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Report of Regents Higher Education Committee to The Board of Regents

Your Higher Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on February 11, 2014

Action Items

Proposed Amendments to Section 52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Requirements for Student Teaching, Field Experience and Practica for Teacher Education Programs and to Extend the End Date for Clinically Rich Graduate Level Teacher Preparation Pilot Programs
Your Committee discussed an option for teacher preparation programs to offer a single student placement in a P-12 school. The single placement must be for a minimum of 10 weeks and the cooperating teacher must be rated effective or highly effective, be nationally board certified, or be a designated mentor teacher by the district. It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will come before the full Board for permanent adoption at the April 2014 Regents meeting. If adopted at the April Regents meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on May 14, 2014.

Initial Institutional Accreditation: Fei Tian College  
Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents accredit Fei Tian College for a period of five years with the requirement that the College provide a comprehensive five year financial plan at the end of the first year of the term of accreditation and submit annual data reports as requested by the Commissioner of Education.

Change in Scope of Institutional Accreditation: Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing
 Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents take the following accreditation action regarding Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing: Approve a change in scope of the institutional accreditation of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing to include registered baccalaureate programs in the field of nursing.

MOTION FOR ACTION BY FULL BOARD

Madam Chancellor and Colleagues:  Your Higher Education Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee’s deliberations at its meeting on February 11, 2014, copies of which have been distributed to each member of the Board of Regents.

Other matters not requiring action:

Update on Certification Exams  
Your Committee received an update on implementation of the new certification examinations and the work of the faculty professional development work at CUNY, SUNY, and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

Proposed Amendments to Sections 80-3.3 and 80-3.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Individual Evaluation Regulations 
Your Committee discussed proposed regulations that will limit the kinds of certificates available for the individual evaluation pathway. Individual evaluation allows someone who did not attend a teacher prep program to be evaluated based on their transcripts and experience - if they have the required credits in content and pedagogy they can obtain an initial teaching certificate. Currently, the regulations that allow individuals to obtain an initial teaching certificate through individual evaluation will expire in May 2014. We are proposing to continue individual evaluation in some high demand certificate titles and discontinue the individual evaluation pathway for low demand certificate titles. It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will come before the Full Board for adoption as a permanent rule at the April 2014 Regents meeting. If adopted at the April meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on May 14, 2014.

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 9:25am

Committee