Minutes September 5, 2007

CPATH Meeting Minutes

Date: September 5, 2007                                  Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing MI

Next meeting: October 8, 2007             Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Participants listed by group:

  • MichiganStateUniversity (MSU): Daina Briedis, Neeraj Buch, Jon Sticklen, Mark Urban-Lurain, Claudia Vergara, Tom Wolff
  • LansingCommunity College (LCC): Louise Paquette
  • Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW): Lisa Katz, Jeannine La Prad
  • Science and Mathematics Program Improvement (SAMPI): Pete Vunovich 

General Agenda: (attachment 1)

  1. Introductions/re-introductions: round table introductions including affiliation.
  2. Review Proposal: Project goals, activities, time-line.  (Mark Urban-Lurain). Power-point presentation (attachment 2):
  • Vision
  • Goals
  • Objectives
  • Outcomes
  • Transformation model

Side discussions:

- Questions about grant press release. Decision: Need to coordinate press release information with CSW parties.

-  Identify specific workforce computational skills: The conclusion of this side discussion was that the skill identification will come from the stakeholders requests/needs. Also mentioned that when selecting industries we need to have a good "cross-section"

3.    Partner round-table:

a)         CSW: Speaker Jeannine La Prad


- CSW Facilitates a bridge between government policy and industry needs.

- Assets they bring:

o Extensive experience in labor-market research.

o       Specific methodologies to understand labor market at specific levels.

o       Convening and engaging stake holders.

    CSW: Speaker Lysa Katz


-        How to connect this effort to MMIT (Mid Michigan Innovation Team). They are working in economic transformation driven by talent.

-        Advance manufacturing and transformational fields related to STEM disciplines.

-        Biofuels effort also important.

-        MSU is the fiduciary of the MMIT partners and Lysa hopes to engage all the MMIT partners.

-        There are three wired regions Mid Michigan, West Michigan and South East Michigan.

Side discussions:

-      Ideas to identify/get stakeholders.

-        Where are the students and where do they go?

-        Are there specific companies for example IT employers?

-        Michiganworks could be a good source.

-        Mapping of the industry sector.

-        Look at national databases.

-        Look at professional societies sites.

b)         ABET: Speaker Daina Briedis


-        ABET in the mid-nineties changed the accreditation criteria to be outcome-based

-        There are a number of programs seeking accreditation: IT, computer science and computer engineering.

-        Bottom line is that the computer program needs, need to align with accreditation criteria. It was suggested to consult Joe Turner a faculty member at North Carolinaand chair of the computer accreditation commission, to ask what the perspective at the national level is. There was also a mention of a study at PennState? Daina said she would get a copy.

c)         LCC: Speaker Louise Paquette


-        Louise handed out two handouts (attachments 3 and 4): One on LCC curriculum guides and the other, a study from the Math and computer science department on program effectiveness.

-        After looking at the curriculum guides it was decided that only degrees that lead to engineering and STEM disciplines should be included.

-        It was decided that the fit and relationships of LCC programs and the project needs to be determined.

d)         MSU: Speaker Tom Wolff


-        The curriculum belongs to the faculty. It is an ABET-driven decision.

-        There was an explanation about the process: departmental curriculum committee (3-4 people) → Vote at a faculty meeting (25-26 people) → college curriculum committee (all the departments in the college plus students) → Subcommittee from MSU, they sort details such as duplicating efforts → University curriculum committee → Academic counsel is really the rubber stamp for approval. The process takes about one year from beginning to end. The departmental curriculum committee and the college curriculum committee are the difficult ones.

e)         SAMPI: Speaker Pete Vunovich


-        Hand out (attachment 5) SAMPI evaluation (draft) and SAMPI evaluation activities.

-        Bottom line: the surveys need to relate to outcomes and indicators.

Items not discussed:

4.    Discussion of complete time line: revisions or clarifications.

5.    First time line milestone: convene the steering committee.  Identifying members.

6.    Concerns and questions.

7.    Logistics:

a.    Meetings: Frequency of meetings, F2F / video conference option (Mark); Dates. Will we want the Saturday 9/29? Location?

b.    Web site:  Review, pointer, design ideas. http://ep.egr.msu.edu/cpathpaper.nsf

c.    Email listserv

Action items

  • Need to coordinate grant press release information with CSW parties.
  • Copy of Penn State study (ABET). Daina
  • Determine the fit and relationships of LCC programs and the project needs. Louise. 

Next meeting: October 8, 2007             Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing MI