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September 2004
Volume 5, Number 9

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JobNet – Opening the door to the future

Innovations 2005 Call for Proposal Deadline:
September 17

New League Publication

League Services

Exhibit at the CIT College Pavilion

Project SAIL Update


Project WISE at Monroe Supports Rochester Area Science Teachers

Call for Proposals

Adobe Super Powers: Back to School Specials & Promotions!

Collaboratively Build on Your College's Strengths Without the Usual Resistance to Change!


J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College


CIT 2004

Register Now for the 2004 Conference on
Information Technology!

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

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.



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


Closing Panel:

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

November 7-10, 2004

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

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.

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!


3D HoloProjection Demonstrations

Back by popular demand! 3D HoloProjection (3DH) is a futuristic technology being introduced into learning environments to create more immersive and realistic learning experiences. 3DH provides the capability to visually remove a physical room and replace it with a created or real multidimensional visual environment.

Emerging and Future Educational Technology

Sessions targeted toward this focus area will 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.

Get Certified: IC³ Certification Lab

Conference participants can earn a Microsoft Office Specialist or IC3 certification while getting a firsthand look at the leading certifications in digital literacy and business-application expertise.

League for Innovation and National Association of Manufacturers Collaboration

The League for Innovation and the Center for Workforce Success, the education and training arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), have entered into a collaboration to promote the sharing of best practices, emerging technologies, significant trends, cutting-edge solutions, and other important considerations facing manufacturing technology educators at community and technical colleges.

For additional information, visit or contact Ed Leach at or (480) 705-8200, x233.

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League Transitions

Mark David MillironThe League Board of Directors regrets to announce that beginning in October, the President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, Mark David Milliron, will be stepping down. After close to eight years of work with the League (, Mark will be making a move to ground his family in North Carolina and continue his work in the education world in another capacity.

League Board Chair and President of Central Piedmont Community College, Tony Zeiss, noted that “Mark put together an exemplary staff and moved League services to an entirely new level. The combination of his intellect, professional skill, and business acumen made him an outstanding CEO. Mark is the man of the hour, and we will all miss him.”

Mark has accepted a position as Executive Director, Americas' Education Practice, with the SAS Institute ( SAS is the largest private software company in the world ($1.3 billion) and is an industry leader in decision support systems, analytics, and customer relationship management. They support academic programs; financial, student service, and instructional software solutions; and targeted philanthropy in the K-Ph.D. arena. The corporate offices for SAS are in Cary, NC, which moves Mark closer to his extended family, while allowing him to stay active in education innovation, outreach, and philanthropy. The League Board of Directors will keep a tight affiliation with Mark, naming him a Senior League Fellow to aid in the transition. In this position, he will serve as a key advisor to the League on continuing projects and activities.

Gerardo E. de los SantosThe League Board has named Gerardo E. de los Santos the Interim CEO. Gerardo currently serves as the League's Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Zeiss noted, “This move will allow for the great work of the League to continue without skipping a beat.” Gerardo will continue leading the outstanding League for Innovation staff in Phoenix and working with League constituencies nationally and internationally.

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Kuali Project Announcement

Indiana University, the University of Hawaii, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and the r•smart group have formed the Kuali Project to create a new community source financial information system for colleges and universities. The system will include a comprehensive suite of functionality to serve the financial systems needs of all Carnegie Class institutions.

Like the Sakai Project, the Open Source Portfolio Initiative (OSPI), Chandler/Westwood, and a growing list of others, the Kuali Project will pool institutional investments and other resources to develop the software using open-source practices. It will be available to all under a no-fee, open-open license that does not restrict its further development or commercial involvement.

The Kuali Project developed from the insights of a planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to NACUBO. The planning grant assessed higher education's readiness for an open source financial system project and its applicability across various sized colleges and universities.

The Kuali Project Partners will contribute staff and services worth more than $2.5 million during the two-year development timeframe. These contributed resources will be coordinated into a single team working under the direction of a board of governance. College and university partners that wish to be a part of the initial design and development phase are invited to consider joining the Kuali Project. The Open Knowledge Initiative (O.K.I.) and the uPortal (JA-SIG) consortium round out the consulting partners for the project. Partners will be implementing some or all of the software at their institutions.

“The University of Hawaii is pleased to be able to work with our colleagues at NACUBO and IU as founding partners in creating this system,” said David Lassner, CIO, University of Hawaii. “UH sees clear advantages in investing in ourselves and our own ability to meet our institutional requirements in a cost-effective manner through collaboration.”

