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October 2006, Volume 7, Number 10
 
 

Gatherings

  Conference on Information Technology
  Plan Now for Innovations 2007
  Mark Your Calendar for the 5th Annual Learning College Summit

Opportunities

  The League’s 2006-2007 Innovation of the Year Competition Now Open
  Tune In: Real-Life Math Shows Students
Use of Mathematics Outside of the Classroom
  The New York Times Announces 2nd Annual Innovative
Teaching and Learning Award Competition
  Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education
  TimesPoints Reader Rewards Program Free Registration
  Call for Manuscripts

Synergies

  2006 Campus Computing Survey Report Now Available
Kenneth C. Green to Lead Special Session at
League Conference on Information Technology
  Career Pathways: Aligning Public Resources to Support Individual and Regional Economic Advancement in the Knowledge Economy
  Questionmark Announces Support for JSR 168
  SchoolDude.com and Datatel Partner to Provide Integrated
Facility Operations and Financial Management Solutions

 

Linkages

  iStream Adds New Comment-Posting Feature
Post a Comment by December 1 and You May Win
a Free Innovations 2007 Registration!
  iStream: Focus on Community Development
  Join the CCTI Network
  League Services Provides Speakers and Consultants for Professional and Organizational Development
  Getting Results Faculty Development Modules
Featured at the League's Conference on Information Technology
  Shop the League’s Online Store!
  Featured Publication
Online Education in Community Colleges: Conversations With the Field

Celebrations

  Member Spotlight: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

 
 
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Conference on Information Technology

October 22-25, 2006
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
Hosted by
The Charlotte Regional Workforce Development Partnership

2006 citYou still have time to register for the 2006 Conference on Information Technology (CIT) and avoid higher on-site registration fees! Preregistration ends Friday, October 20. After that date, increased onsite registration fees go into effect. For information about registration, please visit www.league.org/2006cit/reg/ or contact Judy Greenfield at greenfield@league.org.

CIT offers a diverse program and cutting-edge exposition exploring the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges. Regardless of your campus responsibilities, you will find useful information and practical tips that will help you do your job more effectively!

Of special note:

In Charlotte, there is always something new to entice, interest, and amaze. Charlotte's southern culture represents a colorful spectrum, from the fine artwork of the Mint Museum to the engine-racing thunder of NASCAR that draws more than a million visitors each year. Whether you stay a day, a weekend, or longer, Charlotte will keep you entertained!

For additional assistance or information, please visit www.league.org/2006cit/ or contact Ed Leach via email (leach@league.org) or phone (480-705-8200, x233).

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Plan Now for Innovations 2007

10th Anniversary Celebration
March 4-7, 2007
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
Hosted by
Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Innovations 2007Join the League in New Orleans, March 4-7, 2007, as the most innovative community college professionals from across North America and around the world share ideas and practices for improving student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation. And, we invite you to celebrate with us as we mark the 10th anniversary of the Innovations conference!

Early Registration Begins October 22, 2006. Online registration for Innovations 2007 will begin Sunday, October 22. Early registration allows you to receive registration discounts of up to 30 percent of the full registration cost. Early registration ends February 2, 2007, so register now!

Confirmed Keynote Speakers.

  • Stephen K. Mittelstet,  President, Richland College, Dallas County Community College District, Texas
  • Arthur Chickering, Professor and Special Assistant to the President, Goddard College, Vermont
  • Sophie Vanderbroek, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Research and Development, Xerox Corporation

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

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Leadership and Organization
  • Workforce Preparation and Development
  • Student Services and Activities
  • Basic Skills and Developmental Education
  • Resource Development and Foundation Management
  • Research, Assessment, and Accountability

Major Events and Opportunities. Innovations features many opportunities for professional and organizational development, including

  • More than 2,000 participants exchanging the latest innovative practices in community colleges
  • Learning Center Courses on leading-edge topics granting certificates of completion
  • Extensive exhibition of educational resources and services from League Corporate Partners
  • Engaging keynotes, forums, special sessions, and poster sessions addressing critical issues facing community college educators
  • Roundtable discussions offering a more personal setting for exchanging ideas
  • Email and Internet Lab for staying in touch
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions, coffee and refreshment breaks, and after-hours gatherings.

