Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes October 13, 2005

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
October 13, 2005
COLLEGE OFFICE BOARD ROOM

ATTENDANCE                      
PresentAbsentGuests
Nicholas Akinkuoye         
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
Charles Blocksidge
Toni Taylor Carney
Gordon Crocker
Pearley Cunningham
John Dziak
Rita Gallegos
John Glenn
Joanne Jeffcoat
Rhonda Sansone
Maura Stevenson
Cyndi Syskowski
Barbara Thompson
Wendy Weiner                   
Brian Johnson                                                      

Gordon Crocker, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:32 PM.   

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 22nd MEETING

Toni Carney moved to approve the minutes of the September 22nd, 2005 meeting of College Council.  Maryann Anderson seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.

AGENDA ITEM II:SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  CURRICULUM  
Proposal: Changes to the Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology Program (276)
Pearley Cunningham presented the 3 proposals as department head and explained that Engineering Technology faculty have been working all summer to make changes to the Programs. All drafting and design courses have been transferred to South Campus and many of the changes reflect the approach that South Campus takes to these courses. Additionally all references to Boyce and North campuses have been eliminated in all 3 proposals. Some prerequisites were changed and learning outcomes are extensive. These outcomes will become the basis for articulation. In some courses the students are preparing their own expected outcomes and the instructors are doing the same. The outcomes will then be compared to see how they correspond.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. John Glenn seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Changes to the Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology Program (422 and 717)
The Program is being revised to reflect parametric modeling that is being covered. This subject allows students to build from 3 dimensional objects and the software reduces the image to a flat drawing. Some courses have not been revised in quite some time. Dr. Cunningham noted that some catalog corrections were needed such as EDD 121 is a 4 credit course not a 3 credit course. Some prerequisites have been changed. Additionally learning outcomes have been revised to correspond with those required by professional organizations.  Student placement is excellent. Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Maryann Anderson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Changes to the Architectural Drafting and Design Technology Program (270)
Because of changes in other Programs, this Program required changes. MET 115 is a new course that has been added. Rhonda Sansone made a motion to approve the program changes. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Cunningham noted that the Curriculum Subcommittee needs 2 faculty members from North Campus, or from anywhere if no North faculty volunteer.

B.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS
The Subcommittee met on Oct 6th. Diane Maldonando made a presentation on assessment. The Subcommittee members are particularly interested in looking at the general education goals first. Dr. Maldonado has sent emails to the Chairs of all of the Subcommittees asking for the definitions of academic terms that each subcommittee uses.

Regarding the issue of student newspapers, Toni Carney replied that there will be student forums at the campuses next week.

C.  ACADEMIC PLANNING
Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee met last week. Mary Frances Archey presented the program review for Social Science (059) and everything was in order.  The external reviewer agreed with the faculty concern about the small number of social science majors which are typically transfer subjects. The review highlighted the lack of AV equipment. There is also a concern about lack of follow up data on students who have graduated from the program. John Glenn made a motion to accept the review. Nicholas Akinkuoye seconded the motion and the motion was approved unanimously.

Mrs. Jeffcoat will be discussing calendars at the next meeting.

D.   RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Maura Stevenson, the Chair of the Subcommittee, reported that the meeting was cancelled. Faculty process for teaching distance learning courses will be discussed at the next meeting.

Dr. Stevenson reported that she is still not having any success recruiting faculty members for the Subcommittee.

AGENDA ITEM III: NEW BUSINESS

Wendy Weiner distributed the updated 5 year schedule for program review.  She commented that Mary Frances Archey has worked very hard on it.  The document will be posted on the web. It includes both programs and disciplines although it does not distinguish between the two.

The next meeting of College Council will be Thursday October 27th at 2:30 PM in the College Office Board Room.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3:29 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary

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