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Professional Education Council
October 12, 2004
Willie Pierce called the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m. in the Union A. Members present
included Renee Falconer, Rose Jones, Janice Thompson, Rosalina Hairston, Kayla
O’Hern, Mary Peters, Elaine White, Pam Smith, Joe Olmi, Mary Nell McNeese, Ann Blackwell, David Walker, Phyllis Jestice, Diane Fisher, Henry Teller, Anita Davis, Mitch
Berman, Carole deCasal, Deborah Booth, Eric Luce, Jim McGuire, Robin Barnett, and
Marilyn Larmon. Thelma Roberson was a guest. Renee Falconer was proxy for Dana
Thames and Greg Krebs represented Nancy Speed. Rhonda Livingston, Robin Ryder,
Elizabeth Haynes, Rosemary Woullard, Peggy Williams, Doug Feldmann, Sheila Alber
and Joe Whitehead were absent.
Mary Nell McNees moved approval of the September 21, 2004 minutes; Joe Olmi
seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved.
Hearing no modifications or additions the agenda was approved as presented.
Kayla O’Hern was welcomed as the secondary education student representative. Officers Report
Chair – Willie Pierce said he is currently working on the membership roster and should have it complete by the next meeting.
Licensure – Robin Ryder is representing USM at Hinds Community College recruitment day and filed no report.
Vice Chair – Mitch Berman said it seems a number of units did not receive the email about the NCATE workshops scheduled over the next few months due to the small
turnout at the meeting earlier in the day. Willie Pierce will resend the workshop schedule
information. Anita Davis suggested posting all meeting related to NCATE on the web
and she will post the information when it is received.
Mitch Berman said Carole deCasal’s departmental visits have been mixed and she has
run into roadblocks. The PEC will have to come up with a strategy to have departments
buy in to the NCATE accreditation process because it is overwhelming. He said projects
can be broken down into small tasks to complete which would get the NCATE process up
and running. Potential roadblocks of resistance include the feeling that service is no
longer viewed as worthy at this university and only research is viewed as something that
is rewarded. NCATE involvement is critical and part of the faculty’s professional
responsibility is to engage in this accreditation process. Another issue is time availability;
how will time be found to accomplish what needs to be done because nights and
weekends is not part of the custom at USM. There is resistance and misunderstanding, so
there needs to be a culture change and this needs to be communicated to faculty. Willie
Pierce said if we are not NCATE accredited in the state of Mississippi our programs will
not be licensed.
Carole deCasal suggested a solution might be to determine a “go to” person for all
licensure programs regarding NCATE issues who will communicate time, dates and other
information needed to their unit thus allowing for information to be disseminated in a
timely manner. Also the “go to” person could contact Carole deCasal regarding unit
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issues. Willie Pierce circulated a sheet of paper and asked that each licensure area be
listed, graduate and undergraduate, with the “go to” person identified.
Regarding the NCATE workshops every unit must have at least one representative attend
to take the information back to the unit. Carole deCasel said some faculty have an attitude
of titwwhadi, “that is the way we have always done it”. Mitch Berman reminded
members that NCATE is a program improvement process and it should not be taken
personally by units. Part of the accreditation process is program improvement and units
will have to research programs at other universities to decide where they want to be and
what can be done to improve what is currently being done and the system of data
collection used. Faculty must become involved and need to buy-in to the process with an
open-mind and without any resistance or preconceptions. Mitch Berman asked the PEC
to give Carole deCasal, Willie Pierce and himself feedback as to how they can get faculty,
chairs and deans to buy in to this process. Carole deCasal is trying to make the process as
user friendly as possible. She is new to the university and does not know the players, the
system and part of her job is to get information from units so she can see the big picture
as to how we have operated. If anyone has questions about NCATE she is the “go to” on
that subject and if she does not know the answer, she will call Washington for an answer.
Willie Pierce said NCATE will look at a data driven curriculum, a continuous
revitalization process; the SPAS now drive the curriculum. NCATE requires all the
syllabi in professional education programs to be similar, so whatever unit they visit they
can view a syllabus and find the key elements all in the same place. If information is not
documented, it does not exist.
Anita Davis said the assessment committee is meeting this Friday at 7:30 a.m. They are
working with a team from iTech and Homer Coffman on setting up the web for all
Secretary’s Report – No report.
Standing Committee Chairs’ Report Recruitment, Admission, Retention, Dismissal and Appeals – No report from RADAR
committee in Sheila Alber’s absence. Qualifications – David Walker is still waiting for a list of committee members. Also,
information needs to be forwarded electronically from the dean’s office to the
professional education chairs regarding qualification of new faculty.
Bylaws – Diane Fisher had no report and asked for a copy of the PEC Bylaws to be
emailed to her.
Program Review – Eric Luce recognized the School Counseling program for submitting
their report in a timely manner. Secondly, there are two courses to modify to on-line
presentation which the College Council has approved. The two courses are REF 400 and
REF 604 and these courses will not be offered solely on-line. The PRC recommends a
section of each course be offered on-line. Willie Pierce asked if there was any discussion
and Eric Luce said there was concern about the chat line and documentation was sent
stating chat will not take the place of on-line office hours and face to face contact. Carole
deCasal reminded the Council that these syllabi must conform to the NCATE guidelines,
be part of the unit’s assessment plan and must be in place by January. Hearing no further
discussion, the PEC unanimously approved the recommendation to forward the REF 400
and REF 604 modifications.
