April is National Community College Month. NISOD’s mission of promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges has never been more important than it is this April, in the face of a pandemic that is changing how faculty and staff at community colleges support their students, colleagues, and communities.
All month long, we have been celebrating National Community College Month by sharing photos on our Instagram and posting Member Spotlights that celebrate the hard work and achievements of our member colleges. We have also compiled the Teaching Online Toolkit, an invaluable resource to help faculty rise to the task of switching to online modalities.
To bring our celebration of National Community College month to a close, here are some facts and statistics NISOD is proud to share:
- 348: The current number of NISOD member colleges.
- 87: The number of Most Promising Places to Work in Community College (MPPWCC) awards given out to NISOD member colleges since the award was created in 2015. You can read about the 2020 MPPWCC award recipients here.
- 1991: The year NISOD began honoring faculty, administrators, and staff who do extraordinary work on their campuses with NISOD Excellence Awards. To date, over 30,000 recipients have been honored!
- 356: The number of Innovation Abstracts you can read on our website (and that’s not counting our archives from 1989-2009!) Innovation Abstracts, NISOD’s flagship teaching strategies publication, provides an excellent opportunity for community and technical college educators to learn about and share best ideas about programs, projects, and strategies that improve students’ higher education experiences.
- 114: The number of webinars NISOD has presented since 2013. NISOD webinars enable educators to conveniently learn about best practices and cutting-edge research related to effective teaching and learning.
- 5: The number of Online Convenings, a series of events that feature purposefully selected presentations originally planned for our annual onsite conference. The Online Convenings provide faculty, staff, and administrators the kind of high-quality professional development experience they expect from NISOD in a completely online format.
The entire NISOD staff is working remotely, but we are 100 percent operational and remain available through email, phone calls, and video conferences. We also remain devoted to providing our member colleges with resources, publications, and tools to ease their transition to online modalities. Please join us in celebrating April 2020 as National Community College Month and applauding the importance of community colleges.