April 2011, Volume 5, Number 6


WildflowersApril brings many magnificent things to our campuses—students enjoying outdoor spaces, color returning to the views from classroom windows, and the promise of a reinvigorating summer around the corner. Also swiftly approaching is NISOD’s 33rd annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, to be held at the Austin Convention Center, May 29-June 1, 2011.

The NISOD Staff

In This Issue

NISOD’s YouTube Channel

YouTubeLooking for some new teaching strategies? Needing a little inspiration? Check out videos from our 2011 NISOD Excellence Awards recipients featured on NISOD’s YouTube Channel.

Are you a 2011 NISOD Excellence Award recipient and want to submit a video to our YouTube Channel? Check out our submission guidelines, and upload your video to NISOD’s YouTube Channel. Videos can be high definition, in a variety of formats, and up to 200MB in size. It should just take a few minutes!

2011 NISOD Excellence Award Recipients’ Statements and Photos

medallionThanks to the more than 400 recipients of the 2011 NISOD Excellence Awards who submitted statements and photos. We have enjoyed reading about what excites and inspires them to strive for excellence, as well as what sustains and renews their energy. These statements, along with photos of recipients working one-on-one with a student or small group of students, will be displayed on computer kiosks throughout the convention center during the NISOD Conference. In addition, they will be featured on our website after the conference. Click here to view previous years’ submissions.

Member Spotlight

Cuyahoga Community College Opens New Hospitality Management Center

Cuyahoga logoLocated in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Ohio, at Public Square is the home of the Cuyahoga Community College (OH) Hospitality Management Center (HMC).

The new state-of-the-art Center, which opened in October 2010, offers many possibilities for partnership and growth with the community. “We are trying to work with as many downtown and regional organizations as possible–large and small–as well as community members to help the city develop and grow,” says Gregory Forte, dean of Hospitality Management at the college. HMC students will be poised to succeed in the hospitality industry and support Cleveland’s expanding endeavors, including the planned Medical Mart, convention center, and casino.

The slick new 25,000 square-foot facility has technology-enhanced classroom space and labs for students pursuing concentrations in lodging and tourism, restaurant/food service management, and culinary arts. HMC hosts two accelerated associate degree programs in business management and international business, as well as noncredit culinary classes for the community taught by professionally trained culinary staff–covering topics such as cake decorating, wine tasting and food pairing, and international cuisine.

Hospitality Management CenterEquipment inside the HMC is unparalleled by any other culinary educational facility in the region, with top-of-the-line commercial appliances and LCD screens for instruction. The Center provides a demonstration kitchen and two teaching kitchens as well as classrooms, meeting rooms, and student lounges.

In early 2011, a 3,000 square-foot restaurant will open adjacent to the HMC–a fresh new option for downtown dining as well as internship opportunities for Cuyahoga Community College culinary students.

For decades, many of the nation’s most highly regarded downtown areas have induced culinary learning facilities, which have become an integral part of contemporary urban downtown landscapes. Cleveland will now join the ranks of Chicago, Pittsburg, New York, and other prominent U.S. cities with the opening of the downtown Hospitality Management Center.

El Paso Community College Receives National Award for Outstanding Student Success Initiative

El Paso Community College logo“El Paso Community College’s resolute commitment to student success and completion has set it apart as an impressive example of what is possible at community colleges all across the country.”
William Trueheart, Achieving the Dream President and CEO

In awarding El Paso Community College (EPCC) (TX) the third annual Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award this February, Dr. Trueheart noted that the college’s “strong presidential leadership, broad institutional engagement,” and the “pervasive impact of their programs on the community” demonstrate that “high-level commitment and well-focused, evidence-based decision-making can lead to substantial improvements in student success and completion.”

El Paso staffUnder the visionary leadership of EPCC president Dr. Richard Rhodes, the five-year Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative, inaugurated in 2004, and funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education, took disturbing data on college readiness and built “a college-going culture” in a metropolitan border area where 82% of residents are Hispanic, 27% low-income, and 54% have a high school diploma or less education. Through innovative programs such as the College Readiness Consortium, the Summer Bridge Program, and the Pretesting Retesting Educational (PREP) Program, EPCC reduced the number of students needing developmental courses, improved student performance in these courses, added to enrollment in gateway courses, expanded completion rates in these courses, and raised graduation rates. The approach of these programs has become “an integral part of what the college does.” General operating funds and funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are being used to expand the most promising AtD strategies at all five campuses.

“The Achieving the Dream initiative was the best thing that could have happened to EPCC,” states Dr. Rhodes. Many lessons were learned, and “the outcomes have empowered our faculty, staff, students, and community to engage in promoting and supporting student success at levels never seen before.”

View EPCC Presentation “Pathways to Success.”

