Salt Lake Community College Establishes Center for Innovation

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Salt Lake Community College has established a new Center for Innovation. One of the first such centers among U.S. community colleges, the Center for Innovation promotes new approaches to college teaching and administration for all SLCC employees.

“With this new Center for Innovation, Dr. Bioteau has taken the emphasis on new and creative thought to a higher level and invested in the college’s most valued asset – its people.” American Association of Community Colleges President Walter G. Bumphus.

Under the direction of President Cynthia A. Bioteau, Salt Lake Community College has established a new Center for Innovation. One of the first such centers among U.S. community colleges, the Center for Innovation promotes new approaches to college teaching and administration for all SLCC employees.

“Innovation has long been a hallmark of the community college,” said American Association of Community Colleges President Walter G. Bumphus. “With this new Center for Innovation, Dr. Bioteau has taken the emphasis on new and creative thought to a higher level and invested in the college’s most valued asset – its people.”

In collaboration with the League for Innovation in the Community College, SLCC’s Center for Innovation has also sponsored an Innovation of the Year Contest. This annual contest recognizes employees for their creative excellence and celebrates ideas that inspire innovation in education and contribute to the College Strategic Priorities.

Through this contest, the College submits the "SLCC Innovation of the Year" Winner to be recognized at the League for Innovation Annual Conference. Individuals from the winning team attend and present at the conference; the winning team is also awarded $3,000 to advance its innovation. In addition to the overall winner, up to four "Excellence in Innovation" Award winners are recognized by the College Community, and each team receives $500 to further their ideas.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Educating and training more than 62,000 people each year, the College is the largest institution of higher education in Utah. The College has 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Courses are offered during both traditional and accelerated semesters, during the daytime, evenings, and weekends. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

About AACC: Founded in 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students. Community colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling close to half (46 percent) of all U.S. undergraduates. Headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy.

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