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Meeting of the Board of Regents | June 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009 - 11:20pm

Cultural Education Committee Minutes

June 22, 2009

5:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Regents Room, EB




Regent James C. Dawson, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report.


Your Committee on Cultural Education had its scheduled meeting on June 22, 2009.  In attendance were Committee members: Regents Dawson, Brooks Hopkins, and Phillips.

Also in attendance were Regents: Bendit, Cea, Chapey, Chancellor Emeritus Bennett, Norwood, Rosa and Tallon

Absent: Regents Bowman and Tilles.


Chair’s Remarks: Regent Dawson greeted everyone and opened the meeting introducing Alan J. Friedman, Consultant, Museum Development and Science Communication and former President of the New York Hall of Science.


CE (D) 1 Helping Students Graduate: A Conversation with Alan J. Friedman

Dr. Friedman addressed the Committee regarding how education activities in museums and other cultural institutions can engage students and help them meet the challenge to graduate from high school on time and be ready for higher education or a career.  Dr. Friedman provided background information as well as an in-depth report that student exposure to cultural institutions raises personal expectations, helps to close gaps in student performance and increases graduation rates.  Dr. Friedman referred to supporting documentation that is available including statistics, data, and longevity studies that have been conducted.  Resource materials and web links for further information was previously provided to Board members.


The presentation was followed by a brief discussion and questions and answers.


Meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.