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December 2004
Volume 5, Number 12

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The 2005 Conference on Information Technology Exclusive Offer for League Member Colleges

Project Sail Update

League Services is Pleased to Announce Several New Topics

JobNet – Opening the Door to the Future


Community College Pathways to Improved Teacher Preparation Through Technology

Questionmark Scoring Tool Enhances Grading of Essays

New Scientific Imaging Program Launched At Tri-C West

10th Anniversary Special Edition!
TCC Worldwide Online Conference, April 19-21, 2005

Get a Life! Video Talks Up Technical Careers for Young People

“What a great way to get ready for the beginning of school!”

College's ITS Department Saves Time, Saves Money, and Wins Fans With CanIt-PRO


Anne Arundel Community College


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

Be 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 and Queensborough Community College.




Online registration for Innovations 2005, which includes an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses, is available at the link below! Early registration helps ensure that you reserve a place in the Learning Center Course(s) of your choice and that you take advantage of early registration discounts up to 30%.


Innovations 2005 is an opportunity for colleagues around the world to showcase their model programs, to share lessons learned, and to look to the future by experiencing a wide array of learning opportunities. Join the most energetic community college professionals as they work together to improve student and organizational learning by exploring innovations in (1) Learning and Teaching, (2) Leadership and Organization, (3) Workforce Preparation and Development, (4) Student Services and Activities, (5) Basic Skills and Developmental Education, (6) Resource Development and Foundation Management, and (7) Research, Assessment, and Accountability.


  • Engaging keynote speakers discussing critical issues facing community college educators
  • Forums, Special Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, and Poster Sessions
  • A special series of College and Career Transition Initiative forums focused on improving student transitions and academic performance
  • The Community College National Center for Community Engagement's Disaster Preparedness Summit: How do you Prepare Your Community for Disaster?
  • Learning Center Courses - three-hour and six-hour intensive workshops granting Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 24-Hour Gateway Email and Internet Lab
  • An extensive exhibition featuring educational products and services
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions and coffee and refreshment breaks

If you would like additional information about Innovations 2005, please contact Judy Greenfield at or visit

  Keynote Panel
Women in the Community College
Mary Spilde
Mary Spilde
Lane Community College
Eugene, OR
Keynote Panelists
Martha A. Smith
Jerry Sue Thornton

Martha A. Smith
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, MD


Jerry Sue Thornton
Cuyahoga Community College
Cleveland, OH

James ZullJames Zull
Author, The Art of Changing the Brain Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning

Professor of Biology and Director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education, at Case Western Reserve University.

  Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Senate
New York


Mark David MillironMark David Milliron
Executive Director
Education Practice
SAS Institute Inc.



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Brookhaven College President Announces
Retirement for August 2005

Alice W. VilladsenAfter nearly 36 years of teaching and service in higher education, Brookhaven College President Alice W. Villadsen has announced her planned retirement to be effective at the end of the 2004-2005 fiscal year. Villadsen made the announcement to employees at an all-college meeting, saying that she and her husband Wayne look forward to moving to Gulf Shores, Alabama to be near family and friends.

Villadsen's seven-year tenure at Brookhaven College (TX) began in 1998, following Walter G. Bumphus, who served from 1991. The hallmark of Villadsen's presidency is the college's motto: “Dedicated to Student Success,” and the self-study initiative known as the “Success College,” which earned support for program implementation through the Achieving the Dream Lumina Grant earlier this year.

“In the next nine months, I plan to continue the college's plans for a solid academic year with a balanced budget supporting the many instructional and student support programs,” said Villadsen. “We have passed a bond with a 71 percent vote of confidence from the community that will provide the most significant expansion of facilities since Brookhaven was built in 1978. The building program will change the face of the campus, expand parking, and support continued enrollment growth, and I look forward to breaking ground before I leave.”

As president, Villadsen has led the college through many changes and achievements. Enrollment grew by more than 3,400 credit students, student retention rates rose, and more than $5 million in renovations of business and fine arts instructional space were completed. A two-year process culminated in December 2003 with successful reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Villadsen also oversaw the transformation of the student population from 60 to 48.5 percent Caucasian, non-Hispanic, and 14.5 to 22.4 percent Hispanic, with African-American student enrollment growth that has increased from 9.8 to 13.3 percent.

