Maryland Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers
April 23, 2001
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Members Present:(The sign-in sheet was not for these draft minutes.)
The November 28, 2001 minutes were approved as presented. The February 27, 2001 minutes were amended to include the meeting participants from Frederick Community College and to change the "K-16 Council" reference in item 8 to "K-16 Workgroup" and then approved.
Teri Hollander introduced the issue of institutions not accepting intermediate algebra in transfer and handed out a letter from USM Vice Chancellor Charles R. Middleton. Jim Ball indicated that the community college presidents had not dealt with this proposal prior to the meeting. The gap between high school and college math expectations was discussed. It was recommended that the group turn to addressing the question of "what is college level math?" rather than the proposal of the mathematics group being discussed. Some individuals expressed the opinion that this issue was also a K-16 issue. Nancy Shapiro indicated that the K-16 Partnership was funding a meeting of the mathematics group regarding expectations, outcomes, and guarantees. Denny Gulick discussed the workings of the mathematics group and the difficulty in coming to a resolution to the question of, "what is college level math?". Denny also presented the history of this issue and the mathematics group. Suzanne Beal indicated that this discussion should examine the relationship of college level math as a prerequisite to other courses in the curriculum.
The general consensus of the group was that a broader discussion will need to take place regarding these issues. Denny indicated that the K-16 mathematics conference was being planned and that he would take these issues to the conference planning group. In the meantime, students at community colleges enrolling in intermediate algebra for the fall 2001 semester should be informed that this course will not be accepted in transfer at any USM institution.
Gene Hall set the background and opened the discussion regarding general education. The purpose should be to establish guidelines and guiding principles and not to change the Code of Maryland regulations (COMAR). He proposed adopting a strategy similar to the Middle States Associationís use of essential skills and proficiencies in general education. A speaker at the Governorís Conference on higher education also referred to core proficiencies. Gene also referred to work in this area in Minnesota and Missouri. Gene then discussed a potential framework for establishing intended outcomes and discussed the form. A great deal of discussion took place regarding these proposals. A subcommittee was established to look into this area further and report back at the next meeting. The subcommittee consisted of Michael Kiphart, Sarah Garrett, Gene Hall, Mary Ellen Hrutka, and Gena Glickman.
Pat Bascili opened the discussion by presenting the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) requirements and setting forth the issues of record keeping, accountability, and MSDE requirements. The AAT degree was designed using the ACEI, NCATE, and MSDE outcomes, standards, and requirements. Dennis Hinkle
may MADE a number of comments regarding the AAT and stressed the importance of assessment at the AAT level in concert with the NCATE accreditation assessment required of the four-year institutions. The AAT degree is 80 percent general education. A final comment agreed to by all was that it was very important for all institutions to recruit a diverse student body into teacher education.
Nancy Shapiro presented a number of pieces of information to the group regarding K-16. Paula Fitzwater from the Maryland Higher Education Commission is the current K-16 workgroup chair. The designated chair rotates annually between the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the University System of Maryland. The College Readiness Task Force will meet on May 10, 2001. The FIPSE faculty survey would be distributed soon to English, Mathematics, and Biology faculty in the near future. Please help with this effort. A sample letter and survey was handed out for information. There will be a General Education Conference in November. Information will be distributed in the future regarding the conference.
Will wait for subgroup to move forward on discipline groups. Teri Hollander discussed the new CLEP tests and scoring.
Michael Kiphart reported on the proposed regulations for the AAT degree. The community college presidents have endorsed the new regulations being proposed. In addition, the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission fully support the proposed AAT regulations. The Student Transfer Advisory Council is working on an update report on transfer to the Commission. In addition, the Council has discussed developing a report on general education, but will not proceed prior to the November General Education Conference. Finally, Michael provided a brief presentation of the Commissionís Faculty Employment Study that will be presented at a future Commission meeting.
A request for nominations will be sent via the CAO Listserv in the near future and the co-chairs will be named over the summer. Nominations may be forwarded to Suzanne Beal.