COMMITTEE ON INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Minutes of the March 21, 2003, Meeting
(Approved)

Voting Members Present:     J.D. Bowers, K. Carrier, K. Cole, D. Mason for S. Conklin, J. Cooke-Plagwitz, G. Cosenza, P. Ervin, M. Fischer, C. Fox, T. Heinze,
L. Hilgenbrinck, E. Hines, L. Johannessen, G. Logan, M. Mazzola, J. Miller, M. Morris, N. Stahl, T. VanLaarhoven

Voting Members Absent: G. Baker, S. Bowers, D. Boughton, L. Chandler, R. Dembinski, B. Montgomery, A. Windelborn

Ex Officio Members Present: M. Bridge, M. Gillis, D. Jackman, F. Kitterle, C. Montgomery, S. Richmond, S. Warber, R. Wheeler

Ex Officio Members Absent: H. Kafer, C. Sorensen

Student Representatives Present: none

Visitors:  P. Bauer, M. Myles, S. Schwartz, B. Smith, S. Wyland, W. Miranda

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

M. Morris introduced the new ex officio member, Missy Gillis, who is the new Transfer Center Coordinator.

I.       Motion by G. Cosenza to approve the Agenda.  Motion seconded by N. Stahl.  Motion passed

II.      Motion by K. Cole to approve both the February 14 and the February 21, 2003, meeting minutes  as corrected.  Motion seconded by C. Fox.  Motion
          passed

III.     Reports from Committees:
         A.    Executive Committee:
                1.     R. Wheeler announced that M. Bridge will be leaving her position as University Coordinator of Teacher Certification effective June 30, 2003, to
                        accept a position with the Department of Teaching and Learning. He remarked on her dedication and professionalism and offered profound thanks
                        for her contributions.
                        R. Wheeler also announced the confirmation of E. Seaver as Vice Provost.  He said Dr. Seaver has a strong interest in the CITC and he expected a
                        smooth transition in the coming months.
                        R. Wheeler reported that the new structure of CITC as indicated in the revised By laws are being considered by the Rules and Governance
                        Committee of the University Council.  The University Council has approved the formation of the Committee on Advanced Program Certification in
                        Education (CAPCE) and their By laws.

                2.     M. Bridge – no report
 
        B.     Curriculum Committee:
                 G. Cosenza invited comments on the Summary of Action (2-28-03).  Motion by P. Ervin    to accept the Summary as submitted.  Motion seconded by
                 K. Cole.  Motion passed.

        C.    Research and Assessment:
                L. Johannessen reported for D. Boughton on the results of the review of the Health Education Program Assessment Plan.  He said this was the most
                complete plan the committee has reviewed so far and specifically noted that this program’s plan included plans for changes to the program as the
                assessment review warrants.
                L. Johannessen further reported that a summary report of the activities, findings and recommendations of the committee will be forthcoming.

        D.    Committee on Policy and Procedures:
                M. Mazzola presented a draft proposal for Catalog Copy in the Teacher Certification Section (attached).  Following discussion, motion by M. Mazzola
                to approve the first two paragraphs of the proposal as catalog copy.  Motion seconded by C. Montgomery.  Motion passed.
                Following discussion on the Professional Education Philosophical Statement and Operating Procedures proposed by the Professional Education Ad
                Hoc Committee, there was a motion by P. Ervin to add the amended wording on department responsibilities as Item #5 under Operating Procedures.
                Motion seconded by G. Cosenza.  Motion passed.
                Following discussion, there was a motion by M. Fischer to amend the wording of #4 of the Operating Procedures.  Motion seconded by P. Ervin.
                Motion passed.
                Motion by K. Cole to approve the Professional Education Philosophical Statement and Operating Procedures, as amended (attached). Motion
                seconded by C. Fox.  Motion passed.

        E.     External Communications:
                K. Cole reported that this committee believes that all programs should be required to  maintain a current Certification Web Page.  A template was
                distributed as one example  of how certification information might be listed on the Web page.  Discussion followed on  the need to keep this information
                current.

         F.    Ad Hoc Committees

                1.     Technology Committee:  no report

                2.     Candidate Portfolio Committee:  no report

                3.     Exit Surveys:
                        M. Bridge reported that the surveys have been distributed and that the intent was for the surveys to be competed in the last two weeks of the
                        student teaching experience.  A report on the information received will be presented to the Vice Provost and CITC in the future.

                4.     Unit Assessment:  no report

IV.     Old Business
        A.    Penelope Earley presentation
                M. Bridge reported that the two presentations on campus in February were very informative.

        B.     Criminal Background Check, Procedure Change
                M. Bridge reported that the UOTC is no longer sending verification of receipt of the report to the candidates because the IL State Police only requires
                the candidate be notified in the event a conviction has been cited and to prevent candidates from distributing that verification form to others, which is
                prohibited by the agreement between NIU and the Illinois State Police.

V.     New Business:

        A.     CITC Officers and Committees for 2003-04
                M. Bridge reported that G. Cosenza has volunteered to be nominated for CITC Chair-elect.  Members were invited to offer other nominations.  Voting
                will take place at the next meeting.

        B.     CITC Calendar 2003-04:  distributed
                M. Bridge called attention to the CITC Kick-off, scheduled for Friday, August 22, 2003. She asked that programs advise the UOTC of any membership
                changes anticipated for the Fall so that invitations to the Kick-off can be sent out accurately.  The main agenda items for that meeting are the finalization of
                the committee rosters and discussion of the plans and actions for the coming year.

        C.     Endorsement Advisement
                M. Bridge reported on the difficulties experienced by students in obtaining endorsement advising information.  The students are being transferred among
                the program advisers, the Office of Registration & Records and the UOTC.  This is especially true for transfer students.  Following discussion, M. Bridge
                was asked to work with the External Communications committee to compile a list of problem areas to present to CITC.

VI.    Springfield Report
        A.     ISBE Program Report Checklist
                M. Bridge reported that the Checklist distributed was an appendix to the Illinois Program Report.  M. Pritchard was on the panel to review the report.
                CITC members are asked to share this information with their programs or to contact their state organization for further   information.

        B.     Faculty Report from ISBE Panel Experiences:  no report

        C.     APT Pilot Report
                B. Smith, who coordinated the pilot test at NIU, reported that the state was pleased with the response of students to taking advantage of this
                opportunity.  While the students were asked to not divulge the actual questions, they reported that the areas of concern were technology, diversity and
                multiculturalism.  Passing the Assessment of Professional Teaching exam will be required of all candidates applying for certification on or after October 1,
                2003, and is intended at this point to be an “exit” exam.

        D.     ISBE Review Team Training – Summer 2003
                M. Bridge reported that D. Jackman, A. Windelborn and J. Miller have volunteered to participate in this training, but the dates for the training session
                have not yet been announced.

VII.     Announcements:
            N. Stahl announced that the Higher Education re-authorization of Title II and NCLB is available  on their website.
            A.     CITC Meeting, April 11, 2003, Illinois Room 1:00-3:00 PM
            B.     IACTE Meeting, April 18, 2003, Springfield

Motion by M. Morris to adjourn.  Motion seconded by N. Stahl.  Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 2:20 PM.
 

Minutes recorded by Elizabeth Cummings.