Thursday, October 14, 2010


Making Technology Work: Meeting the Demand for More Students

Are you experiencing increasing enrollments? Are students rushing to enroll in classes? Join us as one college, Northcentral Technical College (NTC), shares how it went from 300-400 courses per semester to 4,000-5,000 fully automated classes. Partnering with Dynamic Campus, NTC developed a fully automated system, creating efficient online courses for faculty, while addressing the growing student demand for accessible, easy-to-navigate coursework. This session will leave you with ideas on how to maximize technology to better serve your students.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Pacific: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mountain: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Central: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Eastern: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Chet Strebe, CIO, Northcentral Technical College (WI)
Leonardo de la Garza, Chancellor Emeritus, Tarrant County College District (TX)
Evelyn Waiwaiole, Suanne Davis Roueche NISOD Director (Moderator)


A Change for Good: Using Student Engagement Techniques to Transform Student Success

How can we make a real difference in the success, retention, and persistence of our at-risk students? In an effort to promote meaningful change and sustain long term results, New Mexico Junior College (NMJC) is collaborating with Dr. Elizabeth Barkley to train a core team of motivated professors to improve the success of students in high-risk core courses. Join us as we share a multi-faceted, data-driven strategy for helping face-to-face and online instructors become central to the improved success of students at this comprehensive, residential community college. NMJC instructors are becoming more effective in their engagement practices and efforts to build early and sustained student success using the lessons learned in this focused professional development program.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Pacific: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mountain: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Central: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Eastern: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Elizabeth F. Barkley, Instructor, Music, and Author, Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers
Larry Sanderson, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, New Mexico Junior College
Terry Holloman, Faculty, New Mexico Junior College
Mia Leggett, Membership Liaison, NISOD (Moderator)

Goodbye to the Greatest Coach in History - Remembering My Breakfasts with Coach Wooden

June 4, 2010, was a day of inevitability. John Wooden, legendary basketball coach, passed away a few months short of a century of life. The media was filled with stories, statistics, and reminiscences of this extraordinary man. In terms of college basketball, which accomplishment would be considered the most significant? Ten NCAA championships for the University of California at Los Angeles? His induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach? UCLA winning 88 straight games? Coaching the only basketball team in history with seven back-to-back undefeated seasons in the NCAA championship games?

As a young man in Southern California, I became a UCLA basketball fan—just in time for Coach Wooden to lead the Bruins to their first national championship in 1963-64 (in his 15th year at UCLA). A few years (and several NCAA titles) later, I was a UCLA graduate student, studying geography. Being on the campus gave me the chance to see some of the basketball players. Even at a university with 25,000 students, Swen Nater, Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes, and Bill Walton were easy to spot.

I started going for breakfast with a few of my fellow grad students in the UCLA student union. One day, we were seated when Coach John Wooden came over to our table and asked: “Would you fellows mind if I joined you?” He sat down with us, introduced himself, and proceeded to ask each of us who we were and what we were studying at UCLA. We chatted for a half hour or so, and then he excused himself. My friends and I could hardly believe it. This man, at the peak of his success as a coach, had taken the time to visit with us. He was genuinely interested in each of us.

A few months later, John Wooden sat with a different group of graduate students. Again, he went around the table gathering information about the students and why they were at UCLA. I was stunned when he looked at me and said, “Larry how is your research on conservation coming?” How could he have remembered that? Before my time at UCLA was over, I had a couple of other breakfast meetings with the Coach. He knew me and every other student with whom he dined.

I began to pay even more attention to this great man. He had transcended from an athletic coach to a life coach. Ultimately, that is what Coach John Wooden really was—an amazing coach of life who happened to be the greatest basketball coach in history.

I encourage teachers, leaders, and mentors to embrace the role Coach played. For the sake of our students, we should become even better teachers of life, not just content. Coach Wooden once observed that a Seven-Point Creed, given to him by his father, Joshua, upon his graduation from grammar school, was his life plan.

* Be true to yourself.
* Make each day your masterpiece.
* Help others.
* Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
* Make friendship a fine art.
* Build a shelter against a rainy day.
* Pray for guidance, and give thanks for your blessings every day.

Lawrence G. Miller, Chief Academic Officer

For further information, contact the author at Snead State Community College, 220 North Walnut, Boaz, AL 35857.

Bridging the Gap Between Student Services and Faculty

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in my office and received a phone call from a co-worker who worked in student services. As an English instructor, I had received these phone calls in the past. He called to ask why I had dropped one of his favorite students from my class. I informed him the student missed seven classes which, at that time, was 40% of the class meetings. My syllabus allowed students to miss four classes, so the student had violated the course rules.

The student and student services worker had formed a close relationship, as he was his student success advisor; and his goal was to persuade me to let his “guy” back into my class. He told me about how this student was commuting from 30 miles away, worked two jobs, and had a wife and kid. Basically, he wanted me to cut the student some slack because of his extenuating life circumstances.

