community colleges across the country and awards three years of tuition in Capella University's Ph.D. program. The scholarship is valued at $50,000 and also includes residential colloquia.

Flint, dean of the Brookhaven College Department of Health and Human Services, was awarded the scholarship in recognition of her innovative ground-up design for a new Registered Nursing curriculum, the redesign of the Emergency Medicine Technician program, and her more than 20 years of dedication to the education of nurses and emergency medical technicians in the Dallas Community College District (TX).

"My grandparents immigrated to Texas from Mexico,” Flint commented. “My father picked his way out of the cotton fields. They all taught me what I teach my students: ‘Education is the key to better choices.' I'm overwhelmed and grateful for this opportunity.” Flint began her career as a cardiovascular nurse and was recruited in 1976 to teach in the Dallas Community College District.

To fulfill her personal goal of becoming the vice president of instruction for Brookhaven College, Flint will pursue her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership through Capella University's School of Education.

"This is very good news for our community and for the students who will benefit from her preparation in a fine program,” said Alice Villadsen, Brookhaven College president.

About Capella University

Capella University is an online academic institution accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in 1993 to serve working adults and employers, Capella University offers degree programs and certificates in business, technology, education, human services and psychology. Today the university serves more than 10,000 enrolled adult learners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Central to Capella's approach are achievement-oriented learners, expert faculty, and a university staff that is passionate about each individual's success. Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit www.capellauniversity.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227-3552).

For more information about the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, visit www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.


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Certify at CIT: Certifications Prove
Skills to Potential Employers

When your student walks in for a job interview, she feels a little nervous, yet she is confident. She has studied hard, learned the curriculum, and knows she can make her way in the business world. Plus, she has an edge on the competition: She's certified.

Discriminating employers look for evidence on resumes that a job candidate possesses the skills he or she may claim to have. In a highly competitive job market filled with candidates of similar qualifications, a certification can help students stand out from the pack. A study conducted in 2001 revealed that seven out of 11 participating employers believe certification helps simplify hiring decisions. Such a distinction could be crucial.

Certiport® will be providing CIT 2004 attendees with the opportunity to preview and earn the following certifications during the conference:

  • Microsoft® Office Specialist: Each program of the world's most-used office suite is its own certification. Choose to certify in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook 2002, or earn multiple certifications at the conference. To learn more about Office Specialist, click here.
  • Certiport's Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3): IC3 is a global standard in digital literacy developed by 270 subject-matter experts from around the world. Choose from three exams (Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online), or certify by passing all three. To find out more about IC3, click here.

Special conference pricing is exclusive to CIT attendees. Test on Microsoft Office Specialist for $40 per exam and only $20 per exam for IC 3. Conference attendees can pay by credit card through a preregistration site or on the conference floor. To make sure you are notified when the preregistration site launches next month, email events@certiport.com, Subject: CIT Testing. You will be on a list for advance notification to reserve a slot before they are filled.

Certiport logo


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701 e-Learning Tips: Free Digital Book

701 LogoWe all love practical tips from learning colleagues! The MASIE Center has assembled a free downloadable digital book, based on your great tips:
701 e-Learning Tips.


It is a large file loaded with hundreds of ideas and experiences from learning and training professionals around the world. Download the entire book free (140 pages and 13 megabytes). You can print it out, share it with colleagues, or read the PDF file on your computer screen.

http://www.masie.com/701tips/

We are proud to pioneer this new model of publishing, and we welcome your feedback. Over 100,000 copies of this book will be distributed worldwide this week.

New Nursing Program Approved for
Brookhaven
College

The Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) for the State of Texas has unanimously approved Brookhaven College's application for initial accreditation of an associate degree nursing program. The BNE's vote was the final approval needed for Brookhaven's first class of 30 students, which begins this fall. Intensive preparation and documentation began more than 18 months ago, when Brookhaven leaders decided to pursue a program to help address the Texas nursing shortage.

The BNE has a mission to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding a license as a nurse in the state is competent to practice safely. Headed by Linda R. Rounds, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P., president, the board has 12 other members from across the state. Go to http://www.bne.state.tx.us, for more information.

The new program is led by Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean for Health and Human Services Division, and Sue McLelland, associate dean for nursing.


ACRL Seeks Applications and Nominations for
Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) seeks applications and nominations for the next Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, recognizing college, community college, and university libraries.

This award recognizes academic librarians and staff who work together as a team to develop academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions.

Academic libraries may demonstrate excellence through one or more of the following criteria, or in other ways that reflect the purpose and philosophy of this award:

  • Creativity and innovation in meeting the needs of their academic community
  • Leadership in developing and implementing exemplary programs that other libraries can emulate
  • Substantial and productive relationships with classroom faculty and students

For more information about the award, including the guidelines and the application process, please visit the award website at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlawards/excellenceacademic.htm


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Adobe Super Powers: Back to School
Specials & Promotions!

