DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COUNCIL MINUTES FOR 2014-2015

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DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COUNCIL
For College Procedure
2.01.01.14: Committees
MINUTES FOR 2014-2015
(Note: The chair must email the approved minutes to the IE Office for placement on the College web page.)
September 11, 2014
VV, Room B240
for students who don’t quite place into
ESOL. There is a “TSI Academy” in the
works for spring. Their department recently
received a TCALL professional development
award.
Present: Hector Arriola, Maricarmen Casavantes, Rene
Chavez, Ivette Chuca, Michael Coulehan, Mike Duncan, Jan
Eveler, Armando Gomez, David Henry, Raul Lerma, Claude
Mathis, Margaret Nelson Rodriguez, Sandra Peck, Lucia
Rodriguez , Julie Penley, Cynthia Velasco, Tracy von
Maluski.
Margie and Claude emphasized the need for
an organized, streamlined way to identify
ABE-level students and effectively refer
them to where they would best be served.
Armando shared some testing statistics: 191
students placed at ABE levels 1 and 2 (the
lowest level). At ABE Levels 3 and 4, 680
placed into Math, 246 into Reading, and 390
into Writing.
Absent: Andrea Berta, Irma Camacho, David Moody,
Marisa Pierce.
Meeting was called to order at 3:08 p.m. by chair Margie
Nelson Rodriguez.
I.
Committee members introduced themselves
II.
Minutes from the last meeting were approved.
B.
DE English Standing Committee: Margie
and David H. said that a small group was
working on House Bill 5 requirements for
Reading and Writing. In spring, there will be
no more ENGL 0310. Those students will be
sent to INRW 0311. That class will be 3:0.
The next INRW training will be on October
4.
C.
DE Math Standing Committee: Ivette Chuca
provided updates. Math offered their first
NCBM extender. 68 students registered.
Will work with Registration to smooth out
some rough spots. The course achieved its
purpose. A one-credit-hour NCBM will be
ready to go for spring (MATH 0114) for
bubble students. Through the New
Mathways Project, they are offering 3
sections, and 1 section of statistics. Math
also worked with House Bill 5 this summer.
Math is discussing an intervention for
military students who took the option of
skipping developmental math but might have
needed it. Math is also working with Physics
and counselors to ensure that Math 404 aligns
with Physics.
D.
Reading Committee: Sandra Peck stated that
the last INRW training will be October 4 at
RG Campus. READ and ENGL have
developed a drop box in which faculty share
Margie will continue as chair this year, and Tracy
will continue as secretary.
III.
Mr. Raul Lerma gave us some financial aid updates.
The new PELL limit is $5,730. 92% of our students
are on some type of financial aid. The Hazelwood
Exemption is for veterans. Hearing Impaired
students now need a 2.0 GPA in order to continue
receiving financial aid reserved for them.
IV.
Armando Gomez provided an update re: the Region
19 High Schools TSI Training. We have tested
about 9,000 students at area high schools. Training
for high school staff: High school staff are in charge
of testing their own high school students now.
EPCC is the second-largest GED testing site in the
nation re: student numbers. Testing is working with
IT to add some diagnostics to the TSI.
V.
Career Services – tabled until next month.
VI.
Department/Committee Reports:
A.
Workplace Literacy: Maricarmen
Casavantes reported that ABE’s received
25% less money than before. Workplace
Literacy is sharing resources with the school
district ABE’s. ESOL and Workplace
Literacy are working on an ESL Bridge Class
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resources for INRW. The Reader’s
Apprenticeship program is an upcoming
online training for instructors to coach
content-area instructors on reading strategies
for students. Sandra also mentioned the
Writer’s Workbench, which is to be
purchased and placed in ALL labs at EPCC.
VII.
Committee goals for this year: To hold Registration
Fairs again in the spring, and to continue working
with Workplace Literacy.
The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, November 6,
3:00 pm at Valle Verde (B240).
Meeting adjourned at approximately 5:00 p.m.
E.
Retention/Early Interventions Committee:
Tracy reported that they had not met yet this
school year but have a meeting scheduled in
September.
F.
ESL Committee: Tabled until next month.
Respectfully submitted by Tracy von Maluski
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November 5, 2014
VV, Room B240
Margie reported that Michelle Aube Barton,
Director of Socorro Community Education (SISD’s
ABE program) will come to our February meeting to
tell us about her program.
Present: Ivette Chuca, Jan Eveler, David Henry, Claude
Mathis, David Moody, Margaret Nelson Rodriguez, Diana
Orrantia, Sandra Peck, Julie Penley, Lucia Rodriguez,
Cynthia Velasco, Tracy vonMaluski.
Absent: Hector Arriola, Rene Chavez, Mike Coulehan,
Marisa Pierce, Lydia Tena.
V.
In order to start planning the spring DE Registration
Fairs at the campuses, Margie asked when Fall 2015
registration starts. Claude will find out.
Guests present: Martha Edwards, Sara Martinez, Norma
Minjarez, Myshie Pagel.
VI.
Meeting was called to order at 3:03 p.m. by chair Margie
Nelson Rodriguez.
I.
Welcome and introductions were done by Margie,
our chair.
II.
September minutes were approved with one
correction.
III.
Workplace Literacy presentation by Sara Martinez,
Director:
DE Registration Fairs
Discipline/Committee reports
A.
The work with House Bill 5 is coming along
fine. English is meeting with its ISD
colleagues. English might revise TSI cut
scores. ENGL 0310 and INRW 0311 have
transitioned into a common final essay,
which counts 10% of final course grade,
rather than the more high-stakes exit exam.
B.
Sara Martinez gave an overview of the Workplace
Literacy Department and provided an overview
handout.
Claude Mathis stated the need for more funding and
support for Workplace Literacy and ABE (Adult
Basic Education), especially for students at 6th
grade level and below. 6th grade and below are to
be referred to ABE (“AEL”). 6th grade and above
can be referred to Workplace Literacy. PREP and
Workplace Literacy are working together with
student referrals as well so that the process is
organized and streamlined.
IV.
DE Math Standing Committee
Ivette Chuca reported that Math is offering
NCBM 0114 – a non-course-based option for
bubble students who are at the highest DE
level. The discipline is working to develop
other NCBM’s. They are also working with
their ISD colleagues on House Bill 5 efforts.
C.
Reading Committee
Sandy Peck reported that the Reading
discipline is working on their NCBO’s. They
have been working with college-level content
instructors to target their reading instruction.
November 14 is the Reading Across the
District event. It starts at 9:30 am that day.
The goal is independent silent sustained
reading. The College is seeking volunteers to
participate.
Pathway for lowest skilled students
Margie had asked Testing how many students had
tested low (6th grade or below) in all three TSI
subjects (Reading, Writing, Math). 240 students had
placed below 6th grade level since the inception of
the TSI Test. Margie encourages us to have a
coordinated system to help those who test low,
especially, in all three TSI subjects because they are
the most at risk. She encouraged all of us to work
with Workplace Literacy to support students who
are not college ready so that we don’t duplicate
services. She said that the DE disciplines will need
to decide what to do with students who place very
low on the TSI. A few committee members
expressed interest in doing various pilot studies with
such students.
DE English Standing Committee
D.
Retention/Early Interventions Committee
Tracy reported that the REIC has met once
but was off to a slow start because it proved
difficult to find a chairperson. Their next
meeting is on November 13. Tracy will chair
the REIC this year.
E.
ESL Committee
David Moody reported that Myshie Pagel and
Rose Galindo have been working with
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Workplace Literacy on the ESL Bridge
program. ESOL has a new textbook series in
Grammar I and II which has a strong online
lab component. There are new textbooks in
the first three levels of Reading/Writing
which should work better. David has been
contacting parent liaisons in the public
schools with the goal of recruiting students,
and volunteers in the discipline have helped
out.
VII.
Margie Nelson Rodriguez suggests the committee
invite Sandra Lujan Gutierrez to a meeting soon for
her to inform us about the Early Alert system.
Diana Orrantia suggested we invite Center for
Students with Disabilities to share how we can better
support CSD students who are in developmental
education.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4,
3:00 p.m., V.V. Room C-428.
Other
Meeting adjourned at approximately 4:50 p.m.
Lucia Rodriguez is starting to work on the Title V
Grant application which is due in April. There is
also a Gates Segmentation Grant in the works re:
family support of first generation college students.
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February 4, 2015
VV, Room B240
Attendees: Rene Chavez, Ivette Chuca, David Henry,
Claude Mathis, David Moody, Margie Nelson Rodriguez,
Patricia Ortega, Sandra Peck, Hector Arriola, Armando
Gomez, Lucia Rodriguez, Cynthia Velasco, Andrea Berta,
and Carla Cardoza, Sandra Lujan, Carmen Castillo-Attar, and
Maria Lopez
detailed information about this topic as it becomes
available. Lucia Rodriguez shared data from a SSSP
grant report in which 56% of EPCC students still
need remediation in at least one area (Math,
Reading, or Writing). She also informed that the TSI
Academy Work Group will meet on February 24,
2015, at 2:00 p.m.
I.
Questions were posed regarding financial aid
eligibility for students who place in the ABE
spectrum on the TSI, specifically with the Pell
Grant. Margie Nelson Rodriguez will contact Raul
Lerma for clarification.
Welcome & Introductions
Margie Nelson Rodriguez welcomed the Council
and led introductions.
II.
Approval of Meeting Minutes (Nov. 5, 2014)
The Council requested a presentation from IR on
developmental education success rates. Margie
Nelson Rodriguez will request from Dr. Kay.
The minutes were unanimously approved.
III.
Early Alert
VI.
Sandra Lujan explained the Early Alert Program
pilot currently in place for First-Time in College
students at the Valle Verde campus.
IV.
Department/Committee Reports
A.
Andrea Berta reported that UTEP’s
Developmental Math Department has offered
a four-week NCBO that leads into an eightweek Math 0311 course. The UTEP
Developmental Math Department also
received a STAR Award.
Center for Students with Disabilities
Carmen Castillo-Attar and Maria Lopez discussed
the Center and how it can help students. Ms.
Castillo-Attar explained the process for students to
obtain services from the Center. Students need to
self-identify, obtain appropriate documentation, and
attend an in-take session. After this process, the
Center can set up the reasonable ADA
accommodations for the student, particularly with
adaptive technology. The counselors follow a case
management approach with the students registered
with the Center.
The Math Department inquired about the use of
calculators by CSD students. If other students see
the CSD students using calculators during exams,
questions may arise, which places the instructor in
an uncomfortable position: The instructor cannot tell
the other students why the CSD students are allowed
this accommodation. Ivette Chuca will discuss this
topic in more detail with Carmen Castillo-Attar.
B.
Workforce Literacy: This report was tabled.
C.
DE English Standing Committee
Margie Nelson Rodriguez reported that the
English discipline changed its cut scores for
the NCBW 0111 course. She will send these
revised cut scores to Armando Gomez.
D.
DE Math Standing Committee
Ivette Chuca explained that the NCBM 0114
had four students (3 students at VV and 1
student at RG). These students were
holistically advised into this course.
E.
V.
UTEP Report
Reading Committee
TSI Operational Plan: BASE NCBO’s
The THECB has released a memo that contains
deadlines for content experts to develop BASE
NCBO’s for ABE levels 3-4. Margie Nelson
Rodriguez will share the THECB memo with the DE
Council so that disciplines can begin work on
developing these NCBO’s for lower level students
on the bubble from ABE to developmental. Lucia
Rodriguez and Claude Mathis will share more
Sandra Peck reported that Charlie Minn will
visit the EPCC VV Reading Lab Feb. 6,
2015, and Feb. 12, 2015. She also provided
that the INRW committee will work on using
the Reading labs for INRW. Also, Sandra
Peck announced that Reading, along with
English and Math, has provided volunteers to
the TSI Academy Work Group.
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F.
Retention/Early Intervention Committee:
This report was tabled.
G.
ESL Committee
David Moody explained that ESL’s top-level
reading and writing courses are not integrated
(ESOL 0340 and ESOL 0341). Since INRW
0311 is integrated, however, ESL students
are taking ESOL 0340 or ESOL 0341 instead
of both, because INRW 0311 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for college level
courses. The issue is that in the past ESOL
0340 was equivalent to the highest DE
Reading class while ESOL 0341was
equivalent to the highest DE Writing class, so
both were require to be TSI compliant for
credit courses. Now both ESOL 0340 and
ESOL 0341 are equivalent to INRW 0311, so
technically a student only needs to take one
of them to be TSI compliant for credit course
registration.
H.
VII.
Spring Registration Fair Planning
This item was tabled for the next meeting. Some
planning may be done via email.
VIII.
Next meeting/Adjournment
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday, March
23, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in C428.
Minutes were taken by Margie Nelson Rodriguez
Career Services: This presentation was
tabled for the next meeting.
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March 23, 2015
VV, Room C428
Present: Hector Arriola, Rene Chavez, Mike Coulehan, Jan
Eveler, David Henry, Claude Mathis, David Moody,
Margaret Nelson Rodriguez, Sandra Peck, Julie Penley, Lucia
Rodriguez, Tracy vonMaluski
Absent: Ivette Chuca, Gabriel Mendoza, Marisa Pierce
(Armando Gomez, proxy), Lydia Tena, Cynthia Velasco
Guests present: Gloria Corona, Armando Gomez, Raul
Lerma
administration that classroom maximums be
uniformly lowered for better student success.
VIII.
Department/Committee reports:
A.
UTEP – not in attendance
B.
Workplace Literacy – not in attendance
C.
DE English – developing their NCBO for
lower students (those who almost get into DE
but not quite – ABE Levels 3 and 4) for
writing. They continue to offer their NCBO
for students who almost, but not quite, place
into 1301. Students can take 1301 but have
to take this NCBO as support (as a co-req.).
This NCBO is taught by the same instructor
the student has for his/her 1301. One or two
of these NCBO’s per campus. ENGL will
have another INRW training on Saturday,
April 18. Three ENGL faculty will attend a
meeting at Region 19 on House Bill 5
(college readiness) as well.
D.
DE Math – Dr. Penley reported that their
NCBM’s are for students who have not quite
exited developmental math. However, Math
is developing their lower-level NCBM’s as
well.
E.
Reading – Still offering NCBR’s. At VV, the
Reading Lab is inviting INRW students to
attend the Reading Lab. It was pointed out
that Amarillo College has an NCBO lab for
ALL of its NCBO students regardless of
discipline/material.
F.
Retention/Early Interventions Committee –
this committee has IR data requests pending
on the following student success questions:
1. Do students who take EDUC 1300 within
their first year show better retention and
completion than those who don’t? 2. Do
students who take their DE classes
consecutively, that is, who do not sit out a
semester of DE, show better completion and
retention than those who sit out a semester?
3. Do students who take their credit Math
and English classes consecutively, that is,
who do not sit out a semester of credit Math
or English, show better completion and
retention than those who sit out a semester?
G.
ESOL – ESOL is presently piloting a Bridge
Program with Workplace Literacy. Myshie
Pagel and Rose Galindo are the ESOL
Meeting was called to order at 3:07 p.m. by chair Margie
Nelson Rodriguez.
I.
Welcome and introductions
II.
February minutes were approved.
III.
Financial Aid Q and A:
Raul Lerma, Director; and Gloria Corona, Assistant
Director of Financial Aid were guests. For students
who place into ABE 1 and 2 (below developmental),
as long as they have a high school diploma or GED,
as of now they still qualify for financial aid. The
first 30 credit hours of DE are covered by federal
financial aid. Fin. Aid does not look at students’ cut
scores or placement scores. There is an appeals
process for financial aid for mitigating
circumstances. Students can only receive up to 12
full-time semesters (or 6 years) worth of Pell Grants.
IV.
IR data presentation:
Postponed until next meeting.
V.
Career Services presentation:
Postponed until next meeting.
VI.
Spring Registration Fair planning:
Since the College has two days off during the week
of March 30 to April 3, it is recommended that
Spring Registration Fairs be postponed until the
following week. Please don’t forget to invite CSD
to these fairs.
VII.
DE optimum revision:
Michael Coulehan suggested that the Council do
some research on classroom maximums (‘cap’
number of students in a course section) in DE
English, Math, Reading, and ESL to see if data
warrants a recommendation by the Council to
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instructors doing this at V.V. Compass ESL
Testing has resumed at V.V. ESOL is
working with Counseling to filter ESOL
students to counselors who specialize in
ESOL in order to warn students of the
consequences of leaving ESOL early before
they finish the Advanced level.
IX.
Bill 5 and TSI testing at the high schools, but it
appears that confusion has been addressed.
The next DE Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday,
April 29, 3:00 p.m., at V.V.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Other:
Armando Gomez (Testing) stated that there was
some confusion among the high schools with House
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April 29, 2015
VV, Room C428
Present: Hector Arriola, Andrea Berta, Rene Chavez, Ivette
Chuca, Mike Coulehan, Jan Eveler, David Henry, Claude
Mathis, David Moody, Margaret Nelson Rodriguez, Cynthia
Velasco, Tracy vonMaluski
ESL Bridge will have a new cohort in the fall,
though. The TSI Academy continues as well.
VI.
Margie Nelson Rodriguez gave an update. THECB
was clear that our lowest-level NCBO’s (for those at
the lower level who don’t quite get into the second
level of DE) are not mandatory for now. If you are
going to develop a base NCBO, it has to be linked to
a DE (or ESOL) course, and it has to be a corequisite with that course. This lower-level NCBO
is to be linked not to the lowest-level course, but to
the next one up (the second one). Our lower- and
mid-level DE students seem to need a study skills
course, as well.
Guests present: Michelle Aube Barton, Martha Edwards,
Carol Kay, Brian Kirby, Sara Martinez, Salvador Moreno,
Elizabeth Moya,
Absent: Gabriel Mendoza, Sandra Peck, Julie Penley,
Marisa Pierce, Lucia Rodriguez, Lydia Tena
Meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. by chair Margie
Nelson Rodriguez.
I.
Welcome and introductions
II.
March minutes were approved.
III.
IR Data Presentation:
VII.
Dr. Carol Kay and Mr. Salvador Moreno gave a DE
data presentation. Margie will send the presentation
out as an email attachment. INRW enrollment is up.
DE Math enrollment is down. According to Dr.
Kay, there are only about 300 military students at
EPCC. Reading enrollment is down, especially
READ 0309.
V.
Socorro Community Education and Ysleta Adult
Learning Center:
Spring Registration Fairs Debriefing:
Campuses gave updates on how their spring
Registration Fairs went.
VIII.
DE Optimum Revision:
The idea is to propose the lowering of class sizes in
DE. Most caps are presently 27 students. DE Math,
English, Reading, and ESOL could come to a
consensus as to what to ask for.
IX.
IV.
TSI Webinar Update:
Department/Committee Reports:
A.
UTEP
Andrea Berta from UTEP reported that
UTEP is piloting an NCBO to prepare
students for their INRW course.
Michelle Aube Barton (Socorro Community
Education ABE) and Elizabeth Moya (YISD ABE)
gave a presentation and background information on
Adult Basic Education programs. A couple of years
ago, ABE funding moved from the purview of TEA
to the purview of the Texas Workforce Commission.
An increased focus on college, career, and job
readiness rather than just the GED. ABE and the
College are working together more closely. ABE
recently developed an ESL “Academic Prep” 1 and
2 to bridge the gap between ABE and college level.
The ESL Bridge class pilot continues as well as the
TSI Academy (partnerships between ABE’s and
EPCC). There is a new project – the Workplace
Project for Food Services – for the ESL population.
B.
Workplace Literacy – Sara Martinez’s update
was moved ahead to # V. above.
C.
DE English
Workplace Literacy:
D.
Sara Martinez gave an update. Project Grow (career
pathways project) will conclude soon. The ESL
Bridge class will have a “boost” class during the
summer to keep students learning and involved. The
Margie reported that ENGL’s NCBW is a corequisite model. The students have the same
instructor they have for 1301. It’s open exit.
The discipline will explore a lab component
for INRW soon. House Bill 5 work is
coming along.
