Meeting of the Maryland Inter-segmental Chief Academic Officers

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Minutes of the December 13, 2002 Meeting


Members present:

James Ball, CCC, Stephen Capelli, WWCC, H. Samuel Case, McDaniel Trish Casey-Whiteman, AACC, Sandra Cohea-Weible, Salisbury, Michael Curry, Goucher, Marilyn Demorest, UMBC, Jim Foran, MSDE, Lynn Gangone, MICUA, Mary Gartner, Frostburg, Gena Glickman, UB, Virginia Guilford, BSU, Denny Gulick, UMCP, Gene Hall, ACM, Robert Hampton, UMCP, Moe Hickey, CC, Teri Hollander, USM, Mary Ellen Hrutka, UMUC, Barbara Kaplan, VJC, Michael Kiphart, MHEC, Jowel Laguerre, MC, David McDonald, for Deborah Leather, TU, Henry Linck, CCBC, Lillian Mitchell, GCC, Richard Rembold, CSC, Ed Roulhac, JHU, Maggie Schmid, Maryland College of Art & Design, Ann Smith, CSM, Don Stabile, SMCM, Rusty Stephens, HCC, Tom Topping, CCC, Dennis Wenger, Hagerstown Business College, Robert Young, Columbia Union College, Vera Zdravkovich, PGCC.


Dr. Marilyn E. Demorest, Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County welcomed CAO members to the University of Maryland Baltimore County.


Approval of Minutes


Motion made to approve the 9/20/02 minutes. All members present were in favor.


Mission Statement — Tom Topping & Gena Glickman


The mission statement drafted by Tom Topping and Gena Glickman was reviewed by the CAO members.


The mission of the Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers (ICAO) affinity group is to support Maryland undergraduate education by providing a forum for communication across all segments of higher education. The ICAO will help define Maryland’s general education outcomes by facilitating intersegmental academic discipline group discussions and may act in an advisory capacity to State agencies on issues related to general education, transfer and program development.


In order to allow for new issues that are relevant, it was suggested that the following sentence be added to the end of the statement, “The ICAO may also consider other related issues as determined by the membership.”


It was also suggested that the current last sentence read “The ICAO will help define Maryland’s general education outcomes by facilitating intersegmental academic discipline group discussions and may act in an advisory capacity to State agencies on issues related to general education, transfer and collaborative or intersegmental program development.” (italics indicate new wording).


It was also proposed that “higher education” in the first sentence read be changed to “education” to recognize for the relationship with K-16. Since it is higher education which makes the ICAO unique, and it was determined that the goals of the ICAO can include relationships with other educational segments and groups, and the first sentence should be kept the same.


Tom Topping and Gena Glickman will consider these recommendations and forward an updated proposed mission statement to the group in January.


AAT Secondary Education Conference — Teri Hollander


A secondary education oversight council is being formed, and December 13 was the final day for nominations. The first meeting of the oversight Council will be December 18 at the USM offices. The mission of the oversight council is to codify methods by which faculty can move forward to establish a viable secondary AAT. Since UB and UMUC were not invited to the oversight council, Michael Kiphart will cc Gena Glickman and Mary Ellen Hrutka on correspondence.


The oversight council will provide a report to the K-16 Leadership Council in June. Work that has already been done will be provided to the council and to the CAO group. The report is expected to discuss the outcomes of secondary AAT for shortage areas and the outcomes of discipline-specific degrees.


After the report is completed, the secondary AAT degree should be available to students. The community colleges suggested that it might be as soon as fall 2003. MHEC will be involved in the secondary AAT program approval process and participate in discipline groups.


The issue insuring the successful transferability of AAT degrees was discussed. The community colleges are concerned about making changes and creating programs and the 4-year colleges not making similar changes and accommodations. The community colleges do not want to work on projects that do not result in students being accepted at 4-year colleges and universities. It was suggested that MHEC needs to be firm and take a stand to enforce the AAT agreements.


It was suggested that it is essential to develop a model that works across the state, rather than having multiple articulation agreements between individual schools.