Brookhaven is the recipient of the largest single donation to a community college, a $3.5 million gift Villadsen garnered the from oil and natural gas producer Ellison Miles for Brookhaven College 's Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. Under Villadsen's leadership, the Visiting Scholar Program added strength to the college's faculty ranks through the hiring of instructors from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, a new two-year nursing program was approved by the Board of Nurse Examiners of the State of Texas, and the college celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2003.

An elected board member of the American Association of Community Colleges, Villadsen was honored in April 2004 as President of the Year by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. Villadsen's numerous publications have included contributions to Taking a Big Picture Look at Technology, Learning, and the Community College and The Leadership Dialogues: Community College Case Studies to Consider, and articles for The Journal of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, Leadership Abstracts, and the Birmingham News. She has served as a faculty member at the League for Innovation's Executive Leadership Institute and has been a consultant on workforce development and welfare reform initiatives for the states of Louisiana and Alabama.

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Sinclair Professor Named One of Nation's Best

Connie L. GarrisonThe Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named Connie L. Garrison, associate professor of criminal justice in the Extended Learning and Human Services division at Sinclair Community College, as Ohio's Professor of the Year. The 4 national and 47 state Professors of the Year will be honored November 18 at a luncheon at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

A 1987 Sinclair graduate, Professor Garrison has taught full or part time at Sinclair since 1991. She teaches classes in professional ethics, introduction to the criminal justice field, and police practices. She is noted on campus and in the community for the applied learning experiences she provides for students, including activities such as ride-alongs with area law enforcement officers, community service, and class projects to work cold-case files. Garrison has been an active participant in the college's process-learning movement, as well as an instructor who uses technology creatively to expand students' learning options.

CASE President John Lippincott said the national and state winners embody what is best in undergraduate education. “They do more than impart knowledge; they inspire and motivate students,” he said.

The U.S. Professors of the Year program, created in 1981, is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. This year's winners were selected from a pool of nearly 300 nominees.

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Clearly Quotables

“The plain truth of the matter is that if students don't succeed in developmental education, they simply won't have the opportunity to succeed anywhere else.”

Kay M. McClenney

“To remain competitive, community colleges must do more than offer a low-cost alternative in postsecondary education.”

Russell E. Hamm

“Increasing a country's average level of schooling by one year can increase economic growth by about 5 to 15 percent.”

Anthony P. Carnevale and Donna M. Desrochers

“Access and attainment gaps make it clear that institutional practices and state and federal policies need to change.”

Katherine Boswell

Keeping America's Promise Book CoverAll quotes are from the ECS-League Publication, Keeping America's Promise.

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Executive Leadership Institute Wrap-Up

The League for Innovation congratulates the graduating class of the 2004 Executive Leadership Institute. We wish you all the best as you pursue your goal of becoming future community college presidents. The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) provides the opportunity for potential community college presidents, or those in transition, to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with outstanding community college leaders from North America. To learn more about next year's institute, go to or contact Peggy Ake at

Walter J. Asonevich
Vice President and Dean, Academic Affairs
Corning Community College
Corning, NY