DE Math
Ivette Chuca reported that Math will
probably develop their lower-level NCBO
next semester. Still doing House Bill 5 work
with the public schools. Ivette asked how
ENGL instructors were being paid for
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teaching their NCBO’s. There is
inconsistency between how ENGL and
MATH NCBO instructors are being paid, so
Claude Mathis (ENGL contact dean) will
confer with Julie Penley (Math contact dean)
about this.
E.
Reading
ESOL students who leave ESOL early do
compared to those who finish ESOL before
moving to credit courses.
X.
Margie Nelson Rodriguez, David Henry, and David
Moody stated that they will rotate off the DE
Council at the end of this school year. Brian Kirby
will be among the new members. The committee
thanked Margie for all her tireless effort and work.
Update tabled until next meeting.
F.
ESOL
David Moody stated that ESOL has requested
data on how students who have gone through
our new ESOL curriculum are doing in their
credit courses, as well as data to see how
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DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COUNCIL
MINUTES FOR 2013-2014
October 3, 2013
Members Present: Edith Aguirre (for Diana Orrantia),
Carla Cardoza (for Pat Ortega), Rene Chavez, Ivette Chuca,
Michael Coulehan, Jan Eveler, David Henry, Claude Mathis,
David Moody, Margaret Nelson Rodriguez, Sandra Peck
Members Absent: Dr. Julie Penley
Resource Members Present: Irma Camacho, Cynthia
Velasco
Resource Members Absent: Hector Arriola, Marisa Pierce,
Dr. Lydia Tena
The meeting was called to order by Ivette Chuca, chair, at
3:09 p.m. at the Valle Verde campus room C428. The people
present introduced themselves.
April minutes were read and discussed. Michael Coulehan
moved to accept the minutes as corrected. There was a
second and the minutes were approved.
Developmental Math Committee: Edith Aguirre reporting
MATH 0404 for the New Mathways Project did not make for
the fall. Recruitment difficulties included getting the
message out to students and the fact that many students had
already taken EDUC 1300 that is paired with MATH 0404.
Evaluators from Achieving the Dream and MDRC will be
conducting a site visit to speak with students. Eventually the
NMP will include a stem pathway but for the present there is
only the statistics pathway.
The Non-Course Based Math offering is NCBM0114 and is
an extension of the Math Emporium class. After finals for
one week, students who have not completed the class and
who do not want to reenroll in the class in the following
semester take the NCBM0114. The other NCBM is to be
paired with MATH 1314 and MATH 1324 and is for bubble
students who almost made the cut score for the higher level
classes. This course is under development and will probably
not be ready until next fall 2014.
Under the new TSI rules, once students have taken a college
level course, they do not have to take any additional
developmental courses.
English Standing Committee: The English NCBW has three
courses: NCBW 0311, 0211, and 0111. The courses are all
highly individualized and targeted to the “bubble” students.
The course will be an open lab, open exit format. Students
will be concurrently enrolled in the NCBW course and
English 1301. The instructor does not have to be the same.
Reading Standing Committee: Sandy Peck reported that the
NCBO is all set up. Instructors of records are established at
each campus. Textbook and some computer-assisted
instruction will be included. It will be highly individualized.
INRW committee report; flyer was presented. Training was
discussed. The textbooks are not really integrated yet.
Workshops have been offered and will be offered in spring
2014 FDW. David Moody will ask his discipline: For those
ESL students whose ESOL 0340 and 0341 were cancelled,
can INRW be used as an option?
Retention/Early Intervention Committee: Start Right
Initiative’s recommendations: Continuation of the Early
Alert Program and mid-term grades. The policies and
procedures were drafted over the summer. The goal is to
make Early Alert part of academic standing and to cue the
system. Classroom teachers refer students to Early Alert.
Some research has been done on computer system. Several of
these systems are costly, but the investment is worth it. Work
will need to be done with IT. Counselors and instructors can
work more closely. Sandra Lujan is the main contact. Some
issues with email system.
ESL Committee: David Moody reported that students need
one centralized EPCC email account. There are too many
student email accounts. Perhaps requiring students to update
contact information will help. COMPASS has been working
well. A score of 42 in any one area was required to enter the
new sequence, but they noticed that too many students were
being misplaced and were not prepared for their courses. A
survey was sent to all ESL instructors to test placement. A
score of 42 in reading is required since the reading was the
most accurate placement. Catch 22 is that we have fewer ESL
students; but the students are better prepared to succeed.
Promotional materials are being developed. NCBO was
originally for students who could not pass the entrance. Now,
they are revising the NCBO to target the “bubble” students.
They will try to work with ABE in the future once ABE is
more settled. David reported on the results of the
ESL/English study. The ESOL 0341 students’ essays even
did better. Alignment was evident. David is going to present
delaying ESL students to take the TSI later to reduce the
costs for students. David will talk to Rene tomorrow about
this.
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The following DE Council goals were discussed:
1.
Scaling up pilots: ALP
2.
PREP Pre-Assessment Activity PAAM-we need a
message for referrals. More direction. Maybe ask
Marisa run through. Testing Center PAAM
5.
The charge and structure-communicate our mission and
work better to the larger college community.
6.
TSI-ask for data
Election of New Chair: Margie Nelson Rodriguez
Meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
3.
Study skills for DE students-where is it?
4.
Next semester, set up a registration fair for DE students.
Disciplines and counselors in attendance. Spring 2014.
To explain pathways and invite career services.
Meeting minutes taken by Irma Camacho and Margie Nelson
Rodriguez
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November 6, 2013
VV, Room C428
Members present: Hector Arriola, Ivette Chuca, Michael
Coulehan, Jan Eveler, Armando Gomez, David Henry,
Claude Mathis, David Moody, Margie Nelson Rodriguez,
Sandra Peck, Julie Penley, Cynthia Velasco, Tracy von
Maluski.
The meeting was called to order at 3:08 p.m. by chair Margie
Nelson Rodriguez.
The Council showed its appreciation to Ivette Chuca for
having served as chair last year.
Minutes from the last meeting were approved.
Tracy von Maluski volunteered to serve as secretary this year.
Committee reports followed:
I.
No one from UTEP was in attendance.
II.
DE English: Made minor changes to their NCBO
and its cutoff score. TSI cut scores for 0309 and
0310 seem to need some revision.
III.
DE Math: Will offer a new Mathways course this
spring. Will get started on their other NCBO for
‘bubble’ students.
IV.
Reading Committee: Working actively on SLO’s.
Did intervention activities with a random stratified
sample. Looking at textbooks and training for the
INRW course, and recruiting students for that
course.
V.
VI.
Retention/Early Interventions Committee: No new
recommendations since last school year. The
committee would like to recommend that instructors
take attendance in order to help with retention and
for purposes of reporting to Financial Aid if a
student drops.
ESL: The discipline has sent an anonymous survey
to all part-time and full-time faculty in the discipline
for feedback re: the new ESL curriculum. Looking
at textbooks for next fall. PAAM and TSI intake
process being worked on for ESL students.
TSI data and information sharing: Armando Gomez
and Marisa Pierce from Testing can be approached
for data on how students are doing on the TSI and
on accessing the PAAM. Claude suggested that the
committee agree to touch base next semester re:
instructors’ perceptions of how TSI placement is
going (how accurate it seems to be).
DE Council goals: We are planning a D.E.
Registration Fair at each campus next spring to
encourage students to stick with and pursue their
courses. We are trying to get students to start their
DE courses right away, and to work toward finishing
them every semester without putting any of them off
or leaving a semester in between. We selected the
first week in March. The following people will help
facilitate organizing these at every campus: VV –
Ivette Chuca; TM – Jan and David; MdP – Tracy,
Julie, and Rene Chavez. We will contact NW and
RG. We will invite several departments to
participate: Counseling, faculty, Testing, PREP,
Career Services, Tutorial Services, Registration,
Campus Life, Service Learning, learning
communities, and more.
We brainstormed ways to communicate the DE
Council’s mission to the college community: a)
post minutes online, b) explain our mission, c)
reach out to the Campus IE’s, d) advertise on the
EPCC web site.
Other business: We could have some professional
development readings and discuss them as a
committee. Irma Camacho has a professional
development tool kit she would like to share. We
could have further professional development
workshops.
Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Tracy von Maluski
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February 3, 2014
VV, Room B240
Present: Hector Arriola, Andrea Berta, Irma Camacho, Rene
Chavez, Ivette Chuca, Michael Coulehan, Jan Eveler,
Armando Gomez, David Henry, Claude Mathis, David
Moody, Margaret Nelson Rodriguez, Sandra Peck, Dr. Julie
Penley, Tracy von Maluski.
Ivette Chuca from DE Math reported that the first New
Mathways class made, and she is teaching it at VV. Students
seem engaged. Math is working on another NCBM (Noncourse-based Math). It will be offered right after spring
semester ends.
Absent: Edith Aguirre or Diana Orrantia (from Dev. Math),
Dr. Lydia Tena, Cynthia Velasco.
Sandy Peck from Reading reported that the discipline is
working on their NCBO to be offered soon. The discipline
has been working on their SLO’s as well. An INRW training
will be planned soon re: strategies for teaching integrated
reading and writing.
The meeting was called to order at 3 p.m. by chair Margie
Nelson Rodriguez.
The minutes from the last meeting were approved.
SAS Dashboard is a portal which contains data on college
enrollment, demographics, and more. Key people at EPCC
can submit a request for access to this. The purpose is to
make certain data readily available without having to do an
Institutional Research (IR) request for data. IR would like to
hear from faculty and staff re: what else is needed on the
SAS Dashboard or any other feedback on it.
TSI Operational Plan Draft as shared by the TX Coordinating
Board: The Council discussed the plan and some follow-up
questions and comments that the group had.
Committee Reports
For the TSI Assessment, EPCC Testing stops students when
they are approaching five hours of testing and invites them to
come back at an appointed time to take whichever subtest(s)
(Reading, Writing, Math) they have left to complete. The
TSI can even take some students up to 9 hours, especially
those who place into DE and/or ABE levels, because of the
way the TSI is set up and constructed. It would be great if
the instructor could receive the student’s TSI diagnostic
report automatically. Testing is looking into that possibility.
Military students do not have to take the TSI assessment.
Banner has a faculty advising button which provides a lot of
information on each student.
Andrea Berta from UTEP shared that UTEP’s version of
INRW will be known as ENGL 0312. Ms. Berta stated that
UTEP is keeping their old [DE English] course numbers on
the books instead of just getting rid of them. Margie NelsonRodriguez shared that, as far as she knows, DE will still need
to offer some paired offerings.
Margie Nelson Rodriguez from DE English is teaching an
NCBW (Non-Course-Based Writing) and is meeting with her
students on a regular basis. She asks each student to bring
their TSI diagnostic report. Instructors seemed happy with
the Aplia computer tutorial program, and Ms. Berta from
UTEP echoed that, but they are generally not too happy with
My Writing Lab.
Tracy von Maluski stated that the Retention/Early
Interventions Committee has their first spring meeting soon.
One of the most important items for that committee this
semester will be a retention or early alert pilot.
David Moody from ESOL reported that the discipline is
designing their NCBO for bubble students who are almost
college ready. ESOL’s first NCBO had been designed for the
student who hadn’t scored high enough to get into ESL. The
discipline surveyed all full-time and adjunct instructors re:
the new class sequence, lab, and exit exams. The new
sequence was generally viewed as effective. The discipline
will select textbook options for the fall this month. The new
ESL intake process is now in place so that new ESL students
can defer the TSI assessment until prior to their second
semester.
Students do not have to take a full-time course load for
financial aid. A student can be a 1/4-time student, a ½-time
student, a ¾-time student, or a full-time student. Their award
is adjusted accordingly. Many people do not know this, but
this needs to be publicized much better.
There was concern that the TSI Reading cut score might need
to be adjusted. A few in the group stated that the TSI
Reading might be placing students too low.
Fall registration is scheduled to begin May 1. The group
decided to postpone campus Registration Fairs until after
spring break, between March 17 and 31, with the exception of
VV because the fair has already been set up, planned, and
organized. VV, for example, has invited the following
entities to participate: PREP, TRIO, ESOL, Library,
Admissions and Registration, Career Services, Counseling,
Scholarships, Tutorial Services, Campus Life, and Testing.
Margie will share a flyer with the other campuses which we
are welcomed to tailor. The Fair needs to be widely
announced to faculty, students, and staff.
Margie will share information about House Bill 5 at our next
meeting, and asked the Council if we wanted Dr. Kay to
bring us any certain, specific data regarding DE Math,
Reading, Writing, and ESL.
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Ivette asked whether there was a specific committee or body
that handles the PAAM (the pre-assessment module for the
TSI assessment). The PAAM was designed by EPCC and
UTEP in conjunction. Armando Gomez and Hector Arriola
are working together to fine-tune or refine the PAAM.
Armando and Testing welcome any suggestions or materials
which could refer students directly for specific help with
what is being presented in the PAAM.
The DE Council’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, March
18, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Valle Verde.
Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Tracy von Maluski
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March 18, 2014
VV, Room B240
Present: Edith Aguirre, Hector Arriola, Andrea Berta, Rene
Chavez, Michael Coulehan, Jan Eveler, Armando Gomez,
David Henry, Margaret Nelson Rodriguez, Diana Orrantia,
Sandra Peck, Dr. Julie Penley, Marisa Pierce, Cynthia
Velasco, Tracy vonMaluski.
Guests present: Maricarmen Casavantes, Dr. Carol Kay, Sara
Martinez, Norma Minjares, Ann Savino.
Absent: Irma Camacho, Ivette Chuca, Claude Mathis, David
Moody, Dr. Lydia Tena.
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. by chair Margie
Nelson Rodriguez.
Based Writing). Only about 3% of their students qualified to
place into INRW. They developed a ‘crosswalk’ for more
flexibility for INRW re: students’ test scores to get into or
place into INRW. They are exploring the Writer’s
Workbench software for NCBO’s and perhaps to be available
college-wide.
Sandy Peck reported that Reading is working with English to
address the fact that so many students are placing into READ
0307 or into ABE in Reading.
Tracy reported that there was nothing new from the
Retention/Early Interventions Committee this month because
they were to meet the next week.
There was no report from ESOL this month.
The minutes from the last meeting were approved with one
minor change.
Dr. Carol Kay presented data on current placement and
developmental education enrollment data on students who
have tested on the TSI instrument so far. Ms. Sara Martinez
and her team from Workplace Literacy told the Council about
her department, its programs, and the populations it serves.
Workplace Literacy’s strengths are that they provide
customized, intense, short-term contextualized training with
case management and career exploration to populations that
might not have high school or GED. They serve as a bridge
to career, the workplace, and/or academic programs. They
serve about 2,800 students per year. Sara expressed the
desire to work with others at the College in order to help
bridge the gap between those who place into ABE levels and
those who place into college-level classes.
Edith Aguirre and Diana Orrantia from Math reported that
they are discussing their NCBI and will soon train instructors
for that. There is still the question of minimum number of
students required for an NCBI to make and how the grades
will be so quickly recorded. A New Mathways Pathway
course is being offered at V.V. and will be offered at more
locations.
Rene Chavez stated that Counseling is trying to develop a
caseload or case management approach for students who
place into DE in all three areas. To that end, they are
exploring case management software such as Civitas.
The DE Council’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 22,
3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Valle Verde Room C-428.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 4:40 p.m.
Margie spoke briefly about House Bill 5, which addresses
new high school graduation requirements. School districts
and higher education will need to work together.
Andrea Berta from UTEP reported that UTEP’s DE English
classes have chosen a new textbook for their INRW. They
are now planning their NCBO’s and how many to offer.
Respectfully submitted by Tracy von Maluski
David Henry and other English faculty present reported that
DE English continues to offer their NCBW (Non-Course-
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April 22, 2014
VV, Room C428
Present: Edith Aguirre, Hector Arriola, Maricarmen
Casavantes, Rene Chavez, Ivette Chuca, Jan Eveler, David
Henry, Margaret Nelson Rodriguez, Diana Orrantia, Ann
Savino, Tracy von Maluski.
Absent: Andrea Berta, Irma Camacho, Michael Coulehan,
Armando Gomez, Claude Mathis, David Moody, Sandra
Peck, Dr. Julie Penley, Marisa Pierce, Dr. Lydia Tena,
Cynthia Velasco.
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. by chair Margie
Nelson Rodriguez.
The minutes from the last meeting were approved.
There were two false alarm fire drills during the course of
this meeting.
First, the committee brainstormed some goals for the next
academic year:
Rene suggested that DE Math, Reading, and Writing could
meet with Counselors to keep up to date with recent and
upcoming changes. The meeting could occur at the campus
level during the summer and perhaps at the district-wide level
in the fall.
Edith stated that although Registration Fairs were a success, it
might be better to have them immediately after registration
started so that students could register on the spot using
available computers. Tracy stated that Registration and
Financial Aid should be sure to send someone at all campuses
since the focus is student registration. The group would like
to continue having registration fairs in the spring.
Margie suggested the Council work more closely with
Workplace Literacy programs especially in light of recent
TSI changes.
The group will present a DE Council faculty development
workshop on faculty development day on Thursday,
September, 18. Margie will send a call for co-presenters.
Tracy proposed that the college have a larger, scaled-up
student mentoring program. Perhaps the group could work
with Debbie Aguilera who facilitates the present faculty to
student mentoring program.
No report from UTEP this month.
Workplace Literacy has a grant, Project Grow, in which they
share information with other colleges along the border. This
sharing has been through Webinars and face-to-face. The
ABE grant proposal has been submitted. It includes GED
college bridge to careers, a TSI academy, and “reverse
referrals,” which are for students who come to the community
college but are referred to Adult Basic Education for lowerlevel work.
DE English reported that Reading and English voted to use
only the Writing cut score for INRW placement for now until
the Reading cut scores are modified to align with English.
For INRW, the exit exam will count 10% of student’s grade
for the course, along with a portfolio, instead of a high-stakes
pass-fail exit exam. Holistic advising was discussed. There
is talk of allowing high school transcripts to be considered as
part of holistic advising.
DE Math discussed their Non-Course-Based Math. The
discipline will try to recruit students for this. It is a one week
“extender” course. They are still ironing out details with
Registration, Financial Aid, and others. NCBM 0114 is a
new NCBM to be started this fall.
The Reading discipline is meeting to adjust the TSI cut scores
for Reading.
The Retention/Early Interventions Committee has no new
updates this month.
The ESL discipline has selected some new textbooks districtwide, continues to develop lab activities and exit exams, and
the discipline recently had students complete their SLO
assessment to be tabulated and reported by the end of the
semester.
Registration Fair: continue these every spring. Make sure
there is representation from Admissions and Registration.
Hold them right after registration starts, and refer students
directly to a computer where they could register on the spot.
Have a table where students could update their college
contact information on the spot. Have an evaluation for
students to fill out.
Margie reported that administration at EPCC is working with
the school districts to address the requirements and mandates
of Texas House Bill 5.
It was suggested that Financial Aid be invited to at least one
of our future DE Council meetings.
The DE Council’s next meeting is tentatively scheduled for
September 11 at VV unless anything urgent comes up during
the summer.
Committee Reports
Meeting adjourned at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Those involved in Early Alert and Project Completes could
be called upon to share information and updates.
Respectfully submitted by Tracy von Maluski
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DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COUNCIL
MINUTES FOR 2012-2013
October 2, 2012
ASC B-445
Attendees: Claude Mathis, David Moody, Cynthia Velasco,
Mike Coulehan, Irma Camacho, Ivette Chuca, Pat Duran,
Edith Aguirre, Denise Lujan, Andrea Berta, Dorothy Ward,
and Margie Nelson Rodríguez
I.
Welcome and Introductions: Ivette Chuca called the
meeting to order and welcomed the Council.
Introductions were made.
II.
Approval of Minutes: The meeting minutes from
April 26, 2012, were approved unanimously.
III.
Committee Reports
A.
UTEP
English
UTEP’s English faculty reported on their
0111/1311 paired course. “Bubble” students
who almost passed the Accuplacer (5 or less
on the essay and less than 80 on Sentence
Structure) enroll in this course. They have
been using the current model for five years.
It’s a hybrid course that meets once weekly.
This paired course offers students extra
support for the credit level course (English
1311) and is conducted in a small lab that DE
English shares with DE Math. The lab has six
computers. The modules for the 0111 course
contain quizzes and activities.
