Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes March 22, 2007

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
March 22, 2007
College Office Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     
Present   Absent                     Guests                  

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 
Diane Maldonado      
Walt Pauli   
Fran Dice  
Michelle Doas  
Della Pappas   

Janice Augustine 
Barbara Arensberg 
Kristin Spiker 
Helen McAfoos

 
       

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM.  Mrs. Anderson welcomed Peggy Williams-Betlyn to Council as a replacement for Brian Johnson. Dr. Williams-Betlyn has served previously on Council and is a very welcome addition.

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE  MARCH 8TH, 2007 MEETING

Toni Carney made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 8, 2007 meeting of College Council. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended. Maryann Anderson thanked Rod Farkas for taking the minutes in Barbara Thompson’s absence.

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS  

Proposal: Centralized Nursing Admissions Process

Toni Carney reported that the proposal was presented by Michelle Doas at the Subcommittee meeting where it passed unanimously.

Dr. Doas explained to Council that a team was formed which looked at forming a centralized process for nursing admissions. All candidates will now be screened through a central and consistent process utilizing a scorecard and flow sheet. To develop the process, the team collected the best practices across all campuses. Advisors will also have a consistent process to refer students to.

The data will be entered clerically and the team will examine10% of the data to ensure that the data is being entered correctly. Candidates must list 2 campuses that they want to attend so if one campus is filled then the 2nd choice will apply. Nursing will maintain a waiting list of acceptable candidates.

The program is not open enrollment. It is selective.  If a student is denied they are told why and given recommendations on how to improve the situation.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Charlie Blocksidge seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

B.  CURRICULUM SUBCOMMITTEE

Proposal:  Revision of Biology Common Course Syllabi and Deletion of a BIO course
Proposed Deletion:  BIO215:  Environment and Society
Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal and explained that this course hasn’t been offered in 10 years. There are other courses that serve the same purpose such as BIO 240. There was no controversy among the Biology faculty concerning this course. Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposed Course Revisions:  BIO 107, 115, 123, 140, 160, and 201
Dr Archey presented this proposal as well. Course descriptions were rewritten to make them into sentences. Descriptions and learning outcomes were updated. Dr. Archey noted that there are other proposals involving biology that are being worked on.
Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of Biology Program (031)
Mary Frances Archey explained that this proposal provides more specific directions to students and more options for electives. Page 5 of the proposal details the changes.
Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the proposal passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Human Resource Management Syllabus Change 
Gordon Crocker represented Gerry Beradino, the initiator of this proposal. Mr. Crocker explained that about1 11/2 years ago an error was made regarding the pre-requisites for this course. The decision was made to drop the pre-requisites and this proposal formalizes that decision. An error was made and the syllabus did not go through shared governance at that time. Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.  

Proposal:  Cosmetology Program Changes (Tabled 3/8/07) 
Walt Pauli presented this proposal which had been tabled at the last meeting. Rita Gallegos made a motion to untable the proposal. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion to untable the proposal passed unanimously. Mr. Pauli explained that program objectives have been added and the proposal notes that the Program is offered only at Boyce Campus.
Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Proposed Administrative Assistant Program (Tabled 3/8/07)  
Walt Pauli presented this proposal which had been tabled at the last meeting. Gordon Crocker made a motion to untable the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously. Mr. Pauli noted that program objectives had been added and he also removed PAL 201 and added PAL 105 and 121. Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.  

Proposal:  CIT Transfer Degree Program (050) Changes (Tabled 3/8/07) 
Walt Pauli presented this proposal which had been tabled at the last meeting. Gordon Crocker made a motion to untable the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion to untable the proposal passed unanimously. Mr. Pauli noted that he has added program objectives. Maura Stevenson noted a typo and Mr. Pauli will correct this and deliver the corrected copy to Maryann Anderson.
Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

C.  RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT 

Update from the Quality Assurance Presentation  
Maura Stevenson reported that this past Tuesday there was a program regarding peer review of distance education courses. Maryann Anderson, Rod Farkas, Ross Donahue and Maura Stevenson attended. The program was developed in Maryland and is now offered as a commercial program. The program can be used to review your own courses. Dr. Stevenson felt that the program is pricey and that we could use the concepts to develop our own review. The next step is to determine if we want to develop a review process in house.

D.   ACADEMIC PLANNING    

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee did not meet, but will on March 29th. She has one program review and 4 additional are coming.

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Barbara Thompson reported on the frustrations regarding the website. Forms that were previously acceptable are no longer acceptable to post and must be altered.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted, 
Barbara Thompson 
College Council Secretary