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Electronic Versions of the ATE Impacts 2020-2021 Book Now Available

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Interactive flipbook and electronic (PDF) versions of the ATE Impacts book are available for viewing and download on the ATE Impacts website.

Feel free to distribute copies of the virtual ATE Impacts book to campus colleagues, to your industry partners, or to other stakeholders.

Printing and distribution of the physical book have been delayed because of COVID-19, but as soon as most ATE institutions are able to receive shipments again, printing will move ahead.

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Resource: Developing High-Quality Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19 Faculty Playbook

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Created to help faculty respond to the need for high-quality remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, this "playbook" was developed by Every Learner Everywhere (ELE), a "network of 12 partner organizations that collaborate with higher education institutions to improve student outcomes through innovative teaching strategies, including the adoption of adaptive digital learning tools."

This manual covers five areas: Online Learning and Remote Teaching, Designing with Equity in Mind, Course Design, Course Components, Course Management, and Evaluation and Continuous Improvement. Each section is sub-divided into three levels. The first is Design, which "guides immediate and basic needs for moving a course online." The next, Enhance, is dedicated to "provid[ing] options to enhance the learning environment and experience." Finally, Optimize is full of "tips and resources for online teaching and learning that aligns with the highest-quality practices."

The playbook also contains information on optimizing course materials for accessibility (found in the Course Design section). Here readers can find links to further resources on ensuring their remote instruction curriculum...

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Annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest Winners Announced

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National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has announced the 2020 winners of the Scott Wright Student Essay Contest, recognizing the hard work of student authors and the mentorship of post-secondary institution employees who helped them along the way. Awardees and their mentors each received $1000 and their institutions were granted complementary 2020-21 NISOD memberships.

The annual competition is held in honor of Scott W. Wright, acclaimed journalist and former editor of Community College Week whose reporting "brought national attention to developmental education and the unique mission community colleges possess in providing an accessible education."

Participants were asked to complete a 500-word essay on "a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged them to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college and how that encouragement helped them reach their goal(s)." Those interested can read the award-winning essays on NISOD's website (at the first link above).

Want to encourage your student to participate? Next year's essay contest opens for submission on August 21, 2020. Read more about the guidelines and find a...

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New Data on Student Opinions About Online Higher Education

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This May 19, 2020 report from Inside Higher Ed highlights findings from three studies exploring the potential impact of a shift to online education due to COVID-19 on college enrollment. Facing economic constraints and health concerns, many students are changing their post-secondary next steps. A survey of parents on "their child's post-high school plan," by Civis Analytics reported that nearly half of respondents' children have changed their plan.

Looking at high school seniors, a survey of 2,800 respondents conducted in May 2020 by Carnegie Dartlet compared outcomes to data gathered in March. Of respondents, "only 2 percent of students have plans to delay presently, and 42 percent will not delay under any circumstance (up from 34 percent in March)." However, attendance may be contingent on institutions making additional financial resources available to students. The authors found that "nearly two-thirds" of respondents would be less likely to attend without opportunities like student loans, which "shift[ed] many to a neutral standing." They also found that "yearlong grants, increased scholarships or reduced tuition or fees ... significantly increasing the likelihood of...

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AACC Community College Voice Podcast: Episodes on COVID-19

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The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)'s Community College Voice podcast, now in its fourth season, offers information "about the power of the nation's community colleges." Of the six episodes released thus far, three cover topics related to education in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Season 4 Episode 2 (released April 23, 2020) features a conversation with AACC President and CEO Dr. Walter Bumphus and Senior Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development Jennifer Worth. Bumphus and Worth discuss "addressing online education for CTE/RTI programs."

The next installment focused on COVID-19 is Season 4 Episode 3, where CEO of the Organization of Associate Degree Nursing Donna Meyer joins Dr. Bumphus to talk about "the state of nursing education."

Finally, Season 4 Episode 6 highlights the collaboration between the AACC and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) during the COVID-19 pandemic "to best serve their members." In this installment Dr. Bumphus is joined by AACC Board Chair and Cuyahoga Community College President Alex Johnson, ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown, and ACCT Board Chair Dawn Erlandson.

