Registration for Innovations 2005 is now available. Visit the Innovations 2005 home page for more information.


November 2004
Volume 5, Number 11


Chime In!

League Connections wants to hear about your innovations! Share your college’s best practices, publish events, and catalyze ideas with thousands of readers in your field by contacting League Connections today!

December 2004

Due By 12/09

Print this documentPrint League Connections

In This Issue...


League for Innovation Elects Anne Arundel Community College to Board

The 2004 Conference on Information Technology

Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, Second Edition

Learning Summit Redesigned for 2005!

Demanding Technology: Understanding the New Student

JobNet – Opening the Door to the Future


New CAAL Report on Adult Education in Oregon

Special Academic Microsoft Certification Exam Offers

A Way of Planning That is "Energetic, Productive, and Enjoyable!"

Macromedia and WebCT Deepen Partnership With Plans For Product Integration


Reedley College, Reedley, California


Innovations 2005 Registration Now Available

Innovations 2005 ImageBe a part of Innovations 2005, March 6-9 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. The 2005 conference is hosted by Monroe Community College (NY) and Queensborough Community College (NY). Registration for Innovations 2005 is available online at

Presenters Note:
Thanks to all presenters who faxed back the presenter agreements. Schedules will be emailed to Key Presenters in mid-December.

League Corporate Partners and Member Colleges are invited to participate in the Innovations exhibition. Details are available online at, or contact Greg Luce at

The New York Marriott Marquis is just steps from Times Square in the heart of the Theater District and within walking distance of Fifth Avenue shopping, Lincoln Center, the 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.

Top of Page

Flynn Named to Walt Disney World College
Program Advisory Board

President R. Thomas FlynnMonroe Community College (NY) President R. Thomas Flynn has been named to the Walt Disney World College Program Advisory Board.

The Walt Disney World College Program is a paid internship that gives students the opportunity to learn about and experience working for one of the most successful companies in the world. The program consists of living and learning components and offers students a multitude of benefits, including the chance to take courses at Disney University for all majors and backgrounds. Many students are hired as full-time Disney employees once their internships are completed and they graduate from college.

Monroe Community College first began working with the Walt Disney World College program in 1981, increasing the number of students it sends each year. Monroe has one of the largest college Disney intern programs and has sent over 300 students to participate in this experience during the past five years.  

As a board member for the college program, Flynn will provide advice and recommendations, assist in evaluating the needs and concerns of the academic community, and help regional recruiters with campus-related activities in order to further develop and enhance all college students' experiences.  

Top of Page

Macromedia and Merlot Announce Partnership
to Extend Community Portal System

Merlot Macromedia LogosMultimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT), higher education's premier online library, and Macromedia have announced a collaborative agreement to strengthen MERLOT's online academic communities and extend communication between MERLOT and its rapidly growing membership base. MERLOT is using Contribute 3 to build a set of internet portals – one gateway for each of its 15 academic disciplines.

“We're pleased to be a part of MERLOT's initiatives to increase member participation in the disciplines,” said Ellen D. Wagner, director of global education solutions, Macromedia.

“In MERLOT, we are delivering a large number of discipline-specific publishing services that require a large number of independent content experts to create derivative publications within a unified enterprise website,," said Gerry Hanley, executive director, MERLOT. "The publishing services must be effective, usable, reliable, scalable, easy to manage, and have low procurement and operational costs.”

To reach its growing membership base, MERLOT is also launching a monthly electronic newsletter using Contribute 3. Now a single staff person can manage content, collect news, and create headlines.

Contribute 3 is a central element of the new Macromedia Web Publishing System, which provides a flexible, affordable, and scalable web content management solution that empowers content providers while maintaining administrator safeguards. MERLOT will implement WPS to assure site integrity and manage the various levels of user permissions.

Top of Page

Clearly Quotables

“Distance education programs have too often been constructed around a technology rather than around the instruction that technology is intended to deliver.”

