Selections from Volume 32
Since 1978, the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success. More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD-members, including almost every large community college district, the majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada, and more than 200 small, rural colleges around the world. NISOD is the outreach vehicle and service arm to the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP). The CCLP, at The University of Texas at Austin, is a doctoral-level program training community college presidents, vice presidents, and deans for 60 years. More than 15 percent of the nation's presidents, vice presidents, and deans, as well as a healthy proportion of other college administrators, are UT-CCLP graduates.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 32, No. 16 - "How Hurricane Katrina Changed Me as a Teacher" by Cynthia L. Siegrist, Professor, English as a Second Language, at Delgado Community College (LA), is a compelling reminder of the critical balance required for students to "stay the course" academically and for instructors to share this balance appropriately.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 32, No. 17 - "Common Read: A Community of Learners," by Mary P. Barnes, English Faculty, at Wallace State Community College (AL), describes a college-wide approach to creating successful communities of learners, who have reading books in common and sharing important conversations about them.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 32, No. 18 - "21st Century Pedagogy and Technology," by M. Vali Siadat, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Mathematics, at Richard J. Daley College (IL), describes successful instructional methodologies for teaching mathematics, but that can be adapted to all disciplines-including frequent assessment, cooperative group work, development of mastery, and time-restricted activities with technological support.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 32, No. 19 - "Seamless Performance Alert Intervention System (PAIS): Accountability and Outcomes," by Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Vice President of Student Affairs, at Baltimore City Community College (MD), describes a successful system for intervening early and continuously to improve students' academic and social performance at the college.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 32, No. 20 - In "A Record Year for America's Community Colleges," John J. "Ski" Sygielski, chair, American Association of Community Colleges Board, and president, Mt. Hood Community College (OR), kicks off an annual response to NISOD's inviting AACC Board Chairs to address selected national issues. In this inaugural article, Sygielski describes the new national spotlight on education, with special attention to the efforts to increase completion rates by sharing best-practice data and ideas across all community college campuses.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 32, No. 21 - In "College Writing for Non-Writers," Linda Lee Massoud, Professor of Computer Information Systems, at Mott Community College (MI), describes a strategy for helping students compose essays, using templates that are instructor-directed and pre-written. The results are admittedly similar, but very well written, essays that students report makes them think more deeply about and understand more clearly the models they can use for future writing.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 32, No. 22 - 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.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 32, No. 23 - In "Bridging the Gap Between Student Services and Faculty," Brian Dudak, English Instructor, at Phillips Community College (MS), describes some strategies by which faculty and student services personnel can work together, helping students embrace their challenges, play by the rules, and find common ground for success.