Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes April 24, 2008

April 24, 2008
College Office Board Room





Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey  
Charles Blocksidge
Gail Boyea          
Toni Carney
Rod Farkas
Rita Gallegos
Joanne Jeffcoat 
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Allysen Todd
Ping'an Wang
Stephen Wells
Margaret Williams-Betlyn    

Joyce Breckenridge   
John Dziak
Charles Martoni

John Ginther
John Eskridge
Timothy Evans
Judy Savolskis
Rebecca Schaupp  
Diane Maldonado

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:35 PM. 



Toni Carney made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 10th, 2008 meeting of College Council. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.

Maryann Anderson announced a change in the meeting agenda. The Program Reviews for the MRI Scanning Program and the CAT Scanning Program will not be considered at this meeting since the representative could not be present for this meeting. Therefore they will be included in the agenda for the May 8th meeting.



Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee met April 17th and heard program reviews for 4 programs as well as had a hearing for the program review document itself.

Program Review: MRI Scanning Program (446)
This has been deferred to the May 8th meeting.

Program Review: CAT Scanning Program (445)
This has been deferred to the May 8th meeting.

Program Review: Drug and Alcohol Program (414.1)

Tim Evans was present to discuss the program review. Joanne Jeffcoat reported that everything was in order. Missing from the packet presented to Council was the actual program measures report which was an extremely large document. An analysis was given by Dr. Evans, and Joanne Jeffcoat has the entire report if anyone would like to examine it. It was noted that there are no full-time faculty in the Program. Dr. Evans coordinates the Program and is appropriately a Sociology faculty member. The Program is a combination of Sociology and Psychology courses. There is no alpha code for the Program. Within the recommendations, a need for Sociology tutors was identify. Dr. Evans said that he had discussed this with Lori Cunningham, Department Head of Library and Learning Services at Allegheny Campus and she was unable to find a tutor in that area. There was also a recommendation to increase the library holdings for Social Sciences. Peggy Williams-Betlyn asked about the use of the name “Drug and Alcohol” for the Program and asked if there was a more current term. Dr. Evans replied that all programs in the region call their programs Drug and Alcohol. Maura Stevenson commented that the assessment was very well done.

Steve Wells made a motion to accept the Program Review. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously

Program Review:  Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (587)

Joanne Jeffcoat presented the Program Review.  The review was done as a program with special accreditation. The Program was last accredited in 2003, so the information covers five years.  However the Program was accredited for the maximum number of years which is 10 years.  In the Recommendations Section, faculty and space were deemed to be sufficient. Some equipment as well as current DVDs were listed as desired enhancements to the Program. The review examined trends and tracked students.  Currently any student from the Program who wants a job is able to secure one easily.

Peggy Williams-Betlyn made a motion to accept the Program Review. Gail Boyea seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of Program/Discipline Review Document

Diane Maldonado and Mary Frances Archey presented the revised review document. Both the former Program/Discipline Review document and the proposed version were distributed. Dr Archey reviewed seven conceptual changes. They include:

·          Remove the redundant time table so it isn’t as confusing.

·          The reference to special accreditation was changed to external accreditation.

·          Major changes and elaborations of the General Education Goals section.

·          Employment opportunities are now a separate section.

·          Appendix A has been revised so that it no longer lists programs to be reviewed on the five-year cycle but refers to the website which is always current.

·          The addition of Library resources as a separate entity.

·          An emphasis that program review is not a class by class review.

Diane Maldonado emphasized several points which include:

·          Standardization of the objectives statement in the format “Upon successful completion of the program/discipline, students will…”

·          A determination that students who earn an Associate's Degree have proficiency comparable to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in several general education areas.

·          Appendix E is clarified and includes more instructions.

·          Appendix H is a new template and is used to relate Course Outcomes to General Education Student Behaviors.

·          Appendix I is also new and is to be used for assessment results. This form is to record direct and indirect measures of results, objectives achieved, strengths and weaknesses, and actions to be taken.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Rod Farkas seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Toni Carney reported that the Subcommittee did not meet, however at the next Subcommittee meeting there will be 3 proposals presented.

Barbara Thompson questioned rewrites of sections of the Student Handbook and asked if the rewrites and corrections should go through governance.  The consensus was that they do not have to be presented as proposals as long as there are no policy changes. 

Mrs. Carney said that she, Renee Clark, Sue Kelly and Fran Dice meet during the summer to ensure that the changes for the Student Handbook that have been approved by Council have been included. The summer is also the time when editorial changes should be done, however no one is taking responsibility for making sure that the updates are being completed. Each section of the Handbook used to be sent out to the appropriate person or department to verify that the information was still accurate. Mrs. Carney said that should be reinstituted. Toni Carney on behalf of College Council will request that Dr. Hayman’s department designate who should direct this.


Proposal:  Revision and Deletions in the Philosophy Curriculum

Allysen Todd and John Eskridge presented the proposal which updates the Philosophy curriculum. These revisions and deletions were made as a result of the Philosophy Curriculum Review. PHL 101, 103, 105, 111,155, 157 and 205 were revised. Course descriptions, learning outcomes and listed topics were changed as appropriate. These courses have not been revised in 15 to 20 years.

