Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes May 11, 2006

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
May 11, 2006
College Office Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     
Present   Absent                     Guests                  

Nicholas Akinkuoye
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey            
Toni Carney
Gordon Crocker
Pearley Cunningham
Rita Gallegos
Joanne Jeffcoat
Rhonda Sansone
Maura Stevenson
Cyndi Syskowski
Barbara Thompson

Charles Blocksidge          
John Dziak
Brian Johnson
Allysen Todd
Wendy Weiner
Rick Heisler 

Lynn Gigandet
Richard Allison
Renee Clark
Mary Lou Kennedy    
Rebecca Harmon
Brandon Dunlevy
Rich Betters

Gordon Crocker, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:52 PM. 

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 27TH, 2006  MEETING

Pearley Cunningham made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 27th, 2006 meeting of College Council. Maryann Anderson seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.

The minutes of today’s meeting will be approved via email. Barbara Thompson will distribute them and specify when corrections and approval are due. 

Mr. Crocker commented on the minutes of Council and its Subcommittees. Minutes are an accurate reflection of what members say.  When minutes are approved, members are agreeing that what was said at the meeting was in fact said.

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  Academic Standards and Student Affairs Subcommittee 

Proposal:  Uniform Incomplete (I) Grade Policy and Form 
Richard Allison presented the proposal. He explained that of the 4 places where the “I” grade is referred to; all documents read differently and in some cases contradict one another. This will allow uniformity of the stated policy. A feature that has been added allows the faculty member to specify a grade if the work is not completed in a specified time period. The form, which will be available on the website, will state the policy on the top so that it is clear to all parties. Students will not be required to sign the form. This recognizes that an “I” grade is sometimes used if a student is hospitalized, or otherwise unavailable. Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.       

Proposal: Student Code of Behavioral Conduct  
Renee Clark and Mary Lou Kennedy were in attendance to present the proposal.

Dr. Clark reported that this is the second part of the code of conduct proposal. Allysen Todd presented the Academic Code of Conduct at the April 27th meeting of Council.

Deans of Students and Academic Deans found the student handbook confusing. Dr. Clark used Dr. Todd’s proposal, compared it with the Student Handbook and extracted everything regarding a code of conduct that was not covered in Dr. Todd’s proposal. There is no substantive change in the language. Additionally Dr. Clark created a form to be used. The form utilizes the same language as the Behavioral Code of Conduct and provides the Deans of Students with a physical record to help track the progress of the complaint more efficiently. 

Council discussed the use of the word “unauthorized” when referring to a handgun. It was felt that that word was left to interpretation. Additionally, many of our students are police officers who are required to carry handguns at all time. The wording regarding handguns was changed to “prohibited unless legally required by a law enforcement agency.”

Council requested that the form be available online so that students would have easy access to it. Students may want to file a complaint against another student. Mary Frances Archey commented that we should have an electronic filing cabinet of all forms. Dr. Clark cautioned that students will have to be aware that the form starts a formal and very serious investigation and students will need to be instructed accordingly. Instructions will be needed with the online form about the complaint procedure. The verbiage from the handbook will be included with a link to the form.   

Nick Akinkuoye made a motion to accept the proposal. Mary Frances Archey seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously

B.  Academic Planning Subcommitte

Proposal: Program Review, 5-Year Cycle for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program 
Joanne Jeffcoat presented 2 program reviews and commented that these were the first reviews as a result of an accreditation process.  The Subcommittee looked at the documentation from the outside accreditation body and found that everything was in order. Lynn Gigandet and Rebecca Harmon were available to answer any questions. Ms Gigandet reported that the accreditors will return in 2008. Rhonda Sansone made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.                                        

Proposal: Program Review, 5-Year Cycle for the Medical Laboratory Technician Program  
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is in a similar situation as Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The program review was complete and the documentation was what was provided to the accreditors as well as what was returned to the program directors following the accreditation process. The accreditors will return in 2009.

Recommendations from the accrediting body included improving contract language with affiliated agencies around student health and safety and strengthening learning objectives in the curriculum.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Program Review for the Child and Family Studies Programs  
The Program Review encompassed 1 degree, 1 certificate, and 3 diploma programs. The reviews were presented at the Subcommittee byRichard Carney. Mary Frances Archey was present at Council to address any questions. Mrs. Jeffcoat reported that everything was in order and it was an excellent review. Recommendations included more dedicated faculty as enrollment grows, as well as more classroom space.