“Such partnering can address many of the concerns that fiscal officers in higher education have about the life-cycle costs of acquiring, maintaining and operating these kinds of systems,” said Barry Walsh, managing director of Financial Management Services, Indiana University.

The Kuali Project will create software that addresses such functional elements as Flexible Chart of Accounts, General Ledger, General Accounting, Accounts Receivable, Capital Asset Management, Pre and Post-Award Administration, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Cash Receipting and Disbursement, Travel Requisition and Reimbursement, Auxiliary Accounting, Web-based e-Commerce, Budget Construction, and Administration. The design will be an enhancement of the proven functionality of Indiana University 's Financial Information System. Extensive data warehousing and decision support tools will be an integral part of the system with full compliance for FASB and GASB reporting.

An important element of the Kuali Project software will be its modular architecture. Institutions can implement only those functional elements that meet their needs. This modularity and a highly flexible Chart of Accounts will enable the software to be scaled to meet the needs of complex multicampus research-intensive institutions as well as small private, liberal arts, or community colleges.

Users will access the software via an enhanced version of the popular uPortal system now in wide use by higher education and businesses. Colleges and universities will have the ability to choose the system components they wish to make available to their campuses and offer additional types of university services via the port al.

The open-source nature of the project will give information technology professionals across the nation the ability to engage in continuous improvement and innovation for application software, such as that witnessed for Linux and Apache. This will enable them to give fiscal officers and all members of their university communities web-based tools to conveniently execute their college and university responsibilities. And it will provide program managers and administrators with ready access to current information for analysis and decision making.

Indiana University:
University of Hawaii:
r•smart group:
Kuali Project:

For further information regarding the Kuali Project, contact Barry Walsh (

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Last iStream LogoCharter Subscription Opportunity

Find out what more than 100 community colleges have already discovered with their iStream subscriptions. iStream is the League's powerful new web-based professional development tool for college administrators, faculty, and staff. This state-of-the-art tool offers users an abundance of resources and information, including LENs faculty development materials, all League publications, CIT and Innovations keynote and special sessions, interactive discussion forums, the Innovations Database, LeagueRadio, and much more.

Just added to iStream are the newest League publications, Turning Knowledge into Action: What's Data Got to Do With It? and The Leadership Dialogues: Community College Case Studies to Consider. Coming soon is a new edition of the best-selling Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, as well as Appreciative Inquiry in the Community College: Early Stories of Success.

Subscribe your college today for a full school year of access to iStream by visiting or contact Greg Luce at or 480-705-8200, ext.237. You can get a free preview of iStream by visiting and clicking on Free Preview.

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National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education

Larry Warford, College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI) Project Director and Senior Consultant for Workforce Development, League for Innovation, will present “Encouraging Practices for Linking Secondary and Postsecondary Education” during a webcast from the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, The Ohio State University, 3:00 p.m. EDT, September 21, 2004. You can view the webcast from any computer with internet access at Those unable to view the webcast live can see the archived webcast on the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education website at

Warford will provide examples of promising transition strategies and techniques from selected sites participating in the College and Career Transitions Initiative, led by the League. He will provide an overview of the CCTI approach to student transitions to postsecondary education and to work. The webcast will also feature interviews with CCTI personnal at Anne Arundel Community College (MD), the Medical Education Campus at Northern Virginia Community College, and Sinclair Community College, (OH).

Warford's community college career consists of over 30 years of a wide range of teaching and administrative experience. He has been an administrator at Lane Community College since 1978, serving as Vice President for Instruction and Vice President for Community and Economic Development as well as other leadership positions there. Prior to joining Lane, Warford was a consultant for the American Association of Community Colleges. He began his community college career in Iowa, where he helped establish Iowa Central Community College and served in numerous leadership positions for that college. Warford has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Oregon and a master's and a bachelor's Degree in Business and Education from the University of Northern Iowa.

Viewers of the webcast may ask questions by signing up, at no charge, for a WebBoard Account at The chat room allows viewers to submit questions during the presentation. Please allow ample time, as the account must be validated by an email confirmation. Questions can be presubmitted by linking to

To subscribe or unsubscribe from this email list, please visit this web page: or send an email to

The work reported herein was supported under the National Dissemination for Career and Technical Education, PR/Award (No.V051A990004) and/or under the National Research Center PR/Award (No.V51A990006) as administered by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U. S. Department of Education. However the contents do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education or the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. The National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education and the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education are funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

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Clearly Quotables

"In 1999, the suggestion to a class of graduate students in educational administration that, by 2010, all campus courses would be a combination of face-to-face and online components was met with disbelief. By 2004, students were generally surprised if a course did not have online components and a website associated with the class."

