Over the Transom

Theresa Carlton sent along the brief version of a Nation Research Council report aimed at clarifying some key terms for K-12 and Higher Ed reform efforts. The NRC says:

At the request of several foundations, the National Research Council appointed a committee of experts in education, psychology, and economics to more clearly define “deeper learning” and “21st century skills,” consider these skills’ importance for positive outcomes in education, work, and other areas of life, address how to teach them, and examine related issues.

The committee’s findings and recommendations are detailed in its report Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century.

Theresa tells me that she has “emailed the committee chair to ask for a copy of the full report” and that once she gets it, anyone who wants to read it can get a copy from her.  In the meantime, here is the Inside Higher Ed report on the report, and here is the ED Week version (which is better, I think), and this is the press release put out by the funding foundations.


Highlights from the Board Report–January

Highlights from the Board Report is a monthly regular feature that highlights what one person finds to be important from the most recent Board Report. We read it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

It was a busy January session (held at HW, woo-hoo!), but the report went up fast! As a bonus, it included the full list of the Reinvention Task Force members, which means we finally have a winner for our Task Force Announcement Prediction Finals Week Diversion Contest!

The predictor extraordinaire is Mathissexy who predicted January 12th at noon. I’m not sure whether the announcement was before or after noon, but the public report that includes the names of all of the members of the Reinvention Task Force, didn’t go up until a few days later, which is, as a carpenter I used to work for liked to say, “Close enough for government work!” Congrats to Mathissexy. Your prize is on the way! Heirapparent was quite close, predicting January 14th at 2:30, which was, unfortunately, after the time the report was posted (Price Is Right rules! You’re OVER!). Condolences on that.

What’s that? You want to know who’s on the list? Hold your horses, people; there’s more to report. For example:

~The HW Presidential Search is in full swing, having sifted through 40 applications and begun the process of interviewing top candidates.

~Academically speaking, 121 new tutors have been hired across the district, and the Provost met with multiple faculty to discuss multiple issues, including our Alan Meyers about Reading and English, Jeff Libman about Remediation, and Truman Faculty Council President Joy Walker about communication with faculty.

~Something about money.

~The Board approved lots of interesting changes to the Academic Policy, such as: some official approvals to our degree programs, acceptance of virtual office hours for instructors teaching online and hybrid courses, a few changes to the Tenure Requirements (including the requirement that hires with M.F.A.s take additional graduate hours (formerly exempted because of having terminal degrees), that all hires complete the Faculty Development Seminar in their first year (which counts for three graduate hours, apparently), and an academic integrity statement), some changes regarding Blackboard (adjuncts have to post their syllabus and all of them have to include “measurable SLOs” and must be available for students, guests, and observers by the end of the first week), seniors get to register for courses during open registration (rather than after classes begin), some changes to the nursing program requirements, and a rescinding of the requirement for written approval by the VP in order to have visitors.

~We are all accountable now for the success of the Reinvention. If it fails it’s your fault.

~It was a big month for hiring, too, with lots of good news for recently RIF’d HW people. The district hired 50 people including 16 advisors (including Patricia Cuevas, Devon Glover (welcome back, you two!) and Kenyon Douglass and Allison Zures). Also hired as an advisor is former HW star  and Mario Diaz (MX), while former HW star Zalika Brown was hired as a Director of a Special Needs Center (KK). The district also hired 8 new faculty members (African American Studies, Reading, Respiratory Care, and English at MX,  Child Development and a Librarian @ Truman, Reading @ Daley, and English @ KK (at a total salary cost of$375, 976). Also hired in January to work at the District Office were a new Vice Chancellor of Safety and Security, a new Chief Operating Officer, a new Executive Director (Nursing Programs), a new Managing Director (Special Projects), a new Executive Director (Academic Development), a new Project Team Leader, and a new Vice Chancellor–Human Resources & Staff Development. (Total salary cost for those 7 positions: $799,200). Plus, Brandon Pendleton was hired as the Interim Dean of Student Services at Kennedy King. Congratulations, Brandon. Also, welcome to Jeremy Gonzalez, a new engineer at HW, and last but not anywhere close to least, welcome back Cynthia Crump!

Oh! And if you scroll down a bit, you’ll find that list of Task Force Assignees, who include 18 students (4 from Wright, 4 from Truman, 3 from Kennedy-King, 2 from HW, 2 from Malcolm X, 2 from Daley, and 1 from Olive-Harvey), 16 FT faculty members 4 from Olive Harvey (English, Speech, Social Science, Data Processing), 3 from HW (Social Science, Business, Math),  3 from Daley (Math, Business, Biology), 2 from Truman (English, Speech), 1 from Malcolm X (Math), and 1 from Kennedy King (English), 3 adjuncts (HW, KK, and OH), 4 Adult Educators (2 from Daley, 1 from HW, 1 from Truman), 2 Advisors (Kennedy-King and Daley), 5 staff members (3 HW, 2 MX), 8 Administrators (3 from Truman, 2 from Kennedy-King, 1 each from HW, OH, and the District Office), and a Part Time Coordinator from Malcolm X.

~The District is applying for a $250,000 grant to “adapt and scale the Math on Demand program, currently used at Wright College, to the other six colleges (send your questions to Mike Davis).

~Finally, FC4 President Ellen Eason-Montgomery addressed the Board.