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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

December 13, 2006


826 Cathedral of Learning




A. Blair (Chair), K. Blee, R. Brand, P. Card, J. Erlen, P. Kameen, K. Kearns, M. McNeil, C. Singh. and D. Davis (Staff Liaison)



Approval of the Minutes (A. Blair):

Dr. Blair asked for a motion for approval of the November 14, 2006 meeting minutes, which was made, seconded, and accepted as written. The minutes will be posted to the ACIE website

Assessment of Student Learning (P. Beeson):

Dr. Blair introduced Vice Provost Patricia Beeson, who had agreed to meet with the Advisory Council to discuss assessment of student learning outcomes. Dr. Beeson began by informing members that the Council of Deans had recently approved new guidelines to assist schools, departments, and faculty in documenting how learning outcomes are to be assessed. The overall goal is to improve programs, and the key is that this should be faculty-driven at the program level. The process should be respectful of faculty and staff time. It should begin by identifying 3-5 learning outcomes and then determining how students achieve these goals. It is expected that this will be done for all majors. We may do assessments every 3-5 years. Not everyone needs to be assessed and not every goal needs to be assessed periodically. Dr. Beeson noted that peer institutions have been doing this in recent years. Current reports prepared for accrediting bodies providing similar information will be acceptable. The details of this process can be found at www.pitt.edu/~provost/assessment.html.

Dr. Blair then thanked Dr. Beeson for coming to this meeting of the Advisory Council.
Report of the Chair and Other Committee Reports (A. Blair):

Dr. Blair informed Council that he has now written to newly appointed tenure-stream faculty inviting them to participate in the New Faculty Forums ( NFF) program. Dr. Davis informed members that there is a new area on the Advisory Council website, “Special Projects,” that contains the information on the NFF program and online registration for this event. Although there were no formal committee reports this month, Professor Card, Chair of the Best Practices Committee, reported that four moderators for the program have volunteered to facilitate the group discussions. He also indicated that the New Learning Opportunities for Faculty brochure will be available soon. One Council member noted that the Senate Educational Policies Committee has asked CIDDE for workshops on civility in the classroom and plagiarism, which will offer a proactive approach to prevention; a follow-up workshop may also be considered. Dr. Davis indicated that there is a great deal of literature available on these topics, as well as some technology.

Report of the Staff Liaison (D. Davis):

“Planning Day” for the instructional grants program has been scheduled. This event is for faculty who would like to work with CIDDE to develop a proposal for submission to the Innovation in Education Awards Program, and CIDDE liaisons have been asked to encourage faculty to participate, as well as to remind faculty of the awards program.


With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 3:00 pm. The next Council meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 19, 11:00 am, 826 CL.

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