ADVISORY COUNCIL ON INSTRUCTIONAL EXCELLENCE

Andrew R. Blair, Chair
Tuesday, May 16, 2000
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room 826 CL

Minutes

Present: A. Blair (Chair), R. Bean, L. Bell-Loncella, H. Flechtner, A. Lesgold, V. Lillie, J. Manfredi, D. Oshry, T. Metzger, K. VanLehn, and D. Davis (Staff Resource).

Handouts: Campaign for the University of Pittsburgh, Named Endowment Opportunities

1.                  Approval of Minutes from April Meeting

There being no corrections or revisions to the minutes of the April 19 meeting, Dr. Blair said they would be posted on the website.

2.                  Capital Campaign

Mr. Dee Jay Oshry, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Capital Campaign, gave an overview of the Capital Campaign as it related to instruction and support of instruction.  He said that commitments for more than half of the goal had been received during the current quiet phase, which positioned the University to succeed in realizing its $500 million goal during the public phase  of the Campaign, which would be launched on October 27-28.

Assisted by graphs and charts, Mr. Oshry explained that local foundations had generously contributed to the Capital Campaign and solicitation focus was shifting to national foundation solicitations.  He noted that individual giving demonstrated the largest area of potential growth in donations.  After explaining the sources of funding commitments received to date, Mr. Oshry described the intended purposes of those gifts and pledges.  He also presented a schedule of named endowment opportunities for presentation to prospective donors.

Dr. Blair said that Provost Maher had authorized over $200,000 for instructional innovation grants to faculty this past year.  He expressed interest in the possibility that those funds be supplemented through Capital Campaign funding and offered to share with Institutional Advancement descriptions of funded instructional innovation proposals and other innovative instructional activities occurring at the University as well as brief biographies of recent winners of the Chancellor=s Distinguished Teaching Award.

3.                  Instructional Development Programs Subcommittee Report: New Faculty Orientation

Dr. Davis of CIDDE summarized past formats for New Faculty Orientation and said that last year=s format, with an emphasis on teaching support services, had been very well received.  Professor Flechtner described possible changes to next year=s program that had been discussed at a recent Subcommittee meeting, and he explained that alerting new faculty to available instructional support resources, including promoting a supportive climate for diversity in the classroom, was deemed very important.  Dr. Davis said that Barbara Love=s recent Summer Institute  presentation on diversity had been enthusiastically received; she added that selections from Dr. Love=s remarks would be placed on the CIDDE website. 

Dr. Blair suggested that the issue of Summer Institute program cost and evaluation would be revisited in the fall.  He also stated that the program for the upcoming for New Faculty Orientation would be discussed in greater detail at the next Council meeting along with possible agenda topics for Council for the coming academic year.

4.                  Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 5 PM.