Hotel and Travel Information. Hotel and travel information is now available. For assistance or additional information, please visit http://www.league.org/i2007/index.htm, or contact Mary Harris at harris@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 228
Preconference Events. In addition to the full Innovations conference, the following preconference events are available:

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Mark Your Calendar for the 5th Annual Learning College Summit

Learning college summitMark your calendar for the League’s 5th Annual Learning College Summit, June 24-27, 2007, at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre in Dallas, Texas. Hosted by Dallas County Community College District, the 2007 Learning College Summit will focus on five topics as they relate to the learning college in action:

  • Learning Outcomes and Assessment
  • Student Engagement
  • Professional Development
  • Quality Enhancement
  • Learning Environments

The call for proposals will be issued November 13, 2007. Watch League Connections and other League electronic publications for additional information, or contact Cynthia Wilson at wilson@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 238.

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The League’s 2006-2007 Innovation of the Year Competition Now Open

The League for Innovation in the Community College announces the opening of the 2006-2007 Innovation of the Year competition. League Alliance Member Institutions are eligible to participate in this valuable program that recognizes and celebrates faculty and staff innovation. To determine if your college is a member, visit http://membership.league.org/allimembers.html. For information about the Innovation of the Year award process, please contact Wendy Neil, neil@league.org or 480-705-8200 ext. 234.

All winning innovations will be featured on the League website. To view the 2005-2006 Innovation of the Year winners, visit http://www.league.org/league/competitions/innovations/.

 

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Tune In: Real-Life Math Shows Students
Use of Mathematics Outside of the Classroom

Texas instrumentsMany students may question how mathematics applies to their everyday lives and future career plans, particularly if they are pursuing degrees that are not math or science intensive. A math education program from Texas Instruments (TI) and the CBS show “NUMB3RS” is helping educators make students more engaged and interested in learning math by showing how the subject applies to their lives, no matter which career path they choose.

The program, called We All Use Math Every Day™, brings some Hollywood excitement to math learning and promotes the many uses of mathematics to help students realize the relevance and importance of math to their everyday lives and future success in school and life.

The hit CBS show “NUMB3RS” focuses on an FBI agent who recruits his brother, a mathematics professor, to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes. Inspired by actual cases, the series depicts how police work and mathematics provide unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing criminal questions.

We All Use Math Every Day provides free online classroom activities at www.cbs.com/numb3rs that correspond with each week’s episode to help students explore the math derived from the concepts highlighted in the show. The classroom activities, developed jointly by TI and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), classroom educators, and leading mathematicians, are relevant to many of the math concepts taught in community college classrooms, including algebra, statistics, trigonometry, and calculus.

Educators can download the new Season 3 activities and access the complete library of classroom activities for the previous season of “NUMB3RS.” They also can sign up to receive a Teacher Kit that includes program information, classroom activities, a classroom poster, and bumpersticker, as well as register to receive a weekly email update.

To date, more than 35,000 educators have signed up for the teacher kit, and thousands are downloading the classroom activities each week, inspiring more than four million students to become more engaged and interested in math.

Many college math professors can relate to the show’s quest to enlighten the world about the many uses of mathematics. By showing how we all use math every day, professors can inspire students to learn more math and apply the many uses of mathematics both inside and outside of the classroom.

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The New York Times Announces 2nd Annual Innovative
Teaching and Learning Award Competition

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The League for Innovation and The New York Times invite League Alliance Member institutions to participate in the 2nd annual Innovative Teaching and Learning Awards. Member colleges are encouraged to nominate two faculty members and two students who have shown exceptional growth or creativity through the use of The New York Times. To determine if your college is a League Alliance Member, visit http://membership.league.org/allimembers.html. Please visit the League website to download the faculty and student application forms.
 
For more information about the Innovative Teaching and Learning Award, please contact Wendy Neil in the League office (neil@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 234) or Jan Gilboy at The New York Times (gilboj@nytimes.com or 1-888-443-1800).

