Student Transfer Advisory Committee

MINUTES

of the meeting of

May 24, 2000

Members Present:

Connie Cox, Maryland Higher Education Commission

Teri Hollander, University System of Maryland

Jan Kiphart, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Marion L. Patterson, Morgan State University

Barbara Murray, Faculty Advisory Council

Mark Hergen, Villa Julie College

Tracey Jamison, University of Maryland, College Park

Others Present:

Seth Kamen, University System of Maryland

Elissa Klein, MACC

Sharon Parker, Morgan State University

Call to Order

Connie Cox called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

Approval of Minutes

The March 14, 2000 minutes were reviewed and approved with no changes.

Reports/Updates

ARTSYS: Teri Hollander reported on several items: 1) Online course evaluation is in place. 140 courses have been posted since late fall. The bulk of the course syllabi are being scanned; the Office of Articulation is encouraging more community colleges to participate in online submissions. 2) Other states are benefiting from the leadership of Maryland with ARTSYS. New Jersey has purchased ARTSYS for statewide use. 3) Efforts to link syllabi to the course matrix have not yielded desired results. Despite the recommendation that syllabi be identified as "representative" only, faculty are still reluctant to have syllabi posted online. 4) Bill Ruis is working with community colleges on electronic coding of general education courses. The delay is a result of the number of institutions who are implementing new student information systems. 5) The concern regarding the currency of ARTSYS continues. The issue was addressed by the Community College Instructional Deans and will be put on the Fall 2000 agenda for the CAO group. A suggestion was made to employ one individual at each institution to interact with ARTSYS; it was proposed that this recommendation could be a possible strategy within the new State Plan (Goal 8).

CAO Report: Connie Cox reported that the CAOs have solicited faculty participation in an expanded number of discipline groups (including political science, biology, chemistry, and history) and have developed a charge to the groups to address among other issues standards for determining general education courses in the discipline and placement test issues (an issue of concern addressed in the HB 1091 recommendations). Members suggested the need for reviewing the policies on the "D" grade and distance education. Teri Hollander also reminded members that TEAC, the group working on teacher education articulation, will meet this summer over the course of six days, beginning June 12 -14, to develop an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree. The goal is to develop the curriculum and identify skills appropriate for the first 60 hours of the elementary education program.

Reports on Career Connections and the K-16 Transfer Conference were deferred.

Other Updates: Elissa Klein reported on the passage of legislation approving the Community College Transfer Scholarship Program, one of the first of its kind in the nation. The scholarship awards $3,000 to full-time students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have a family income of no more than $80,000.

General Education Implementation Study

Connie Cox distributed an outline of items for discussion regarding the study including urpose, proposed phases, stakeholders, parameters and available data files. These preliminary items were developed with the assistance of an MHEC staff member involved in research, Dr. Sock-Foon McDougall. It was proposed that general questions be defined including how the results would be used and that we invite Dr. McDougall to address STAC in the fall.

1998-2000 Annual Report

Members proposed sections to be included in the report and volunteered to draft language for various components by the end of June. These included: legislation, USM reports, articulation agreements, Guiding Principles additions, bringing the Nursing Validation Committees under the auspices of STAC, best practices and funding recommendations for a conference and discipline group meetings. A section on next phases of articulation should include additions to ARTSYS for 4 to 4 and 2 to 2 year articulation documentation.

Other Business

1) The 2000-2001 schedule was approved as follows:

September 12 - MHEC March 13 - UMBC Tech Center

November 14 - Morgan May 8 - BCCC Harbor Campus

January 9 - UMBC Tech Center

Meetings are scheduled from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

2) It was agreed that letters of appreciation should be sent to "retiring" STAC members. These should be drafted for the Secretary’s signature.