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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2002
Time: 11:00am-12:00 noon
Location: Room 826 CL
Present: A. Blair, F. Beatrous, E. Beckman, D. Looney, S. Mazumdar, D. Moser, J. Samples, P. Siska, G. Stoehr, and D. Davis (Staff Resource).
Handouts: Innovation in Education 2002 Proposals Submitted
1. Approval of the January 11, 2002 Meeting Minutes:
  Minutes were distributed prior to the meeting for members’ review and subsequently were approved and adopted as written.
2. Report of the Chair:
   Dr. Blair reported that 51 proposals were received in response to the RFP. He noted that the professional schools were well represented, including the Health Sciences. School of Medicine faculty submitted 12 proposals and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford faculty submitted 6 proposals for the Council’s consideration.
3. Reports of the Committee Chairs
  1. Planning and Benchmarking Committee (G. Stoehr): Professor Stoehr reported that the Best Practices survey project has now completed three of the ten institutions selected for participation, which is slightly behind schedule. He indicated that the original goal for completion of the surveys is the end of March. Dr. Davis explained that the scope of the survey was fairly broad, requiring three separate interviews with participating institution staff. It is still the hope that the May 1 completion goal can be reached.
  2. Faculty Instructional Development Committee (D. Looney): Professor Looney noted that this Committee met regarding this year’s Summer Institutes program and recommended three areas of interest: teaching large classes, designing student assessments, and the summer-long individualized course development and redesign consultations. Dr. Davis reported that the dates for the first two are May 10 and 17, and the planning is moving along. The requested breakdowns on class size from the Registrar’s Office have been received, and she reported that there were 321 undergraduate sections that enrolled 50-100 students. Dr. Looney asked Council members for suggestions of faculty who might help to plan, participate, or recommend other faculty for this particular session.
  3. Instructional Grants Committee: Review Process for Innovation in Education 2002 Proposals (E. Beckman): Professor Beckman outlined the established proposal review process that Council has developed over the past two years. The major review session is scheduled for Saturday, May 23. After a brief discussion, it was agreed that budgets for successful projects would be discussed at the final Tuesday, March 26, meeting. Professor Beckman also emphasized that detailed written reviewer comments are needed for the Saturday review session, as well as for feedback to the project directors. Reviewers are to send completed reviews to Mrs. Wykoff by Friday, March 15. Proposals will be distributed to Council members within the next several days and will include a memorandum explaining the process, a review form, and a copy of the RFP for reference. The review form will also be transmitted to Council members via e-mail to facilitate completion and return to the Provost’s Office.
  4. CIDDE Role in the Review Process (D. Davis): For the past two years, CIDDE has provided technical reviews for each proposal for Council reviewer’s information only. These reviews evaluate only the technical aspects of a proposal, do not make any judgements regarding likelihood of funding, and are not shared with Project Directors. These will be sent as soon as possible. Dr. Davis also requested that next year’s RFP include a statement on seeking CIDDE’s assistance as early as possible to avoid overloading CIDDE staff with requests several days before the proposal deadline. She also requested that the RFP, as well as award letters as appropriate, include a reference to the University’s Copyright and Intellectual Property policies.
4. Adjournment:
  The meeting adjourned at 11:00 am.



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