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Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education

heartIn our densely interconnected world, integrative teaching and learning have never been more important, but in what components of their studies and in what dimensions of themselves are students being asked to make connections? We understand integration within a major, between fields, and even between knowledge and practice. More recently, the relationship between curricular and co-curricular activities has received attention. While these and other trends help students and faculty integrate otherwise fragmentary elements of their educational venture, do we go far enough? Do our efforts reach the often unspoken heart of higher education?

The central questions become, Do current higher education efforts address the whole human being - mind, heart, and spirit - in ways that contribute best to our future on this fragile planet? What steps can we take to make our community colleges, colleges, and universities places that awaken the deepest potential in students, faculty, and staff?

After two years of dialogue and planning, The Fetzer Institute and California Institute of Integral Studies are sponsoring a major conference in San Francisco on February 22–25, 2007, for the field of higher education. Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education will focus on integrative learning for compassionate action in an interconnected world. Conference partners include the Associated New American Colleges, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Independent Colleges, League for Innovation in the Community College, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Targeted to faculty, administrators, student life professionals, and chaplains, the conference will address the relationships between curriculum and values; intellectual, aesthetic, and moral intelligences; technical competency and compassionate action; critical reasoning and contemplative inquiry; and vocation and life purpose. The rising interest in integrative learning supports a holistic approach to education that is founded on a growing recognition of the need for students to integrate their inner lives and their outer vocations. One aim of the conference is to draw together and articulate teaching perspectives from around the world that are theoretical, pedagogical, and relational. Tracks of inquiry will include contemplation, spirituality, and religion in higher education; integration of emotional and academic intelligence; cross-cultural competency, integrative learning communities, learning through work and service, leading from within, and the major trends in research.

With the rigor of traditional academic conferences, leading faculty, administrators, and student life professionals will present and explore best teaching practices as well as theoretical frameworks for programs, courses, and activities that will explore, promote, and cultivate a balanced education of heart, mind, and spirit, and a need to work in the world. At the same time, this conference will gather leading and diverse voices from across the country to share their journeys as educators.

Keynote speakers will include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker; educational activist and author Parker Palmer; Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela of the University of Cape Town and author of A Human Being Died That Night; Robert Kegan, developmental psychologist at Harvard University and author of The Evolving Self; Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College; Steve Mittelstet, president of Richland College; Diana Chapman Walsh, president of Wellesley College; Alexander and Helen Astin, co-directors of the Templeton Project on Spirituality in Higher Education. The conference includes five preconference institutes, 50 sessions, and four site visits in San Francisco.

Session leaders include Mirabai Bush, Arthur Chickering, Mary Taylor Huber, Pat Hutchings, Paul Elsner, Peter Laurence, Wayne Muller, Marilyn Nelson, Mary Rose O’Reilly, David Pollick, Ann Ponder, Laura Rendon, Elizabeth Ursic, Hal Roth, Jake Schrum, David Scott, Steve Severin, Patti Owen Smith, Beverly Tatum, and Arthur Zajonc.

Online registration begins this fall. For more information, visit http://www.heartofeducation.org or email Joseph Subbiondo, president of California Institute of Integral Studies, at heartofeducation@ciis.edu.

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TimesPoints Reader Rewards Program Free Registration

timespointThe New York Times salutes community college educators’ commitment to education and efforts to inspire the next generation of responsible citizens. We appreciate the many college faculty who reference The New York Times each day to support their course curriculum, and we are pleased to introduce our new TimesPoints rewards program. 

TimesPoints is the free reader rewards program that lets registrants earn points that help pay for a home-delivery subscription of The New York Times and more. Points can be earned when dining at one of numerous participating restaurants, by shopping online at some of the web’s most popular merchants, or when booking a stay at a participating hotel. Please visit timespoints.com to see all the program participants.

For a limited time when you enroll in TimesPoints, you’ll also get an annual subscription to Zagat.com (a $19.95 value) free. You’ll be able to read all the celebrated Zagat restaurant surveys, and if you already have a subscription to Zagat.com, TimesPoints will send you a copy of Zagat’s America’s Top Restaurants.

Registering for the TimesPoints program is easy and free. You can register up to five credit cards, and will still be able to earn points in most other rewards programs as well. You’ll find that points add up fast: 1 point earned = $1 to redeem, and you’ll be earning at least 10 percent at participating restaurants.

