IAI Steering Panel Meeting Summary for April 2013


To Facilitate Interinstitutional Transfer
Illinois Board of Higher Education
431, East Adams, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1418
tel: 217/557-7356
fax: 217/782-8548
Illinois Community College Board
401, East Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
tel: 217/524-5503
fax: 217/785-0090
Minutes for IAI Steering Panel Meeting
Heartland Community College, ACEC Room 2102, Normal, IL Thursday, April 25, 2013
Members present: : Lois Backas(Roosevelt University), Lois Bishop(DePaul University), Sean Doyle(Moraine Valley Community College), Kris Harding(Illinois State University), Mary Herrington-Perry(Eastern Illinois University), Polly Hoover(Wilbur Wright College (CCC)), Krista Jackson(iTransfer System), Janice Leuchtenberg(iTransfer System), Heidi Leuszler(Parkland College), Marilyn Marshall(University of Illinois), Sally Parry(Illinois State University), Emanuel Pollack(University of Illinois at Chicago), Rashid Robinson(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Lily Siu(Richland Community College), Samuel Wheeler(Illinois Community College Board), Mary Wright(Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
Members present virtually:

No members

Members Absent: Steve Bennett(Western Illinois University), Anne Birberick(Northern Illinois University), Lori Cinotte(Illinois Valley Community College), Dan Cullen(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Jeff Cutchin(Olney Central College (IECC)), Brian Durham(Illinois Community College Board), Thedford Jackson(Highland Community College), Adam Julian(iTransfer System), Steve Kifowit(Prairie State College), Carl Lorenz(Parkland College), John Miller(Western Illinois University)




Guest:  Mark Pohlad (DePaul Univ.).


  1.  Welcome and Introductions


  1. Updates
    1. GECC Panels
      1. GECC Communication – Krista Jackson
        1. Panel had Affirmative Decisions on 58.3% of their courses and Non-Approved Decisions on 41.7%.
        2. Panel looked at their course criteria to make sure there are not changes they want to make, and found some minor word changes.
      2. GECC Humanities & Fine Arts – Sean Doyle
        1. 47.6% Affirmative Decisions, 52.4% Non-Approved Decisions
        2. Kaskaskia has submitted a Creative Writing Proposal to be discussed in the Fall
      3. GECC Mathematics – Mary Wright
        1. 75% Affirmative Decisions, 25% Non-Approved Decisions
        2. Gap Analysis – still collecting information on how well 11th and 12th grade Math standards prepare students for College Algebra.
      4. GECC Physical and Life Sciences – Heidi Leuszler
        1. 170 Courses – 59.4% Affirmative Decisions, 40.6% Non-Approved Decisions.
        2. The bulk of the work was done the week before the meeting.  During meeting, they only discussed courses with no agreement.  Use the meeting to discuss policies, etc.
        3. Divided into Physical and Life.
        4. Decent attendance, but not great
        5. New proposal from Todd Treat for an Energy Course
        6. Submission Packet and Forms – want to make “Good Submission Packet” instead of a Representative Syllabus like other panels.
      5. GECC Social and Behavioral Sciences – Lily Siu
        1. Attendance was low – approximately a third of the panel present.
        2. Strong history representation on the panel, so called mostly history courses.
        3. 65.9% Affirmative Decisions, 34.1% Non-Approved Decisions.
        4. Issue re history writing content.  Criteria for writing will be redefined.
        5. Discussion re Psychology Introduction course being prerequisite which is thought to be reasonable.
    2. Transfer Coordinators – Kris Harding
      1. Fall numbers for attendance are larger than Spring.  We are now asking for an RSVP to avoid running out of food.
      2. Spring meeting was last week.  Consisted mostly of updates from ICCB, IBHE, iTransfer/IAI.
      3. People were asked to wear school shirts for pictures on the website.
      4. Better serving Veteran students was discussed – a sub-committee is being formed to look further into it.
    3. IBHE – Rashid Robinson and ICCB – Sam Wheeler
      1. Stressing course criteria at all panel meetings.  It makes it hard for everyone without accurate criteria.  Panels without criteria will have them in the Fall.
      2. Representative Syllabi – a couple of panels didn’t know about these on the site.  They will look for newer ones where they want them.
      3. Fall – trying to get all panels in a face-to-face meeting at least once.
    4. iTransfer/IAI – Krista Jackson
      1. Panel meetings finish tomorrow with (Major) Chemistry.
      2. Total Reviewed Courses for all Panels – 547
        1. Pending Decisions – 3.3%
        2. Affirmative Decisions – 63.8%
        3. Non-Approved Decisions – 32.9%
      3. iManage code is huge.  There are thousands of lines of programming code with many “bandaids”.  It will all be rewritten starting in the Fall with the assistance of a Grad Student.
      4. There will be a redesign after the rewrite.  We are looking to merge Faculty and Transfer Coordinator pages along with other new features.
      5. Krista demonstrated where the Panel Related Documents page is, Course Descriptions, and Representative Syllabi.
      6. We have made some improvement to the Orientation page.  Goal for summer is more updates:
        1. Camtasia
        2. Video for YouTube
      7. Showed where Course Decisions are
      8. Demonstrated the Mobile Site for voting.  More features coming on the Mobile Site