I liked the student. Ironically, he was one of my favorites. When he came to class, he was polite, smart, and engaging. I desperately wanted him to succeed. Once he had missed two more classes than the syllabus allowed, the other students in the class began to notice I was not enforcing the rules that were set out in the syllabus. I had no choice but to drop him from the course.

As an English instructor at a community college, I teach six courses a semester. Each course has, on average, 20 students each. Therefore, I am responsible for 120 students learning how to read and write. Only approximately 30% know how to write well when they enroll in the class. Usually 75% of the students come to class every day, pay attention to everything I say, and work overtime to pass the course.

While student services sees one student, the faculty members see all the students. Student services are able to work one-on-one with students and receive the intimate details of a student’s life. While, as faculty members, we get to know our students, and we always have to think about the class as a whole. Students are able to go to their success advisor and tell their daily troubles; however, faculty have a different role. For example, if I allowed a student to miss more that the allowed classes because he or she had to work, I would have to allow every student I teach the same. The result would be mass anarchy, and attendance would be poor. Few students would be in class to receive the necessary instruction to learn the skills to pass the course.

I believe student services plays an important part in student success. In community colleges, most students are not ready for the demands of a post-secondary education. They need to have a strong support system to succeed. Student services can provide that support, but they have to work with faculty to achieve that success. The following are suggestions about how faculty and student services can work together.

Student services needs to encourage students to adhere to rules as explained in the course syllabus. Often, faculty list policies about attendance, cell phone usage, talking while others are talking, and personal conduct. These rules and policies, may not seem important to the student, but faculty know they are vital to student success. Student services workers can help faculty enforce those policies, as they see the students on a one-on-one basis. They help by reinforcing their importance.
Not every concession can be made. Faculty are responsible for students learning the content of their courses. For example, our state is beginning to assess our graduating students’ writing ability. The philosophy of passing students along cannot apply to us any longer. Students must learn the content of the course.

Student services should be encouraged to have an open dialogue with faculty. Most faculty picked teaching as a career to help students. Unfortunately, at times, we cannot focus on the details of individual students’ lives because we have so many students to teach. Student services should keep faculty informed. We want to help, but we need to know what is going on.
And, faculty need to keep student services informed. For example, sometimes when I am grading papers, I will notice a student needs more help than I can give. He or she needs a learning specialist or someone trained to work with students with learning disabilities. Faculty members need to alert student services about such issues.

Student services and faculty can work together to achieve student success. Bridging the gap is possible.

Brian Dudak, Instructor, English

For further information, contact the author at Phillips Community College, 2009 Magnolia Manor Drive, Hernando, MS 38632.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Call for Proposals - Lilly Conference

Lilly Alums and Friends,

We are pleased to host the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Greensboro for the 7th year. Last year, over 400 individuals attended the conference representing 70 different institutions.

Lilly Conferences are retreats that combine workshops, discussion sessions, and major addresses, with opportunities for informal discussion about excellence in college and university teaching and learning. Internationally-known scholars join new and experienced faculty members, teaching assistants, and administrators from all over the world to discuss topics such as creating community, diversity in learning, incorporating technology into teaching, encouraging critical thinking, using teaching and student portfolios, implementing group learning, and evaluating teaching. Featured tracks include: Advancing Active Learning, Teaching Well with Technology, Engaging and Motivating Students, Promoting Diversity, Service/Experiential Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Faculty Development.

The 2011 Conference will be held February 4-6, 2011 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. The 2011 conference theme is Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching. Additional information about the conference is available at

The deadline for proposal submission is November 1, 2010 and proposals may be submitted at

Proposal review will begin when proposals are received. An earlier submission date will ensure an earlier response.

Upcoming Webinar

"Making Technology Work: Meeting the Demand for More Students"
Are you experiencing increasing enrollments? Are students rushing to enroll
in classes? Join us on October 28 and hear how one college, Northcentral
Technical College (NTC), went from 300-400 courses per semester to
4,000-5,000 fully automated classes.

To learn more or to register, go to

This webinar is a membership benefit free to Hillsborough Community College.

Innovation Abstracts

In "Engaging the New Learner! Or What is Multimedia Anyway?!" Phil McLimont,
Professor of Chemical and Biological Sciences, at Lambton College of Applied
Arts and Technology (Canada), describes a teaching/learning experience in
which instructors find new ways of using multimedia in their classrooms that
far exceed the current boundaries of what they believed were available in
their own resource portfolios.

Access this article at:
(*The username is member and the password is nisod2011.*)

Monday, October 4, 2010

CITT Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Peter Germroth

View CITT's new faculty spolight. This month, the spotlight is on Dr. Peter Germroth, biology instructor at the Dale Mabry campus. Congratulations Dr. Germroth!

STEMtech Participants Announced

CITT Faculty Professional Development is sponsoring three faculty teaching in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines to attend the League for Innovation in the Community College STEMtech conference in Orlando from October 31-November 3.

Congratulations to the 3 STEMtech participants:
  • Debarati Ghosh (Brandon)
  • Jessica Olney (Ybor)
  • Carlos Ortiz (SouthShore)