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Collaboration within a Community College System

Collaboration within a Community College System



Beyond the Institution Series, How CCCS is different than most Community College Systems.

Beyond the Institution Series, How CCCS is different than most Community College Systems.



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  • Welcome to Colorado and I will say I’m a proud native and resident of this beautiful state. I also want to state that speaking to this strand, Beyond the Institution resonates well with me particularly because I appreciate to share information and have others share information with me. And this is really how it begins, by going beyond your own boundaries and sharing what has worked or not worked with others, so you and they have an opportunity to benefit and grow from the experiences at hand.
  • To give you a since of who our affiliate institutions are, we are…
  • As you can see most of our institutions follow the I-25 corridor, collectively again, we are 13 colleges with a number of extension campus’ and CCCOnline. CCCOnline supports the campuses, faculty, and students with student services and training, to name a few.
  • Other Educational drivers in the state are the Colorado Commission on HE, which pushed forward the GT25 pathways. Supported by the CCCS Numbering system, provides state standards for outcomes in each courses allowing us to have articulation agreements with all the State 4 yr colleges. We also are driven by legislative mandates that I will discuss more in detail, but basically outline one CCCS LMS, a new SIS – Banner and at the bottom of the list a student driven textbook mandate. These impact us both historically and at our present time…
  • History of CCCOnline, We were formed out of legislation mandate, a vision by our system president at that time. We were named CCCOnline in 2000 as a reflection of our new focus supporting Online learning.
  • Our substantial growth rate and low-overhead keeps projecting upwards. We started with 3 employees and which grew to about 12 by 2000, and now we have a 21+ full time and part time employees. While we were leveling out about 10% each semester this last few semesters has been upwards toward 25%, which is I believe a reflection of the economy. This also makes us an important revenue stream for our system, allowing us to help pay for the new LMS, Banner, and other system wide licensing needed at all colleges in our system for DE.
  • CCCOnline is unlike any other multi-campus online consortium because we are not a degree granting institution, we are an accredited organization through NW Commission on HE. We support and share in areas of faculty training and student services We also serve as an aggregate for low-enrollment classes across the system, allowing students to complete degrees and cert. programs Other centrally supported operations include the following…
  • HB1086 pushed into needing to collaborate more substantially with each other and to share our ideas, we needed to move online and hybrid courses at every school, CCCOnline had 250+ courses alone, but collectively ran into the thousands system wide, with some campuses offering a hybrid format for each course. We started out with about 1 rep per college and CCCOnline w/ 3 and today we have 21 total with 5 at CCCOnline.
  • Here again is a listing of the most significant resources that have cultivated for our system thorough the collaboration of the LTC…
  • More so, LTC has benefited our students with consistent learning experiences and faculty with consistent training. Also prioritizing budget expenditures for licensing and a 24/7 Helpdesk.
  • Here is my email address and other institutions that I have named in this presentation, if you would like to research further, information about our processes. I have also brought a copy of our 10 year annual report from 2008, which also describes CCCOnline to a further degree. Thanks for being here today.

Collaboration within a Community College System Collaboration within a Community College System Presentation Transcript

  • Collaboration within a Community College System WCET 2009 Denver, CO Presented by: Cheryl Comstock, M.S. Ed. Director of Online Program Development
    • Comprised of 13 Land-based Colleges and CCCOnline
    • Each college develops and manages distance learning and programs for its students
    • Students can take courses online from their college or through the CCCOnline consortium
    • All CCCS colleges operate online, hybrid and web-enhanced learning programs while being part of the unique consortial organization
    WCET 2009, Denver
  • WCET 2009, Denver
    • Colorado Commission on Higher Ed. (CCHE)
      • 2+2 and 2+4 Statewide Discipline meetings
      • drive Guaranteed Transfer courses (GT 25)
    • GT 25 Pathways – CCC Numbering System
      • validates articulation at State 4-Yr institutions
    • Colorado Legislative mandates
      • 2004 – Legislative mandate to move to one LMS
      • 2004 – Legislative mandate - CCCS SIS into Banner
      • 2010 – Legislative - Student Driven Textbook mandate
    WCET 2009, Denver
    • 1995 – Colorado Electronic College (CECC) Legislature authorized
      • cable and video networks to 41 students in 4 classes
      • 2000 – CECC renamed CCCOnline – reflects internet-based format
    • 2002 – Migrate from eCollege to WebCT CE 3.2
    • 2003 – Standardized Courses - Instructional Design and QA
    • 2005 – Wins Wow award for QA process in courses
    • 2005 – Legislative move to one LMS (250+ courses to WebCT Vista)
    • 2005 – Digital Textbook Adoption initiated (50+ courses in 2009)
    • 2007-08 CCCOnline provided 94,392 credit-hr. to unduplicated head-ct of 18,061 students in 1,489 sections
    • 2009 – Migration in progress into D2L
    WCET 2009, Denver
  • Credit Hours - 979% increase over 10 Years FTE - 978% increase over 10 Years WCET 2009, Denver
    • CCCOnline is unlike any multi-campus online consortium in the nation
    • CCCOnline is not a degree-granting institution in and of itself
    • Student Service for online courses (i.e., geo., time, access, etc.)
    • Serves as an aggregate for low-enrollment classes across CCCS; quicker degree and certificate completion method
    • CCCOnline provides a centrally supported operation for:
    • overseeing issues with Bb Vista and D2L, servers, networks, any other LMS support
    • consortial faculty recruitment, pay and evaluation
    • faculty training and professional development
    • instructional course design, development, and quality control
    • record keeping and student services
    • oversight of helpdesk and call center functions
    • tutoring and bookstore services
    • future… career services
    WCET 2009, Denver
  • 1 DE Representatives came from each respective College and 3 from CCCOnline WCET 2009, Denver Today there are 21 total with 5 at CCCOnline and 1 from CCCS IT
    • The most important initiatives the Learning Technology Council completed or initiated during 2006-2008 are:
    • A training course with elements all CCCS faculty need to teach successfully in Blackboard Vista
    • A student orientation, which can be customized for each campus
    • A set of Course Quality Guidelines
    • The process for course migration
    • Technical troubleshooting to find common problems and solutions
    • Management of student data loads from the Student Information System to Blackboard Vista
    • Beta Testing new upgrades to the Learning Management System
    WCET 2009, Denver
    • The Learning Technology Council has brought a new level of consistency and collaboration among college distance learning programs. This:
      • benefiting students taking courses from any CCCS college or CCCOnline
      • providing a consistent learning experience and higher level of service
    • Managed and implemented RFP for helpdesk solution - all CCCS colleges
    • Streamlined business operations at all colleges
    • Prioritized system level budget expenditures for online learning (Bb Vista, Respondus, Elluminate, Help Desk)
    • Developed faculty survey in cooperation with SFAC; gather faculty input on evaluation of alternative LMS’ for the system
    WCET 2009, Denver
    • eMail: [email_address]
    • Colorado State Government http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CO-Portal/CXP/1165693060185
    • Colorado Commission on Higher Education http://highered.colorado.gov/CCHE.html
    • Colorado Community Colleges Numbering System http://www.cccs.edu/cccns/ccnsindex.html
    • CCCOnline http://www.ccconline.org
    • NCA – Higher Learning Commission http://www.ncahlc.org/
    WCET 2009, Denver