ACADEMIC PLANNING COUNCIL
Minutes of March 22, 2010
Present: Alden, Beatty, Brantley, Cassidy, Erman, Falkoff, Goldblum, Gorman, Gough, House, Jung, Lee, Novak, Otieno, Prawitz, Seaver
Guests: Carolinda Douglass, Director, Office of Assessment Services; Janice Hamlet, Department of Communication
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of February 22, 2010, with one revision, and the motion passed unanimously.
Will Boelcke, coordinator for the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) initiative, was introduced, and he made a presentation on the College Portrait initiative. VSA is an initiative by four-year public universities that are members of APLU and AASCU to supply basic, comparable information on the undergraduate experience. The VSA objectives are to provide a useful tool for students during the college search process; to provide information that is transparent, comparable, and understandable; to demonstrate accountability and stewardship to the public, and to measure educational outcomes to identify and enhance effective educational practices. The College Portrait was developed to provide a common web template to share information with the public. There are several standard data elements within the College Portrait, and there are also unique data elements that NIU was allowed to select. NIU is using the National Survey on Student Engagement to provide data for the student experiences/ perceptions. The student learning outcomes will be implemented in the future.
The next item on the agenda is the Baccalaureate Review, which came out of the Strategic Planning process. Greg Long, co-chair of the Baccalaureate Review Steering Committee, was introduced and he gave an update on the Baccalaureate Review. An overview was provided on the task force activities during Fall 2009, feedback received and revisions made, spring 2010 activities, and the future directions of the Baccalaureate Review. The baccalaureate goals should drive the undergraduate curriculum, especially general education. In Spring 2010 a purpose statement was developed to guide the task forces’ work: NIU undergraduates develop competencies in critical thinking, communication, and creativity by participating in an engaged learning environment to prepare for success in a diverse, global society. Goal development teams are currently working on developing the goals, and the goals should impact the major/disciplinary concentration, general education, and co-curricular activities areas. The goals being developed should be considered in relationship to the students’ disciplines as well as broader contexts such as science, history, culture, social systems, and global/local concerns. Next year the Baccalaureate Review Steering Committee will look at how NIU is doing on the broad goals. This will tell us where our strengths are and where we need to pay more attention. This process is being carried out using a systematic approach; seniors should be able to look back and see where they have changed during their time here at NIU. Service learning and capstones will also be explored.
The meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.