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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

February 6, 2008


826 Cathedral of Learning




A. Blair (Chair), S. Albrecht, P. Brusilovsky, J. Erlen, K. Kearns, K. McDonald, M. Smith, K. VanLehn, and D. Davis (Staff Liaison)



Approval of the Minutes (A. Blair):


Dr. Blair asked for a motion to approve the January 10, 2008 meeting minutes. A motion was made and seconded, and the approved minutes will be posted to the ACIE website.


Preparation for Instructional Grants Proposal Review (A. Blair):

Dr. Blair reported that 23 proposals for the Innovation in Education Awards 2008 have been received. Proposals have come from units across the University including two from the Titusville Campus. The submissions have already been sent out for technical reviews, and these will be available for reviewers’ information. Once the technical reviews are completed, the proposals will be randomly assigned and Council members will be informed. As previously agreed by Council, proposals and materials required for the review will be available online this year; additional instructions for this process will be circulated prior to the review.


Report of the Faculty Development Committee (S. Albrecht, Chair):

The Faculty Development Committee met on Monday, February 4. Prof. Albrecht reported on the New Faculty Forums that were held in late January. She noted that two sessions were cancelled due to low enrollment. Without knowing specifically at this time why faculty enrollments were low, the Committee discussed what might be done to encourage attendance. Suggestions offered were a bigger push from the deans (including reinforcement by the Provost at a Council of Deans meeting) and individually-addressed/personal invitation letters. Concerns were also noted regarding the format for the ITV forum sessions with the regional campuses. It was also noted that results from the session evaluations had not yet been completed, and these may provide additional information for further review of this effort. In acknowledging that this effort may need some adjustments, Dr. Blair indicated that the New Faculty Forums should be a Council agenda item for early next academic year. The next topic that the committee discussed was the SIDI Spring session, scheduled for May 8. The topic is “Mentoring Student Research.” The Committee suggested including students along with faculty in the presentations. Vice Provost Beeson has provided a list of faculty who might be asked to serve as presenters. A meeting with faculty presenters and the Committee to discuss workshop format and desired outcomes will be held prior to the session.


Report of the Best Practices Committee (D. Davis for C. Singh, Chair):

Dr. Davis reported that the survey on the impact and sustainability of the projects funded by Council during 2000-2006 went out to 76 project directors on January 30; to date, one third have responded. Reminders will be sent to those who have not yet responded, and the deadline for receipt of responses is February 12. Work on the Committee’s review of CIDDE’s Media Services has begun. The goal of the review is to identify and make recommendation with regard to areas for improvement. It was suggested that Nick Laudato make his presentation to the Committee to the full Council, possibly in May; the Committee should have recommendations for Council’s consideration at that time.



With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 10:55 am.


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