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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

April 11, 2005




826 Cathedral of Learning




A. Blair (Chair), B. Bidanda, K. Blee, J. Burkoff, P. Card, J. Grabowski, G. Stoehr, and D. Davis


Approval of the Minutes:


A motion was made for the approval of the February 4, 2005 minutes, seconded, and approved as written.


2. Report of the Chair (A. Blair):

Dr. Blair reported that all project directors of the proposals selected for funding by the Innovation in Education awards program have been notified, as well as those who were not successful in obtaining an award. Reviews have been provided to several non-funded project directors who requested them. The Pitt Chronicle will also be contacted so that an article can be prepared as the “official” announcement to the University community, including a description of this year’s funded projects. Dr. Blair thanked the Council for their efforts in reviewing and selecting another group of excellent proposals for support under the awards program.


3. New Faculty Focus Groups: Preliminary Report (D. Davis):

In following up on a recommendation of the Best Practices Implementation Committee and subsequent Council agreement to consider establishing a set of activities for new faculty beyond the New Faculty Orientation, Dr. Davis gave a preliminary report on the recently-held focus groups, which were comprised of newer faculty identified by deans and department chairs, with Council members serving as facilitators. Four meetings were held, and 31 faculty members representing 12 schools participated. In general, ACIE facilitators were pleased with the constructive suggestions and enthusiasm that the participating faculty displayed. A draft of the full report of the results of the focus groups should be available for Council review at the May meeting, which is being prepared under the direction of the Best Practices Implementation Committee. Dr. Davis thanked the Council members who participated for their willingness to lead these sessions.


4. Innovation in Education Awards Survey Results (A. Blair) :

Dr. Blair reported that the he has now received from CIDDE the tabulations of the scaled questions (with bar charts) and the content analyses of the open-ended questions from the web-based evaluation effort. The survey results will be the centerpiece of the program’s evaluation report, which will be given to the Provost. Dr. Blair agreed to do the first draft of the report and send it to the Instructional Grants Committee for input and feedback. He expects to have a draft report for Council review and comment available in time for the June Council meeting.


5. Adjournment:

With no other items for discussion, the meeting adjourned at 12:50 pm.



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