Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers
Jody Coen, Reba Cornman, Marilyn
Demorest, Mary Gartner, Gena Glickman, Virginia Guilford, Robert Hampton,
Dr. Andrew Meyer, Vice President for Learning,
Approval of Minutes
Motion made to approve the
Gertrude Eaton, USM, indicated that the USM provosts were concerned with the mission statement and the possibility that the CAO group might see itself as an official advisory body to other agencies. The provosts see the CAO group as advisory only to member schools. Dr. Eaton asked that the CAO delay a vote the adoption of the mission statement until April 11 in order to give the provosts an opportunity to understand what the CAO does and accomplishes.
Concern was raised that the CAO group has no charter, no bylaws, and that the groundwork for formal structure has not been laid. Questions were raised about the continued existence of the group, group membership and attendance.
It was noted that the CAO is the only occasion CAOs from two- and four-year colleges in Maryland have to get together to discuss issues and that the CAO serves and important function.
A vote on the mission statement was delayed until the next CAO meeting on April 11, which will include a discussion of bylaws and mission, taking into account feedback and guidance from the provosts.
Secondary Education AAT Report
An oversight council and a charge to develop the process for implementation of the Secondary Education AAT was established. AATs will be developed first for the areas of greatest need: chemistry, physics, math, and Spanish. A letter will be sent to provosts/vice presidents to ask for nomination of faculty in chemistry, physics, math, and Spanish to meet to review outcomes and to ensure each institution is in agreement about the outcomes. It is essential to have faculty buy-in on the AAT. The role of the CAO is to encourage and support the faculty in this initiative.
The K-16 council meets on June 17, which is the target date for recommendations to be forwarded by the Secondary Education AAT Oversight Council. AAT & seamless transfer are major issues in all budget hearings, so it is important to show the legislature that progress is made by the schools to alleviate the teacher shortage.
Update on Community College/USM collaborative data project
The project focuses on transfer students from community colleges and the number of those students who apply and are admitted. An initial report is on its way to the presidents of all community colleges and USM institutions. The independent institutions will also be joining the collaborative project. The study will next examine regional and programmatic access to four-year schools for community college students.
Additional analyses will be completed on the number of community college students who have applied to and been denied admission to four-year institutions. Two models for enrollment projections have been developed and include those who go to four year institutions directly after high school graduation, those who initially enroll at the community college, those who delay entry to postsecondary education, and mature students.
Robert Shoenberg—Update on the AAC&U Greater Expectations Project
Greater Expectations Report for Student Transfer Project
- The percentage of students going to college has increased about 2.5 times over 30 years
- The nature of the student population now enrolled in school now is changing
- The project outlines a vision of what education should look like, including topics from access to quality.
Other parts of the project include:
- Production of four monographs: Inquiry-Based Learning, Integrative Learning, Internationalization of Curriculum, and Diversity.
- How we teach, and what we teach for
- Accrediting processes and associations
- Conference, Mid-November, 2003.
Conveyance of ideas to students and faculty through use of advising materials
Discipline groups are an aspect of that project to
- develop criteria against which a course can be taught and measured
- define purposes of state-wide requirements
- promote faculty understanding of general education
- promote student knowledge of the purpose of general education, and enable students to move from school to school
- support student understanding the intention of education.
The report is a strong apologia for liberal learning, and discusses the Intentional Learner
- The intentional learner is empowered through intellectual and practical skills.
- The intentional learner is informed by knowledge and ways of knowing
- The intentional learner is responsible for personal actions and civic values
To learn more, please visit http://www.greaterexpectations.org/.
Physical Sciences – Physicists and chemists will meet separately. The group defined the issues, and spent a great deal of time and energy on the issues of “why” and the importance of collaboration and coordination.
Mathematics – Due to inclement weather, the math report has not yet been reviewed by the two-year CAOs. The CAOs may be able to discuss this in March or April meeting.
Fine and Performing Arts discipline group – The group has completed the definition, completed their goals, and developed objectives for goals for Fine & Performing Arts. Their next meeting will be on March 14 at FCC to finalize the objectives. If that meeting takes place, copies of the group recommendations will be available at the April 11 CAO meeting.
Biological Sciences – Meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather, and the group will reschedule next week.
English Literature discipline group – Meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.
K-16 Workgroup Report.
- No Child Left Behind. To be considered a “Highly Qualified Teacher,” teachers must be teaching in their content area. All newly hired teachers must be teaching in their content areas, but current teachers will be grandfathered in until 2005. If, by 2005, all teachers don’t meet the HQT requirements, federal/state funding may be in jeopardy.
- Teachers who are not teaching in their content area may have the option of taking a content exam or state exam in lieu of going back to school, although this option is not available yet.
- Larry Leak’s presentation has been posted on the CAO website: http://mdcao.usmd.edu/NCLB/NCLB2003.html
- There may be a separate Middle School certification.
- Special Education act (IDEA) will be reauthorized next year.
The new legislature has 1700 bills in front of it, 70% of which are funding
bills. A number of the bills will impact higher education in
- HB45 – Moratorium on new programs until 50% of needs are met in pharmacy education, and nursing. Amending toward non-moratorium, and amending rights to abolish programs.
- HB349 – Rudolph Bill. MHEC letter of information, support intent. Capacity issues. HepB vaccination for residential students.
- HB 253 – May require resident tuition for non-immigrant students who don’t currently meet residency requirements.
- HB 171 Harford Baccalaureate program. MHEC opposed pending capacity studies.
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