STLHE Board Meeting – January 9, 2015

Executive Summary

Approved: February 14, 2015

The STLHE Board of Directors met January 6, 2015 and approved an agenda that included: a discussion of how the wording of the eligibility requirements of the 3M National Student Fellowship (3MNSF) excluded most College students, a preliminary discussion of expansion of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship to all post-secondary teachers, and preparations of an agenda for the Board face-to-face meeting in Winnipeg. Updates were also provided on Teaching and Learning Canada (TLC) and Preconference presenters registration fees for their own sessions at the Annual Conference. Currently the criteria of the 3MNSF Award precludes students in the first or final year of their program from applying for the award preventing students in 2-year college programs from applying. The eligibility problem is also complicated by the use of the term undergraduate in the criteria, a term that does not apply to College students. The restriction on stage of the program result from the original intent that recipients return to their home institution to use their $5,000 award in some sort of leadership project or initiative. This same restriction would affect any inclusion of graduate students in the 3MNSF. The awards chair and the Board will be examining how to make the requirements more inclusive.

There have been on and off discussions about including the College Sector in the 3MNTF and these continue; the awards contract, which has just been renewed, does not preclude the colleges which are included in the 3MNSF awardThe Executive Committee will be engaging in some initial informal discussion with Liisa at 3M.

In the new structure of the TLC board the STLHE President is a member and is the link between STLHE and TLC. It is important to note that based on its incorporation documents TLC is an entirely separate corporate entity from STLHE and Maureen (CEO of TLC) and Robert are currently working on a memorandum of understanding on how the two organizations will coordinate their various initiatives. In the past, preconference presenters have paid the registration fee for their preconference session and the Board received a formal request to reconsider this. There are fixed costs for each attendee at the preconference sessions and if the presenters are not to pay for their registration then these costs would have to be amortized among attendees. After discussion the board made changes to the conference manual so that, up to a maximum of four, for every six pre-conference attendees, the pre-conference registration fees will be waived for one presenter who attends.