Judith Boetcher and Rita-Marie Conrad, Faculty Guide to Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, Second Edition. (in press). Phoenix: League for Innovation in the Community College. Scheduled for release November 2004.

"With emphasis on equality of educational opportunity rather than equality of economic outcomes, individual educational performance ultimately determines access to income and benefits."

Anthony P. Carnevale and Donna M. Desrochers (2004). Why Learning? The Value of Higher Education to Society and the Individual. In K. Boswell and C. D. Wilson, Eds., Keeping America's Promise: A Report on the Future of the Community College , p. 43. Available:

"It is insufficient to rely on administrative data alone to examine the quality and effectiveness of educational systems. Indicators based on aggregated administrative data typically provide information on inputs to the educational system, such as the number of students, teachers, and the levels of financial resources invested. These are often used as indirect measures, or proxies, of educational quality or outcomes. However, it is important to examine direct measures of educational quality, especially in terms of learning outcomes, as the ultimate goal of providing access to education is for children to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the future."

UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2004). Global Education Digest 2004: Comparing Education Statistics Across the World, p. 31. Montreal: Author. Available:

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Innovative Open Source Summit to Be Held in
Scottsdale, Arizona December 1-3, 2004

open source adThe Sedona Conferences and Conversations, together with the r•smart group, will be hosting the first summit of its kind focusing on the benefits of open-source applications in education.

Chairman of r•smart John Robinson says, “The open-source alternative to proprietary software is rapidly changing the options available for campus software. The Open Source Summit will feature structured discussions about the open-source movement in education by members of the education community.”

The Open Source Summit is being sponsored by the individual speakers and their institutions for the purpose of sharing their experiences and recommendations on open source adoption on campus. Issues being addressed include open source as it impacts learning processes, development options, the economics for technology on campus, and international participation in campus systems.

The Open Source Summit will feature keynote addresses by John Seeley Brown, author and former Director of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and Steven Weber, Director of the Institute of International Studies at University of California at Berkeley and author of The Success of Open Source. The Summit will also feature a keynote address by educational thought leader Paul Elsner, Chancellor Emeritus of the Maricopa Community College District and founder of the Sedona Conferences and Conversations.

Dr. Elsner says, “The incorporation of open-source applications into education is an idea whose time has come. All of the conditions are right for open source to become a viable technology alternative that fundamentally changes the way that decision makers think about vendor relationships. This summit is an event with huge implications for institutions desiring to raise their technology standards while at the same time containing costs and applying those savings to improving the overall educational experience.”

open source adMore information on the Open Source Summit and registration can be found at

About the Sedona Conferences and Conversations

Over the past few years, the Sedona Conference has assembled leading digital and multimedia experts from around the world for an extraordinary examination of multimedia advancements, digital technologies, and educational themes for understanding the future and higher education in the new millennium. The goal of the Sedona Conference is to assist leaders in understanding and comprehending new developments in multimedia; the merging of education, technology, and entertainment; understanding future change; and exchanging ideas and innovations with educational leaders and industry change agents.

Please visit for more information.

About the r•smart group

The r•smart group is the leading full-service provider of open-source solutions for education. We facilitate and actively participate in the implementation of open-source projects. The r•smart group develops and delivers leading-edge open-source technology, services, and support for the education marketplace. Our products and services allow the control and customization of product design, lower costs, and encourage tapping into a global open-source community that drives mutual support and application evolution. Our customers include noted colleges, universities, and education associations.

Please visit for more information.

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What Do CEOs Want to Know About...
Workforce Development

These stats were part of the survey results released February 27, 2004, and are composed of the responses submitted by CEOs for the Alliance quarterly CEO survey service. The response rate for this survey was 30% (n=201).

98% of CEOs surveyed reported increased efforts in easing student transition from secondary schools into career programs over the past 5 years. The chart below represents the strategies employed by those institutions.

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Do You Know the Next Recipient of the
ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award?  

There is a good chance that you do!

ACRL/CJCLS seeks applicants and nominations for the next CJCLS/EBSCO Community College Learning Resources and Library Achievement Awards, recognizing significant achievement in the areas of programs and leadership.

