College of Education
Leadership Council Notes
April 9, 2015
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Hill 314
Attendees: Tami Arthaud, Donna Breault, Janice Duncan, Scott Fiedler, Deanna Hallgren, David Hough, Cathy Pearman, Diana Piccolo, Michele Smith, Deanne Camp, Rachelle Darabi, Kim DuBree, Lori Fan, Lindsay Haymes, Joye Norris, Danny Perches, Jamie Schweiger, Becky Swearingen
- GO CAPS (Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies) – Lyndsay Haymes
– (3 handouts) John Jungmann, Supt.-Springfield Public Schools, recruited 11 area school districts, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and some regional businesses to pilot a program similar to one he helped establish, the Northland CAPS Program, which was very successful. This will be one of eight models around the country. Students (100) will go to classes in a business setting for half a day, starting in August. The program will start with engineering/manufacturing and medicine/healthcare strands. This will work for students that excel and disadvantaged students. Expectations are on a higher level and students will learn professional development skills.
– The dean discussed how COE could participate. An MSU special education, early childhood or elementary education strand, the MSU e-Factory and MAT program were discussed for future possibilities.
- College/Departmental Alumni Awards Programs – Lori Fan
-Changes have been made in Alumni Relations in regard to no longer hosting the Alumni Awards Banquet held during homecoming. The event will be held at a different time of the year and include all colleges. The date for the first one is June 10, 2016. They are keeping their six main alumni awards, but would like to include distinctive alumni awards from each college. Alumni Relations will still manage the process, but are on limited funds.
A comment was made and agreed with that smaller award banquets feel more intimate to the people attending. Lori said they now have a Board of Directors and Alumni Council to work with. The dean said we will work with her on this and discuss it further with faculty.
– Call or email Lori if you have a group of alumni you would like her to help you work with.
- Combining COE Courses for General Studies – Rachelle Darabi
– Two handouts, one for students and one for faculty, on the new Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) were handed out. The BGS was approved in February and starts in August. It is an interdisciplinary degree program designed for students not able to complete a traditional major.
Jamie Schweiger is the academic advisor working on this. They would like to combine some of the prefixes with COE classes so they would be easier to work with when determining courses that are needed to complete a degree.
– This degree is a good alternative for education students that do not complete their student teaching and graduate with a degree in education, but it is noted that they are not certified to teach.
– Even though the new degree hasn’t been officially advertised, approximately 30 people, current students and university employees have contacted Jamie, and they expect the numbers to increase after the degree is publicized.
- The COE and Academic Integrity Council Panel Discussion – Becky Swearingen
“High Stakes Testing and Integrity in the Educational Arena”
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Glass Hall Room 101
Panelists: Dr. Margaret Vandeven, Dr. Maynard Wallace, Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith, Mr. Elijah Haar
Facilitated by the dean
Ethics in education, although problems have happened in the past, has become a big topic lately. Please encourage your students to attend this.
Let Becky know if you would be interested in conducting a Brown Bag discussion on academic integrity sometime next year.
- Coordinating Outreach Efforts – Joye Norris
Joye and Donna went to Neosho and Crowder and observed the Crowder language arts classroom, which is connected through ITV. The interaction from the other locations was of high quality. Everyone worked well together. This is an example of an effective recruiting effort.
– Programs are being delivered in a blended approach through ITV and per course faculty are being hired for some of the courses. MSU has the elementary education program at OTC in Lebanon. Communities want MSU classes available in their towns. In the fall, Criminal Justice will be offered in Lebanon and Waynesville with a shared instructor. Communication, Professional writing and the BS in General Studies will be offered at Table Rock.
– Joye is scheduling meetings with program coordinators to talk about courses needed next semester. Budget is always an issue.
- Transcript Analysis Fees
The $50 transcript analysis fee for students was discussed.
The fee was $20, started in 2002, then went to $40 and now $50.
It can be a problem for students with financial aid because it can’t be added as part of their financial aid packet.
Where does the money go?
What is it used for?
Shouldn’t analyzing transcripts be part of a person’s job?
Could the fee be eliminated or lower?
Some programs do their own transcript analysis: Educational Administration, Reading and Deaf/Hearing Impaired.
Scott worked with the money from the fees from 2002 until last year. The money was used to pay for graduate assistant salaries and student workers that worked on transcripts. One year staff computers were purchased.
Dean Hough pulled information on this account from Banner and told the LC there was about $25,000 currently in the account. He agreed to conduct an audit and send same to the LC for further discussion at the next meeting.
[Note: After the LC, the COE Budget Officer worked with Dean Hough on the audit. A detailed analysis of income and expenditures from this account since 2010 will be shared, along with these minutes, with the LC.]
- Around the Table
Education Day went well, although they need to get more students to attend. This Saturday is Spring Showcase, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., PSU. Only three faculty have volunteered to attend so far. Please talk to faculty and encourage them to attend. The Maroon & White football game follows the event.
Everyone got a flyer on the CEFS sponsored event, “School’s In: Life Lessons from Teresa Davis”, featuring MSU’s Untamed Tongues. This event is Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m., Carrington Hall Auditorium, room 208. Please help promote the event and encourage your students to attend. It is being presented by CEFS in partnership with the Student Activities Council, although SAC involvement will not be confirmed until Monday. Let Donna know if you would like to meet with Theresa while she is here.
Design and Construction is still working on the plans for the playground. They are looking for one teacher.
Her term as chair of EPPC is now over. They need an EPPC chair elect for next year. The discussion on Early Childhood will be on the agenda again for next month.
-MSTA wants to partner for BTA workshops. Following are dates/places for the workshops:
September 14 West Plains
September 18 MSU
March 11 SBU
March 18 Evangel, Drury or MSU
– Scott asked if we still want to partnership with MSTA. Do we want to advertise ($1,000) in their booklet? It was agreed to do both, but the group thought that if the ad costs $1,000, it should just be for our University. We could also pay for a collaborative ad which would cost each college $200. (C of O doesn’t want to pay for the ad – they don’t have graduate programs). Our University pays for most of the workshop expenses.
-The collaborative group on this hasn’t met for a couple of years. Scott is going to schedule a meeting. He will also schedule a meeting with the MSU Advisory Board for the BTA program after there is further discussion with the dean.
Discussion: Partners need to be partners
Resources need to be divided equally
-Several schools conduct their own workshops for their beginning teachers. A MSU faculty member could work with some of these schools and partner with them. It is a good way to market our masters programs. Department heads should talk to their faculty to see if anyone would like to present a workshop.
-Scott is going to schedule the workshops. The dean will have this topic on the agenda to discuss further or schedule a separate meeting. There needs to be more discussion/follow through on this and an in-depth discussion.
-One of their students won a grand prize at the Science Fair. Numerous other awards were won by other students.
-They are interviewing two candidates for the assistant director position.
-Their elementary part-time science teacher is leaving and they may have someone lined up to take her place.
-They are working on enrollment. They do not have a set number of students they take for grades 7 – 12 because they split the classes.
-The ACT composite was 27.2, which is higher than the state, 21.4.
-They have three National Merit Scholarship finalists.
-If you have candidates come in for interviews that have school age children, let them know about Greenwood. Janice would make arrangements for a tour.
They have hired three faculty members and have one more position to fill.
The literacy position is filled. The EDT position was reopened and the committee is conducting phone interviews.
Meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.
Submitted by Sharon Lopinot