Major Biology Panel Meeting Summary for April 2011


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: 217/524-5502
fax: 217/785-0090
Minutes for Major Biology Panel Meeting
ISU's Alumni Center, Room 119 Friday, April 22, 2011
Members present: : Krista Jackson(Illinois State University), Krista Jackson(Illinois State University), Marian Kelly(Prairie State College), Elizabeth Kozak(Lewis University), Mark Kuhlman(McHenry County College), Janice Leuchtenberg(Illinois State University), Shawn Meagher(Western Illinois University), Bob Weck(Southwestern Illinois College), Kelly Wentz-Hunter(Roosevelt University)
Members present virtually: Lakshmi Gollapudi(College of Lake County), Judy Mavros(Elgin Community College), Kelly McConnaughay(Bradley University), William Muhlach(Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Randy Schietzelt(Harper College), Gordon Tucker(Eastern Illinois University)
Members Absent: Malinda Aiello(Illinois Community College Board), Bob Blankenberger(Illinois Board of Higher Education), Joel Brown(University of Illinois at Chicago), Kelly Cartwright(College of Lake County), Mark Coykendall(College of Lake County), Brian Durham(Illinois Community College Board), Peggy Goetsch(Lincoln Land Community College), Abhilasha Gupta(Illinois State University), Mitrick Johns(Northern Illinois University), Margaret Jonah(Dominican University), Bryan Krall(Parkland College), Bradley Mehrtens(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Greg Reid(MacCormac College), William Retzlaff(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Bradley Smith(Sauk Valley Community College)


1.     Introductions and make sure technology is working.
2.     iManage System and Course Review
a.    iManage System Comments and Concerns:
                                          i.    Is it possible for us to vote 1 time instead of voting on each class individually? (Biology classes are in blocks of 2 courses)
                                         ii.    When you return a course, you must pick a reason.  Must it be a listed reason or can I put my own reason (other)?
                                        iii.    Listed are mostly “writing” type reasons. We (Biology) need to be more “lab” type reasons
                                       iv.    Couldn’t figure out how to view courses once I had voted
b.    Voting:
Courses for Five year review
6 courses available for voting
BIO910: Introductory Sequence for Biological Sciences Majors
College of DuPage
Final Decision : Returned
College of DuPage
Final Decision : Returned
John A. Logan College
Final Decision : Accepted
John A. Logan College
Final Decision : Accepted
Kankakee Community College
Final Decision : Accepted
Kankakee Community College
Final Decision : Accepted
3.     IAI Major directive responses: 
a.    Review of Round 1 responses
b.    Krista will send comments via email from “no” responses, and work over summer to get those to “yes” responses.
c.    Some courses at upper level at institutions we won’t be able to fix to transfer credits as course is major not elective from “no” response schools
4.    Legislation update – SB 00059
a.    Web site complaint area is a good way to collect problem information about transfers.
b.    Can the panel get a summary of related questions/complaints? Contact Krista
c.    Legislations could change how transfer works within Illinois.
d.    Senator Silverstein used legislation from California that had no program like IAI. He basically replaced California with Illinois in the bill.
e.    SB 00059 basically says that if a student has his/her Associates degree, they are given some measure of security when transferring to a 4 year school, at the Jr. level.
f.     Unintended consequences:
                                          i.    Major may not be open
                                         ii.    Better to transfer before Associate level reached
5.      Next Meeting: Friday, November 18, 2011 at ISU’s Alumni Center or Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
 **Note:  Minutes may not be complete and may be revised at any time.

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