Unit Resources Including Technology

Unit Resources

The education budgets of 2001 and 2002 included funds for one Gateway computer each year. These two computers were placed in offices of two new Division of Education faculty members. Recently, a one-time cash budget account was used to upgrade technology in the Computer/Technology/ Writing Center. Additional computers and computer workstations for the Computer/Technology/Writing Center are on order through funds provided by the University’s Title III grant.

Faculty members in the Division aggressively pursue external grants. A recent Lilly Foundation Grant (1998-2003) provided support our Professional Development School, Deborah Cannon Wolfe Elementary School, in Shorter, Alabama. A member of the Mathematics Department served as Co-Principal Investigator for this grant.

A project proposal was funded by Lucent Technologies/ UNCF for a Saturday Academy to assist high school students in Macon County in developing critical thinking and mathematical skills necessary to succeed in college preparatory high school mathematics. Department Chairs of the Departments of Mathematics and Curriculum and Instruction developed this project in collaboration with the two Macon County high schools, Booker T. Washington High School and Notasulga High School.

Jointly with the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences, the Division recently submitted a planning grant proposal to the National Science Foundation to establish a Center for the Improvement of Engineering and Technology Education. The Division recently learned that its proposal, submitted as a part of the University’s Title III proposal, will support the unit assessment system, to employ an Elementary Education faculty member, to employ a Professional Development School Partnership Coordinator, to conduct a Summer Diagnostic and Corrective Reading Clinic, to develop a Teacher Education Recruitment System, and to conduct a Summer Bridge Program in which students are introduced to media and technology for science and mathematics teaching. The Division of Education recently joined a partnership, spearheaded by Dillard University and including Hampton University and Spelman College, to submit a proposal to the Carnegie Cooperation’s "Teachers for a New Era" Initiative.

Funding for Unit’s Assessment System

The University’s Title III proposal, officially funded October 2002, provides support for five years to employ a unit assessment coordinator as well as fudning for five years for assessment instruments and other assessment materials. The Assessment System implementation funds will also come from the Dean’s Office Education budget as well as from the departmental budgets for Curriculum and Instruction and Physical Education.

Unit Serves as an Information Technology Resource

The Educational Media specialist in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction holds the terminal degree in that field. He serves on the University Technology Committee and the University Faculty Senate. He routinely assists the Office of Computer Services in its efforts to provide computer services to the University community. During the summer of 2002, he visited four universities in different parts of the country as a member of a committee appointed by the University Provost to gain insight as how best to organize University-wide computer and network services at Tuskegee University.

Access to Library, Curricular and Electronic Information Resources

According to the previous NCATE review "library holdings do not provide adequate scope, breadth, and currency to support professional education programs." This section describes library holdings at Tuskegee University with an emphasis on development since the last review in 1998.

The Tuskegee University Libraries consist of the Ford Motor Company Library/Learning Resource Center—the main library housed in the Hollis Burke Firssell Building—the Architecture Library, the Engineering Library and the Veterinary Medicine Library, each located in its respective academic area. The Ford Motor Company Library was renovated in 2000 and dedicated in March, 2001.

Currently the library houses a collection of over 310,000 volumes of books and bound journals, 1,300 subscriptions to magazines and journals, twenty newspapers, 95,000 microforms and 30,000 government documents. All library holdings (books, microforms, and media), including those that support teacher education held in the Curriculum Resources Laboratory in Thrasher Hall, are accessible through the library’s web site.

In addition to the Public Access Workstations (PAWS) available in all the public service areas of the main and departmental libraries for library-related research, access is available to the Computer Laboratory in Hollis Burke Frissell Building. This laboratory offers students access to online information retrieval, word processing, data management, publishing, and presentation capability. The laboratory is equipped with forty-two personal computer workstations offering high-speed Internet access; wireless networking capability, a videocassette player and ceiling-mounted projector for instruction and demonstration purposes. The Bibliographic Instruction Classroom contains twenty-one IBM Pentium Computer Workstations, a ceiling mounted projector and a network printer. The classroom provides instruction in use of library services to students and faculty.

Specifically related to support of teacher preparation, the library provides access to thirteen electronic education databases. Among these is Education Complete which contains more that 550 titles on education, including primary-, secondary-, and university-level topics; ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, a national information system supported by the United States Department of Education; and the Professional Development Collections designed for professional educators, providing a highly specialized collection of over five hundred full-text journals. Access is also available to numerous other electronic databases, electronic journals and electronic books. Virtually none of the online access to databases and search engines was available at the time of the previous NCATE visit.

Access to the Alabama Virtual Library (VAL) is available through the library’s web site or via off campus access with a free VAL card available in the library. The AVL provides access to a wide variety of databases and lesson plans, many of which focus directly on topics of direct interest to faculty who train teacher candidates and to the in-service educational professional.

The Library spends $25,000 annually to support purchase materials in support of the teacher preparation programs. Between 1999 and February, 2003 the Library acquired 254 print titles related specifically to education. The Library currently subscribes to 156 journals with an education focus.