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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

April 22, 2008


826 Cathedral of Learning




A. Blair (Chair), S. Albrecht, R. Brand, T. Derricotte, P. Gupta, K. McDonald, M. Smith, and D. Davis (Staff Liaison)



Approval of the Minutes (A. Blair):


Dr. Blair asked for a motion to approve the February 5, 2008 meeting minutes.  A motion for approval was made and seconded, and subsequently approved; the minutes will be posted to the ACIE website

Report of the Chair:  Debriefing of the Proposal Review Process: (A. Blair): 

Dr. Blair reported that the eight proposals that the Council recommended for funding to the Provost have been approved.  The historical statistics for the instructional grants program covering 2000-2008, as well as for the current year (separately), were circulated for members’ information.  He noted several issues that may need to be addressed for next year; these are (1) the two panels this year used different approaches to determine their recommendations, and it was felt that we need to standardize the process; and (2) the final result of the each panel’s deliberations were again presented to the Council as a whole differently; it is preferred that the information on each reviewed proposal should be presented consistently.  The Council agreed that further discussion of these issues would be held prior to the full Council review session in 2009 (at the January or February Council meeting).

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

The Faculty Development Committee met on Monday, April 7.  Prof. Albrecht reported that the committee’s discussion focused on the upcoming Summer Instructional Development Institute scheduled for May 8.  The topic is mentoring student research.  The format for this event will be presentations from faculty members involved in directing student research and a panel of students who will discuss their perspectives of a mentor’s role.The Spring 2008 New Faculty Forums Report was distributed.  Dr. Blair noted that the report is comprehensive, but shows that the program is not doing well in the area of number of attendees. Dr. Davis suggested that there may be several reasons for the low attendance (faculty may not have been aware of the program, i.e., there was not enough press; the topics were not of interest; or faculty were just unable to attend).  Prof. Albrecht noted that the attendee evaluations indicated that the presenters were highly rated, but suggested that we may want to restructure the format to form smaller discussion groups, possibly by discipline and/or by individual issues of interest.  One Council member suggested that the letter of invitation should convince invitees that this effort is worth taking the time to participate.  It was agreed that in lieu of similar sessions next year, some focus groups on the needs of new faculty would be held.

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

Dr. Davis reported that the committee met on April 14 and had two agenda items for discussion.  The first was to review the results of the survey on the impact and sustainability of the projects funded by Council during 2000-2006.  Although there has been no analysis of the data yet, she has reviewed the responses and prepared a requested brief report on what might be perceived as lower ranked or negative responses, which she distributed.  A full survey report will be available for Council discussion at the May meeting.

            The second item was the review of CIDDE’s instructional media services. The goal of the review is to identify and make recommendations with regard to areas for improvement.  Preliminary results indicate that there are no glaring problems and that the services provided are first-rate.  It was noted that during  previous Council meeting it was suggested that CIDDE Associate Director Nick Laudato will present his committee presentation to the to the full Council.  This will be scheduled for the May meeting.  Prof. Singh will prepare recommendations for Council’s consideration at that time as well. 


With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 10:25 am.


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