The Program Award recognizes significant achievement in development of an innovative learning resources and library program.

The Leadership Award recognizes achievement in advocacy of learning resources and library programs or services, or leadership in professional organizations associated with the mission of community, junior, or technical colleges.

Individuals or groups from two-year institutions, as well as the two-year institutions themselves, are eligible to receive awards.  Nominations will be kept on file for three consecutive years.

For more information about the awards, including the guidelines and the application process, please contact Alice Lubrecht or visit the award website at:

Nominations should be sent to:

Alice Lubrecht
Dean, Library and Information Resources
Harrisburg Area Community College
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg PA   17110-2999


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JobNet Header JobNet – Opening the door to the future

If you are looking to fill an open position…

JobNet will help you advertise to a targeted international audience. With more than 10,000 visitors to the League website each month, JobNet is an excellent venue for filling open positions at your institution.

If you are searching for a new employment opportunity…

JobNet provides free access to job listings for colleges throughout the country. Whether you are looking for an administrative or faculty position, JobNet provides an array of opportunities.

Click here to search the positions available at any of the following colleges:

Administrative: Foothill-De Anza Community College District, Clover Park Technical College, Cuyahoga Community College, Miami Dade College, Monroe Community College, North Seattle Community College, or Pierce College

Faculty: Miami Dade College

For more information, please contact Wendy Neil at or (480) 705-8200 x234.

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Innovations 2005 Call for Proposal
Deadline: September 17 September 24

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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New League Publication

Turning Knowledge Into Action: What's Data Got to Do With It?

Lisa Petrides, 2004

Effective use of data and information makes all the difference in performance, productivity, and outcomes in the community college. In this primer, Lisa Petrides explores the importance of understanding the organizational culture in which information is embedded as a means to knowledge management.

Available in the League Store.

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League Services

League Services provides community colleges with high-value, high-quality solutions to a variety of issues confronting today's educational leaders.

League Services is Pleased to Announce Several New Topics

The League for Innovation has added several new topics to our ever-expanding list of outstanding presentations and consulting opportunities. 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.

Remember, this is just a small sample of the entire collection of topics available through League Services. For the complete listing and full descriptions, please visit League Services.

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.

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 covers copyright issues from all angles. Presentations and workshops are available geared to faculty needs or for the entire college.

Educational Cartography: Mapping the Learning Outcomes Frontier

Using a road map 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. Together, the philosophy and process provide a means for institutions to sustain their values while offering evidence of their effectiveness in all components of their missions.

The Future of the Community College

In the Keeping America's Promise project, the League and the Education Commission of the States explore the future of the community college. Using the findings from this project, the presenter provides answers to questions about who is coming to community colleges, how they are coming, and how many are coming; identifies the access and attainment gaps that exist and are likely to exist in the future; and explores ways community college educators can help ensure that community colleges keep America's promises of education and opportunity.

Global Change and Higher Education's Challenge

Dramatic change affects every part of our lives. Global economic and social change challenge the U.S., concerns about security and safety for our citizenry leap at us from our newspapers, and environmental and many other issues face us daily. As 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 our successes and leading from our strengths and our hearts.

Here to Stay: Faculty-Student Relationship

Student retention is a major concern throughout the country. Slightly more than half of all college students in the U.S. will drop out within six years, before finishing a degree. Why are these students leaving, and what will cause them to stay? Students are looking for relationships with faculty where their expectations are met and there is connectedness and respect.

Learning, Communication Styles, and Intergenerational Communication

Faculty, administrative, and staff retirements are reshaping higher education. Does your organization know how to get the most out of all generational groups and how to solve intergenerational conflicts? Give your team powerful communication tools to help create immediate and collaborative solutions.

Liberal Arts, Technical Literacy, and Computer Proficiency

Precision manufacturing took us beyond technical education and workforce development, technology and health care courses fill our classrooms as fast as they can be built, and technology and health care jobs are performed half a world away. What does all of this mean for community and technical college educators? This presentation helps community and technical colleges ensure the continued viability of community and technical college education and the American workforce.

Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional strategy that is increasing in popularity. PBL is based on Constructivism and is fast gaining acceptance as a practical teaching tool that allows students to integrate theory, abstract knowledge, practical experience, and professional knowledge as they work together to meet the challenge of real-world type problems.

Supporting Student Success in Community Colleges

Many colleges have developed a number of strategies to address some of the issues related to student success, but there is still a great need for most colleges to become systematic and systemic about their approach to student success the way that they have been systematic and systemic about their physical plants. A literature review and data collected at sample colleges provide examples of the best kinds of support that students need.