  1. New Business
    1. Military Enhancements to iTransfer
      1. Expanding in Illinois.  Therefore, we need to expand on our site.
      2. American Council on Education (ACE) is working with coursework
      3. Discussion at Transfer Coord. Meeting with a representative from the Veteran Administration in Illinois on what type of information would be useful.
        1. A sub-committee is being formed (send interested people’s names to Krista)
        2. Once assembled, the committee hopes to meet this summer
        3. All institutions must submit annually how they deal with Veterans.  This information should be online – may be a good starting point.
    2. Board Staffing and Restructuring of Panel Management – Rashid Robinson, Sam Wheeler, Krista Jackson
      1. The Boards are now fully staffed, so to keep all 3 entities involved, some panels may see different management personnel, how things are done, etc.  This is being done for more consistency across panels, seeing the same faces and structure, etc.
      2. GECC panels will always have at least someone from a board and Krista.  Majors will be divided between the 3 entities.
      3. All of the restructuring will be communicated to all panels.


  1. Continued Business
    1. Policies and Procedures Manual Update – Rashid Robinson
      1. Please put suggestions in writing
      2. Is there a procedure in that manual for revising that manual?
      3. Revisions are not quite complete
    2. 5 Year Review Update – Krista Jackson
      1. There was an issue for a couple of panels – the system was allowing courses to be recalled.
      2. We can now call courses into the next 2 years.
        1. We may call courses for 2014 this summer.  They aren’t loaded into the system for recommendations until they are due.
        2. Is there a schedule of reminders calling so far out?  Yes – it is automatic on Feb. 15 and Sept. 15. (Krista will check with Adam on this).  Can also be sent manually.
    3. Further discussion item from Fall 2012 meeting re a GECC home for LIS courses.
      1. CCC has tried to submit the course to more than 1 panel.  It really doesn’t fit well anywhere.
      2. In the Fall, it was decided that the course teaches good skills, etc., but there is really no place in IAI for it at the present time.
      3. It is suggested that a letter be written by the Boards telling them that it is not a GECC course.
    4. Rashid – is there an upper limit to our system – how many courses?


  1. Other Business/Items From Members
    1. Statewide Diversity Requirement
      1. Boards are checking.  They aren’t aware of any statewide requirement for this.
      2. Problem – students will be thinking they are transferring a diverse course, but it is an internal course and probably won’t transfer.


There is a statement on our website as follows:  (http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/others/faq.aspx?section=faculty&subsection=other)


Why isn't a multicultural or human diversity course required in the General Education Core Curriculum?

Public universities and community colleges, but not private institutions, are required by Public Act 87-581 "to include, in the general education requirements for obtaining a degree, coursework on improving human relations to include race, ethnicity, gender and other issues related to improving human relations... ." Students enrolled in or transferring to a public institution should be advised to complete at least one diversity course within the General Education Core Curriculum.

The Steering Panel believes that "the knowledge, wisdom, and creativity of diverse human groups" (see page 6 of the General Education Core Curriculum) should be embedded throughout General Education Core Curriculum courses and that no one should graduate without such understanding. Courses that focus on non-Western cultures and American diversity are identified in both the Humanities and Fine Arts and the Social and Behavioral sections. [Steering Panel, 1994]


  1. Next Meeting is Thursday, November 21, 2013 at ISU Alumni Center, Room 116, Normal, IL.


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