Summaries of the Special Sessions
at ICCTA's March 2001 Meetings

March 9-10, 2001, in Rosemont, Illinois

Former ICCTA president and McHenry County College trustee David T. Murphy led this month's Fireside Chat. Participants discussed the following issues:

1. What can trustees do to prevent violence at our schools?
  • Work with local law enforcement authorities
  • Have a crisis/emergency plan in place
  • Change our culture of violence -- encourage students to tell authorities about
          real or perceived threats

    2. Why are community colleges successful? Committed students and committed faculty.

    3. What is our greatest curse (and our greatest attribute)? That community colleges will take the students that no one else will -- and still turn out a superior product.

    4. The new "3R's" of education are recruiting, retention and results -- John Ahern, Black Hawk College trustee

    5. ICCTA has held together despite many challenges. The lay leadership of trustees has resolved major issues, to the betterment of the association.

    6. How can we help develop positive role models, especially for minority students?
  • Black Hawk College is identifying minority candidates for legislative scholarships.
  • Carl Sandburg College has partnered with Knox College to offer scholarships to
           minority students interested in becoming teachers.

    7. The original purpose of community colleges was to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution. The reality is that we've become more successful at providing access to higher education to everyone, not just the baccalaureate-bound.

    8. Dual enrollment programs will be a boon to community colleges and will also encourage the development of on-line courses.

    For information on the next ICCTA Fireside Chat, contact ICCTA at 1-800-454-2282.

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