Status Report Made at Gathering
on September 5,2006
Since not everyone could attend the social gathering on 9/5, I am
reviewing my status "report"
Congratulations and welcome to our new Fellows: Ruth Lozner and Mark
Both played an important role in the developmental and early years
of AETL.The Academy is very fortunate to have them on board. A third Fellow
is seriously considering joining AETL but extenuating circumstances
have forced him/her to defer making a decision. Jim Greenberg,
subsequently joined the academy.
It was great meeting Barb Jacoby who became a Fellow last year and
will be actively engaged this year.
3.)The disappointing news is that Elke will not be able to join our
meetings this year since she is in Berlin on a GRB.
Redish is on a sabbatical and visiting a number of other
universities this year. Charles Butterworth is on sabbatical, as is
Ken Conca. However, if their schedules permit, they will try to
AETL's 1st business meeting will be held the week of 9/25, starting at 10:00 am
Jo Paoletti will be leading a roundtable discussion on 10/26 from
topic : "The implications of a flat world (a la Friedman) on higher
education." I will send out announcements regarding this to
the campus. Please mark this date and time on
your calendar. If you look at the Table of Contents of Friedman's
won't find higher education specifically mentioned. I cannot think
of anyone more qualifed than Jo to lead this discussion.
A seminar will be given by Joe Redish to a combined AETL/Lilly audience. Although
Spencer and I discussed a date, we need Joe's input since he is the one giving
the talk. The date is nearly finalized with 10/9 being a strong
The AETL Web site needs an extreme makeover. At the gathering, I
mentioned I had identified a very qualified graduate student who
would lead the effort.
finally contacted me yesterday regarding the procedure. I was also
notified yesterday that I have been given the services of a Smith Fellow(a very qualified UG to assist). Evan Golub, a current fellow
has graciously consented to be a consultant (unpaid of course - the
privilege of guiding the team is priceless! ) to the team. So, I
will meet with the graduate student, the UG student and Evan to map
out the course of action. To me, the Web site is our link to the
One version of the AETL survey was distributed at one of our
meetings last year. Great news: Provost Destler has followed up with
money to support one of our findings and this was announced by Chuck Sternheim.
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Agenda for Meeting on 9/25/06
"Tentative" Agenda follows with the emphasis being on "Tentative".
Although I collaborated with several Fellows regarding the content,
I accept full responsibility including the order in which I have
listed the items. Furthermore, even though I am not a “current”
Fellow and certainly not the Chair of AETL, I am asking that you
allow me to moderate this meeting for several reasons including to
get the ball rolling.
Agenda for 9/25/06
10:00 Call to order.
10:02 - Introduction of and welcome to new Fellows, Ruth Lozner and
Mark Varner, with a brief statement from each of them.
- Introduction of other Fellows in attendance (name, affiliation,
interest.) Since 13 have indicated they will attend, I ask each
Fellow to keep their remarks to one minute or less.
10:25 - Discussion of and vote on motion to extend until June 2007
the terms of those Fellows whose terms have expired. Only those
Fellows who are current members are eligible to vote. If the motion
carries, Fellows whose terms have expired must opt in for the
extension to apply. If the motion carries and a Fellow opts in,
privileges start immediately.
4.) 10:40 – Report by task force on “Time Limits,
Responsibilities, Roles and Privileges” of all Fellows with emphasis
on those currently classified as “former.” The current task force
is: Don, Denny, Evan and Frank. Although our task force has not met,
we are seeking the sentiment from all Fellows on this issue besides
those comments received via email.
5.) 10:55 - Election of AETL Officers for the
2006-2007 AY. Even if the current Fellows vote to extend the time
limits of myself and others, I am not automatically the Chair of AETL for the
Would I like to continue for this AY? We can discuss
that at the meeting. In the past, there was one instance where we
had co-chairs for one AY. Is this a viable model? If you want the
Academy to be the poster child of what a campus organization should
be and if want us to be action-oriented, then I believe we have a
valid argument for co-chairs, provided the co-chairs work well
together. The topic of should there be co-chairs and who will be the
chair/co-chairs for the 06-07 AY needs to be determined at this
meeting; otherwise, any ongoing momentum is lost.
This is not a year where we want to flounder.
Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated.
If you want to self nominate, merely send me an email
to that effect prior to the meeting.
At the meeting, I will merely say, “XYZ has been
nominated to serve as Chair” or “XYZ has been nominated to serve as
Co-Chair” I will not disclose how you were nominated.
I have not received any interest in the position of
Executive Secretary. Unless that occurs prior to or at Monday’s
meeting, I recommend that the position go unfilled for this AY. The
continuation of the position of Executive Secretary should also be
considered by the task force mentioned in (4). Since, most likely,
there will be no Executive Secretary, this strengthens the case for
co-chairs. However, we definitely need minutes. One suggestion was
that the Fellows could serve as a scribe on a rotating basis. I am
not in favor of this. It did not work well in the past. Furthermore,
the Fellow serving as a scribe cannot be an active participant in
the meeting. Another suggestion was to record the meetings and use
this to prepare the minutes. I have reservations about this. At many
meetings, a Fellow has said “What I am about to say is not for the
record.” Even if the written record excludes the comment, the
recorded comment remains unless special precautions are made to
delete forever the recorded version. There are no guarantees
this will happen.
