Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes April 23, 2009

April 23, 2009
College Office Board Room





Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey    
Joyce Breckenridge
Yvonne Burns
Toni Carney
John Dziak
Rita Gallegos
Carl Francolino
Donna Imhoff
Joanne Jeffcoat
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Ping Wang
Stephen Wells 

Gail Boyea
Charles Martoni

Lynn Gigandet
Art Miller
Gretchen Mullin
Brenda Trettel
Gino Anitori
Eileen Wrigley
Alex Johnson
Ron Logreco
Leelavati Murthy
Michele Wehrle
Steve Bannister
Bob Koch
Anthony Lucas
Bobby Jo Duffy
Allysen Todd
Jennifer Miller
Beth Harkay
Sandra Bobick
Greg Joyce
Brad Sandrock
Dan Ference
Max Blobner      

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:31 PM.   

OF THE March 26th, 2009 MEETING

Ping Wang made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 26th, 2009 meeting of College Council. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.



Dr. Johnson appeared before Council to discuss the proposal, which was approved by Council at the February 26th meeting, regarding the listing of distance learning courses alphabetically by Campus.  Council recommended that the order be rotated every semester.

Dr. Johnson thanked Council for the invitation to appear and praised Council members for all of their hard work. He said that he wanted to share some points with Council first. When he arrived at CCAC he wanted to continue the introduction of full-time faculty members.  There will be eight new hires starting in the Fall semester and Dr. Johnson has gone to various foundations and to R. K. Mellon seeking funding for a full-time nursing position for one year, after which the College will continue to fund.  UPMC will fund a RAD Tech position, and for this the College is asking for a 5-year commitment.

He is continuing to invest in distance learning and IT through an improvement in, and an expansion of infrastructure through hardware. He is also working to improve training and is looking to be able to provide 24/7 tech support and more support for students.

Dr. Johnson thanked the Assessment and Research Subcommittee for their report and was pleased that they are interested in scheduling. He believes that to change scheduling now would be premature since it has been in effect only one year.  He would like to continue to monitor the situation and will pull together a task force of two administrators and four faculty members, one from each campus. The ad hoc committee will be charged to study distance learning and provide John Dziak and Dr. Johnson with data.  Dr. Johnson feels that the situation needs to be deliberated more fully. He has asked Donna Imhoff to co-chair the committee and expects a report by February.

Leevati Murthy observed that if the report is not due until February, this would mean that the same process would be in place for Summer, Fall, and Spring. She asked if there was anything that could be done to speed up the process for people who are not treated equitably. Dr. Johnson said there are some models out there, for instance, that will randomly generate by computer which faculty teach distance learning courses and in what order. He said he wants the task force to have time to deliberate. Eileen Wrigley asked if that means that South Campus will have at least five semesters residing at the bottom of the list.

Dr. Johnson said that he didn’t believe that the cancellation rate was that bad for South Campus.  Barbara Thompson said the average cancellation rate is 7.89% but South’s cancellation rate is 16.6%. Ping Wang and Leeavati Murthy reiterated points from the Research and Assessment report. Dr. Johnson mentioned the importance of the integrity of testing for distance learning and that a cheating incident had been reported directly to him. Barbara Thompson mentioned that North is the only campus without a testing center. Donna Imhoff said that the topic is on the agenda for the next President’s Cabinet meeting.

Dr Johnson ended his discussion with Council by recognizing that the College rates very high in the fields of Nursing and Allied Health, and now in workforce development. He has been interviewed in the Tribune Review, the Post Gazette and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He mentioned that the Pittsburgh Promise is deemed a great success and that the students from that program have a higher retention rate.



Ping Wang reported that the Subcommittee met on April 2nd and 16th. He said the online SOSO was very successful with over a 30% response rate compared to the email version, which had a response rate of 2%. Mr. Wang also discussed a distance learning student guide. There are currently multiple guides which the Subcommittee would like to see combined into one. They are continuing to work on the distance learning summit idea. There are no details, but there may be a pre-summit at the Summer Institute.


Proposal:  Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program – Additions and Changes to Courses and the Program

Gino Anitori and Rick Allison presented the proposal. Rick Allison explained that in the field of ultrasound there are nine specialties.  This proposal adds a vascular track which is in very high demand in the Pittsburgh area. Currently, there are no vascular programs in the city. This vascular track will be a permanent addition to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

The track requires that several new courses be added and that some of the course titles be changed.  Also, all course objectives have been changed to align with Bloom’s Taxonomy. Four new clinical courses were added: DMS 135, 137, 235. and 237. Course titles and numbers have been changed for two courses: DMS 290, Vascular Sonography 1 to DMS 125, Vascular Ultrasound and DMS 291, Vascular Sonography 2 to DMS 237, Advanced Vascular Ultrasound.

