Presidential Advisory Commission Meeting Minutes
New York, New York
December 17, 2002
Full Commission Meeting
Marriott Marquis Hotel
New York, NY
Note: The day before, December 16, 2002, the Commission heard testimony from four panels of experts on a range of subjects related to higher education.
Frank J. Hanna, Co-Chair
Enedelia Schofield, Co-Chair
Christopher J. Barbic
Charles P. Garcia
Norma S. Garza
Miguel A. Hernandez
Patricia J. Mazzuca
Francisco J. Paret
Octavio J. Visiedo
Hector Barreto, Ex-Officio
Maria Ferrier Hernandez, Ex-Officio
Rosario Marin, Ex-Officio
Heidy Servin-Baez, Fellow
Edgar Zazueta, Fellow
The meeting was called to order at 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Statements
The Co-Chairs each gave an opening statement, and then each Commissioner and Ex-Officio made a brief statement.
Approval of Minutes
Co-Chair Frank Hanna went over a few minor changes made to the minutes and the minutes of the previous full Commission meeting were approved unanimously.
Final Report Development
The Commissioners discussed various options for the Commission to consider in defining the goal, the Commission's vision statement, the structure of the final report and the point on the education pipeline that would best serve as a measurable goal in the outline.
The following language for a vision statement was offered for the Commission's consideration, "The President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans recommends a focus on early childhood development and a K-12 system that promotes the highest standards of academic achievement and encourages all students to obtain a post-secondary degree."
It was suggested that the word "recommends" be eliminated. Other editing suggestions included eliminating "recommends a focus on early ..." to "seeks an early ...".
The language approved unanimously by the Commission was, "The President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans seeks an early childhood development and a K-12 system that promotes the highest standards of academic achievement and encourages all students to obtain a post-secondary degree."
The floor was opened for discussion about the quantitative goal. A motion was approved by the Commission to have a discussion of the quantitative goal after the discussion of the other goals in order to place them into context.
Overview Final Report Structure and Timeline
Leslie Sanchez presented the overview of the final report structure and timeline.
The Commission discussed various alternatives for working through draft sections, and the possibility of the Commission meeting again in January 2003.
A motion for adding two additional steps to the timeline was approved by the Commission. These two steps would take place after January 3, 2003. The first step would be a meeting of the Review Committee to narrow the goals in the working draft of the outline. The second step would be a meeting of the entire Commission to review the working draft outline.
Leslie Sanchez then provided an overview of how the current version of the working draft outline was constructed using information discussed by the working groups.
Enedelia Schofield went through the working draft outline, and all Commissioners were able to make comments, which comments were to be considered by the Review Committee when it met to finalize the report.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.
Frank Hanna, Co-Chair