INNOVATION ABSTRACTS- Week of Oct. 22 – 28, 2015




This Week’s Issue

Our Students’ Soft Skills Scarcity: Why Academics Affairs Should Lead the Effort describes the importance of soft skills and why academic affairs should ensure they are part of the curriculum.


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You Too Can Author an Innovation Abstracts!

Would you like to share your expertise and experiences with your colleagues? Do you want to add to your professional portfolio? Would you like to receive a $50 discount to NISOD’s annual conference? Then write an Innovation Abstracts for NISOD! Author guidelines can be found here.



Questioning Curriculum Purpose and Process: Reflecting on a Major Curriculum Overhaul describes the critical questions raised and answered at Texas State Technical College as it combined its four formerly independently accredited colleges into a single accredited institution.




NISOD is proud to announce its Student Art Contest. One winning student artist will receive $1,000 award; five poster-size copies of the winning artwork; receive the honor of having their artwork serve as the front cover of the 2017 Conference Program; and receive up to $400 in airfare, three nights lodging, and a complimentary confere2nce registration to attend the 2016 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. The winning student artist’s college will receive a complimentary NISOD membership.


One submission per NISOD member college is permitted. It is at each member college’s discretion to determine which student’s work will be submitted to NISOD for consideration. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact their college’s president’s office regarding how to participate in this contest.




New Location

NISOD’s 2016 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the definitive gathering of community and technical college educators, will be held at the Hilton Austin! The ambience of the Hilton Austin is far more elegant. Plus, being fully-contained in the Hilton Austin increases networking opportunities as you encounter colleagues not only in sessions, but also in restaurants, the coffee shop, and other hotel outlets.


The Hilton Austin is the official conference hotel. Participants and exhibitors can reserve their conference lodging here.


Share Your Experiences, Insights, and Ideas With Your Colleagues!

Have you been planning to submit your best session ideas for NISOD’s 2016 conference? We’re seeking your best education session ideas designed for community and technical college educators.


Benefits of Presenting

Selected educators will share their experience, ideas, and lessons learned with their peers and receive a $50 discount to attend the conference. Also, all proposals received by the January 8, 2016, deadline will be included in a drawing for a complimentary full conference registration. Some presenters are also invited to author an Innovation Abstracts and to facilitate a webinar!


Conference Registration Is Now Open

Get the best discount available for your most effective professional development opportunity this year! This year, we are offering super early registration discounts for those who register by April 15!



Conference Scholarships

To help offset expenses, faculty members from NISOD member colleges can apply for a scholarship to attend NISOD’s 2016 conference. Scholarships cover conference registration fees, hotel room costs, and up to $400 in transportation costs. Scholarship recipients will also be able to participate in the trip to San Antonio at no additional cost. If you have restricted travel funds, this is one way to help cover your costs to attend this year’s conference! See full details here.


Conference Archives

Check out the archived videos of keynote and special session presentations from NISOD’s 2015 conference.



Scott Wright Student Essay Contest

Community College Week and NISOD are proud to announce the annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest. Student authors are invited to describe a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged him or her to reach their goal. Three winning students will each receive a $1,000 check. The faculty members, staff members, or administrators featured in the winning essays will also each receive a $1,000 check. Find complete details here.




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