Student Transfer Advisory Council Meeting
September 8, 1998
Connie Cox, Maryland Higher Education Commission
Teri Hollander, University System of Maryland Office
Richard Haney, Frederick Community College
Jan Kiphart, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Marion L. Patterson, Morgan State University
Jackie Williams, Coppin State College
Marty O’Connell, Western Maryland College
Florence Agbonyitor, Baltimore City Community College
Lynne Gilli, Maryland State Department of Education
Liz Murray, University System of Maryland Office
Michael Kiphart, Maryland Independent College and University Association
Gena Glickman, Maryland College of Art and Design
Call to Order
Connie Cox called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.
Reports were shared on the following items:
Drafts of proposed revisions to the MHEC home page and the proposed STAC website were discussed and changes recommended. An advisory councils link on the MHEC page will lead to the STAC site where readers can find the Strategic Plan, the CAO Guiding Principles document, an ARTSYS link, STAC meeting dates and member information. Viewers can link to ARTSYS from several pages and are guided to links to COMAR and the Division of State Documents to order copies of education regulations.
Michael Kiphart recommended that proposed changes to regulations be posted online with notations of actions approved by the Commission. Updates and status on regulations could be noted. Kiphart also suggested working with the Division of State Documents to publish a separate booklet of higher education regulations.
Transfer Policies in Teacher Education
Several current initiatives are underway to improve the articulation of credit in teacher education programs. Information was shared on the Governor’s Children 1st Initiative designed to improve the child care environment. One Children 1st Task Force, coordinated by MHEC, is addressing articulation of early childhood development and education programs from the 2 to 4 year institutions. The community college segment is currently designing a core curriculum for the A.A.S. programs in early childhood which will be proposed to the 4 year institutions for automatic acceptance. It is expected that a jointly developed, common core curriculum will facilitate articulation of credit to the 4 year institutions.
In May, STAC advised that issues raised in the Statewide Review of Teacher Education Programs regarding the transfer of credits, particularly in field experiences, from the community colleges to the 4 year institutions be shared with the Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers group for recommendations/action. The issue will be addressed at the September 23rd meeting along with efforts needed to assess the competencies of teacher candidates in the arts and sciences.
Members discussed the extent to which 4 year institutions institute selective admissions requirements for teacher education programs, particularly any G.P.A. requirements at the receiving institution. Concern was raised that a separate requirement for achieving a specific G.P.A. after transfer to the receiving institution and prior to acceptance into the teacher education program unfairly discriminates against transfer students. Evidence also suggests satisfactory performance of transfer students at receiving institutions.
Report from ARTSYS
Teri Hollander reported that ARTSYS training is conducted at institutions and that a Quick Reference Guide is available. USM hosts the transfer advisors in the spring. A program search can be done through links with ARTSYS Recommended Transfer Programs. Several new independent institutions are preparing to participate in ARTSYS - Goucher and Maryland College of Art and Design.
Members discussed the need to advertise the availability of ARTSYS. Many sources are being used: student newspapers, orientation courses, college catalogs, letters to public libraries and high school recruitment activities. ARTSYS representatives participate in county nights across the State. The need for links from College websites was noted.
Richard Haney and Florence Agbonyitor agreed to work with the community colleges and encourage colleges to link to the ARTSYS site from their home pages.
The Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers meet September 23, 1998. MHEC will raise issues related to teacher education transfer for recommendations on action steps.
Career Connections Report
Lynne Gilli noted the MSDE teacher shortage survey is complete highlighting needs in computer science; career/technology education areas of family and consumer sciences and technology education; ESOL; mathematics; science areas of earth/space science, general science physical science, and physics; and special education areas of generic infant-grade 3, generic grades 6-adult, and severely and profoundly handicapped. Additionally, those working on the articulation of credit in the child care area should include discussion with their tech prep partners to ensure changes are incorporated into those programs appropriately.
November 10 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
January 12 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
March 9 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
May 11 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Meetings will be held at the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 4th floor conference room. Exceptions: Meetings that fall during the legislative session will meet at alternate locations to accommodate parking. It was agreed that STAC would meet bimonthly with additional meetings scheduled if warranted.
Meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.