Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes May 7, 2009

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
May 7th, 2009
College Office Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey 
Gail Boyea
Yvonne Burns
Toni Carney
Rita Gallegos
Carl Francolino
Donna Imhoff
Joanne Jeffcoat
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Stephen Wells 

Joyce Breckenridge
John Dziak
Charles Martoni
Ping Wang

Gino Anitori
Rod Farkas
Lynn Gigandet
Cheryl Graham
George Jaber
Gus Kellerman
Carl Mazzetti
Linda Radzvin
Jim Robertson
Allysen Todd
Brenda Trettel
Barbara Williams    

    

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM. She thanked Mary Frances Archey for providing lunch for what was going to be a long meeting.

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
APRIL 23RD, 2009 MEETING

Gail Boyea moved to approve the minutes of the April 23rd, 2009 meeting of College Council. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.

AGENDA ITEM II:SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  CURRICULUM  

Proposal:  Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program – Additions and Changes to Courses and the Program (Tabled 4/23/09)

Toni Carney moved to untable this proposal which was originally presented at the April 23rd meeting. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Rick Allison reported that the requested changes from the April 23rd meeting had been made. Council noted other corrections which needed to be made:

Page 49, DMS 211, the prerequisites should read,”…current student in an accredited DMS program….”

Page 79, DMS 115, clinical hours should read: “40 clinical hours a week for 6 weeks.” Page 99, DMS 210, add “This is” to the beginning of the Catalog Course Description.

Page 66, DMS 105, “Identify” should be capitalized in the third Learning Outcome.

Page 103, DMS 223 and Page 111, DMS 225, correct the Course Descriptions to start, “In this course, the student will…”

Page 118a, DMS 227, revise the Course Description to start, “This course will provide students specializing in the general tract with information concerning…”

Page 123, DMS 228, revise the Course Description to start, “This course combines theory and application…”

Joanne Jeffcoat moved to accept the proposal pending the necessary corrections. Gail Boyea seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revisions to Computer Forensic Courses

Rod Farkas and Rick Allison presented the proposal which made minor revisions to the Learning Outcomes and Listed Topics for CIT 180, 181, 280 and 281. Additional corrections were discussed. Page 6, CIT 180 required 2 spelling corrections. For CIT 280, Computer Forensics II, the prerequisite “and state criminal history check” was eliminated. Mr. Farkas said that in lieu of the history check, faculty members ask students to sign an ethics statement. Several members of Council remembered when this course was originally passed. At that time it was important that the College’s attorney review this course. To address the College’s possible liability if we inadvertently taught a criminal how to hack into computers, the state criminal history check was added as a prerequisite. Mr. Farkas said that Ping Wang surveyed other colleges and found that they do not require a criminal history check. Currently we are requiring it but no one is checking to see if the student has satisfied the prerequisite.

Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal under the provision that dropping the criminal history check language is agreeable with the College President or the College attorney. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed all in favor with the exception of one abstention and one vote no. Maryann Anderson asked for a copy of the ethics statement for her upcoming meeting with Dr. Johnson regarding this proposal.

Proposal:  Revisions to Computer Courses

Rod Farkas presented a proposal which revises the Learning Outcomes and Listed Topics in CIT 111 and CIT 125. The proposal reduces the number of outcomes and topics on the advice of the Curriculum Subcommittee. 

Gail Boyea moved to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.   

Proposal:  Course Revisions for the Social Sciences ANT101, 102, 103, 104, 110

Cheryl Graham, who presented the proposal, reported that she did a lot of cleanup and updating of the courses. All courses were reviewed for adherence to Bloom’s Taxonomy. The course descriptions for ANT 101, 102 and 103 should be changed to start, “This is a course in…” Steve Wells questioned if eligibility for English 101 might be a good idea as a prerequisite to improve student success in these courses. Cheryl Graham invited Dr. Wells to appear at the Discipline meeting to present that idea.

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the proposal pending corrections. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Course Revisions for the Social Sciences SOC201, 202, 208, 210, & 211

Cheryl Graham presented this proposal as well. Courses were examined for adherence to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Corrections remaining include:

Page 6, Soc 201, the Course Description should begin, “This course is a study of the family…”

Page 8, SOC 202, the Course Description should begin, “This course is an introduction to the study…”

Page 11, SOC 208, the Course Description should begin, “This course is a broad survey…” and the 3rd Learning Outcomes is missing the word “how.”