Partner Corner

Grow Your Enrollment Through Teaching Project Management

PMI logoProject management is rapidly growing in recognition of its being a strategic competency that enables organizations to deliver expected benefits and value through effective planning, organization, and risk mitigation. At the same time, however, anecdotal evidence of the difficulty in finding properly educated project managers abounds, as do hard data. According to a report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in 2007, “Over the next decade, nearly 100 million new (project-related) jobs will be created. The urgent reality is that there simply will not be enough qualified project professionals to fill these positions.” Overall, demand for workers in project-oriented occupations is growing faster than that in all other occupations.

Students are taking notice. In light of organizational demand and recent data that show project management salaries growing in spite of recession conditions, increasing numbers of working professionals are seeking advanced degrees in project management. A recent census of the UNESCO Higher Education database (only 4% complete) shows that more than 481 schools are offering 650 degree programs at the Master and Doctorate level in project management. Additional market research shows that upwards of 33,000 working professionals will seek a Master Degree in project management in the next two years and, astonishingly, more than 22,000 will seek a doctorate in project management.

Schools that have embraced project management as a course and/or degree offering have experienced the benefits of marked revenue increases owing to student demand for classes and degrees. Bellevue College (WA), for example, has implemented a robust project management program that serves working professionals from IT organizations including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Nintendo Co., and a wide variety of other sectors including healthcare and construction. Other schools around the world are implementing classes that can be taken individually or as part of certificate programs, along with self-study modules, assessments, and courses leading to certifications that make graduates more attractive candidates for employment—such as the Project Management Institute's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification.

Watch the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) (PA) recorded presentation that discusses the opportunity teaching project management presents to colleges.

Read a case study that discusses Bellevue College’s experience in developing a project management program that is attractive to students and employers.

Visit the PMI website that focuses on the benefits of teaching project management and resources available to schools.

Top Ten Finalist of the Community College Week-NISOD Student Essay Contest

CCWNew3.jpgCongratulations to Jinhang Qiao, a student at Austin Community College (TX), for writing one of the Top Ten essays for the Community College Week—NISOD Student Essay Contest. Jinhang’s essay describes a most rewarding learning experience as a student in Jeremy Green’s photography class. Jeremy Green is an Adjunct Professor at Austin Community College. NISOD is proud to feature all of the Top Ten essays in upcoming editions of Hook’Em Up. For the month of April, please enjoy Jinhang’s masterpiece!

My Professor Jeremy Green
Jeremy Green & Jinhang QiaoI am Jinhang Qiao, an international photography student from China at Austin Community College. Currently, I am taking an Expressive course with Professor Jeremy Green. I admire Jeremy Green; he represents a combination of creativity, genuine care for his students, and selfless commitment to helping his students and nurturing their talents. He challenges us to go beyond our comfort zone to explore possibilities.

Unlike other instructors, Jeremy allows much more artistic freedom in this class. Instead of making photos fit the instructor’s personal aesthetic taste or simply following technical instructions in a textbook, his Expressive class is more about students learning about themselves, exploring possibilities, and unlocking their inner potential. Jeremy goes beyond the scope of his position as an instructor. He has taken us on field trips to places like “Ghost Town” in Manor, Texas, a Bruce Davidson exhibition event, and the Missions in San Antonio, Texas.

For instance, I was in Jeremy’s open lab one day during a studio photo shoot, and the lab was scheduled to close at 1:00 p.m. Unfortunately, my model was running late and did not arrive until around 12:30 p.m. Usually it takes at least 30 minutes just to tear down the lights and equipment, so realistically, by the time my model arrived, I would have needed to wrap everything up to finish on time. However, Jeremy allowed me to shoot an hour and a half after the lab time. Even while I was shooting, he helped by giving feedback and assisting me with some of the equipment. I knew it was lunch time, and I would have understood if Jeremy had told me to tear the lights and go home. Instead of leaving for lunch, Jeremy stayed in the lab for additional hours just to help me, displaying his true colors as a dedicated, genuine, and selfless teacher.

Jeremy is a very generous person. He tells us enlightening stories about how he achieved his goals at our age. The stories do not only relate to photography, but also to positive thinking and setting and accomplishing our goals. As malleable college students finding our paths in the world, such sincerity has a big impact. Jeremy shows his students a way to find themselves, and opens their minds to their potential. Studying under Jeremy Green, I have not only gained essential photography knowledge, but have also learned to be creative, positive, open to new ideas, and set goals for myself, which I can definitely benefit from for the rest of my life. I am lucky to have met Jeremy Green. He is a great influence not only to my future career as a photographer but as a person.

Friends of NISOD

Give Your Students the Advantage

Bellevue logoBellevue University’s (NE) Community College Advantage Partnerships are designed around one common goal: serving students. We do this by providing the smoothest transfer of your associate’s degrees.

