2006 was a busy year for Pacific Crest. Between consulting,
workshops and institutes, we've been very busy…putting in
tens of thousands of airplane miles and untold mileage on those
rental cars. Our new website came online, and new editions of the
Faculty Guidebook and
Foundations of Chemistry were
released. The Best Sex Book Ever
Pacific Crest facilitated
27 institutes, a banner year for us! We held two Learning to
Learn camps and inaugurated a first-ever Chairperson’s Institute in
Five Regional Professional development centers came on board, making
it easier than ever for faculty to attend professional development
events. We thank Hinds Community College,
Brevard Community College,
University of the District of Columbia,
the Northwest Center, and
Kettering University for taking a
strong stand in their commitment to faculty development.
Online book purchases….a
working database….online registrations for institutes…workshops,
conferences, and long consulting days in addition to our
institutes….New facilitators came on board with very positive
2006 was a very busy year for
And we’re looking forward to 2007! Here’s a quick peek at things to
process educators will be meeting in Cocoa Beach, Florida on January
6th and 7th or Madison, Wisconsin in February
(now that’s dedication!).
Both groups also
plan to meet later this coming year at a research meeting on July 14th
in Washington, D.C. These very focused educators assist the Process
Education movement through educational research, the development of
a variety of publications (especially the
Faculty Guidebook), the
facilitation of faculty development events, and dedicated support
for a community of practice.
We call them the
Academy of Process Educators, but they are the lifeblood of the
Process Education Movement and held in the very highest regard by
applaud Baker College – Flint for rewarding student success with
free housing, and hope this trend spreads to other colleges.
“Our new housing
scholarship program is a reward for academic excellence,” said
Julianne T. Princinsky, Ed.D., Baker College of Flint President.
“Because many of our students are from at-risk populations, we are
hopeful that this new program will be an extra incentive for
students to complete their higher education. With free housing or
discounted housing, these students will have one less thing to worry
about, and will be better able to concentrate on their studies.”
Beginning fall quarter, Baker College of Flint will
offer free housing to residence hall students who maintain a 3.5
grade point average (GPA) or above, a 50 percent discount on housing
for students maintaining a 3.0 to 3.49 GPA, and a 25 percent
discount on housing for students maintaining a 2.7 to 2.99 GPA.
you have any ideas for a new and novel way to increase student
success, please feel free to post them to a very
simple message board set up especially for this!
We’ll post these
ideas on our website early next year.
Regional Professional Development Centers
Three new Regional
Professional Development Centers are scheduled to come on board in
all Process Educators
us at our annual conference for Process Educators in Washington D.C.
on July 12th and 13th, if you’re interested in advancing
Process Education and learning more about its principles and
practices. You’ll receive the knowledge and support you need to help
you improve your individual skills as an educator, while
collaborating with other educators interested in transforming
educational practices. This is an open conference so please plan to
also looking forward to the results of a national study sponsored by
the Washington Center on the nature and quality of student learning
in learning communities.
Learning communities have demonstrated promising
results in student retention, academic achievement, and student
satisfaction. in a number of different areas, including freshmen
engineering, living/learning communities, developmental educations,
entering students, etc.
Pedagogy and assessment approaches used within
these learning communities will be studied at 27 institutions
in an effort to strengthen the national learning community movement
by developing collaborative assessment practices that focus on the
characteristics on student learning made possible by these
Read more about
the justification of this study at:
in our publishing future…
new, expanded Foundations of Learning text incorporating the course
design outline for Hinds’ Essential College Skills class and input
from our nine-member Foundations of Learning Advisory Board. We will
also be releasing a Microeconomics textbook by Bill Dawes from Stony
Brook and the Instructor’s Guide for Foundations of Chemistry by
We wish each and every one of our readers a happy
and peaceful holiday season and a very blessed and
productive New Year. And that’s a wrap!