Academic Services Committee
February 15, 2007
Members Present: Bill Ballard (Exec. Board), Jeffrey Donnell (ME)(Chair), Jim Sowell (PHYS),
Members Absent: Linda Cabot (OIT), Nancey Green Leigh (CRP), Margaret Loper (GTRI), Judith Norback (ISyE), Myrtle Turner (GTRI), Alex Wang (SGA), Jane Weyant (CoE).
Visitor: Dr. Paul Ohme, Director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC).
1. The meeting came to order at 3:35 p.m. on February 15, 2007 in room 202 of Tech Tower.
2. Paul Ohme gave an overview of CEISMC’s mission, some of its programs and some of the benefits that GT faculty and students derive from it. The following points were made:
· CEISMC’s mission is to leverage Georgia Tech’s resources to improve math, science and technology at the K-12 level for all students in the state of Georgia.
· To this end, CEISMC’s strengths include providing content for K-12 instruction, facilitating development of math and science programs in Georgia’s school districts, and providing research data for decision making about such programs.
· Numerous partnership and tutoring programs were described, including
o An AP Calculus Tutoring program, developed in partnership with the GT School of Mathematics and the Atlanta Public Schools
o A mathematics program developed for 6th grade students in Paulding County Schools
o A partnership with Dekalb County Schools to reform mathematics education
o A Distance Calculus Program developed in partnership with Fulton County Schools in which High School students in Fulton county may take Calculus II and III courses offered by GT’s School of Mathematics.
o An Earth Sciences program developed in partnership with Gwinnett County Schools and funded by a Department of Education Math and Science Partnership Grant. This program impacted approximately 40 teachers and 80 students.
· Other CEISMC programs include GIFT Summer Internships for teachers--funded by sponsors, grants and foundations--and the Student and Teacher Enhancement Partnership (STEP)—funded by the National Science Foundation.
· CEISMC offers assistance to faculty members who need to demonstrate K-12 activities for proposals. This is of particular importance to new faculty members who are preparing NSF CAREER award applications. During 2005, CEISMC helped sixteen faculty members develop K-12 components for CAREER proposals.
· GT students who wish to participate in K-12 programs are encouraged to contact CEISMC for help in locating ongoing programs.
3. The next meeting of the Academic Services Committee will take place on March 15, at 3:30 p.m. The guest will be Cynthia Jackson, Campus Space Coordinator; she will speak about classroom assignment at GT and about the way trends in enrollment will impact classrooms in the immediate future.
4. The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.