Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes April 10, 2008

April 10, 2008
College Office Board Room





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

John Dziak

Esther Mason
Anne Louise Dailey
Maureen Stradley
Doralee Brooks
Yvonne Burns
Brenda Trettel
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens 
Sandra Mahon
Bonnie Gregg
Carla Young
Rebecca Schaupp




Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM. Mrs. Anderson introduced Chuck Martoni, a new member, to Council.


Gail Boyea made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 13 th, 2008 meeting of College Council. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion.  The minutes
were approved as amended. 


Rod Farkas reported that the Subcommittee met on April 3rd. Kevin Smay has not started the research on the math placement testing as of yet.

The results of the voluntary Distance learning peer review survey were discussed:
30 out of 160 (18%) responded.
Of the 30 respondents, 14 are interested in having their internet courses reviewed.
25 out of 29 respondents were interested in exchanging teaching ideas and resources at a Blackboard site exclusively for internet faculty.
A comment was made on one of the responses that distance learning courses taught by tenured faculty are not reviewed. Mary Frances Archey said that student evaluations of adjunct faculty are sent to students by Fran Dice via email. Tenured faculty can request the student evaluations for distance learning classes. 


Program Review: Phlebotomy

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that Phlebotomy was originally reviewed in December and 2 items were missing. It is now complete and ready for Council’s consideration. Bonnie Gregg presented the review and explained that phlebotomy is simply drawing blood. It is a one semester program of nine credits. There are classes on law and communications; a 1-credit course on blood drawing; a lecture class on the anatomy of the arm; information on OSHA standards, needles, the 16 steps in the blood drawing procedure, and tube specifics; and a 4 week externship. There are no pre-requisites. The job market is fairly good and is increasing. The attrition rate was identified as a weakness, however that is decreasing. In 2002, there was a 60% attrition rate and in 2007, a 5% attrition rate. There are 20 students in the program.

Maura Stevenson noted that the term “demonstrate knowledge” was used in the program objectives. Since it is not measureable, the term generally shouldn’t be used.

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that recommendations included a full-time faculty member for the program. All teaching is done by adjuncts. Space is adequate and equipment is purchased through the Perkins grant. This is a high priority program.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the program review. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Toni Carney commented that the late registration policy appears on the cover of the Credit Schedule for Fall 2008 and circulated a sample copy. If the 2nd part of the late registration policy does not come to Academic Standards by April 24th then we will have to keep the original wording. Toni Carney mentioned that the proposal for mandatory enrollment in SDS 102 did not pass. 

Proposal:  CCAC’s Grievance Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities

Esther Mason was in attendance to present this proposal which moves us in compliance with federal regulations. 

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


Proposal:  Objectives for 21 programs/diplomas/certificates to be added to the program description in the CCAC catalog

Brenda Trettel and Anne Louise Dailey presented the proposal. This proposal represents very hard work on the part of Social Science faculty across the campuses. All faculty in these programs have approved the objectives. 

The advisory board for psychology recommended that the phrase “students should” be used rather than the standard phrase “students will.” It was felt that “students will” connotes a guarantee or a promise.  The College attorney was consulted and agreed that the phrase “students should” would be safer and more conservative wording from a liability standpoint. 

Maura Stevenson said this was discussed extensively at the Subcommittee, and she questioned if we should change something on the basis of a psychology advisory board. Dr. Stevenson said that “will” is used academically and it appears in every course description. This would require us to change hundreds of course descriptions, and Dr. Stevenson is opposed to changing “will” to “should.” 

Dr. Dailey said that program objectives were the only thing changed other than adding “upon successful completion.” Steve Wells noted that for Drug and Alcohol the program description had changed also. It was also noted that the objectives were the same for Teacher’s Assistant Certificate, Teacher’s Assistant Associate of Arts, Teacher Education Associate of Arts, Elementary Education Associate of Arts CCAC and Bachelor of Science IUP.  The education faculty felt it was legitimate for their curriculum. It was felt that the objectives should stay the way they are because academic skills are emphasized in education. The objectives can be the same for all 4 programs even though they are for different levels of skills.

Gail Boyea made a motion to accept the proposal.Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion.

After discussion it was recommended that the word “should” be removed and replaced with “will.” Additionally all course descriptions should be reviewed to ensure that they are the original, and the one objective for the Drug and Alcohol Program should be broken into two objectives.