Toya Barnes-Teamer
Vice Chancellor/Provost
Louisiana Technical College - District 1
New Orleans, LA
Peter Anthony Battaglia
Vice President and Dean Academic Affairs
Reading Area Community College
Reading, PA
David E. Beaumont
Provost, Campus Operations
Wayne County Community College District
Detroit, MI
Rodger P. Bennett
Executive Dean, School of the Arts & Division of Physical & Health Education
Brookhaven College
Farmers Branch, TX
Johnella R. Bradford
Dean, Workforce Development
Houston Community College - Southeast College
Houston, TX
Pam Y. Eddinger
Executive Vice President, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Wellesley Hills, MA
Robert John Edleston
Manhattan Area Technical College
Manhattan, KS
Jackie L. Freeze
Dean, Student Affairs
Western Wyoming Community College
Rock Springs, WY
Gemma K. Frock
Associate Vice President, Workforce and Business Development
Aiken Technical College
Aiken, SC
Allatia Harris
District Director, Faculty Development and Core Curriculum Evaluation
Dallas County Community College District
Dallas, TX
Hal Lynn Higdon
Vice President, Administration
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Perkinston, MS
Susan D. Huard
Dean, Learning and Student Development
Quinebaug Valley Community College
Danielson, CT
Rebecca Kennedy
Vice President, Academic Affairs
Seminole State College
Seminole, OK
Susan J. Lindahl
College and Community Relations Officer
Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, KS
Joann E. Linville
Vice President, Student Services
Arizona Western College
Yuma, AZ
Susan L. Lorimer
Vice President, Instruction
Folsom Lake College
Folsom, CA
Debra K. Lutz
Vice President, Business and Finance
Delta College
University Center, MI
Richard L. MacLennan
Vice President, Student Services
Olympic College
Bremerton, WA
Peter Louis Mora, Sr.
Vice President, Cape May and Continuing Education
Atlantic Cape Community College
Mays Landing, NJ
M. Brian Murphy
De Anza College
Cupertino, CA
Judy I. Murray
Vice President, Academic and Student Development
Tomball College
Tomball, TX
Harold E. Nolte, Jr.
Dean, Ellis County Campus
Navarro College
Waxahachie, TX
Nancy Prendergast
Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs and Dean of the Ray Hartstein Campus
Oakton Community College
Des Plaines, IL
Michelle B. Releford
Educational Consultant
Insightful Concepts
Fort Myers, FL
George H. Sehi
Dean, Engineering and Industrial Technologies
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH
Linda C. Simmons
District Vice President, Academic Affairs
Cuyahoga Community College
Cleveland, OH
Robert A. Sintich
Provost/Dean, Academic and Student Services
Warren County Community College
Washington, NJ
Gregory Paul Smith
Dean, Academic Services
Central Arizona College - District Office
Coolidge, AZ
Judy Smith
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Corning Community College
Corning, NY
Jan E. Snyder
Vice President, Student and Institutional Development
Northwest Iowa Community College
Sheldon, IA
Benjamin Tan Lin Boon
Deputy CEO, Industry
Institute of Technical Education
Suresh C. Tiwari
Dean, Arts and Sciences
Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo, IA

Barbara L. Tower
Director, Evening/Weekend Nursing Program
The Community College of Baltimore County - Essex Campus
Baltimore, MD

Richard C. Tubbs
Campus Vice President, Vice President for Academic Education
Mid-Plains Community College Area
McCook Community College Campus
McCook, NE
Kathy Werle
Dean, Applied Science, Technology and Physical Education
San Jose City College
San Jose, CA

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2004 Trends Assessment Report

The National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET) has issued its 2004 Trends Assessment Report. This report summarizes the economic, employment, industry, technology, and demographic trends related to IT educational programs. The research for this work was guided by the need to identify information technologies and related applications expected to fuel economic growth and produce positive impacts on the nation's workforce over the next decade. IT is defined in the broader sense of information and knowledge management and applications, as opposed to taking a narrow focus on the technology and the IT industry. Each section includes information presented by government, research, and professional organizations and, when relevant, specific recommendations for educational programs.

Some selected trends…

Highlights for Selected High-growth Industries

Computer and Data Processing Services

  • Computer and data processing services are projected to be the fastest growing industries in the economy, with employment expected to increase 86 percent between 2000 and 2010.
  • Job opportunities will be excellent for most workers; professional and related workers enjoy the best prospects, reflecting continuing demand for higher level skills needed to keep up with changes in technology.
  • Computer specialists account for almost half of all employees in this industry.

Health Services

  • Health services is one of the largest industries in the country, with more than 11 million jobs, including the self-employed.
  • About 13 percent of all wage and salary jobs created between 2000 and 2010 will be in health services.
  • Nine out of 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest are concentrated in health services.
  • Most jobs require less than four years of college education.

Computer Programmers

  • Employment growth will be considerably slower than that of other computer specialists, due to the spread of prepackaged software solutions. Three out of five computer programmers held at least a bachelor's degree in 2000.
  • Prospects should be best for college graduates with knowledge of a variety of programming languages and tools; those with less formal education or its equivalent in work experience should face strong competition for programming jobs.

Computer Software Engineers

  • Computer software engineers are projected to be the fastest growing occupation over the 2000-2010 period.
  • Very favorable opportunities are expected for college graduates with at least a bachelor's degree in computer engineering or computer science and practical experience working with computers.
  • Computer software engineers must continually strive to acquire new skills as computer technology changes rapidly.

Computer Support Specialists and Systems Administrators

  • Computer support specialists and systems administrators are projected to be among the fastest growing occupations over the 2000-2010 period.
  • Job prospects should be best for college graduates who are up to date with the latest skills and technologies; certifications and practical experience are essential for persons without degrees.

