Maryland Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers
October 3, 2000
Members Present: Clara Adams, MSU, Suzanne Beal, FCC, Eddie Boyd, UMES, T. J. Bryan, USM, Trish Casey-Whiteman, AACC, Marilyn Demorest, UMBC, Jim Foran, MSDE, Sarah Garrett, BCCC, Mary Gartner, FSU, Virginia Guilford, BSU, Denny Gulick, UMCP, Gene Hall, ACM, Moe Hickey, CC, Teri Hollander, USM, Dan Jones, TU, Michael Kiphart, MHEC, Jowel Laguerre, MC, Ross Leisten, SSU, Mona Levine, MC, Lillian Mitchell, GCC, Mike Parsons, HCC, Richard Rembold, CSC, Ronald Roberson, HCC, Ann Smith, CSM, Robin Spaid, HCC, Tom Topping, CCC, Carolyn Waltz, UMB, Vera Zdravkovich, PGCC, Judy Coen, CCC, Deborah Cruise, HCC, Patricia Basili, PGCC
Denny handed out the minutes of the Statewide Mathematics meeting that included a proposal for a Statewide Mathematics Conference. Two big issues raised by the Mathematics Group were presented: 1) the appropriate prerequisites for general education mathematics courses and 2) whether college level credit should be given for intermediate algebra. A general survey of prerequisites for general education mathematics courses found no statewide uniformity in the prerequisites for entry into general education mathematics courses. A poll was taken at the Statewide Mathematics meeting to find out if institutional representatives felt that college credit should be given for intermediate algebra. The majority of institutional representatives at the Statewide Mathematics meeting indicated that no college credit should be given for intermediate algebra (1 Yes, 18 No, 3 Abstentions). The transition of high school students to college level mathematics courses, the disconnect between high school mathematics competencies and college level expectancies, and the mathematics bridge goals were also discussed.
The CAO group was supportive of a statewide group and possible summer conference to resolve these issues as soon as possible. Gene Hall proposed that he along with Teri Hollander and Michael Kiphart from MHEC and an MSDE representative meet to begin this process. He also wanted the group to examine the COMAR regulations for mathematics general education. Suzanne Beal brought up the issue of prerequisites in the form of skills rather than courses for general education mathematics courses. The CAO group supported Gene Hall’s proposal and asked Denny Gulick to ask the Statewide Mathematics group for a tentative agenda for the summer conference.
The State has received Title II grant funds and is currently working on goals and objectives for the coming year. Pilot testing of the high school assessments will begin this year in biology. The timeline for implementation of the high school assessments was briefly discussed. It was also mentioned that Denny Gulick and Elaine Crawford were working on pilot testing on the bridge goals for mathematics.
Patricia Basili reported to the CAO group on the outcomes of the Teacher Education Articulation Committee. She presented the CAO charge to the group, and the membership of the committee. She provided a historical development of the group’s work and how the committee moved towards an outcomes document based on NCATE and other professional standards for teacher education. She indicated the movement towards an A.A. degree in teaching that would provide well-prepared transfer students to four-year institutions. Vera Zdravkovich spoke very favorably of the Committee’s work, indicating that the work of the Committee could well serve as a national model for teacher education articulation. There were still some issues regarding transfer and acceptance at the four-year level. Mike Parsons praised the work of the group thus far and indicated that a full report would be needed for the institutions to consider in achieving full acceptance. Dan Jones indicated that he would like to see more involvement of arts and sciences faculty. Many supported this expansion of the faculty involved. The full report will be presented to the CAOs soon, hopefully in time to be considered at the November CAO meeting. Patricia was thanked for her hard work and excellent report. Her presentation will be made available through the CAO group website.
Dual enrollment nursing programs are presently being developed between two- and four-year institutions. It is hoped that these programs will increase the attainment of associate and baccalaureate degrees in nursing. A pilot program is being developed between the University of Maryland, Baltimore and selected community colleges. As the programs are developed, information will be brought back to the CAO group for presentation and discussion. Carolyn Waltz indicated UM,B’s support for the program and how happy she was with the current program development and direction.
Course files have been sent out to individual institutions for verification and updating. This is a very important process for the accuracy and currency of the ARTSYS database. Teri Hollander encouraged each CAO to assist this process on his or her individual campus. ARTSYS on-line course evaluations is up and running. Institutions can now post new courses and syllabi on-line for automatic dissemination to institutions for evaluation. Reminders for institutions to evaluate the posted courses are sent regularly. Teri asked the CAOs to please assist the transfer coordinators on their campuses. ARTSYS has the capability of linking course syllabi with the course listings in the ARTSYS database. General support was evident for linking these items for campuses that wanted this to happen. Following discussion, the CAOs rejected the imposition of a standard format for the syllabi to be posted on-line. Teri indicated that the database was normally updated every night. The CAOs briefly discussed transfer consistencies within individual institutions and between institutions. Concerns or questions regarding ARTSYS should be forwarded to Teri Hollander.
Gene Hall distributed the CAO charges to the discipline groups. Discussion took place regarding future coordination of the groups. A listing of faculty who have been designated by institutions as willing to serve on the discipline groups is available on the CAO website. CAOs were encouraged to check the forward faculty names from their institutions if they have not already done so.
Gene Hall suggested that the merger of Maryland On-Line with the Maryland Community College Teleconsortium be scheduled for a future meeting. The CAOs voiced an interest in having this item placed on the November meeting agenda. Gene also indicated that SREB was working on a future survey. More information would be provided as it became available.
November 28, 2000 at the University of Maryland University College
February 27, 2000 at various teleconferencing sites to be announced.
April or May – date to be determined. An e-mail survey will be conducted soon to determine the best date and announce the site.