Student Transfer Advisory Council
of the meeting of
March 30, 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
Richard Haney, Frederick Community College
Jackie Williams, Coppin State College
Florence Agbonyitor, Baltimore City Community College
Barbara Murray, Faculty Advisory Council
Others Present:
Liz Murray, University System of Maryland Administration
Tom Clowes, Maryland State Department of Education
Jennifer Behr, Maryland College of Art and Design

Call to Order

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

January Minutes

Minutes were approved and will be posted to the website.


Student Guide
- The letter to Secretary Florestano requesting publication of the Student Guide was approved and signed by members present. C. Cox will secure other signatures and forward the letter to the Secretary.
Streamlining the Program Approval Process
- A new policy facilitating the approval of certificate programs was approved by the MHEC Education Policy Committee. Information on the new process was distributed. An update on the SB682 program approval language was discussed.

State Plan Tactics

Jackie Williams, Marion Patterson, and Barbara Murray presented recommendations for a pilot project modeled after existing collaborative programs to improve transfer advising and the transfer of all students including African-American students. Key elements include: articulation agreements; workshops for students, faculty, and administrators; monitoring systems; and support services. Interest was expressed in having MHEC develop a systematic evaluation of all collaborative programs. Members discussed the need for advisors statewide to meet and share information; other models should be identified.
Because the USM sponsored Transfer Advisorís Day is already planned for May 7, 1999, MHEC will investigate other opportunities to bring campus advisors and other key representatives together for further sharing and discussion.

Report from ARTSYS

The Web-based version of ARTSYS is now updated once per month. Diskettes are sent to institutions three times per year. The online course evaluation will soon be tested and made available. This option will provide for timely updating of transfer data. There is a perception that ARTSYS data is not current; CAOs need to be kept informed of ARTSYS progress and registrars need frequent updating. T. Hollander reported that only 4 institutions responded to a request for approved course catalogs on disk so that a comparison of correct courses could be captured. This issue will be brought to the Presidentsí group.
The CAO Report and discussion on the STAC Annual Report were deferred to the May meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

May 11, 1999
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Maryland Higher Education Commission
Fourth Floor Conference Room