September 1998 // Spotlight Site
The League for Innovation in the Community College
Note: This article was originally published in The Technology Source ( as: "The League for Innovation in the Community College" The Technology Source, September 1998. Available online at The article is reprinted here with permission of the publisher.

" stimulate experimentation and innovation in all areas of community college development and serve as a catalyst, project incubator, and experimental laboratory for all community colleges."

The League for Innovation in the Community College's Web Page boasts an ambitious mission statement (above) outlining the organization's wide-ranging goals. Now in its thirtieth year, the League for Innovation in the Community College (the League) is a consortium of educators and administrators dedicated to serving community colleges and technical institutes, professional educational organizations (such as the American Association of Community Colleges), and postsecondary educational institutions throughout North America. The League's current initiatives explore, showcase, and facilitate community college (1) information technology use; (2) leadership development; (3) workforce training programs; and (4) efforts to create more learning-centered policies, programs, practices.

The League sponsors conferences emphasizing community college development; facilitates competitions and online projects of interest to community college students, educators and administrators; produces manuscripts documenting recent trends in community college development; and maintains indices of online campuses and sites of interest to community colleges. The League's 1998 Conference on Information Technology (CIT) is designed to showcase technologies developed for and implemented by community colleges and technical institutes. Information about these projects is available on the League's Web page.

In addition, the League facilitates the online Teaching and Learning Community (TLC). TLC is a virtual campus with links to conference schedules, a bookstore summarizing and selling League publications, a discussion forum (current topics include incentives for faculty use of online and distance learning modes), and links to other sites of interest to community colleges and technical institutes.

The League for Innovation in the Community College is a dynamic organization with clearly defined objectives and a wide range of activities. The League's Web Page offers a wealth of information (and, for League members, a variety of services) useful to anyone interested or working in community colleges.

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