Systems Analysts, Computer Scientists, and Database Administrators

  • As computer applications expand, systems analysts, computer scientists, and database administrators are projected to be among the fastest growing occupations.
  • Relevant work experience and a bachelor's degree are prerequisites for many jobs; for more complex jobs, a graduate degree is preferred.

To order copies or for more information on NWCET, visit or call (425) 564-4215.

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DEADLINE!CFP Deadline: March 18, 2005

The League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at the 2005 Conference on Information Technology, October 23-26 at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Dallas offers visitors a special blend of Southwestern warmth, cosmopolitan flair, Old West charm, and modern sophistication. Come see why it's the #1 leisure and business destination in Texas!

The League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT) is the premier showcase of the use of information technology to improve teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management. Celebrating its 21st year of excellence, the 2005 CIT will feature a technologically sophisticated and topically diverse program that helps educators explore and expand their use of technology.

This call for proposals is an invitation to join your colleagues in a dynamic learning community to discover how information technology is transforming the educational enterprise.

What participants of the 2004 CIT had to say

“I've attended several national conferences, and CIT was by far the best. I came home with an overwhelming amount of information.”

“This was my first League conference and I was extremely pleased.”

“EXCELLENT conference! I packed in a lot of very usable information and techniques in a short amount of time!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. My head is stuffed with new ideas and plans for our institution.”

“One of the best conferences I have attended in recent years.”

“It was good to rub shoulders with others who love learning and are committed to excellence in higher education, especially in the area of technology.”

“I look forward to attending next year's CIT and plan on recommending that more colleagues from my college attend!”


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 potentials 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 information technology at community colleges are strongly encouraged.

Hotel, travel, and registration information will be available soon. To submit your proposal to present at the 2005 CIT or for assistance or additional information, please visit, email Ed Leach, or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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League Member Colleges

The League has partnered with ( to provide an exclusive offer for all member colleges.

Your college is entitled to free setup (a $495 dollar value) and a six-month free trial of the online alumni community (no additional commitment required).

The product integrates into your school's website and provides a complete alumni community with online donations, event and reunion calendars, discussion forums, alum profiles, career center, mass emailing, data exportation, affinity email addresses, and much more ( hosts the site, include all future upgrades and unlimited client support, and can have your school up and running in less that 72 hours.

Please contact Bill Stover at for more information. Phone: 727-827-0046 x230, email: Mention the League to receive the free trial.

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Project Sail Update

Project Sail Logo Cybersecurity and (ISC)2
The International Information Systems Security
Certification Consortium
St. Petersburg College, Florida

Emerging vulnerabilities and threats, new privacy legislation, and ballooning concerns about security issues in outsourcing are drastically affecting the way organizations approach cybersecurity. The demand for information technology security (ITS) will grow exponentially in coming years, and community colleges are ideally positioned to help meet that demand by providing skills training and certification to ITS professionals.

In October 2003, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)2] announced a partnership with St. Petersburg College (FL) to provide courseware and certification to students based on (ISC)2 best practices and premier security credentials, putting the college at the forefront of cybersecurity training. Read more about this project in the Project Sail 2004 Program Highlights.

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League Services is Pleased to
Announce Several New Topics

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

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

Grant Writing

The art of grant writing involves creative idea generation, audience awareness, and writing skill. This interactive workshop-presentation involves an example of a successful grant, from rough draft to finished product, and some drafting of ideas and language by the participants.

Designing Effective Assignments and Class Activities

This presentation focuses on the writing of effective learning objectives, the design of effective learning activities, and the design of effective assessments. Examples of different types of objectives, activities, and assessments will be presented, with a focus on appealing to a variety of learning styles. Participants will draft sample objectives, activities, and assessments that apply to their subject areas and classes.

Instructional Technology and Teaching Style

This presentation focuses on how to use technology to enhance a professor's current teaching style or approach to a course. Many instructors feel pressure to change their approach to accommodate technology, but this is rarely effective; in fact, by trying too hard to adapt one's approach to the technology, one can become turned off to the whole idea of using instructional technology. In this interactive workshop, participants will bring a current syllabus and learn about ways to use technology to enhance or substitute for in-class activities, homework, and papers or projects.

