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NISOD2015: Community College Leaders As Entrepreneurs

Posted By Leah Deppert, Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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!

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Tags:  entrepreneurship  NACCE  NISOD2015 

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The Value Of Adding Co-Creators To Your Entrepreneurial Efforts

Posted By Steven Groner, Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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.

Tags:  Co-Creators  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  Kaskaskia College 

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Center for Entrpreneurship gets moving

Posted By Lynn Anderson, Thursday, May 07, 2015

We are finally able to say that we have a "temporary home" for our Center for Entrepreneurship and we will be acquiring equipment to get things moving!  The focus for the last couple of weeks has been determining what the most crucial needs are for Center.  A 3-D printer, tablets, software and supporting supplies will be added shortly.

We have begun working with the Cultural Affairs group to line up speakers for Fall convocation and a series of seminars/presentations/workshops on entrepreneurship.  These speakers will come from various walks of life including academia, music, food service, and other areas.  We are planning to offer these presentations to the campus community, local business people and other interested parties.  The draw will be that many of our potential investors are not traditional business people, but are entertainers and artists.  This area is the "Birthplace of Country Music"; so we can integrate our music roots with the presentations.

There will be a "One Minute to Learn It" video shown at the Fall Convocation, produced by students that focuses on entrepreneurship.  The video emphasizes that entrepreneurship is a way of thinking, of being, of working and living, not just a way of conducting business.  The students thoroughly enjoyed working on the project and we are all anxious to see the results.

As the Center begins to develop, we are looking forward to receiving input and ideas from the people who will utilize the equipment and services we will offer.  To keep the Center growing and evolving, we plan to focus on coordinating services with other organizations in the geographic area.  There is a lot of talent in our community, we are finding ways to offer a central access point to equipment, services and mentors.


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Ivy Tech update on use of Effectuation Method

Posted By Steve E. Bryant, Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Steve Tincher and I are excited to announce that Heather Van Sickle and Dr. Angeline Godwin will be the keynote speakers and co-facilitators for the Ivy Tech Faculty Entrepreneurship Summit on June 17th  and 18th. Heather’s exemplary leadership at NACCE makes her a tremendous resource for presenting Entrepreneurial Effectuation Method for our participants. Dr. Godwin, President Patrick Henry Community College, is recognized for the college’s exceptional application of Effectuation with their many entrepreneurship initiatives. This combination of presentations directly links to the summit theme of applying Effectuation toward implementing the Entrepreneurship program across Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. That’s why we wrote “exciting”!


We're hard at work planning the agenda and logistics for our event to bring together internal and external stakeholders to grow our Entrepreneurial Studies program and impact economic development across the State of Indiana.  Additionally, we have the Director of our State Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Jacob Schpok) and Kim Norbuta from HP Life slated to particiate in the external partner portion of the event to provide insight on partnerships as part of the Crazy Quilt principles. 


We also have a group of local Bloomington-area community leaders working on the South Central Indiana Economic Development Strategic Plan that will attend the presentations from Heather and Dr. Godwin.  This is important because many of our local adjacent communities are rural, so applying the Effectuation techniques to possible projects and programs as part of a regional strategic plan is something we are looking forward to talking about.

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Turning Oranges into Lemonade: A Lesson in the Entrepreneurial Method

Posted By Christine Pigsley, Friday, April 24, 2015
Updated: Friday, April 24, 2015

By: Sara Whiffen, Insights Ignited (Effectuation expert for the Coleman ECIA Community of Practice)


Lilly Pulitzer’s perky patterns incited a mad rush at Target stores this week. Customers were in a frenzy to acquire the bright colors and floral designs that are the hallmark of the preppy brand.  The brand evokes feelings of country clubs and lazy summer lemonade days.  But its creation is rooted in orange juice.

As the story goes, long before Lilly Pulitzer was a brand, she was a wealthy socialite.  Raised in high society New York, she married and moved to Florida where her husband owned a large orange grove. 

