Members present: Dr. Michael Bowie, Dr. Vivian Correa, Dr. Harry Daniels, Dr. James Doud, Ms. Mary Driscoll, Dean Catherine Emihovich, Ms. Kay Hughes, Dr. John Kranzler, Dr. James McLeskey, Dr. David Miller, Dr. Mickie Miller, Dr. Donald Pemberton, Dr. Dorene Ross, Dr. Fran Vandiver, Dr. Theresa Vernetson, Associate Dean Rodman Webb, and Dr. Sandra Witt.
Member not present: Dr. Nancy Waldron.
Dr. Fran Vandiver made a motion to approve the February 18, 2003 minutes. Dr. Michael Bowie seconded the motion, and the minutes were unanimously approved.
Dean Catherine Emihovich made the following announcements:
- The College will host a Scholarship of Engagement Banquet on April 29 from 6 to 9 PM. All DAC members will be invited to attend. In addition to honoring the COE scholarship award winners and donors, awards will be presented to persons whose research efforts have embodied the concept of the scholarship of engagement. Several different categories of “Scholarship of Engagement” awards will be presented, including separate recognition for UF faculty, COE faculty, P.K. Yonge faculty (for instructors who engage in action research), school districts, and persons in the community. Dean Emihovich will solicit nominations for these awards.
- She indicated that there must be another name change for the CARE Office. The Child and Family Institute—created by Provost David Colburn and directed by Betsy Shenkman (Institute of Child Health Policy) and Barbara Woodhouse (College of Law)—will be renamed the Institute for Child and Adolescent Research and Evaluation, or ICARE for short.
Because the College has invited this institute to share space in the office where the CARE office was to be located, a different name must be chosen for the CARE office. Dean Emihovich has solicited suggestions for a new name that reflects a commitment to research support for faculty members and evaluation work for schools. Several recommendations have been submitted. She will work with the Faculty Policy Council Research Advisory Committee to obtain their feedback on the entries and the process for determining the new name.
- Dr. Vivian Correa distributed a draft document that lists several amendments to the COE Constitution (Amendments) that have been proposed by the Faculty Policy Council for consideration at the Spring Faculty Meeting on April 14, 2003.
She noted that most of the proposed revisions address FPC committees. These proposals recommend a streamlining of the committee structure (to allow all committees to have both standing and operating functions), a change in the way faculty are assigned to committees (adding a “selection” process that will ensure balanced departmental representation on each committee), and the possible addition of several new committees, including the following committees:
o Technology Committee;
o Faculty and Budgetary Affairs Committee (to replace the Faculty Affairs Committee); and
o Lectures, Seminars and Awards Committee.
There was discussion about the impact of the proposed committees on existing College committees (including the broad-based COE technology committee and several existing College award committees). Associate Dean John Kranzler noted that some UF awards have restrictions about who must serve on the selection committee.
Dr. Correa indicated that the Dean could assign non-voting designees to FPC committees. The possibility of assigning a voting designee from the Dean’s Office to the Tenure and Promotion Committee was discussed.
Another proposed constitutional amendment is a recommended change in the language of the section that addresses the review of assistant and associate deans. The proposed amendment recommends a change in the review process from a two-year cycle to a three-year cycle.
- Dean Emihovich distributed a brochure to DAC members that was sent to her by Joan K. Smith, Dean, College of Education, University of Oklahoma and President, Association of Colleges and Schools of Education in State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and Affiliated Private Universities. The title of the brochure is Increasing instructional capacity in our schools: Preparation and development of principals and superintendents for learner-centered schools.
- · 2003 College Program Review
Dean Emihovich distributed a “2003 College Program Review” draft document that she will submit to Provost David Colburn.
In the 2003 annual review, she outlines the progress that the COE has been made since last year’s report, and clarifies new steps that she plans for the future. The major goals that she lists for the College for the next three years include:
- Increase focus on graduate education and support for doctoral students.
- Increase research productivity by increasing the research infrastructure within the college.
- Support outreach to public schools across the state.
- Improve academic technology and distance learning.
- Continue to improve faculty quality, productivity and diversity through strategic hiring.
- Focus more intensively on alumni outreach, communication, and development fund raising initiatives.
In the report, she also addresses the strengths in the College, certain areas that need improvement, and ways that both areas are addressed. The College of Education’s programs that align most closely with the strategic plan are those that contribute significantly to children and families and to the College’s reputation, productivity, and rankings. In the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best graduate schools in 2003, the College of Education is ranked 19th among AAU public universities. This rank is higher than any other college in the state, both public and private.
She also presents strategies that are currently in place for each department—utilizing information from each department’s mid-year report—to maintain top-rated programs and to increase the visibility of unranked programs. She outlines plans to develop new programs that will meet pressing state needs. Included in this discussion are references to consolidation, the possible restructuring of certain programs, and the status of current faculty searches in the College.
Additional issues are addressed separately in the following sections:
- Strategies for Pending Budget Cuts
- SACS/NCATE/DOE Accreditation Process: Goals and Changes for Assessment
- Internationalization of Programs
Dean Emihovich solicited DAC input about the issues that are addressed in the 2003 College Program Review document.
The DAC members agreed with her recommendations regarding strategies for pending budget cuts. Several DAC members recommended that a statement be added to the report about College faculty productivity and that she consider including a table that Associate Dean Kranzler presented at the DAC meeting on February 4, 2003 (that compares COE resources, research productivity, and teaching productivity between the fiscal years 1997-98 and 2001-02) in the report.
She indicated that she would send a final copy of the 2003 College Program Review to Dr. Correa, who will post it on the FPC Web site for faculty review.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:34 AM.