Online and Hybrid Course Design

This presentation involves adapting a current on-campus course to an online or hybrid course. Participants will bring current syllabi for the course(s) and learn about how to adapt course activities, homework, quizzes or tests, and papers or projects to the online or hybrid environment. Information on how to design syllabi, plagiarism-resistant assignments, and effective open-book tests will also be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to plan their individual hybrid and online courses in the workshop.


Minnesota 's E-folio project has provided Minnesota students and residents with the opportunity to create free e-folios. These e-folios are being used in a variety of ways. One four-year institution requires each student to maintain an e-folio in which to load all papers and coursework. Other students use e-folios to showcase their work for one course. Still other Minnesota residents use the e-folio as an online résumé. In this presentation, participants will learn about the capabilities of Minnesota 's E-folio, and potential instructional uses of e-folios in the classroom or college at large.

Faculty Technology Training Programs

Within every faculty group, there is a wide variety of expertise and trepidation regarding the use of technology, both in and out of the classroom. This presentation will center on designing a multifaceted training program led by a faculty member, focusing on effective methods of peer-to-peer consultation, training, and instruction. Examples from a successful faculty technology training program will be presented, and participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm possible program elements to fit their campus.

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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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.

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Community College Pathways to Improved Teacher Preparation Through Technology

Community colleges are fast becoming a critical segment affecting the K-12 arena. An estimated 20 percent of those who become K-12 teachers are educated at community colleges, with over 40 percent of all teachers completing some or all of their science and mathematics coursework at two-year colleges.

The Pathways Project, a collaboration between Cuyahoga Community College, Maricopa Community Colleges, Miami Dade College, Bank Street College of Education, Polaris Career Center, League for Innovation in the Community College, Education Commission of the States, National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs, Columbia University Teachers College Institute for Learning Technologies, and Stevens Institute of Technology, was envisioned to fill a critical need in preparing tomorrow's teachers. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the project will involve faculty from 33 community colleges over three years in internet-based training designed to model best practices using technology-based instruction. The Pathways Project involves a faculty training program, a framework for development and sharing of internet-based real-world learning objects (RWLOs), and an online community to support course implementation.


Community colleges are poised to prepare tomorrow's teachers to use internet-based tools and curriculum resources to enhance learning. Through the integration of internet-based real-world data in the form of RWLOs, community college math, science, language arts, and educational technology courses can be strengthened, while modeling best practices for preservice teachers. With an emphasis on constructivist and problem-based learning, The Pathways Project provides a catalyst for improved teaching and learning in content courses for community colleges, transforming them into an exciting vehicle for the future of education.

Savvy Cyber Professor

Savvy Cyber Professor is a faculty training program through which community college faculty learn to integrate internet-based resources in their courses. Designed specifically for community colleges' use in preservice education in the areas of math, science, language arts, and educational technology, the program's goal is to help community college faculty who teach preservice teachers model effective technology-based instruction in order to improve student engagement and achievement in core courses.

Savvy Cyber Professor, jointly developed in collaboration with Maricopa and Cuyahoga Community Colleges and Miami Dade College, is based on materials developed by Stevens Institute of Technology that have made an impact on more than 10,000 K-12 teachers. It is used by faculty at Maricopa and Cuyahoga Community Colleges and Miami Dade College. As an outcome of this 26-hour program combining online and face-to-face instruction, faculty will create RWLOs that they can use to enhance and strengthen their courses.

The Partnership – Get Involved!

The Pathways Project provides tools for modeling effective technology-based instruction to community college faculty who teach preservice teachers. Additional partners will be chosen through a competitive RFP application process offered in 2005 and 2006, inviting 30 additional community colleges. We invite you to contact us to learn more about how you can get involved in this innovative initiative. For more information, please contact Meg Turner ( at the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Questionmark Scoring Tool Enhances
Grading of Essays

A new scoring tool from testing and assessment software provider Questionmark enables educators to annotate and grade essay questions within assessments by using customized rubrics.

The Questionmark Scoring Tool helps both individual and multiple graders maintain consistency in marking constructed answers such as essays and vocal-response questions. This is achieved by using the Scoring Tool to define rubrics, or scoring rules, for each question. For example, the rubric for a history essay might assign points to grammar, spelling, persuasiveness, and quality of research, while a rubric for a customer service essay might assign points for procedure, empathy with the customer, and follow-through.

The Scoring Tool also offers in-line grader's annotations as well as overall comments; up to 12 scoring dimensions within each rubric; individual scoring comments for each dimension of the rubric; automated, customized, template-driven emails relaying scores and comments to participants; the ability to assign different rubrics to the same question, depending on how the question is used.

