Joint Boards Articulation Commission

Meeting Summary Notes
June 11, 2003

Oregon Institute of Technology – Metro Center
Portland, OR

Members Present

Mary Kay Tetreault, Portland State University, Chair
Jim Arnold, Oregon University System
Craig Bell, Portland Community College
Dave Phillips, Clatsop Community College
Michele Sandlin, Oregon State University
Karen Sprague, University of Oregon
Glenda Tepper, Clackamas Community College
Elaine Yandle-Roth, Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Mary Kay Tetreault called the meeting to order at 10:20 a.m.


1. Introductions and Announcements

Members introduced themselves. Jim Arnold announced lunch arrangements to the group.

2. Minutes of the April 16, 2003, Meeting

The minutes of the April 2003 meeting were approved as submitted.

3. JBAC Membership Update

Arnold indicated that recruitment for the OUS positions is in progress. To date, an admissions officer/registrar and a student affairs officer have been identified and Vice Chancellor Clark is recruiting for the provost position. The Chancellor will make appointments sometime this summer. Elaine Yandle-Roth stated that individuals have been identified from the community colleges as possible new members, and include Ed Watson from Linn-Benton Community College and Craig Kolins from Portland Community College. Salam Noor from the Department of Education will now represent that agency on the JBAC.

4. Status of the AS/OT-Bus and AS/OT-CS

AS/OT-Bus. Yandle-Roth announced that a standard form has been developed by CCWD to facilitate the process for community colleges wishing to implement the new AS/OT-Bus. This form makes submitting a degree proposal for Board approval a very easy process. The June consent agenda for the Board of Education includes AS/OT-Bus program approval for both Clackamas Community College and Clatsop Community College. The degree proposals for Chemeketa Community College and Treasure Valley Community College are in process. Mt. Hood Community College is actively working on their proposal as well.

In response to a question about the general education portion of the degree, Arnold and Yandle-Roth reminded the group that this transfer degree comes with the same guarantees as the AA/OT, namely that credit is given for all lower-division general education requirements upon presentation of the degree for transfer.

With respect to the transcripting of the degree, members indicated that writing out the entire official name of the degree is the preference: Associate of Science/Oregon Transfer – Business (which may include the abbreviation, AS/OT-Bus).

AS/OT-CS. Yandle-Roth and Arnold attended a meeting of the Oregon Council of Computer Chairs (OCCC) at Linn-Benton Community College on April 25th where the concept and possible development of a transfer degree in computer science was discussed. There seemed to be mixed opinions about the desirability of such a degree, but a subcommittee was appointed to explore the idea further. Arnold told the OCCC group that any work on the concept would absolutely need to have the involvement/endorsement of OUS programs right from the start if there were to be any chance for success. Yandle-Roth noted that there may not be the obvious need for a degree such as this, compared to the need and desirability of making transfer an easier process for those students pursuing a business degree. In response to a question about “lessons learned” from the AS/OT-Bus process that may apply to a new transfer degree, Arnold noted that the emergence of “champions” from both the OUS and community college sectors would likely be necessary for a degree proposal to gain any momentum at all. Further, any argument for the degree would need to be based on its utility for facilitating student transfer.

5. Report from the June 5th Student Transfer Committee (STC)

Dave Phillips reported on the recent meeting of the Student Transfer Committee, held on June 5th. There was good attendance (with some members sending substitutes) and participation. Two members have left their positions in Oregon and are moving out of state, so membership issues with respect to the STC will need to be addressed before the fall meeting.

The STC reviewed the progress with the AS/OT-Bus, and Phillips indicated that the faculty at Clatsop Community College are very supportive and will soon be implementing the degree. Further, Phillips wants to explore the question of whether or not this degree is a “substantive change” for accreditation purposes and will be seeking an answer to that question in coming weeks.

With reference to the recent report on “fixing” the AA/OT, Phillips noted that large numbers of transfer students come to universities before they have earned an associate’s degree. A significant number of states have attempted to address this condition by the development of a transferable general education core curriculum within their respective states. Arnold has followed up the initial report, with a much more comprehensive report that looks solely at transferable general education core practices around the county. There has been much conversation about this topic already, and as a result of the STC conversation, Phillips agreed to bring the concept up with JBAC again to see if this is a course of action worth pursuing further. Tentatively, Phillips has agreed to take this issue up with the Council of Instructional Administrators in July, and Glenda Tepper will discuss with the Council of Student Services Administrators in August. Both will take more detailed information about what is happening nationally with regard to this issue – to see what interest and support there is in Oregon for pursuing this idea. Some comments made in discussing this issue included:

Action: The JBAC decided that continuing members should work on encouraging further discussion and refinement of this concept, recognizing that a transferable general education core curriculum would facilitate student transfer and successful completion of the baccalaureate degree. Further, members agreed that pursuit of this concept should, in no way, be disrespectful of campus culture or get in the way of the faculty’s role with respect to the curriculum. Phillips will continue this discussion with the Council of Instructional Administrators and Tepper will continue with the Council of Student Services Adminsitrators.

6. Legislative Updates

SB 525. Governor has signed into law. Establishes residency for tuition purposes at OUS institutions for any military person who has filed Oregon income taxes no later than 12 months before leaving active duty.

SB 10. Stalled in the House Education Committee after passage in the Senate. Would establish residency for tuition purposes for undocumented aliens who have resided in this state with a parent or legal guardian for at least three consecutive years while attending secondary school and received a high school diploma or equivalent.

SB 870. At this point, passed by both houses but not yet signed into law. Directs Eastern Oregon University, Blue Mountain Community College, and Treasure Valley Community College to conduct a feasibility study regarding the possible conversion to the semester system for those three campuses.

7. JBAC Workplan for 2003-04

The JBAC Workplan for 2002-03 was examined, and possible changes were suggested for the 2003-04 version of the plan. Suggestions included:

A draft of the 2003-04 JBAC Workplan is available at

8. Meeting Schedule and Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 12:35 p.m.

The next meeting will be held in October 2003. Date: TBA

Prepared by Jim Arnold
OUS Academic Affairs
June 13, 2003