At UTEP, DE Reading 0310 is taken as a
learning community. For example, Reading
0310 is offered as an 8-week course paired
with a 16-week history class. The students
have 6 hours of Reading weekly for 8 weeks.
Then students still have 8 weeks of history.
The Reading course emphasizes heavy
upfront study and immersion in the beginning
of the semester. Reading 0310 is not offered
as a stand-alone 16-week course.
Math
Denise Lujan is on the THECB Policies
Subcommittee. She reported that the policies
developed by the Subcommittee were not
accepted by THECB. The DE Plan draft
constructed by the THECB is quite different
than the Subcommittee’s recommendations.
There is much uncertainty right now, and
institutions are waiting for final decisions and
guidance concerning DE Initiatives and the
new TSI Assessment. Denise Lujan also
reported that random questions were
embedded in Accuplacer for new TSI
assessment and that in Feb. 2012 the new TSI
cut scores were distributed.
Another complicating factor is the End of
Course (EOC) Exam for Texas high school
students. Information has not been provided,
and the EOC is very difficult for students to
pass. Consequently, higher education
institutions may more DE students in 2017 as
many students will likely graduate with
minimal graduation diploma due to poor
results on the EOC.
More testing updates were provided, such as
the new Accuplacer placement exam taking
effect in fall 2013. On August 26, 2013, new
students and students retesting will have to
take the new Accuplacer. If students have
tested successfully before 8/26/13, then they
will not need to take the new Accuplacer.
Another update concerned HB 1244, which
will prohibit higher education institutions
from having higher test cut scores than the
TSI requirements.
The UTEP DE Math Department is making
various preparations in case certain courses
are eliminated by the new cut score
requirements. For example, a new course has
been developed that is a combination of Math
0305 and a college algebra class in
anticipation of new TSI cut scores.
UTEP is also worried that they will have the
enrollment numbers for the paired offerings
as these paired offerings have not had high
enrollment in the past. Denise Lujan also
reported that all DE Math courses taught at
UTEP are in computer lab and are capped at
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Denise Lujan also informed the Council of
the success of UTEP’s Math Dog Math
(MDM), which is similar to a summer bridge.
This will count for UTEP’s NCBO. MDM is
an ALEX Program Emporium Model.
Students attend 7 hours weekly from 8:30
a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the library. Students can
come in whenever they would like in that
time period. There is a rolling start, with
some students starting each week but not past
mid-July unless the students scored in the top
level of the placement. Denise Lujan uses
data to track the students’
completion/persistence through their first
credit-level math class; she only tracks the
first attempt. Her findings show that MDM
students pass Pre-Calculus at 90%.
There is also a program for students who
failed the DE Math final or did not quite
finish the course, possibly with their grade at
65%. The DE Math course is extended two
weeks after finals week to help students pass
the course. In this extended course, students
are required to attend the lab 3 hours daily
until they reach 85% of their pie, which are
the concepts they did not master or finish
during the regular course. Denise Lujan
shared her data with the Council. Regarding
the submission of final grades, if students
pass their final before grades are due, then
they have a passing grade. If students pass
after grades are due, the instructor submits a
grade change form for the student. The
instructors work with and follow up with the
Registrar’s Office. On staffing, there were 3
instructors in spring 2012, versus in fall 2011
in which there was only one instructor for all
the labs. The key to success is mandating
students’ attendance and participation. The
UTEP Provost’s Office has been paying the
instructors $1000 weekly for teaching in the
program, and it is free for students. They
have to make the time commitment, however.
Denise Lujan reported that Paired courses for
DE Math have been difficult because the
credit-level course is not controlled by DE
Math since Credit Math and DE Math are
separate departments.
B.
DE English Standing Committee
Margie Nelson Rodríguez reported that the
DE English Standing Committee withdrew its
proposal to establish a placement test floor
for English 0309 because it appears that the
THECB and new TSI standards will place
students who score lowest on the placement
test into Adult Basic Education (ABE)
instead of DE. For example, Reading 0307,
in which students read at an 8th grade level,
will now be ABE. There will be will be a
floor everywhere with these new TSI
standards. Some Council members voiced
concern over how ABE will be funded and
the idea of cutting certain students out of
higher education who could still graduate
(Mike Coulehan shared a story of one student
who did) but are statistically unlikely to do
so. Although there was some concern
expressed that ABE students may not return
to EPCC after their ABE program, it was
emphasized that these students need to be in
the program that they will benefit from
(ABE, ESL, etc.) and not be placed in DE
courses that they cannot pass. Furthermore, it
was expressed that ABE students earn a
workforce certificate and are often anxious
and more prepared to return to EPCC. These
students often have a decent job after earning
their workforce certificates. We do not want
to close the door for these students. Also,
there are some financial aid issues that need
to be clarified concerning ABE.
Also, Margie Nelson Rodríguez reported on
the ESL Placement Procedure draft and the
issue of ESL students concurrently enrolling
in DE English. The DE English Standing
Committee will work with the other DE
disciplines and the Council on this issue.
Some possible solutions posed by the
Council: installing a Banner mechanism to
prevent this type of enrollment, instructors
checking students’ schedules in the beginning
of the semester, using a block for DE
courses, and hiring a consultant for help.
Students’ perceptions of financial aid and
misperceptions of the new ESL redesign may
be contributing to this issue. For example,
some Transmountain ESL students will take
classes that they are not ready for because
they think that have to keep four classes (12
credit hours) to keep their financial aid.
Many students are not aware that their
financial aid is prorated, so they will not lose
any of their funds by just concentrating on
their ESL classes in the beginning of their
coursework. Some students have had trouble
adjusting to the new ESL program and the
new way of thinking. It was expressed that
taking 12 hours a semester will not work for
all students.
Several DE Council members were able to
travel to Baltimore, Maryland, in June for the
ALP Conference. One exciting program
presented was intrusive advising and
academic coaches. This program is
mandatory for DE students who have failed a
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using survey monkey for their own
evaluations and Math faculty are not using
the institutional survey. No IRB permission
is needed. UTEP Math students take the
course final and then take the survey.
Students do not get the survey until they pass
the final.
registration to two classes. The Council
should touch base with Dr. Vale as Denise
Lujan mentioned that the THECB was
working on an advising matrix/Texas
Toolbox. This may be something coming
down the pipeline. In the Baltimore model,
the intrusive advising/academic coaches
program has funding and an office. The
model uses a case management approach.
C.
Math Emporium Specialist: Having one of
these at each separate campus will prevent all
the questions and problems, especially
concerning technology/log-in issues, all
going to Ivette Chuca the first week and last
week of the semester.
DE Math Standing Committee
Ivette Chuca and Edith Aguirre reported on
the success of the DE Math Summit. Guests
attended from out of town and there was a
very successful faculty-driven workshop with
ESL, math, and reading. Also, Ivette Chuca
reported on the Math 0305/1314 pilot over
the summer for Complete College America.
They formed a great community. Ivette
Chuca would stay for the other instructor’s
class, and both instructors there all the time.
Students could ask either instructor for help.
D.
Mike Coulehan reported that the Reading
Discipline is pushing for a cap on the INRW
at 16 students. They need the Vice President
of Instruction to approve. It is cheaper for the
College and students since they are getting
two courses (Reading and Writing) for the
cost of one course. Also, the Exit Test for the
INRW needs to be truly integrated and
persuasive. The writing will be persuasive
and based on a persuasive reading selection.
The challenge will be coordinating the efforts
to really integrate the test with the two
disciplines. In November-December 2012,
the ACGM will provide for more detailed
descriptions and SLO’s for the INRW course.
Math Emporium Updates
Professional Development: Since some Math
Emporium faculty did not attend the
professional development (there is no way to
make it mandatory at this point) and there
were valuable updates provided at the
professional development, there was some
chaos in the first week. Currently, there are
labs at all five campuses and two classrooms
with 40 computers in each classroom. The
labs operate from 7:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and
serve 800 students throughout the week; they
also have a credit math lab. Ivette Chuca
reported that they were going to share lab
space with English. The new building opened
in spring 2013. The classes are capped at 35
although there are some overrides. In
classrooms with 40 computers, they try to
cap at 37 students in case some computers do
not work.
Tutor Budget: Ivette Chuca asked the Dean if
the tutoring budget is the same for each
campus. Perhaps there will be some leftover
tutor budget funds for the Valle Verde
campus, which has 30 Math Emporium
classes. Math can possibly use the DEI
extension of DEI grant funds for one extra
tutor.
Instructor Evaluations: Ivette Chuca sent out
a revised instructor evaluation form that
would be better suited for the Math
Emporium to the Instructor Evaluations
Committee and Dr. Carina Ramirez. For their
nontraditional DE Math courses, UTEP is
Reading Committee
E.
Retention/Early Intervention Committee
Pat Duran is excited to be the liaison between
this committee and DE Council. One current
proposal of the Retention/Early Intervention
Committee is to require all faculty to provide
mid-term grades/grade feedback in the 6th
week of the semester. This proposal has
support from DE Council, and the
committee’s first meeting is today. Next, Pat
Duran will take the mid-term grades/grade
feedback proposal to the Faculty Senate. The
DE Council’s proposed meeting times
conflict with the Retention/Early Intervention
Committee’s meeting schedule, so Pat Duran
will ask if the Retention/Early Intervention
Committee can adjust their meeting schedule
accordingly.
F.
ESL
David Moody reported on the ESL Program
Redesign. ESL used to have 6 six levels, 4
classes in each, with a total of 72 credit
hours. To redesign the program, the ESL
faculty did two years of work in eight
months. All the reading and writing is
integrated with basic grammar basic concepts
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their credit level courses after INRW. Other INRW
topics discussed: prohibiting multiple choice tests
and including more in-class essays. The top levels
of DE Reading and Writing will be 100% integrated
by fall 2014.
and no true beginner’s level. There is a
NCBO for students who almost place,
however.
ESL has established ABE pathways for true
beginners and TSI compliance in the rigorous
and integrated ESL program. The program
allows students to have concurrent
enrollment; students can finish class and
move on since they are not locked into levels
with co-requisites and pre- requisites. It has
been a real paradigm shift for everyone to
think in terms of skill sets instead of levels.
Mike Coulehan will bring the contact hour question
and the student cap to the English Discipline’s
Special Projects Committee, of which he is a
member.
Margie Nelson Rodríguez asked under which
discipline will INRW be placed. According to Ron
Stroud, INRW will be under the English discipline.
There are 60 points of lab work required. Lab
grades are performance-based instead of
time-based.
IV.
Late Registration Update
Edith Aguirre and Ivette Chuca presented the
proposal to end late registration to Leadership over
the summer. They received instructions from VPI
Steve Smith to collaborate with Linda GonzalezHensgen and Student Services on a comprehensive
plan. Ivette Chuca and Margie Nelson Rodríguez
have attended the Late Registration Committee
meetings. The next step is to take the comprehensive
plan to Cabinet.
V.
Ivette Chuca discussed the Mathways Project
Factsheet and how the first course can prepare the
student to go anywhere, which is the main difference
between this program and StatWay. The first course
will have a co-requisite of a math-based college
student success course.
VI.
Dr. Vale’s visit to El Paso to explain Non Course
Based Options (NCBO’s) was discussed. Students
should be able to work at their own pace in the
NCBO yet still have supervision from an instructor.
Furthermore, the NCBO must have course
objectives, contact hours, an instructor of record,
and clearly defined materials. Lastly, the NCBO
must be listed in the college catalog and transcripted
upon completion.
Texas Leadership Team Meeting (Sept. 24, 2012)
Report
A background of this team was provided by Ivette
Chuca. The team first started with just math, but the
other disciplines were added. This is a result of the
DEI and the Texas Association of Community
Colleges. Mike Coulehan discussed key concepts
from the meeting “Redesigning Students’
Educational Experiences.” There are four categories:
Connect, Prepare, Progress, and Succeed. The
Council was reminded that Texas is going to tie
college funding up to 10% to completion rates and
the Performance-Based Timeline was shown. There
were concerns raised about keeping the high
standards when the state ties funding to
performance. One positive aspect is that students’
completion of their DE sequence is considered a
milestone under this new funding structure.
INRW updates from this meeting were provided.
There will be performance funding and supportive
tutoring. The question was of contact hours for
INRW was posed. Should it be 3, 4, or 5 contact
hours? One idea posed is making INRW a 4 hour
class plus 1 with the lab. Currently at EPCC, INRW
is a 3 hour class. Professional development/training
for INRW faculty will be provided by the THECB in
spring 2013. The search for INRW trainers has been
opened nationally. INRW students will also be
tracked longitudely to see how the students do in
Non-Course Based Instruction Updates
In order to see and learn about some models that are
out there and working, EPCC will conduct a
conference call with Amarillo College: Thursday,
Oct. 11, 2012 (was subsequently rescheduled for
Friday, Oct, 12), at 2pm, with Tamara Kloonis. The
DE Council will send information to UTEP about
the conference call.
At the NCBO meeting, EPCC Math faculty were
told by Doug Schirmer that the Math Emporium
could not serve as a NCBO; however, Dr. Vale told
Denise Lujan that the Math Emporium does qualify
as a NCBO. Since the THECB is continually
defining NCBO’s and is leery of being too specific,
as long as our NCBO’s fit the general definition they
should be accepted. Funding for the NCBO’s will
come from Rider 59. ESL is already using a NCBO
to close the gap for “bubble” students. They had to
raise their standards and establish a variety of
pathways for students.
VII.
Election of DE Council Chair for 2012-2013:
Motion approved to table voting until the next
meeting and elect a secretary, as well.
VIII.
Other: Motion approved to add David Moody to the
DE Council.
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IX.
The DE Council meetings will be held on the first
Tuesday of every month:
March 5, 2013
April 2, 2013
DE Council Meeting Schedule:
Nov. 6, 2012
Feb. 5, 2013
Minutes taken by Margie Nelson Rodríguez.
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November 6, 2012
instruction. Computer mediated instruction is
used but not as a main instructional tool only as
supplemental material. Students come by based
on their schedule, but they are required to come
to the lab every week. Students can enroll for a
1 credit hour (14 clock hours 2 weeks), 2 credit
hours (40 clock hrs.-3 weeks) or 3 credit hours
(60 hours-up to 15 weeks) based upon their
placement test score. Enrollment is 350-400
students in math, 150 in writing, and 100 in
reading. Low drop rate usually around 2% and
pass rate is 66%. Financial Aid can be used. A
Flowchart for each instructional area was sent to
Irma who forwarded to the committee chairs
and district-wide coordinators. A trip to
Amarillo is planned in early spring.
Members Present: Hector Arriola, Irma Camacho, Ivette
Chuca, Pat Duran, Claude Mathis, Susan Silva, Cynthia
Velasco, and Dorothy Ward.
Members Absent: Edith Aguirre, Tonie Badillo, Andrea
Berta, Michael Coulehan, Denise Lujan, Terri Mann, David
Moody, Margaret Nelson-Rodriguez, Diana Orrantia, Patricia
Ortega, Marisa Pierce, and Dr. Lydia Tena.
UTEP -- Dorothy Ward reporting
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Students are allowed to enroll for the first college
level English course (ENGL 1311) with a placement
test score of 5 on the essay and less than 80 on
sentence structure portion.
Developmental Reading is offered in an 8 week
format and paired with a 16 week History course.
Plans are underway to fully integrated Reading and
Writing by 2014.
Denise Lujan is part of the DEI Advisory Board on
TSI policies which made recommendations to the
state Developmental Education Plan. The plan was
issued and will be in effect until 2016.
The goal of the THECB is for all developmental
education courses to be taught as Non-course Based
Options by 2017.
In February when the new TSI cut scores are
announced UTEP will revise their college algebra
class with Math 0311 and 1311. Any revisions and
alignment will be shared with EPCC.
They have worked with Banner to code students in
SOATEST so that they can register for a higher
level class when they complete one class and there is
still time in the semester to begin another class.
This feature follows students to the next class and
tracks completions and retention through the first
attempt in a class.
Non-Course-Based Instruction -- Irma Camacho
reporting
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Amarillo Community College—Access Learning
Center A significant group of faculty participated
on a phone call on October 12 with Jenna Marion to
learn more about their open-entry open-exit
developmental lab. EPCC participants included:
Angelina Arellanes Nunez, Edith Aguirre, David
Moody, Maria Gomez, Robin Russell, Dorothy
Ward, Andrea Berta, and David Henry. All Reading
faculty and all members of the DE Math and DE
English Standing committees were invited.
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The lab is open 40 hours a week during the
semester and is staffed by three full time
instructors and one adjunct with no peer tutors.
They aim to have one on one or small group
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The DE Math Standing committee is looking at
the Math Emporium extender NCBI which
would give those students who are close to
completing a class two weeks during the
intercession to complete.
Early Intervention/Retention Committee -- Pat Duran
reporting
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Recommendation of posting of mid-term grades for
all students in developmental and gate keeper
classes.
Developmental English Standing Committee Margie
Nelson Rodriguez reporting
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A concern still exists on those students who score a
0-2 on the essay portion of the placement test.
Margie, Myshie Pagel, Robin Russell, and Maria
Gomez are working a process for students who
enroll in ENGL 0309 or ENGL 0310, but who
should be in ESL courses.
Unfortunately, there are a few students who enrolled
for both ESL and developmental English courses
this fall.
A Special Projects Committee has been formed to
work on NCBIs and the Accelerated Learning
Program.
Developmental Math Standing Committee -- Ivette Chuca
reporting
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A Math Summit is being planned with funding from
DEI
Valle Verde Learning Emporium has two
classrooms which are open from 7:00 AM to 8:30
PM.
The faculty student evaluation was revised for Math
Emporium instructors.
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Complete College America-Focus and Statway offer
paired course in which the developmental course is
paired with college level course.
EPCC was selected to serve as co-developers for the
New Mathways Project which is being organized by
the Dana Center at UT-Austin.
Reading Standing Committee -- Mike Coulehan reporting
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Mike and Tony Procell have revised the INRW
course.
The 1 hour course is not in the catalog.
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The NCBI has been for entering students and does
not meet the THECB guidelines, so this will be
revised to target students who are near to placing in
college level English.
Late Registation -- Ivette Chuca
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The recommendation to end Late Registration was
presented to Instructional Leadership who supported
the measure. The recommendation and proposal
was forwarded to Linda Gonzalez Hensgen who will
take to Cabinet. The faculty senate had voted to
support this recommendation last fall.
ESL -- David Moody reporting
Adjournment
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The revised ESL program is 30 credits and all
reading and writing courses are integrated. The
program is TSI aligned. Classes are not co-requisites
as they were in the past. Instead students place
according to skill sets.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
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February 7, 2013
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2.
Members Present: Ivette Chuca (Chair), Edith Aguirre,
Hector Arriola, Diana Orrantia, Tracy von Maluski, Cynthia
Velasco, Jan Eveler, Margie Nelson Rodriguez, and Armando
Gomez
I.
Welcome: Ivette Chuca, Chair, welcomed the
Council and called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.
II.
Approval of Minutes: Meeting Minutes from Nov. 6,
2012 were approved with a few corrections noted.
III.
Committee Reports
Other Committee Work: There is a Progress
Report form on the EPCC Counseling
webpage the web. Committee is working on
revising the drop form to make it a series of
easy to follow steps; this should make the
process easier.
F.
A.
UTEP Report: Tabled for next meeting.
B.
DE English Standing Committee: Margie
Nelson Rodriguez reported that the
committee is working on its NCBI and
INRW. The committee is looking forward to
visiting Amarillo College’s Access Lab. The
committee is also working on its training
program for INRW.
IV.
DE Math Standing Committee: The
committee is working on its NCBI for Math
0124 for bubble students. They will still need
to develop the course. They also discussed
the Math Emporium as an option. They have
two representatives from Math on the Item
Review Team for the new TSI instrument.
Ivette also provided a Mathways Update (see
below V.C.) The Math Emporium has been
nominated for the national, prestigious
Bellwether Award for the Math Emporium.
The goal of the committee for this semester is
to develop the Math NCBI.
D.
Reading Committee: Mike Coulehan is
attending the IRW Kickoff Institute in Dallas,
Texas.
E.
Retention/Early Intervention Committee:
The Committee is working on two
recommendations:
1.
