Posted By Steven Groner,
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Born out of natural curiosity last year, Kaskaskia College undertook a faculty and staff survey just to see who had entrepreneurial experiences in their lives. We uncovered a small but exciting number of resources right in our midst. This year, we circled back and interviewed a number of them in more detail, to better determine how and when to use their knowledge. Of course the closing question in each interview was "will you continue to help us"? Our long term goal is to have a number of mentors ready for action.
Because the ASK has been in person and conversational we are better able to judge enthusiasm and commitment... important qualities of co-creators. Further, with the personal connections made, the door is open to asking for additional help in the future. We also better understand the interests of each person and what resources they bring into co-creation. With regard to faculty, several NEW prospects emerged for a cross campus/cross college team to be formed this Fall.
The initial survey served a really useful purpose in the identification of prospects for follow up. What we have learned throughout our effectuation journey is that the personal one-on-one talks are the most productive. Larger group settings are fine for setting the stage and for introducing the principles of effectuation, but not much more. The one-on-one ASK draws out commitments and co-creators.
Posted By Leah Deppert,
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
What words come to your mind when you hear your campus' name? When students chat to their peers about their school, what images are conjured up in their heads? Your college's brand and reputation are of utmost importance to the success of your institution. Take a moment to read through these four creative ways to build your college's brand:
Make people laugh.Take a moment and think of a recent funny story or commercial that you have seen or heard. Creating marketing that makes people laugh will make your campus memorable, fun and inspiring. Read this article fortips on infusing humorinto your higher education marketing.
Upend customer expectations. Have you tried integrating competitions, awards or exclusive information into your marketing strategy? Students love to receive free promotional items and be "in the know" before everyone else.
Create high profile collaborations. Does your campus have influential, famous or prosperous alumni? Reach out to these folks to feature them as success stories and generate buzz about your college.
Seek advice about branding from individuals in different industries from your own. When you open yourselfup to new opportunities and ways of thinking, your creative juices will start to flow!
Do you notice a common theme in all of these links? Are you ready for an exciting conference sneak peek? We are so thrilled to announce that Johnny Earle, owner ofJohnny Cupcakes, is keynoting at #NACCE2015! Register by July 31st to receive oursuper early bird savings--you don't want to miss this!
A:The pre-conference sessions solidified my first NACCE mentors and we still collaborate today.
Q: How about the general assembly speeches and break out sessions?
A: The general assemblies and speakers are so inspiring and the networking and break-out sessions were full of ideas, best practices and priceless advice about what works and doesn't work! I've learned from other presenters, formed friendships and alliances with other colleges, and continue to share ideas and best practices throughout the year.
Q: Your President, Dr. Zachary Hodges, signed the PFEP and has attended the conference in the past. How has this affected your campus?
A: Thanks to the PFEP, Dr. Zachary Hodges and Dr. Maya Durnovo, our entrepreneurial initiatives have grown phenomenally at HCC! I am now one of 25 plus staff and grant-funded persons dedicated to entrepreneurship, with Chancellor Maldonado and Dr. Butch Herod leading the charge to spread an entrepreneurial culture across the HCC system. The future holds our best, which is yet to come!
Q: Anything else you'd like to share?
A: It may take a year or two to gain some traction, but keep with it and the ripple effect set in motion by you and others at your college can be astounding! Also, welcome to Houston this October!
Thank you to Sandra for this interview! We appreciate you and can't wait to see you in Houston!
On April 20th, NACCE held a Presidents' breakfast at AACC's National Conference to discuss with our members how we can help you with the following issues:
Retention and Completion
Budget and Revenue
Below are the ideas that they came up with. What would you like to add? Tell us in the comments!
NACCE can help our college increase ENROLLMENT by:
Making Connections: between members, institutions and thought leaders in higher education and entrepreneurship. What are the best practices nationally? How are colleges attracting international students? What member with a similar school and region is increasing enrollment?
Story-Telling: helping colleges to tell their campus success stories and how entrepreneurship plays a vital role.
