REGIONAL ACADEMIC OFFICERS COMMITTEE
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Ivy Tech State College – Indianapolis
Room 100, Fairbanks Building (formerly Roosevelt)
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Members participating: Lyn Batzer & Kathy Kent (guest), Mark Keen, Debbie Halik,
Jolene Miller (for David Bathe), Pam Lewis, Gail Chesterfield, Ricky Streight, Steve
Tincher, Anthony Gaudin, Joe Moore, James Naas, Rosalie Hine, & James O Smith
Regions not represented: Region 13
Staff: Marnia Kennon, Susan Newman-Bourne & Becky Nickoli
1. Community College Transition: A proposal has been submitted to the CHE
requesting approval for all campuses for the AS and AA degrees currently offered by
VU; action is expected at the November meeting. It may be possible to get NCA
agreement possibly as early as December 2004, and DOE approval early next year for
financial aid eligibility.
VU has requested that CCI campuses not enroll any new students in the VU degrees
starting spring 2005. Students coming to those ten campuses interested in a liberal arts
degree should be offered the opportunity to enroll in the General Studies program.
A four-page document identifying the VU and Ivy Tech general education and liberal arts
courses was distributed and discussed. The College will be offering the VU courses
during the transition; beginning in Summer 2005 all VU courses will be offered under an
Ivy Tech prefix. Activity will focus on the development of COR’s for the VU courses; in
cases where Ivy Tech had a comparable course, the objectives and content of both
courses will be combined and retained. Development of additional liberal arts courses, as
appropriate, will resume after January 2006. CCI campus general education faculty will
meet November 12, 2004 to begin develop of COR’s for one group of VU/ITSC courses.
2. Dual Credit: A redraft of guidelines for dual credit by the CHE was discussed.
Until the standards are agreed to and the transfer status of dual credit courses is verified,
it is still best to refrain from general education dual credit courses. When new statewide
guidelines are finalized, Marnia and Rod will redraft for management committee review
the existing Ivy Tech policies to include any changes. Middle college and charter school
concepts were discussed.
3. New Programs: The AS in Radiologic Technology at Richmond was
4. Curriculum Committee Reports:
Arts & Design Division: They have requested that there be no math requirement for
students in the current AFA degree program and in future AFA programs. They will
review NASAD requirements and those of other institutions offering AFA degrees to see
what common practice is. The overall issue will be addressed in the comprehensive
review of degree program structure.
Medical Assisting: The request that “Externship” be included with “Internship” in the
APPM 7.5 revision was approved.
Computer Information Systems: Changes in the distribution of courses and specialties
between Computer Information Systems, Office Administration, and Electronics &
Computer Technology have been discussed for two years. A CIS subcommittee will be
meeting November 19, 2004 to make recommendations for the changes. A summary of
the subcommittee meeting will be reported to the RAOC at the December 7, 2004
meeting. Identification of an assessment instrument for placement of students in CIS
101/TEC 104 or CIS 074 was discussed. It was suggested that student be given a self-
guided assessment instrument to determine their computer skill levels.
Electronics & Computer Technology: There will be a meeting with four regions on
November 19, 2004 to finalize the information to be given to the Purdue Statewide
Technology programs prior to Purdue’s visit to the four ITSC campuses.
Business Division: The revised Business Division credentialing statement was approved
for all business division programs. This will be effective Fall, 2006. In the issue of the
required ACBSP reporting every two years, it was determined that there should be
someone offloaded every two years during the summer semester to pull together the data
and write the report for the entire College. Regions should be gathering regional data
5. APPM 7.5 Ratio of Contact/Credit Hours: The document was approved with
further amendments. A new policy will need to be developed to address eLearning
6. APPM 3.7 Faculty Loading: The recommendation requiring reporting courses
taught at different institutions was discussed, and it was agreed to seek further input from
College counsel. Changes in division chair loading were discussed. The policy will be
up for decision at the December meeting.
7. Childcare Study: Members were asked to review the document with interested
parties at their campuses.