AASC Transition Committee
April 25, 2003
9-11 am



Avis Dyrud, Kristel Kizer, Tom Quinn, Susan Olson, Beth McMahon, Kathy Huschle, Kent Hanson, Ruth LeTexier, Mary Belanus, Barb Weber, Deb Jacobson



Committee Purpose:
The Academic Affairs & Standards Council shall:
1. Facilitate faculty and staff input into policies and procedures related to curriculum and instruction.
2. Work to analyze and improve quality of educational programs and delivery to promote student academic achievement.

The Academic Affairs & Standards Council shall be responsible for:
1. Encouraging new programs and reviewing curricular modifications.
2. Reviewing philosophy of and methods of delivering curriculum.
3. Initiating and reviewing NTC policies and procedures that relate to academic affairs.
4. Exploring strategies to achieve academic excellence.
5. Approving curriculum according to college standards and guidelines.


Meeting Minutes
Responsible Party
Discussion / Outcome
1. NCA Report   Group Tom will spearhead the NCA report activity. Kent described the academic steering Committee. Organizational structure will be provided to NCA and then we will be scheduled for an NCA site visit. Group discussion: Currently AQIP model is being implemented at EGF. If the transition group approves the AQIP model we can adopt the same in TRF.
2. Assessment of student academics   Group

AQIP - academic quality improvement plan versus NCA model. NCTC has a program review cycle - in which assessment data is gathered and there is a liberal arts review component. Transition group need to come together to find what would work best for both EGF and TRF.
Goal: Define and integrate the assessment of student academics with completion by the end of school year 03-04. Identify the institutional, program, classroom (course) and Student assessment/outcomes. Tom Quinn suggested faculty attend an AQIP meeting in the summer months to explore the possibility of adopting AQIP for NCTC.

3. Academic standards   Group Goal: Integrated academic standards council by the first day of classes by Fall 2003. Avis will work with the AASC to gather data, suggestions in order to determine membership. Ruth will meet with the EGF faculty to gather suggestions.
Kent expressed the importance of shared academic standards for example how do we replicate programs? One of the plans is to bring construction electricity and other programs to the TRF campus.
4. Accreditation of programs   Group Goal: Maintain the processes and standards that will maintain accreditation standards.
5. Instructional software   Group TRF common course outlines in Word format and syllabus are in variable formats per instructor. Course outlines at NTC are currently formatted for web compatibility and are database in nature...
Goal: Integrated criteria for the common course outline which is web compatible and maintained in a database.
6. Academic policies   Group Goal: Academic Policies will be Reviewed/Revised by the combined AASC by March 1, 2004 to be available for printing of the catalog.
7. Next Meeting    

Friday, May 2, 2003, 8AM-10AM

Meet May 16, 2003, @ 9 AM in person in EGF.
TRF invited to potluck lunch to follow.