Sharing and Teaching Best Practices to Increase Enrollment: educating members on how to create a start-up incubator, how to create a middle and high school summer institute, how to partner with co-working spaces, how to share a maker space, how to host a shark tank competition, how to grow your talent, connecting to industry.
NACCE can help our BUDGET & REVENUE by:
Providing Messaging on Entrepreneurship: create messages for grant writers on the impact of entrepreneurship on campus and as part of a larger economic development strategy.
Creating Leadership Training: empower & educate campus leaders on fostering an innovative culture.
Curate Best Practices on Financial Models: how to cut programs that are losing money, how to ask for large donations, and how to generate alternate forms of revenue, etc.
NACCE can help our RETENTION & COMPLETION by:
Fostering the Entrepreneurial Mindset: it's a crucial component of student success!
Demonstrating Examples of Successful Community Partnerships: providing resources on engaging your small business development centers, best practices in engaging industry in work-based learning.
Engage High Schools: Showcase best practices in aligning with high schools.
Posted By Leah Deppert,
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
As a community of practice, we love sharing best practices around NACCE. Last year, we learned a best practice from some of our conference attendees...bring your community with you to conference!
We had many colleges that chose to bring 2+ folks to the conference and below is a short interview with NACCE member, Jeanne Wesley, Vice President of Workforce and Community Relations at Germanna Community Collegeabout how it was helpful to bring her tribe to the NACCE conference last year.
Q: Jeanne, in your opinion, what were the added benefits of coming to the NACCE conference as a team opposed to by yourself?
A: Bringing colleagues to the NACCE conference provides a tremendous opportunity for team building. The sessions are informative and promote discussion of real-time issues faced by colleges serving the entrepreneur community. Networking with others at various stages of their progress helps to chart a successful local path. With a college team on site, there is instant discussion, planning, and creative problem solving that is far superior to any dreary planning retreat.
Q: Why would you encourage others to also come as a team?
A: I would encourage other to come as team because of the fellowship, team building, and abundant tools that result in fired-up, ready to move forward staff. Staff members leave "entrepreneur ready"!
Q: Do you think you and your team member were able to enact your action plan on campus in a more effective and fruitful way since there were two of you? Why or why not?
A: By bringing another team member, the learning curve for developing and implementing innovative ideas was greatly reduced.
A special thank you to Jeanne for this interview! We appreciate you!
P.S. Remember those registering groups of 4 or more are eligible for special discounts! (First registration at full price, each subsequent registrant is discounted 25%. Registration must be completed via phone at 413-306-3131.)
Getting into the final stretch of our second Coleman Foundation & ECIA year, I would like to share some of the differences between year one and year two. On a recent commute, this summary came to mind:
Year 1 Effectuation Efforts- First I learned the principles and then I taught them
Year 2 Effectuation Efforts- I made big strides in understanding the principles and have become a much better teacher
In Year Two, we still value our checklist and pursue our goals but our mindset is different- we are much more open to the journey and the experiences encountered. As a result, our rewards are larger and our effectual sustainability is more assured.
Sara Whiffen of Insights Ignited helped me to develop professionally and I would like to share some lessons learned & things that really gave our projects better direction:
1. "The future is unknowable but it is creatable" is a concept that draws in co-creators. It enabled us to convince others that we can operate on similar footing to that of famous entrepreneurs.
2. "Begin with where you are" removes the non-productive comparisons and allows progress to get underway. Yes, there are healthy comparisons to be made... just drop the coveting & the envy thoughts.
3. Design answers to "what is in it for me- WIIFM" before every group and listener. This is how to move beyond polite listeners and to attract co-creators. Remember to always ask for involvement.
4. Every interaction is good. It is impossible to predict which ones are going to help you and how they will help... "You are part of my crazy quilt."
5. When strengthening your internal team, get to the point where you can frame discussions by saying "Now we do 'X', in an effectual world we would do ______________."
6. Don't scare entrepreneurs away with information overload. You still want them to jump in and try.
At Kaskaskia College, our president of fourteen years retires at the end of the month- the signer of our PFEP. It will be up to our Institute for Entrepreneurial Success to enthuse and inform our new President Dr. Penny Quinn about NACCE, the Coleman Foundation and our effectuation journey. We are confident about accomplishing our mission!
