Report on Part-time Students, Creating a Learning Network, FIPSE, ALA Comments to the FCC

Here are four items that might be of interest.

2 Kinds of Part-Time Students
by Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed
June 28, 2007

“A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Education Department provides a detailed look at the characteristics of part-time college students – and most of the results won’t surprise those who work with these students. Compared to full-time students, part timers are more likely to be older, female, Hispanic, financially independent of their parents, first-generation college students, and to lag in graduation and retention rates.”

“But if those findings won’t shock anyone, the department statistics also presented data that may challenge assumptions about part-time students.”

“About 25 percent of part-time students can be identified as those who “looked like typical full-time students” – and by looked like, the report was talking about demographics, not appearance. The characteristics: they are 23 or younger, they are financially dependent on their parents and receive parental help with college costs, and they received regular high school diplomas. Compared to other part-time students, this group is more likely to be white, to come from wealthy families, and to expect to eventually earn an advanced degree. Compared to full-time students, this group is more likely to be Hispanic, less likely to be black, and more likely to come from families with college degrees.”

“In terms of enrollment patterns, part-time students are much more likely than full-time students to attend community colleges – and to not ever receive a degree. Those in the “looked like full-time student” category are in the middle in terms of where they enroll.” . . .

See Part-Time Undergraduates in Postsecondary Education: 2003–04

Web 2.0 and Your Own Learning and Development
by Stephen Downes
June 18, 2007

In this 22-minute video, Stephen Downes discusses how one can create one’s own learning network using simple social tools.  Looks at three principles: interaction (e-mail, Weblogs, instant messaging, Skype, online forums), usability and relevance.

Education Dept. to Use FIPSE Budget to Finance Assessment of Student Learning
by Kelly Field
June 20, 2007, Chronicle of Higher Education

“The U.S. Department of Education has announced that it will set aside $2.5-million in the budget for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, or FIPSE, for a focused competition on student-learning assessment.”

“The money, which will finance at least one grant, will help in developing methods to “measure, assess, and report student achievement and institutional performance at the postsecondary level,” according to a notice that appeared today in the Federal Register.”

“Word of the set-aside came a little over a month after the department announced, in another Federal Register notice, that it would reserve $500,000 of the FIPSE budget for an international competition supporting collaboration with Russia . The combined set-asides will consume almost half of FIPSE’s 2007 budget, leaving the Comprehensive Program with only $3.4-million, enough to make 16 to 18 awards. Last year, it made three times as many awards.”

“In a letter sent to potential applicants this month, the department said the assessment competition was a response to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, which wrote in its final report last year that a lack of “useful data and accountability” in higher education “hinders policy makers and the public from making informed decisions and prevents higher education from demonstrating its contribution to the public good.” “

“However, in that same report, the commission also recommended that that FIPSE “be revitalized” and its “original mission of promoting improvement and innovation in higher education” be “re-energized.” “

ALA Files Comments to FCC on Three Telecom Issues
American Library Association
June 20, 2007

On May 16 the American Library Association (ALA) shared the perspective of the library community on deployment of broadband to public libraries with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  ALA stated that “public libraries need more affordable high-speed broadband connections;”  the FCC’s “definitions of broadband capabilities are inadequate;”  the FCC “must collect more detailed data reflecting the deployment and availability of broadband facilities on a more localized basis;”  the FCC “should consider asking broadband providers to offer discounted prices for organizations, such as public libraries, whose mission is to serve the local community;” and, the FCC “should coordinate with other government agencies to speed the deployment of affordable broadband services to rural and tribal areas.”  For more information, click here.

Several libraries filed reply comments with the FCC to share their own perspective. (search for proceeding number “07-45”)

The FCC collects data on subscriptions to broadband services. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC sought comment on how to collect better data.  You can view the ALA ‘s response. Comments from other organizations can be found at ECFS by searching for proceeding  number “07-38.”

The ALA also filed comments regarding net neutrality issue – the FCC should ensure that the Internet remains an open environment.  “The American Library Association supports common sense action by the Commission that preserves open, nondiscriminatory access to the Internet for both creators and providers of content. Libraries, and indeed all consumers, need to be assured that they will be able to access legitimate Internet content, or use Internet services or applications without fear or concerns that such access or use will be blocked or degraded by any entity with the means and control to do so.”

