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Joint Boards Articulation Commission

Meeting Summary Notes for October 9, 2003

Oregon Institute of Technology-Metro Center
Portland, OR 

Members Present
Dave Phillips, Clatsop Community College, Chair
Jim Arnold, Oregon University System
Mike Corcoran, Southern Oregon University
Agnes Hoffman, Portland State University
Craig Kolins, Portland Community College
John Miller, Eastern Oregon University
Laura Roach, Oregon Department of Education (for Salam Noor)
Karen Sprague, University of Oregon
Glenda Tepper, Clackamas Community College
Mark Wahlers, Concordia University
Ed Watson, Linn-Benton Community College
Elaine Yandle-Roth, Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Dave Phillips called the meeting to order at 10:20 a.m.

1. Introductions and Announcements

Dave Phillips welcomed everyone to the start of the work of the Joint Boards Articulation Commission for another year. He noted the predominance of new members at this meeting. All members introduced themselves.

Jim Arnold announced the lunch arrangements and distributed the latest version of the JBAC membership list, asking that everyone review it for accuracy. Arnold also announced that a group photo would be taken during the lunch break.

2. Introduction/Orientation to JBAC and 2003-04 Workplan


Phillips suggested that a brief discussion regarding the history of the work of the Joint Boards Articulation Commission was in order, given the number of members beginning their work on the Commission today. Elaine Yandle-Roth noted that the work of the JBAC essentially started in the late 1980s with the "HB 2913 Committee", which was an intersector group formed after the passage of that bill in the 1987 legislative session. The new law directed that the community colleges and universities work more closely together in terms of transferability of credits. Two areas of concern were course numbering and the differences in general education requirements from campus to campus. The work of the HB 2913 Committee resulted in the development of the Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer degree (AA/OT), and the evolution of that degree has been the responsibility of the JBAC ever since 1992 when the Commission was formed. The charge of the JBAC is described in the Operating Guidelines document available at the JBAC website, and the current work is reflected in the draft version of the 2003-04 workplan. The JBAC's ultimate responsibility is to the Joint Boards of Education and focuses primarily on the flow of students between Oregon's community colleges and the Oregon University System campuses. However, JBAC has representatives from the K-12 sector (Oregon Department of Education) and the independent college sector as well. The work of the JBAC revolves around such activities as monitoring policies, producing reports, and serving as a forum for problem solving in the areas of articulation and transfer. Recently, a huge effort went into the development of the first new transfer degree since the AA/OT, namely the Associate of Science/Oregon Transfer Degree in Business (AS/OT-Bus). Phillips indicated that he believes the JBAC has a very important purpose and that it has been quite proactive in identifying problems and then seeking solutions. He encouraged members to attend the Articulation & Transfer Conference, to be held this year on December 5th at Portland State University. That event brings everyone together to talk about problems and solutions in these areas, and JBAC members have typically been very involved in this annual event. The AS/OT-Bus essentially was a product of feedback to the JBAC offered at the 2000 conference, because of the challenges identified of transferring to an OUS campus and pursuing a major in business. The proposal to develop a transfer degree in this area was initially assigned to the JBAC's Student Transfer Committee which produced the first draft of the degree requirements. Phillips reminded the group that things do not necessarily happen swiftly in these areas; much consultation has to happen before proposals can be officially forwarded on to the Joint Boards of Education. Further, Phillips noted the activity of the JBAC in such areas as proposing changes for the AA/OT degree and in clarifying the place of WR 115 courses in that degree.

The JBAC has evolved to a meeting schedule of one in-person meeting per quarter, with telephone conference calls in between. The group almost always meets at OIT-Metro due to location and parking availability, though one meeting last year was at Oregon State University. 

In response to a question from a new member regarding an issue mentioned in the June 2003 minutes: during the 2003 legislative session, SB 870 was signed into law which directs a feasibility study of converting to the semester system (for Eastern Oregon University, Treasure Valley Community College, and Blue Mountain Community College).

2003-04 Workplan

Phillips directed members' attention to the draft version of the 2003-04 workplan for the Commission, emphasizing that this is indeed a draft, not set in stone. Phillips then explained the elements of the workplan, section by section, point by point.

