February 21, 1997
Discussion ensued regarding the criteria for excellent teaching. It was pointed out that good teaching is best observed and that the TERA guidelines do not contain an observation portion. Furthermore, since the award rests upon written self-evaluation, it seems that it is more of a writing award--who can best present themselves on paper. Don Szarkowicz, Chair of the Teaching Committee, pointed out that one of TERA's purposes was to stimulate discussion on what constitutes good teaching, and there will be future opportunities to discuss TERA. Finally, it was noted that the award could be divisive.
Ms. Baker indicated that Lilly is expecting a unified proposal with goals and objectives. The three committees are focusing on the following:
Fac: Lilly seems mis-focused. Should be focusing on student's pre-college experiences and education to prepare students for college.
Baker: Lilly has chosen to focus on students already in a university.
Fac: The committees focus seems to be on curriculum rather than on analyzing student's lifestyles and the affects of those lifestyles--type of student should be the focus.
Baker: There's some overlap, and Lilly does not want this money used for research but to implement plans of action. This will not be the retention effort of the University, as there are other retention related activities going on at individual campuses. Lilly's money is meant to augment those efforts.
Fac: What is the goal of retention--quantity or quality? It is tempting to make admission requirements tougher or lower graduation requirements.
Baker: Yes, the Committee will emphasize that current standards must be retained. The Committee does not wish to intervene in academic standards at individual campuses.
Fac: Where does developmental education fit in?
Baker: Goes back to foundation shills enhancement
Fac: Is there a profile of those who are dropping out?
Baker: Yes, there is a profile, which is sent to the Higher Education Commission and breaks down data by socioeconomic and educational achievement levels. This report is being looked at and further break downs are being requested.
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