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October 11 , 2001
Holy Cross House Conference Room
7:00 p.m.



Members present: L. Batt, K. Breen, D. Brodie, S. Hale, G. Kenyon, S. MacDonald, E. McKim, A. Moore, S. Murray, R. Myers, D. O'Brien, J. Palmer, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin, I. Thiessen, R. Williams, D. McKenzie-Mohr

Regrets: M. Arévalo, G. Baier, J. Coates, M. George, D. Hare, N. Kinsella, P. Malcolmson

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, I. Fraser, D. Gupta, G. Kenyon, P. Lee, D. Robinson, J. Rowcroft, D. Savoie, N. Seely

Dr. O'Brien called the meeting to order. It was announced that this was a special meeting to deal exclusively with the Senate Review Coordinating Committee (SRCC) recommendations dealing with the external review of the Education Department.

Motion: That the SRCC recommendations for the Education Department be adopted.

Myers:Murray.

Non-Financial Recommendations

A. ADMINISTRATION

1. We recommend that faculty of the Department of Education, in consultation with their Academic Vice-President, examine the recommendations of this review and set priorities for action.
CARRIED.

3. The Department should develop an admissions rubric that takes account, in a clear and consistent manner, of experiences, references, and a sample of written work.

CARRIED.

4. The Department should consider developing an affirmative action protocol for underrepresented communities that is consistent with that developed by the Department of Social Work.
CARRIED.
5. The Department should require applicants to have undergone a police/child abuse registry check either prior to application or as a condition of admission.

CARRIED.

6. All students admitted to the programme should have taken part in an interview, in person whenever possible, and according to a common interview rubric.

DEFEATED.

7. The Department should initiate contact with the Faculty of Education at UNB to discuss common concerns (e.g., practicum placements, Library collection, joint sponsorship of speakers and other professional development opportunities.

CARRIED.


B. CURRICULUM

9. The faculty should consider incorporating more Library-based research, especially in current scholarly Education journals, in the course work for the B.Ed. Programme.

CARRIED.

11. The Secondary programme should be restructured to provide each student with methodology courses in two teachable areas. These two teachables should be made explicit in the admissions requirements for secondary students and undergraduate courses in these areas should be required for admission.

DEFEATED.

12. The schedule and requirements should be aligned for French and English students, allowing all students to complete the programme in 60 credit hours.

CARRIED.

13. Educational psychology should be removed from the B.Ed. curriculum at STU and made a requirement for entrance to at least the Elementary stream of the B.Ed. programme. In addition, Elementary B.Ed. students should have some undergraduate admission requirements in English, Social Studies, Math and Science.

Motion: To split the motion.
Brodie:McKenzie-Mohr. CARRIED.

a) Educational psychology should be removed from the B.Ed. curriculum at STU and made a requirement for entrance to at least the Elementary stream of the B.Ed. programme.
DEFEATED.

b) Elementary B.Ed. students should have some undergraduate admission requirements in English, Social Studies, Math and Science.
DEFEATED.

14. 5306 General Methods should be taught in two sections, one addressing the needs of Elementary/Middle School teachers and one section addressing the needs of Middle School/Secondary teachers.
DEFEATED.

15. Courses 5013, 5023 and 5033 should be compacted into two courses, and each of these two new courses should be taught by a different faculty member, thus providing a coherent focus for each course and some variety for the students.

DEFEATED.

16. Assessment and evaluation issues could be taught in the context of the methodology courses and better related to instructional strategies in that context.

CARRIED.

17. Faculty are urged to discuss openly teaching strategies and course assessment strategies in order to provide consistent modeling for the B.Ed. students.

CARRIED.

18. Faculty are urged to consider a consistent course outline format so that all students are provided with consistent information regarding course expectations and procedures.

CARRIED.


C. STUDENTS

10. The Department should consider developing a formal orientation to the campus and the programme for new B.Ed. students, especially those who are new to the University.

CARRIED.

21. Faculty supervisors should remain with their students for all placements in one year, with accommodations for change where needed.
DEFEATED.


D. PROGRAMME

19. The University should restructure the 60 credit hour programme to be taught over a 24 month period, with some flexibility for course offerings in the spring and summer.

DEFEATED.

22. The school practica should be extended and the community placement should be eliminated or made available only in special cases to students whose specific skills and experiences are appropriate to such placements.

DEFEATED.

23. Four school based placements should be made over a two year period, two each year. This will allow secondary students to have a placement in each teachable area and for all students to have placements across their levels; middle school and high school for secondary students, lower and upper elementary placements for elementary students.

DEFEATED.

II. Financial Recommendations

A. ADMINISTRATION

2. The University should consider raising the application fee for the B.Ed. programme (e.g., to $40.00), with any increased revenues directed to the Admissions Office and/or the Department of Education to support the admissions process.

CARRIED.

8. The University should reconsider its formula for contributing to the Education collection at the Harriet Irving Library to bring it into proportion to its contributions in other areas.

CARRIED. (6-5)

26. The University should provide the Department of Education with a full-time secretary.

CARRIED.

34. The University should provide sufficient space and considered procedures for the efficient and secure storage of student files.
CARRIED.


B. PROGRAMME

24. At least one additional tenure track position should be provided for this Department to allow for a greater sharing of the workload. This is in addition to the current faculty complement.
CARRIED.

25. A regular faculty retreat should be held away from campus to discuss the vision of the programme, its future direction, and other related issues, in order that the current faculty gain ownership of the faculty culture and focus.
CARRIED.

C. STUDENTS

33. The new building should include dedicated study and social space for B.Ed. students.

CARRIED.

D. RESOURCES

27. The University should review the space, storage, and other office needs in the Department of Education in view of the size of the programme, the need for communications with the field, and the new demands of the Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy Acts.

CARRIED.

28. In the new building, the University should ensure that faculty offices are close to one another and to the main Department office. Faculty members should also have relatively easy access to a printer, and the Chair and Department Secretary should have their own printers.
CARRIED.

29. A properly equipped laboratory-classroom (e.g., with proper access to water, fume-hoods, etc.) should be secured for science methods classes in the new building, at UNB, or at one of the local schools. Similarly, curriculum and instruction in mathematics needs to be supported by the acquisition of more manipulatives, and social studies by the acquisition of maps, globes, and other curriculum materials.
CARRIED.

30. The University should upgrade the computer services (hardware and software) for the Department, including a computer lab in the new building.

CARRIED.

31. The University should provide off-campus access for students and faculty to the network services, particularly e-mail.
CARRIED.

32. The new building should include provision for part-time faculty space which includes access to the University's computer network.
CARRIED.

Dr. O'Brien recognized Sam Jess, author of the Aquinian column on the Senate.


Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.


October 12, 2001
Larry Batt, Secretary

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