Visit TimesPoints.com to enroll and start earning TimesPoints today. It’s free. It’s easy. And it’s a wonderful way of getting rewarded for reading The New York Times.

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Call for Manuscripts

League publicationsThe League maintains an open call for manuscripts for its monthly digital publications, Leadership Abstracts, Learning Abstracts, and Innovation Showcase. The editorial staff invites community college educators and scholars to share effective, innovative practices, processes, strategies, and programs with the field through the brief articles (1,500 to 2,000 words) featured in these publications. Click on the publication links below to access the guidelines for prospective authors:

Leadership Abstracts
Learning Abstracts
Innovation Showcase

If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Wilson at wilson@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 238.

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2006 Campus Computing Survey Report Now Available
Kenneth C. Green to Lead Special Session at
League Conference on Information Technology

Camus computingWireless networks now reach fully half of college classrooms, compared to just over two-fifths in 2005 and a third in 2004, according to new data from the annual Campus Computing Survey. Begun in 1990, The Campus Computing Project is the largest continuing study of the role of information technology and e-learning in American higher education. The project’s national studies draw on qualitative and quantitative data to help inform faculty, campus officials, policymakers, and others interested in a wide array of information technology planning and policy issues that affect colleges and universities in the United States.

Copies of the report on the survey are available at Campus Computing Project. New national data on IT planning, policy, finance, instructional support and integration, and web services, along with comparative data for community colleges and other sectors of U.S. higher education will be presented by Kenneth C. Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project, during a Special Session at the League’s Conference on Information Technology, October 22-25, 2006, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Career Pathways: Aligning Public Resources to Support Individual and Regional Economic Advancement in the Knowledge Economy

With public budgets under pressure and officials and voters alike demanding better results from publicly funded education and job training systems, communities of all sizes and circumstances are seeking new strategies to maximize the return on their investments in those systems. In places as diverse as Arkansas, Oregon, Wisconsin, and California, policymakers are turning toward an approach known as career pathways, a means for aligning educational, workforce, and economic development systems to strengthen local and regional economies. Private and public leaders alike recognize the benefits of the model.

Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) has helped cities, regions, and states across the United States develop career pathways in fields from health care to information technology and life sciences. Now, WSC is releasing “Career Pathways: Aligning Public Resources to Support Individual and Regional Economic Advancement in the Knowledge Economy” as the first report in a series about career pathways and alignment of public systems. Written by Senior Consultant Davis Jenkins, this white paper sets out the basic premises of the approach and describes the process of designing and implementing a career pathways system. The report also offers an in-depth case study of one of the many initiatives occurring nationally: the economically depressed community of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where the community college system, local employers, workforce development officials, and others came together to create routes of upward mobility in the health care and transportation sectors for hundreds of area jobseekers, including dislocated manufacturing workers.

A career pathway is a series of connected education and training programs and support services that enable individuals to secure employment within a specific industry or occupational sector, and to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in that sector. Each step on a pathway is designed to prepare the participant for the next level of employment and education. Pathways offer value to employers, current workers and jobseekers, government officials, educators, and social service providers by providing a mechanism for coordination and collaboration among these actors – all tied to real outcomes in jobs, earnings, and economic growth. They have become so popular that foundation and federal support for their development has totaled hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years.

A number of current economic and demographic trends help make the case for the career pathways model. The ongoing macroeconomic shift from a production to a service orientation means that individuals who lack postsecondary education or training will find it increasingly difficult to earn family-supporting wages and move beyond subsistence-level employment. At the same time, better-paying jobs that require higher levels of education and skill comprise the fastest growing segment of the labor market, and are expected to account for nearly two-thirds of all new jobs between 2004 and 2014. Communities that can attract and retain these higher-value jobs – and the knowledge workers who fill them – will enjoy a decisive competitive advantage over those that cannot. 

Later this year, WSC will release two additional reports on career pathways: a how-to guide for practitioners and state agencies that details how communities can develop and implement pathways, and a paper on the role of state governments in remaking unaligned human capital systems. Both publications will be available by fall 2006.

The report is featured at the Workforce Strategy Center website at www.workforcestrategy.org.