Steve Wells questioned all of the co-requisites for DMS 102 on page 53. Rick Allison explained that the co-requisites act as a guide through the program for students.  Maryann Anderson questioned the break down of hours for DMS 102, on page 52. Mr. Allison explained that 2 credits, with 1 clinical hour and 1 lab hour, is not the current practice; however page 53 with 2 credits – 1 lecture and -1 lab is correct.

For DMS 115, the course is listed as 4 credits with 8 lecture hours. Under the proposed change the course is 4 credits with 40 clinical hours per week. Mr. Allison said that page 78 is incorrect.  It is a clinical course and there is no lecture component. It is actually 40 clinical hours for 6 weeks. Page 103, DMS 223 has the same problem. The course is 24 clinical hours for 15 weeks. Mr. Allison will correct page 107, for DMS 224, as well. On page 49, looking at pre-requisites, DMS 292 is probably incorrect. On page 22, the DMS certificate should have a totally new description. On page 23, DMS 135 has 5 pre-requisites therefore it is a much longer program to complete than it seems to be. Mr. Allison said that someone has to be certified to be in the program. On page 20, the description of the program will specify that.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal, and Carl Francolino seconded the motion. Because there were so many changes, Toni Carney suggested that the corrections be made and brought back to Council. Joanne Jeffcoat and Carl Francolino amended their motion to table the proposal. The vote to table the proposal was unanimous in favor of, but with one abstention. 

Proposal:  Changes to Building Construction Program

Ron Logreco presented the proposal. Mr. Logreco explained that about a year ago the advisory committee looked very closely at the program which had not been reviewed for many years. Consequently, the program was updated and streamlined. The Proposal recommends the deletion of three certificate programs because certificates are of little use in this field.  An Associate’s Degree is an industry standard. Mr. Legreco wanted to improve the course descriptions and objectives. As they read now, they lead students to believe that they could go into management jobs when, in reality, some work experience is necessary for that to happen. On page 48, the courses and credits listed equal 28-45 credits. This refers to classroom and apprenticeship hours.  Page 18, BLC 192 lists a DVS placement test as a pre-requisite, but it does not indicate what level needs to be achieved. Toni Carney suggested DVS 101 or 103. Mr. Logreco will check with the faculty and correct this. On pages 43, 47, 49, and 53, “Associate’s Degree” needs to be changed to “Associate of Science Degree.” There were typographical errors on page 6. On page 22, for BLC 203, MAT 114, or knowledge of basic trigonometry are listed as a pre-requisite. How is that knowledge measured? Mr. Legreco responded that it would be evident if they have been using it. If not, they have to take the course.

Barbara Thompson made a motion to accept the proposal with the understanding that corrections will be made by May 10th. Steve Wells seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously. 

Proposal:  Inclusion of Testing Fee Information in Course Descriptions

This proposal which relates to second-year welding courses was presented by Ron Logreco. The proposal recommends adding the testing and materials fees when students register. The AWS certification test is an industry standard which all students are required to complete. Currently students are sometimes unprepared to pay the $80 or $125 at the end of the program. If a student withdraws, the money would be returned to him.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  American Sign Language Certificate (912.2) Program Changes

Bobbi Jo Duffy presented the proposal with Jennifer Miller acting as interpreter. The proposal recommends that ASL 101 and 102 be increased to 4-credit courses which would allow more signing time and would increase transferability. The proposal also recommends that the American Sign Language courses be listed as humanities electives and not just as discipline electives. Many universities including University of Pittsburgh, California University of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris and Slippery Rock list ASL as a language or humanities elective. There are five program objectives which were added and the program description was updated. 

Rick Allison asked why in course titles ASL was not spelled out? ASL at CCAC often refers to Assessment of Student Learning, and perhaps ASL should be spelled out to read American Sign Language. That should apply throughout the document. Mr. Allison also pointed out that on page 9, and on page 5, the course titles should be Elementary ASL 2, and ASL 1.

Donna Imhoff made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) course syllabi to align course learning outcomes to CCAC recommended syllabus format and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Comprehensive Curriculum Objectives

Steve Bannister presented the proposal on behalf of Norm Johnson. The learning objectives have been revised to align with Bloom. In the learning outcomes, words appear in parentheses. These changes are to satisfy the accreditors. On page 19, PTA 102 contains a typographical error in the course description.