Developmental and ESL instructors
would give the students their average
at least twice before midterm. Banner
does not have a place for a midterm
grade.
ESL Committee: David Moody will email the
report.
New TSI Assessment
A.
Standard Setting Team: Edith Aguirre
showed the Council the Updated TSI Model
flowchart. There is still a lot to figure out for
students who don’t place into developmental
math and have to go into ABE. They looked
into placing cut scores for ABE-CCRS
(Career & College Readiness Standards).
They took many tests. There were some
issues with the wording on some of the
questions. The team ranked the test questions
based on the level of difficulty. The team was
asked to erase their courses from their minds
and just think of the person having the
minimum requirements, struggling with the
test questions. They took an average (team of
25) on the level of difficulty. They could not
use their courses to compare the skills and
minimum requirements. They made
recommendations, but someone else will
make the final decision. The ABE and CCRS
cut scores will be set across the state. It will
be up to the institution to place the students
based on their results on the diagnostic. But
we don’t know which course the student will
need to take after the diagnostic. There will
be SAT Score exemptions. There will be no
COMPASS, no Accuplacer, just the TSI
Placement Test. Edith presented a handout
from the College Board, “Texas Success
Initiative Test Content,” and the Updated TSI
Model.
B.
Item Review Team: Diana Orrantia reported
on the TSI Item Review meeting in early
January. Representatives from K-12 and
higher education were present. First, the team
went through the TSI Placement Test. Next,
the team looked at the material dumped (the
questions that tested poorly with students)
and kept. They were not allowed to change
The goal of the committee for this semester is
to develop the English NCBI and prepare for
INRW implementation.
C.
Developmental instructor and student
must confer if students are not passing
before the drop date.
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anything; they made suggestions, but these
suggestions will not be applied until the
second year. If students don’t pass the test,
they will take a more diagnostic exam and it
will up to the higher education to place into
the correct course or strand. If the students
don’t pass the diagnostic, they will be placed
into ABE. The cut scores are not ready. Now,
before the students take the TSI test, there
will be a mandated orientation session.
C.
V.
Pre-Assessment Modules: EPCC Testing
Services is working with UTEP on the preassessment refresher. This is just a refresher
module and not an entire course. Will we use
the same modules and the same portals as
UTEP? Logistics will need to be worked out
and help will be available online. Students
will still need to have their orientation.
Testing Services is trying not to disrupt the
process already in place at EPCC and UTEP.
PLATO may be used. We need to make sure
the student is registered. Issues with Banner
and registration. They need to figure out a
way to identify the student.
VI.
C.
New Mathways Project: The Math discipline
is serving as co-developers for the Mathways
Project, which is a Texas-wide initiative. In
this project, a new course, Foundations of
Mathematical Reasoning/Math 0404, is
paired with Education 1300; some student
success skills building is also present in the
Math 0404. The team includes counselors,
Education 1300 faculty, administrators, and
student success staff. In fall 2013, Math 0404
will be paired with Education 1300. In spring
2014, students will take credit level Math
1342 or Math 1333. This project should help
students choose a major, career, and the best
pathway. After the Mathway Project meeting,
the committee will need to present the
proposal to the Math discipline for approval.
D.
Academic Success Plan: The Council
recommended edits. Ivette will present to
Irma Camacho.
Other
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April 10, 2013: Chantel Reynolds will hold a
meeting here in El Paso.
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Ivette will check on the Summer Bridge data
and ask for permission to share.
Updates
A.
B.
Complete College America: In August 2013,
Complete College America served 99
students, which includes two FOCUS Math
courses in one semester. Students will also
take student success courses. This semester’s
topics will be Study Skills and Time
Management.
Puente Project: Margie presented and briefly
explained the fall 2012 results. The Project
had great success in the fall, with 92.70% of
students completing INRW 0311.
VII.
Next Meeting Time and Place: March 12, 2013—
Valle Verde B240
Minutes taken by Margie Nelson Rodriguez
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March 12, 2013
VV, Room C428
added four new members to assist in the
development of the NCBI
Members Present: Edith Aguirre, Irma Camacho, Ivette
Chuca, Michael Coulehan, Jan Eveler, Claude Mathis, David
Moody, Diana Orrantia, Julie Penley, Tracy Von Maluski, Pat
Duran, Hector Arriola, and Armando Gomez.
I.
Ivette called the meeting to order at 3:07 p.m.
II.
The minutes for February were approved as
corrected.
III.
Below are some for the recommendations:
1.
Use the Emporium labs but with
modularized math. This would be a
long range plan.
2.
MATH 0301-Take out some
components which are at the very
lowest level and make that the NCBI.
MATH 0124 could be used for the
bubble students for Math 1324.
Committee Reports
3.
A.
UTEP—No one was in attendance from
UTEP
B.
DE English Standing Committee -- Ivette
Chuca (Margie Nelson)
4.
NCBI: The Developmental English Standing
Committee is researching diagnostic
instruments for its NCBI. At the next
meeting (Wednesday, March 27, 2013), the
committee will discuss these instruments,
software programs, and development of the
NCBI.
Instructor Training: The committee has
drafted a list of Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) with answers for instructors who
teach developmental English. The committee
will show a draft to the discipline at the
discipline meeting today and work on
revising, editing, and finalizing the FAQs at
the next meeting. Robin Russell has
developed an online course for training
instructors who teach developmental English,
which she will show the committee at the
next meeting. In addition to providing a
printed handout, the FAQs will be
incorporated into the online course.
C.
Use the week after the semester ends for
those students enrolled in the Math
Emporium to finish the class. That last
week would be an open lab.
Each discipline needs to have at least one
NCBI by fall 2013.
All campuses are reorganizing for the New
Mathways Project (NMP). In fall MATH
0404 will be offered at each campus. On
April 5, Tom Connolly will speak to the
NMP team. They will have more details after
that.
The focus program will continue through the
summer. The discipline wants to keep the
program going and will look into ways to do
so beyond the grant period which ends this
summer.
D.
Reading Discipline -- Mike Coulehan
INRW: Most members of the committee, in
addition to several English faculty not on the
committee, have registered for the INRW
Regional Conference on April 12, 2013 in El
Paso. We are looking forward to participating
and learning more about INRW.
INRW training will be held here in El Paso
on April 12. All reading and DE English
faculty are encouraged to attend. There will
be three faculty development presentations
on INRW. There will also be professional
training for faculty in summer and fall.
Assessment is another item which will be
addressed. A newly formed committee
which Jan and Claude have organized is
meeting on a regular basis.
DE Math Standing Committee -- Edith
Aguirre, Diana Orrantia
The discipline has decided to use PLATO for
the NCBI.
The committee opened the discussion on the
NCBI to the entire discipline at last week’s
district-wide meeting. The committee has
Based on the Accuplacer here are the
following score ranges for reading
anticipating what the new TSI may indicate.
It is hoped the ABE funds are redistributed to
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to need another review, because some areas
are more emphasized than others. Speaking
and listening are more subjective and
therefore may be less consistent. A pilot is
being conducted this semester. Students
must score a minimum of 42 on the
COMPASS and this is a big challenge. The
discipline wants to work with ABE as a
pipeline to the ESL program at EPCC. They
are also working with the Reading and
English disciplines on the college level
threshold. The discipline is also researching
how students are performing in ENGL 1301.
the community colleges to serve this lower
level of student.
Level 1-4
Level 5-6
8th grade
Adult Education
9th-12th grade
Developmental Education
Pat described a program currently being
piloted with the MdP campus. There is one
counselor who works part-time at MdP and
refers students who place at the lower levels
to a program called the College and Career
Readiness Institute which is being offered
through Workforce Literacy. This program
provides basic skill instruction, career
education, specialized advising. Sara
Martinez oversees the program which
appears to be working very well.
E.
Retention/Early Intervention Committee -Tracy Von Maluski
IV.
The grants office is looking for grants that address
developmental education. Send data questions to
IR.
V.
F.
To continue the Early Alert Program
2.
For instructors to call students who are
failing.
3.
Grade posting for students in Banner
before mid-term. The rationale is that
students need feedback as to how they
are doing. Especially students in
developmental education. Instructors
are the first line of contact with students
and should work closely with the
counselor. Students also need to speak
with their instructors before dropping a
course.
NCBI
There are several offices that need to be involved in
the implementation of the NCBIs including
institutional research, Curriculum Office,
Registrar’s, Financial Aid, and Counseling. After a
discussion it was decided to invite the
aforementioned departments, the DE Council, and
the Standing Committees to the next meeting of the
DE Council to initiate the implementation plans.
Each discipline should have a prepared written plan
about their NCBI.
These are the committee’s current
recommendations
1.
Data
Beginning on August 1, 2013, faculty can take the
new TSI test. Please contact Testing Services.
VI.
Next Meeting: Thursday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m.
VII.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 5:10
p.m.
ESL Discipline -- David Moody
The discipline is refining its approaches by
looking for a rubric that all faculty will use
for grading writing. Grammar also appears
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April 25, 2013
ASC Auditorium
Council Members Present: Edith Aguirre, Hector Arriola,
Irma Camacho, Ivette Chuca, Michael Coulehan, Claude
Mathis, David Moody, Margie Nelson-Rodriguez, Diana
Orrantia, Marisa Pierce, Susan Silva, Cynthia Velasco, and
Tracy Von Maluski
Visitors: Lolo Mercado, Jose Baltazar, Yolanda ChavezAhner, Caroline Woolf-Gurley, Sara Martinez, Dr. Carol
Kay, Irma Craver-Castillo, Marta Olivares, Rachel Ortega,
Kathleen Bombach-Muro, Maria T. Gomez, Celina Gomez,
Sandra Lujan, Patsy Saenz, Armando Gomez, Irene GuranyGarcia, Terri Mann, Irma Hoy, Robert Yarbrough, Dr.
Katherine Kelley, David Moody, Doug Schirmer, Sandra
Peck, Myshie Pagel, and Daryle Hendry.
Reading (see attached description) -- Susan Silva
The One-hour Reading class will become the NCBI. Bubble
students will be assessed in the reading labs to determine
strengths and weaknesses and the bases for an individualized
plan. Materials both printed and written to be used for the
NCBI will be determined by the discipline.
English (see attached description) -- Margie NelsonRodriguez
NCBI will be paired with ENGL 1301 and will be initiated at
VV and NW. A diagnostic needs assessment will be
administered to each student which will be the basis for the
individualized instruction.
Welcome
Questions and Discussion
Ivette Chuca, DE Council Chair, called the meeting to order
at 3:00 p.m. and welcomed everyone. She indicated that this
meeting was meant for each of the four disciplines to discuss
their NCBIs with the individuals from College departments
who will be instrumental in implementation. Those in
attendance introduced themselves.
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Irma gave a brief Power Point overview of NCBIs.
Discipline Reports
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If faculty are not fairly compensated then they will not
want to do this work.
At Amarillo the offered 1, 2, and 3 hour options. Many
students were selecting the one-hour option which was
not necessarily the best option, so this was used very
rarely.
Bubble students may not need a lot of intervention
Tuition and fees vary greatly for NCBIs across the state
What if they fail ENGL 1301, can a student pass the
NCBI?
Math (see attached description) -- Edith Aguirre and
Ivette Chuca
ESL -- David Moody
1.
ESL provided the Colleges only NCBI to date, but they are
changing this to develop a new NCBI for the bubble students.
The latter will be available for:
Proposed extension for students in the Math
Emporium. This NCBI was discussed with Dr. Vale
who gave her agreement to this intervention. This is
already being used at UTEP.
Questions and Discussion
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2.
How many students will need to be registered
for this intervention to be able to run?
Will a letter grade be awarded or a pass/no pass
grade?
Can we go back and change the Math
Emporium grade based upon the extender
grade?
Proposal to offer MATH 0124 for the bubble students
who will be taking Math 1324.
Question and Discussion
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Additional Discussion
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In the past the MATH 0124 has not made.

Dr. Kelley recommended that each of the NCBIs have a
course outline developed and submitted to her office. In
consideration of the time constraints, it is more expedient
to do this and not to have full course development on
these.
Diana Orrantia informed the group that while we as an
institution must offer NCBIs, students have the option of
participating in the NCBI or the regular developmental
course.
Counselors would be able to more effectively advise
students if there was some indicator on the testing screen
that the student qualifies for an NCBI.
Students often stop out of school for a significant amount
of time. When they return they have forgotten some of
their basic skills especially math, but students are
allowed to enroll for the next indicated class without a
refresher. Often these students fail the next class.
Math only has two developmental cut scores one for
Introduction to Algebra and one for Intermediate
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Algebra. The additional cut score is for ABE and not
information was given on what to do with this group.
At the meeting of the Coordinating Board on Thursday it
was recommended that the 2013-14 school year was to
investigate this area. Close work with TEA and TWC
was recommended, as well as, increased funding for this
area. An example of working closely to develop viable
work force options with contextualized basic skills was
given, such as that as Mountain View College in Dallas.
Sara Martinez described the pilot which workforce has
developed for this summer which integrates basic skills.
Much preparation of basic skills is needed before
entering a workforce area.
Students will disabilities need to be considered, because
they are at a disadvantage. How will we address these
students?
What Needs To Be Done Next
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Complete the Course Outline and submit to Dr. Kelley
Based on the new cut scores which will be available on
April 26 through the TSI webinar, determine the bubble
cut scores.
Determine target population size through a data request
from Institutional Research.
Determine how many faculty will be needed at each
campus and fair compensation recommendations.
Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
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Attachment to April 25, 2013 Minutes
Math NCBO
1.
Title: NCBM-0301, NCBM-0303, NCBM-0305. NCBM=Non-Course Based Math
2.
Description: The NCBM will be a 10 contact hours in a computer lab and will be offered the
week immediately following the fall or spring semesters. Students will continue to work on the
emporium course requirements to complete their course.
3.
Target Student Population: Faculty recommended students who are currently registered in an
emporium course who meet the following criteria:
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4.
Students must be at most 2 weeks behind their course calendar work
Students must have no more than 4 hours of absences
Fee:
Student
Faculty
Faculty compensated per hour at the college rate.
Example: If there are 120 students then we would need one faculty member and 3 tutors to
work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Faculty: $27 x 30hrs=$810
3 Tutors: $8.40 x 90hrs = $756
Total: $1566
5.
Campus: Sections will be opened at each of the 5 campuses. If a section is to be closed because
of enrollment then the students will be encouraged to attend a different campus.
6.
Staff Needed: Depending on the number of students there will be 1 to 3 instructors and 1 to 3
tutors.
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Attachment to April 25, 2013 Minutes
In January of this year, the Reading Discipline discussed the possibility of using, the one hour course
(READ 0109), Michael Coulehan developed, as our NCBI course. Students who tested just under the cut
off will be further assessed (we are still looking for an instrument) for strengths and weaknesses. Then,
an individualize plan will be prescribed to remediate weaknesses. The prescription will likely consist of
print materials and some electronic supplements. We are challenged with the fact that not all campuses
have the same electronic situations or skills books available. The entire reading discipline will decide
which materials to use and the campus instructor of record will monitor student coursework. We are
having a discussion whether an Exit Exam will be used to show completion or whether the student will be
given prescribed mastery tests for the areas in which he/she received remediation.
We are proud to offer a pathway for students who just barely miss the cut off score.
April 25, 2013
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Attachment to April 25, 2013 Minutes
DW English Discipline Non-Course Based Option (NCBO) Proposal
NCBO
Course Description
Title of Course: NCBW (Non-Course Based Intervention for Writing)
NCBO and ENGL 1301 co-enrollment: The NCBO will be a companion (paired) component with English 1301
(student will be simultaneously enrolled in English 1301 and the NCBO). The NCBO will focus on individualized
instruction with an instructor of record assigned to manage the students’ progress. The NCBO will be initiated in
fall 2013 at the Valle Verde and Northwest campuses.
Individual Study Plan: After completing the diagnostic and needs-assessment, the instructor and student will
develop an Individual Study Plan (ISP) designed to ensure student success in college credit bearing courses,
especially English 1301. This plan will define student learning goals and objectives as well as mandatory
scheduled hours of intensive instruction in writing and grammar combined with computer assisted instruction on a
weekly basis. The ISP may be adjusted at any point of the semester at the instructor’s discretion based on student
performance and likelihood of achieving student’s goals and objectives.
Faculty roles and responsibilities: The instructor assigned to each class group of NCBO students is responsible for
developing each student’s ISP base on assessment results, scheduling each student in lab and study facilities,
providing intensive instruction as needed, monitoring student performance and attendance, adjusting the ISP as
needed to promote student success, supporting each student through direct instruction and referral to appropriate
college resources, intervening as needed, and grading and recordkeeping for each assigned class group. If the
faculty member has students with disabilities in the NCBO, the instructor will work with the Center for Students
with Disabilities (CSD).
Course assignment: Full time or part time faculty may teach an NCBO as an assigned one three-hour course load
equivalent for each 18 NCBO students.
Credit hour configuration: The NCBO will have three different credit hour configurations, based on TSI
assessment, counselor referral, and the ISP developed by the student and instructor. The Admission and
Registration Department will assign appropriate course numbers for registration purposes.
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1 semester-credit hour (9-24 contact hours)
2 semester-credit hour (25-40 contact hours)
3 semester-credit hour (41-56 contact hours)
(These figures taken 2011-2012 Rider 59 Information)
Tuition & Fees: Students will be charged regular tuition so that they may receive financial aid to take the NCBO.
Course Exit: An integrated reading/writing exit will be administered when the student accomplishes all of the goals
of the ISP and demonstrates mastery of the curriculum. In the exit, the student will read a college-level article and
construct an argument based on the article.
NCBO Curriculum Development: English faculty team will be assigned to develop curriculum, instructional
materials, and select a computer-based instruction option for the NCBO during Summer 2013. The team will
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interface with counseling department to identify cut scores on Accuplacer for first class group of NCBO students.
Team members will be compensated on the part time faculty pay schedule.
Timeline
Draft Plan: Presented to English Developmental Education committee: April 16.
DE Committee review: April 16-23.
Presentation to Dean Mathis: April 24
District-wide NCBO meeting (DE Council): April 25
Curriculum and materials development: Summer I, 2013
Assignment of faculty of record: Fall 2013
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DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COUNCIL
MINUTES FOR 2011-2012
October 4, 2011
ASC B-445
Members present: Edith Aguirre, Tonie Badillo, Carolyn
Buntyn, Irma Camacho, Ivette Chuca, Michael Coulehan,
Ted Johnston, Sandra Martinez, Claude Mathis, Margaret
Nelson, Patty Ortega, Hector Padilla, Susana Rodarte, and
Susan Silva.
1.
The intent of ENGL 0309/0310 or
ENGL 0310/1301 Accelerated
Learning Communities is to "fast
track" students through developmental
English. Recently, there have been
some students who have enrolled in
the course and have not been
successful. The committee is
considering a process to screen
students before they enroll.
2.
Currently the Exit Exam for ENGL
0310 is graded by campus. The
committee is discussing switching to
district-wide grading.
Members Absent: Linda Gonzalez-Hensgen, Sandra Lujan,
Diana Orrantia, Robin Russell, Martha Sanchez, Dr. Lydia
Tena, and Cynthia Velasco.
I.
Welcome
Hector Padilla welcomed those in attendance.
II.
Approval of Minutes
B.
Minutes for April 2011, June 2011, and August 2011
were approved with the following changes to:
DE Math Standing Committee—Ivette
Chuca and Edith Aguirre
1.


III.
June 9, 2011 minutes: correction - III. Ability
to Benefit (ATB). The College will no longer
be assessing all students who are under
individual approval. We will test only those
who are entering as Individual Approval
(Admission Status) and who are seeking
financial aid.
August 2011 minutes: IV. B. D.E. Math – add.
All three items mentioned were voted on and
approved by the discipline. Classes will be
offered on Mondays and Wednesdays or
Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Fall 2012
depending on room space. IV. C. Reading
correction - The One Hour Reading course was
offered, but due to problems with Banner and
co-requisites, students wouldn't sign up for it.
2.
3.
4.
Elections
5.
Elections 2011-12 Academic Year: Ivette Chuca is
the Chair; Edith Aguirre is the Co-chair; Susan Silva
– Secretary.
