Voting Members Present: J.D. Bowers, K. Carrier, K. Cole, S. Conklin, M. Morris for J. Cooke-Plagwitz, G. Cosenza, S.K. Shin for Maylan Dunn, P. Ervin, S. Schwartz for C. Fox, K. Freedman, T. Heinze, M. Keil for M.B. Henning, L. Hingenbrinck, E. Hines, L. Johannessen, G. Logan, M. Mazzola, J. Miller, B. Montgomery, M. Morris, P. Nelson, J. Rique, S. Wyland for T. VanLaarhoven, D. Walker, A. Windelborn
Voting Members Absent: G. Baker, M. Fischer
Ex Officio Members Present: A. Buehler, D. Jackman, H. Kafer, J. Cox-Henderson for F. Kitterle, C. Montgomery, S. Richmond, E. Seaver, W. Miranda for C. Sorensen, S. Warber
Ex Officio Members Absent: M. Gillis, F. Kitterle
Student Representatives Present: none
Visitors: P. Bauer, M. Myles
The meeting was called to order by S. Conklin, Chair, at 1:00 PM.
I. Motion by P. Ervin to approve the Agenda. Motion seconded by L. Hilgenbrinck. Motion passed
II. Motion by P. Ervin to approve the January 16, 2004, meeting minutes as submitted. Motion seconded by L. Johannessen. Motion passed
III. Reports from Committees:
2. A. Buehler reported that the Spring 2004 electronic Exit Survey can now be found as a link on the Teacher Certification website. A trial run this week was successful. Also, a reminder was recently sent to the university supervisors to facilitate responses for those completing their first placement. Another reminder will be sent later this spring. The website link will remain active until May 14th. Based on feedback from across the state regarding the ICTS field tests of the new content-area tests, issues raised about juniors and seniors field testing tests intended for students in graduate programs resulted in the NES revising the eligibility for the tests and producing new flyers for distribution. They will also work with NIU to provide evening test times for our graduate students. New flyers should be available February 25th.
A. Buehler circulated a notice about the Online Teacher Information System (OTIS) that provides students the ability to file their application for certification online.
S. Warber reported that this can be done by students now, with payment by credit card. R&R will continue to process the hard-copy applications they receive for SP 04 and SU 04 candidates, but FA 04 candidates will be encouraged to use the on-line application. R&R will not be preparing certification application packets for the Fall 04 Student Teacher Orientation Meeting. The accuracy of the program’s entries for candidates on the EU17 screen will be crucial for the success of the on-line application program. Applications for endorsements will continue under the present procedure, using hard-copy forms. It is R&R’s intention to have the endorsement applications available in the program departments to be given to students upon admission into the certification program. There is also the possibility of adding these forms to the Teacher Certification website for printing. The on-line application procedure also affects the Advanced Certification programs.
B. Curriculum Committee:B. Montgomery presented the Summary of Action from Meeting #4, January 28, 2004. Motion by P. Ervin to approve the Summary as presented. Motion seconded by M. Mazzola. Motion passed.
C. Research and Assessment:Larry Johannessen reported that this committee has been discussing reasonable and measurable candidate dispositions and will be bringing 6-10 recommended dispositions to the next CITC Meeting.
D. Committee on Policy and Procedures: (attachment)A. Windelborn presented the By Laws change (1st Reading) as distributed. Motion by P. Ervin, seconded by C. Montgomery to waive the 1st Reading). Motion passed. Motion by J. Miller, seconded by L. Johannessen to approve the By Laws change as presented. Motion passed.E. External Communications: no report
F. Ad Hoc Committees:
1. Portfolio/Technology CommitteeJ.D. Bowers reported that this committee will be meeting on Friday, 2/27/04, following the presentation by TaskStream scheduled for Wednesday, 2/25/04 and will report at the next CITC meeting. The electronic portfolios need to be considered on the basis of a.) cost to NIU/student; b.) the timeline for training and implementation, and c.) the usefulness to the unit, the programs, and the students. E. Seaver reported that the Provost’s office will not be able to provide funding.