The importance of providing the faculty members on the oversight council a very clear charge, and use various faculty members in order to effect success was also discussed. Faculty compliance from both 2- and 4-year institutions are essential to ensure success.


If there are problems with institutions and issues of compliance of AAT, please call Michael Kiphart so he can help you resolve the problems.


The oversight council will ask institutions to appoint faculty representatives for the AAT discipline groups, and schools may appoint same faculty as before. It may be useful to consider CAO discipline group membership as potential representatives on the AAT group.


Two parts to AAT have been identified: Discipline specific and General Education (the outcomes of General Education have already been explored, and are on the CAO Web site at The secondary AAT groups will be discipline-based, and information should not go through Deans of Education, rather they should go through the deans of Arts & Sciences and the Chief Academic Officer’s office. Currently, the K-16 AAT discipline groups need to look at majors, not general education, and Vera Zdravkovich will ensure that is carried through in conversations of the oversight council.


Discipline Group Updates — Mary Ellen Hrutka


All discipline group leaders are in place for the upcoming year, and some meetings have been confirmed.


The discipline groups should:


1) encourage faculty to faculty relationship building across institutions.

2) work on general education issues.

3) be a place to recruit faculty candidates to work on discipline groups in relation to the AAT.


The members of a CAO discipline group may belong to both the CAO and K-16 AAT discipline groups.


Issues were raised as to whether two distinct groups of faculty were actually needed, or if it was possible for the CAO discipline group also work on AAT issues. It was discussed that the CAO discipline group was mainly concerned with general education outcomes, not major outcomes, as is needed by the K-16 AAT discipline groups. It was suggested that there be liaisons who belong to both groups, who could keep both groups apprised of the issues and concerns being raised in the other group.


It was also noted that independent colleges, which would not necessarily participate in the CAO discipline groups concerned with general education, might be interested in participating in the K-16 AAT discipline group.


Math Report — Denny Gulick


The community college deans will convey their reaction to the math report after they have had time to review and digest the report contents.


Dr. Denny Gulick distributed a report by the math discipline group, which discusses the issues and needs for math, college level math, and the need to require high school algebra II or college-level intermediate algebra as prerequisites to college algebra.


There will be a meeting between Chancellor Kirwin and system mathematics chairs. Denny Gulick will provide the CAOs with a meeting agenda in advance of the February meeting in order to prepare.


Concern was raised about community colleges requiring algebra II or intermediate algebra as a prerequisite to college algebra, resulting in community college students taking college algebra at 4-year institutions that do not require the prerequisites.


Intermediate algebra is not a required prerequisite through COMAR, but it is in the spirit of the Guiding Principles (


The State Department of Education requires that teachers have a degree in a content area. However, much of what constitutes a math degree is not necessarily relevant for a high school math teacher, and a degree in Math Education might be one alternative to consider.


K-16 Workgroup — Jim Foran


The workgroup arrived at some priorities:

1.      Teacher /principal preparation

2.      Alignment issues involving math and English.

3.      No Child left Behind in partnership with K-16 group.

4.      Reauthorization of IDEA

5.      Maryland clearinghouse of educational statistics


Maryland Council of Community College Chief Academic Officers update — Rusty Stephens


MC4CAO has identified a few issues, and are seeking solutions:


1.      AAT issues — Community college students participate in the AAT program and have been refused entry to a 4-year college in Maryland.

2.      Subdegree issues — Community colleges have students with educational experiences that are at a sub-collegiate level.

3.      Baccalaureate access — There are underserved student populations without access to a 4-year degree, because 4-year schools are full.


MHEC Report — Michael Kiphart


Budget cuts, 5% of MHEC’s budget was given back to the state. MHEC is making do with fewer staff and the same amount of work.

There will be a $2.4 million reduction in grant and scholarship funds from the Hope Scholarship.

The nursing scholarship currently has a waiting list.

MHEC is fully behind secondary AAT.


Final words


Next meeting is February 14, 2003 at Ann Arundel Community College.