Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes October 25, 2007

October 25, 2007
College Office Board Room





Maryann Anderson
Gail Boyea   
Joe Calig
Toni Carney
John Dziak
Rod Farkas
Rita Gallegos
Joanne Jeffcoat 
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Allysen Todd
Ping'an Wang
Stephen Wells
Margaret Williams-Betlyn    

Mary Frances Archey            
Charles Blocksidge 
Ralph Proctor 

Jane Greenwood
Greg Joyce

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM.  Mrs. Anderson thanked Toni Carney for serving as Chair at the last meeting in Mrs. Anderson’s absence.


Steve Wells made a motion to approve the minutes of the Oct. 11th, 2007 meeting of College Council. Toni Carney seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as presented.



Toni Carney reported that the Subcommittee did not meet. There will be a hearing at the Nov 1st meeting on the proposal on Medical Withdrawal initiated by Mary Lou Kennedy.


Proposal: (1) CJC IUP Articulation and (2) CJC 201 Prerequisite Elimination

Maura Stevenson reported that the Subcommittee heard and approved the proposal and that Greg Joyce was in attendance to discuss the proposal.

Mr. Joyce explained that the proposal had two parts. The first part of the proposal addresses an articulation agreement with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Specifically, Mr. Joyce elaborated that the proposal allows for an IUP transfer track if a student wants to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. The student completes 67 credits at CCAC and an additional 54 credits at IUP. To do this, the student must substitute a more difficult math course and a more difficult science course than is in the current program. Mr. Joyce is also in discussions with LaRoche about transfer possibilities.

The second part of the proposal eliminates the prerequisite requirement of CJC 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice, for students who wish to take CJC 201, Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation.

Barbara Thompson inquired about job placement. Mr. Joyce said that there are many first year students who drop out.  Of those who complete the program, most find jobs. Mr. Joyce takes those students to the annual West Penn Job Fair in Monroeville and works with students on scoring well on the civil service exams.  Pennsylvania State police, the City of Pittsburgh police, as well as many police departments from municipalities require 60 college credits. College credits aren’t required for corrections positions but it helps with job placement

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

Dr. Stevenson reported that the Subcommittee heard and approved the elimination of the LPN Program, however because Mary Frances Archey was out of town, the presentation to Council is being delayed until the next meeting of Council.


Rod Farkas reported that he will distribute to the College community the Subcommittee agenda for the upcoming meeting; however the Subcommittee will have an email meeting because the Board of Trustees will be meeting the same time as the Subcommittee. This impacts the ability of members to attend the Research and Development meeting. .

Mr. Farkas said the Subcommittee is seeking clarification on what the Achieving the Dream Committee wants the Subcommittee to concentrate on. The Subcommittee will also be working on voluntary peer review for distance leaning courses.


Program Review: Speech Discipline Review

Steve Wells reported that Academic Planning passed the Program Review of the Speech Discipline and that everything was in order. Allysen Todd presented the Program Review to Council. She reminded Council that this is a review of a discipline and not a program. Students cannot earn a degree in Speech, however many courses require Speech 101 for graduation.

For the Program Review, Faculty whittled down the courses and there are 4 courses that are the core of the discipline. Faculty cited a lack of available equipment such as video/recording/playback equipment. Faculty are also restricted by rooms that are either too crowded or with no carpeting. Dr. Todd noted the outstanding work on the Program Review done by all of the faculty, and especially Fran Leifheit.

Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the Program Review. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Update on Academic Calendar 2009 discussions

At the hearing for the proposed 2009 Academic Calendar, Rich Betters and Rick Allison asked that final exam days be inserted into the Summer session. In the calendar as proposed by the two Associate Deans, the College would not schedule classes on Friday during the summer but would use Fridays to schedule final exams at the conclusion of each summer session.  As not all exams would fit into one day, some would roll over into Saturday. The subsequent discussions at the Subcommittee were predominantly negative, but Fran Dice agreed to work with the two Associate Deans to see if Final Exams could be worked into the calendar for Summer 2009. Mr. Wells commented that 2009 is a very bad year for breaks. In surveys, faculty would rather have an entire week break no matter where it falls in the semester. The calendar will be discussed again at the Nov. 15th meeting of the Subcommittee because Fran Dice will not be in attendance at the Nov. 1st meeting.

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that Institutional Research has not gotten the current staffing report to Academic Planning because they are too busy with other projects.  They suggested using last year’s report.  However using last year’s data will give them the same results as last year, not what they need for this year. This delay has put the Subcommittee behind in their schedule to bring to Council staffing recommendations. Peggy Williams Betlyn will help to facilitate this and get back to Maryann Anderson and Joanne Jeffcoat.

Joe Calig reported that May 17th which follows finals is Graduation Day. Graduation will be held at the Convention Center


There was no unfinished business.


Joe Calig reported that Diane Jacobs did an outstanding PowerPoint presentation at a President’s Cabinet meeting on Schedule 25 which is used to determine room assignments. This led to a useful discussion at Cabinet about what variables drive the System, what the variables are and how the system deals with certain classes of information. Mr. Calig suggested that Council or a Subcommittee might benefit from an abbreviated form of the presentation. It was decided to invite Diane Jacobs to Council for a 15 to 20 minute presentation. Rod Farkas commented that it would be very helpful to have the PowerPoint presentation in advance.

Barbara Thompson distributed a document of College Council Protocol which details conduct and expectations of members and guests. It was in draft form and Mrs. Thompson will send the document to Council as a Word document for discussion at the next meeting of Council.  In the interim Mrs. Thompson asked that members send her suggestions and corrections. In its final form, the document will be placed on the web in the expectation that meetings will be less intimidating to guests if they understand the protocol.

There being no further business, Barbara Thompson made a motion to adjourn. Toni Carney seconded the motion. The vote being unanimous, the meeting ended at 3:24 PM.

Respectfully submitted, 
Barbara Thompson 
College Council Secretary

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