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Joint Boards Articulation Commission

Meeting Summary Notes for January 14, 2004


Oregon Institute of Technology-Metro Center
Portland, OR 

Members Present
Dave Phillips, Clatsop Community College, Chair
Jim Arnold, Oregon University System
Mike Corcoran, Southern Oregon University
Agnes Hoffman, Portland State University
Craig Kolins, Portland Community College
John Miller, Eastern Oregon University (via phone)
Salam Noor, Oregon Department of Education
Karen Sprague, University of Oregon
Glenda Tepper, Clackamas Community College
Mark Wahlers, Concordia University
Ed Watson, Linn-Benton Community College
Elaine Yandle-Roth, Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Guests Present
Gail Pincus, Oregon Health Career Center 
Diane Vines, Governor's Office of Education and Workforce Policy

Dave Phillips called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.

1. Introductions, Announcements, Reminders

Dave Phillips welcomed our guests for the day, Diane Vines and Gail Pincus, who will provide an update on the Governor's Healthcare Initiative. All members introduced themselves.

Jim Arnold reminded everyone that data had been forwarded to them (with their agenda material) in response to their desire for an update on EDI. For those desiring more information, Michele Sandlin at Oregon State University should be contacted directly.

2. Meeting Notes from November 25, 2003

The meeting notes from November 2003 were approved as submitted.

3. Status of the Governor's Healthcare Initiative with Implications for Transfer

Diane Vines, a Vice Chancellor with the Oregon University System, is on loan to the Governor's Office to coordinate his Healthcare Initiative. While many studies had been done on the healthcare workforce under former Governor Kitzhaber, and many groups have been busy implementing recommendations, Governor Kulongoski now has a desire to fill in the gaps that remain. Hence, Vines reported that the following goals and action are being pursued in collaboration with existing groups and organizations to increase the healthcare workforce capacity:

(the following points are taken directly from the handout provided by Vines at the meeting)

Gail Pincus is the Project Manager of the Community College Healthcare Action Plan, an activity designed to create new partnerships and new delivery models in the healthcare arena. So far, she has spent about six months identifying stakeholders and making sense of the healthcare landscape. As far as articulation issues go, she has been working with the community college Council of Instructional Administrators (CIA) on a number of issues. Examples of a couple of projects that are ongoing are: 

(1) The efforts by St. Charles Medical Center in Bend to train workers to become nurses in collaboration with Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and the Cascades AHEC. St. Charles has put up the funds for the training of 78 people currently in the pipeline. This is an experimental model: how do we get students from pre-requisites to requisites to the nursing program? COCC did not have the capacity to provide the services needed, and when Chemeketa Community College was approached, their pre-requisites did not match up. In the end, Treasure Valley Community College provided the A&P courses the students needed.

(2) The efforts of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). This is a competency-based approach to nursing education that allows students to move in, out, and about the 2- and 4-year nursing programs with credits for coursework that are fully transferable. 

Pincus also reported that the CIA has recently launched a work group focused on aligning science pre-requisites, starting with course-numbering issues. Yandle-Roth expressed an interest in this activity because the science department chairs no longer hold regular meetings. Sprague commented that the UO is interested with giving students "good basic science" - and transfer students generally do well in UO science courses. 

Comments rendered in further discussion included:

Action: None required.

4. Articulation Agreements

Mike Corcoran distributed a proposal to JBAC members prior to the last meeting entitled "Transfer Articulation Proposal." The proposal stems from his concern about keeping articulation agreements current once they are developed. Curriculum and courses are always changing, and how does one keep up? What can be done to facilitate keeping current with the curriculum and courses at other campuses?

Corcoran proposes that the JBAC website be expanded to include links to individual institution web pages that reflect, at least annually, the course changes that are made. With this information, articulation agreements may then be updated to reflect the current curriculum. As a group, could we communicate JBAC's interest in pursuing such an initiative?