Page 13, SOC 210, the Course Description should begin, “This course is the study of…”

Joanne Jeffcoat moved to accept the proposal, pending corrections. Gail Boyea seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Course Revisions for the Social Sciences SOC117, 118, 213, 216

Cheryl Graham presented this proposal as well. The courses have been reviewed, revised where appropriate, and the objectives have been restated utilizing Bloom’s Taxonomy. Additional corrections included:

Page 7, SOC 117, there was a missing period after Learning Objective #5 and “theoretical” should not be capitalized in Listed Topic #5

Page 9, SOC 118, the Course Description should begin, “This course is a Drug and Alcohol Clinical Practicum, which affords…” Also, Learning Outcomes #1 should read, “Develop ethical standards …” Learning Outcome #3 should read, “Report what has been …”. Listed Topic #4 should read, “HIV/AIDS, definition, scope, vectors of infection and prevention.”

Page 11, SOC 212, Learning Outcomes #1 should read, “State the theories…” and the Catalog Description should start, “This course is a study of problems…”

Page 14, SOC 213, the prerequisite SOC 101 was dropped because it was unnecessary. It was noted that there was no mention in the Recommendation Abstract of dropping a prerequisite. Ms. Graham said there was no objection from the Sociology faculty. Maryann Anderson said that Form A-1 needs to accurately reflect everything that is being requested in the proposal and that the title of the proposal needs to be descriptive. She said her comments relate not just to this proposal, but, in general, to all proposals.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal pending corrections. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Curriculum Course Change PSY230, HIS114 HIS113

Cheryl Graham presented this proposal. Ms. Graham reported that the courses were reviewed for content, prerequisites and Bloom’s Taxonomy. PSY 230 added Psy 101 as a prerequisite. Maryann Anderson mentioned that the title of this proposal, Curriculum Course Change, should be more descriptive. The use of such a generic title makes searching through proposals for information much more difficult.  

On Page 12, PSY 230, there was a question regarding the use of the word “concomitantly.” Ms. Graham said that many of those taking this course already have Master’s degrees; additionally she was reluctant to change a word that the Psychology faculty had agreed upon.  

Steve Wells moved to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Addition of Introduction to Archaeology

Cheryl Graham presented this proposal. She explained that this course has run for four semesters as an online course only. The proposal would add the course to the standard curriculum. There were two corrections on page 4, ANT 107. The Course Title was misspelled; also the Course Description should start, “This Course is designed…”

Barbara Thompson made a motion to accept the proposal pending corrections. Steve Wells seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of Operating Room Nursing Program (ORN) course syllabi to align course learning outcomes to CCAC recommended syllabus format

Rick Allison and Linda Radzvin presented the proposal which aligns Learning Outcomes with Bloom’s Taxonomy. All changes suggested by the Curriculum Subcommittee have been made. The following questions were posed:

Page 5, SUR 250, currently there are no co-requisites, however the proposal lists SUR 251 as a co-requisite, and the print catalog lists two co-requisites, Dr. Radzvin replied that the catalog is correct in listing co-requisites SUR 251 and 252.

Page 8, SUR 251, add SUR 252 as a co-requisite.

Page 12, SUR 252, add co-requisites SUR 250 and SUR 251, and the prerequisites should be “Senior level nursing student or graduate nurse.” 

 Page 16, SUR 260. There was a question regarding the Course Title, “Advanced Operating Room Nursing.” In the catalog, page 273, the title is listed as “Advanced Operating Room.” Rick Allison will ask Fran Dice to correct the catalog.    