This week, our President and CEO, Rebecca Corbin, is attending the 2015 Community Colleges of Appalachia Annual Conference. The Community Colleges of Appalachia (CCA) is a voluntary association of public community colleges serving the common interests of member colleges and their communities through programs and services responsive to the unique cultural, geographic, and economic development challenges facing the region.
Rebecca is honored to speak on the following topic: “Setting the Stage for Student Success in Rural Colleges with Entrepreneurship”. In this presentation, her guiding questions are:
Why is entrepreneurship important?
What stories offer powerful lessons?
How does "grit" factor into student success?
How can a national organization help you?
Download her slide deck attached to this post and follow her tweets at @RebeccaCorbin7.
Posted By Leah Deppert,
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Updated: Friday, June 05, 2015
We love to share best practices around NACCE. Below are three ideas that we learned from past conference attendees that we thought would be helpful to communicate to our future conference participants:
1. Check to see if you have funds to spend down before your fiscal year ends! Not sure if you have expendable funds? It's worth an ask before your books close for 2015. Click here for a template to ask your department chair and/or manager. Things to include in your request are:
2. Look into thePerkins Funds. Our conference meets the requirements of Perkins IV!
3. Are you a part of a union? You may be able to access professional development funds to cover some of the costs of attending the conference. Speak with your Human Resources Office for more information.
Also, check out this article about how to convince your boss to send you to a conference!
During May 23rd-26th, our President & CEO, Rebecca Corbin, and our Membership Coordinator, Guin Griswold, had the opportunity to travel down to Austin, Texas for NISOD2015. This conference gathered together community and technical college educators from around the world seeking best practices to improve student achievement.
Rebecca was honored to be granted the opportunity to present at this conference. Her presentation was titled, “Community College Leaders As Entrepreneurs”. She co-presented with Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, President of Clark State College, in which they discussed the following questions:
Why is entrepreneurship important?
What strategies are effective?
What stories offer powerful lessons?
How can NACCE can help you?
They asked that attendees would live-tweet their thoughts on entrepreneurship in community college and that one lucky winner would win free registration (valued at $950) for our conference,#NACCE2015! We are pleased to announce that Mario Olivera from South Texas won!
To view Rebecca & Dr. Blondin’s presentation deck, please see the attached PDF.
A special thank you to NISOD for a great conference!
Approach many people as you build the entrepreneurial mindset at your school because you cannot predict who will help you, how much they will help you and in what fashion the help will be. One beauty of the effectual "crazy quilt" concept (of helpers) is the surprise factor, so LISTEN and ASK in balanced doses.
As part of the Kaskaskia College ECIA Project, we needed to place entrepreneur focused materials into our central Learning Resource Center (Library). Upon first meeting the LRC Director Kathy, we learned that she wanted to bring new life into the old "LRC". Conversations quickly moved to helping one another. Besides our new and unexpected team member that "gets it" with regard to entrepreneurship across campus, here are some specific outcomes volunteered by our co-creator:
1. Kathy is also an evening GED instructor & volunteered that her students would be a good but un-noticed group for effectual problem solving... this observation is already being explored and appears to be true!
2. Our new LRC (the one with a coffeemaker at the door- coffee & books like major retailers) also has lobby displays. The displays include puzzles, piñatas and inter-active games. The display just ending was titled "Is self-employment in your future"?
3. Part of the resource materials underway for our ECIA project will include interviews with entrepreneurial faculty and staff. Co-creator Kathy has a Youtube Channel established for the library- a perfect launch platform for our first ever video.
4. Like most community college staff, we each wear many hats. College-wide staff development and professional growth days fall into the Learning Resource "basket". We have the PG&D day coordinator totally on board with where we are heading and with what needs accomplished.
We did not expect the outcomes obtained when we went to ask questions about the "special resource section" of our library. In six short months the Kaskaskia College Learning Resource Center has become a creative leader for entrepreneurial action and a wonderful co-creator. Remember that effective co-creators step forward on their own free will, join the team on their own terms, bring new resources and have their own concept of what they are willing to invest.