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Questionmark Announces Support for JSR 168

QuestionMarkTesting and assessment software provider Questionmark recently announced that it now supports the Java Specification Request 168 (JSR 168) portlet standard to enable the integration of online assessments with portals. Questionmark’s support for JSR 168 will allow customers to display portlets within any JSR 168 compliant portal product, enabling integration of online assessments with other enterprise systems. Users of the Questionmark™ Perception™ assessment management system may now download example code for providing participant and administrator access to Perception via a JSR-168 compliant portal.

JSR 168 is a standard programming specification that makes enterprise applications more accessible to end users through a portal of choice. A portlet is a pluggable user interface component that is displayed in a web portal. Both open-source and commercially produced portal servers have embraced the JSR 168 standard, which enables interoperability between portlets and portals.

With today’s announcement, it is now possible to deploy a portlet within a JSR 168 compliant portal that provides participants a list and direct links to assessments assigned to them in Perception. Likewise, the portlet could give administrators single sign-on access to Perception’s assessment scheduling, reporting, and management functions.

To learn more about Questionmark Perception, visit www.questionmark.com/perception. Learn more about Questionmark, Inc., at www.questionmark.com.  

All names, product names, and trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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SchoolDude.com and Datatel Partner to Provide Integrated
Facility Operations and Financial Management Solutions

SchoolDudeSchoolDude.com, the nation’s leading provider of web-native operations management solutions designed exclusively for the specific needs of educational professionals, recently announced a partnership with Datatel, Inc. The partnership will provide Datatel clients with cost-effective and efficient technology to manage their institution’s work-order, preventive-maintenance, and inventory-management processes, while enabling SchoolDude clients to integrate their facility management solutions with Datatel’s financial management technology.

SchoolDude’s online operations management tools are easy to use and simple to implement, allowing colleges and universities to realize increased savings and operational efficiencies. ”Datatel selected SchoolDude because they offer solutions designed to help plant management staff maintain and protect an institution’s significant investment in capital assets,” said Jayne W. Edge, vice president of strategic planning and marketing for Datatel. “They have consistently allowed higher education institutions to realize significant cost savings and gains in productivity.”

Datatel provides colleges and universities with higher education technology and services to improve efficiency in business processes by improving department workflows and productivity. Datatel Colleague®, the company’s advanced enterprise resource planning software designed specifically for higher education, focuses on five business areas: enrollment and student services, financial management, financial aid, human resources, and institutional advancement.

SchoolDude will provide integration between its facility operations technology and Datatel Colleague® using an import tool that supports charge backs for cost recovery, including estimated labor costs, inventory costs, and purchasing costs. The integration will enable exchange of this financial data between Datatel Colleague® and SchoolDude’s MaintenanceDirect system. Additionally, the partnership will provide the following SchoolDude facility management solutions:

    1. MaintenanceDirect™ helps clients streamline the entire work order process from request to completion;
    2. PMDirect™ helps clients create, assign, and manage recurring maintenance tasks;
    3. InventoryDirect™ allows clients to streamline the process of ordering, issuing, and tracking inventory items; and
    4. PlanningDirect™ simplifies strategic planning for colleges’ and universities’ future capital infrastructure needs.

“According to APPA research released at the Campus of the Future conference, excellent facilities have a linkage with student attraction and retention,” said Lee Prevost, president and founder of SchoolDude.com. “A best-in-class facility management solution from SchoolDude, coupled with Datatel Colleague®, will help clients improve productivity, manage workflow more efficiently, proactively maintain quality facilities for learning, and maintain a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining students.”

To learn more about Datatel, please visit www.datatel.com, and to learn more about SchoolDude, please visit www.schooldude.com. Subscribe to SchoolDude News by adding SchoolDude to your news reader: http://feeds.feedburner.com/dudenews.

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iStream Adds New Comment-Posting Feature
Post a Comment by December 1 and You May Win
a Free Innovations 2007 Registration!

istreamThe League is pleased to introduce a new venue for iStream members to post their comments about the rich content available on iStream. Share your thoughts and opinions with iStream participants, authors, and faculty across North America and around the world through iStream’s new comment-posting tool.