IV.
6.
Faculty worked in the summer to
develop a student reference notebook
that mirrors the Emporium topics.
These are available at campus ISCs
throughout the district.
Dr. Peregrino is conducting an
evaluation of the math emporiums for
the DEDP grant.
The maximum number of students in
Emporium classes has been increased
to 40. One Timeslot includes only 1
CRN now, students are all from the
same level.
Students who have completed 2 levels
will be dropped from the lower level
and given their grades for the highest
level completed so as to be eligible to
register for the next course in the
series.
Math Emporium instructors host a
"meet and greet" for students before
classes begin
Edith Aguirre is the Chair and Diana
Orrantia is the Co-chair
Committee Reports
C.
A.
DE English Standing Committee—Hector
Padilla, Margaret Nelson, Irma Camacho
Reading—Michael Coulehan
1.
ESL is now considered
Developmental Education and should
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the student is being withdrawn
from the class.
 Suggestion made: The Instructor
Initiated Withdraw form should
be modified to include some
criteria boxes.
therefore be represented on the DE
Council.
2.
3.
D.
ESL is in the process of reconfiguring
itself into one discipline from three.
The full- time instructors met and
voted to adopt a new 4 semester
curriculum.
V.
Michael Coulehan (Reading) and
Terri Mann (English) have the
approval of both of their disciplines to
go ahead with the planned Spring
2012 pilot of an Integrated
Reading/Writing course as directed by
THECB.
2.
 Suggestion made: Counselors
should be allowed to approve
exceptions without dean’s
approval.
 Suggestion made: put the Drop
survey on-line. If a student is
dropped by an instructor, the
instructor needs to indicate why
Developmental Education Plan still needs to
be revised and sent out.
B.
Ending Late Registration – Ivette Chuca
2.
Currently all DE students planning to
drop, complete the DROP SURVEY.
It is the recommendation of the DE
Council that all students wanting to
drop, be asked to take the survey.
Members were asked to look at the
current survey and make suggestions,
if any as to revising it for all students.
Students can receive an "exception" to
the 6 drop rule from a counselor if the
student meets the THECB criteria. If
a student doesn't meet an oblivious
criterion, the student must plead
his/her case to a dean to receive the
exception status.
A.
1.
Early Alert Committee—Patty Ortega
1.
Old Business
3.
4.
VI.
We need research from other colleges
to show that stopping late registration
will benefit the students.
Need also to show if a student
dropped after late registration, did that
(those) student (students) come back
to the College in a later semester?
Need to show the effect on the testing
centers
Late registration should be moved up
to the week before instructors come
back.
Other Business
Other business was not discussed due to the late
hour.
VII.
Meeting Adjourned
Meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
VIII.
Next Meeting
Next meeting is scheduled for November 2, 2011
with a discussion about moving start time to 2:30
p.m. in lieu of 3:00 p.m. Meetings used to run on a
strict schedule from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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November 2, 2011
VV B240
2.
Members present: Irma Camacho, Ivette Chuca, Sandra
Lujan, Patsy Ortega, Robin Russell, Susan Silva, and Cynthia
Velasco.
Members Absent: Edith Aguirre, Tonie Badillo, Carolyn
Buntyn, Michael Coulehan, Linda Gonzalez-Hensgen, Ted
Johnston, Sandra Martinez, Claude Mathis, Margaret Nelson,
Diana Orrantia, Susana Rodarte, Martha Sanchez, and Dr.
Lydia Tena.
I.
3.
Welcome: Ivette Chuca
C.
Ivette Chuca welcomed those in attendance.
II.
D.
DE English Standing Committee: Robin
Russell
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
B.
Early Intervention: Patty Ortega
1.
Committee Reports
A.
DE Reading
ESL curriculum writing.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes for October 4, 2011 were approved.
III.
Switching the ENGL 0310 Exit Exam
prompt to an argument prompt to
better align student with 1301 and
1302.
Considering cut scores for THEA and
Accuplacer at the top end for
Accelerated Learning Communities;
fine tune the admission requirements
for those Accelerated offerings to
make students more success and
placed in an environment that better
suits them.
This spring through the DEDP Grant,
English Discipline will conduct
research to evaluate the success of the
Accelerated English offerings.
Through focus groups and other data
gathering.
Developing an on-line continuing
education course development
supplement instruction for DE
instructor – to create a 6 hour course
during the semester that they are
teaching: guidelines, samples – In the
summertime.
Irma Camacho offered Robin money
from the DEDP Grant to pay for the
release time.
DE Math Standing Committee: Ivette Chuca
1.
Math Discipline will meet tomorrow.
Met with Dr. Brown and - offering 3
CRN in one time slot. Reconsider.
All the 3 major policy changed.
Single CRN for a time slot; Max
students to become 40; MWF to MW
only.
The DE Math Standing Committee is
hosting a "meet and greet" for all
Emporium instructors, for questions
and feedback. First is at RG, may
host another one at a different campus
to express concern.
2.
3.
Drop survey has not been approved
for ALL dropping students. Steering
Committee wants to look at it –
questions about Financial Aid.
Maybe the DE Council could push it
along.
Start Right Committee November 21st
will meet to understand the way Start
Right recommendations are to be
handled. Like ending late
registration; justification for the
recommendation.
Student success workshops are still
not well attended.
a.
Flyers: trying to get
instructors to buy into the
workshops.
b.
Suspended students are
supposed to attend, but there is
no consequence for not
fulfilling that requirement.
c.
Maybe there needs to be a
Counselor/Coordinator’s
recommendation to
Dr. Brown stating that students
MUST attend 2 workshops or they
cannot register due to a HOLD.
IV.
Old Business
A.
Developmental Education Plan: Irma
Camacho
1.
Update the DE Plan has not been
worked on because Irma has not been
in-town.
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2.
B.
Ending Late Registration
1.
2.
3.
4.

Met with Deans that oversee
counselors, counselor coordinator –
Texas Administrative Code in
effective 2003. EPCC in not in
compliance with this.
a.
Example of UTEP’s.
Read/Write/English/ESL
scores: counselor coordinator
will put together a task force to
get this form ready by Fall
2012. Right now there is a
TAR form. It is not a whole
plan… it is only semester by
semester.
b.
The new form may replace the
TAR form. Sandra has been
using it.
c.
UTEP Might help the 2 or 3
math and reading in the same
semester.
d.
Concern: Enforcement –
complete all your DE classes
before you can register in
credit courses. Redo the DE
Plan to include this.
e.
Present to Leadership (a group
from DE Council) enforce as
other colleges do… Like South
Texas. EDUC 1300 must be
taken in the first 2 semesters or
they have a HOLD.
We need research from other colleges
to show that stopping late registration
will benefit the students.
Need also to show if a student
dropped after late registration, did that
(those) student (students) come back
to the College in a later semester?
Need to show the effect on the testing
centers
Late registration should be moved up
to the week before instructors come
back.
Other Colleges
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

C.
Sandra stated that South Texas
Community College does not allow
registration after the first class day.
Robin – will obtain information
regarding Austin Community College.
Susan – will obtain information
regarding Alamo Community College.
Cynthia – will obtain information
regarding Houston Community
College.
Patsy – will obtain information
regarding Tarrant Community
College.
Sandra – will obtain information
regarding San Jacinto Community
College.
Options for students who don't make the first
day.
Complete College America Update
DEDP Program - Texas State University
Math department allows students to take the
first college level math with DE 0305 Math.
Pilot this at RG (Mendoza) and NW
(Calaterian) doing the college level; spring,
summer, and fall.
V.
Next Meeting
February 1, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Valle
Verde, B-240.
VI.
Meeting Adjourned
Meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
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February 1, 2012
VV, Room B240
Austin Community College does not allow
any students to register late after classes have
begun.
Claude indicated that there is still a lot of
counselor overriding the prerequisites for the
paired English courses. This leads to the
students enrolling when they are not ready to
do so.
Members Present: Tonie Badillo, Irma Camacho, Ivette
Chuca, Armando Gomez, Sandra Lujan, Claude Mathis,
Margaret Nelson, Diana Orrantia, Patty Ortega, Robin
Russell, Susan Silva, and Cynthia Velasco.
Members Absent: Edith Aguirre, Michael Coulehan, Linda
Gonzalez-Hensgen, Ted Johnston, Sandra Martinez, Susana
Rodarte, Martha Sanchez, and Dr. Lydia Tena.
Guests: Dr. Donna Ekal, Associate Provost, Office for
Undergraduate Studies, UTEP and Shirley Gilbert, Special
Assistant to the President, EPCC
I.
B.
Students who are able to complete two
classes in one semester in the math emporium
(ME) will be allowed to drop the first class
and to have the grade for the second class to
appear on the transcript.
Welcome -- Ivette Chuca
Ivette Chuca welcomed those in attendance.
II.
The committee created an online course for
faculty teaching in the ME. There are
currently 30 faculty enrolled. A double
portable has been set up for the ME classes at
VV and will be available as of mid-April.
Approval of Minutes
Motion was made by Robin Russell to approve the
November 2, 2011 minutes with corrections.
Motion was seconded by Claude Mathis. Motion
was voted on and passed unanimously.
III.
Statway—two sections are available; one at
MdP with eight students and one at VV with
14 students. Students appear to like this
approach towards completing their math
requirement. The committee has also
completed the articulation process with
UTEP.
Completion by Design -- Shirley Gilbert
Shirley explained the new Completion by Design
Project which is being offered in four states. There
are five institutions in the Texas cadre: Alamo,
Dallas, EPCC, Lone Star, and South Texas. The
emphasis is in getting students to complete an
Associate degree using a momentum continuum
which includes: Connection—Entry—Progress—
and Completion. EPCC will be working with
students who place in the highest level of
developmental education and those who after 3
years have 30 college credits and have not graduated
or transferred. People are needed to engage more
faculty, staff, and students. People are also needed
for the Quantitative Data Committee.
IV.
DE Math Standing Committee -- Ivette
Chuca
C.
DE Reading -- Susan Silva
There continues to be a large number of
students who enroll for multiple sections of
Reading in the same semester. Another
Banner problem is, if a student’s schedule is
wiped out they are not notified.
D.
Retention/Early Intervention Committee -Patty Ortega
Committee Reports
A.
The committee has not met. The last meeting
was a general meeting for all Start Right
Initiative Committees on November 21,
2011.
DE English Standing Committee -- Robin
Russell
Developmental English instructors at Valle
Verde will be meeting for lunch several times
this semester for general discussion about the
classes that they are teaching. Robin will be
working over the summer to develop an
online class for instructors who are teaching
developmental English.
V.
Goals of the DE Council for Spring -- Ivette
Chuca
A.
Complete research for eliminating late
registration
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B.
VI.
Determine which placement test is working
best, Accuplacer or THEA. Also, inquire if
there is an assessment of the status from
those students who placed out of
developmental education due to TAKS
scores.
C.
Finalizing the EPCC Developmental
Education Plan.
D.
Establishing a working relationship with
UTEP
C.
The Student Support Service Program
(S.S.S.P.) previously known as P.A.S.S.
program provides services to students taking
developmental education and/or upper level
courses. Tutoring services for courses such
as: Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, and
Chemistry are provided. Other services
provided: Assistance to students in academic
probation, students re-enrolling in college
after several years of not attending, students
At Risk, students needing Financial Aid
information, and transfer advisement from 2
to 4 year institution.
Old Business
A.
Partnering with UTEP
Dr. Donna Ekal, UTEP Associate Provost,
indicated her interest in having the
developmental education programs from both
institutions work together and suggested that
UTEP faculty be invited to the DE Council
meetings. Denise Lujan, DE Math Instructor,
is on a state-wide committee to establish the
rules for the placement test. UTEP is also
looking into to revising their reading and
writing courses into an integrated approach.
It is vital for the Development Education
programs to work together as much as
possible.
B.
Developmental Education Plan -- Irma
Camacho
Irma Camacho distributed copies of the
revised EPCC Developmental Education Plan
and requested that a few individuals assist her
in reviewing it again, before sending it out to
the disciplines and other individuals for
review. Claude Mathis, Margie Nelson and
Robin Russell volunteered.
Student Support Services Program
(S.S.S.P.) -- Cynthia Velasco
D.
THECB Winter Meeting
The following individuals attended the
Winter Meeting and Symposium on
Developmental Education: Robin Russell,
Roselia Galindo, Sylvia Peregrino, Sandra
Lujan, Edith Aguirre, Ivette Chuca, Sara
Martinez, Ann Savino, and Irma Camacho.
The Winter Meeting focused on the DEDP
grant projects and the Symposium had
presentations and break-out session with
nationally recognized experts, who included:
Claire Ellen Weinstein, Uri Treisman, and
Dolores Perrin.
VII.
Next Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
Room TBA.
VIII.
Meeting Adjourned
Meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.
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March 26, 2012
VV, Room B241
rigor to classes. Need a tighter conversation
between DE and college level courses; there
is a webinar and meeting about the core
changes; need to add Core review to our
agenda. April 25th Core meeting. English
may go to Texas State for modified English
0310 to English 1301.
Attendance: Irma Camacho, Margaret Nelson, Cynthia
Velasco, Susan Silva, Armando Gomez, Yvette Chuca,
Sandra Lujan, Michael Coulehan, Claude Mathis, Diana
Orrantia, Edith Aguirre
I.
Welcome: meeting room changed at the last
minutes so the meeting started around 3:45 p.m.
II.
Approval of Minutes from February 1st meeting:
Add VI. C. also "and transfer advisement from 2 to
4 year institution." with services offered. Minutes
approved.
III.
Committee Reports
B.
A.
DE English Standing Committee –
Margaret Nelson reported: Exit Exam Engl
0310 topics argumentative genre; Engl 0310
should naturally become more rigorous; DE
Luncheons are being held with full and
adjunct faculty – sharing stories, going well;
Paired LC cut scores
Diana is on a Learning Strategies
recommendation task force that is
investigating using Emporium space to offer
Reading/Writing – Learning Emporiums –
Tabled by VP Smith
Addendum via email: The discipline voted
to raise the test cut scores in the paired
0309/0310 and 0310/1301 offerings in order
to increase student success and completion in
these courses. These recommended changes
will officially be in place for the 2013-2014
catalog year. The recommended changes are
as follows:
Valle Verde Math Emporium - 2 classroom
40 students in each schedule. 7 a.m. – 8:30
p.m.
English 0310/English 1301
Accuplacer: 5 on the essay and 40-79 on the
sentence skills
THEA: 200
Wednesday, April 11th 10 a.m. to12:30 p.m.
Statway after lunch; Yuri Trismith
EVERYONE IS INVITED, Come here what
Statway can do for your students; symposium
to hear him speak on development education.
ASC cannot be used.
Looking for ways to capture data that shows
success or definitively show a program does
NOT work.
English 0309/English 0310
Accuplacer: 3 or 4 on the essay
THEA: 150
As discussed at our last meeting, Robin,
Claude, and I will set up a meeting with
counselors to assist us in better placing
students into these paired offerings for fall
2012 and spring 2013 since the official test
cut scores changes will not be in place until
the 2013-2014 academic year. As of right
now, these classes are just offered at VV.
Irma Camacho added that at National
Conference on DE – many institutions
expressed difficulty of offering LC at a CC
due to logistics, but there is the THECB
saying that it is the way to go to introduce
DE Math Standing Committee – Diana
Orrantia – Math Emporium the dropping of
students is working. Math discipline is
giving adjuncts the vote for textbook (1
adjunct vote per campus) will be voted on
next fall's adoption; May be moving the last
two sections of Math 0303 - Will be taking a
vote from faculty. Trying to bridge: MATH
0305 to MATH 1314 by offering extra
tutoring, support services, in summer 7-11
a.m.; Students must understand, Texas State
University materials different from typical
MATH 0305. RG, NW, VV Fall 2012-TM
and MdP will wait to see how other
campuses fared
Alignment of objective with Socorro, Ysleta,
and El Paso school districts of college math
with TAKS
IV.
C.
Reading Committee - ESL needs a
representative on the DE Council.
D.
Retention/Early Intervention – no report
given
Data is being gathered to compare the completion
rates of students after being assessed with the Thea
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compared to Accuplacer. Also success rate of TAKS
assessments being excepted in lieu of either - in first
college level course: TAKS 2200 students are being
successful in their first college-level course.
Compare THEA to Accuplacer: Accuplacer places
students better in Dev Math; THEA only test
students for DE MATH In order to be assessed for
college-level math, the student must take
Accuplacer. The students have to pay $29 each time
they take THEA. Accuplacer questions adjusts as
the student is taking it. Can you control the first
question? We start at the Elementary Algebra
because of the fatigue factor? Students can ask to
start their testing at the college level. UTEP,
Student with Disabilities, high school
Recommendation: Developmental Education
Council recommends to Leadership and disciplines
that EPCC keep Accuplacer for student placement
due to overall better predictability, ease of
administration, alignment with area universities,
students with disability, and success in the class into
which they place.
Michael Motion with friendly amendment:
Development Education Council recommends that
each discipline determines what assessment, (if any)
a student is to be assessed with, in order to establish
if a student has completed a series of Dev. Ed
course.
Passed: Unanimously
include all the other entities that are investigating the
same policy change.
DE Plan: By the last meeting the draft will be ready.
It will be sent out for all to review
Coordinating board: Dr. Vale. Director of
Developmental Ed.
Ryder 59: April 3rd to apply for reimbursement to
non-course based. NSO is reimbursable… through a
process
How about the student success workshop:
intervention must be documented and attended by
the same students for 4 hours
Extended semester to completed emporium math
(like at UTEP) will be investigated
It was suggested to have a database that shows what
level a DE students has attained (Sign in sheet for
students) EPCC should track those students and their
needs to be an Instructor of Record – not a lab
specialist.
Best practice that are being discussed:
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Zero Week for administering assessments
Contextual – Learning Community – Pair
prepares students better (rigor)
Integrated Read/Writing courses are here to stay
Each discipline will report back to DE Council
EPCC needs faculty development to learn of these
changes
Irma Camacho reported: Dr. Vale was here last
week RFP: We were told there would be two tests
from the THECB
Will meet with SACS – all the reading and writing
faculty will be credentialed to teach DE
Reading/Writing courses
Testing Services: The company that handles
Accuplacer told us that they will revise their
assessment for TEXAS to become diagnostic;
THEA and Accuplacer are probably we will have
the same set of cut off scores across the state, House
Bill required post testing – At the lowest According
to Dr. Vale, students who test "into" the lowest
levels would place into Adult Basic Education
(READ 0307/Math 0301)
Puente: We are one of three institution beginning
this program. Student retention program started in
California – state funded Instructors who teach in
this program are calling themselves Puentista.
EPCC instructors were brought to training.
Michael Coulehan has seen that the Accuplacer
diagnostic is good for Reading.
Late registration: Ending late registration is a policy
that Developmental Education recommends. The
DE Counsel supports the ending of late registration
and believes students should be allowed to register
for a class as long as that class has not met yet.
Margaret Nelson has offered to help and she an
Yvette will draft the proposal stating such. We will
Data from this program shows: Students are more
likely to transfer, more likely to finish in the first
semester in fall 2012, students will take DE
English/Reading and EDUC 1300 as a Learning
Community. In the second semester the students
take ENGL 1301 with the same instructor that they
had the Integrated Reading/Writing course with in
the fall.
4 Pilot classes will be taught at EPCC. The
Integrated courses will be taught by Maurico
Rodriguez, Richard Yanez, Margo Enlich and
Roxanne Franco – how were they chosen? The
instructors had to be credential in ENGL 1301. The
program will be supported by a counselor who went
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to training as well. Sandra Lujan and Irma Camacho
were trained at the same time. The literature used is
Mexican American literature. This is a strong
literature based program.
Spring other kinds of enhancement (non-course
based)
0309. Students will have to sign a contract and
commit to the counseling element (two year). They
will take Engl 1301 with the same instructor in
spring 2013
Next meeting 2:30 p.m. April 25th
DE Plan and Late Registration Proposal
Will not become a big program, but will be an
offering
Students who qualify will be those placed into Engl
0310 and READ 0309; or placed out of Reading
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April 26, 2012
VV, Room C428
Attendance: Irma Camacho, Ivette Chuca, Claude Mathis,
Susan Silva, Robin Russell, Margie Nelson, Diana Orrantia,
Armando Gomez, Sandra Lujan, and Michael Coulehan, and
Cynthia Velasco
I.