Judy Lever-Duffy, Professor, Business and Computer Information Systems
Miami Dade College

“If the success of the developmental student is of primary importance, colleges should take special care to attend to the humanistic aspects of how they implement computer-assisted programs and aim to achieve a balance between high tech and high touch.”

Laurence F. Johnson, President, Fox Valley Technical College (WI)

“When it comes to integrating technology, community colleges must never take no for an answer; they must instead find another way. Integrating this attitude into the culture of an institution is important to the success of instructional technology faculty development and user support programs, and to the collegewide technology program.

Lynn Sullivan Taber, Professor, College of Education, University of South Florida

All quotes are from the League Publication, Taking a Big Picture Look: Technology, Learning, and the Community College.

Top of Page

Sinclair Receives $2.5 Million Mathile
Community Fund Award

The Mathile Community Fund, a fund within the Mathile Family Foundation, has awarded $2.5 million to the Sinclair Foundation, the fundraising arm of Sinclair Community College (OH). The grant will address Sinclair's new emphasis on helping Dayton area high school students become better prepared to obtain good grades and graduate from college.

“The Mathile family voted unanimously to award this high impact project $2.5 million,” said Bonnie Baker, director of community relations for the Mathile Family Foundation. “The Foundation shares the community's concern over the high college dropout rate among first- and second-year students. We want to work with Sinclair to ensure more area high school students attend college, graduate, and become productive citizens.”

The Mathile Community Fund award will help Sinclair address the three student issues of readiness, resources, and retention. Readiness means having students arrive at college equipped academically and socially to function successfully in the learning environment. Access to education means not only academic and individual readiness to learn, but also the financial resources for tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenses. New funding for retention will provide personalized counseling for at-risk students, resulting in a plan that will identify and address potential barriers to success, be they academic, financial, or personal.

“We are so grateful to the Mathile family for their tremendous support of education,” said Sinclair President Steven Lee Johnson. “Sinclair looks forward to working with the Mathile Foundation well into the future as we partner with area schools to improve both school completion and college attainment for students.”

Clayton and MaryAnn Mathile established the $100 million fund following the 1999 sale of their family-owned business, The Iams Company. The Fund awards $5 million annually to large-scale projects that promote the long-range future of Montgomery County.

For more information about the Sinclair Foundation, contact Marianne Gorczyca, (937) 512-2510 or

Top of Page

Stats header

The 2004 National Survey of Information Technology in U.S. Higher Education

Colleges and universities are beginning to experience some relief from the budget cuts that have cast a shadow over campus IT efforts and investments for the past few years, according to new data from the 2004 Campus Computing Survey. Just one-fourth (24.3 percent) of the campuses participating in this year's survey report budget cuts in academic computing, compared with two-fifths (41.3 percent) in 2003, and 32.6 percent in 2002. Similarly, just one-fourth (25.3 percent) of the institutions in the 2004 survey report reduced funding for administrative computing, compared with 42.3 percent in 2003, 31.0 percent in 2002, and 18.3 percent in 2001. Among community colleges, almost two-fifths (37.3 percent) report increased money for academic computing for the current budget cycle. The full executive summary of the 2004 Campus Computing Survey can be found at

Begun in 1990, The Campus Computing Survey is the largest continuing study of computing and information technology in American higher education. The 2004 survey is based on data provided by campus officials, typically the CIO, CTO, or most senior campus IT officer, representing 516 two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities across the United States. Survey respondents completed the questionnaire during summer and fall 2004. Copies of the 2004 Campus Computing Report can be ordered from Kenneth Green, c/o Campus Computing, PO Box 261242; Encino, CA 91426-1242 or from

Top of Page

League for Innovation Elects Anne Arundel Community College to Board

AACC LogoThe League for Innovation in the Community College has unanimously selected Anne Arundel Community College (MD) as the 20th college to be represented on its board of directors.

