Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010
Office of College Services Board Room





Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Jane Greenwood
Shirley Harr
Nancy Jenkins
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Rachel Matheis
Bonnie Ordonez
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Stephen Wells 

Mary Frances Archey
John Dziak
Donna Imhoff





Eugene Anitori
Bobbie Jo Duffy
Fred Goellner
Jessica Knoche
Ron Logreco
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Susan Myrick
Mary Kate Quinlan
Linda Radzvin
Diana Saunders-Conley
Kevin Smay
Brenda Trettel

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:34 PM.


Steve Wells moved to accept the minutes of the October 28, 2010 meeting of College Council. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended.



Proposal:  American Sign Language Certificate (912.2)
Maura Stevenson remarked that the proposal was fairly straight forward, and the discussion during the Subcommittee meeting was informative. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki and Bobby Jo Duffy with interpreter Diana Saunders presented the proposal, which updates the certificate program so that it is more transferrable. All credits except those for ASL 104 will transfer to the Educational Interpreting program. The Certificate is not designed to enable students to become interpreters, but to be used in conjunction with other degrees such as nursing or teaching.

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the proposal. Bonnie Ordonez seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Educational Interpreting
Maura Stevenson introduced this new program which is designed to meet the local need for interpreters. Jessica Knoche, representing the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PARID), District 2 of SW PA, was present to discuss the growing need for interpreters. Ms Knoche, who is a CCAC graduate, explained that there is no interpreter training in Pittsburgh. There are 3 agencies in Pittsburgh which supply interpreters and they are all filling requests from the same pool. Her agency can supply 50 interpreters per day, and 20 on the weekend, and she is forced to turn down many requests.

To address this need, PARID called together 8 universities and colleges in Pittsburgh to discuss the lack of available training.  CCAC will lead the way with the approval of this new program which will train students to be skilled interpreters prepared to sit for the Pennsylvania Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment license.

On page 2 of the proposal, the first educational outcome, “Seek employment as an educational interpreter in the K-12 education system,” will be moved to the descriptive portion below the outcomes.  It was felt that this language mandated students to seek employment as a requirement of graduation.  The language will begin, “The graduate will be prepared to seek employment…”

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the proposal. Jane Greenwood seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Plumbing Certificate Program
Maura Stevenson introduced this new certificate program which is designed for non-union employees, and is shorter than our 45-credit program offered by the Plumbers Union. This program was developed with the help of the Plumbers Union who may want to recruit our top graduates into their program. Ron Logreco presented the proposal and distributed a glossary of terms and a description of the licensing process for a plumber in Allegheny County.

Mr. Logreco explained that this certificate is for residential plumbing where there is a great need for training.  The Plumbers Union has very selective enrollment, whereas this program will have open enrollment. Graduates of this program will have basic plumbing skills and be permitted to work under a Master Plumber. They are considered maintenance plumbers who can perform repairs, but not do installation.

Plumbers must work four years with a Master Plumber and are then eligible to sit for the

Journeyman’s Plumber Examination. To become a Master Plumber, the Journeyman must complete an additional two years of work and successfully pass the Master Plumbers license exam.

Page 3, number 1 of the proposal will be changed to start, “Apply skills to seek employment….” Currently, it is implied in the proposal that seeking employment as a plumber’s assistant is a condition of graduation.

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

Proposal:  Welding Proposal
This proposal presented by Ron Logreco adds two restricted elective courses, WLD 208, Welding Fitting and Fabrication Layout and WLD 224, Pipe Welding 3-Downhill which will give graduates skills for Marcellus shale industry jobs. The CIT course has been changed from a 3-credit requirement to 1-credit. Also, on the advice of the Advisory Board, SDS 112 which will provide job searching skills and WLD 400 which is a welding co-op have been added, reflecting the downturn in the economy.  This is the first time that graduates do not have three or four job offers.  Employers are looking for experience and the Welding Co-op will help.