Mike Corcoran suggested the possibility of adding a workplan item that would address sharing of information about articulation agreements. His interest is in encouraging campuses to work with each other to share information about changes to such agreements as they happen. Although Corcoran's emphasis seemed to be primarily on bilateral agreements, Arnold noted that there are really two completely different levels of articulation agreements: statewide articulation agreements (such as the AA/OT and AS/OT-Bus), and the more local ones between individual OUS campuses and community colleges. The JBAC is responsible for monitoring the statewide agreements, but does not necessarily have responsibility for the local agreements. Corcoran agreed to refine his thinking in this area and come back with a more substantial recommendation for a workplan item next time.

Glenda Tepper suggested that placement issues with respect to CIM and PASS standards be addressed. She is going to take that issue up with the community college Council of Student Services Administrators (CSSA) at their meeting next week. The suggestion was made to include an update on the THE FIRST YEAR: Student Performance on 10th Grade Benchmark Standards and Subsequent Performance in the First Year of College (2001-02) at the JBAC next meeting. Also suggested was an update on EDI.

Action: The agenda for the next JBAC meeting will include items related to articulation agreements, the "first year report," and EDI.

3. Meeting Notes from June 11, 2003

The meeting notes from June 2003 were approved as submitted, after the correction of some typographical errors noted by Arnold.

4. JBAC Annual Report 2002-03 (Draft version)

Arnold directed members' attention to the draft version of the annual report and asked for feedback from the Commission. The group asked Arnold to slightly revise two sections. First, the paragraph on page 3 describing the AS/OT-CS (computer science) should be made more tentative, given the lack of progress on this front. Second, the paragraph on page 4 regarding the Student Transfer Committee's task of syllabus comparison, should be made stronger, reflecting the assignment taken on by the Transfer Committee and the importance of that task.

Action: Arnold will make the recommended changes and distribute a revised draft to the Commission.

5. JBAC Web Server Statistics

In response to an inquiry at the June 2003 meeting, Arnold initiated a project to provide for the reporting of web server statistics related to the pages maintained under the auspices of the JBAC. Web activity statistics, in the form of raw data, were provided by Arnold for four different time periods over the summer of 2003. Also provided was a document entitled "How the Web Works" in an effort to shed some light on the meaning of the web statistics provided. Commission members expressed little interest in having this project continue.

Action: Arnold will not provide further reports on JBAC web activity unless asked to do so.

6. The General Education Debate and the Role of the JBAC

Phillips indicated that the recent JBAC report "Do We Need to "Fix" the Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer Degree?" contains a comprehensive summary of the recent discussions regarding issues with the AA/OT. Many possible "solutions" to the problems posed by the degree have been outlined, including the possibility of a top-down mandate to community colleges that would enforce uniform interpretation of the statewide guidelines. The AA/OT itself is a political compromise, and always has allowed for individual community colleges to add requirements to the basic structure posed by the state guidelines. Another possible "solution" is the development and implementation of a statewide, transferable, general education core curriculum, which, it is argued, could solve some of the problems experienced by transfer students (especially if they have been on an "AA/OT track" and then transferred before receiving the degree). This concept has been discussed in recent times by the JBAC and led to another report: "Statewide Transfer Policy: The Transferable General Education Core Curriculum". When the Student Transfer Committee first considered this concept, there was considerable interest. But a major question looms: can the Oregon University System campuses and the community colleges agree on this conceptually and, further, agree on outcomes of a general education core?

Some comments offered in the course of the discussion included:

Action: The Student Transfer Committee is charged with drafting a proposal in this area, specifically defining what is meant by a transferable core curriculum, and what that may look like for the state of Oregon.

7. Plans for a Follow-Up to the 2002 "Transfer Activity Report"

Arnold described the history and evolution of the data-match project and the publication of the two major reports stemming from it (November 2000 and December 2002). He requested that all JBAC members review the most recent report and get back to him with suggestions for the December 2004 version of the report (which he will begin to work on in the near future).

8. 2003 Articulation & Transfer Conference

Arnold distributed the draft version of the program for the December 5, 2003, Articulation & Transfer Conference, to be held at Portland State University. He requested that all JBAC members attend, particularly the JBAC-specific sessions of the conference day.

9. Meeting Dates for 2003-04

The following schedule was agreed upon for JBAC meetings during the remainder of the year:

Date Time Place
November 25, 2003 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call
December 16, 2003 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call
January 14, 2004 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. OIT Metro
February 17, 2004 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call
March 16, 2004 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call
April 14, 2004 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. OIT Metro
May 18, 2004 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call
June 8, 2004 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Call


The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.


Prepared by Jim Arnold
OUS Academic Affairs
October 13, 2003
Revised: November 11, 2003/December 14, 2003
URL: http://www.ous.edu/aca/10-9-03.htm

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