Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes November 9, 2006

November 9, 2006
College Office Board Room 





Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey            
Charles Blocksidge
Toni Carney
Gordon Crocker
John Dziak
Rod Farkas
Rita Gallegos
Joanne Jeffcoat
Diane Maldonado
Maura Stevenson
Cyndi Syskowski
Barbara Thompson
Allysen Todd
Stephen Wells

Joe Calig
Brian Johnson

Brenda Trettel
Beverly Carmo
Tom Turich
Debra McCluskey
Fran Dice
Doralee Brooks
Maureen Stradley
Imogene Hines
Richard Heisler
Bob Young

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:33 PM. 


Gordon Crocker made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 26th, 2006 meeting of College Council.  Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.


Maryann Anderson distributed 4 documents that included Curriculum Process Directions, a Curriculum Matrix, Submissions Forms and directions for revising a program. Gordon Crocker reported that curriculum procedures were discussed in the Curriculum subcommittee and the discussion will continue at the next meeting. He questioned the point of the procedures requiring that the proposal initiator or designee be present when a proposal is submitted. He did not recall that ever being enforced at Council. Several members of Council affirmed that it has routinely been enforced.

Within the documents, Council discussed the following:

  • On the Proposal submissions form, there needs to be a line and date for the College President’s signature.
  • Page 1 #1 of the Curriculum Process Directions referred to procedures and forms to be found on the CCAC website. Barbara Thompson recommended that a URL be stated
  • #2 of the procedures recommends calling the Curriculum and Assessment Office for a list of programs affected by the curriculum change. This can be accomplished by doing a Keyword Search on the CCAC website by entering the course alpha numeric code

After a lengthy discussion regarding the timing of notifying the College community regarding a hearing, Allysen Todd recommended that we cease discussion until after the Curriculum subcommittee has discussed this and recommended procedures.  

Toni Carney asked if Academic Standards and Student Affairs should write procedures based upon their pilot project. Maryann Anderson replied in the affirmative.

Joann Jeffcoat asked for an additional meeting to work on their procedures as the subcommittee is in the middle of hiring recommendations.

Council will meet on Nov 30th to continue discussions.


A.  Research and development 
Maura Stevenson reported that the Subcommittee met last week and discussed web enhanced courses. Each member is taking 2 benchmark schools and calling to determine how they handle web enhanced courses. Benchmark schools include the following community colleges: Pima, St Louis, San Francisco, Chicago, Bunker Hill, CUNY (Greenwood), Oklahoma, Houston, Georgia Perimeter, Philadelphia, Portland, Cuyahoga, and Delgado.

B.  Academic Standards and Student Affairs
Toni Carney reported that the Subcommittee met. The one item on the agenda which was a proposal on plagiarism was withdrawn by Patsy Williamson due to opposition. There was a comment made about the legality of failing a student because of plagiarism. Allysen Todd reported that the Deans will resubmit the proposal after getting a legal opinion on this issue. It was pointed out that other schools have much tougher penalties than we do and they do not have a legality concern.

Mrs. Carney reported that there will be a hearing on the + and - grade issue on Nov 16th.

C.  Curriculum
Proposal: Ethics in Business, PHL 160
Brenda Trettel was in attendance to address questions regarding the proposal. Gordon Crocker reported that the proposal is for a philosophy course. There were concerns expressed via email questioning whether the course is a business or philosophy course. However, no one came to the Curriculum meeting to voice those concerns. The Initiator, Barbara Brown found colleges that do accept this course, which has been running very successfully for the past 4 semesters. Toni Carney questioned that there are no prerequisites. Barbara Brown has checked colleges that offer the course and found that no prerequisites are required elsewhere. Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Revised DVS Syllabi
Allysen Todd reported that the DVS faculty revised 5 courses that came before Council in the Spring. Three proposals passed and the 2 currently being proposed did not. The proposal adjusts learning outcomes so they are expressed in measurable terms and course descriptions have been rewritten. Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the proposals. Gordon Crocker seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Re-submission of ENG Curriculum
Allysen Todd reported that these proposals passed the Curriculum Subcommittee in the Spring, but did not pass at Council. All problems have been cleaned up and passed at Curriculum.