Welcome: Ivette Chuca called the meeting to order.
II.
Approval of March Minutes
Since there were come changes and corrections
needed, the approval of the minutes was tabled. DE
Council members should send changes and
corrections to March minutes to Irene Escalante.
Then, Irma will send the March minutes to the
Council for approval once the changes and
corrections are made.
III.
B.
DE English Standing Committee: Robin
Russell reported that she met with the
counselors regarding the higher test cut
scores for the paired English offerings
(0309/0310 and 0310/1301). The counselors
will do their best to advise students on the
higher end of the cut scores to register for the
paired offerings; however, the counselors
reminded Robin that many students
circumvent advising and register on their
own. Since the test score changes will not go
into effect until Fall 2013, Robin had this
meeting to inform counselors of the future
cut score changes and request that counselors
consider students’ cut scores before
registering them for these pared offerings.
Currently, there are nine 0310/1301 and ten
0309/0310 course sections for fall 2012.
DE Math Standing Committee: The math
discipline is planning a Summer Student
Success Summit for all DE disciplines and
testing. The dates will be announced. Also,
the math discipline will require all math
faculty who teach the Emporium courses to
take an online training class. More Emporium
news:

The new textbook for 0303/0305 is the
same as the Emporium, which will also
better transition for textbooks and
software. This will also help
accommodate the students who transition
from traditional math courses to the
Emporium and vice versa.
Since many institutions are requesting
information on the Emporium, the math
discipline is planning a website link to
the Math Emporium and to share
resources.

The math discipline is still working on
faculty and staff evaluations for the
Emporium.
Diana Orrantia reported on the Pathways
Project. Representatives from EPCC, YISD,
SISD, and EPISD, are working to align K12
and college math. One topic of concern is
that some items on the Accuplacer are not
covered in high school pre-calculus. This
could account for some DE Math placement
since students are being tested in concepts
they have not learned. If the THECB will
create a math placement exam, that should be
used (on/as?) Accuplacer.
Committee Reports
A.

The math discipline is planning a workshop
with UTEP for future teachers.
Ivette reported on the Focus Program, which
combines mentoring with an 8-week course.
This program will assist ECHS students who
have not placed into 0305. The ECHS
students have to pay for 0305, but EPCC will
pay for 1314. The program will consider
students with a letter from their pre-calculus
teacher. The Focus Program uses student
interviews for admittance.
C.
Reading Committee
Since the current Exit Exam structure of the
INRW class requires an entire week of
testing, faculty are interested in looking at
integrated Exit Exam models. This idea needs
to be presented to the disciplines in the fall.
D.
Retention/Early Intervention Committee
The committee is recommending course
progress report to students at the 6th week. In
the Early Alert Program, instructors provide
course progress reports at the 5th week mark.
The committee is looking at other schools’
midterm grade policies and would like to
begin this program with DE faculty.
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IV.
Ending Late Registration Proposal: Ivette plans
to present the proposal to Leadership this summer.
V.
Developmental Education Plan: The plan needs to
be sent to ESL, Testing, Registrar’s, Counselor
Coordinators, and District-wide Coordinators for
review.
VI.
Placement Test Recommendations: Compared to
THEA, Accuplacer will be the recommended
placement test at EPCC because Accuplacer:
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Is more adaptive
Allows for faster retesting
Overall, students are more successful with
Accuplacer.
VII.
DE Council Members: This agenda item was
tabled for the next meeting.
VIII.
Other: Grant monies can fund two representatives
from each DE disciplines to attend the ALP
Conference in Baltimore in June.
Is more economical for students and EPCC
Is more user-friendly
Is easier to administer
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DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COUNCIL
MINUTES FOR 2010-2011
September 2, 2010
ASC B-445
Members present: Edith Aguirre, Angelina ArellanesNuñez, Jose Baltazar, Irma Camacho, Ivette Chuca, Roselia
Galindo, Sandra Gutierrez, Sandra Martinez, Claude Mathis,
Roberto Ortega, Hector Padilla, and Cynthia Velasco.
development should include best practices teaching
methodology for Developmental Education.
V.
Professional Development – Texas State University
at San Marcos - DEDP will provide 15 faculty
members teaching Developmental Education, the
opportunity to participate in a graduate course.
Members not present: Carolyn Buntyn, Gloria Estrada,
Linda Gonzalez-Hensgen, Diana Orrantia, Santiago
Rodriguez, Robin Russell, Susan Silva, Dr. Lydia Tena.
I.
Welcome and New Members Introduced
II.
Motions Made and Passed
III.
A.
Motion was made to form a task force to look
into non semester-based funding regulations
and ways to use them to enhance
Developmental Education Student Success.
B.
Motion was made to have the DE Committee
contact Linda Gonzalez-Hensgen to ask for a
solution to the recurrent problem of students
registering or enrolling in a class(es) for
which they have not met prerequisites.
C.
Motion was made to approve the April 6,
2010 minutes with corrections.
D.
Motion was made to send minutes Districtwide in a summary format. The Chair and
Co-Chair will prepare the summary notes of
the DE Council minutes to be disseminated
District-wide.
Elect new DE Council Chair
VI.
DE Council Goals - To increase the
professionalization of Developmental Education
Faculty to professional level; invite faculty to
become more involved in conferences as presenters
and attendees; to strengthen the model that we have
as a council to set goals to make the organization
more coherent and functional; to look into seeing if
there is expertise here in EL Paso who can work
with UTEP in developing a graduate level certificate
in Developmental Education; to continue
articulation with UTEP and NMSU; faculty
UTEP’s DE staff will attend the October 7th
Meeting
UTEP will provide a presentation of the way
Developmental Education is structured at UTEP.
The purpose for UTEP’s attendance is to look for
ways that UTEP and EPCC could work together in
certain areas.
VII.
Reports
The English Discipline voted to accept test scores
from THEA, COMPASS, and ASSET that meet
State minimum requirements.
VIII.
Other Business
CASP - An invitation was extended to attend the
CASP Conference which will be held in El Paso,
Texas at the Camino Real Hotel, October 13 – 15,
2010. DEI program and DEDP will fund several
individuals to attend conference.
IX.
ITEMS TABLED FOR NEXT MEETING
1.
2.
3.
4.
Elected Chair: Hector Padilla
Elected Co-Chair: Ivette Chuca
IV.
Old Business
5.
X.
DEDP
Summer Bridge
College Readiness
Student Success Core Team – Case
Management Team – Task Force
STATWAY Project
Next Meeting – October 7, 2010
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
Irene Escalante
Secretarial Support for Developmental Education Council
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October 7, 2010
ASC B-445
Members present: Edith Aguirre, Carolyn Buntyn, Irma
Camacho, Ivette Chuca, Roselia Galindo, Sandra Gutierrez,
Sandra Martinez, Claude Mathis, Hector Padilla, Santiago
Rodriguez, Robin Russell, Susan Silva, and Cynthia Velasco.
D.
UTEP representatives would like to meet with
three or several representatives from EPCC to
look for areas of confusion, conflict, or
alignment. They would like for both
institutions to go over things, in order to be
on the “same page” and come up with some
goals for this year.
Members not present: Jose Baltazar, Gloria Estrada, Linda
Gonzalez-Hensgen, Diana Orrantia, Roberto Ortega, and Dr.
Lydia Tena.
Guests present: Cheryl Baker-Heller, Denise Lujan, Dr.
Donna Ekal, and Dr. Carol Kay.
I.
Welcome and Introduction of Guests
II.
Motions Made and Passed
E.
B.
III.
Motion was made to approve the September
2, 2010 minutes with corrections.
Committee Reports
A.
DE English Standing Committee reported on
a plan to increase number of sections to the
two groups of Learning Communities, which
will now be called Accelerated ENGL 0309.
Next Level up will be called Accelerated
ENGL 0310. Reported that Accelerated
ENGL 0310 is taught by one instructor
whereas Accelerated ENGL 0309 is taught by
two instructors. It is being planned to have
Accelerated ENGL 0309 taught by only one
instructor instead of two.
B.
DE Math Standing Committee reported that at
the following discipline meeting one software
will be voted on to be utilized, a
comprehensive final exam was created for
Math 0301, reported on the addition of “ME”
(Math Emporium) indicator that will be used
to help identify students who finish more than
one course in the emporium classroom,
provided updates for the construction of Math
Emporium classroom at the MDP, RG, and
VV campuses. MDP and RG should be ready
Spring 2011. A new building or classroom
renovations will be done at VV for Fall 2011.
EPCC offers 8-week classes and will begin to
offer 5-week classes in Spring 2011.
C.
DE Reading Standing Committee reported
that the Reading discipline is piloting a onehour course for READ 0109 at the
Transmountain and Valle Verde Campuses
for students who score 73-77 on Accuplacer.
Students will take Accuplacer diagnostic and
will remediate using “My Reading Lab”.
Students must pass the Exit Exam with 70%
or better to exit the course. The student may
exit the class at any time. It was reported that
Motion - As per Hector Padilla, the motion
that was made by Angelina Arellanes-Nuñez
on September 2, 2010 will be discussed at the
next scheduled meeting to be held on
Thursday, November 4, 2010.
UTEP’s DE Representatives
A.
Associate Provost, Office for Undergraduate
Studies gave a brief overview of how the
Developmental Education is structured at
UTEP.
B.
Director, DE Math Program presented a flow
chart on how Math courses at UTEP align
with Math courses at EPCC, discussed impact
of TAKS on enrollment in DE Math Courses,
discussed UTEP’s Learning community and
Mastering Developmental Math program,
differences between EPCC and UTEP
placements scores, and differences between
UTEP and EPCC Pre-Calculus courses.
C.
Director, DE English Program discussed the
differences between UTEP and EPCC
delivery of the developmental reading and
writing courses, discussed the Accuplacer
reading scores and placement of the students,
discussed UTEP’s learning communities,
impact of TAKS on developmental English
enrollments, classroom setup for
developmental writing, and writing
workshops.
Current data on EPCC Developmental
Education
Director of Research provided detailed data
regarding Developmental Education.
IV.
A.
UTEP and EPCC Representatives
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the Reading Discipline voted to accept test
scores THEA, COMPASS, and ASSET that
meet State minimum requirements. The
Reading Discipline may be pairing down the
SLOs. The STAR Program will begin its
piloting as soon as the requirements are put
into place as per the DEDP Grant. The STAR
Program will deal with techniques, such as:
alphabetic fluency, and vocabulary.
D.
Early Intervention Committee reports that it is
recommending that a drop survey be made
available for DE students and credit (regular)
course students, will be deciding whether
there should be one survey for DE students,
one for students taking (regular) courses, or
just combine both into one. It was reported
that some campuses have not had a good
outcome with the student success workshops.
Workshops at VV will be available in general
scheduled sessions and in-classes.
Workshops will be available in the other
campuses in-classes.
V.
Other Business
PLATO Workshop - A PLATO workshop will be
held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, Valle Verde
Campus, 2:30 p.m., Room B240. Please RSVP:
Ruben Ochotorena, 831-3275, [email protected]
VI.
Items tabled for next meeting
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
VII.
Summer Bridge
Texas Higher Education Assessment
(THEA)
Developmental Education Demonstration
Project (DEDP)
STATWAY Project
Student Success Core Team – Case
Management Team – Task Force
Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
Irene Escalante
Secretarial Support for Developmental Education Council
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November 4, 2010
ASC B-445
Members present: Edith Aguirre, Jose Baltazar, Carolyn
Buntyn, Ivette Chuca, Sandra Martinez, Claude Mathis,
Diana Orrantia, Hector Padilla, Susan Silva, and Cynthia
Velasco.
Members not present: Irma Camacho, Gloria Estrada,
Roselia Galindo, Linda Gonzalez-Hensgen, Sandra Gutierrez,
Roberto Ortega, Santiago Rodriguez, Robin Russell, and Dr.
Lydia Tena.
Guests present: Muhammad Akhtar represented Santiago
Rodriguez.
I.
Welcome
II.
Motions Made and Passed
Motion was made to approve the October 7, 2010
minutes with corrections.
III.
B.
DE English Standing Committee reported
on the Accelerated English Program. The
Accelerated Program is a creative use of
Learning Communities to move students
faster through developmental sequence, and
also to bridge to college level. English
Discipline is working on a policy to
accelerate students who have been misplaced
in ENGL 0309. Cut scores have been
adjusted. Committee also stated that
counselors are not responsible for overriding
banner, the counselors will only advice.
DE Math Standing Committee reported that
the pros and cons of the software being
piloted for the emporium classes. A decision
will be made at the next Math Discipline
meeting. Two motions were passed at the
Math Discipline meeting: A) Tutors needed
District-wide for Math Emporiums and B)
students who complete more than one course
in the emporium will only receive credit for
the enrolled class and the prerequisites for
any additional courses completed. Math
Discipline voted to accept THEA,
COMPASS, and ASSET scores that meet
State minimum requirements. Two new
developmental courses will be developed for
STATWAY. The Math Discipline reported
that the new building for the emporium will
be available in February 2011.
Reading Committee - There was not report
available since the Reading Discipline did not
meet.
D.
Early Intervention Committee – provided a
copy of the “Drop Survey”, so that it could be
reviewed. Council Members will provide
feedback at the next scheduled DE Council
Meeting. The Early Intervention Committee
reported that Data provided at the CASP
Conference, indicated that a great number of
DE students wait up to two years before
registering for a credit course. A question
regarding who advises the students, or if they
advise themselves, was suggested to be
included in the “Drop Survey”. A
PowerPoint presentation will provide
handouts of the PowerPoint presentation at
the next DE Council meeting.
IV.
Prerequisite flags for DE English, Math and
Reading – Prerequisite flags for English and
Reading courses have been established. Math
Discipline needs to submit their information so that
prerequisites flags can be established. Registrar’s
office stated that it is not only the counselors or
registrar’s fault when students enroll without having
met prerequisites. The committee was informed that
faculty members who turn in grades late at the end
of the semester also makes it difficult for banner to
flag students who have not met prerequisites.
V.
Texas Higher Education Assessment Coordinating Board has asked EPCC to administer
the THEA test to 2000 students, starting Spring
2011. The Coordinating Board concluded that the
THEA test is the closes alignment with the Texas
Annex. The next step is to figure out the THEA
Developmental Education cut scores. Coordinating
Board is requiring that the program be automated
and for faculty members and staff to have access to
the diagnostic part of the THEA test. EPCC will be
working during the Spring to be ready to pilot by
Summer 2011. The fee for the Pre and Post THEA
test will be $29.00 and retesting can be done after 30
days from the time the test was taken. The
timeframe for the THEA test is five hours..
VI.
STATWAY Project - A new course is being
developed for non-STEM students. Nineteen
community colleges across the nation are involved
in the Statway project. The courses will be offered
beginning Fall 2011. The Statistics course will have
some developmental content in it. Four courses are
currently being developed: STATWAY 1171,
STATWAY 1271, MATH 100, and MATH 200;
Committee Reports
A.
C.
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Committee meeting to discuss ways in which
UTEP and EPCC’s developmental education
areas can work closer together. The results
will be reported at the next meeting.
which will be a developmental component. Each
discipline needs to decide if they want to use the
statistics course as part of their degree plan.
VII.
VIII.
Non-semester Link Funding Task Force - Rider
59 Grant - The Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board has 30 million dollars to fund
non-semester linked intervention courses. The
website is: www.txhighereddata.org.
Other Business
A.
B.
Student Success Factored Survey – a
committee member attended the Student
Success Workshop Factored Survey training.
The training provided information regarding a
survey that is going to be administered to the
DEDP program students.
IX.
Next Meeting
February 3, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., ASC –
B445.
X.
Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
Irene Escalante
Secretarial Support for Developmental Education Council
UTEP DE Representatives - An item will be
put on the agenda at the next Articulation
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March 3, 2011
VV B-240
enrollment was due to banner issues. It was
asking for prerequisite courses. A number of
students did not want to take the time to meet
with a counselor for guidance and may have
opted to enroll in another course.
Members present: Edith Aguirre, Jose Baltazar, Carolyn
Buntyn, Ivette Chuca, Gloria Estrada, Roselia Galindo,
Sandra Gutierrez, Claude Mathis, Roberto Ortega, Hector
Padilla, Santiago Rodriguez, Robin Russell, Susan Silva, and
Cynthia Velasco.
Members not present: Irma Camacho, Linda GonzalezHensgen, Sandra Martinez, Diana Orrantia, Dr. Lydia Tena,
and Cynthia Velasco.
D.
Guests present: Sara Martinez, (Manager, Literacy
Programs), Ann Savino, (Adult Education Innovation Project)
I.
Welcome
II.
Motions Made and Passed
A.
B.
III.
Motion was made that students taking
developmental education courses cannot drop
a course without faculty approval via a signed
form.
IV.
DEDP – Integrated Job Training Model - The
DEDP Grant is to provide more access to ABE
students in college certificate and workforce training
programs for career path employment in highdemand jobs in Texas and/or continued postsecondary education. The Adult Education program
is operated and primarily funded by U.S.D.O.E.
under the Texas Education Agency by Texas
LEARNS (a contractor with TEA). All services
offered by ABE-IG are FREE.
V.
THEA Cut Scores - The Coordinating Board has
asked that EPCC administer the THEA test to 2000
students, starting Spring 2011. No time frame has
been given to complete this pilot. The Coordinating
Board concluded that the THEA test is the closes
alignment with the Texas Annex.
VI.
Items tabled for next meeting
Approval of November 4, 2010 Minutes was
tabled for next meeting.
Committee Reports
A.
B.
C.
DE English Standing Committee - Research
will be done for funds for a small group to
travel to Baltimore to visit the Accelerated
Learning Program being used at the
developmental education program in
Baltimore. The English discipline need to
work on aligning the curriculum with
developmental education courses.
DE Math Standing Committee - reported
that a 5000 sq. ft. building will be ready by
Fall 2011 for the Math Emporium at Valle
Verde campus. A video is currently being
worked on as means of advertising the Math
emporiums. The video will be available at
New Student Orientations (NSO).
Reading Committee - The discipline
researched test scores from various colleges
and decided to use the cut off test scores from
South Texas. The Reading discipline had
agreed in October 2010, to accept
COMPASS, ASSET, and other tests that
students are taking to allow them to attend
college. As part of the DEDP Grant; the
reading portion contains the STAR program.
The course READ 0109 which was offered at
Valle Verde had a low enrollment. The low
Early Intervention Committee - The Early
Alert program is part of the DEDP grant and
students who have potential of being high risk
will be recruited at the New Student
Orientation and offered the “Early Alert”
services. A survey was conducted on
students attending developmental education
courses. Statistics show that the highest
course drops are in the Math area. Academic
concern is a reason consistently given for
dropping course. The “Drop Survey” will be
made available to all students, not only to
students taking developmental education
courses.
VII.
1.
EPCC Developmental Education Plan
2.
Fall Faculty Development Workshops for
Developmental Education
Next Meeting
April 7, 2011, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., VV – B240
VIII.
Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 5:02 p.m.
Irene Escalante
Secretarial Support for Developmental Education Council
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April 7, 2011
VV, Room B240
Members present: Edith Aguirre, Jose Baltazar, Irma
Camacho, Ivette Chuca, Gloria Estrada, Roselia Galindo,
Sandra Gutierrez, Claude Mathis, Diana Orrantia, Roberto
Ortega, Hector Padilla, and Cynthia Velasco.
C.
Reading Committee -- Roselia Galindo
The STAR Reading Project program has
been canceled. The STAR Reading Project
contract was cancelled by the THECB
because modifications for general use at the
post-secondary level were not possible.
Members not present: Carolyn Buntyn, Linda GonzalezHensgen, Sandra Martinez, Santiago Rodriguez, Robin
Russell, Susan Silva, Dr. Lydia Tena.
D.
Guests present: Armando Gomez, Assisting Director,
Testing Services
Early Intervention Committee -- Jose
Baltazar
Early Intervention – Jose Baltazar
I.
All the proposed changes for the “Drop
Survey” have been submitted to Dr. Carol
Kay.