Wanting to help with the family business, she would often push a small cart of fresh oranges through a local park.  Dressed in her cool summer whites, she would sell fresh orange juice to passers-by.   Peeling and squeezing the oranges by hand left her with sticky fingers and stained clothing.  Conscious of her appearance, this was just not acceptable to her. 

Inspiration struck one day as she glanced at a set of curtains in her home and thought that the loud, colorful pattern of their 1960s style would surely disguise those persistent orange stains.  She went to a fabric store, purchased a similar design, and fashioned from it a simple shift dress.

Wearing this in the park while pushing her cart, she stood out among the crisp white outfits worn by others.  Her look began to attract as much attention as her fresh orange juice.  Customers began asking for not just a glass of juice, but inquiring as to where they too could purchase a similar dress.  After hearing more and more of these inquiries, she began to make some of the dresses for others.  Her popularity grew and she was able to build an entire brand line from this small start. 

The effectual lemonade principal is clear here.  Her business at the time was selling orange juice.  She did not aspire to grow a fashion brand.  But she was open to trying new things and believed in her ability to solve problems in a way that would work to her advantage.  And when life gave her lemons – or orange juice – she embraced them fully and made her own lemonade.  

Tags:  Coleman Foundation  community college  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  insights ignited  lilly pulitzer  NACCE  target 

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Reaching & Engaging Administrative Staff

Posted By Steven Groner, Sunday, April 19, 2015
Updated: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kaskaskia College is part of the Coleman ECIA Project. In a previous post, we covered Reaching & Engaging Faculty plus the ah-ha discoveries about how to present "what's-in-it-for-me?"or WIIFM. In recent weeks we have tackled the same topic for administrative staffers and non-teaching personnel. We have been concerned that support staff do not look at what they do as entrepreneurial, and question why be entrepreneurial at all? Early in the project we tried to discuss intrapreneurs and obtained modest success, or at least polite listening. In our opinion however when you want to push beyond this polite listening, you must get right back to WIIFM. We see this as key to locating active buy-in and co-creators. So, here is an outline of elements to consider when reaching and engaging administrative staff:

1. What is expected from your staff? (Know where they are coming from & what is important to them)

a. Manage & use resources effectively

b. Assure compliance with rules & regulations

c. Assist faculty in creating a positive & comprehensive learning environment

d. Provide a broad learning experience that meets diverse needs

e. Be a productive and vibrant part of the community

f. Keep track of everything

2. What challenges does staff face? (What makes their jobs challenging & stressful)

a. The pressure to be less place bound (delivery of services convenient to citizens and not necessarly to school)

b. Meet expectations for immediate service

c. Adopt/adapt to changing technology

d. Continuous improvement in efficiency

e. A feeling that everything is "all about the numbers"

f. Creating individualized learning experiences in an efficient manner

g. Coping with generational differences

h. Dealing with budget and staff cuts

Only after engaging, listening and coming to understand the staffers can effective futures be created together. We think that conversations must focus on the individuals, not just the employee. Effectuation can build self confidence and equip individuals or teams to confront challenges faced. Effectuation principles can help illuminate pathways to solutions and help to maximize resources allocated. As in all things, once you respect and understand others, productive synergies can occur.

A summer goal for Kaskaskia College is to have a cross functional, effectual group begin to do "compare & contrast" exercises: "Today we do "X" and in an effectual world we would do _________________." When we achieve this, we will know that we have made great strides with entrepreneurship.



Tags:  Coleman Foundation  community college  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  intrapreneur  Kaskaskia College  WIIFM 

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Update on Northeast State Center For Entrepreneurship

Posted By Lynn Anderson, Tuesday, April 07, 2015

We have found a temporary home for the Center For Entrepreneurship!!  The CFE will be sharing space with the Center for Teaching Excellence while we await the construction of the Emerging Technologies Complex on the campus of Northeast State.  The two groups have much in common and we will be able to work together to further the goals of both groups.  While the space is limited, we have enough room to hold meetings and small gatherings.  The Center for Teaching Excellence is houses desktop computers, laptops, iPad's and two printers that are available for use.