“This is a wonderful acknowledgment of the high level of innovative programming and commitment to excellence that Anne Arundel Community College brings to our students and our community,” said Martha A. Smith, president of Anne Arundel Community College. Smith is the fifth woman CEO among the 20 board members. The League also welcomed Andrew L. Meyer, vice president of learning at the college, as a board representative.

Board members provide national leadership on numerous education advisory councils and boards, including the American Association of Community Colleges, American Council on Education, American Association of Higher Education, Association of Canadian Community Colleges, American College Testing, The College Board, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

League Board Chairman Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College (NC), commented, “The League for Innovation is thrilled to welcome Anne Arundel Community College as its newest board member. Through its innovative programs and services, its commitment to learning-centered education, and its dedication to serving students and community, Anne Arundel Community College brings a special expertise to the League.”

Top of Page

CIT 2004

The 2004 Conference on Information Technology

CIT ImageEarly feedback on the recent 2004 Conference on Information Technology (CIT) in Tampa, Florida has been enthusiastically positive! We extend our appreciation to all of the conference participants for their contribution in making the 2004 CIT such a success, with special thanks for the generous support and outstanding team of volunteers provided by Hillsborough Community College, Santa Fe Community College, and St. Petersburg College. Florida Governor Jeb BushThe nearly 2,500 conference participants were treated to great weather; a diverse program of informative hands-on, breakout, and keynote sessions; and an exhibition of resources and services from close to 120 corporate partners and Friends of the League. The conference was highlighted by a keynote address by Florida Governor Jeb Bush that challenged other governors and political leaders to be advocates of community colleges. The entire conference program, which by all indications was of outstanding quality from start to finish, explored the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges.

News and Notes from 2004 Conference on
Information Technology

Read The Chronicle' s online coverage of the 2004
Conference on Information Technology.

LearningTimes member Dan Balzer shares perspectives, images, and audio interviews from leaders in the community college world from the League for Innovation's 2004 Conference on Information Technology.

Preparations are already under way for the 2005 Conference on Information Technology, to be held at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, October 23-26. Dallas County Community College District, Tarrant County College District, Collin County Community College District, and the North Texas Community College Consortium will serve as co-hosts for this 21st annual event. Proposals to present at the 2005 Conference on Information Technology can be submitted online at Dallas offers visitors a colorful blend of Southwestern warmth, cosmopolitan flair, Old West charm, and modern sophistication. Come see why it's the number-one leisure and business destination in Texas!

For the 2005 CIT, the special focus for Track 1 is Gaming and Simulations and Their Implications for Community Colleges. As increasing numbers of faculty members use games and simulations to support learning, and more and more community colleges create gaming and simulations academic programs, what are the pros and cons educators should consider? Proposals targeted toward this focus area should encourage an exchange of ideas about how community colleges can anticipate and meet future educational, training, and organizational needs related to game development; the focus and impact of academic games research; conceptual frameworks of educational games; models of state-of-the-art educational gaming; the social and cultural potential of games; interdisciplinary research and game development efforts; virtual reality and immersive environments; artificial intelligence; interactive technologies; gaming and simulation career opportunities; industry and academia collaborations; multidimensional simulated environments; experience-based learning; and new ways of communicating with today's online students. Although gaming and simulations are the special focus of the 2005 CIT, other proposal topics related to the use of emerging information technologies at community colleges are strongly encouraged.

Proposal to Present Submission Deadline — March 18, 2005.

For additional information about the 2005 Conference on Information Technology, contact Ed Leach at or (480) 705-8200, x233.

Top of Page

Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching
and Learning to the Web,
Second Edition

Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad

Faculty Guide CoverFive years have passed since Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad teamed up to write the immensely popular Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web. But five years in the arena of distance learning, hybrid courses, and web enhancements for teaching and learning seem more like five decades, given the technological advances – and five minutes, given the pace of change in technology, education, the workforce, and the world.