Even though there is no official position of
Treasurer. I certainly appreciate Denny’s efforts in this role.
However, I recommend that the duties of treasurer be the
responsibility of the chair/co-chairs. One reason is that UG
Studies, where AETL’s account is housed, wants the Chair to provide
estimates of and the actual expenses.
I also recommend that elections in future AY’s be
held in March. This will give new Fellows time to know the other
Fellows and provide for a smoother transition from the current
officers to the new officers.
6.) 11:25 – Status on Todd and Joe’s project.
7.) 11:45 - Request for possible themes for AETL to
embrace for this AY.
8.) 11:50 – New Business for next meeting.
9.) 11:55 - Call for adjournment
Everyone has the right to discuss this agenda or any
item on it with any or all Fellows. However, I ask that you wait
until the meeting to promote full and active participation.
If there is an item that is not listed, please email
me and I will see what I can do.
Over the course of the weekend, I will be sending out
several more emails. I believe most of these are for informational
If you send me an email and I do not respond for
several hours, please be patient. Since I teach on Saturdays at the
part-time MBA program in DC, I need quite a few hours this afternoon
to prepare a test and lecture to follow. On Saturday, I leave my
house in Columbia at 6:00 am to make sure I get to DC at the Ronald
Regan building on time since there are numerous events early
Saturday which use the RRB as the staging area. I usually get back
to CP around 3:00.
Thank you for your consideration.
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Minutes from Meeting
on September 25, 2006
Present: Frank Alt, Todd
Cooke, Evan Golub, Denny Gulick, Barbara Jacoby, Don Langenberg,
Ruth Lozner, Cindy Martin, Jo Paoletti, Greg Staley. [Carol Cron
(Program Manager, Smith Business School) took minutes].
Meeting called to order at
10:10am, in the Dean's Conference Room in the Smith School of
Items of note:
1. Ruth Lozner was
welcomed as a new member of the Academy.
2. A motion was introduced
to extend the term by one year of those Fellows whose terms had
already expired (if they wished to do so). The motion was passed
3. Next was a discussion
of time limits of membership in, and expectations of members of,
AETL. A special task force will address these issues and is expected
to report to AETL at the next meeting.
4. This was followed by
the election of officers. After brief discussion, it was decided
that there be two co-chairs this year. Frank Alt and Denny Gulick
were elected as co-chairs. The office of executive secretary will
be unfilled this year.
5. Todd Cooke commented on
his and Joe Redish's project concerning potential curriculum changes
for biology majors. The project is still in the formative stage and
has the support of the Academy but won't need funding from the
Academy as yet.
6. Under new business, Don
Langenberg led a discussion of the Spellings Commission Report
relative to a government plan for higher education, and a major
response by several important educational organizations. He will
be sending to you information related to this report, including the
targeted issues that are deemed important (or crucial) for
universities presently and in the coming years – such as improving
learning by utilizing new knowledge and instructional techniques,
increasing the international experience for students, and
accountability for educational outcomes. It was proposed that this
theme be one of the AETL focal points.
7. Finally there was a
brief discussion centering around the types of meetings AETL should
have: intellectual developmental meetings, roundtable lunch
meetings, business meetings, etc. It was decided to keep business meetings to a minimum.
The meeting adjourned at
I hope that I have not
distorted any of the items of the meeting, nor have I omitted
anything that was considered to be important. Note that Frank not
only ably led the meeting throughout but also kept us focused on the
October 1, 2006
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Minutes from Meeting on November 16, 2006
Prior to today’s meeting, a
subgroup consisting of Frank Alt, Evan Golub, Don Langenberg and
Denny Gulick met on October 31, 2006 to construct a proposed
revision. That initial meeting led
to extensive communication among the members of the subgroup. The
revised Bylaws was
distributed to the Fellows for input. This was followed by a number
of suggested modifications.
The actual meeting regarding the revised Bylaws was on 11/16/06
starting at 11:30am.
Present: Frank Alt, Arjang
Assad, Evan Golub, Jordan Goodman, Frances Gulick, Denny Gulick, Don
Langenberg, Cindy Martin, and Greg Staley. Note: several fellows had
to leave early.
Those Fellows who were able
to attend the Academy meeting discussed the most recent draft of the
by-laws. The meeting on Bylaws was interrupted to allow for the
seminar by Cindy Martin on “International Education: What is it and
why does it matter?” from 12:30-1:30 pm. At this time, the meeting
on Bylaws resumed.
At the present time, there
has been general approval of the current rendition of the by-laws by
8 of the 9 attending the meeting last week. However, one Fellow
abstained because he/she wanted to see the final version after the
proposed changes had been included.
I am sending to the full
membership of the Academy by attachment the current rendition of the
by-laws. A majority of the membership has indicated either support
for it, or has given a proxy in lieu of attendance at the meeting
I hope that you are
comfortable with the current version. If there is something that
needs to be addressed, we would want to hear it. However, several
of us feel that we are anxious to move on with the intellectual
activities of the Academy -- including the forthcoming session on
the Future of Higher Education to be led by Don Langenberg on
December 5, 2006.
November 21, 2006