On April 21, 2015, Tom Crosby the President of Pal's will conduct a seminar for students, faculty and staff.  Pal's is a regional fast-food provider started by Pal Barger that is a national Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award winner.  Pal's is also the recipient of two Tennessee Excellence Awards.  The seminar will focus on how this local small business developed, implemented and maintains a world-class operation.

Additional seminars/workshops are being discussed.  It is hoped that these will not be limited to the Northeast State campus community, but will be open to the public.  We are exploring connections with local entrepreneurs to lead these gatherings.  We hope to involve other resource groups in these seminars/workshops to reach a broader user base and to make the community aware of the resources available at Northeast State.

Tags:  entrepreneurship  higher education  Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award  Northeast State Community College 

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Ivy Tech Summit on Entrepreneurship Update

Posted By Steve Tincher Ph.D., Tuesday, April 07, 2015


Update - Ivy Tech Faculty Summit on Entrepreneurship

Plans are progressing well for the Ivy Tech Summit on Entrepreneurship as the event is being co-created with numerous stakeholders. The Summit will be held June 17th -18th in Bloomington, IN. This will provide all participants with the opportunity to tour and learn about the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

Additionally, two nationally known keynote co-presenters will present the Effectuation Process with direct application toward launching the Entrepreneurship Certificates across the College (state-wide).  This is an direct example of a community college using the Effectuation process for  implementing a new program. The co-presenters will thread Effectuation throughout the event as applicable. Twenty-eight faculty (including entrepreneurship/business faculty and faculty in other disciplines) are expected to participate. I look forward to reporting success stories from the Summit!


Tags:  Ivy Tech Summit 

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Let's Talk Effectuation with Sara Whiffen

Posted By Christine Pigsley, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

There's More to Affordable Risk in Higher Ed. 

By: Sara Whiffen, Insights Ignited

When we talk about Affordable Risk in the context of our colleges it becomes clear that there are a set of special risks that exist in the organizational context that are unique to higher education. We asked Sara Whiffen, Effectuation consultant to the NACCE Coleman Foundation Grant Community of Practice to share her perspectives on this topic and here are her top 5 special risks.

1.   Bureaucratic risk- How much are you willing to go off plan?

2.   Cultural risk- Is there a lack of universal understanding about effectuation? Are you culturally disassociated- do you feel like the odd man out?

3.   Reputation risk- The risk of being too far out of the norm- swimming upstream.

4.   Failure risk- Being branded as the failure- it is inherent in entrepreneurship, but not so with institutions.

5.   Solopreneur risk- The idea that as the manager of an entrepreneurship program you have the sole responsibility for entrepreneurship- “lone wolf” doesn’t work it requires shared creation.

Do you see this on your campus? Can you think of other affordable risks you see in the organizational environment? Chime in on the effectuation conversation.

Tags:  Coleman Foundation  community college  economic development  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  higher education  insights ignited  NACCE 

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Insights from the US Fab Lab Network Symposium

Posted By Karen-Michelle Mirko, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NACCE is delighted to be collaborating with the US Fab Lab Network.

Creating Fab Labs and Makerspacers is a top need for our members. I am on the ground this week at their symposium in the gorgeous Gateway Technical College SC Johnson iMET Center.  It has been an educational, resource rich symposium.

Most of the participants here are NACCE members. I can tell. Everyone is happy to share best practices, fails and are willing to problem solve with the participants that are just starting to launch. And continue the conversation after along day at an impromptu dinner. 

 These are some of the ideas that I have heard. Remember I am a Tweeter, and truck in bullet points. The US Fab Lab Network has been videoing the sessions. I will include links when they decide what they will share publicly.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Fab Lab & Maker Space start-up and implementation


James Carlson of School Factory - Way cool dude. 