With Bellevue University, your students can select from more than 20 bachelor’s degrees they can complete in a year, 100% online, via our award-winning online classroom.

We accept ALL the credits in ALL your students’ associate’s degrees toward our bachelor’s degree completion programs, and we encourage incoming students to Bellevue University to take any needed electives at your community college.

Best yet, we do not require your students to repeat any courses they have already taken. That means the smoothest transfer of your associate’s degrees!
We’ve partnered with community colleges across the nation, and they echo what Dr. Kevin Eaton, president of Weatherford College, in Texas, says:

“Our partnership with Bellevue University is built on respect. They respect our role in educating students, and we respect all they offer to help our students complete their bachelor’s degrees. Partnering with Bellevue University is a win-win, both for our students and for us.”

To learn more about how Bellevue University’s Community College Advantage Partnerships can benefit your students, visit us at booth #303, at the NISOD Conference.

Contact us today at bellevue.edu/ccap, or call 877-253-7472. A “Friend of NISOD,” Bellevue University is a non-profit university regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Gain the Advantage—become a Community College Advantage Partner today!

Community College Teacher Education Programs: A National Profile

NACCTEPThe recent and historic White House Summit on Community Colleges highlighted the critical role of community colleges in developing America’s workforce and economic and educational growth. Community colleges play an essential role in the preparation and professional development of individuals in a wide variety of careers, including education. The important function of community colleges in teacher education is one that will continue to evolve with the changing needs of communities and states.

The National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) (AZ) promotes the community college role in the recruitment, preparation, retention, and renewal of diverse early childhood and K-12 teachers, and advances quality teacher education programs in the community college. NACCTEP strives to provide resources for community college administrators and teacher education program administrators, faculty, and staff as they develop new and enhance existing programs and services. One way NACCTEP accomplishes this is by facilitating data collection through the NACCTEP Profile Survey.

The NACCTEP Profile Survey was created to describe the numerous and diverse teacher education programs that exist at community colleges nationwide. The survey is conducted every two years; this is the fourth edition of the survey. The purpose of the survey is to identify and showcase teacher education programs at member colleges; identify state and national issues and trends; provide a resource for community colleges to use in their efforts to create and/or improve their own teacher education programs; and serve as a national data source for community college teacher education program information.

One hundred and eleven member institutions from 35 states, or 60% of NACCTEP membership, responded to the 2009-2010 NACCTEP Profile Survey. Ninety-nine percent were public institutions. Ninety-five percent were two-year colleges, 4% were four-year institutions, and 1% was educational partner members. Highlights of the report include:

  1. 67% of responding NACCTEP member institutions with teacher education programs indicated an increase in the number of students enrolled in the past two years. This enrollment growth was over 30% for many of the colleges.
  2. 57% of responding NACCTEP member institutions with early childhood programs indicated an increase in the number of students enrolled in the past two years.
  3. 39% of member institutions reported that their funding levels have remained the same for the past two years. Of those who did see program funding changes, 48% revealed that their funding had been decreased, while 13% noted funding increases.
  4. 11% of responding institutions indicated that they had applied for a National Science Foundation grant during 2009-2010. Of those who did apply for NSF funding, 50% were awarded funding.
  5. Early childhood and teacher education students continue to be largely female (92% in early childhood programs and 80% in teacher education programs). Overall 15% of teacher education students were Hispanic, and 13% were African American.
  6. 60% of students in teacher education programs are 20 to 40 years old.
  7. 65% of survey respondents, representing 29 states, reported having a statewide associate’s degree specific to early childhood and/or teacher education that transferred to all state-funded universities in their state. In 33 states, 48% of respondents reported having associate’s degrees specific to teacher education and/or early childhood that transferred to one or some of the four-year institutions in their state.
  8. 98% of NACCTEP member colleges reported collaboration with local PreK-12 schools. Collaboration took place for the purposes listed below, in order of prevalence.
    • Field placement agreements (83%)
    • Recruitment efforts (64%)
    • Collaborative committee/group efforts (61%)
    • Dual enrollment efforts (60%)
    • Teacher education/early childhood course provision (59%)
  9. 96% collaborate with four-year institutions. These efforts took place as a result of articulation efforts (94%), transfer efforts (91%), collaborative committee/group efforts (67%), recruitment efforts (59%), grant activities (41%), and state/institutions of Higher Education boards (32%).

Through this process we have learned that gathering data can be a challenge for some institutions. The need to collect up-to-date and accurate student data has become more and more critical, as the numbers of students enrolling in community colleges continue to rise, and the community college teacher preparation programs continue to gain recognition and visibility.