Barbara Thompson moved to accept the proposal with the corrections. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of Central Service Technician Program (CST) course syllabi to align course learning outcomes to CCAC recommended syllabus format

Rick Allison presented the proposal and pointed out an error on page 8, CST 112. The Catalog Description and Learning Outcomes should be what are listed on page 7. Mr. Allison confirmed that certain co-requisites were correct.  The proposal revised the courses so they are in alignment with Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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

Proposal:  Changes in Nuclear Medicine Technology Program (NMT) Associate Degree Requirements (Program #555)

Carl Mazzetti presented the proposal. He explained that there is a recommendation to delete CHM 113, 114 and 214 and to add BIO 241 and CHM 151 because they are more transferrable. Also in the proposal, some of the objectives and lab hours have been revised. Rick Allison said that the corrections requested by the Curriculum Subcommittee have been made. The following additional corrections were requested to be made:
Page 24, Learning Outcomes for the Program, the second bullet should read, “Differentiate imaging isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals…” and the third bullet should start, “Recognize the importance…

Mr. Mazzetti mentioned that the title of the program will be changing in the next year or so to Molecular Imaging Technology. PET courses should be added because this is a new modality in the field. 

Steve Wells moved to accept the proposal pending corrections. Toni Carney seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Changes in Nuclear Medicine Technology Program (NMT) Certificate Requirements (Program #560)

Rick Allison reported that all of the changes requested by the Curriculum Subcommittee have been made. The program is being updated in accordance with the Joint Review Committee in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Barbara Thompson made a motion to accept the proposal. Gail Boyea seconded it, and the motion passed unanimously.

Maura Stevenson reported that some Nursing proposals did not make it to Council. One proposal in particular which would have eliminated the CIT requirement was voted down. Perhaps the CIT faculty could work with the Nursing faculty to develop a competency exam.

B.  ACADEMIC PLANNING

Program/Discipline Review:  Operating Room Nursing (634)

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that everything was in order. The Program Review was originally missing the External Evaluator’s Report which Joanne Jeffcoat distributed. Rick Allison gave the report.  Faculty, space and equipment are sufficient. UPMC was going to send a cohort of nurses to Boyce Campus, but that hasn’t been worked out as yet. The College is not offering these courses currently.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the program review. Carl Francolino seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Radiologic Technology (558)

Joanne Jeffcoat said that she found everything in the Program Review to be in order. She distributed an additional sheet of graduation rates and employment data. Gus Kellerman made the presentation.  He said that the Program is required to keep the statistics by their accrediting agency. When he first started with the Program, there were seven students and two clinical sites, now there are 200 to 210 students at 50 clinical sites. We have the largest program in the country. The Program is in full compliance, with no citations against it. UPMC is funding a full-time faculty member for at least one year. Graduates reportedly are doing well.

UPMC has a similar program which is closing, and all of their students will be coming to CCAC. We competed against five other schools for Pitt’s students. We have been the leader in the area for many years; therefore, UPMC turned to us.

The National Society has issued new regulations which require every student to graduate from an Associates Degree Program before they can sit for the exam; further, every graduate must sit for an exam after every 10 years.

Mr. Kellerman said that space is sufficient because they are able to alternate days and run two groups. Equipment is also sufficient. Mr. Kellerman saw the need for digital imaging equipment five years ago. A graduate of the program works for J2Medical who makes a device that transfers images from analog to digital. Mr. Kellerman was able to purchase this device for $49,000. To date there have been more than 10,000 digital images which have been downloaded, so that when students work in the lab they are able to view actual pathologies.  UPMC will be giving CCAC their huge library and a phantom skeleton.

Normally the program admits 60 to 65 students and graduates 40 to 45 students. One big reason for the drop-out rate is that students see massive trauma and some students are not able to deal with that.

Mr. Kellerman said they will be hiring a new faculty member between June 18th and 26th. Mary Frances Archey said the position will be a full-time temporary grant-funded position that will eventually have to go through governance. Mr. Kellerman said he was unaware of the temporary nature of the position and that it might affect their accreditation.

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

Program/Discipline Review:  Medical Insurance Specialist (595.1)

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that everything was in order for the Program Review. She said that the Review was an interesting look at how coding is currently done and how drastically it will be changing in the future. 

Barbara Williams said that graduates work in hospitals, attorneys’ offices, practices, and out-patient facilities.  On October 1st, 2013, a much more detailed and complicated coding systems, ICD 10 will go into effect. Currently ICD 9, which is just a numeric system, has 17,000 codes.  ICD 10, which is an alpha numeric system, will have 100,055 codes and everyone in the field will require new training. The accrediting body suggests that training should start in 2011, to be ready for the 2013 implementation. 