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Webinar: ATE Community Support – Addressing Questions on ATE Grants Management During COVID-19

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes that there is much uncertainty among ATE grantees regarding how to start or to proceed with your ATE projects during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This webinar is designed to address commonly asked grant management questions to assist the ATE community and will cover such topics as no-cost extensions; supplemental funding requests; changes in project objectives, deliverables, timeline, and scope; budget adjustments; evaluation plans; and annual reporting.

Conducted in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, Mentor-Connect, and ATE Central, the webinar will feature an opportunity to hear from experienced PIs and from NSF lead ATE program director, V. Celeste Carter. To further support the ATE community, the webinar will be followed by an ATE Central Office Hours, via Zoom, for an opportunity to interact directly with presenters and NSF program directors to continue the discussion.

This webinar runs Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT. Those interested in attending should register to participate in advance.

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STEM for All: The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) Showcases Their Work

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The National Center for Autonomous Technologies is participating in the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase: Learning from Research and Practice. This showcase is in its sixth year and features over 170 federally funded innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching. This is a week-long event (May 5-12) where researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short (3-minute or less) videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.

NCAT’s video “The Future Workforce Begins with a Spark” demonstrates cultivating imagination fueled with fascination, highlighting that innovation requires curiosity-based drive and diverse perspectives and ideas. That is why NCAT believes in student competitions and STEM engagement to inspire students. They strive to open doors for people, leading to a better society and an incredible future. NCAT’s video can be viewed in the showcase using the link above.

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Important HI-TEC 2020 Update

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In case you haven't seen the news yet, the HI-TEC 2020 face-to-face conference has been canceled. As a service to the HI-TEC community and as a way for the community to gather and share, work is underway to provide an abbreviated virtual experience in July, HI-TEC Livestream, as well as provide an opportunity for accepted presenters to disseminate their work asynchronously, should they choose to do so. HI-TEC Livestream will focus on our community's response to the challenges of COVID-19—especially solutions and successes that have grown out of moving our work and instruction online—and on emergent technician workforce needs that have resulted or may result from the pandemic. 

If you registered and paid online, go to the registration page for more information and check the HI-TEC conference website often for updates. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email the HI-TEC team at swilson@cord.org.

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NISOD Webinar: Alternative Avenues for Non-Traditional Students

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Prior learning assessment (PLA) is a powerful tool for engaging non-traditional students. The task of evaluating requests for prior learning credit often falls to faculty members in community college settings. Some faculty doubt PLA because it removes students from seats in the classroom. Others aren’t sure what to say, or if they should say anything, when they identify a student whose prior work or learning experience may qualify them for PLA. This webinar demonstrates how to use PLA as a tool for building relationships with non-traditional students who are harder to engage, ensuring students are seated in future courses, and adding to successful graduate and completion numbers.

This webinar assists participants in understanding the long-term personal and institutional value of prior learning assessment. After this webinar, participants will be able to identify potential PLA candidates, develop a referral plan, and build their own methods of evaluation to determine if a student should or should not receive credit.

Susan Peek has been a Success Coach and Prior Learning Specialist at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama for almost seven years and has worked...

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AACC Report: Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit Proceedings

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The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is pleased to announce that the Community College URE Summit Proceedings Report and the report Executive Summary are now available on AACC’s website, along with additional summit resources. To view the report and resources, please go to: www.aacc.nche.edu/URESummit

In November 2019, 120 thought leaders, representing community colleges, four-year institutions and higher education organizations, met in Washington D.C. to discuss the role of community colleges in building, implementing, and sustaining undergraduate research experiences (URES) in STEM education and for career preparations. This report highlights the key recommendations and promising practices that came out of those discussions. 

The report and its resulting activities are intended to help expand support for building, strengthening, and expanding UREs at community colleges. ATE community members are encouraged to review the report and to share it with their networks and stakeholders.

The report is also featured in an April 13 Community College Daily article, “Sharing Ideas on Student Research Experiences.”

If you have any questions or comments, please...

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