Report on Part-time Students, Creating a Learning Network, FIPSE, ALA Comments to the FCC

ITC News: 2008 Developing Global Partnerships Conference, Position Vacancy at NETnet

From:  Ronda Edwards

 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS – 2008 DEVELOPING GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS CONFERENCE Bronx Community College, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the world’s premier international associations for community, technical, and further education colleges are pleased to announce the 2008 “Developing Global Partnerships” conference in New York City on February 18-20, 2008.  A Call for Presentations is attached to this email. This conference is designed to provide opportunities for developing partnerships with colleagues and colleges from around the world and is being jointly planned by Bronx Community College , the American Association of Community Colleges, the International Association of Colleges, and the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics. The IAC and the World Federation have successfully organized conferences in Canada, the Netherlands, Great Britain, South Africa, and the U.S. POSITION VACANCY AT NETnet A new position is available to complement the technology staff at the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges & Universities (NETnet).  As the consortium grows in its traditional roles of wide area networking, interactive video support, and internet distribution and expands its services in the areas of shared software applications and centralized web and data server management, our technology team is seeking the addition of a senior network analyst.  Applications & resumes are to be submitted online. Here is a description of the position including information from the site: TITLE: NETWORK ANALYST, SENIOR (Job #2180)

Experience: FIVE (5) YEARS EXPERIENCE IN NETWORKING RESPONSIBILITIES:w Provide analysis, design, and performance of network connections/configurations for the Northeast Texas Network, based at UTHCT.
w Manage servers related to web and academic software applications.
w Conduct studies, consult with vendors, faculty, management and staff concerning projected enhancements to hardware and existing and new technology available; and presents cost-benefit recommendations.
w Supervise the performance of new or existing network connections.
w Perform consulting services to other components, institutions, and users relating to the network and data housing technology and capabilities;
w Assist area colleges, schools, etc. with their network/communication configuration and problem resolution.
w Direct and supervise network projects.
w Adhere to internal control established for the department.
w Perform other related duties as assigned and as per job description. 

Posted: June 11, 2007, Closing date: Open until filled

ITC News: 2008 Developing Global Partnerships Conference, Position Vacancy at NETnet

ITC News: eLearning 2008, ITC Board of Directors 2007-2008, Position Vacancy

From: Ronda Edwards

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! e-Learning 2008 is scheduled for February 16-19, 2008 at the TradeWinds Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Look for more information and Call for Presentations coming in late June.

The ITC Board welcomes the newest members to the Board starting July 2007. The results of the election are as follows:
Chair-Elect: Fred Lokken, Associate Dean for Teaching Technologies, Truckee Meadows Community College – Nevada
Treasurer: Nancy Ragias, Regional Coordinator – Ohio Learning Network – Ohio
North Central Regional Representative: Barry Nab Dahl, V.P. of Technology & Virtual Campus, Lake Superior College – Minnesota
South Central Regional Representative: Debra J. Rockefeller, District Director – Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies, North Harris Montgomery Community College District – Texas
International Representative: Michael Catchpole, Professor, North Island College, Port Alberni, BC, Canada

The rest of the Board includes:
Chair: Lynda Womer, Associate Provost, Electronic Campus, St. Petersburg College – Florida
David Hutto, Dean, Technology & Development, Blue Ridge Community College – NC
Dan Jones, Administrative Dean, Office of Instructional Systems Development, Coastline Community College – California
Debbie Major, Instructional Designer, Laramie County Community College – Wyoming
Mickey Slimp, Executive Director, Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities (NETnet)
Carol Spalding, Campus President, Florida Community College at Jacksonville – Florida
Ronda Edwards, Director, Academic Programs, Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative
James Picquet, Vice President of Instruction, Dallas County Community College District – Texas
Northeast Regional Representative: Jean Runyon, Director, Innovative Teaching Center, College of Southern Maryland – Maryland
Southeast Regional Representative: Lisa Ciardulli, Director of eLearning Services, Savannah College of Art and Design – Georgia
Western Regional Representative: Karen Helland, Instructional Director of Learning Resources and Development, Southwestern Oregon Community College – Oregon

Position Vacancy: South Dakota State University has an Instructional Designer position open.
Instructional Designer: Provide support to faculty in integrating applications of technology into instruction through identifying instructional problems, developing delivery strategies using technology as an instructional tool, and evaluating the effectiveness of this type of instructional delivery. Earned Master’s Degree in instructional design, educational technology, eLearning, or related field. Two years of related work or training or teaching experience with online course management system and synchronous communication software in a higher education setting; demonstrated project management experience required.
To apply, visit, search for the position, and follow the electronic application process. For question on the position, please contact Marvin Clark at (605) 688-6312 or at For questions on the electronic employment process, contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128. SDSU is an AA/EEO employer.

ITC News: eLearning 2008, ITC Board of Directors 2007-2008, Position Vacancy