As a bonus, a random drawing will be held December 1, 2006, with the winner receiving a free Innovations 2007 registration. Each post in the Comments section will be counted as an individual entry in the drawing.

For more information about iStream and the new comment-posting feature, contact Wendy Neil at neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 234.

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iStream: Focus on Community Development

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Thoughtful Topics. As the nation stood at the brink of war, Kweisi Mfume, then president of the NAACP, gave a stirring oration on community at the 2003 Innovations conference in Phoenix. See it in streaming video this month.

League Projects. Even in an urban setting, it’s possible to keep community in community colleges. Miami Dade College has won a prestigious award for modeling that ideal.

Partners. The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship recently surveyed a cross-section of community colleges to find out what they were achieving in the field. Not surprisingly, they are an enterprising lot.

TLT Webinars, Dangerous Discussions, and Flashlight. The League and TLTGroup are happy to present numerous workshops and three new TLT archives on iStream: FridayLive Kickoff; What is the Place of Open Source in the Community College; and Faculty Fears About Laptop Initiatives. Each month, the TLT Group makes a limited number of seats in their online workshops available to iStream members at no charge.

Ten Questions to Leadership. Evan Dobelle, president of the New England Board of Higher Education, answers questions about the essential services his organization offers to faculty, students, and global leadership.

Education Pathways. Quality Matters, a project developed by MarylandOnline, has gone through several incarnations since its inception in 2003. One good reason for that is its unexpected versatility as a tool for assuring the quality of online courses.

Log on to iStream for new content, new updates, and new ideas. For information about becoming an iStream subscriber, contact Wendy Neil at neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 234.

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Join the CCTI Network

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Join the CCTI Network today and attend the New Orleans Summit in March 2007. The College and Career Transitions Initiative Site Partnership Teams throughout the United States have been working on tools and strategies to assist all colleges in successful transitions for their students. Community college-led teams and partnerships with high schools, employers, community-based organizations, universities, and others are working together to ease transitions and reduce remediation from high school to college to careers. If your college is working toward these types of goals, we invite you to join the CCTI Network and attend the CCTI Summit in New Orleans, March 2007. For more information, visit http://www.league.org/ccti/networkapplication.

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League Services Provides Speakers and Consultants for Professional and Organizational Development

ServicesDo you need an experienced, dynamic, and interactive speaker to help make your professional development day successful? Let League Services provide a recognized expert to inform, inspire, and enthuse your campus gathering.

Why choose a League Services speaker for your event? Here are just a few reasons:

  • We are committed to providing high-quality, affordable speakers.
  • We specialize in community colleges, so we speak your language.
  • Our speakers have years of experience in community college education.
  • We work with you to find a presenter from among our many expert consultants who can address your institution's specific needs.
  • From campuswide events to interactive small-group sessions, when developing a program, our speakers confer with institutional leaders to solicit input that ensures the maximum possible benefit.
     

League speakers are now accepting engagements! Representing a wide assortment of topics, our experienced speakers will tailor workshops to meet your organization's specific needs. If you don't see the topic in which you are interested, let us know!

Email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, ext. 233, for additional information or to schedule your speaker today!

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Getting Results Faculty Development Modules
Featured at the League's Conference on Information Technology

Getting resultsGetting Results, a free, online, multimedia professional development course for training community college faculty, produced by WGBH-TV in association with the League, will be featured at three sessions during the League’s Conference on Information Technology, October 22-25, 2006, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Join project staff members for a tour of Getting Results in one or more of the three sessions. For complete descriptions of the sessions, see the CIT program.

  • Special Session: Faculty Development for Getting Results, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 2006
  • Forum: Faculty Development Designed for Getting Results, 8:00-10:15 a.m., Monday, October 23, 2006
  • Hands-On Lab: Faculty Development Designed for Getting Results, 8:00-9:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Getting Results is available online at no cost (http://www.league.org/gettingresults), and a CD version is available for purchase through the League Store (http://www.leaguestore.org). The modules focus on the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, specifically in Advanced Technology Education classrooms. The videos accompanying the modules include real teachers and students in real classroom settings across the country, representing a range of fields, institutions, programs, and subject areas.