Asterisks on the proposal for the second and fourth semesters should appear after the title of the course. Also “Composition” should be spelled out on the fourth semester listing.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens inquired where students can transfer. Mr. Logreco replied that many students pursue a Bachelor of Business Technology, which is offered at the State schools and Point Park.  Most of our students go to Slippery Rock and California University. At the age of 40 to 50, back and knee problems interfere with a welder’s ability to work, and many want the Bachelor’s degree to help them become a supervisor.  

Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal. Bonnie Ordonez seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Program (#554.3) and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program (#432.2) Course Sequence and Course Pre-Requisites
Eugene Anitori, acting program director, presented the proposal. In February the Joint Review Commission in Diagnostic Medical Sonography held an onsite visit, and the proposal reflects their requirements for compliance.

The Commission requires a resequencing of classes so that ENG 101 would be taken prior to program entry rather than during the summer between semesters. The proposal also adds ENG 101 as a pre-requisite to DMS 102 and DMS 105. Mr. Allison remarked that most students have already taken ENG 101, so the change is more of a formality.

Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the proposal and the proposal passed with twelve votes in favor and one abstention.

Proposal:  Revisions to the Operating Room Nursing Program (#634)
This proposal was presented by Linda Radzvin and revises the learning objectives of Operating Room Nursing (634.1) so they are in accordance with Bloom’s Taxonomy, and makes minor changes to the program description.

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the proposal. Bonnie Ordonez seconded the motion, and the motion passed with twelve votes in favor and one abstention. 

Proposal:  Revisions to the Central Service Technician Program (#438.1)
Linda Radzvin presented this proposal which revises the learning objectives of the Central Service Technician Program (438.2) so they are in accordance with Bloom’s Taxonomy, changes the program description according to the suggestion of the Curriculum Subcommittee, and updates the certification agency information.

Rachel Matheis moved to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed with twelve votes in favor and one abstention.

Maura Stevenson presented a list of 19 Programs that won’t be coming to the Curriculum Subcommittee soon, that have had program objectives converted to our new format. These changes include the statement, “Upon successful completion the graduate will…” followed by a numbered list, which has the first letter of each item capitalized and each item ending with a period. This will make the Programs overall more consistent.  Maura Stevenson expressed her appreciation to Sharon Mazzoni for her work on the list.  The Programs are:
1.    Architectural Drafting & Design Technology (270.1)
2.    ASEP/ASSET/Cap Automotive Service Program (507.2)
3.    Automotive Technology Program (349.2)
4.    Automotive Technology Program (350.2)
5.    Basic Computer-Aided Drafting (717.1)
6.    Building Construction Estimating (515.2)
7.    Building Construction Supervision (514.2)
8.    Building Construction Technology (441.1)
9.    Civil Engineering Technology (400.1)
10.  Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology (422)
11.  Electrical Construction (JATC/IBEW) Technology (608.1)
12.  Health & Physical Education (020.1)
13.  Integrated Systems Engineering Technology (720)
14.  Integrated Systems Technology (721) 
15.  Ironworker Apprenticeship (289.1)                                                                  
16.  Mechanical Drafting & Design Technology (276.1)                                           
17.  Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship (391.1) 
18.  Stationary Operating Engineer (731.1)                
19.  Tourism Management (423.2)                    

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the changes. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Program/Discipline Review:  Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Review (Degree Code: 554.3 and Certificate Code:432.2)
Steve Wells reported that the Subcommittee did not meet the previous week. The program reviews being presented had gone through the Subcommittee earlier.

Dr. Wells said the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Review was in good order, and asked that questions be posed to Eugene Anitori and Rick Allison. Mr. Anitori explained that previously they had established a third track, a vascular track, therefore there is a need for larger sonography labs, new ultrasound machines, and scanning simulators. They are pursuing grant funds for this. Currently the program uses volunteers for scanning, but need simulators for standardization so each student is looking at the same “patient.” Volunteers can be used for three or four scans, but after awhile it is very uncomfortable for the volunteer because of the pressure required to perform the scan. The vascular area is growing in demand.  Of the seven areas of sonography, CCAC offers three: OB/GYN, cardiac and vascular. Except for the resequencing of ENG 101, accreditations have been very favorable.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the Program Review. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed with twelve votes in favor and one abstention.

