Boards Articulation Commission
Student Transfer Committee
Meeting Summary Notes
June 5, 2003
Dave Phillips, Clatsop Community College, Chair
Jim Arnold, Oregon University System
Mary Brau, Lane Community College
Mickie Bush, Concordia University
John Duarte, Oregon Institute of Technology
Randy Hernandez (for Martha Pitts), University of Oregon
Paul Hill, Portland Community College
Dea Hoffman (for Pat North), Eastern Oregon University
Agnes Hoffman (for Terry Rhodes), Portland State University
Glenda Tepper, Clackamas Community College
Elaine Yandle-Roth, Department of Community Colleges & Workforce Development
Sonya Christian, Lane Community College
Sam Collie, Portland State University
Dave Phillips called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m.
1. Introductions, Announcements, and Suggestions for the Agenda
Members introduced themselves. There were no suggestions for the agenda. Jim Arnold acknowledged some of the transitions happening with the Transfer Committee membership. Dana Young is no longer at Blue Mountain Community College and has accepted a position at a college in Wyoming. Pat North has left Eastern Oregon University for Ohio State University (and Dea Hoffman is representing that position at today’s meeting). Transfer Committee chair Dave Phillips will likely need to decide on how to best fill the positions left open by the departure of Young and North. (Arnold has already consulted with the community college Council of Student Service Administrators regarding the Young position, and they may have a recommendation soon.) Paul Hill from Portland Community College is now a Transfer Committee member, attending his first meeting. Arnold also announced the arrangements for lunch.
2. Minutes of the January 29, 2003, Meeting
The minutes of the January 2003 meeting were approved as submitted.
3. Approval and Implementation of the AS/OT-Bus
Arnold reviewed the process that was followed, ultimately leading to Board of Education approval of the AS/OT-Bus degree at the April 18, 2003, meeting. Arnold and Elaine Yandle-Roth had presented the degree proposal to the Board at the March 2003 meeting as a discussion/information item. The Board was uniformly enthusiastic about this degree and ultimately voted unanimously, the next month, to approve it. Community colleges must now have their own AS/OT-Bus degrees Board approved, and CCWD has developed a form to request that approval. Only degrees that conform to the statewide guidelines may be submitted for approval.
Arnold and Yandle-Roth have worked on a short, one-paragraph description of the degree for those campuses needing such a description for Federal (or other) reporting purposes.
Phillips asked the question regarding whether or not this degree is a “substantive change” for accreditation purposes. The answer to this is not known at this time.
Action: Phillips will explore this accreditation issue in the near future (to determine if a “statewide plan” might be developed, and if the accrediting body would accept such a plan).
Arnold summarized the history of the development of the recent JBAC policy memo: “Do we need to ‘fix’ the Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer degree?” – a report requested at the December 2002 JBAC meeting to describe the range of options discussed in recent times regarding various “problems” associated with the block-transfer degree. This latest draft of the document is slightly different than the version shared at the January Transfer Committee meeting; most notably, this version has a paragraph added addressing the concept of a statewide transferable general education core curriculum. The community college Council of Instructional Administrators (CIA) has discussed the gen-ed-core concept at their last two meetings and the idea has generated some interest. The CIA has not expressed much interest in the proposal for a top-down mandate regarding uniform implementation of the AA/OT. A CIA subcommittee will be convened this summer, however, on issues regarding the AA/OT, such as sequences and educational outcomes of Art & Letters components.
Members engaged in a short discussion regarding some of the data presented in the policy memo, specifically analyzing the difference in definitions of a “transfer activity” student compared to an “admitted/enrolled” transfer student. Arnold indicated that the data presented were to demonstrate that about 50% of any year’s AA/OT graduates subsequently enrolled at an OUS campus the year following graduation (whether or not they were admitted). And, that, of any year’s admitted and enrolled transfer students from an Oregon community college, about 30% of those had received AA/OT degrees.
The question was raised: Has this policy memo been of any use? Yes. Glenda Tepper observed that the memo has been read widely at Clackamas Community College and stimulated much discussion campus-wide about their requirements for the AA/OT.
Further questions: Can a general education core system be proposed for the state of Oregon? Would such a system help students for whom the AA/OT does not work?
Points made in the discussion include:
Phillips noted the report prepared by Arnold on the activity in other states regarding a transferable general education core: “Statewide transfer policy: The transferable general education core curriculum.” Phillips asked the Committee to share their impressions of the report and to offer any opinions about whether or not this is worth pursuing in Oregon.
Comments and questions included:
Phillips indicated that he sensed the group was willing to head in a direction to explore this further. Anything we can do to help students prepare for the baccalaureate is worthwhile. Preparing students in that way is part of the community college mission, and adopting a transferable general education core may help fulfill that mission.
Action: How should our process proceed? First, Phillips will report to the JBAC next week on the deliberations of the Transfer Committee. He will inform that group that we are interested in continuing to study this matter. At the July 16-17th meeting of the CIA, Phillips will report on the Transfer Committee progress as well. He will summarize “the concept” and solicit feedback. He will encourage coordination with the CIA subcommittee charged with studying AA/OT issues. And, Tepper will take this to the Council of Student Services Administrators in August to get their reaction. After that, the combined reactions can be communicated back to the Transfer Committee and we can decide where to go from there.
6. Proposed AA/OT Guiding Principles: SP 111
Elaine Yandle-Roth re-introduced the long-standing discussion of the Transfer Committee regarding inclusion of speech as a general education component of the AA/OT. The evolution of the interpretation of the speech requirement in the AA/OT is at issue. Originally, the speech requirement was interpreted to mean a “stand and deliver” (public speaking, SP 111) type of speech course; over time, colleges have chosen to include such courses as interpersonal communication, persuasion, and inter-cultural communication as acceptable for fulfilling the speech requirement of the AA/OT. The question: how broad (or restrictive) should the speech requirement be?
Comments and questions in the discussion included:
Action: The Transfer Committee will defer any further work on this particular issue until more is known about the extent of the general education core proposal.
7. Skills (Experiential) Courses and Faculty Analyses of Syllabuses
Mary Brau distributed two handouts, one from Lane Community College outlining her college’s criteria for a course’s inclusion in the AA/OT Arts & Letters requirements, and the first page of an UO document that outlined undergraduate general education requirement policies. Lane has developed such criteria for Arts & Letters, while the criteria for Social Sciences are now nearing completion; the corresponding criteria in sciences are on a more delayed schedule.
Brau indicated that her “homework” for this meeting has not been done. At the last meeting, a plan had been made to compare a sample of LCC course syllabuses to the undergraduate general education criteria from the UO. However, since LCC has not yet compared courses to their OWN criteria, the comparison to the UO criteria has been postponed until a later time.
The Transfer Committee discussion of last fall addressed LCC’s “experiential courses” and their fit into the Arts & Letters requirements for the AA/OT. In the list of LCC Arts & Letters criteria distributed today, items 8 (“…incorporate interactive learning activities, including performance or studio experiences”), 9 (“…require learning at the level of analysis, synthesis, evaluation”), and 11 (“…require readings and research with experiential courses”) speak to experiential courses and their inclusion in Arts & Letters. At Lane, the faculty now need to compare their own syllabuses to the newly-established criteria.
At PCC, Hill noted that their faculty will, similarly, be doing “curriculum mapping.”
Phillips noted that there are misperceptions of what really happens in experiential courses.
With regard to the originally planned activity, it has not yet been determined whether or not LCC courses meet UO criteria.
Action: Brau and Martha Pitts will have more progress on this syllabus examination activity by next fall’s meeting.
8. Miscellaneous Transfer Issues
Hernandez noted that recent contacts with community-college colleagues yielded information that those campuses are bulging at the seams and may not be able to handle additional enrollments for remedial work. Where will students needing remedial courses go to take them? Community college members acknowledged cuts in sections due to budget considerations, though PCC indicated that some lower-level math and writing sections have been added to address just this issue.
Tepper noted that articulation agreements with private institutions are on the increase.
Arnold noted that SB 870 was amended and no longer requires EOU, TVCC, and BMCC to change to semesters. The bill now calls for a “feasibility study” regarding semester conversion for those three campuses.
9. Adjournment and Next Meeting
The meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m. The details of the next meeting are as follows:
Thursday, October 30, 2003
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
OIT Metro, Room 139
Prepared by Jim Arnold
OUS Academic Affairs
June 10, 2003
(revised on November 4, 2003)