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From Office of Higher Education Deputy Commissioner John D'Agati
February 2013


Quick links to headlines in this edition of the Higher Education Newsletter:


Board of Regents Meeting
At its February 2013 meeting, the Board of Regents adopted the Statewide Plan for Higher Education 2012-2020, as required under Section 237 of the Education Law. The Plan focuses on major issues affecting the role of higher education in the State and its service to the State’s residents, workforce, and community. In April 2011 the Board of Regents adopted five specific Topics of Concern for higher education, which served as the foundation for the Plan, and guidance for the long-range master plans of the State University of New York (SUNY), the City University of New York (CUNY), and New York’s independent and proprietary colleges and universities. The Topics of Concern are: 

  • strengthening connections between higher education and P-12;
  • strengthening connections of higher education with other functions of The University of the State of New York;
  • strengthening connections between higher education and the State’s social and economic infrastructure;
  • improving access, quality, and performance of higher education; and
  • addressing out-of-state institutions’ interest in serving New York State students.

In response to these concerns, plans and initiatives for the next 4-8 years were submitted by each sector (SUNY, CUNY, independent and proprietary), and public hearings were held wherein testimony and comments were submitted from other stakeholders and the general public before a final draft of the Statewide Plan was submitted to the Board of Regents for approval.  Information on the 2012-2020 Statewide Plan for Higher Education and initiatives can be found at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/StatewidePlanforHigherEducation.html


College Scorecard

Finding the right college or university to attend can be a hectic process for prospective students and their families.  In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced the release of a “College Scorecard” which will make it easier for students and parents to interactively search for a college(s) that meets their needs.   The College Scorecard provides a wide range of college/university search and comparison options, including location and setting, degrees and majors offered, and affordability costs, to help students and parents make an informed decision about which college to attend.  Visit the College Scorecard at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/college-score-card.


Looking at Candidate Work through the Lens of the edTPA

We invite a team of faculty/staff from your institution to attend “Looking at Candidate Work through the Lens of the edTPA,” a one day workshop led by Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) faculty from other states who have had experience implementing edTPA.  The initial focus of these sessions is targeted to the largest certification areas in the State and is designed to provide a process transferable to any content area. The workshop provides a structure for local evaluation of candidate work in edTPA, a thorough understanding of an edTPA portfolio as well as resources on how to lead faculty groups through a process for reviewing candidate work in relation to the rubrics of the edTPA. Each workshop will review edTPA samples (written commentaries and video) in the discipline areas of Elementary, Secondary Science, Secondary English and Secondary History/Social Studies.  If your content area is not included, it is still recommended that you attend.  Participants will be provided with samples of candidate work (written commentaries and videos) with the intention that those samples may be used to engage other faculty on their campus in an identical process.
Sessions on "Looking at Candidate Work through the Lens of the edTPA" have been held in New York City, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester.  In response to requests from the field, we are offering additional sessions (9:00-3:00):

March 11:          Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
March 12:          New York University

We urge you to take advantage of these learning opportunities in preparation for the edTPA.  Your campus edTPA coordinator should be able to assist faculty in making arrangements to attend these forums.  

For more information on these sessions, including how to register, please contact stanfordscale@stanford.edu


New Administrators Training-STEP and CSTEP

On January 31 and February 1, 2013, the Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs hosted a “New Administrator’s Training” for STEP (Science & Technology Entry Program) and CSTEP (Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program) Administrators.  The training provided an overview of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, best practices discussion, interaction with fellow colleagues, and various activities to help new administrators transition into their roles. 

The next STEP conference, which is targeted for students, will be held from March 8-10, 2013 at the Albany Marriott.
Information and a registration packet for this STEP Conference can be found at:  http://stepforleaders.org/sia/stepconferences.asp
http://stepforleaders.org/sia/conference/stepconferenceregistrationpacket2013.pdf Email: lenelson@syr.edu

CSTEP will hold its next conference for students from April 12-14, 2013 at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, NY.
Information and a registration packet for this CSTEP Conference can be found at: http://stepforleaders.org/sia/cstepconferences.asp http://stepforleaders.org/sia/conference/cstepconferenceregistrationpacket2013.pdf

Liberty Partnership Program

The Liberty Partnerships Program will launch its website on March 8, 2013 www.libertypartnerships.com

The website is designed to be a resource for partners, the community, families and students to learn more about the work of the partnership in providing support services to at-risk students in grades 5-12 enabling them to successfully transition through high school graduation prepared for postsecondary education and careers. The website will also include information on the many scholarship opportunities that participating higher education institutions have to offer to graduates of the program.  The site also serves as a way for LPP Directors to connect and share strategies and best practices utilizing web-based applications.