The Scoring Tool is accessed as a separate application from Questionmark™ Perception™ testing and assessment software. However, answer data from the Scoring Tool can be stored within Perception and analyzed for the production of comprehensive statistical reports. Further details are available at

Questionmark has offices in the United States, England, and Belgium, with distributors worldwide. Complete details about the organization and its products are available at 800-863-3950 or

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New Scientific Imaging Program
Launched At Tri-C West

CCC LogoCuyahoga Community College (OH) leads the way in preparing today's imaging professionals by introducing a new program in the discipline of scientific imaging at its Western Campus in Parma. Graduates of the associate's degree program in Scientific Imaging will be prepared to work as scientific imaging technicians in fields such as medicine, forensics, science, engineering, the military, and aerospace.

Scientific imaging combines the disciplines of spectroscopy, electronics, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and psychology to analyze images digitally. Medicine has been at the forefront in the use of digital images in the areas of research, biomedicine, and biotechnology, but the criminal justice and forensic science fields are increasingly using the techniques of scientific imaging.

Research scientists at the nationally renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation continue to recognize a great need for technicians in the area of scientific imaging. As northeast Ohio continues to maintain its position as a national leader in areas of high technology, medicine, engineering, space exploration, forensics, and the arts, scientific imagers will continue to be in demand.

Cuyahoga Community College is not only a pioneer of a scientific imaging degree program in the Greater Cleveland area, but in the country as well. Some two-year colleges offer digital imaging technologies courses with an emphasis on publishing and graphics, but not on scientific technology. Few four-year programs feature elements of scientific imaging. In such programs, imaging commonly plays a secondary role to chemistry, physics, and research. Cuyahoga Community College is one of the few educational institutions placing people in the scientific imaging field and recognizing the demand for technicians.

The new Scientific Imaging program will draw on existing courses available at Tri-C's Western Campus, such as General Psychology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and Intermediate Algebra, and new courses including Practices and Procedures in Scientific Imaging, Image Analysis and Professional Ethics, and Scientific Imaging Practices.

The program will begin accepting students in January 2005 as part of the Visual Communications and Design program (VisCom) at Tri-C's Western Campus. Built in 2001, VisCom provides an environment to build a learning community that encourages exploration of new technology, collaboration, and creative thinking. The center is home to degree majors in Interactive Media, Photography, Digital Publishing, Illustration, Graphic Design, and Advertising Design.

For more information on the Scientific Imaging program, contact program originator Stan Kohn at (216) 987-5007.

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10th Anniversary Special Edition!
TCC Worldwide Online Conference, April 19-21, 2005

Pre-Conference Dates: April 5-6, 2005

Looking Backwards or Into the Future?

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2004

Home page:

You are invited to join the 10th anniversary and celebration of the TCC Worldwide Online Conference. Conference organizers are working with a new name with the same goal: sharing expertise, experiences, and knowledge among faculty and staff relevant to the use of information technology in learning, teaching, and related academic services to university and college students worldwide. TCC now represents Technology, Colleges, and Community. It is the longest running online conference designed for university and college practitioners including faculty, academic support staff, counselors, student services personnel, students, and administrators.

TCC 2005 is hosted by University of Hawai'i Kapi'olani Community College in association with Osaka Gakuin University, Japan and in partnership with For more information visit or contact Bert Kimura ( or Karl Naito (

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Get a Life! Video Talks Up Technical
Careers for Young People

Don't just get a job. Get a Life! That's the message of a new 15-minute video promoting technology and technical careers as a first choice. Intended for students in Grades 8 through 12, their parents, teachers, and counselors, Get a Life tells real stories of real students enrolled at the Lynde and Harry Bradley School of Technology and Trade and Milwaukee Area Technical College. Working professionals from a wide variety of technical occupations also offer insights.

Get a Life was produced by the 21st Century Urban Technical Education Project. A joint venture of the National Science Foundation, MATC, the Milwaukee Public Schools, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, the 21st Century Project is dedicated to revitalizing technology education. Additional funding support came from the We Energies Foundation, the Helen Bader Foundation, and the Tool Die and Machining Association of Wisconsin.

