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Stock image from inside and elevatorIn the April 30th online version of Philanthropy Today, published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, there was an interesting video clip titled, “The Art of the Elevator Pitch.”

I was thinking recently about a grant that Butte-Glenn Community College District (BGCCD) submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) two years ago. This prompted me to look at grants targeted to community colleges. The NSF Advanced Technology Education (ATE) is specifically designed for

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Next Generation Learning ChallengesMany years ago, I was asked to be a proposal reviewer for the California Arts Council. I remember that I was selected to be on the “Artist in the Schools Panel,” which had an allocated amount of $250,000 for that year’s funding. There were five of us reviewers selected to be on this particular

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Funded: Grants Office Monthly NewsletterI was recently reminded of the importance of proofreading your proposal, a step that sometimes drops away or is not conducted properly in the rush to meet a deadline. Yet this step may mean the difference between success and failure.

National Science Foundation, Where Discoveries BeginGrant funding for research at the community college level can be scarce, but a National Science Foundation grant intended to match student researchers with innovative businesses may help to reverse that trend. And the key may be as simple as knowing who to ask.

Institute of Museum and Library ServicesSince my community college serves a rural, agriculturally-based population it tends to be under-funded and sadly, ignored by fundors. Driving though our rice paddy fields, I have seen a one-room library that was founded by 19th-century steel and railroad industrialist—and philanthropist—Andrew

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North Valley Community FoundationAs an email list subscriber to TechEDge, you probably subscribe to at least a couple of other email lists as I do. One that I happen to be on is the North Valley Nonprofit Council, which is part of the North Valley Community Foundation.

My community college is situated in a rural area. Many times we feel that our needs are frequently overshadowed by the needs of larger urban areas that have higher rates of poverty, crime and larger low-income populations. We have to struggle to make our proposals competitive for governmental and

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More and more funding agencies are requiring “Sustainability” as part of proposal submission and they give points to the proposal if you successfully describe it. But, sustainability in the grant world is not being green, developing clean energy or reducing global warming.

Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World.Yes, what DO Algorithms have to do with grants—an interesting and perhaps perplexing question?

As always, I tend to read different sources, and saw in The Wall Street Journal’s September 20, 2012 Bookshelf review by Evgveny Morozov, “The Tyranny Of Algorithms,” which was a review of Christopher

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I don’t know about you, but for years I’ve struggled with the complexity and frustration of project scheduling. I’ve found Microsoft Project to be all powerful, yet all consuming in time and effort, and unrealistic in predicting outcome.

California AbstractThere are a number of systemwide and intersegmental applications that provide services to our students and colleges in use across the state. 

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fingerprintcompsm.jpgThroughout the California Community Colleges, it is the rare student that enrolls in one community college and transfers to a four-year university or achieves a degree in two years.

 

Thumb print scan imageIn a previous blog post, I relayed that we are currently engaged in the development of a new infrastructure for systemwide applications, a key component of which is Federated Identity. In part one of this two part blog we discussed the advantages for colleges adopting a federated, standards based,

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Get Satisfaction: Love Your CustomersRecently I reviewed the community-based social media support platform, Get Satisfaction, which turns traditional support on its head by tapping into the wisdom of the crowd.

To facilitate the analysis of student pathways, outcomes, transfer and institutional performance for continuous improvement, there is a need to bring together data sourced from the existing applications within our system.

Our team at the Technology Center has been working lately on how to protect the identity of our students and still benefit from the use of an Elastic Cloud Infrastructure.

I don't see many folks using burndown reports to manage their projects. Maybe because it is not a standard Microsoft Project (MS Project ) report and it is a pain to generate from raw MS Project data using a spreadsheet. More on this in a moment.

Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | PESC.ORG | Unlocking the power of data.The California Community Colleges Technology Center is working with vendors and institutions to standardize the exchange of educational data. Working together through the Postsecondary Education Standards Council (PESC) Common Data Services (CDS) Taskforce we are leading the charge with a mission to build

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Approximately 400 Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, New York police and firefighters ran through downtown Manhattan, June 1, 2010, in honor of the victims of 9/11 and America's fallen heros. Official Marine Corps photo illustration by Corporal Patrick Evenson.You may have heard of the book "All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten" by Robert Fulghum, but, you probably have not heard of the lesser know book "Corps Values, Everything You need to Know I learned in the Marines" by Governor Zell Miller.

Tech>ProtectFrom time to time I get interesting or pertinent questions from clients, colleagues and readers. I like to post the answers on my blog because I think more people may have the same question. Here's a recent dialogue regarding Payment Card Industry compliance:

Lightning strikes from a distant cloud.Cloud computing is “all the rage” right now. Does this sound nebulous to you? (Editor’s Note: Security expert Donald Hester peers into the cloud to assess the risks in this two-part opinion column.)

 

(Editor’s Note: Security expert Donald Hester continues to assess the risk in the outsourcing aspect of cloud computing in Part 2 of this two-part opinion column. Part 1 was published on September 22, 2010.)

socialnettree250.jpgWith the rise of social media websites and the misuse of personal information contained within those websites, I think it is a good idea to give some pointers to help you protect your online life. By the time you read this, the Online Teaching Conference in San Diego will be over. I will

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California Community CollegesThe recent conversation and disruption caused by the proliferation of massively open online courses (MOOCs) combined with a huge loss of course availability for students in the economic wasteland of the past few years shifted attention to the promise of access for our students via virtual means. The

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CCC Brainstorm: Where Minds MeetWe've spent a lot of time and energy working with our users and vendor to make CCC Confer a great tool for online instructors, with good results. The Confer classroom is equipped with assessment tools, interactive tools for collaboration and terrific content presentation options.

A couple hours ago, CrystalTech, the company that hosts the Coding Horror Web site and the Stack Overflow blog, had a technical problem that resulted in their virtual machines (VMs) being 100 per cent deleted with apparently no usable backups.

 

digg vi logoFacebook has undergone plenty of redesigns in the past, and each one has come with some amount of controversy. However, imagine how people would react if Facebook decided not just to dramatically redesign their site, but also to delete every piece of content and every user account that had ever

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The fifth version of ECMAScript has now been finalized and published as an Ecma International standard. ECMAScript, which is more commonly known as "JavaScript", is the programming language that provides for much of the interactivity in modern web applications. This is the first major new version of

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On2 Technologies LogoGoogle recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of On2, a company which produces high-end video encoding formats. This move has led to speculation that Google may be trying to break the current stalemate in the Web video format wars with its own better-positioned contender.