Also, Medicare is working on implementing a requirement for a certified coder for every facility. There will be a certification prep test and the College can be designated a test site. Mrs.Williams said that we will need software to support this.

Doctors need to be trained in accurate documentation. If doctors aren’t specific then the coder might under-code so that the hospital won’t get enough money, or might over-code and be liable for fraud. The starting salaries for coders range between $25,000 and $37,500.

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

Program/Discipline Review:  Theater (025.2)

Joanne Jeffcoat found everything to be in order. George Jaber presented the proposal. He discussed the need for faculty, space and equipment. Working as a film carpenter, he has been able to establish many relationships, which have provided students with many opportunities. He lamented the elimination of the Film Board and the film tax rebate which brought in $186.4 million last year. That brought in a lot of filmmakers. There were 12 feature films shot in the Pittsburgh area last year.

Mr. Jaber offers two experimental courses, THE 216 and 226. These will be coming before Curriculum in the Fall.

Recommendations in the Program Review include a need for space. The department uses a storage trailer, which is filled with film scenery, and for which they pay $86 per month. The stage is completely filled and there is no place to build sets. Dust is a serious factor, and the theater seats, which are the original seats dating from 1974, are in extremely poor condition. The lighting console board is ancient, and the sound system is not digital. Mr. Jaber said that he anticipates an increase in enrollment and will need faculty. His philosophy is to train people to get work by teaching them practical applications.

Maura Stevenson moved to accept the Program Review. Yvonne Burns seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

C.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Proposal:  Math Placement Test Score Revisions

Dr. Todd and Jim Robertson presented the proposal. An analysis of Math Placement Tests was conducted by taking a closer look at the success of students in math. In order to do that, faculty and counselors representing each campus examined the placement tests and the testing process.

Jim Robertson explained that the Subcommittee members looked at the placement test scores and how well students did in the courses in which they were placed, i.e., MAT 080, MAT 090, and the first college level math course. The Subcommittee believed that a student should attain a 50% likelihood of being successful in MAT 080. They determined from data that a student would need a score of 24 on the pre-algebra placement test to test into MAT 080. The Subcommittee decided that the criteria for placing into MAT 090 and the first college level math would be a 60% likelihood of being successful. This would require a score of 55 on the pre-algebra test or a score of 27 on the algebra test to place into MAT 090. 

As a result, this proposal recommends changing the cut-off scores slightly and providing another alternative for students who attain a score of 0-23. Over the summer the Math faculty will look at alternatives for low-scoring students such as working with PLATO, adult literacy courses, etc.

If approved, the proposal will not take effect until the 2010 Spring registration cycle.

Gail Boyea made a motion to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

D.   ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH

Carl Francolino gave the Subcommittee report in the absence of Ping Wang. He reported that the Subcommittee met on April 30th at which time Mary Kate Quinlan delivered an update on assessment. The Blackboard server has reached the end of its lifespan, and everyone is hoping that nothing happens to it before July 1st when it will be replaced. The transition from the old to the new server will take time. Dwight Bishop will hold several sessions on innovations and information at the Summer Institute on Distance Learning.

Barbara Thompson mentioned the relationship between Distance Learning faculty and the testing centers regarding the responsibilities of faculty for supplying tests. This would be a good topic for next year’s Subcommittee.

The annual report will be completed at the beginning of the academic year.

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

Future up-dates to College Council forms

Rick Allison reported that some of the bugs in the interactive forms have been resolved, but there are still some that remain. These include the inability to run spell check, to use bullets, or to put the word “proposed” at the top of pages, and a problem with underlining. Mr. Allison will work on this over the summer.

Annual reports

Maryann Anderson is preparing an annual report for College Council. She won’t distribute this until after she meets with Dr, Johnson so that the proposals recommended today will be included. Mrs. Anderson asked Joanne Jeffcoat for an update of the Program Reviews.

Barbara Thompson reminded Council that we will be voting by email on these minutes.

Mrs. Anderson thanked everyone, especially Gail Boyea and Ping Wang who will be leaving us, for all of their hard work.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:14 PM.

The next meeting will be August 27th, 2009.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary