Thank You From Susan Lichtenberg

To my friends at GRCC,

At times of loss, it is a moment of grace to find that we are part of something more, that we are not alone. Thank you for your many expressions of sympathy and other kindnesses this past week after the passing of my mother. You are constant reminders of the goodness of friends.

Susan Lichtenberg

Streamline Course Pack Permissions

Many professors use copyrighted materials to support instruction.  One way to make them available to your students is through a link on Blackboard.  For information or assistance with Blackboard article linking, send a message to  Another method to provide copyrighted content is by purchasing permission from the copyright holder.  GRCC subscribes to a site license that will help you maintain compliance for copyrighted material you need to teach your classes.  Copyright permissions are limited to one semester, so if you are re-using material, you will need to renew permission each semester.  Faculty members have personal liability in copyright cases and so will want to remain in compliance.

GRCC subscribes to Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) “a not-for-profit U.S. company based in Danvers, Massachusetts, that provides collective copyright licensing services for corporate and academic users of copyrighted materials.  CCC procures agreements with rights holders, primarily text publishers and authors, both for print and online, and acts as agent for them.  This ‘collective agent’ status allows CCC to represent thousands of publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators” (Wikipedia, July 12, 2011).  CCC supplies permission but not the copyrighted content itself.  If a faculty member does not have permission to copy something, the CCC will contact the publisher for them.  The faculty member would need to fill out a request form from the website.  Some requests have a fee.

Simple to Use

Navigate to

Enter a title or International Standard Number (ISN) in the search box labeled “Get Permission” or use the Advanced Search link

Get Permission

If CCC has a relationship with the rights holder, navigate to the tab that says, “Annual License Options”.  Our license covers many, but not all titles.  Some titles are covered by our license.  For others, there will be a fee indicated

Annual License Options

For more information about Copyright

GRCC library faculty members recommend Copyright Law for Educators and Know Your Copy Rights: Using Copyrighted Works in Academic Settings.  City University of New York’s Baruch College offers an interactive guide to using multimedia in courses.

The Chronicle’s Wired Campus Newsletter suggests resources available from Reed College and The University of Maryland-University College.

Employees Invited to Attend The Inclusive Campus – Climate Pedagogy and Scholarship

The West Michigan College and University Presidents’ Compact Committee Presents The Inclusive Campus: Climate, Pedagogy, and Scholarship
October 6 – 7, 2011 Robert W. Sneden Center, Davenport University (6191 Kraft Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan).

This regional conference is open to college and university faculty, staff, administrators, and students. The conference begins with a keynote address on Thursday evening and concludes on Friday afternoon after a series of papers, panels, and workshops that address issues surrounding the inclusive campus, pedagogy, and current diversity related scholarship. Continue reading

GRCC in the News – 9/29/11

Education Department Gives 34 College-Improvement Grants
By Caralee Adams on September 28, 2011 10:41 AM | Education Week

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that 34 colleges and universities will share $13 million in grant money as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program to help improve institutions to better serve low-income students. […] Grantees included: […] Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich.  (More)

Achieving the Dream: Who is Targeted?

This is the second in a series of articles about GRCC’s role as an ATD college.

GRCC has been an ATD community college for two years, but many employees may only have a tangential understanding of the program, or may not be familiar with it at all. So let’s fill in some background:

Achieving the Dream is a nation-wide initiative aimed at helping community college students succeed in completing coursework and earning certificates and/or degrees. It is an initiative that uses student achievement data to effect broad institutional change. Now in its seventh year, ATD participants include over 160 colleges in 30 states.

Like all the other Achieving the Dream colleges, we place special emphasis on student groups that have traditionally faced significant barriers to success, including students of color and low-income students. Because so many students leave community colleges without earning a certificate or degree, or without transferring to continue their studies, ATD colleges like GRCC make specific commitments to improve student achievement and to keep our doors open to students who:

  • Complete developmental courses and move on to college-level courses
  • Enroll in and complete gatekeeper courses, such as English Composition I and Statistics
  • Complete the courses they take, earning a grade of C or higher
  • Successfully satisfy their academic goals while here