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

Proposal:  Hotel-Restaurant Management (405.1), Hotel Management (406.1) and Restaurant Management (407.1) Program Changes

Michele Wehrle presented the proposal. During the Program Review there were certain recommendations that were suggested.  This proposal is the result of those recommendations. The alpha code for all courses has been changed from HRM (Hotel-Restaurant management) to FLR (Foodservice, Lodging and Recreation Management). Additionally, program goals have been added to each program. 

Maryann Anderson asked about the credits/lecture/lab descriptions. As an example: on page 9, FLR 102 is listed as 2 credits - 3 lecture hours and 1 lab. This is an error.  It should be 3 credits - 2 lecture hours and 1 lab hour. On page 42, FLR 155, and on page 58, FLR 255 list 3 credits and 3 lecture hours, and in the course description, 150 hours of work experience is mentioned.  Dr. Wehrle said the courses are not transferrable any other way. Mary Frances Archey noted on page 53, HRN 225 had 4 credits with 2 lecture hours, and 4 lab hours. FLR 225, also lists 4 credits, but in this case, students have 1 lecture hour, plus 3 lab hours. Dr. Wehrle said this reflects what is happening in the classroom.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Steve Wells seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Add Three Dance Practicum Courses

Brenda Trettel presented the proposal. Dance 131, Dance Practicum 2, has been running as an experimental course and is very popular. The proposal adds Dance 131 as a permanent course and adds DAN 230, Dance Practicum 3, and DAN 231, Dance Practicum 4. Students have been asking for more advanced courses which they will be able to take as free electives. All learning outcomes have been examined to ensure they conform with Bloom. On page 7, Dance Practicum 3 should say it is a continuation of Dance Practicum 2.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal with the correction on page 7. Carl Francolino seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.    

Proposal:  Revising the ACC/BUS master course syllabi using Bloom’s Taxonomy as adopted by the College

Tony Lucas presented the proposal which removes ACC 150, Small Business Accounting Procedures, which has not run in many years. The learning outcomes for ACC 110, 140, 143, 151, 204, 210, and 211 have been revised utilizing Bloom’s Taxonomy. It was recommended that the course description on Page 6, ACC 110, be revised from “This course is on…” to “This course emphasizes…” On page 10, in the description for BUS 140, remove a comma after “methodologies.” On page 2, there are capitalization problems with Listed Topics number 6, 8, and 9. Also “This courses is” should be corrected to “This course is.” Toni Carney asked if the other accounting courses will be revised according to Bloom. Brenda Trettel said they would be submitted in the Fall semester.

Ping Wang made a motion to accept the proposal. Yvonne Burns seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Program Title Change for Graphic Communications

Max Blobner presented the proposal. He said that in 2000, two tracks were created, one for traditional graphic communication, and one for digital graphic design. Since then, traditional graphic communication has fallen by the wayside. The proposal recommends that the tracks be deleted and that the curriculum be revised.

Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Deletion of ART213

Max Blobner presented the proposal. With the recommendation that the traditional track of Graphic Communication be deleted, there is no need for Art 213, Graphic Communications 2.  No one has enrolled in this course for a long time.

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

Proposal:  Edit Title to ART113

Max Blobner presented the proposal. Currently Art 113 is Graphic Communications 1. With the recommended deletion of Graphic Communications 2, there is no need for the 1 in the title. 

Carl Francolino made a motion to accept the proposal. Rick Allison seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Program Change for Digital Graphic Design 376.1

Max Blobner presented the proposal. He stated that program objectives have been added and in the second semester there is an option for photography.  Two typographical errors were noted on pages 4 and 5.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Biotechnology Associate Degree Program – Creation of Two Tracks

Sandra Bobick presented the proposal which requests adding a career track rather than just having the academic or transfer track to the Associates Degree Program. This will allow students to qualify for a job as a lab tech upon completion. The College has received a $600,000 grant so a lot of students will be going through this program.

Joyce Breckenridge made a motion to accept the proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Maura Stevenson mentioned that the reason this meeting is so long is because proposals were presented at the last minute. She urged everyone to submit proposals earlier next year.


Requiring Placement Testing

Mary Frances Archey who presented the proposal, said the proposal attempts to get students to take placement tests earlier in their college career. Students put off taking the math placement test thinking that their math will be a one semester commitment, and because of placement testing this becomes a three semester commitment. Formerly, everyone had to test upon enrollment, but Dr. Flores felt it was an impediment to enrollment. We then went from one extreme to the other. This proposal tries to corral students before they get too far along in their college career. The proposal requires all full-time students to take all three placement tests upon enrollment and all part-time students to take the tests after completing 12 credits. 

There were questions regarding dual enrollment, especially those who are high school students.  These students are not covered by this proposal.

Steve Wells made a motion to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.