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. Tied to the theme of achieving excellence in the face of change, participants explore a model for managing and working with complex change and end with a discussion about key principles for working effectively in a constantly changing environment.

Universal Design for Learning

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, introduces theoretical, demonstrates practical and technological applications, explores teaching strategies and applications, and provides an opportunity for faculty to examine their curriculum.

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

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. Strategic operational "dots" are identified and connected to form a framework for aligning values, intentions, actions, and achievements, providing operational considerations useful in reviewing and refining institutional "pictures" of effective practice.

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.

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 to generate specific recommendations for improving you student services function.

Remember, this is just a small sample of the entire collection of topics available through League Services. For the complete listing and full descriptions, please visit League Services or contact Ed Leach at or (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Exhibit at the CIT College Pavilion

League Member Colleges are invited to exhibit at the 2004 CIT, November 7-10 at the Tampa Convention Center. The college exhibit package includes a 10x10 exhibit space, carpeting, one 8-foot skirted table, two chairs, a wastebasket, and an identification sign. The package also includes one full conference registration and one exhibit only pass. The total cost for this package is $1,000.

Act quickly because space is extremely limited. For more information, contact Greg Luce at or 480-705-8200, ext. 237. To reserve an exhibit space visit

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Project SAIL Update

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) blends the best of the art world with the necessary skills in museum studies and archive management with its Historic Information Management Program. These specialty certificates and online training series advance the skills of those entrusted with the care of historical resources and those who wish to enter the field of Historical Information Management. Visit the SAIL Website for the KCTCS August/September Highlight, and preview the new 2004-2005 SAIL Catalog

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Project WISE at Monroe Supports
Rochester Area Science Teachers

Over 80 science teachers from 44 school districts met August 16-20 at Monroe Community College (NY) for the first Workshops for the Improvement of Science Education or “Project WISE.” Project WISE, a series of five-day workshops in biotechnology, ecology, chemistry, physics and earth science, is funded by a $746,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

“Project WISE is enhancing the scientific laboratory skills and knowledge base of pre-college science teachers in upstate New York, thereby helping them to prepare their students to acquire the scientific and technological expertise needed by the region and the nation,” said John W. Cullen, chair of MCC's Chemistry and Geosciences Department,  principal grant investigator and project director. “We hope that it will help science teaching change in such a way that student laboratory experiences are more meaningful in several aspects, including emphasizing critical thinking, more grounding in the scientific method, working cooperatively in teams and using modern instrumentation.”

High school science teachers benefit from the workshops, a $500 stipend, and access to ongoing discussion groups. Teachers also took new laboratory equipment and instructional materials back to their home schools.

“MCC faculty have structured the workshops to include both hands-on laboratory experience and a focus on content knowledge, combining the art and science of teaching within the workshops,” said Cullen.

The Project WISE proposal was among 60 selected by the NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education and Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education. The award will be distributed over a three-year period. 

Workshops will be held each summer through 2006. Visit for more information.

Call for Proposals

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and students in Transition, along with the Association of College and Research Libraries, is seeking proposals for a new monograph detailing best practices for integrating library instruction into the first college year. This monograph comes as a result of an invited paper presented by John Gardner, Executive Director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College, at the ACRL National Conference held in April 2003 in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the end of his paper, Gardner challenged ACRL and academic librarians to join The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition to produce jointly a major monograph on the role of the library in promoting information literacy in the first year of college.

Larry Hardesty, chair of the conference, has agreed to edit this monograph, and will work with the ACRL Task Force on the First Year Experience to serve as a resource in developing the work. Hardesty is soliciting ideas for possible chapters regarding library instruction or information-literacy efforts in the first college year. In particular, he is looking for chapters focusing on but not limited to the following:

  1. Examples of different types or models of programs at various types of academic institutions in which librarians and classroom faculty members collaborate closely in engaging first-year students in making significant use of the intellectual resources of the library. Descriptions of the programs, how they evolved, their goals, how they are assessed, and how they are sustained should be included. Programs include not just first-year seminars, but also other first-year courses, and contributions co-authored by librarians and classroom faculty members involved in first-year programs would be especially welcome.
  2. Examples of different models of how librarians work with first-year-experience programs. For example, does your institution have a librarian dedicated to working with first-year students or first-year-experience programs? If so, what is this person's role?
  3. Examples of efforts to incorporate library instruction into developmental education courses in the first year.
  4. Examples of other strategies adopted beyond the traditional classroom setting to introduce students to the library, improve their information literacy skills, or shape their attitudes about the library.
  5. Examples of the assessment of library instruction or other efforts to improve information literacy skills or students' engagement with the library in the first year, and applications of that assessment.
  6. Examples of other ideas that relate to the role of the academic library in the first-year experience, such as librarians involvement in learning communities.