Gail Boyea moved to withdraw the motion with a second by Joann

Jeffcoat.Charlie Blocksidge made a motion to table the proposal. Peggy Williams Betlyn seconded the motion and the motion passed 15 in favor and 1

Proposal:  Revision of BTC202 Common Course Syllabus

Allysen Todd presented the proposal which changes the number of lab hours for BTC202. The current syllabus states there are 2 lecture and 4 lab hours, however there are actually 2 lecture and 6 lab hours.

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

Proposal:  Revision of SDS110

Allysen Todd presented the proposal which revises and updates the common course syllabus. Those who have recently taught the course worked on the revision so that it better suits our current needs. The learning outcomes and listed topics were revised and the course title was changed from First Year Seminar to First Year Experience so that it would be less intimidating. The reference to minority students has been deleted because the course is for anyone who needs help.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens expressed concern that the revisions would dilute
the emphasis on building self esteem and the leadership components that are
important to our minority students. She said that the course is currently
unique in that it places the student in the center and looks at the concerns of
the community. Council members felt that the concerns were legitimate but
were covered in the listed topics. Dr.Todd suggested that if a specific group
were identified, we could block a section for them.

Peggy Williams-Betlyn made a motion to accept the proposal. Barbara Thomson seconded the motion and the motion passed with 15 votes in favor and 1 abstention. 

Proposal:  Revision to common course syllabus for MAT193

Allysen Todd in presenting the proposal explained that at the January meeting of the Math faculty, it was recommended that the current pre-requisite of MAT 090 for MAT 193, Pharmaceutical Math be changed to MAT 080 to better align with the course content.

Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Gail Boyea seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Prerequisite change for DVS101

Allysen Todd presented the proposal.  She explained that for students with Compass Test scores below 72, DVS 060 which is academic strategies and DVS 070 which is college reading are co-requisites which means that they must be taken together.

What presents a problem is when a student fails DVS 060.  The next course in the sequence is DVS 101 which is College Reading 2. The current syllabus for DVS 101 requires that students pass DVS 060 and DVS 070 before they take DVS 101.  DVS faculty looked at the pre-requisites, realizing that students must then add an additional semester in order to pass DVS 060 before going on the DVS 101. The proposal allows the student to repeat DVS 060 at the same time they are taking DVS 101. 

Toni Carney and Steve Wells both expressed concern that the proposal would not work as well as expected. It will cause problems if a student fails DVS 060 again and passes DVS 101. Also at graduation, will the College do an audit and stop students from graduating who have not passed DVS 060?

Chuck Martoni commented that advisors need to be encouraged not to tell students that they do not have to take DVS 060. Gail Boyea said that some students don’t want to take 6 credits at the same time because they can’t handle it. With DVS 060 and 070 having to be taken at the same time, this removes the option of a lighter load available to students.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Gail Boyea seconded the motion and the motion passed with 14 in favor and 2 objections.


A question was asked regarding the late registration policy for students registering online. The policy stipulates that registration must be completed at 11:00 PM, but if the student presses the send button at 11:03 PM then would they not be able to register? The answer is that students would be able to register because the 11:00 PM time limit actually gives students an hour’s grace period. 


Minor Revisions to Curriculum Forms

Maura Stevenson expressed concern about Program titles, and about the corresponding CIP numbers. The initiator is better able to assign that correct number under the Classification of Instruction Program. It was agreed that the Initiator should be checking that the title is correct, but that assigning CIP numbers is an administrative function; therefore the proposed forms will be revised slightly.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the revisions to the curriculum forms. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously. 

Election of College Council Members

Maryann Anderson mentioned that AFT members are elected to Council for 2 year terms and the following positions are up at end of this semester:

Allegheny and North - Occupational Technology
Boyce and South - Arts and Sciences
At Large - Counselor

Mrs. Anderson said that she will ask Judy Foster in the AFT office to send out a notice and allow 2 weeks for responses. If there is more than one candidate for a position, that will allow 2 weeks for an election before the end of the semester. 

President’s Council:

Mrs. Anderson reported that President’s Council met April 4th. It was a short meeting and was chaired by Mary Frances Archey. The topics discussed included:

·          A date change for open enrollment for the medical consortium to which we belong.

·          A change in the travel policy to allow for monetary coverage for those applying for administrative positions grade 15 and above, all faculty, counselors and librarians. Coverage would be provided for those who are traveling 150 miles or more and would include a per diem food allowance.

·          A process for President’s Council minutes to be posted on the website. Approved shared governance initiatives will go into the minutes.

·          An update on ATD regarding the focus groups for students in MAT 080 who have the opportunity to participate in supplemental instruction.  

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 5:06 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary

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