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Meeting of the Board of Regents | September 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 7:40am

Your Higher Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on September 14, 2010.  All members were present.


Permanent Adoption of Proposed Regulations Relating to the Establishment of Graduate Level Clinically Rich Principal Preparation Pilot Programs.  Your Committee recommends that a new paragraph (6) of subdivision (a) is added to Section 52.1; a new paragraph (7) is added to subdivision (c) of section 52.21 and that a new sub clause (3) is added to clause (a) of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 80-3.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, effective October 6, 2010. The proposed amendment will become effective as a permanent rule on October 6, 2010. [HE (A) 1]

Discontinuation of the Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education. Your Committee recommends that due to budgetary and staffing constraints of the State’s current fiscal environment, the Regents discontinue the Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education as an accreditation option for teacher and school leader preparation programs in New York State.  In order to meet the program accreditation requirement in Commissioner’s Regulations, RATE institutions will be required to achieve accreditation through NCATE or TEAC by December 31, 2013 for colleges with accreditation dates expiring within three years.  For those colleges with accreditation expiring after December 31, 2013, accreditation must be achieved before the expiration of their RATE accreditation period. [HE (A) 2]

Emergency Adopted of Proposed Regulations Relating to New Standards of Academic Progress for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for the 2010-2011 Academic Year. Your Committee recommends that clause (b) of subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 145-2.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended, effective September 17, 2010, as an emergency action upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the general welfare to implement Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2010 and ensure that remedial students are not denied TAP eligibility for the 2010-2011 academic year. The proposed amendment will become effective September 17, 2010.  The proposed amendment will come before the Board of Regents for permanent adoption at its December meeting.  If the proposed amendment is adopted as a permanent rule, the proposed amendment will become effective January 5, 2011. [HE (A) 3]


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 September 14, 2010, copies of which have been distributed to each Regents.


Annual Report of the State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching.  The Committee heard a summary of the Standards Board’s activities over the past year, and its preliminary priority agenda for next year.  Preliminary priority topics include: mentoring standards; performance assessment; accreditation, teacher leadership and career ladders for teachers; clinically rich practice; and teaching standards. [HE (D) 4]

Adolescence Level Teacher Certification Restructuring for Students with Disabilities.  The Committee discussed proposed revisions to the adolescence level teacher certification structure for students with disabilities to ensure an adequate supply of such teachers and to ensure that they are prepared to collaboratively teach multiple subjects.  To implement the proposed recommendations, amendments to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education will be proposed for emergency adoption in October 2010. [HE (D) 1]

Teacher Certification for Higher Education Faculty with Experience in Teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Content.  The Committee discussed whether or not to endorse the development of regulations to allow college faculty with advanced content area study in STEM content, and experience teaching in their content at the college level to become certified to teach in the public schools of New York State through a streamlined process.  [HE (D) 3]

This concludes our report.


                                                                        Milton Cofield, Co-Chairperson


                                                                        Lester Young, Co-Chairperson