Additionally the following 6 courses which have not been offered in many years are recommended for deletion: PHL 104, 107, 108, 201, 203 and 204. In searching the College website to determine if any of the courses are part of any programs, faculty in these programs were alerted that when the Programs are reviewed that these courses will  have to be deleted.

The Africana and Ethnic Studies Transfer Program was impacted by the deletion of PHL 104, Comparative Religions, however the new degree program will include Religions of the World instead.

Gail Boyea made a motion to accept the proposal. Ping’an Wang seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  CIT Program Description Changes and Prerequisite

Rod Farkas presented the proposal which revises objectives, outcomes and descriptions to comply with current College formats and requirements for measurability.  The use of the words “demonstrates” and “understand” need to be corrected and this will be considered by the CIT faculty.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Gail Boyea seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Objectives for 13 Programs/Certificates to be added to the Program description in the CCAC Catalog

Becky Schaupp presented the proposal which included the addition of learning objectives, changing some of the descriptions, changing the word “graduate” to “student,” used the standard format “Upon successful completion of the program student s will,” changed “Students will be able” to “Students will,”
removed the word “demonstrate,” and removed 2nd person pronouns.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Gail Boyea seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Deletion of Mechanical Electronics Technology Associate Program (710), Mechanical Maintenance TechnologyAssociate Program (712) and Motor Winding Technology AssociateProgram (714)

Becky Schaupp presented this proposal which deletes these programs with low or no enrollment. These programs which were developed for specific companies are no longer valid for industry needs. Certain courses which are used in other programs will remain.

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

Proposal:  Welding Technology Associate Program (316.1) Revision

Rebecca Shaupp explained that the revision of this program was delayed until a new faculty member had been hired. John Ginther, who is the newly hired faculty presented the proposal. He commented that he wanted to up-date the program so that it is aligned with industry trends, to include new courses that provide state of the art training, and to delete courses that no longer meet market needs.

The Program has been revised so that at the end of the first semester, students have marketable job skills. The Program in this form couldn’t be offered at Neville Island, but can at West Hills Center because there are more available machines. Students may receive flux course certification in the 2nd semester. In the 3rd and 4th semesters, students may receive their pipe welding certification. There can be a maximum of 16 day students in the first semester and another 16 students taking the night program which takes one year.  There are females in the Program.

Graduates start at $12 to $13 per hour. Those working in union shops make $17 to $18 per hour. Those with Associate Degrees can start off as advanced welders with the steam fitters making $20 to $22 per hour.

Charlie Blocksidge made a motion to accept the proposal. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Welding Technology Certificate Program (317.2) Revision

The proposal updates program descriptions. Credit may be awarded to Vocational-Technical students for courses completed in high school. They may be awarded 6 credits if they enter the Program with certification.

Charlie Blocksidge made a motion to accept the proposal. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Certificate

Judy Savolskis reported that the College has been looking at all of the union programs. The Sheet Metal Workers wanted to meet with us because they wanted the program updated since it hadn’t been reviewed since 1983. The Sheet Metal Workers have a very well defined training program. The program was significantly revised, deleting existing courses and developing new courses.  

Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Associate Degree

In the Fall Judy Savolskis worked with the National Labor College - George Meany Campus in Washington DC to develop an articulation agreement.  As a result, the College will accept 60 credits from CCAC and ask students to complete a portfolio for extra credits up to a maximum of 90 credits. Students go to Washington DC for a week and then do the remainder of the course work online. They do return to Washington for testing. Union members are charged $100 per credit, and non-union members pay $1,000 per credit. This degree is valuable for those who want to become foremen, supervisors or team leaders.  A degree better positions them for those jobs.

The Sheet Metal Workers indicated that they want to encourage their apprentices to complete the Certificate Program and to also complete the Associates Degree Program. They initially will strongly recommend that apprentices work on the Associates Degree, which adds 15 additional credits, but they will not require it. The program graduates 35 to 40 apprentices a year.

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

Proposal: Objectives for 21 programs/diplomas/certificates to be added to the program descriptions in the CCAC catalog (tabled 4/10/08)

This proposal which had been tabled at the last meeting of Council was presented with the corrections made that Council had requested. These included keeping course descriptions the same, all “should’s” and “will’s” have been adjusted, and the one Drug and Alcohol objective has been split.

Steve Wells made a motion to un-table the proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion to un-table was unanimous.

Ping’an Wang made a motion to accept the proposal. Gail Boyea seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Report:  “Research and Development Committee Annual Review of College Practices in Distance Education”

Rod Farkas distributed a draft of this report which was completed by Ross Donahue. The Subcommittee is required by AFT contract to complete an annual review. Mr. Farkas asked Council members to review the document and to suggest changes. At the next meeting Mr. Farkas will also report on Research and Development activities.  


Maryann Anderson reported that faculty have been volunteering for the open positions on College Council. North Campus is seeking a candidate from Occupational Technologies and there will be an election for the South Campus Arts and Sciences opening.


President’s Council
Maryann Anderson reported that President’s Council met on April 21st. The only topic was a report on capital outlay for 2008-09 given by Joyce Breckenridge. The report included:

·          Uses of funding

·          Construction of the Science Center

·          Renovations at the West Hills Center

·          Moveable equipment purchases

·          Other renovations

Next Meeting

May 8th will be the last meeting of the academic year. The meeting will start at noon and Mary Frances Archey will supply lunch.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary

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