This report provides a snapshot of what is occurring in our teacher education programs. The dynamic picture comes from students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Each of them is involved with many innovative ideas and initiatives on a daily basis. NACCTEP is committed to supporting member institutions in their efforts to provide quality teacher education and early childhood programs and services to the communities they serve. One great interactive forum is the annual NACCTEP national conference, which will be take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 2-4, 2012. We hope you will consider attending this innovative event.

Information about the Association, the conference, and a downloadable Membership Profile report may be found at www.nacctep.org.

NACCTEP is based out of the National Center for Teacher Education in the Maricopa County Community College District (AZ).

Publications Corner

Innovation AbstractsInnovation Abstracts

Visit NISOD’s fully searchable online archives containing all of our archived Innovation Abstracts published over the past 30 years. Innovation Abstracts is a password-protected resource for NISOD members only. Members who do not have a password can complete a password request form.

Recent articles include:

Publish Your Good Ideas in Innovation Abstracts!
Are you an administrator or instructor who has successful practices, innovations, programs, or initiatives that work for you, your college, and your students? Consider sharing them with NISOD readers in an upcoming issue of Innovation Abstracts. Find out how!

The fully searchable online archives contain all articles published over the past 30 years. Innovation Abstracts issues are password-protected for NISOD members only. Members who do not have a password may complete a password request form.

Conference Corner

NISOD conference imageNISOD’s 33nd annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is coming your way next month! From May 29-June 1, 2011, teachers and leaders from around the globe will meet in Austin, Texas, to share innovative ideas and engage in professional development opportunities.

Early-bird conference registration is available through April 29. Please register now to receive a discounted rate. If you are already registered, but would like to add a preconference seminar or a tour to your registration, please contact Sheryl Powell.

When booking a room with one of our partner hotels, please indicate that your reservations are for the NISOD Conference to receive our highly discounted room rates. Only two hotels are not sold out! Make your lodging arrangements for the Hilton Garden Inn or Radisson Hotel and Suites today—the cut-off deadlines are this month!

Plan Your Conference Experience at Home

NISOD’s Conference may only be a month away, but don’t wait until you arrive in Austin to begin planning your conference experience. View the Schedule-at-a-Glance and the conference sessions to begin completing your personal planner. We have so many enriching and fun-filled learning events for you: from our keynote presentations, preconference seminars, special sessions, and Community College Completion Challenge (C4) Summit. We hope you arrive a day early to see Austin’s attractions!

On Tuesday, May 31, of NISOD’s Conference, the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) will host its annual Workshop at the Four Seasons Hotel. Pre-registration on the CCCCSE website is required for this daylong workshop.

Excellence Awards Activities
It is an honor for NISOD to recognize and celebrate excellence at our member colleges. We will begin this year's celebrations with an Excellence Awards Kick-Off at the Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday, May 29, from 3:15-4:00 p.m. (Due to space limitations, this event is for 2011 Excellence Awards recipients only. Recipients must pick up their registration packets prior to the session.)

During the Sunday evening reception, Take Our Picture (TOP) Photography will be available in the back, right corner of Exhibit Hall 5 during the Sunday evening reception. Each 2011 NISOD Excellence Awards recipient will receive a complimentary individual 5x7 photo on Sunday evening. If you would like a photo with your family and colleagues, an order form will be available in your registration packet.

We will conclude with an Excellence Awards Celebration on Wednesday, June 1, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. You will not want to miss this moving and inspirational event! Families and colleagues of 2011 Excellence Awards recipients are welcome to attend this event, as well.

NISOD Liaison Reception
NISOD Liaisons play important roles as ambassadors between their colleges and NISOD. As a token of our appreciation, NISOD Liaisons are invited to a reception in their honor on Tuesday, May 31, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., at the Marriott Courtyard. Please RSVP by April 29.

Austin Convention Center                        
As in years past, the Austin Convention Center will be the site of NISOD’s Conference. Please visit its website for information regarding parking, navigating the facility, and the sustainability initiative that has made the Austin Convention Center one of the “greenest” buildings in Texas. Great news, long-time NISOD Conference participants! There is a new walkway connecting Level 4 to Level 3. Getting around the building will be so much easier!

Mailing List

Please check the NISOD website for updates and further information! The conference program will be posted online next month. If you would like brochures and conference updates emailed to you, please join our conference mailing list.

As always, we look forward to seeing you in Austin!

Hook'Em Up Crossword Puzzle

Crossword puzzleTest your knowledge of NISOD trivia by completing our April Hook’Em Up Crossword Puzzle. Print the crossword puzzle, complete it on the hard copy, and compare your answers with the answer key. Good luck!

The Learning Edge

This month, bloggers discuss developmental education. Join the conversation.

Coral M. Noonan-Terry, Editor-in-Chief
Hook’Em Up is published monthly by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, 1 University Station, D5600, Austin, Texas 78712-0378, (512) 471-7545.

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