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Third item, an update on the special education program review report which was received beyond late. The committee has yet to recommend approval of the report. Renee Falconer said that it was not the content or implementation but the format of the report which was written in the form of a SPA report. At this time no action is required. NCATE – Carole deCasal distributed a report from the assessment subcommittee on
classroom management dealing with the MDE mandate. She reported that the committee recommends two hours be added to student teaching in secondary education and course content that the subcommittee decides is appropriate. Two hours will not be added to the course but the contact hours will be redistributed. The law also requires classroom management be imbedded in all courses and K-12 also need to be placed in this structure. The committee felt by doing it with student teaching it would become a learning product within student teaching giving the students a complete circle through practice, feedback and in the seminar sharing experiences.
Anita Davis said the charge of the subcommittee was to determine where the course would be appropriate and this was done. Now the committee must work out the details so the proposal is only stating that a block of time was determined to offer this course. Carole deCasal said there is no requirement at the state level that the student be assessed or master anything but a requirement that there is a course. NCATE is a different issue, units have SPA requirements and every SPA has requirements for classroom management issues and those are the ones that should be imbedded in course curriculums so that it does not become the responsibility of the seminar to cover the final outcome of classroom management. All are welcome to the next subcommittee meeting on October 20, 1:30 p.m. in OMH 127. Joe Olmi commented that nine years ago he recommended that the issue of classroom management be studied but was told there was no room in the curriculum. This is a big issue for school based representatives and for those out in the schools on a frequent basis. He is glad it is being mandated and hopes it is given the attention it deserves.
Pam Smith commented that a teacher may know course content but if they can not control the classroom students will not learn.
Graduate Caucus - Carole deCasal says there seems to be a misunderstanding as to what
area NCATE covers. All graduate or undergraduate licensure programs are covered under NCATE and follow the same guidelines as all professional education programs. The graduate caucus must have representation from all units with graduate programs. There is a lot to do and what is being done in undergraduate programs must be done in graduate programs.
Syllabi Format – Carole deCasal clarified that syllabi can not be rewritten in isolation. A
committee of the whole has to document the committee members, including persons in the community, faculty, and school personnel; and how and when the syllabi were developed as a whole. All the committee meetings have to be documented with those in attendance and up-linked on the web site. This process of program improvement can not be done by a faculty member alone, this is a process that involves the unit and others looking at what is being done, inputting ideas and determining which SPA standards are going to be where and why and how it will link to everything else going on in a course. The curriculum needs to be logical and developmental so the six to eight assessments they can start at the lowest level of knowledge and progress up to synthesis so when the student is ready to student teach they will be at the application level.
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Carole deCasal said this is not a one time event but program improvement is an ongoing
process and each semester data must be documented on how the data determined program
improvements and if not why based on the data. NCATE is not a compliance issue but a
program improvement issue.
SPA Reports – The SPA reports are due 60 days prior to the on site visit, which makes it
more or less February 1, and they must be submitted electronically.
Public School Representatives Administrator – Peggy Williams was absent
Teacher – Pam Smith has found the discussion interesting and is taking it in.
Community College Representative – Rosemary Woullard was absent
Elementary – no representative
Secondary – Kayla O’Hern had no report.
K-12 – no representative
Graduate – no representative
Caucus Chairs Reports
-Elementary Education – no report -K-12 – no report
-Secondary Education – Eric Luce reported that the caucus met September 23. Program Review was discussed at length and a recommendation was made by Anita Davis and
seconded by Debbie Booth that a moratorium be placed on program reviews for this
semester until some of the NCATE matters are worked out and clarified. Anita Davis said
it was the intention of the Secondary Caucus to allow those areas that are due to submit
program review materials(math, history, and elementary education) submit materials in
spring of 05 because professional education units are in the process of accessing/
contributing/updating NACTE data for their programs. Willie Pierce said the
recommendation of the secondary education caucus is to have a moratorium on new
program reviews for the fall 04 semester only; the three programs will submit their
materials in the spring of 05. Phyllis Jestice moved approval and Renee Falconer
seconded the recommendation of the secondary education caucus. The motion passed
unanimously to have a moratorium on program reviews for this semester.
Ad Hoc Committee
Technology – Recommendation for Basic Technology Literacy Exam - No decision has
been made at this time regarding Robin Ryder’s dilemma with transfer students not
having the BTLE upon arrival at Southern Miss.
Restricted course(s) admission for non-teacher education majors – Janice Thompson and
Carole deCasal discussed and will bring forward a resolution.
Unfinished Business – none
New Business – none
*Willie Pierce will send the scheduled NCATE workshops by Carole deCasal
*Joe Olmi announced the School Psychology Program will be sponsoring Dr. Susan
Wilczynski, from University of Nebraska Medical Center, in a full day workshop on
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November 5 at the Multipurpose Center in Hattiesburg. The training will be specific to children with Autism Spectrum disorders and effective classroom treatment. *The second annual Lee Hildman Memorial Colloquium will feature Dr. Robert Sternberg, former president of American Psychological Association and one of the top psychologists in the nation at a colloquium on November 12 in Gonzales Auditorium to speak on multi-intelligence.
*Chicago Arts Partnership in Education is developing preservice and inservice training models in arts-integrated curriculum reform. The Laurel school district has agreed to partner with this university. At this time ways in which faculty can be supported in participation and development of this partnership and project are being sort.
November 2, 2004, is the next monthly PEC meeting.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
W. Lee Pierce, Chair Gail Hemard, Secretary