Barbara Thompson made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Revision of the Program Review Process     
Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal which revises the program review process.  Because of reorganization, administrative titles have been updated. The proposal also allows for programs to use their accreditation documentation for their program review.

Appendix A has a list of Programs and Disciplines.  Every program that has related diplomas, certificates and associates degrees should be reviewed as a group. Deans should review the list of programs and disciplines every October and get the updated table of which programs are to be reviewed that academic year to Wendy Weiner who should get the list to College Council. Joanne Jeffcoat and Maryann Anderson can do a reminder at the first meeting of Council.

Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Joanne Jeffcoat distributed the Program Review log. She noted that many programs are completing their second review. Mary Frances Archey noted that there are 7 areas that must complete their reviews this summer prior to the start of the Fall semester. They include Physics, Court Reporting, Drafting and Design (discipline), Manufacturing Engineering, Cooking (in all forms with the exception of Culinary Arts), English (discipline) and Graphics Communication. Culinary Arts was done in 2002 so a review won’t be necessary until 2007 but remaining Cooking programs will need to be completed.

C.  Curriculum Subcommittee

Proposal:  History of American Labor - a New Course   
Mary Frances Archey was present to answer any questions regarding the proposal. Pearley Cunningham explained that the proposal came to the College from the outside.

The College is partnering with the Steel Workers Union in the Precision Fabrication Program and the Steelworkers want a history of the labor movement included in the curriculum. Jacqueline Cavalier was asked to develop the course because the original labor studies courses had been eliminated from the catalog.  Dr. Cunningham reported that the College will have guaranteed enrollments for at least the next year or two as it will be a required course and will be open to others as well. Labor History was taught in the past, but has not been since the death of Lou Pappalardo, the Director of the Philip Murray Institute of Labor Studies. Council members agreed that this course should never have been eliminated from the catalog. Initially the course will be offered at South Campus. Gordon Crocker suggested that this proposal be dedicated to Lou Pappalardo.

Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Manufacturing Technology - Precision Fabrication
Brandon Dunlevy, the coordinator of this program was available to answer questions regarding the proposal. The College is partnering with Maglev, Inc, and Penn State McKeesport Institute of Career Development in this project. Three fourths of the program is existing courses. As coordinator of the program, Brandon Dunlevy is recruiting students and developing placements. Precision fabrication has to do with the level of accuracy in welding fabrication. This level of precision cannot be done by hand, but is done through robotics. Graduates of this program will work on the Maglev tracks or on naval vessels. The Navy insists on a precision fabrication to reduce drag, reduce fuel consumption and to allow ships to run quieter in the water, thus less chance of being detected. Maglev will run between Greensburg and the Pittsburgh Airport. This is a $50 to $100 million project. 

Mary Frances Archey made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Title Change for CJC 204
Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal. The course title is being changed from Police Organization and Administration to Criminal Justice System Organization and Administration. The title will be more inclusive for students in law enforcement and those in corrections. Also CJC 206 will no longer be a prerequisite for this course.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Criminal Justice and Criminology – Computer Forensics Track
Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal. This proposal will allow criminal justice and criminology students to focus on forensics that includes computer forensics and fraud. The proposal includes no new courses; just a realignment of existing courses to offer students another option. It was determined that since we check backgrounds for the CIT program, that students should be informed of that requirement as they initially consider this program. The total number of credits to graduate is 64.

Pearley Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Updating History Common Course Syllabi: HIS 102, 105, 213, 219 and 222
Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal. The proposal involved updating the learning outcomes so they are expressed in measurable terms.

Rhonda Sansone made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Modification of the Learning Outcomes for four Horticulture courses: HOR 106, 113 and 203
Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal. The proposal involved rewriting the learning outcomes so they are expressed in measurable terms. HOR 103 was removed from the proposal as the outcomes were not correctly stated. Gordon Crocker spoke of Professor Prodeep Paul who was the first full-time faculty member in the department.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Updating Political Science Common Course Syllabi: POL 101, 103, 115, 201 and 206
Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal. The proposal changes learning outcomes so they are expressed in measurable terms. 

Maryann Anderson made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Updating Aviation Common Course Syllabi: AVT 101, 110, 116, 201, 216, 217, 220, 225, 250, 255, 260 and 265
Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal. The proposal changes the learning outcomes so they are written in measurable terms.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Changes in Chemistry Courses: CHM 109, 118, 120, 151, 152, 201, 202 and 214; and Deletion of CHM 170 and 171
Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal. The proposal updates learning outcomes so they are expressed in measurable terms. The proposal also deletes CHM 170 and 171 which have not been taught in at least 5 years.

Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Deletion of BIO 211 – General Microbiology
Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal. This course has not been taught in a number of years and the faculty does not feel that it is needed.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Deletion of Courses for Training for Persons Needing Learning Supports:  Nursing Assistant (905.1)
Proposal:  Deletion of Courses for Training for Persons Needing Learning Supports:  Grounds Maintenance (909)
Proposal:  Deletion of Courses for Training for Persons Needing Learning Supports: Environmental Services Janitorial (904.1) 
Proposal:  Deletion of Courses for Training for Persons Needing Learning Supports: Food Service (900.1)
Proposal:  Deletion of Life Education Career Program for Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities (899) and All Related LEC courses
Proposal:  Deletion of Courses for Training for Persons Needing Learning Supports: Human Services Aide (901.1)
Gordon Crocker suggested that Council consider these as a group. Pearley Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal and to consider all of these proposals as a group. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion.

These courses have been shifted to non-credit. The State has changed their funding formulas so they will not be funded as credit. The motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  CIT Program Consolidation and AOP Course Deletions: AOP 100, 105, 112, 115 and 160
No one was in attendance to present this proposal. The proposal included deleting AOP 100, 105, 112, 151 and 160 which are included in other programs and if passed will be deleted in the Spring 2007. In the fall there are 2 programs that require alternate courses in CIT. There was concern that there would not be a proposal forthcoming to make these changes in the 2 programs from the AOP courses to the CIT courses.

Maryann Anderson made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion failed to pass with 1 vote in favor and 8 votes opposed.

Proposal:  Changes to Existing ECO 102 and ECO 103 Course Syllabi
Gordon Crocker presented this proposal, therefore Pearley Cunningham was asked to chair Council during this discussion. Outcomes were changed so they are expressed in measurable terms. In ECO 102, the wording in the listed topics has been updated from “international trade” to “global economy.” Under Reference Resources, audio visuals has been added. Mr. Crocker mentioned that all faculty have been informed of the changes and their participation has been sought.

Mary Frances Archey made a motion to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Changes to existing Mathematics Courses: MAT 108, 114, 116, 190, 201, 202, 220, 250 and 252
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding the proposal. Pearley Cunningham reported that 4 courses, MAT 080, 107, 111 and 193, were rejected by the Subcommittee as not being ready. These were returned to the faculty and were not being considered by Council. The learning outcomes were changed to measurable outcomes.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Deletion of Mathematics Courses: MAT 137, 166, 241, 242 and 253
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. These courses are being deleted because they haven’t been offered in a long time. MAT 241 and 242 will be deleted in Spring 2007, and the other 3 courses will be removed from the catalog Fall 2006. Students are able to take MAT 241 at Point Park College or at California State University. There aren’t enough students in a given semester for the courses to run.

Mary Frances Archey made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Editorial Changes to Mathematics Courses: MAT 090, 102, 106, 120, 135, 142, 147, 165 and 195
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. The proposal updated learning outcomes to those that are measurable and a few topics were changed. The course descriptions were untouched. The title of MAT 165 is being revised to Probability and Statistics instead of Probability and Statistics 1 since Probability and Statistics 2 was deleted.

Rita Gallegos made a motion to approve the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Changes to existing Speech Courses: SPH 101, 102, 105 and 202
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. The proposal revised learning outcomes to measurable standards and revised some topics. The course catalog description for SPH 101 was changed. The title of Speech 105 was changed from Discussion to Discussion and Team Decision Making but the topics don’t reflect any change.

Rita Gallegos made a motion to approve the proposal. Maryann Anderson seconded the motion. Maura Stevenson made a motion to amend the proposal to remove SPH 105 from consideration. Toni Carney seconded the motion to amend the original motion. The vote to approve the proposal without SPH 105 was unanimous.

Proposal:  Deletion of Speech Courses:  SPH 104, 201 and 230
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. These courses have not been offered in quite awhile. The objective is to develop new courses.

Rhonda Sansone made a motion to accept the proposal. Maryann Anderson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Editorial and Non-substantive Changes in Existing Developmental Studies Courses: DVS 060, 070, 101 and 103
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal and Rita Gallegos seconded the motion. The proposal involved changing learning outcomes to measurable outcomes and the revision of some topics. DVS 060 and 070 are now listed as co-requisites. This was implied before, but never stated. The catalog descriptions for DVS 060 and DVS 070 were changed and Council found them unacceptable.

Toni Carney made a motion to revise the original motion to accept only DVS 101 and 103. Maura Stevenson seconded this revised motion. The motion to accept only those changes to DVS 101 and 103 passed unanimously.