Now, Boettcher and Conrad have returned to reveal the latest tools, the best ways to create a successful online course, and a glimpse of the future for online teaching and learning. The second edition of the Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web provides faculty and administrators with practical guidelines for implementing web-based learning in postsecondary institutions and features chapters on technology, learning theory, and instructional design. Stories told by faculty who have taken the plunge into web-based instruction – as well as straightforward descriptions of solutions to typical first-time challenges – make this book even more of a must-have than ever for postsecondary instructors.

The authors treat the subject with plain talk, approachable explanations, and good humor, a combination sure to make this sequel just as instructive and entertaining as the first version.

The Faculty Guide is now available in the League Store.

Top of Page

LC Header

Learning Summit Redesigned for 2005!

Mark your calendars for the Learning College Summit!
June 11-14, 2005
Oak Brook Hills Resort
Chicago, Illinois

Now in its third year, the League's Learning Summit has joined with the Vanguard Learning College Conference to form the Learning College Summit. Plans are fully under way for this exciting new gathering, to be held June 11-14, 2005, at the Oak Brook Hills Resort in Chicago. The 2005 summit is being hosted by Moraine Valley Community College (IL) and the Maricopa Community College District (AZ).

As an integral facet of the League's Learning Initiative, the Learning College Summit is an innovative experience for community college educators who are committed to a conscious, overt, and powerful focus on learning at their institutions. With an exciting new program, the 2005 Learning College Summit is designed to help colleges that are beginning the journey toward becoming more learning centered, as well as veteran institutions that are well on their way.

In a small hotel and conference center setting, the 2005 Learning College Summit can serve as a retreat for teams leading this work at their institutions or as a place for an individual representative from a college to connect with colleagues to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and challenges. This small, intimate gathering of community college educators is designed to foster networking and collaborative opportunities among colleagues and investigate ways colleges have undertaken significant organizational development and transformation to improve student learning.

Moving away from a more traditional conference format, the 2005 Learning College Summit will open with a plenary session that previews the experiences participants will share over the following two and a half days. Five topics will be explored at the summit:

  • organizational culture,
  • staff recruitment and development,
  • learning outcomes,
  • student engagement, and
  • technology.

Each topic will be the focus of intense examination during its own half-day block, with each block divided into three segments:

  • Segment 1 of each block is an overview of the topic from the perspectives of practitioners who have been at this work for some time. The League will accept online proposals for overview presentations beginning December 6, 2004; the deadline for submitting a proposal is February 1, 2005.
  • Segment 2 of each block is a facilitated conversation about the topic during which participants share experiences, discuss challenges and successes, and learn from each other.
  • Segment 3 of each block allows time for teams to meet individually for reflection and application of learning to their own institutions, for one-person teams to gather for round-table conversations about their particular issues and challenges, and for groups and individuals to schedule intercollegiate meetings for continued sharing.

If you want to learn more about the process of transforming the structures, procedures, and practices of your institution to focus on producing meaningful and successful student learning, the 2005 Learning College Summit will give you an opportunity to share ideas, approaches, and experiments with colleagues in higher education.

For more information, watch the League website ( and future editions of League Connections, or contact Cynthia Wilson at or 480 705-8200 x238.

Top of Page

Demanding Technology: Understanding the New Student

This entertaining, fast-moving presentation showcases how current generations of students interact in online environments. Understanding how students use technology daily provides the basis for understanding their expectations for online and hybrid instruction. The presentation includes recommendations for improving online retention, services, or other focus areas. It offers national data, benchmarks, and insights from the presenter's experience in one of the largest higher education systems in the country, along with experience developing e-services and e-learning deployments. This session works well as a small group discussion and a keynote presentation.

To find out more about how the League can help your faculty and staff understand the new generation of students and their use of technology, email Ed Leach, or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

Top of Page

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.

If you are searching for a new employment opportunity…

JobNet provides free access to job listings for colleges and partner corporations throughout the country. Whether you are looking for a position in education or Corporate America, JobNet provides an array of opportunities.