Dr. Todd pointed out that for some courses, under “Listed Topics” there is “Review as Needed” and “Further Develop.” This is known as spiraling curriculum. Toni Carney pointed out that the prerequisites for ENG 100, 101 and 102 have been altered from what is in the catalog. These will be corrected.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Re-submission: Deletion of ART 100, ART 152, ART 161
Allysen Todd and Rick Heisler were available to answer questions regarding this proposal. Art 100 is being deleted because it is very general and Art 106 is considered a better alternative. The course is being taught at the Bethel Park Center, but will be discontinued as of the Fall 2007 semester. Art 152 and 161 haven’t been offered in 5 years. Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Revised Edits to Art Curriculum
Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion.

This proposal was originally submitted at the May 2006 Council meeting. The art faculty have revised the learning outcomes so they are expressed in measurable terms. They have also utilized complete sentences. Steve Wells noted two typographical errors. On page 20 the word should be “serious” rather than “series” and on page 18 the word “anomaly” is misspelled. Those will be corrected. The motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Changes to Tourism Management Curriculum Proposal (tabled 10/26)
This proposal was tabled at the last meeting because an Initiator or designee was not in attendance to discuss the proposal. Because Brenda Trettel was present, Rod Farkas made a motion to untable the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Brenda Trettel explained that with the deletion of the AOP program, the AOP 105 and 100 requirements in the Tourism Management Curriculum have been changed.  In the 3rd semester BUS 130 will be required and CIT 102, Computer Keyboarding will replace AOP 100 Computer Keyboarding. Gordon Crocker added that the proposal passed the Curriculum Subcommittee with no problems. Diane Maldonado made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Administrative Computer Specialist Certificate (tabled 10/26)
This proposal had been tabled at the last Council meeting so that language problems could be corrected. Toni Carney moved to untable the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion to untable the proposal passed unanimously.

Tom Turich explained that the questions regarding learning outcomes have been addressed after meeting with Diane Maldonado. He noted that changes made included the following: on page 9, learning outcome # 2, he added “develop good work habits.” On page 12 for CIT 141, learning outcomes #2 – 5, he added action words. On page 21, #8, he added the word “apply,” and in #4 he added punctuation. Additionally, the requirement to have jobs listed in the Program description has been met. Allysen Todd made a motion to accept the proposal. Charles Blocksidge seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Sociology of Deviance
Gordon Crocker noted that for this proposal, the Initiator Bob Young who was in attendance, checked with schools to see if they would accept this course as a transfer course and listed those on the proposal. At the Subcommittee, SOC 215 from the original proposal was changed to SOC 216 because there once was a SOC 215. Additionally, the date to be implemented was changed to Fall 2007. Toni Carney commented that the transferability of courses is often misleading, especially courses that are considered 300 level courses. They often won’t transfer and we need to be careful about advertising to students about transferability.

Bob Young explained that this course is proposed as an elective. He has taught it elsewhere and it is an enlightening course for students to take. Mr. Young has made ENG 101 and SOC 101 prerequisites. Diane Maldonado made a motion to accept the proposal. Steve Wells seconded the proposal and the proposal passed unanimously.

Joanne Jeffcoat distributed the list of hiring requests that academic planning will be considering at their next meeting. They include requests for 27 full time teaching faculty and 3 Ed Techs. The meeting will take place at College Office in Room 2A on November 16th at 2:00 PM.

The forms for hiring Ed Techs, Counselors and Librarians are still being worked on. She is making sure that everyone has input. Once they are completed, Mrs. Jeffcoat will bring them to Council for approval.

Gordon Crocker expressed concern that there is no full-time Economics faculty at Allegheny Campus since Leonard Rodney left. Allysen Todd replied that no one has submitted a request and she will look into it.


Mary Frances Archey asked if it would be possible to move all subcommittee meetings to a central location so that those who need to be present at more than one subcommittee meeting can do so. She added that subcommittees are no longer competing with the Board of Trustees for meeting space since they are meeting at Byers Hall. The Curriculum Subcommittee always meets at College Office as does Academic Standards. Research and Development meets at Allegheny Campus, but will meet at College Office in the Spring semester. Joanne Jeffcoat will discuss this with Academic Planning members as that Subcommittee normally meets at Boyce Campus.

Maryann Anderson asked if Subcommittee agendas could be distributed to the College Community a couple of days in advance of the meetings. She also asked that agenda items for Council be given to her on Fridays, the day after Subcommittee meetings so that she can distribute Council agenda on Monday before the meeting.

Mrs. Anderson reported that she met with Dr. Sutin and all governance issues passed by Council were approved by him.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:31 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary