Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers
November 10, 1999
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Welcome: Dr. Arthur Johnson, Provost, University of Maryland Baltimore County welcomed the group to the Technology Center. Work of the CAOs important, work on teacher education and K-16 issues, get faculty talking to each other across institutions, particularly important for teacher education.
Members Present: Michael Kiphart, MICUA, Connie Cox, MHEC, Teri Hollander, USMH, T. J. Bryan, USMH, Nancy Shapiro, USMH, Marilyn Demorest, UMBC, Clara Adams, MSU, Gail Russell, MC, Virginia Guilford, BSU, Eddie Boyd, UMES, Anne Nedd, BSU, Irvin Brown, UB, Bob Hampton, UM,CP, Maurice Hickey, CC, Jack McLauglin, CCBC-Catonsville, Steve Tanner, CCBC-Dundalk, Suzanne Beal, FCC, Jim Ball, CCC, Harold Guy, PGCC, Rusty Stephens, HCC, Ross Leisten, SSU, Kent Kimmel, SSU, Tom Topping, CCC, Gena Glickman, MCAD, Gene Hall, AC, Lillian Mitchell, GCC, Cynthia Davis, UMUC, Roy Hopkins, SMC, Jim Limbaugh, FSU, Michael Parsons, HCC, Robin Spaid, HCC
Invited Guests: David Sumler, MHEC, Charles Lowry, UM,CP
Minutes Approved for September 29, 1999 and April 14, 1999 meetings.
I. State Digital Library MDL Interim Management Group
Scope and Efforts Underway Charles Lowry
See materials, program in brief, excerpts from full report by The Maryland Digital Library Task Force of the MHEC and The Congress of Academic Library Directors.
Basic thrust is focused on content, access to databases, digital object libraries, sharing scholarly information in a virtual library (be able to provide virtual library catalog access to students). It is a multi-dimensional project to build on what exists and expand digital access. CALD (Council of Academic Library Directors), Community Colleges, MICUA, and USM. (See bullet.) Sailor now getting state funds has been federally funded in past. High speed telecommunications network is essential to project. Request has gone forward for year zero for $400,000. $2.9 million is pretty much in accord with neighboring states. Best known and earliest, Ohio Link, GA, Fla. More recently, VA, PA, CA, TN, AL have been engaged in similar activities. Need to do this for MD to remain competitive. Next step is to work with MHEC, DBM for inclusion in the governor's budget. Higher education speaks with one voice, running prototype. Interim management group meets to discuss issues, such as, long-term governance, budget, pilot infrastructure. Take what we know and scale up to all higher education.
Discussion: Budgets alignment. Carroll CC with W. MD College and public library NyNEX. UMCP USM cooperative arrangements, share index, books in circulation, greater Chesapeake region, cooperative arrangements easy to sustain. Technology, web-enable, virtual catalog with one server but links to horizon at JHU, carl, z39 protocol, or extract data to union catalog. CCBC with Baltimore County libraries continue, but see where to go from there. K-12 alliances. Public schools and public libraries? Public libraries, SAILOR, provide internet access, but not content. Synergies created by statewide projects. As group moves forward is there anything that CAOs can do? Endorsement by group or individually. Needs to be in new state plan, priority. Is this part of the MHEC request? DS - several approaches for funding, MHEC asked for it as a grant to go to UMCP (where itís housed), also possibility of funding through tobacco money, other high speed network add and digital libraries. All three strategies being pursued.
II. Maryland Educational Network David Sumler, MHEC
Governor has appointed a task force on high speed network, leadership from Office of Information Technology, DBM. Task force progress, Jan. 1, 2000 report due, statewide backbone to hook other services, such as education, health, emergency services. Would like to fund four pilot projects, educational connectivity and the digital library. Other projects, tele-medicine, emergency services bio-terrorism. Still attempting through MHEC budget for higher education connectivity, contingent upon proposal being aligned with task force recommendations. Question: fiber optic bandwidth, like T-1 now, go to OC 12 OC 48. Allow state to have expanded bandwidth, three times what we need with the two thirds available to sell to commercial interests to raise funds. Common internet service provider available to everyone for best pricing, service. All plans being developed like UMATS beefed up more robust hooked to all higher education institutions and school boards. How much can state subsidize and how much needs to be charged back goal not paying any more than currently, but more access. MHEC request of $17 million grants out to institutions for building capacity, infrastructure for connectivity. Backbone operational by spring, fiber optic lines already being laid, next fall winter to all higher education, 2001 to schools. Vision? Expansion of USM network ISP for institutions. Next fall if funding is available.
III. State Plan for Higher Education Connie Cox & David Sumler, MHEC
Update and Discussion: Process and Timeline
Governorís conference last week was very productive. Legislature required that MHEC write new plan by April 30, 2000 in consultation with all stakeholders and governorís conference. Committee appointed by governor Strategic planning group. Most appointed non-education professionals. Legislators Nancy Kopp, and Bob Neal about 4 business individuals, state school superintendents. Meeting every month, conference to identify issues important to citizens. Focus groups administered by UB. Discussion groups at conference to discuss highest priority issues. Strategic planning committee 4-6 issues for action this year. Two things: technology plan for higher education, teacher education reform and linkages with k-12, came up in all groups. Concern about civic education better workers, citizens, non-violence. Summaries of discussion groups will be posted to web site: www.mhec.state.md.us Background documents, focus group reports, and as it goes forward, the drafts of the plan for public comment. Process will need to go fast Nov. 17 strategic planning group, dec. 9 segment reps, first draft by late January to strategic planning group, and then be made public. Another draft by Feb. - public, final by mid-April. More streamlined process, legislature very concerned that their interests were not considered. Shorter more concise document. Some things may come to this legislative session, by N. Kopp and Bobby Neal.
IV. Academic Discipline Groups Michael Kiphart, MICUA
Expanding the Charge?
Expand to include teacher education content needs (item I). New Charge distributed for review. See items H and I, newly added. MK and VZ CAO representative for at least initial meeting of each group. Charge should be considered a work in progress, needs refining. CAOs subgroup to discuss and recommend revisions. Jim Ball Gene Hall, Anne Nedd volunteered. www.aacu-edu.org for document from governorís conference. Discipline groups context needed not just discussions on course content. Working from area groups definitions in regulation.
Discussion: Change word course to outcomes? Conversation whatís appropriate at institution, at state level, donít want common course core required at every campus, autonomy, comparable quality, outcomes.
CAO Statewide Teacher Education Committee Michael Kiphart, MICUA
Group will meet on Nov. 16, at PGCC, 1 p.m. Would like to have superintendents involved from the start.
Discussion. At the governor's conference there was a lot of discussion about pre-K through 16 issues, pre-K intervenor for education. Early Childhood articulation agreement to be shared.
K-16 Efforts and Accomplishments Nancy Shapiro, USMH
Work group meeting last week, each committee made report. The Standards Competencies and Assessments committee will meet next week to discuss strategies for bringing the work of the 'C grade English composition' report to K-12. Mathematics expectations, alignment issues, Denny Gulick gave an extended report, UMCP will convene K-16 math educators in early spring,
MHEC Connie Cox, MHEC
The Student Transfer Advisory Council is currently working on the annual report to MHEC which will focus on Maryland's leadership in transfer and articulation, and on trying to keep a light on accomplishments. The Council has also begun planning the second statewide Intersegmental Educators Conference. (see conference hand out). The CAOs were asked to review the information and let the Council know if it is going in the right direction, issues, audiences. Comments and reactions should be directed to Connie Cox.
Discussion. Deans and Directors not just continuing ed. should be included. Best practices in retention; accountability benchmarks are other possible topics.