The monograph will focus on analysis of implemented programs, results, and assessments, and should will appeal to a wide audience. Authors are asked to provide a 500 (maximum) précis indicating the planned topic, including authors and contact information at the beginning of the précis, as well as the proposed title of the chapter. Preference will be given to those items connected to the preceding areas.

Please send proposals to:

Larry Hardesty
Dean of the Library
Calvin T. Ryan Library
University of Nebraska at Kearney
2508 11th Avenue
Kearney, Nebraska 68849-2240


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Collaboratively Build on Your College's Strengths
Without the Usual Resistance to Change!

Here are half a dozen stories of success from community college people – faculty and administrators – who are using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to help people collaboratively build on their college's strengths without the usual resistance to change. They first participated in an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT). To learn more about AIFT, go to

* Climate and Culture Change: We did end up going a different direction than I anticipated, but it was OK; everyone was positive and the day yielded great results! Nicole Roades, Director of Institutional  Advancement, Southern State Community College (OH)

* Strategic Planning at the Departmental Level: Now two months later, I continue to see the same enthusiasm and pride in work being accomplished to meet their (Business Services) goals. Deb Parziale, Faculty, Ohlone College (CA)

* Instructional Program Review: My department finished its Program Review yesterday. It was glorious! Teresa Ward, Faculty, Butte College, (CA)

* Group Conflict Resolution: I have used AI in one very very difficult staff situation, where I had to bring two very disparate groups together, one from within, and one from outside, the college. There were years of negative history between them. But we used AI as an intervention process. Our agency is pleased, a lot of barriers have come down, and people are actually having fun! Donna Acord, Associate Dean of Extended Learning, Clackamas Community College (OR)

* Individual Conflict Resolution: I facilitated a discussion between a supervisor and employee who were at opposite ends of the Grand Canyon with no desire to find any middle ground. Through four conversations based on the AI principles, these two are talking and there is a very firm bridge built across the canyon. Pam Bergeron, Human Resources, Lansing Community College (MI)

* Formative Assessment: I really like this process!!! M. Yolanda Nolan, Assistant Director for District Staff and Organizational Development, Dallas County Community College District

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Member Spotlight


J. Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAt J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, students of all ages and backgrounds are taking advantage of the wide range of opportunities the college provides. With almost 100 majors from which to choose in programs ranging from liberal arts and engineering to business administration and automotive technology, students can earn two-year degrees for university transfer or immediate career placement, as well as certificates to enhance their current skills. Reynolds offers affordable tuition; open admission; flexible course schedules with day, evening, and weekend options; and online and distance learning courses to accommodate the busy lifestyles of our students.

At Reynolds, learning is not restricted to the classroom. The courses and the faculty challenge students to examine, to question, to explore, and to extend their knowledge beyond the bricks and mortar. Advanced training and education leads to increased earnings, better job prospects and an improved quality of life. The experiences our students have at Reynolds help prepare them to meet new challenges and give them the tools they need to create and respond to opportunities that come their way.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, the youngest of 23 colleges comprising the Virginia Community College System, opened in 1972. The college is named in honor of the late Lieutenant Governor of the State, who championed legislation creating the state-supported community colleges. Today, Reynolds has grown to become the third largest community college in the state system, serving more than 17,000 credit students annually across three academic campuses.

Reynolds recently partnered with neighboring John Tyler Community College to create a new workforce development entity that provides business, industry and government in the region with a single source for workforce development. The new organization is named the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). The alliance is a cooperative partnership dedicated to supporting economic development and providing world-class workforce training and services to both the public and private sectors. The vision behind the new organization is to maximize the talents and resources of both institutions' current workforce development centers in an effort to provide Richmond, tri-cities, and surrounding counties with a world-class regional workforce development organization. CCWA has been recognized by the National Council of Continuing Education & Training as the 2004 winner of its annual Excellence in Workforce Development award. CCWA proudly serves over 8,000 business and industry clients annually.

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 for article requirements.

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