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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting
Thursday, January 25, 2001
11:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room 826 CL
A. Blair (Chair), E. Beckman, D. Beratan, J. Greenberg, B. Harris-Schenz, J. Manfredi, S. Mazumdar, T. Metzger, D. Moser, G. Stoehr, K. Van Lehn, D. Wilkins, and D. Davis (Staff Resource)
List of “Innovation in Education 2001 Proposals”
Approval of the Minutes, December 19, 2000 Meeting:
A motion was made to approve the minutes of the December 19 meeting. One correction was requested and noted and will be changed in the final copy, prior to its publishing on the website.
Report of the Chair:

Dr. Blair informed the Advisory Council that 51 proposals had been received in response to the Request for Proposals distributed to all faculty in early November 2000. He also noted that 68 proposals were received last year. This is a good response for the second year of such a program and is an indication of its successful reception by the faculty.


Reports of the Committee Chairs:
  1. Planning and Benchmarking Committee (G. Stoehr): Professor Gary Stoehr (Interim Chair) reported that the Committee met on January 11 to review the CIDDE staffing needs request. The Committee agreed that two of the six positions requested in the document presented to the Provost were required based on need, and a third position was also recommended for maintaining optimum performance of equipment in the classrooms. The Committee-endorsed positions are: (1) an Instructional Technologist to help staff the Faculty Instructional Development Laboratory; (2) an additional Audio-Visual Specialist to operate and service complex equipment, and (3) an Engineer to expand CIDDE’s capacity to participate in the technological upgrading of classrooms. Dr. Blair suggested that a memorandum to Provost Maher be drafted with the above recommendations and justifications, which he, Dr. Davis, and Prof. Stoehr will review. Dr. Diane Davis then addressed some questions and problems that Advisory Council members have experienced with Media Services, such as faculty requests for media equipment and services that cannot be accommodated. In response, Council members suggested that CIDDE might do several things: benchmark its offered services with other universities, conduct a general survey to seek faculty opinions and suggestions regarding services, develop specific guidelines for requesting services and equipment, and seek professional help in the area of operations management from relevant University faculty. Dr. Blair reminded Council that Dr. Sam Conte was informed of all of the basic issues regarding minimum classroom standards and, in the future, will make recommendations to Council after discussing these concerns with the Classroom Management Committee, which he chairs.
  2. Instructional Grants Committee (E. Beckman). The list of the proposals received in response to the November RFP was discussed. Professor Beckman stated that he was pleased with the number of submissions. He then discussed the review procedures, emphasizing the need for written comments, and indicated that proposals should be distributed to reviewers as soon as possible. It was affirmed that the major review meeting will be held on Saturday, March 17, with specific details to follow.
  3. Faculty Development Committee (D. Bartholomae): In the absence of Professor Bartholomae, Dr. Davis reminded the Council members of the need to agree on and to finalize the program for the upcoming summer workshops, as discussed at last month’s meeting. She also suggested the possibility of summer workshops to assist faculty in making the transition from CourseInfo to Blackboard 5. The summer program will be reviewed by the Faculty Development Committee at its next meeting.
Other Business and Adjournment:
As there were no additional items for discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.


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