Welcome -- Hector Padilla, Chair
Hector Padilla welcomed the group and called the
meeting to order at 2:45 P.M.
II.
Approval of November 4, 2010 Minutes
A revised “Drop Survey” in draft format will
be provided at the next DE Council meeting,
which will be held on June 2, 2011.
 Motion was made by Jose Baltazar to approve
the November 4, 2010 minutes with corrections.
Motion was seconded by Diana Orrantia.
Motion was voted on and passed unanimously.
The “Drop Survey” will be administered to
students who drop a course.
Recognition of appreciation was made to
Patty Ortega and Celina Gomez, Counselors.
They developed the Power Point presentation
titled “EPCC Developmental Drop Survey
2009-2010 Academic Year (Fall 2009 and
Spring 2010).
Approval of March 3, 2011 Minutes
 Motion was made by Sandra Gutierrez to
approve the March 3, 2011 minutes with
corrections. Motion was seconded by Claude
Mathis. Motion was voted on and passed
unanimously.
III.
A focus group will be formed to collect data
regarding the impact on students and faculty
caused by those students that begin classes
late. Some students start attending classes
one day or one week late at the beginning of
each semester.
Committee Reports
A.
DE English Standing Committee -- Gloria
Estrada
Bobby Ortega will fill out a Data Request
Form and ask Dr. Carol Kay for information
regarding the number of students who
register late.
A report from the English Standing
Committee was not available.
B.
DE Math Standing Committee -- Diana
Orrantia
IV.
The software being used for the Math
Emporium in the district beginning Fall 2011
will be “MyMathLab”.
The Math Emporium at Transmountain will
be available for use by Fall 2011.
Posters have been made with information as
to when classes are going to be offered for
Developmental Education Math Emporium.
The posters will be available at all EPCC
campuses.
DEDP and THECB Visit -- Irma Camacho
Members from Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board visited El Paso Community
College beginning Sunday, April 2, 2011 to
Wednesday, April 6, 2011. The Coordinating Board
members were here primarily for the evaluation of
DEDP. Coordinating Board members were as
follows: Robin Zuniga, Senior Evaluator, Terri
Daniels, Program Director, under Developmental
Education, and Linda Muñoz, Senior Program
Advisor for Adult and Developmental Education.
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On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, the Coordinating
Board members met with a group from the College.
V.
The DE Council on behalf of the College is revising
the Developmental Education Plan which specifies
TSI compliance.
Irma, together with the Coordinating Board
members and other people from the State were
present for two Webinars on Wednesday. The
Coordinating Board members complimented El Paso
Community College for information received.
Some of the things that resulted from the
Coordinating Board visit are as follows:
1.
2.
EPCC Developmental Education Plan -- Irma
Camacho
Members of the Task Force: Irma, Hector, and
Ivette.
VI.
THEA -- Armando Gomez
Dr. Carol Kay and Gary Chacon will develop
an integrated database with all of the
interventions that are being done at EPCC as
required by the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board.
 EPCC along with four other community
colleges will be piloting the THEA placement
test.
The College needs a way of tracking student
participation in different programs. A
District database will be developed by Dr.
Carol Kay (IR) and Gary Chacon (IT).
 The placement cut scores for the THEA test
were identified by the Reading, English, and
Math Disciplines.
 The cost for the THEA test will be $29.00.
 Students who will continue to be assessed using
the Accuplacer test are as follows:
According to the Coordinating Board,
Counselors are supposed to be doing the
Individual Education Plan for all
students/new students with developmental
education course needs.
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3.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board has asked all DEDP institutions to
offer an Integrated Reading/Writing course to
be offered as a pilot next Fall. This course
will combine ENGL 0310 and READ 0309.
It will be a 4-hour course: 3-hour lecture and
1-hour lab. Angelina Arellanes-Nuňez and
Sandra Padilla are working together to have
this ready by then.
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VII.
current high school students
students registered with the Center for
Students with Disabilities
students who need to meet the Ability to
Benefit standards
students in certificate programs not
requiring Texas Success Initiative test
results
students applying for entry in the Health
Occupations programs
Faculty Development Workshop for DE
 Math discipline will be presenting 19
workshops.
Dr. Linda Muñoz, representative of the Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board was very
complimentary about the integrated Job Training,
ESL, and Basic Skills program being piloted through
ABE-IG Grant. Continuing Education - Yolanda
Ahner, Vice-President, Workforce/Economic
Development will be instituting the I-BEST Model
with her program.
 Early Alert Program will be presenting training
on Student School Success Factor IndexSmartgrades Assessment. The training will be
available for instructors and counselors. It will
be held on April 28h and April 29th.
 Another workshop which will be offered is
“How to Implement the Diagnostic Results for
THEA”.
Dr. Muñoz from the Coordinating Board
recommended that somebody from Adult Basic
Education be part of the DE Council.
VIII.
Other Business
Motion
A.
Motion was made by Roselia Galindo to add a
membership category of Adult Education to the DE
Council, as a voting member. Motion was seconded
by Gloria Estrada. Motion was voted on and passed
unanimously.
DE Council Meetings
UTEP - Donna Ekal, Denise Lujan, and
Cheryl Baker are asking to be invited to all of
the DE Council meetings.
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B.
Project Dream -- Irma Camacho
1.
The Project Dream flyer was
provided.
2.
Project Dream will begin June 13 –
July 15, 2011 at Mission del Paso,
Valle Verde, Transmountain, and
Northwest campuses.
IX.
June 2, 2011, VV – B240, 2:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
X.
3.
Project Dream program is open to
2010-2011 school year high school
graduates, who have a developmental
course need in at least one area based
upon Accuplacer or THEA placement
test.
Next Meeting.
Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 P.M.
Irene Escalante, Administrative Office Assistant for
Developmental Education Council
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June 9, 2011
VV B-240
Members in Attendance: Rose Galindo, Sandra Gutierrez,
Claude Mathis, Bobby Ortega, Hector Padilla, Irma Camacho
Resource Members in Attendance: Carolyn Buntyn,
Cynthia Velasco
effect at EPCC. This plan is to be updated regularly
and then submitted to the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board. The draft form was presented
to the Council. Hector, Ivette and Irma worked on
this. Corrections were suggested.
Ability to Benefit (ATB) -- Carolyn Buntyn
I.
Welcome
The meeting was called to order at 2:55 p.m. by
Hector Padilla. There was no quorum.
II.
Review Minutes for April
Minutes were reviewed and corrected but not
approved.
III.
Standing Committee Reports
Early Interventions/Retention -- Sandra
Gutierrez
The Early Alert Program conducted a Faculty
Development workshop on the College Success
Factors Index which is a survey on non-academic
skills. There were a large number of instructors and
counselors in attendance at a workshop which was
for a day and a half. Students will take the
assessment and then meet with an advisor. Two
advisors have been hired for the program.
IV.
Other Reports
The College will no longer be assessing all students
who do not have a high school diploma or a GED,
we will test only those who are entering as
Individual Approval (Admission Status) and who are
seeking financial aid.
If a student takes and passes six credit hours of
college level courses, then they will be considered to
have met ATB requirements and can apply for
Federal Financial Aid.
New federal regulations also limits where the ATB
assessment can be administered. EPCC will
administer the Accuplacer or CELSA for ATB
purposes at the ASC Testing Center in building B.
THEA
Students in teacher preparation programs cannot use
the Internet Based THEA. They can however, go to
UTEP and sign up for the Quick THEA or regular
THEA.
New referral forms for THEA and Accuplacer have
been developed and were distributed.
Developmental Education Plan
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
The Developmental Education Plan reflects all
Texas Success Initiative requirements which are in
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August 31, 2011
VV B-240
presentation was created for the Deans. The
Math Emporiums are now being offered on
Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and
Thursdays for one and a half hours. The
maximum number of students is 40 except at
TM where the maximum number is 30 due to
classroom space. Also, only one level of
math will be served during each class time
slot instead of a combination of class levels
as has been done in the past.
Members present: Carolyn Buntyn, Irma Camacho, Ivette
Chuca, Roselia Galindo, Sandra Gutierrez, Margaret Nelson,
Diana Orrantia, Hector Padilla, Robin Russell, Susan Silva,
and Sandra Martinez
I.
Hector called the meeting to order at 3:06 p.m. and
extended a welcome to everyone.
II.
The Council needs to approve a new chair, but this
item will be tabled until next meeting after the
individual standing committees have had an
opportunity to meet and to select their chairs and cochairs.
III.
Minutes were not approved because there was not a
quorum at the beginning of the meeting.
IV.
Committee Reports
A.
The ESL Taskforce will meet on September 6
to select the new model. Four models have
been proposed and all include Developmental
Math. Completion of ESL courses is also
being tied to TSI completion. The One Hour
Reading course was not offered this fall,
because it had not been entered into Banner.
D.
Early Interventions/Retention Standing
Committee—Sandra Gutierrez
Early Alert Program—All students have been
assessed on the College Success Factors
Inventory to determine other needed skill
development, such as, time management and
motivation. Some students were recruited
from New Student Orientations and other
students are in the classes targeted for
interventions. Advisors are meeting with
students individually and are conducting
workshops for small groups and in the
classes.
V.
EPCC Developmental Education Plan Update—Irma
Camacho
A taskforce of Hector, Ivette, and Irma met this
summer to revise the EPCC Developmental
Education Plan which is to be submitted to the
Coordinating Board. Corrections were made to
reflect our current processes. Hector will forward
the revised document to all DE Standing Committee
members.
Developmental Education Math Standing
Committee—Diana Orrantia and Ivette
Chuca
During the summer the committee was able
to develop materials for the Math
Emporiums. A website was developed
specifically for EPCC by MyMathLab. Tutor
training was held and were several
workshops for faculty during faculty
development week. A Power Point
Reading Standing Committee—Susan Silva
and Roselia Galindo
There have been meetings regarding the pilot
for the Integrated Reading/Writing course.
Developmental Education English Standing
Committee—Robin Russell
The Accelerated Program needs to be
modified to be more selective, so that
students with significant ESL needs do not
enroll in these sections. To do so may
severely jeopardize their success. Students
need to be screened at the beginning of the
semester, and if they need tutoring they can
be referred to the Student Support Services
Program or to Tutorial Services. Recruitment
of students needs to be tied to the students’
scores. Those students with a 5 on the essay
and a 70 on the sentence score will probably
benefit from the Accelerated Courses. Irma
suggested that one of the faculty teaching the
course meet with support services
representative to develop a process by which
students can be referred and best served. The
PREP Program may have some internet
based modules which can be used or perhaps
the tutoring programs can provide small
group or one on one services.
B.
C.
VI.
TIDE Institute –Susan Silva: Tabled for next
meeting
VII.
THEA Update – Carolyn Buntyn
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VIII.
Late Registration Policy Update – Ivette Chuca
Ivette distributed a handout which indicates that
students who are allowed to register late are
significantly more likely to be unsuccessful than
students who register on time. Members of the
Council will do research with other institutions to
support this item. By next spring a presentation will
be done to Leadership, Cabinet, and the Faculty
Senate.
IX.
Integrated Reading/Writing Pilot: Tabled until next
meeting
X.
Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
with Hector reminding all of the committees and to
select their chairs and co-chairs by the next meeting.
The next meeting of the DE Council will be on
October 5 at 3:00 p.m. in ASC B-445.
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DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COUNCIL
MINUTES FOR 2009-2010
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DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COUNCIL
MINUTES FOR 2008-2009
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DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COUNCIL
MINUTES FOR 2007-2008
September 20, 2007
ASC Auditorium
Members Present: Dr. Dennis Brown, Olga Thurman,
Cecilia Hines, Joanne Peeples, Roberto Jaquez, Angelina
Arellanes-Nuñez, Jose Baltazar, Jose Ramirez, Javier
Alcantar, Carolyn Buntyn, Claudia Cochran, Susan Silva,
Santiago Rodriguez, Bobby Ortega, Lucy H. Michal, Claude
Mathis, Irma Camacho
Revisiting our Purpose
Members unable to attend: Tammie Campos, Lorena
Cardenas, Jim Lambrinos, John Lencyk, Lydia Tena,
Eduardo Servin, Della Truman
A representative of the Office of Institutional Research gave
a PowerPoint presentation updating data on numbers of
students placing in Developmental Education courses. The
data:
The DE Council’s Charge, the ATD goals, and the DE
Strategic Planning Goals were reviewed.
Updating Data
A member made a motion to accept the minutes as correct
and the motion was seconded. The motion was accepted.
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DE Council-ESL Council Coordinating Committee Future
Considerations
The Vice President of Instruction wants to create a
comprehensive New Student Program. This program will be
a guide for prospective students from the moment they
submit an admission application to the time the students
receive their degree. The New Student Program will include
the following new student orientation, testing services,
advising, case management, peer mentoring, early alert, and
other areas yet to be defined. He talked about EPCC’s
participation in the Foundations of Excellence (FoE)
Initiative, a yearlong self-study that focuses on the College’s
New Student Program. New students are defined as those
who have not yet attained 30 credit hours of college level
work. Several members of the DE Council are also on the
FoE initiative and will report progress to the DE Council.
The Vice President wants feedback from the DE Council on
ideas as to how to retain current students. He stated EPCC’s
instructional areas need to be able to determine their
effectiveness by asking questions such as: “Why are students
doing well or why are they not doing well?”
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A member stated that the Valle Verde campus Tutorial
Services Center provides on-line tutoring in writing and
math. The math software that is used is called Maple 11.
Another area of the College is trying out a software
package called I.Q. This program consists of 12 sessions
and improves students reading fluency.
Compared fall 2002, fall 2003, and fall 2004, first
time in college students
Included English, Math, and Reading, and
Included gender breakdowns.
Complete data journals can be found at:
http://www.epcc.edu/atdprogram/AtD
HomePage/tabid/4378/Default.aspx
The MdP Dean stated that several DE courses at MdP and
other campuses were canceled this fall. He requested
additional data that reflected the number of DE students at
each campus in comparison to non-DE students.
The Council thanked the representative of Institutional
Research for his data presentation and requested more data.
DE Council members were asked to email requests for data to
the Director of Student Success or the DE Council Chair and
they would fill out the proper forms to get Art to present
more data in a later meeting.
Planning for the Year by Standing Committees
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English Standing Committee Chair Report
There is great concern by the English discipline about the
lowest DE course. Students can score from 0 to 4 to qualify
for ENGL 0304 and there is a great deal of variety in student
writing ability. One concern is that some ESL students drop
out of ESL courses and enroll in the DE courses without prior
advising from counselors.
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Mathematics Standing Committee Chair Report
Walk Away Questions
There will be two District wide “Town Meetings” on
developmental math on October 29 and November 1. The
meetings are open to all mathematics faculty. A suggestion
to provide the schedule for future Town Meetings via e-mail
was made. The Math Standing Committee Chair will send
the schedule of Town Meetings to all the deans.
Lucy Michal, Chair of the DE Council, asked Council
members to consider taking the information and conversation
in DE Council meeting to their sites and colleagues. The
Valle Verde Dean of Mathematics and Science suggested that
we place our minutes on a website. The Student Success
Chair, Irma Camacho and DE Council Chair, Lucy Michal,
will work on this.
There will be a pilot program in which a 1-hour required lab
will be offered to students who place into Math 0305. In lieu
of taking Math 0305, the students will enroll in Math 1324
and the 1 one hour lab. This will be offered for the spring
2008 semester. The pilot program will take place at the
following campuses: TM, RG, and NW. Deans from Valle
Verde Campus and Mission del Paso Campus want the
following MdP and VV campuses to also participate in the
pilot program.
This semester diagnostic pre- and post-testing for
intermediate algebra students. The discipline is gathering
data to validate a diagnostic program provided by Thomas
Learning. The diagnostic is part of the development of online course formats for Beginning and Intermediate algebra
courses.
Math Standing Committees will be conducting site visits to
review math labs at Virginia Tech and Northwest Vista. AtD
will fund the site visits.
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Reading Math Standing Committee Chair
Reading 0309 is the pre-requisite for GOVT 2305, GOVT
2306, and GOVT 2311.
A one-hour refresher course was developed to be used for
students who are at the upper end of READ 0309, and a
three-hour modularized course was also developed. The
focus of both courses was in the technical areas. Both
courses will be presented to the discipline for review and
consideration of a pilot.
The discipline is in favor of dropping students from their core
reading intensive classes, if the student drops the required
reading co-requisite. If a student fails the reading required
co-requisite but passes the core class(es) with a “C” or better,
then the student no longer needs to enroll in another reading
class. It is not certain that the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
Rule for C or better applies.
Early Interventions Committee Chair
Election of 2007 – 2008 DE Council Chair
Nominations for the DE Council Chair were accepted. Susan
Silva nominated Lucy Michal, Jose Baltazar seconded the
nomination; after no other nominations were made, the
nominations were closed.
Motion to nominate Lucy Michal by acclamation was
made by Jose Baltazar, Susan Silva seconded the motion.
The nomination was accepted.
Other Business
Irma and Lucy distributed copies of Hunter Boylan’s,
Introduction and Chapter One: Organizational,
Administrative, and Institutional Practices, pp. 1-31 from his
book What Works Best in Developmental Education?
Members were asked to read the introduction and chapter.
Focus the dialogue and discussion for the next scheduled
meeting.
A schedule of DE Council meetings for the rest of the 200708 school year was also distributed.
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
________________________________
Lucy Michal, DE Council Chair
________________________________
Member in attendance
________________________________
Member in attendance
Posters were distributed with the schedule of workshops for
the fall semester. A discussion of the “Drop Survey” will be
put on the next agenda for discussion then. Also, more
individuals are needed to conduct workshops District wide.
A reading faculty member indicated that he has developed a
referral form listing specific skills, which may be useful for
us to use.
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October 25, 2007
ASC, A400
Members present: Joanne Peeples, Roberto Jaquez, Jose
Baltazar, Angelina Arellanes-Nuñez, Jose Ramirez, Carolyn
Buntyn, Claudia Cochran, Santiago Rodriguez, Bobby
Ortega, Lucy H. Michal, Eduardo Servin, Irma Hoy, John
Lencyk, Irma Camacho
Guest: Ron Stroud
Members unable to attend: Javier Alcantar, Dr. Tammie
Campos, Lorena Cardenas, Lydia Tena, Della Truman, Olga
Thurman, Cecilia Hines, Susan Silva, Claude Mathis, Lorena
Cardenas
Meeting Called to Order: Lucy Michal, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
A motion was made a motion and seconded to accept the
minutes with revisions. The motion was accepted.
Communicating the Work of the DE Council to the
College
The Developmental Education Council flyer was distributed.
Corrections to the flyer are going to be made; the revised
flyer will be provided at next scheduled meeting.
The Director of Institutional Effectiveness, provided
information on the procedures that govern Standing
Committees.
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The President of the College appoints all members of
each Standing Committee. It is the duty of the
committee chairs to monitor memberships, remove those
who are not participating, and report replacements.
The committee chair and the administrator fill vacancies.
The recommendations are sent to the Director of
Institutional Effectiveness and he will forward the
revision(s) to the President.
Each committee decides on the rules that regulate its
procedures, such as to have a quorum or not, and what
constitutes a quorum.
Minutes for each Standing Committee and the DE
Council should be sent to the Director of Institutional
Effectiveness and he will post on the IE webpage. The
minutes can also be sent College wide and then he will
post them.
Staggered membership on committees is recommended.
It is also recommended that each Standing Committees
be consistent with Charge statements.
Standing Committee Reports

Early Interventions (EI) Committee Report
 Drop Survey
The Chair of Early Interventions Committee reported that the
Drop Survey is currently being conducted. Counselors
presented several workshops during the semester. Counselors
reported that student attendance is better.
The EI Chair will give a presentation at the next scheduled
meeting regarding the Referral form for Early Intervention.
He will be given priority for this presentation at the next
scheduled meeting.
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DE English Standing Committee Report
Recommendations for ENGL 0309, for the Accuplacer score
to be 3-4 will be presented to the District Coordinator of
English and the English Discipline. The score of 3 = 78 or
80. DE English Standing Committee Chair suggested that
some of the DE Council might want to take a portion of the
Accuplacer exam to have a better view of the exam. A better
understanding of the students’ evaluation of the Accuplacer
exam might be obtained. A proposal will be submitted to the
Curriculum Committee for students that do not meet the score
of 3 (<3).