Gives an overview of 8 types of Maker Space

  • 1.       1.Project Collaboration
  • 2.       Hackerspace
  • 3.       Open Democracy
  • 4.       Makerspace
  • 5.       Citizen Science
  • 6.       Co-working
  • 7.       Community kitchen
  • 8.       Artist Collaborative

 Need to a How to Start Kit? Check out the School Factory’s check lists


Tips for Starting a FabLab


  • Greg Herker, Gateway Technical College 
  • Matthew Wade, Patrick Henry Community College
  • Hugh Schuett, Metropolitan Community College
  • David Richardson, USFLN
  • James Carlson, School Factory


Discovery [Research & Interest Generation]

  •        Read the books and blogs that are out there
  •        Talk to your network and the Fab Lab Network
  •        Get buy-in from your executive
  •        Generate interest on campus with your colleagues, your students, your community  and your industry
  •    Let them use the equipment
  •    Bring in FabLab items – gears
  •    Bring in different kinds of people – let artisans show engineers what the equipment can do

Formation [Planning, Justification, Commitment]

  •        In planning, bring in every stakeholder, decide which equipment makes most sense for your community
  •        No one plan will fit your community. You need to know your community and their needs.
  •        Justification can be helped by engaging students, industry and potential students
  •        Commitment was easier when new buildings were added. A new FabLab was a natural fit.
  •        Generate commitment by offering FabLab as a SOLUTION. I see your engineering program is need to students. Have you thought of a FabLab? Do not sell it as a hot trend or a pet project.
  •        Utilize existing space to pilot MakerSpace. Test the concept.
  •        Need seed money? Think about going to Economic Development Corporation and tell them we want to diversify our economy and grow start ups.


Preparation [Installation, Training]

  • When installing, partner with your IT department. Every piece of equipment uses software. Some of it is expensive. See if there is site license on class.
  • When installing, focus on safety.
  • When installing, know your potential audience – HS, Kindergarten or adults. Or all 3?
  • When training, remind people they can fail. Not everything will be perfect.
  • FabLabs recommends to learn software
  • When training, have a process to onboard volunteers. Most Makerspaces are volunteers.


Activation [Implementation]

  • Opening Day – Get a PR Team. Use media to create a buzz.
  • Have a soft launch to test out the kinks then have a public opening.
  • Iterate, iterate, iterate.
  • Develop a portfolio of offerings for the collaboration space
  • Implement governance and value tracking
  • Add cameras above the machine turns the machines into the project. {RaspberryPi + webcam= CheapCam}
  • Become the GoTo Place in your City. Help them know what those way are. “Here are 20 Ways to Use your Makerspace.”
  • Have a script for your tours.  What do they see? What do they touch? What questions do they think about?


Forevermore [Enhancement, Maintenance, Sustainability]

  • For enhancements, add work stations so the folks aren’t too crowded. Add equipment if you can AND there is a demand.
  • Add storage space – extra wood, projects in process.
  • Reach out to new audiences – universities, home schoolers.
  • Keep MARKETING! Get in front of everyone. Make a video. Use video conferencing.
  • Advertising is not enough, how do you get them in there?
  • Listen to users. They have the best ideas.
  • Buy the latest. Your students will then be current and more employable.


Maintenance – Plan for ongoing expenses plus service calls, supplies.

  • Build a team of volunteers – faculty, community partners – to maintain and diversify program offerings.
  • How? Invite them to attend a course. Offer to fabricate a product that they need for there work. Offer the space for them to run their class.
  • Sustainability – Act like a business. Think through who is not in your space. Why?
  • Keep the energy high. Cycle in new advisors, board, members.

Mel Cossette, National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education and T.E.A.M.

Partner with industry. Take your courses and cross walk against employers’ needs.

Using Additive Manufacturing to Support Economic Develop & Entrepreneurship

Tom Crampton, Mott Community College

  • 1.       Engage StartUp - Help them develop prototypes.  Charge fee.
  • 2.       Engage existing businesses in their new product development
  • 3.       Engage existing businesses to improve existing businesses


And then an awesome dinner with 20 Movers and Shakers in the Fab Lab scene.

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