Click here to search the posted positions

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

Top of Page

New CAAL Report on Adult Education in Oregon

In Oregon, community colleges have governance responsibility for adult education and literacy, and they provide nearly all services offered in the state.  Policy is based on the premise that adult education and literacy is on a par with all other community college programs.  And state financial support for adult education is provided almost exclusively in the form of full-time equivalency reimbursement funding to the colleges.  These are just some of the features that set Oregon apart and make it an important statewide model.

The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy has released OREGON SHINES! Adult Education & Literacy in Oregon Community Colleges. This report is the sixth in CAAL's series of working papers on the role and potential of community colleges in adult education and literacy.  The 84-page document by Sharlene Walker and Clare Strawn contains an Executive Summary and four main sections: (I) “Demographics of Need and Service,” (II) “Building an Integrated Statewide System,” (III) “The College Perspective,” and (IV) “A Closer Look at Some Elements of the Oregon Story.”  A supplemental reading list and other appendices are included.

In a foreword to the report, CAAL president Gail Spangenberg writes,  "This report is a story of enlightened state government, remarkable vision, and astonishing collaboration and commitment."

CAAL's community college study and publication of the Oregon paper were made possible by funding from the Ford Foundation, Household International, Lumina Foundation for Education, the Nellie-Mae Foundation, the McGraw-Hill Companies, Verizon, and several individual donors.

Access the full report here or visit the CAAL website (

Top of Page

Special Academic Microsoft Certification Exam Offers

Students and instructors can take the fear out of certification testing by taking advantage of a new promotion called Second Shot. Free Second Shot exams allow students and instructors to retake a failed exam for free at an authorized academic testing center (AATC). If at first you don't succeed, try again at no charge. We all deserve a second shot once in a while.  Limited time offer:   November 1, 2004 –January 31, 2005.

And don't forget about the student exam discount.  Registered students and instructors pay only $60 per qualifying exam (regularly $125). That's less than half price for qualifying exams! There is no expiration date on the $60 exam discount.

For more information, a list of qualifying exams, or to locate an AATC near you, please visit or

Top of Page

A Way of Planning That is "Energetic,
Productive, and Enjoyable!"

This fall, Vista Community College (CA) celebrated 30 years of a rich and successful history of being a college without walls, a time of living in leased space and various classrooms scattered throughout the city. After years of dreaming of becoming a college with walls, and working toward that dream, the college recently received approval and funding to build a permanent facility.

To mark this time of transition and to help the college community carry forward the best of their past and present into the new facility, Vista President Judy Walters ( – together with Joseph Bielanski, co-president of the Academic Senate, Nancy Cayton, president of the Classified Senate, and several other leaders at the college – invited the entire college community to a planning retreat: administrators, faculty, support staff, and students. More than 70 people came together to use a strengths-based and collaborative process called Appreciative Inquiry to inquire into the positive topic of "Imagine Vista College at Its Best."

Using an Interview Guide, people paired up and interviewed each other on the exceptionally positive moments they had experienced at Vista. Then, in small groups of pairs, they shared the stories that came out of the interviews and identified the most important "life-giving forces" at Vista. Using those life-giving forces or themes, they then created shared visual and word images, or vision statements, of their preferred future for Vista.

One of the vision statements they created was, "We are a student-centered learning community, serving and including a diverse population. We stand for collaboration, transformation, innovation, and academic excellence. Got Vista?"

They then developed and made a commitment to approximately 40 group and individual strategic intentions for realizing those vision statements, beginning now and continuing through their move to the new facility in January 2006.

After the retreat, one person said, "I've been to several sessions for focusing on creating value statements or mission statements over the years. This was clearly the most energetic and the most productive. It was great." Another person said, "This was a great exercise in working together, thinking together, building connections in an enjoyable environment. Let's do it again!"