Adobe LogoAdobe Creative Suite - Super savings on super software for print and web publishing
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Featuring new versions, new features, and new ways to make your video productions stand out, the Adobe Video Collection 2.5 Professional includes an integrated set of five superpowerful tools ­ Adobe Premiere® Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects® 6.5 Professional, Adobe Audition™ 1.5, Adobe Encore™ DVD 1.5, and Adobe Photoshop CS software ­ now available at a new, introductory price for students and educators.

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Whether you share files across campus or around the globe, Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional software enables students, faculty, and staff to simplify document exchange and output. Create Adobe Portable Document (PDF) files that look just like your original documents, share and mark up files via e-mail, and protect confidential information and academic work. Buy now and get a special $30 rebate offer for educators.  

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St. Petersburg College Adopts ANGEL
Learning Management System

St. Petersburg College, one of the largest postsecondary institutions in the State of Florida, has adopted CyberLearning Labs, Inc.'s ANGEL to serve its more than 60,000 students.  

“The college's LMS selection committee developed a rigorous process to objectively compare the systems on the market,” said Alan Shapiro, St. Petersburg College educational technologist and LMS selection committee chair. “ANGEL rose to the top in each area the committee identified as critical, ease of use, flexible architecture, and rich feature set.” 

St. Petersburg College is a comprehensive, public institution with 10 learning sites throughout Pinellas County, Florida.  It offers associate and bachelor degrees, technical certificates, applied technology degrees, and continuing education programs. The college received the 2004 Instructional Technology Council Award for Excellence in Distance Education for Outstanding Distance Education Programs.  St. Petersburg College's commitment to excellence and varied programming demand an LMS that is effective in a wide range of uses.

“SPC developed a thorough process for evaluating available systems,” said Christopher Clapp, CyberLearning Labs president and CEO. “We are pleased the college selected ANGEL and look forward to continuing the collaborative relationship that evolved during the selection process.”

CyberLearning Labs, Inc. develops and markets, ANGEL, the enterprise learning management system that combines an open and flexible architecture with a complete set of easy-to-use features. The company grew out of the Advanced Research and Technology Institute at Indiana University after ANGEL was developed in the CyberLab of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Now the fastest growing learning management system, ANGEL customers include Penn State University, Michigan State University, Kentucky Virtual University, Providence College, and TIAA-CREF. Visit the CyberLearning Labs website at www.cyberlearninglabs.com.


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This Stuff Really Works!

That's what Kathy Hart, Dean of Planning, Research, and Regional Education at San Joaquin Delta College (CA) had to say after her college used Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a collaborative strength-based approach to change, for strategic planning. Many other community colleges in the U.S. and Canada are using Appreciative Inquiry for whole systems group and organizational changes, including institutional dialogue in their self-studies for accreditation. The AI approach heightens energy, sharpens vision, and inspires action for change without resistance. To learn more about AI, go to http://CenterforAppreciativeInquiry.net and attend a four-day AI Facilitator Training (AIFT) cosponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development, and Company of Experts.net:  

  • August 23-26, 2004 — Hosted by Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT (register late by emailing nancy@sonic.net
  • September 13-16, 2004 — Hosted by Baker College System, Detroit-Allen Park, MI
  • October 4-7, 2004 — Hosted by All Saints' Academy, Winter Haven, FL
  • January 10-13, 2005 — Hosted by California State University, Sacramento, CA
  • January 18-21, 2005 — Hosted by Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
  • January 30-February 3, 2005 — Hosted by University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM - tentative
  • May 9-12, 2005 — Hosted by Indian River Community College, Port St. Lucie, FL

Other AIFTs will be announced as scheduled. To find out how to host a training on your campus, click on Host an AIFT at http://CenterforAppreciativeInquiry.net.


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Member Spotlight
Lane Community College
Eugene, Oregon

40th Anniversary Brings College Vision to Life

The 40th anniversary of Lane Community College is bringing the college's vision statement to life through the stories of alumni, staff, and others. They're sharing what "Transforming Lives Through Learning" means to them.

Four alumni will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards this fall and will share their stories at a community open house and a fundraising dinner. Their stories also will be featured on the covers of the year's quarterly class schedules.

Oral histories are being recorded for the college archives (see http://www.lanecc.edu/archives/History40th.html). For example, Bob Ackerman remembers bucking bales when Lane was just a hayfield. He went on to serve two terms on Lane's board and is now a state legislator.

A 40th anniversary calendar features successful alums such as Sue Prichard. She was a single mom on welfare who now runs a successful commercial real estate firm. "Lane provided an amazingly nurturing environment that supported the whole person rather than just the person who goes to school," she said. "I went from a dead-end future to one of unlimited opportunity."

A testimonials video shares still more stories. One interviewee is Dale Parnell, Lane's founding president and former director of the American Association of Community Colleges. Another is Michael Samano, Lane's first ethnic studies coordinator. During each of the college's 40 years, at least one member of Michael's family has been on staff or a student at Lane, including his stepfather's parents, an aunt and uncle, his father and mother, his sister, and a cousin.

These stories show the heart of "Transforming Lives Through Learning." It's a great way to commemorate a 40th anniversary.

Lane Community College was established October 19, 1964, when citizens voted by a five-to-one margin to form the college district.


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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