Student Transfer Advisory Council
MINUTES
November 10, 1998
(Approved January 12, 1999)

Members Present:

Connie Cox, Maryland Higher Education Commission
Teri Hollander, University System of Maryland Administration
Jan Kiphart, St. Maryís College of Maryland
Marion L. Patterson, Morgan State University
Jackie Williams, Coppin State College
Florence Agbonyitor, Baltimore City Community College
Lynne Gilli, Maryland State Department of Education

Others Present:
Mary Post, Maryland College of Art and Design
Peggy Miller, Montgomery College
Mary Lewis, Montgomery College
Kim Ford, MACC

Call to Order

Connie Cox called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.

September Minutes

Minutes were approved with clarification on the Career Connections Report. Minutes will be posted to the website.

Updates

Reports were shared on the following items:
  1. Membership: No representatives have volunteered from the Student Advisory Council or the Faculty Advisory Council. Members expressed concern that these perspectives would not be represented. STAC will share issues and request participation of a student representative as needed and will again solicit faculty participation.

  2. Electronic Transcript Coding: A draft letter from Secretary Florestano to the campuses requesting completion of the process of electronically coding general education designations was shared and revised.

  3. STAC Website: The website is complete. Minutes will be posted once approved.

  4. Childrenís First Initiative: The Governorís report on articulation of early childhood programs was shared. This task force will continue to expand on developing articulation of a core curriculum.

CAO Guiding Principles

The group discussed several issues related to general education implementation. 1) The CAO group will revise the definition of continuous student to address certificate students. 2) The biological and physical sciences discipline group will reconvene to clarify a position on the use of hands-on lab experiences as it relates to distance learning. 3) The math discipline group will review syllabi to ensure that college level math courses require consistent prerequisite skills. A concern was expressed that some institutions may be circumventing the intent of the sequence prior to college math.

Actions:

The group voted to support the review of syllabi by the math discipline group.

Student Guide

The Student Guide is now on the web. Several revisions need to be made including updated contact numbers. J. Williams and M. Patterson proposed inclusion of electronic coding. Williams, Patterson and M. Kiphart will provide final recommendations at the January meeting.

General Education - Outstanding Issues

The members discussed priorities for the remainder of the year including a review of regulations related to general education (i.e. second-degree students). Each member will share suggested priorities at the January meeting and a plan for the remainder of the year will be identified.

Career Connections Report

Lynne Gilli announced the addition of several career coordinators and requested that a K-12 representative be included in the task force on early childhood education.

Meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

NEXT MEETING:

January 12, 1999
1:30 - 3:30 pm
UMBC Technology Center