Proposals:  Deletion of 4 English Courses: ENG 121, Art of the Film Advanced; ENG 171, Studies in Literary Themes; ENG 174, Studies in Literary Characters; and ENG 177, Studies in Literary Types
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding these proposals. These courses have not been offered in a long time. The contents of ENG 171, 174 and 177 were changed according to whoever taught the courses.

Barbara Thompson made a motion to accept the proposals.  Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Rephrasing to Clarify 6 English Course Descriptions: ENG 101,102,105, 117, 207 and 222
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. This proposal dealt with ENG101, 102, 105, 117, 207, and 222. The prerequisites for 101 and 102 were not stated appropriately. Additionally topics need to be in one list. For all the courses under References, Resources, or Learning Materials there is nothing listed. This must be changed.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion. The motion failed to pass with 2 votes yes and 7 votes opposed.

Proposal: Revised Student Outcomes and Topics in English Syllabi
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. In this proposal, the prerequisites were incorrectly stated. There were the same problems as in the previous proposal.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Rhonda Sansone seconded the motion. The motion failed to pass with 1 vote yes and 8 votes opposed.

Proposal:  Changes in the Biotechnology Program and Existing Courses: BTC 100, 101, 203 and 204
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. The proposal included changes in BTC 101 on Form A-1 to increase the number of lecture/lab hours from 2/2 to 3/3.  Mr. Betters explained that this has been an error and has always been taught as 3 lecture hours and 3 lab hours. The number of credits (4) will remain the same.  A signature line needs to be added to the form.

The second part of the proposal as listed on Form A-2 as distributed to Council was problematic. It included Eng 101 as a prerequisite which effectively means that students cannot get a certificate with 25 credits as stated, but with 28 credits. The requirement of MAT 108 is also hidden. Additionally the phrase “Prospective students must demonstrate a proficiency in the following courses” is very vague. A signature line is absent from the form.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion. Pearley Cunningham made a motion to amend the proposal to accept the Form A-1 of the proposal only. Rhonda Sansone seconded the motion. Those making the original motion agreed. The motion to pass only the A-1 portion of the proposal was unanimously approved.

Proposal:  Edits to Art Curriculum
Rich Betters presented this proposal which included edits to the Art curriculum. Corrections were suggested by the Curriculum Subcommittee that requested that the verbiage of outcomes be corrected as well as course descriptions. However the corrections were not submitted to Council.

Rhonda Sansone made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion failed to pass with 1 vote in favor of the proposal and 8 votes opposed.

Proposal: Music Technology
This is a new course which teaches digitally synthesized music, sound machines, and MIDI. This has run as an experimental course and is very popular. Council discussed some problems with the proposal including incomplete sentences in the course description and poorly stated learning outcomes. Mr. Betters mentioned that he believed the course had run 4 times as an experimental course which is the maximum number of times. He said he thought the course might be scheduled for the Fall. The proposal should have been submitted to the Curriculum Subcommittee earlier, so that any problems with the proposal could have been addressed in a timelier manner.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal under the condition that all corrections be made and the corrected proposal be in the hands of Gordon Crocker by May 25th at 4:00 PM.  Mr. Crocker will then get the proposal to Council members and Council responses must be back to Mr. Crocker by June 1st at 12:00 noon. Toni Carney seconded the proposal and the proposal passed unanimously.

Proposal: New Course Proposal - Digital Photography
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. The proposal adds a digital photography course option to the Art Department’s wet photography offering. On the proposal, the format needs to be revised. Additionally a digital camera is listed under prerequisite, but it should be listed under Reference, Resource, or Learning Material. In some cases, the grammar needs to be corrected.

Pearley Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal. Maryann Anderson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Deletion of ART 100, 152, 161 and 213
Rich Betters was available to answer questions regarding this proposal. Council found this proposal problematic. The deletion of the courses includes courses for Track A of Graphic Communications. The proposal should have included the elimination of that program. Dr. Archey also believed that ART 100 has been running in the summer at South Campus. This needs to be investigated.

Barbara Thompson made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion failed to pass with 1 vote in favor and 7 votes opposed.

AGENDA ITEM III: PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL REPORT

Mr. Crocker reported that President’s Council met May 5th. They discussed financials, clarification of email policies, email civility, Achieving a Dream, guidelines for class scheduling, and academic freedom.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 7:32 PM.

The next scheduled meeting of College Council will be Thursday September 14, 2006 at 2:30 PM in the College Office Board Room.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary