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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting
Date: Friday, September 20, 2002
Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Location: Room 826 Cathedral of learning
Present: A. Blair (Chair), F. Beatrous, L. Beeson, E. Cohn, K. Etzel, D. Looney, B. McCloskey, R. O'Connor, E. Rasmussen, P. Rogers, S. Smith, E. Talbott, R. Wasserman, P. Wright, D. Davis (Staff Resource), and Provost J. Maher
Handouts: ACIE Members List 2002-2003, ACIE Committees and Members, Innovation in Education RFP 2002, Teaching Times (September 2002).
1. Welcome and Introduction of New and Continuing Members:
  Dr. Blair welcomed all Advisory Council members present, as well as Provost Maher. Each member introduced him/herself and indicated school affiliation and ACIE membership status (new or continuing). The meeting was turned over to Provost Maher for this year's charge to Council.

2. Provost's Charge:
   The Provost commended the Council for providing good service over the past year. He was pleased that faculty in all schools have been seeing greater support for instruction over the past six years and stated that the Council's work has been instrumental in this achievement. He discussed the role CIDDE has assumed in promoting instructional technologies and in training faculty to use them. Provost Maher has been pleased with the results of the Innovation in Education awards program, and would like Council (1) to continue to review the proposal review process on the basis of the experiences over the past three years, and (2) to conduct an evaluation of the program's impact using the program's stated objectives. He also asked that Council conduct a careful review, with CIDDE, of the recommendations for enhancing teaching that will emerge from the best practices survey, now being conducted, with awareness that cost effectiveness should be a primary factor for recommending new initiatives as well as enhancing our current initiatives. The meeting continued, following the Provost's charge, on the basis of the previously distributed agenda.

3. Approval of the Minutes:

 A motion was made to accept the minutes of the June 12, 2002 meeting, and was seconded and approved; the minutes will be published as written.

4. Council Committees and Membership (A. Blair):

Dr. Blair circulated the list of the Council's three Committees with continuing members and asked new members to indicate the Committee for which they would like to serve. He noted that the Planning and Best Practices Committee needs four additional members. This Committee will oversee the Best Practices report that the CIDDE staff is completing for review by the full Council. Recommendations that are generated by this study may possibly become agenda items for this academic year's meetings. The Faculty Development Committee primarily provides advice on CIDDE programs (Summer Institutes and the programs offered throughout the academic year) and reports back to Council for discussion and final endorsement. Dr. Blair encouraged this Committee's proactiveness and suggested that the Best Practices report may also generate agenda items for discussion. The last Committee, Instructional Grants, is responsible for the yearly review of the RFP and will lead the evaluation effort. Dr. Eric Beckman, former chair of this group, has agreed to continue as a consultant; several new members are needed as well as a chair. New members should inform Dr. Blair or Linda Wykoff of their Committee preferences as soon as possible.



A Best Practices Survey Report Status (D. Davis):


Dr. Davis updated the Council on the status of the Best Practices Survey, which focuses on support for faculty instructional development at other institutions. Information is being gathered from ten comparable universities selected by the Faculty Development Committee and approved by the Advisory Council. Three interviews were scheduled with relevant personnel from each participating institution. Dr. Davis and her staff expect that a final report will be completed by the end of October for presentation to the Council in November. She suggested that the survey results seem to be indicating that the University of Pittsburgh compares well with these institutions, but that is an assessment that Council will have to make.



Teaching Excellence Fair Update (D. Davis):


Dr. Davis circulated for members information last year's announcement of the Teaching Excellence Fair, an ACIE-sponsored event to be held this year on November 15. She explained that the TE Fair was designed as a way to share the results of the Innovation in Education-funded projects, introduce and demonstrate teaching technologies, and to provide discussions on teaching methods and instructional technologies to the faculty and the broader University community. Information is being prepared and will be sent to all faculty next month (October).



Other Business:


Dr. Blair announced that the new ACIE website is coming along and is almost ready to go public, but he felt that the addition of Council members' photos would greatly enhance the A Members page. In order to facilitate this, Dr. Davis offered a photo session with the CIDDE photography department for each Council member. Further details and instructions will be provided soon. Dr. Davis also informed Council about the three successful Summer Institute sessions that were conducted in the early summer, as well as the New Faculty Orientation program, held in late August.





With no other business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 10:05 am.



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