IV. Springfield Report2. Endorsements & Transcript Evaluation CommitteeM. Morris reported that a letter is being drafted to be sent to all programs asking what courses are recommended for Middle School and secondary endorsements, with the results to be posted on the Teacher Certification website. Discussion included the differences between program recommendations and ISBE requirements, the need for this information for both undergraduate and graduate students, including Advanced Certification programs and impact these recommendation might have, both politically and on financial resources. E. Seaver suggested the committee draft a “mock-up” of a website information page to be brought back to CITC.
D. Jackman reported on a meeting with a group of faculty and other interested parties on Early Childhood Studies curriculum and career lattices. There has been legislation proposed to require public four year institutions to accept community college credit in early childhood four year degree programs along with penalties for institutions that do not. There will be a meeting on the AAT in Special Education in Springfield on March 26th. The Certification Board is still in existence but the legislation to establish the Professional Teaching Standards Board is still alive but being held by Senator Madigan.
E. Seaver reported that there is a P-20 Task Force for developing a legislative agenda for President Peters, including the approval process for programs vs. ISBE/NCATE accreditation. It is felt that NIU could be more effective in our legislative message through the “University Presidents’ Council”.V. Old Business: None
VI. New Business
A. AACTE Meeting:D. Jackman reported on the pre-session meetings on Assessment she attended and that we appear to be on target compared to other institutions. She also mentioned that there were several excellent speakers at the AACTE meeting and suggested the possibility of inviting some of those speakers to NIU.B. E-portfolios
At the Land Grant Deans Meeting, two large grants were discussed. One is focused on the pre-doctoral interdisciplinary research training for a Ph.D. in Education Sciences and one is focused on the establishment of research centers in specific areas.
There will be a national study of teacher education conducted by the National Research Council using a Flexner-type design. The specifics on the study are currently being developed.
See comments under Section III.F.1. “Portfolio/Technology Committee”A. Buehler reported on his meeting with Illinois State University representatives reviewing their preparation procedures for their recent NCATE visit. Discussion included:
- The need to have people who will be central to organizing planning for the review to be trained by NCATE or the state so that preparations are viewed through the eyes of a reviewer;
- Recommendation that an experienced outside reviewer be hired to comment on the initial draft of the institutional report to ensure the intent is clear;
- Review through an “evidence triangle”, in which examiners should see evidence in the evidence room, see it in the institutional report, and hear it from faculty.
- The requirement that the sciences programs (physics, chemistry, biology) will be treated as a group and need to have a common assessment plan.
- Changes during the time of the review need to be documented as to the process of change
- Need to show how the library helps the instructional process rather than reporting the tonnage of books.
CITC discussion included:
- Issues concerning student transfer information from community colleges.
- Student fees are under scrutiny - need to justify how the students benefit.
- Different pricing structure between training and customer support and portfolio itself.
- TaskStream - similar to LiveText but not as widely used throughout Illinois. Training is about $2,000 per day compared to about $1,000 per day from LiveText. They claim their customer support is better.
- Foliotek - Claims to have been given high marks from Missouri educators. Software was student portfolio only, aggregation component not yet in existence
- Charmed Solutions - No student portfolios, rather a program for Unit use to aggregate information
- E-Portfolio by Chalk & Wire - possibly a viable third option. Appears to offer the same features as LiveText and TaskStream. Their pricing structure would need to be looked at carefully. Their subscription prices appear high but they say it costs as low as $18 per student. They show on-site training as $719 per day plus travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals. Further, they say price structure for a one-time bulk adoption of more than 1000 accounts is “negotiable”.
- The importance of the Unit having access to all, if more than one platform is chosen.
A. TaskStream Presentation, February 25, 2004, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, HSC, Illinois Room
B. CITC Meeting, March 19, 2004, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, HSC, Illinois Room
Meeting adjourned at 2:45 PM.
Minutes submitted by Elizabeth Cummings