IAI Steering Panel Meeting Summary for December 2015


To Facilitate Interinstitutional Transfer
Illinois Board of Higher Education
431, East Adams, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1418
tel: 217/557-7355
fax: 217/782-8548
Illinois Community College Board
401, East Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
tel: 217/524-5503
fax: 217/785-0090
Meeting Summary for IAI Steering Panel Meeting
ISU's Alumni Center, Rm 116, Normal, IL Friday, December 4, 2015
Members present: : Malinda Aiello(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Lois Backas(Roosevelt University), Ashley Becker(Illinois Community College Board), Mardia Bishop(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Anne Brennan(City Colleges of Chicago), Lori Cinotte(Illinois Valley Community College), Tracey Dosch(Waubonsee Community College), Sean Doyle(Moraine Valley Community College), Krista Jackson(iTransfer System ), Kristi Kuntz(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Janice Leuchtenberg(iTransfer System ), Blair Lord(Eastern Illinois University), Marilyn Marshall(University of Illinois), Sally Parry(Illinois State University), Lily Siu(Richland Community College)
Members present virtually: Steve Bennett(Western Illinois University), Anne Birberick(Northern Illinois University), Kelly McConnaughay(Bradley University), Richard Stillwell(iTransfer System ), Mary Wright(Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
Members Absent: Lois Bishop(DePaul University), Joy Branlund(Southwestern Illinois College), Dan Cullen(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Brian Durham(Illinois Community College Board), Thedford Jackson(Highland Community College), Steve Kifowit(Prairie State College), Carl Lorenz(Parkland College), Patrick McGinty(Western Illinois University)


  1. Welcome & Introductions


  1. Updates

    1. GECC Panels

      1. GECC Communication – Lori Cinotte

        1. Approximately 20% of courses Accepted.

        2. Panel wants more participation from 4 years.

        3. New proposal for Mass Comm panel to include communication structure studies.  Votes were overwhelmingly approving of the proposal.  Media and Communication Arts for the title?  Some want Studies.

        4. Forming sub-committee for comm studies descriptors – course submissions Fall 2016?

      2. GECC Humanities & Fine Arts – Sean Doyle

        1. Huge number of descriptors.  Looking at trimming down, adding new where needed.

      3. GECC Social & Behavioral Science – Lily Siu

        1. Need more consistency in the way we evaluate courses.

        2. Documented clear delineation in criteria will help

        3. Great meeting.

      4. GECC Mathematics – Mary Wright

        1. 64 courses reviewed.

        2. Returned 14 – high – no evidence on re-submits that they had read any comments.  Communication issue? 

        3. Not completely happy with a couple of descriptors

      5. GECC Life Sciences – Kelly McConnaughay

        1. Institutions are not reading panel’s comments and recommendations.

        2. Need to revise Environmental Biology course descriptor.

      6. GECC Physical Sciences – Steve Bennett

        1. Missing items.  Institutions not reading comments and recommendations.

    2. Major Panels – with no budget, we weren’t able to have in-person meetings with all panels.

      1. IBHE – Malinda Aiello

        1. Computer Science – conference call meeting

        2. Theatre Arts – conference call meeting

        3. Psychology – conference call meeting

        4. Art – Co-Chairs held the meeting

        5. English – cancelled

        6. Biology – conference call meeting

        7. Early Childhood Education – in-person meeting.  Not a lot of courses, but newer panel.  New descriptor – Exceptional Child.  Several panel members want Education Panel – getting close.

      2. ICCB – Ashley Becker

        1. Physics – meeting today.  Looking at AP process

        2. Chemistry – in-person meeting

        3. Ag – conference call. Going to look at another descriptor.

        4. Criminal Justice – conference call

        5. Industrial Technology – panel is disbanded.

        6. Engineering – held their own meeting.  Want to propose changes to AES to lower credit hours.




      3. IAI/iTransfer – Krista Jackson

        1. Mass Communication – conference call meeting

        2. Business – conference call

        3. Political Science – conference call

        4. Math – in-person meeting

        5. History - cancelled

    3. Transfer Coordinators – Anne Brennan

      1. Interest in Associate Science degree

      2. Beginnings of Studies of Report on Transfer Patterns in Illinois from Eric Litchenberger - IBHE

    4. Board & IAI Updates

      1. AP Bill – Malinda Aiello – All public institutions now have to give credit to students who receive a 3 or better in AP tests.  It used to be up to the institutions whether or not the student received credit.  The original legislation included IAI but the final law doesn’t. 

        1. Special meetings with GECC panels to work on the AP issue are desired for Feb. 19 and 26th – one date for Physical and Life Science panels, one date for Humanities & Fine Arts and Social & Behavioral Science panels.

      2. Other legislation – Student Transfer Assistance Act – Public Act 099-0316 – if student earns Associates Degree, guaranteed admission to 4 yr but not necessarily to major

      3. “New” Associate of Science Degree – Ashley Becker – questions were answered.

      4. Eric Litchenberger – IBHE Transfer Survey – Pilot Study of Transfer within the state

      5. Dual Credit Initiative – Malinda Aiello – is Official.  Further supporting current rules/policies.  Stipulates institution must have operating approval from IBHE and that region.

      6. Policy Discussions – GECC Humanities & Fine Arts requirement of 1 course from each area plus 1 more course - 1998 memo on how policy is interpreted but it never made it to Policies & Procedures Manual.

        1. Technically the descriptor is the same for 2 courses, but the course isn’t the same one.

        2. This group must resolve the issue

          1. All 3 courses different descriptors or let institutions use the same descriptor

        3. Motion passed unanimously to allow institutions to use the same descriptor if the course is different

      7. Submission/iTransfer updates from TC Meeting – panel-related documents should always be consulted before submissions etc.  Krista will send out an End-Of-Season update document.

      8. Panel Rotation – we have members who have served forever.  We are starting to rotate people off panels.  This helps keep people geared towards what they should be focused on.

  2. Other Items From Members


  3. Next Meetings:

    1. Thursday, May 5, 2016 and Friday, December 2, 2016






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