COMMITTEE ON INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Minutes of the January 17, 2003, Meeting
(Approved)

Voting Members Present: G. Baker, D.Boughton, J. Cox-Henderson for J.D. Bowers, S. Bowers, K. Carrier, K. Cole, S. Conklin, J. Cooke-Plagwitz, G. Cosenza, P. Ervin, M. Fischer, T. Heinze, L. Hilgenbrinck, E. Hines, L. Johannessen, G. Logan, M. Mazzola, J. Miller, B. Montgomery, M. Morris, N. Stahl,
T. VanLaarhoven, A. Windelborn

Voting Members Absent:  L. Chandler, R. Dembinski, C. Fox

Ex Officio Members Present: D. Jackman, H. Kafer, F. Kitterle, C. Montgomery, C. Sorensen, S. Warber, R. Wheeler

Ex Officio Members Absent: M. Bridge, S. Richmond

Student Representatives Present: L. Grilli

Visitors:  D. Askins, C. Barnard, P. Bauer, C. Lubbers, W. Miranda, M. Myles, S. Schwartz, B. Smith, S. Wyland

The meeting was called to order by M. Morris, Chair, at  1:05 PM.

I.     Motion by S. Conklin to approve the Agenda.  Motion seconded by K. Cole.  Motion passed.

II.    Motion by J. Miller to approve the December 6, 2002, meeting minutes as corrected (Item III,  Section B, Curriculum Committee Report).  Motion
        seconded by A. Windelborn.  Motion  passed.

III.   Reports from Committees:
       A.     Executive Committee:
                1.     R. Wheeler:  no report

                2.     M. Bridge
                        M. Morris reported in M. Bridge’s absence that Student Teacher Orientation was     held 1-10-03 with approximately 400 student teachers
                        attending.  The Fall S/T Orientation is scheduled for Monday, 8-18-03.

        B.     Curriculum Committee:  no report

        C.     Research and Assessment:  D. Boughton reporting
                1.     Diversity of Clinical Placement Tracking & Reporting
                        This committee met to discuss diversity issues and to look at different models to be used in tracking and reporting data.  D. Askins presented the
                        “Wheeler Model”, which is proposed as a response to NCATE Standard #2.  Following the presentation, discussion included dissemination of
                        the data, the difference between the “Limited English” statewide and regional averages and the need to develop a process for a direct response
                        to the deficiency noted in the NCATE 2001 report.  D. Boughton expressed thanks to R. Wheeler and D. Askins and the committee for their
                        efforts.
                        Motion by D. Boughton for CITC to accept the “Wheeler Model” for measuring the diversity of our teacher candidates.  Motion seconded by
                        H. Kafer.  Motion passed.
                2.     Geology & Physical Science Programs
                        D. Boughton reported that the committee was impressed with P. Ervin’s ability to present his program’s assessment procedures, both with and
                        without working technological assistance, as well as with the program’s plan itself.  A written report from the committee to the program will be
                        forthcoming shortly.
                3.     February:  Elementary Education & Foreign Language Programs are scheduled to present their plans to the committee

        D.    Committee on Policy and Procedures:
                1.   Catalog vs. Website Discussion & Summary
                        R. Wheeler commented on the importance of having complete information on program requirements either in the catalog or another, central
                        location.  The Executive Committee suggested creating a special web page for program requirements, with changes to be monitored by CITC.
                        The External Communications Committee is designing a template to be used by programs so that the information format is consistent.   M.
                        Mazzola reported that the committee will address this item at the next meeting.
                2.   CITC Restructuring
                       M. Mazzola presented the guidelines for voting member representation to CITC and for  qualification criteria for the representatives, based on
                        comments and suggestions received from members at the last meeting and by e-mail.  Following today’s discussion, this committee will present a
                        formal proposal on which CITC can vote.  Discussion included the following areas:
 
                            ·     NCATE requirements to demonstrate “contemporary experience”
                            ·     Whether “scholarship and research” can be demonstrated thru grants
                            ·     Whether CITC membership needs to meet the same NCATE standards for program faculty
                            ·     The need to develop guidelines for “contemporary experience” , for “exposure in field”, for definition of “program faculty” and for
                                  cross-program faculty outside departments supporting certification
                            ·     The need for continuity of CITC members to provide experience, especially on sub-committees
                            ·     The need for By laws revisions to reflect membership changes and for University Council approval of those revisions
                            ·     Timeline to address program changes (i.e. Special Education) by Fall, 2003.

                        M. Morris, Chair, will call a special meeting to address CITC Restructuring for     Friday, February 14, 2003,  1-3 PM, location to be
                        determined.

        E.     External Communications:
                Web Site:  program information
                J. Miller reported that the committee is developing a template for program requirements    to be posted on or linked to the “teachers” website.

        F.     Ad Hoc Committees

                1.     Technology Committee:  no report

                2.     Candidate Portfolio Committee, Recommendations (2-10-03 Meeting)
                        No report

                3.     Exit Surveys:  Will be distributed by March 1, 2003

                4.     Unit Assessment (1-27-03 Meeting)
                        R. Wheeler reported this committee has been meeting and a report will be made at the next regular CITC Meeting.

IV.     Old Business:

        A.     Dr. Penelope Earley
                10:00-11:30 AM Stevens Auditorium:  Current Governmental Policy on P-12 Education
                1:00-3:00 PM Heritage Room: NCLB and Its Impact on Higher Education
                An announcement has appeared in the Northern Star and the Northern Today.  A flyer announcement is being developed and will sent out shortly.

        B.     Criminal Background Check (new procedure)
                Instructions and forms available at www.niu.edu/teachers
                E. Cummings reported that the system is working smoothly.  The January report to the four colleges will be in two formats, hard copy for the reports
                received under the prior system and electronically for the new reports.

        C.     Electronic Entitlement:
                S. Warber reported that Data entry using the U17 Screen to show Certification Candidate Status is available to designated program personnel, so that
                information may be submitted electronically rather than on the hard copy RITC form.
                Also, the  system for processing program completers’ application for certification electronically  through the Office of R & R is an ongoing project.

V.     New Business
         A.   NIU’s P-20 Task Force
                R. Wheeler reported that this task force reflects President Peters’ goal that NIU will establish a leadership position in this area, which he feels will be a
                priority for the education goals of the new governor.  He has recommended that this task force consult with CITC.

         B.    CITC Connection to CAPC: committee liaisons
                R. Wheeler reported on the formation of CAPC and recommended that CITC appoint a liaison to CAPC.  Motion by P. Bauer to appoint N. Stahl
                as the CITC representative to CAPC for the Spring 2003 semester.  Motion seconded by T. Heinze.  Motion passed.

VI.     Springfield Report
        A.    Accreditation Review Update: Norm Stahl
                N. Stahl recommended that more people complete the training as NCATE reviewers.
                M. Morris asked if anyone was interested and A. Windelborn responded affirmatively.

        B.     Contemporary Experience in P-12 Schools
                N. Stahl reported that this is a priority discussion item and that guidelines need to be established.  M. Morris and A. Windelborn expressed interest in
                assisting N. Stahl in creating guidelines.

VII.     Announcements
        A.     CITC special meeting on restructuring , February 14, 2003, 1:00-3:00 PM, Illinois Room
                CITC Meeting, Dr. Earley  presentation February 21, 2003, 1:-00-3:00 PM Heritage Room.
 

Motion by A. Windelborn to adjourn the meeting.  Motion seconded by J. Miller.  Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 2:45 PM.

Minutes recorded by Elizabeth Cummings.