Comments on this proposal included:

Action: Phillips will distribute Corcoran's proposal to CIA. Tepper & Kolins will distribute the proposal to the Council of Student Service Administrators (CSSA) of the community colleges. The reaction of both groups will be sought. Hoffman will work with her colleagues at PSU to put together a prototype web page that could be used to disseminate such course-change information. This will be an agenda item at next month's JBAC meeting.

5. Status of Reading Course Transferability Issues

Yandle-Roth reported that she has started to make calls to the individuals identified from the campuses who would be  appropriate to involve in the discussions regarding criteria for "college-level" reading courses. She anticipates that some use of technology will occur to make meetings happen. There could be perhaps one face-to-face meeting. She is trying to get this put together by the beginning of May.

Arnold reported that the student whose case was reported (transferring from Chemeketa to UO), has now been granted credit for the reading course previously denied.

The question to be answered here is: "what constitutes a lower-division reading course?"

Action: Yandle-Roth will continue to recruit members for the group to examine reading course criteria and transferability. 

6. Report from the 2003 Articulation & Transfer Conference

Arnold reported on the attendance figures and other matters pertaining to the 2003 Articulation & Transfer Conference held at Portland State University. The attendance for this year's event was 255 participants, tying for first place with the 2001 conference held at Chemeketa. Stat sheets were distributed to JBAC members outlining the attendance by sector and campus functional area. The most popular conference session was the one entitled "Effective Advising: What Students Want" by Janine Allen and Kathleen Smith of PSU. The session on "The General Education Dilemma Continues" by Andy Duncan (OUS) and Celeste Brody (COCC) was also quite popular.

The 2004 conference will be held on December 10th at Lane Community College and the 2005 conference will be held at Western Oregon University on December 9th.

Action: None required.

7. The Transferable General Education Core Curriculum Concept

Phillips reported that he participated in a conference call this week with Senior Vice Chancellor Shirley Clark of OUS to discuss the upcoming (February 5th) joint meeting of the community college chief academic officers and the OUS Academic Council. (Arnold also participated in the call.) One of the "update" as well as "small group discussion" items will revolve around the topic of the transferable general education core concept. (Also to be addressed at the meeting are the topics of dual-enrollment programs and nursing programs.) This will be the first opportunity for the academic officers of both sectors to have a discussion on the general education concerns that have occupied much of the focus of JBAC in the last year or so. John Miller indicated that he and Arnold broached the topic at the December Academic Council conference call meeting, so the provosts have had some general introduction to this topic. The notion of outcomes (as it pertains to general education) was raised in the discussion of the Academic Council. Arnold shared with the provosts the reports he has produced on this topic for the JBAC. Phillips indicated that the CIA and CSSA will address this topic at their joint meeting the day following the academic officers meeting (February 6th). Eventually we will need to decided on a "next step" for this discussion. Some direction may be evident after the meetings of early February.

Phillips indicated that the document produced by Duncan/Brody from the Articulation & Transfer Conference raises a lot of issues that need to be considered. 

JBAC members suggested that the question be posed to the academic officers: "What do we MEAN by 'common core'?" (The term may have a variety of meanings to various individuals. Does it mean more that just a list of courses? Do we mean COURSES or OUTCOMES?)

Members also suggested that the conversation be elevated ABOVE the level of institutional interests to those of STUDENT BENEFIT. Would a move toward a common core help students?

Action: Phillips, Tepper, and Kolins will report back after discussions take place at the joint CIA/Academic Council and joint CIA/CSSA meetings in early Februrary.

9. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

JBAC meetings for the remainder of the year are:

Date Time Place
February 17, 2004 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call
March 16, 2004 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call
April 14, 2004 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. OIT Metro
May 18, 2004 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call
June 8, 2004 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call

 

 

Prepared by Jim Arnold
OUS Academic Affairs
January 20, 2004
URL: http://www.ous.edu/aca/1-14-04.htm

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