The Vista leadership team attended a four-day Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) to learn how to facilitate AI. Upcoming sessions, co-sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development, and Company of, are scheduled to be held in Sacramento, Miami, Albuquerque, Port St. Lucie (FL), and St. Louis. Others are being arranged in Winter Haven (FL), Elgin (IL), Sylvania (OH), Eugene (OR), Swarthmore (PA), Wilkes Barre (PA), and Dallas.

For information, go to If you'd like to host an AIFT, click on Host an AIFT, read the essential requirements, then contact Nancy Stetson at Nancy is especially seeking host organizations in Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina.

Top of Page

Macromedia and WebCT Deepen Partnership With
Plans For Product Integration

WebCT, provider of higher education's most flexible and widely used e-learning solutions, and Macromedia have announced a strategic relationship to integrate their product lines to enable higher education customers to more quickly and easily develop learning content and build rich user experiences. 

“Macromedia is committed to ensuring its authoring tools easily work with leading learning systems like WebCT,” said Penny Wilson, senior vice president of industry solutions, Macromedia. “This partnership provides WebCT course developers with market-leading content creation tools that extend the value of their institution's LMS investment by allowing them to do more with their existing e-learning tools and platforms.”

“We're committed to making the course development experience efficient, enjoyable, and productive, and ensuring that experience extends to leading authoring tools such as those from Macromedia," said Carol Vallone, president and CEO, WebCT. "Many of our customers are Macromedia experts, so the closer our partnership, the more they benefit.”

Beyond the Dreamweaver integration, WebCT and Macromedia are making it easier for customers to create e-learning simulations in WebCT. Macromedia Captivate, formerly RoboDemo, enables anyone to record onscreen activity and create software demonstrations and interactive simulations in the Macromedia Flash format, without knowing the Flash authoring tool. Through December 31, 2004, WebCT customers can purchase 10 copies of Macromedia Captivate for only $1,299. Macromedia Captivate is expected to ship for Windows in English worldwide in November. Education pricing is $199, with volume discounts also available. WebCT customers interested in the special offer can contact WebCT for a promotion code and then purchase directly from Macromedia by calling 1-800-457-2219.

Member Spotlight

Reedley College

Reedley, California


Reedley LogoLocated near the Sierra, Nevada, foothills and bordered by the Kings River, Reedley College is in the city of Reedley, just 35 minutes from Fresno.

Reedley, with a population of 20,000, is within a two-hour drive of three popular recreational areas: Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park.

Reedley College offers a variety of educational opportunities and instructional situations, and the campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and occupational training facilities.

The 20,000-square-foot Aviation Maintenance Program hanger is used for projects that enable students to experience hands-on learning. The program has been federally approved since 1948.

The college's location near mountains and farmland permits the natural surroundings to become part of the learning environment. The Forestry students manage an 800-acre forest at Sequoia Lake, and the agriculture students gain experience on the campus' 300-acre farm.

Operated on an 18-week semester system, the college offers a fall and spring term, as well as summer sessions. Courses are offered at the main campus in Reedley and at 11 satellite locations.

Students can earn a two-year Associate in Arts or Science degree or a Certificate of Achievement, or they can prepare for transfer to a four-year university. The college offers many excellent programs, including Art, Agriculture, Business, Computer Science, Dental Assisting, Forestry/Park Technology, Information Systems, Manufacturing Technology, and Physical Science.

Students can gain career skills in one of many occupational programs designed to give practical training for the careers of today and of the future. The programs feature established partnerships with local businesses, ensuring that the students receive real-world experience. By combining an occupational program with general education, students will be prepared with a versatility best provided by community colleges.

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.

Top of Page

Feel free to forward this message to your all-college listservs. To join the list of innovative educators receiving League Connections directly via email, subscribe today.

League Connections is published monthly by the League for Innovation in the Community College. For information, contact Matthew T. Milliron.

Send an email to unsubscribe from League Connections.

Print this documentPrint League Connections