Program/Discipline Review:  Heating and Air Conditioning

Art Miller presented the Program Review. Joanne Jeffcoat reported that everything was in order. Mr. Miller said that as enrollment increases the addition of another faculty member will be necessary. Additional space will also be necessary. Green technology will provide industry incentives which will increase the program. Donna Imhoff commented that the operation at West Hills is very impressive.

Rick Allison made a motion to accept the Program Review. Toni Carney seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review: Civil Engineering

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Program Review was very thorough and complete. The Review was presented by Brad Sandrock and Dan Ference. The review cites problems with faculty, space and equipment. There is no full-time civil engineering faculty member and they must rely on the expertise of adjunct faculty. The program and equipment came from Boyce to South Campus. The lab needs to be located on the ground floor so the soils table, which is very loud, does not shake the floor and disturb other classes. The equipment needs to be updated. The student enrollment potential is definitely there and the program has the potential to grow, but won’t without a full-time faculty member to direct it.

Joyce Breckenridge noted the low participation of females in the program and asked if anything is being done to attract more females? Barbara Thompson asked if those in the program are already working in the field. She expressed the opinion that females entering programs such as this are at a disadvantage when they are expected to compete with those already working in the field. Donna Imhoff commented that we advertise the College, but not specific programs. We are losing students and, specifically female students to proprietary and four-year schools. Joyce Breckenridge asked if this is something that our Diversity Office should get involved with.

Ping Wang made a motion to accept the Program Review. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Automotive Programs (507, 349, 350)

Steve Wells reported that all documents were in order and the report looked fine. Bob Koch presented the five-year program review which is based upon three binders of ever-changing information from the accrediting body to which the program must conform. Every five years they must do a major review of curriculum, faculty, facilities, etc. for the National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation in order to continue the programs. This requires a continual updating process because the cars are constantly changing. Despite their best efforts, there are no females or people of color enrolled. They have tried and Mr. Koch said, “The industry is what it is.” Enrollment was affected this year by the problems in the automotive industry, but Fall enrollment is ahead.  Mr. Koch discussed the safety issues integral to the program; for instance, there are electrical safety issues, especially when dealing with hybrid cars.

Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Welding Technology Programs (316, 317)

Steve Wells reported that all documents are in order. The Program Review was presented by Gretchen Mullin and Ron Logreco.  Among the recommendations within the review is one for more space.  There are 16 training stations and more could be filled immediately because of the high demand for welders. The program is the highest paying, short term program at the College. It is also very diverse with 30% to 40% females and minorities. Welders make $18-$20 per hour after four months of training. The rate of students who receive certification is 100%. The number of faculty is adequate.  Equipment needs to be regularly updated, and some of the equipment is obtained through Perkins.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the Program Review.  Steve Wells seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Radiation Therapy Technology Programs (565.1, 566.1)

Beth Harkay presented the Program Review. She explained that radiation therapy is diagnostic in terms of diseases and is sometimes confused with the x-ray program.  This is the program which uses radiation for therapy such as cancer treatment. The Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the program received the maximum accreditation of eight years. Within the review is a recommendation that there be a full-time clinical coordinator. Keeping adjunct faculty is difficult because the hospitals offer better opportunities.  Adjuncts do it only because they like to teach. The program runs every other year.  Acquiring updated equipment is difficult. For a lab to be fully functional it would cost about $500,000. The job market is not as good as it was. UPMC is closing some of their cancer centers.

Ping Wang made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Criminal Justice and Criminology (600.4)

Greg Joyce presented the Program Review. Recommendations include dedicated classroom space and full-time faculty members. Mr. Joyce reported that enrollment is increasing. North Campus does not have a full-time faculty member, and history has shown us that when there is a full-time faculty member, the program grows.

Graduates are not necessarily working as police officers. The jobs are more plentiful in corrections. County, state and most local governments all require 60 college credits. There is a good male/female ratio (60/40) and there are no problems in recruiting. Many students declare general studies as their major, which hurts with funding.

Mr. Joyce said there is an extraordinary advisory board comprised of chiefs of police, judges, etc.

Donna Imhoff made a motion to accept the Program Review. Ping Wang seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.


There was no unfinished business.


Location of Experimental Course form on the web

Fran Dice asked where the form would reside on the website. Logically it should be listed under Curriculum with a reference or link to the new form on the AFT website.

Recruitment for College Council Representatives for 2009-2011

Ping Wang and Gail Boyea are not returning to College Council. North Campus does not have anyone interested in serving as the representative for Arts and Sciences.

Start time for the May 7th meeting

Lunch will be served, compliments of Mary Frances Archey, at 11:30 am, and the meeting will start at noon.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 7:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary

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