Projects of Interest
The Alabama College Transfer Advising Corps is one of 10 national demonstration programs funded by Jack Kent Cooke Foundation as part of the National College Advising Corps, a nationwide consortium of colleges and universities that aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and under-represented students entering and completing higher education. The ACTAC is the only demonstration program working solely with community colleges. Under the leadership of UA Executive Vice President and Provost Judy Bonner, the ACTAC partners with 12 community colleges serving rural areas of Alabama with high rates of persistent poverty, placing 13 recent UA graduates who serve as “near-peer” advisers to help community college students with academic program and institutional fit, admissions, and financial aid, to transfer to all senior-level colleges and universities. The goal in our first year of program operation, the 2008-2009 academic year, was to reach 8,000 hard-to-reach rural transfer students; ACTAC advisers far exceeded that goal by reaching nearly 10,000 community college students through peer counseling,workshops, and outreach seminars. In year two, 2009-2010, participation levels more than doubled.
Key Personnel: David E. Hardy, EPC Director of Research, Principal Investigator and Project Director; Stephen Katsinas, EPC Director, Co-Principal Investigator and Evaluator; Jessica Griffin, EPC Fellow and Project Coordinator (Ph.D. student in Higher Education).
The Carnegie Basic Classification of Associate’s Colleges, EPC Director Stephen Katsinas, Senior Fellow Vincent A. Lacey, and EPC Director of Research David E. Hardy were appointed to serve as Consulting Scholars to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and are assisting the Foundation in the update of its 2010 Basic Classification in 2009. They were reappointed for another year in June 2010 by the Foundation. Developed by the late Clark Kerr and first published in the early 1970s, the Carnegie Foundation’s Basic Classification is the nation’s oldest, most respected, and widely used classification of higher education institutions in the United States by policymakers, practitioners, and researchers alike. The 2010 update of the 2005 Basic Classification was submitted to the CFAT in December 2010, and was posted online as of January 18, 2011.
Key Personnel: Stephen G. Katsinas, EPC Director; David Hardy, EPC Director of Research, Vincent A. Lacey, Senior Fellow, EPC; Adam Tate (Ph.D. student in Higher Education, UA).
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The National Defense Act
Wayne J. Urban’s book More Than Science and Sputnik, the National Defense Education Act of 1958. The NDEA was authored by Alabama’s Representative Carl Elliot and Senator Lister Hill. The book was dedicated to Mary Allen Jolley, who worked for Representative Elliott at the time of the program’s passage. Ms. Jolley received an honorary doctoral degree in humane letters from the University of Alabama at the May 2010 Commencement. More Than Science or Sputnik was released in September 2010 by the University of Alabama Press.
Key Personnel: Wayne J. Urban, Associate Director, EPC.
The University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy is a collaborative professional development effort between the University of Alabama College of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education. The UASA seeks to develop the leadership, planning and decision making skills needed by results-oriented school leaders while creating a diverse pool of applicants ready to assume system-wide leadership positions.
Many Alabama school systems face the real issue of finding qualified, diverse and effective school system leaders that will improve student achievement and lead Alabama public education into the next century. As Superintendent Morton notes, “Developing effective school leaders is one of the four primary goals of the Alabama State Board of Education. The Superintendents’ Academy is instrumental in helping cultivate the school leaders of tomorrow.” To address this challenge, it is the purpose of The University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy (UASA), in collaboration with the Alabama State Department of Education, to take the best and brightest educators in school systems throughout the state and bring them together for intensive instruction and skills development utilizing the most recent research and instructional delivery technology.
The UASA is open to all resident Alabama educators who are eligible to be an elected or appointed superintendent in this state; who have demonstrated their ability to make a meaningful, positive contribution to elementary and secondary public education and who are willing to make a commitment to complete the activities and program requirements of the UASA. Aspiring participants, through challenging programs and sessions, develop theoretical and pragmatic knowledge and skills essential for today’s administrators. The attributes developed through these interactive programs and sessions are easily transferable to real life matters and concerns where organizational improvement of K-12 student achievement is the goal.
Key Personnel: Richard L. Rice, Jr., Director, UASA and Associate Professor of Educational Administration; Timothy Lewis, Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
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Professional Development Program for School Superintendents and College Professors, Pursuant to Alabama Act 2001-706, as amended, The University of Alabama College of Education administers and facilitates, as designee, the Alabama State Department of Education mandatory training programs in School Finance, Law, and Instructional Leadership. Every elected or appointed county or city school superintendent and every Alabama college professor teaching school finance, law or instructional leadership in a certification program is required to attend and satisfactorily complete a training program on school finances, education law and instructional leadership.
Key Personnel: Richard L. Rice, Jr., Director, UASA and Associate Professor of Educational Administration, facilitator; Dave Dagley, Professor of Educational Leadership, Law Consultant and Presenter
National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges Annual Survey. This collaborative project is a partnership of the Education Policy Center, the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, and the American Association of Community Colleges. The surveys were initiated by EPC Director Katsinas while at the University of North Texas in 2003, and transferred to UA’s Education Policy Center. An advisory panel of NCSDCC members and national experts reviews the survey instrument each year. Beginning in 2007, a special section has been included each year: Facilities (2007), State Student Aid and Tuition (2008), and Federal Issues including workers displaced by the recession (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), the new Pell Grant (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), the Dream Act, and ARRA funding (2009). In July 2009, two days after the announcement by President Obama of his American Graduation Initiative, the Domestic Policy Staff of the White House asked EPC for a copy of the 2007 report.
This dynamic partnership has resulted in very high response rates of 49, 49, 50, 51, 51, and 50 state-level responses among the 51 total over the past six years. The survey is regularly featured in the national higher education media, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, InsideHigherEd, and Education Week.
Key Personnel: Stephen Katsinas, Director, EPC; Janice N. Friedel, Professor, California State University-Northridge; Mark A. D'Amico, University of North Carolina-Charlotte; J. Lucas Adair, Research Associate, Education Policy Center; Ed Franklin, President, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (on behalf of NCSDCC).