Salisbury University


Strategic Planning Team




November 7, 2002


Members present:  Bryan Price: Chair, Alice Bahr, Nicole Brown, David Buchanan, Timothy Dunn, Jane Dané, Becky Emery, Gains Hawkins, Tony Jemison, Joel Jenne, Kevin Mann, Anjali Pandey, David Rieck, Alan Selser, Jerry Waldron, Carol Williamson, Ellen Zinner


A regular meeting of the Strategic Planning Team (SPT) was held in the Montgomery Room at 3 p.m.  Unapproved minutes from October 17 were handed out but comment was tabled until everyone had time to review them.


1)      Presentation: State and Federal Initiatives: Teachers and Teacher Education by Dr. Joel Jenne

Dr. Jenne provided an extensive review of the many state, federal, and agency initiatives affecting teacher education and teachers—both currently and in the near future.  Highlights included: the No Child Left Behind Act, increasing accountability initiatives, conflicting requirements mandated by MSDE to 4-year institutions that are exempted for other institutions, teacher shortages in specific areas—but not in total, Professional Development School mandate, and competition for scarce resources that are increasingly focused on K-12 education.  A handout was provided.  Discussion was limited in order to move to the next presentation.  (The handout is available on the web at


2)      Presentation: Diversity: State Initiatives by Dr. Anthony Jemison and Dr. Anjali Pandey

Dr. Jemison provided an extensive review of both the MHEC and USM diversity initiatives, including a brief reference to the Office of Civil Rights agreement with the State of Maryland.  Many of the items were briefly referenced in Dr. Diriker’s discussion from October 17, but Dr. Jemison provided an in-depth review of the specific initiatives.  Primary points included: increasing access to underrepresented students, enhancing the workforce to reflect Maryland’s demographics, specific directives to focus on the enhancement of Maryland’s historically black colleges & universities (HBCUs), and encourage collaboration among institutions.  Also described were some of the specific initiatives of the USM directed to specific individuals and groups of individuals, as well as President Dudley-Eshbach’s 7-Point Diversity Initiative.  (The presentation will be placed on the web)

Presentation: SAT & Diversity by Dr. Tim Dunn

Dr. Dunn presented some background information on the differences in testing scores between the various racial and ethnic student populations that take the SAT.  The primary issue is that minority students, excepting Asians, typically perform well below non-minority students on the SAT.  Since the SAT is a primary criterion used for admission, those scores decrease the chances of many minority students to compete for admission in selective universities.  Also discussed was the data that show that the SAT is a poor predictor of college success.  Dr. Dunn also described some of the shifting demographics that are occurring in some states, including Maryland, as well as various state initiatives to change admission criteria and increase access for all students.  Florida’s 20% rule has been the most successful, realizing immediate success in increasing minority access to higher education.  Compelling info was presented regarding UT at Austin research regarding admissions based upon “top 10%” performers.  (The handout is available on the web at


3)     Presentation: Information Technology Environmental Scan by Mr. Jerry Waldron

Mr. Waldron provided a PowerPoint presentation on the state initiatives in IT, including those broad directives from MHEC and USM.  He also provided a comprehensive overview of the recent changes in SU’s technological infrastructure, instructional technology, and technology resources.  The demands upon all these areas are extremely fluid and frequently come with a high price tag.  At odds: what can the University afford and what will the future market truly demand.  24-7 operations were referenced in relation to numerous technology related issues, increasing both the cost, and the pressure to provide services at every moment of the day.  (The presentation is available on the web at


4)     There was no additional time for presentations.  The group agreed to attempt to meet next week, 11/14/02 at 3 pm if a quorum of faculty and total members could arrange it in their schedules.




The meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:55 p.m.