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DE Mathematics Standing Committee Report
The Mathematics Standing Committee did not meet since two
site visits were conducted. A MATH 1324 PILOT course
will be conducted on Spring ’08 at several campuses. The
course will add an additional course where students receive 1
credit hour, and class will meet an additional 2 hours a week
to work on computer assistant programs. An instructor will
be available in the computer lab to assist students. The pilot
sections will not exceed the maximum of 20 students per
section. The PILOT course is geared toward saving students
a semester. Students will be identified to participate in this
PILOT course by directly asking students if they want to
enroll in this class, counselors can refer students, and
instructors who teach Beginning Algebra will recruit students
for the course. Information regarding this PILOT will be
made available to Coordinators via e-mail from Joanne
Peeples.
A question regarding a student dropping the lab portion
prompted the Director of Student Success, Irma Camacho, to
inform everyone present that there is a new Drop Rule. The
Vice President of Instruction together with the Office of the
Registrar will put together some information to share with the
students before the end of the semester.
A Reading faculty member suggested that the DE Council
develop a strategy to inform students about this Drop Rule.
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A member of the Council stated that the Drop Rule would
become effective Spring ’08. It was suggested that this
information be provided to the students before the end of this
semester. The information might also be provided during
orientation, and also be printed on the front page of the EPCC
Class Schedule and Catalog.
Committee Tasks for next meeting
1.
Review Charge for standing committees – Lucy
Michal, DE Council Chair
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English
Mathematics
Early Interventions
Student Support
2.
AtD Scorecard – Irma Camacho, Director of Student
Success
Additional charge to Standing Committees included the AtD
Score Card.
The Standing Committees were asked to set the standard for
the AtD Score Card. The score should be realistic, for
example, should not be more than a few points of
improvement per year. The Student Success Director will
send an e-mail to the Standing Committees regarding the
Score Card. This will be discussed at the next scheduled
meeting.
Meeting Adjourned
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
Each Standing Committee was given a copy of its original
Charge statement and a revised statement. The De Council
Chair asked the chairs of the Standing Committees to present
the charges to their Discipline for revisions. The results will
be presented at the next scheduled DE Council meeting. The
Early Intervention Committee will have to put together their
Charge, since it is a newly formed committee.
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November 29, 2007
ASC, A400
Members present: Angelina Arellanes-Nuñez, Pat Duran,
Cecilia Hines, Roberto Jaquez, Dr. John Lencyk, Lucy
Michal, Dr. Joanne Peeples,
Susan Silva.
Guests: Mr. Andrew Fisher
Director, Developmental Studies
Panola Community College
Lisa Juliano
Assistant Professor, NW Math
El Paso Community College
Members unable to attend: Javier Alcantar, Jose Baltazar,
Carolyn Buntyn, Irma Camacho, Dr. Tammie Campos,
Lorena Cardenas, Claudia Cochran, Claude Mathis, Bobby
Ortega, Jose Ramirez, Santiago Rodriguez, Dr. Eduardo
Servin, Dr. Lydia Tena, Olga Thurman, Della Truman
Meeting Called to Order: Lucy Michal, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
A Council member introduced Mr. Andrew Fisher from
Panola Community College, who was visiting El Paso
Community College, Developmental Education programs.
A motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes
with revisions. The motion was accepted.
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Irma Hoy substituted for Susan Silva.
The Reading discipline held a District-wide meeting on
October 11.
Other Business
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DE Council Chair stated that the President of the College
appoints all members of each Standing Committee. The
committee chairs monitor memberships, remove those
who are not participating, and report replacements.
The committee chair and administrative liaison fill
vacancies. The recommendations are sent to the Director
of Institutional Effectiveness and he forwards the
revision(s) to the President of the College.
Each committee decides on the rules that regulate its
procedures, such as to have a quorum or not, and what
constitutes a quorum.
Jim Lambrinos will continue to be the Reading
Discipline, District-Wide Coordinator through Fall 2007.
Maria Gomez will become the Reading Standing
Committee, District Coordinator beginning Spring 2008.
Maria is waiting for a letter from Dr. Richard Rhodes,
appointing her to the Developmental Education Council.
The DE Council Chair asked if everyone had read Chapter 2
of the book titled “What Works: Research-Based Best
Practices in Developmental Education,” by Hunter Boylan.
A copy of Chapter 3 was distributed. To focus our dialogue
and discussion, please read chapter 3 for the next scheduled
meeting.
Standing Committee Reports
Early Interventions Committee Report
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A Draft of Developmental Education Council flyer was
distributed for review.
Roberto Jaquez is substituting for Jim Lambrinos in the
Developmental Education Council.
Book Discussion
The October DE Council minutes should have reflected the
following:
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The chair of the DE Reading Standing Committee stated
that she has not seen the Letter of Resignation from the
previous chair, Jim Lambrinos, in which he is resigning
from the Developmental Education Council.
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The EI Chair was unable to attend the meeting; therefore,
Pat Duran presented the report regarding surveys and the
Referral Form. Pat reported that all the surveys have
been collected District-wide. The Referral Form has
been completed; the EI Chair will provide a sample of
the form at the next scheduled DE Council meeting.
Packets containing information regarding workshops to
be conducted by Counselors will be made available via
faculty mailboxes before the next scheduled Faculty
Development session.
Information about the workshop schedule is essential in
order for students to be informed of the availability of
the workshops.
Counselors need for faculty to get involved by informing
their students that these workshops are available.
It was suggested that faculty should be asked if they
want a workshop to be conducted at their classrooms.
DE Council Chair stated that some faculty will allow
workshops to be conducted in their classrooms.
The DE Reading Standing Committee chair had two
students this semester that attended a workshop
regarding “PowerPoint” and one on “Learning Styles” at
the Valle Verde campus. These students want to know if
a workshop on Math is going to be available.
A Council member stated that counselors have been
asking faculty to take their classes to workshops;
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providing workshops for classes has been very
successful.
The DE Council Chair suggested that counselors from
the Rio Grande campus be available in a classroom;
instead of at the Counseling department, which is located
a far distance from the main building.
Another Council member suggested that the workshops
be conducted within a flexible schedule. (morning,
afternoon, and evening)
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Committee Charges
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A copy of the Appendix including the three Charges was
distributed.
The DE Council Chair recommended that each Standing
Committee be consistent when writing Committee
Charge statements.
DE English Standing Committee Report
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The DE English Standing Committee Chair read aloud
the revisions that have been made to the Developmental
English Committee Charge. A copy of the revisions will
be forwarded to the DE Council Chair.
Data has been forwarded to the English District-wide
Coordinator and the English Discipline regarding
recommendations for ENGL 0309, for the Accuplacer
score to be 3-4; the score of 3 = 78 or 80. A proposal
will be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for
students that do not meet the score of 3 (<3).
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The English District-wide Coordinator stated that the
recommendations for revisions regarding ENGL 0309
would be presented at the District meeting.
The DE English Standing Committee Chair stated that
Reading should make more “ground” with the score
range of 0>2 regarding the Write Placer; the current
score range is 0>4. Students should be referred to the
RAP or P.A.S.S. program prior to taking the Accuplacer
test. One to two weeks of refresher sessions offered by
the school would be beneficial to the students.
A Council member stated that not all students qualify to
be referred to the RAP or P.A.S.S. program. She also
stated that some students are computer illiterate, making
it difficult for them to obtain a better grade in a test
administered in a computer; students need to be
instructed as to how to use computers (paper and pencil
vs. computer test). The Testing Center staff is not
allowed to explain the instructions, which come with the
test(s); it is against policies. An example of this situation
would be ESL students. The ESL students attend college
to learn English. Apart from not having computer
knowledge, they also do not comprehend the
instructions. The instructions that come with the test(s)
are written in English.
they should have been exposed to the usage of
computers.
Instructions for the CELSA Test (Combined English
Language Skills Assessment) are written in English. The
CELSA Test is administered to students who are trying
to learn the English language; this test is taken prior to
enrolling in credit courses.
It would be considered discrimination to explain to a
Hispanic a test in their native language and not to a
student from another country in their native language.
For example, a Japanese student would expect
instructions to be given in Japanese. Students expect and
should be given equal treatment.
A Council member stated that the MdP Tutorial Support
Services offers a one-hour session, in which a pre-test is
administered. She will provide the Counselor present
additional information regarding the session. The
Council will then provide this information at workshops
conducted by counselors.
DE English Standing Committee Chair is concerned that
not all the students will be able to benefit from this onehour session, since not everyone qualifies to participate
in the P.A.S.S. or RAP programs. She suggested that
faculty might want to speak to Javier Alcantar, Manager,
P.A.S.S. program and ask him if a workshop can be
conducted at the classroom.
It was suggested that maybe a representative from
P.A.S.S. program could work with the Testing Center.
The DE Council Chair will bring back for further
discussion to the Developmental Education Council at
the next scheduled meeting, the concerns regarding
instructions not being able to be given prior to
administering a test at the Testing Center.
DE Mathematics Standing Committee Report
DE Mathematics Standing Committee Chair will submit
changes made to the Developmental Math Committee Charge
to the DE Council Chair.
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The faculty will meet during Faculty Development week.
This past month, two site visits were conducted in two
different colleges; in which a Math Lab was visited.
DE Math Standing Committee Chair will provide a
report about the site visits to Dean Lydia Tena, who
funded the trips, and to the DE Council Chair.
One of the lessons learned from the site visits was the
benefit some math departments have found from having
all mathematics classrooms located in close proximity to
the math lab. With planning taking place for new
buildings in some of the campuses, perhaps this is
something that can be added to the planning of any new
campuses and redesigning some of the older campuses.
DE Reading Standing Committee Report
Another Council member explained that ESL students
are not expected to take the Accuplacer test until after
they have taken the ESL 6th level course; by that time,
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DE Reading Standing Committee Chair read changes
made to the Developmental Reading Committee Charge
aloud; the DE Council Chair will be provided a copy of
these changes.
The discipline is still reviewing the Reading Standing
Committee Charge.
DE Reading Standing Committee Chair stated that
starting in January; full time faculty will be invited to
participate in the Reading Standing Committee. The DE
Council Chair informed the DE Reading Standing
Committee Chair that the Director of Institutional
Effectiveness would have to be informed of this decision.
Susan Silva and Rose Galindo participated in site visits:
Susan went to San Antonio and Rose went to Florida.
Because of the population difference between San
Antonio and El Paso, the observation obtained is that El
Paso is doing well regarding ESL courses.
Reading 0307 at MdP has a low enrollment rate. It is
unknown if the low enrollment is due to student’s lack of
wanting to enroll in a developmental education course or
if students are testing out of these courses.
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The English District-wide coordinator is part of the
Facilities Planning Committee; the committee studies the
usage of classrooms. He stated that there is not enough
faculty to teach every semester, sometimes an instructor
teaches eight sessions. In addition to this, the facilities
usage is at 100%. The ratio of students per classroom
should be 15-20; currently it is 35 students per
classroom.
The office of Institutional Research can provide data
regarding the usage of classrooms; which would be the
same information that the English District-wide
coordinator has provided. An IR Request form needs to
be filled-out prior to Carol being able to provide the
information.
A Council member indicated that Reading courses could
be offered in the evening.
The English District-wide coordinator stated that the
Reading courses are core-required and not pre-required
prior to taking English courses. The DE Council Chair
A Council member indicated that some classes are in
danger of not being offered the following year, since
they are erased from the system if enrollment is low.
Classes with low enrollment are dropped before the late
registration deadline.
Lisa Juliano is working with the office of the Vice President
of Instruction on a special project. She will be conducting a
study regarding the validity of the Accuplacer placement
scores in Math, Reading, and English courses.
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Lisa provided a handout titled “Placement Validity
Study”. The strategy of this report is as follows:
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The discipline Coordinators and Deans decide which
courses are to be offered before a list is provided to the
registration department.
A Council member expressed his concern regarding low
amounts of courses being taught. It is unknown whether
courses taught by a full time or a part-time instructor are
more effective.
The Chair also suggested that a list be made prior to
meeting for the next meeting.
o What are the issues that need to be talked about?
o Who in their area is doing the planning?
ACES Project
The Program Review Committee did an overview of all
grades for the areas they collected data about. At this
time, the data is being looked at.
A concern was voiced regarding classes being closed
before the end of registration date, therefore leaving the
students with few schedule choices. A recommendation
was made to offer classes after the registration date; but
it would cause a conflict with the tuition payment
deadline.
suggested that the Reading and English faculty talk to
each other about this.
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Start with Developmental Math Courses: Math
0300, Math 0301, Math 0303, and Math 0305.
Obtain Accuplacer scores from students entering
EPCC, Fall 2006.
Obtain pass rates (C or better) for students entering
EPCC, Fall 2006.
Compare Accuplacer scores to pass rate.
Do similar study with Reading and English.
The DE English Standing Committee chair will provide
Lisa the data collected by the English Committee
regarding Accuplacer Scores.
The Math information will be more time consuming
since it consists of three sections: Arithmetic,
Elementary Algebra, and College Algebra.
College Board oversees the Accuplacer.
Lisa needs to contact Dr. Carol Kay from Institutional
Research and have an administrator sign-off a form
authorizing her to obtain student confidential
information.
Announcements
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The DE Council Chair, Lucy Michal, announced that the
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded
the Star Award to Developmental Education Initiative
(DEI) Title V Program. This is the first time El Paso
Community College receives the Star Award.
A copy of the new Drop Rule was distributed. The
information can be obtained from the EPCC website.
Meeting Adjourned
Meeting Adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
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January 31, 2008
ASC, A400
Members present: Javier Alcantar, Angelina ArellanesNunez, Jose Baltazar, Carolyn Buntyn, Irma Camacho,
Tammie Campos, Claudia Cochran, Patricia Duran, George
Keating, Claude Mathis, Lucy Michal, Bobby Ortega, Jose
Ramirez, Santiago Rodriguez, Susan Silva, Olga Thurman,
Della Truman, Cecilia Hines
Members not present: Lorena Cardenas, John Lencyk,
Lydia Tena
I.
Lucy Michal, Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:05
PM. She welcomed the group. Irma Camacho
introduced Juan Garcia, the new PREP Manager, who
is replacing Dr. Eduardo Servin.
II.
Book Discussion – Chapter 1 of What Works Best in
Developmental Education was discussed. Some of the
commentary include that although a centralized DE
program is considered the best a coordinated DE
program can be quite effective. Coordination should
not only include the instructional disciplines but the
support services, FYE class, orientation and other
College components important to DE. It was
mentioned that in the past when DE was under one
administrative area there was better coordination of
services. It was mentioned that while one of the
chapter’s messages was that colleges focus on major
themes, EPCC is presently involved in too many
initiatives.
A member of the Council presented a motion that the
DE Council develop a theme about student services
and that several sessions could be offered during our
next Faculty Development. Another member seconded
the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
For our next meeting, Susan volunteered to lead the
group in discussing Chapter 2.
III.
Approval of minutes – A motion was made to accept
the minutes of our previous meeting. The motion was
seconded and passed unanimously.
IV.
Reports from the Committees
A. Early Interventions – The EI Chair presented the
EI report. The committee would like to achieve
standing committee status. This can be done with
the approval of the Vice President of Instruction,
Dr. Brown and the President, Dr. Rhodes.
DE Drop Survey results for fall 2007 were
presented. The drop survey was implemented for
the first time this fall 2007. Some of the
highlights of that report indicate that 479 students
dropped DE classes and of those 42% dropped
MATH 0305 and 21% dropped MATH 0303. The
surveys are being conducted at the Counseling
Centers.
Student Success Workshop -- Workshops are
being offered at each campus District wide with
good attendance. Faculty are encouraging
students to attend.
Recruitment of other Workshop Presenters -- The
Committee is seeking participation from all staff
and faculty District wide to share expertise
through workshop presentations. A survey will be
sent District-wide and everyone’s participation is
encouraged.
Referral Services – The committee would like to
pilot a referral process for students who may be at
risk. The students should be referred to a
counselor who will then refer the student to
needed services. Two faculty members at each
campus will be asked to pilot the referral system.
B. DE English Standing Committee – The DE
English Standing Committee chair presented the
report. The standing committee has made two
recommendations to the discipline that were voted
upon and accepted. These recommendations had
been discussed at the DE Council previously. The
Council had voted to support these measures:
1) Students who score 5 on the essay portion of
the Accuplacer in combination with 80 on the
Sentence Structure be allowed to enroll in
ENGL 1301.
2) Only students who score 3-4 on the essay
portion of the Accuplacer will be allowed to
enroll in ENGL 0309. The higher cut off
score would have affected approximately 260
students who scored 0-2 which is below the
proposed standard in fall 2007.
A discussion on the procedure for having
recommendations approved was discussed.
Recommendations should be brought before the
DE Council which can vote to support the
measure. The discipline must approve before an
item is taken to the Vice President of Instruction
for approval.
C. DE Math Standing Committee – The DE Council
chair, presented the report. Two pilots are
currently underway.
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Students who are on the borderline between
MATH 0305 and college ready are being
allowed to enroll for MATH 1324 and the
accompanying MATH 0124 which is a lab
that meets for 2 hours weekly. This measure
is being piloted on all five campuses.
Four instructors at different campuses are
using an online homework system for their
MATH 0305 classes. Students are required to
complete assignments online and the
instructor can review their progress.
One recommendation that came from the site
visits is that ideally the math lab should be close
to the classroom where the math classes are held
and close to the math faculty offices. This
encourages participation and provides
convenience leading to better utilization of labs by
students and better overall student success. This
would not need a lot of resources, only a
reallocation of facilities and space.
D. Reading Standing Committee – The Reading
Standing Committee chair presented the report.
The reading discipline has voted that all members
of the discipline are members of the standing
committee, since all reading courses are
developmental.
V.
Revision of Charges to Standing Committee
The DE Council chair will schedule a meeting with the
Director of Student Success and one representative
from each committee to review the revised charges for
grammatical consistency.
VI.
P.A.S.S. Program presentation was given by Javier
Alcantar. He indicated that recruitment of students is
down. Faculty referrals to the program are
encouraged. In response to what can be done at this
time, Javier will prepare a handout to be distributed to
faculty.
VII.
Announcements
The DE Council Chair announced that she will be
sending out information on a committee that will be
meeting to evaluate pilots and interventions focused on
promoting and increasing student success.
VIII. Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 4:46 p.m.
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March 6, 2008
ASC, A400
Present: Muhammad Akhtar, Angelina Arellanes-Nuñez,
Lisa Juliano, Joanne Peeples, Susan Silva, Pat Duran, Irma
Camacho.
The meeting of the entire Council was cancelled and a few
individuals were asked to meet to review the charges for each
area. Specifically the group was to try to achieve some
verbal and grammatical sameness in the way the charges
were phrased.
After this was done the committee discussed the idea of
having a strand of DE workshops offered for fall Faculty
Development. The theme of Faculty Development this year
is “Beyond Borders.” The group selected a following theme
for the DE strand: “The mission of Developmental
Education—tearing walls down”. I spoke with Keri Moe
who is organizing Faculty Development she indicated that
she might not be able to dedicate one page for a DE strand,
due to printing constraints. Keri did indicate that she would
do her best.
2.
“A Look at Web Assign, a Homework System”
Joanne Peeples, Anna Schotten, and Edith Aguirre
3.
“Using Accelerated Learning in Reading”
Ben Molina, Roselia Galindo, Irma Hoy, Sandra
Padilla, Susan Silva
4.
“The Power o f Analogy in the Teaching of
Mathematics”
Russell Ellwood
5.
“Building Mathematical Knowledge Using Online
Homework”
Lucy Michal
6.
“Support Services the Bridge to Student Success”
Javier Alcantar, Jose Ramirez, Juan Garcia, Olga
Thurman
7.
“Teaching Lessons Using the Natural Human
Learning Process”
Jose Baltazar and Irma Camacho
The following workshops have been identified for the DE
Strand for fall Faculty Development:
1.
“Evolving into a Culture of Possibilities”
Angelina Arellanes-Nuñez and Sandra Padilla
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