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Mary Beth Furst, Tara Eisenhauer Ebersole, with the Global Distinction Faculty Learning Communities August 2012
Volume: 7 Issue: 8
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The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and Howard Community College (HCC) of Maryland have teamed up to create Global Distinction, a new academic enrichment program for students. Global Distinction recognizes students who have pursued a globally intensive curriculum through identified general education courses, world languages, and international experiences.
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League for Innovation July 2012
Volume: 7 Issue: 7
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Forged from elements of the university and the high school, the community college has become one of the most successful institutional innovations of all time. As it has evolved over the past 100 plus years, the community college has become a crucible of innovation, an innovation spawning innovations.
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League for Innovation June 2012
Volume: 7 Issue: 6
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The League's Innovation of the Year award was initiated to recognize innovations that reflect extraordinary achievement and the spirit of innovation and experimentation in the community college on which the League was founded. The competition provides an opportunity for member colleges to showcase their innovative programs, practices, policies, partnerships, and resources, and to celebrate the dedicated educators who are responsible for such exceptional work.
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William Nast May 2012
Volume: 7 Issue: 5
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Too many times over a 20-year teaching career I have encountered students who tell me their plans of becoming doctors, lawyers, or engineers, but without a full understanding of the preparation required to join a profession. Many high school and college students don't seem to get it: that pursuing some--perhaps even most--careers takes a lot of postsecondary work requiring a great deal of dedication.
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Celeste Fenton, Brenda Ward Watkins April 2012
Volume: 7 Issue: 4
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Educational institutions feel the imperative to improve retention and graduation rates, and political and corporate interests have amplified the focus on institutional success. The general consensus among policy-makers holds that an indicator of institutional effectiveness is student learning (Erisman, 2009). Fifty-five percent of the nation's 25- to 35-year olds will be degree holders by the year 2025. It is an ambitious challenge and a necessary aspiration to elevate America's status as a world leader in educational attainment among its citizenry.
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Stephen Patchin March 2012
Volume: 7 Issue: 3
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The need for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career pathways is a nationwide issue. Community colleges are addressing this need by developing programs and partnerships that support and encourage students with an interest in STEM fields. In an effort to expose K-12 students to STEM concepts and job options in an engaging, hands-on way, Michigan Technological University scoured the research to find a solution.
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Yuri Wuensch February 2012
Volume: 7 Issue: 2
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With the Government of Alberta projecting a labour shortfall of 114,000 workers in the province over the next decade, workplace innovation and collaboration are becoming increasingly important, says NorQuest College's President and CEO. "Alberta's employment landscape is continually changing," says Jodi L. Abbott. "Businesses must adapt to shifting labour demographics and many depend increasingly on immigration to effectively compete."
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Earni Young January 2012
Volume: 7 Issue: 1
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Early in 2010, the College Board issued a report warning that nearly two-thirds of young black male college students fail to successfully traverse the educational pipeline. The report, titled The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color, was a call to action for colleges and universities to close the achievement gap for black males.
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Sally Hoskins December 2011
Volume: 6 Issue: 12
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We invite community college science faculty to apply for a one-week workshop to learn the C.R.E.A.T.E. teaching strategy: Consider, Read, Elucidate hypotheses, Analyze and interpret data, and Think of the next Experiment.
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League for Innovation August 2011
Volume: 6 Issue: 8
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The League is pleased to announce that Martha J. Kanter will be the keynote speaker for Innovator Spotlight. This online conference features community college programs and practices that have received the League's Innovation of the Year award, which celebrates the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. The conference will be held February 15, 2012.
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Carlene R. Mackereth, Linda Barthelus June 2011
Volume: 6 Issue: 6
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Which comes first at colleges: first-class educational programs or excellent customer service? Administrators at Northern Virginia Community College believe students deserve both.
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League for Innovation May 2011
Volume: 6 Issue: 5
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Established in 1982, the League's Innovation of the Year Award was initiated to recognize innovations that reflect extraordinary achievement and the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. The award provides an opportunity to showcase the innovations and the dedicated community college educators who are working to create new programs, improve processes, and enhance the opportunities available in their communities. Criteria Selection of award recipients is based on the following criteria established by the League:
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Jodi Oriel, Matt Hachee April 2011
Volume: 6 Issue: 4
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In just a few years, Monroe Community College's Scholars' Day program has become a platform for students, faculty, and staff to successfully promote their creative and scholarly work. The event has provided an annual program around which to plan activities such as research and writing projects, performances, exhibits, symposia, panel discussions, and cooking demonstrations.  Monroe Community College (MCC) believes that events such as Scholars?
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Wendy Simmons March 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 3
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In the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, anyone could smoke indoors at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. In the 1990s, federal laws moved smoking outdoors. Unlike bell bottoms, a return to smoking indoors has not occurred and federal and state laws have expanded. In 2002, Lane created several designated smoking areas to curtail smoking everywhere on campus and help make the campus accessible for all who came to Lane. Ironically, some of the smoking areas were placed next to main walkways and air intakes.
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Johnson County Community College January 2011
Volume: 6 Issue: 1
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Promoting Research and Teaching on the Cultures, History, Economics, and Natural Environment of Kansas Area studies programs have been a staple of higher education at the university level for several decades. Community colleges have been slower, historically speaking, to embrace the concept. A few pioneers like the Appalachian Studies Program at Ohio's Sinclair Community College have set the bar high.
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