COMMITTEE ON INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Minutes of the April 9, 2004, Meeting
(Approved)

Voting Members Present: J.D. Bowers, K. Carrier, S. Conklin, J. Cooke-Plagwitz, G. Cosenza, M. Dunn, P. Ervin, C. Fox, T. Heinze, M.B. Henning, E. Hines, L. Johannessen, B. Montgomery, M. Morris, J. Rique, N. Stahl, T. VanLaarhoven, A. Windelborn

Voting Members Absent: G. Baker, K. Cole, M. Fischer, K. Freedman, L. Hilgenbrinck, G. Logan, M. Mazzola, J. Miller, P. Nelson, D. Walker

Ex Officio Members Present: A. Buehler, D. Jackman, H. Kafer, F. Kitterle, C. Montgomery, S. Richmond, C. Sorensen

Ex Officio Members Absent: M. Gillis, E. Seaver, S. Warber

Student Representatives Present:

Visitors: C. Barnard

The meeting was called to order by S. Conklin, Chair, at 1:05 PM.

I.      Motion by P. Ervin to approve the Agenda. Motion seconded by C. Fox. Motion passed.

II.      Motion by P. Ervin to approve the March 19, 2004, meeting minutes as submitted. Motion seconded by M. Morris.<br>           Motion passed.

III.      Reports from Committees:

A. Executive Committee:

A. Buehler reported briefly on the Unit Assessment Indicators - Initial Programs, which was distributed with the agenda. This matrix is a work in progress, with the Unit Assessment Committee continuing to bring refinements to the initial certification programs. The matrix indicates in bold type the information anticipated to come from the programs; non-bold type indicates what the unit can compute itself. C. Barnard commented on the Assessment of Critical Thinking Test (ACT). Information on the ACT can also be found on the Assessment Services website
< http://www.niu.edu/assessment/_activ/_critthink.shtml>

B. Curriculum Committee:

B. Montgomery presented the Summary of Action from Meeting #6, March 24, 2004, which was distributed with the agenda. No action was required at this meeting and the Summary is for information only. Please see Item V. Old Business for information on the proposed Bylaws changes regarding the responsibilities of the Curriculum Committee.

C. Research and Assessment:

D. Committee on Policy and Procedures:

A. Windelborn reported that this committee had requested that the External Communications Committee review it’s responsibilities as stated in the Bylaws. This may carry over to Fall, 2004, due to changes in the responsibilities of the External Communications Committee. A. Windelborn also reported that the committee has reviewed the section of the Bylaws concerning membership, and does not recommend any changes at this time. S. Richmond advised CITC that she may ask that this subject be revisited in the future.

E. External Communications:

M. Morris reported that this committee will be working on a review of their responsibilities.

F. Ad Hoc Committees:

1. Endorsements & Transcript Evaluation Committee: no report

G. Nominations for Chair Elect should be sent to A. Buehler no later than April 16, 2004. The election will be held at the April 30, 2004, CITC meeting.

H. Colleges and programs are asked to please identify CITC members for FY 2004-05 and to send this information to the UOTC by May 7, 2004.

IV.      Springfield Report: C. Sorensen reporting

A hearing was held on SB 1074, which proposes an independent Professional Teaching Standards Board. President Peters and the Illinois Association of Deans of Public Colleges of Education (IADPCE) spoke in opposition of this legislation. A follow up meeting was held with interested parties to try to find resolution to several issues raised during the hearing. Except for the unions, other groups felt that no one group should have a majority role on the proposed Board and most agreed that the higher education institutions need more representation on the Board. There was also discussion at the meeting on the duplication of the review process with NCATE and ISBE. If NCATE accreditation takes the place of ISBE accreditation, the smaller private universities may be adversely affected by the cost of the NCATE process. The public institutions and the larger private institutions who are already accredited by NCATE support national accreditation. There was no resolution of issues at this time. A second legislative hearing followed the meeting.

At the recent meeting on the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) initiatives, NIU representatives presented a model for special education with Rock Valley College. NIU has forwarded names of NIU faculty to serve on several sub-committees being formed in the areas of Early Childhood Studies, Bi-lingual Education and Electronic Portfolios. The legislature passed a resolution (presented by Kevin McCarthy) to have an AAT program in Early Childhood Studies in place by 2005.

V.      Old Business:

The proposed Bylaws changes regarding the responsibilities of the Curriculum Committee were brought forward for a Second Reading. Motion by P. Ervin to approve. Motion seconded by C. Fox. Following discussion which included revisions submitted by the Committee on Policy and Procedures (COPP), motion by P. Ervin to table this item and refer it back to the Curriculum Committee. Motion seconded by C. Fox. Motion passed.

VI.      New Business:

C. Fox reported that she has been having difficulty obtaining a response from the ISBE concerning a candidate with learning disabilities who is having difficulty passing all three parts of the Basic Skills test at the same time. The candidate has passed each part of the test, but not on one date. C. Fox has not received an answer to her request that the candidate be able to take each section of the test separately. A. Buehler asked that he be given the details and he would attempt to resolve the issue with the ISBE.

VII.      Announcements

A. CITC Meeting, April 30, 2004, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, HSC, Illinois Room

Motion by P. Ervin to adjourn. Motion seconded by N. Stahl. Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 1:50 PM.

Minutes recorded by Elizabeth Cummings.