“This is part of a broader effort to debunk the myth that a liberal arts and science degree is the only path to success,” said Dale Dulberger, project manager. “Technical training offers some great alternatives, and technical jobs often have more openings. That message needs to get to young people. We want to put this video directly into their hands, with the help of guidance counselors. We also hope it's seen by parents, who are such a critical influence.”

Get a Life features career progression and success in architectural technology, construction management, and apprenticeships. It also showcases many career pathways and options students can pursue, from high school to a two-year technical college and on to a four-year college program. Viewers will gain important career planning information and answers to critical questions that students and parents must consider in choosing career paths.

For DVD and VHS copies of Get a Life, contact the 21st Century Urban Technical Education Project, (414) 297-7296, or go to

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“What a great way to get ready for the
beginning of school!”

That's what a faculty member at Butte Community College in Oroville, California had to say after participating in a departmental program review. The faculty used Appreciative Inquiry, a collaborative, strengths-based approach to change, to plan improvements in their instructional programs. Teresa Ward, instructor in the Language Education and Development department and chair, attended an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training, then returned to campus and facilitated the session with her faculty. Teresa said she felt good about being able to contribute to the “health and vitality” of the department through an appreciative approach. Appreciative Inquiry helped faculty be “flexible and innovative....More creative ideas and propositions emerged!”

Send a team of people from your campus to an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training in Sacramento, Miami, Albuquerque, or another location. to find out more, visit

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College's ITS Department Saves Time, Saves Money,
and Wins Fans With CanIt-PRO

As both a business and technical college, Algonquin College serves a diverse user community. So, when it set out to find a solution to its email problems, the college's ITS department knew it would have to accommodate a range of needs within a fiscally responsible budget.

Barry Brock, director of ITS, remembers, “Spam was hampering us from both a time and productivity perspective.” But a rash of email-borne viruses provided the impetus for seeking a better solution.

A nightly virus scan of the college's system would routinely turn up 750 viruses – most traceable to email. Rod Martin, manager of network infrastructure, explains, “Viruses on our 2,000 faculty machines were causing technicians to have to make client visits at least 10 times every day.” In addition, many email users received up to 100 spam messages each day, prompting help-desk calls to eliminate the problem.

Find out how Roaring Penguin Software and CanIt-Pro helped Algonquin College solve this problem in the full case study.

Member Spotlight


AACC Campus PictureNestled near the Chesapeake Bay between the Severn and Magothy rivers, Anne Arundel Community College serves Maryland 's Golden Triangle connecting Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

Established in 1961, the fully accredited, public, two-year institution in fiscal 2004 enrolled 53,114 credit and noncredit students in about 2,700 credit and noncredit classes at its 230-acre Arnold campus and off-campus sites. Placing “Students First,” AACC envisions itself a premier learning community whose students and graduates are among the best-prepared citizens and workers of the world.

AACC's innovative programs continue to win recognition. These honors include the National Council for Continuing Education and Training Exemplary Program Award in the Distance Education category for connecting adults in low-wage health care jobs with education and job advancement opportunities.

In 2003, AACC became one of only 30 U.S. colleges and universities to win federal certification of its information security and cybercrime curricula.

The Center for Digital Education, the nation's leading resource on information technology policy, trends, and opportunities in K-12 and higher education, recognized AACC in 2004 with a first-place award in national competition for its use of digital technology to help students, faculty, and the general public access information and perform tasks easily online. Cosponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges, the awards go to the top 10 institutions in three categories. AACC won in the midsize suburban category.

The New Media Consortium recognized AACC in fiscal year 2003 as among 50 colleges and universities worldwide that are leaders in innovative approaches to the use of technology.

Also in 2003, the College and Career Transitions Initiative, a cooperative agreement between the League for Innovation in the Community College and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Adult and Vocational Education, awarded AACC $145,000 annually for up to five years to enhance the work of the Teacher Education and Child Care Institute. The institute brings together credit and noncredit teacher education, child-care training, and continuing professional education programs.

The Entrepreneurial Studies Institute, now in its second year, is bolstered by a $1 million scholarship pledge over 10 years for the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship. The institute offers students training to operate their own businesses.

The long-established Environmental Center and Center for the Study of Local Issues are nationally known for landmark studies. The Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Tourism Institute offers the only Culinary Arts Operations degree option in Maryland accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.

Selected as the Community College of the Year 2001 by the National Alliance of Business, AACC partners with businesses, organizations, and government agencies on programs that broaden community outreach and increase workforce training effectiveness.

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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