Suitable for self-study, face-to-face training, or other formats of online and onsite use, Getting Results gives faculty members strategies for deepening teaching and learning. Extensive curriculum is now available online at no charge at http://www.league.org/gettingresults. Free downloadable PDF versions of web-based text and PowerPoint outlines are included with each module. A CD-ROM version that does not require internet access is available for purchase ($29 price includes standard shipping) from the League Store at http://www.leaguestore.org.

Getting Results begins with an orientation video followed by six modules. Each module features classroom videos illustrating classroom practice; background information about the teacher and class; activities for learners; readings; downloadable, printable PDF versions of web-based text content; customizable PowerPoint slide shows; and suggestions on how to incorporate the strategies into users’ own classrooms. The module topics are

  • Creating a Community of Learners,
  • Planning for Outcomes,
  • Active Teaching and Learning,
  • Moving Beyond the Classroom,
  • Teaching with Technology, and
  • Assessing Teaching and Learning.

Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program, Getting Results was produced by WGBH-TV, PBS’s flagship station, in association with the League for Innovation in the Community College. Getting Results draws on research about best practices in adult learning. It has been piloted at 13 community and technical colleges, and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) at The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a formative and summative evaluation through 2007.

WGBH Boston is America’s pre-eminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television’s best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites. WGBH is the number-one producer of websites on pbs.org, one of the most trafficked dot-org websites in the world. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information, visit http://www.wgbh.org.

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Shop the League’s Online Store!

League storeThe League’s newly revamped online store, with its user-friendly search feature, descriptions of available publications, and convenient credit card and purchase order options, offers new titles such as Knowledge Management in Practice: The Cuyahoga Community College Experience, and the ever-popular Cross Papers, as well as best-sellers such as Judith Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad’s Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web and Robert H. McCabe’s Yes We Can: A Community College Guide to Developing America’s Underprepared. The League Store also features CD versions of the LENs faculty development program (individual and institutional licenses are available) and the Getting Results online faculty development modules.

League publications focus on issues of particular interest to community college administrators, faculty, and staff, and typically showcase effective practices and model programs in place at community colleges. For more information or to place an order, visit http://www.leaguestore.org.

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Featured Publication
Online Education in Community Colleges: Conversations With the Field

The League is pleased to announce the availability of a new white paper, “Online Education in Community Colleges: Conversations With the Field” by Robert Threlkeld of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). Using interviews with more than 50 online-learning professionals, Threlkeld examines the current state of online learning and course development in community colleges. He reviews the current structure of distance learning organizations and online course development models, and he explores opinions of those involved in online learning. Conversations From the Field is sponsored by MITE with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The full text of the new white paper is available online at http://www.league.org/publication/whitepapers/1006.pdf.

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Member Spotlight: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB Donates $4 Million to
NorthWest Arkansas Community College

The growing student body at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville will have more opportunities for educational advancement, thanks to a $4 million donation by Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB. The contribution is the lead gift in a $16 million capital campaign for the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Foundation and marks the largest philanthropic contribution in the college’s history.

According to the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Foundation, the school is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the Midwest. The capital campaign will help the college expand facilities and academic curriculum, which may include the creation of an entrepreneurial center, a center for nursing, and a scholarship endowment. 

A recent economic impact study showed that 95 percent of students from the college work in Northwest Arkansas after completing their coursework. Enrollment for fall 2006 is estimated at 6,000 credit students. Noncredit student enrollment is expected to exceed 7,500 students for the academic year.

“Our mission is to serve and strengthen the Northwest Arkansas region through learning for living while promoting positive changes in the individuals, families, and communities we serve,” said NWACC President Becky Paneitz. “With partners like Wal-Mart, we are better able to respond to our students’ needs and celebrate their achievements.”

Last year, Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB donated more than $45 million nationwide in support of educational initiatives, including support for local schools at the store level and through its Teacher of the Year program, one of the largest teacher recognition programs in the country. The company also recognizes more than 7,000 outstanding high school seniors and company associates annually through the Sam Walton and Higher Reach scholarship programs, awarding approximately $7.6 million each year. In 2005, the company’s charitable giving totaled more than $245 million in financial and in-kind donations to various charitable organizations and causes.

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