The launch will be supported by the "I Promise" campaign, which is designed to drive visitors and stakeholders to the site to learn more about the program.  We are asking individuals to join us in making a pledge to support LPP and the services to New York State youth.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QiC2MmIw0gg

In addition, the website will detail each of the 40 projects statewide and their diverse and unique service delivery to students in various regions throughout the state.

The Liberty Partnerships Program will also be celebrating its 25th year silver anniversary of the program’s legislation.  On April 19-21, 2013 project directors, as well as students, will gather for the LPP Empire Promise Youth Summit at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Latham, NY to participate in workshops and lectures that showcase the vast opportunities available for youth as residents of New York State.


New York State Teacher of the Year Program Seeking Nominations

Each year the New York State Education Department recognizes and celebrates an exceptionally skilled and passionate educator to be an ambassador for NYS teachers and the NYS 2014 National Teacher of the Year. This program, now in its 44th year, is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year program administered through the Council of Chief State School Officers and sponsored by leading education associations. Information on the Teacher of the Year Program and nominations, which are due by March 29, 2013 for the 2014 New York State Teacher of the Year can be found at:  Teacher of the Year Nomination Packet 2014 . While all qualifications will be considered, the most important is the superior ability to inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and competencies.


2013 Excellence and Service Award

The Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs announces the 2013 recipient of the Excellence and Service Award to William "Bill" Short, HEOP Project Director at St. Lawrence University and former President of HEOP-PO.  The Tri-State Consortium Award recognizes an individual for his/her contributions to the Tri-State Consortium and/or significant contributions to the Educational Opportunity Programs throughout the continental United States and specifically in the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. This award is given on a biennial basis to an individual who has performed with excellence in his/her profession and has provided high quality service to underrepresented, first generation, under-prepared and/or economically disadvantaged student populations. The award is considered to be the most prestigious recognition provided by the Consortium.  Mr. Short will be honored at the upcoming Tri State Consortium Conference in April 2013 at the Marriott Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth, NJ.


Independent Colleges Join SUNY and CUNY in Faculty Staff Development Project

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) has partnered with the New York State Education Department to support and enhance faculty professional development activities for the new teacher and leader certification requirements that will be implemented next year.  To prepare for the implementation of the new teacher and school building leader certification requirements and the new Common Core curricula, the Commission developed a plan to support and enhance professional development activities for its teacher and school building leader education programs, arts and sciences faculty, deans, department chairs, teaching and research members.  The goal of this initiative is to ensure that they have the support and guidance needed to successfully incorporate the new teacher and school building leader requirements in their respective degree programs, and if necessary, to make meaningful and relevant design changes in their courses to align with New York’s reforms. 

We welcome the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and we look forward to our new partnership with New York’s institutions of higher education.  For information on the Faculty Development MOUs, please visit: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/mou.html.


Opportunity Programs Income Eligibility Criteria

The Income Eligibility Tables for students entering Opportunity Programs after July 1, 2013 are now posted on the Department’s Office of Higher Education website.  Income eligibility refers to the economic guidelines for students’ eligibility into opportunity programs at colleges and universities, which corresponds to annual salary and the number of dependents in a household. New York State’s Opportunity Programs Income Eligibility Criteria for 2011-12 through 2013-14 can be found at: 
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/colldev/HEOP/documents/EligibilityRequirements2011-12through2013-14.pdf


Upcoming Dates

March 8-10, 2013 STEP Student Conference- Albany Marriot
Registration Packet
March 11-12, 2013  Board of Regents Meeting
April 12-13, 2013 CSTEP Student Conference at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing
Registration Packet
April 19-21, 2013 Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) Student Conference, Latham Holiday Inn Express

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