February 20, 2020
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
In attendance: David Hough, Russ Brock, Jef Cornelius-White, Kim Dubree, Karen Engler, Stephanie Huffman, Dennis Lancaster, Juli Panza, Barri Tinkler, Sharon Lopinot
Guests: Sara Tipton, Robin Koerber, Ron Snodgrass, Michael Jarvis
Denise introduced Dr. John Shaughnessy, St. Louis Regional Supervisor for the Internship Academy. The Internship Academy has 65 students to interview this year. The St. Louis area has 8 students this year and should have 23 next year.
Our College needs to come up with a budget cut plan for next year. Dean Hough will meet with Financial Services on February 25th to consider options. Dean Hough told department heads we will continue with all searches, and he will figure out how to cut from ongoing salary savings. Specific details and guidelines will be discuss on February 26th at the Provost’s ALC.
Barri, Stephanie and three faculty members are working on the draft policy regarding new faculty using their start-up funds for purchasing software that has yearly renewal fees. The topic with be discussed with department faculty for their ideas/suggestions. CEFS meets tomorrow. They will keep the Dean updated.
Barri is working with Jon Turner on the paraprofessional certificate. Jon possibly has a grant to help with the certificate. He will find out soon and present on it to Administrative Council next week.
The South Central Associate Superintendent meeting was on Tuesday. Dean Hough, the department heads, Robin Koerber, Rhonda Bishop, and Dennis Lancaster attended the meeting which included 7 superintendents. Dean Hough’s administrative team shared plans to create a program for paraprofessionals to earn a teaching certificate. The superintendents requested the COE administrative team bring all secondary students back under our college. The team noted that this was not a current discussion point at MSU, indicating that the relationship between secondary education programs and the College was very positive. Even so, the superintendents suggested deans in other colleges meet with them to discuss options for filling high need areas. Dean Hough agreed to carry this message back to the Provost. The group discussed taking some of the other deans and Dennis Lancaster to meet with them again, possibly in August when the deans meet with West Plains personnel.
Dean Hough suggested everyone participate in the West Plains Teacher Placement Day coming up on March 13, 2020. Dean Hough also asked the superintendents how we might encourage more students from that area to pursue education as a career. He then explained the Bear in Every Building (BIEB) initiative to the superintendents and asked Rhonda Bishop during LC to send an email to the group inviting them to encourage their staff to participate. The Dean also suggested to the LC that he and/or others visit the South Central schools to discuss our education programs with their students. He suggested that we create more positive discussions on teaching with parents and students. Dean Hough will work with Rhonda and BIEBS from their area to work on presentations. Russ mentioned that they have “Seventh Graders Go to Work” events and possibly the students in the south central area could attend elementary schools and observe the teachers/classrooms.
Around the Table
- Rachel Heinz is receiving one of the “40 Under 40” awards from Springfield Business Journal on March 31st. If you would like to attend and bring a significant other, or a faculty member would like to attend, contact her by March 15th.
- The Southwest Region FTA meeting is Thursday, April 9th, from 9:00 – 11:30 am, PSU Theater. Barri is working on this event. Dean Hough will welcome and address everyone. Dean Hough asked Dennis to share this information with others.
- The Bull Mills visit is tentatively scheduled for March 6th.
- Regarding their mid-level search, one candidate is interviewing Monday and the other one on Wednesday of next week. She will send a schedule out.
- The search committee for the multicultural position is conducting phone interviews.
- The search committee for the literacy position has one candidate coming in for an interview.
- Ching-Wen Chang has applied for a FCTL grant on robotics. This could bring middle school age students to the campus and could help with recruitment.
- Their new building is expected to be completed in August.
- The last high school basketball game is on Tuesday.
- They are partnering with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks to have teachers train and then work with sophomores regarding mental health issues.
- Kindergarten registration is over and Janice is working on their applications.
- Their kindergarten teacher, Abby Lowe was a former Teacher of the Year and graduated from our college. She would be a great person to invite to talk to students.
- Some of the secondary faculty will be at the COE Transfer VIP Day on Friday, and attend the Career Expo Fair on February 26.
- She attended the COTA Conference. There was a lot of helpful information, but not much new is going on at this time.
- COE Transfer VIP Day is tomorrow in Hill Hall starting at 9:00 am.
- Matt Scott will be one of the speakers at the Diversity Conference.
- The MAT program is up 63% for spring from last year.
- A Continuous Improvement Seminar will be held tomorrow. They will discuss experiential log assessment.
- Barri will be sending a one question survey to program coordinators. She asked department heads to encourage all program coordinators to respond.
- She is working on 2 research briefs and will be sending them to the Dean soon to look at and process.
- Regarding the meeting with the superintendents on Tuesday, he thought some of them had an interest in doing some things with us. Sometimes one person can lead to another and another.
- Their department has one candidate for the COU position in today and the next one will interview next week on Tuesday or Wednesday.
- West Plains Teacher Placement Day is March 13.
- Gohn Hall is going to be a hub for the Rural School Collaborative.
- They are working on professional development for school districts. Last year they worked with 8 districts and they are adding 6 – 8 more for next year including Ava. There is some interest for larger school districts. Their largest district so far is Carthage.
- The grant for early childhood leadership is a DESE grant that they received from the Federal Government. They are looking to pilot it in Southwest Missouri with ATLL.
- DESE is still working on the 6 consultants (3 for math, 3 for language arts) for the St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City areas they want to hire and house in ATLL.
- There are 60 applications for Bear Partnership, not including the 15 from Alabama.
- They are working on lining up mentors for students. She asked Karen Engler for a secondary faculty member.
- Their trip to St. Louis for the IA program was canceled due to weather. They are going on March 4. This will be held at Gateway STEM High School and include Ritenour and other St. Louis public schools.
- CEFS is organizing an event at which the Teacher of the Year will be on campus April 3rd for a presentation to area students who are in career pathways. Our education programs will be discussed. Students will eat on campus and have a tour.
- They are finalizing the 2 Clinical Instructor searches and plan on having recommendations made soon.
- The Board of Governors will meet tomorrow. Each dean will discuss their colleges and highlight noteworthy initiatives. We are doing well, especially with the Bear in Every Building, Internship Academy, and Bear Partnership programs. Ashley Flores, our recruiter in Alabama, has 15 students signed up for Bear Partnership this summer.
- Barri volunteered to evaluate all of our initiatives to determine how effective they are in terms of recruiting students. COE has seven graduate programs that have a combined enrollment increase of 47%. Overall, the COE has increased student enrollments by 1.6%, the only college to increase over the past year.
- The University Policy on Fiscal Responsibility is being revised. There are exceptions on some of the items included regarding which budgets to use.
- At 10:30 am today, Nicco Burasco from OPT will film COE students and faculty to produce a series of 20 and 30 second videos for our college. Thank you to the students and faculty who volunteered to participate. The videos may be ready to air in late March.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 am.
Submitted by Sharon Lopinot