Sunday, August 24, 2014

UTRGV Meetings

UTRGV Curriculum Meetings will be held in Harlingen next Wednesday, Thursday, and possibly Friday. Please be aware that agendas are being developed for these meetings and you may be asked to attend. Also, some of you may want to attend to show support for the various programs. Dates and times will be announced.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

UTRGV Application Support - Wednesday, August 27 @ 10 a.m.

The Educational Technology Lab (Main 1.302) will be available on August 27th at 10 a.m. if you need help uploading your application documents to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

You may want to bring a pen drive with your documents or a scan with all of the documents. There will be individuals who have successfully submitted their applications to help.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Data Driven Decisions Regarding New Programs

As I see the number of specializations that are being requested for the UTRGV M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, I wonder what data supports these requests. In the past, whenever we have requested a new program, the question asked is usually, "have you done a needs assessment to determine that the program or specialization is needed or will survive the test of time?" Why? Because we don't want to tie up financial and human resources trying to keep a non-viable program.

As faculty, we have a responsibility to do our homework and demonstrate that their is a need for these new programs. Everyone should be held accountable to providing this data and no program should be created that doesn't have a substantiated need. Every new program or specialization must meet this test.

We should look at programs that have been requested, as well as, look at the number of students that enroll in our current specializations. Without this critical inspection, we are hurting our students and our university. We cannot support programs or specializations that will not support a healthy enrollment.

I'm recommending that those programs with low or near low enrollments ratchet up their recruitment efforts and provide a rationale for keeping them in our inventory. At the same time, any new program or specialization must meet the same requirements from the out-set.

Think about this idea and consider it as we consider new UTRGV programs and specializations.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TLI Faculty Meeting Agenda - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Welcome
  • Faculty Searches - Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr.
  • Faculty Information Sheets and Office Hours (Due September 2) - Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr.
  • Outside Employment Forms - Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr.
  • Printer Situation - Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr.
  • Faculty Workloads - Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr.
  • CAEP Consultant Visit (September 3 and/or 4)
  • TK20 Assignments on Syllabus and Purchase Requirement 
  • Data Summit - Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez/Dr. James Telese
  • Dr. Brogdon's Despedida - Dr. Irma Jones
  • Faculty Senate - Dr. Bobbette Morgan
  • BAIS Program Updates
  • Master Program Updates -  Dr. James Telese
  • Doctoral Program Updates - Dr. Peter Gawenda
  • Other