Program/Discipline Review:  Five Year Program Review of the Chemistry discipline
Steve Wells commented that there were a few changes at the Subcommittee level, including the inclusion of the 2009-2010 assessment.

Brenda Trettel and Fred Goellner presented the program review. Mr. Goellner explained that the most pressing need in Chemistry involves the labs. They are very old, and were specifically cited as such by the external reviewers. There are also no lab outcomes.  All campuses are not equipped the same way, therefore the lab experience for students may vary from campus to campus. There is no emergency budget to replace equipment that breaks during the semester. A question was asked about the $10 lab fee paid by students, and where it goes. Shirley Harr said that the lab fee which has not changed since 1967. Nancy Jenkins added that the fee is absorbed into the general fund, and does not go back to the labs. Increasing the lab fee would require Board approval. In the review, the lack of full-time faculty was also noted, especially at Allegheny Campus.

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the program review. Shirley Harr seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Five Year Program Review of the Accounting/Business discipline
Steve Wells noted that the Accounting/Business Program Review was complete. Susan Myrick and Brenda Trettel presented the review and were available to answer questions. Mrs. Myrick noted that Accounting and Business are separated in the review, as the two subjects are very different; however, the recommendations are presented together. The review was broken into many parts and assigned to various faculty members to complete.

The recommendations included more e-learning rooms, especially at Boyce and North Campuses. Tables are also needed at North Campus for Accounting. It is cumbersome to work with some accounting documents using traditional chairs. There is a need for more updated software, and more professional development for faculty. Shirley Harr mentioned that for a recertification or CEU requirement, there is a $3,000 reimbursement guaranteed by the AFT contract. After that, there is the redistribution, and there is normally 100% coverage.

It was noted that enrollment is down in Accounting. This was discussed with the Advisory Committee. Members believe that accounting is down in general, although accountants are never out of work.

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the Program Review. Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Five Year Program Review of the Surgical Technologist Associate Degree Program (530.1) and the Surgical Technology Certificate Program (583.1)
Steve Wells reported that the Program Review was in good order and that Linda Radzvin was in attendance to answer question.

There were no requests for faculty space or equipment. Dr. Radzvin reported that the last accreditation was in 1997. It was granted for 10 years, but does not expire. She explained that the Program is outcomes based, and they utilize the National Certifying Exam as a means of evaluating entry level knowledge of their graduates. This is submitted in their annual report to their accrediting body. The organization that administers the exam will be analyzing the data.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the Program Review. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed with 12 votes in favor and 1 abstention.

Dr. Wells further reported that he has received the prioritized hiring lists from all campuses. The Subcommittee executive session will be November 18, and the hearing will be December 2. The recommendations will be heard at Council on December 9. 


Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that at the November 4 meeting, there was a hearing on the “W” grade. The hearing resulted in the proposal being defeated. Rachel Matheis reported that there were 47 email responses and 85% opposed the proposal. Most felt the mechanisms are in place for students to withdraw, and emphasized student responsibility.  Some faculty members were also concerned how this might affect a student’s financial aid, and what the liability might be.


Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee did not meet and Subcommittee members are working on projects. The Distance Learning Annual Review will be presented to the Subcommittee by Dwight Bishop in the near future.


There was no unfinished business.


Tactical Plan for Integrated Student Success Programs 
This plan was presented to the Board of Trustees at their annual Board retreat by Mary Frances Archey and to College Council by Mary Kate Quinlan and Kevin Smay in Dr. Archey’s absence. This is a 5-year tactical plan and includes data from students who started at CCAC in 2008. It is meant to be a measure of student success.

The plan is divided into 4 sections: Preparation, Engagement, Retention and Completion.

There is a great need for developmental instruction, and the College is making great strides to improve the successful completion of developmental courses.

In 2008 those students who successfully completed developmental:
English was 52.5% with a 60% target
Math was 39% with a 50% target
Reading was 44.1% with a 55% target

Programs designed to address this problem include:
Math Enrichment
Supplemental Instruction
Student Orientation

2.    Engagement
When students are actively engaged in College activities with their peers or their instructors, they are more likely to succeed. Unfortunately a higher percentage of our students work than at other Achieving the Dream (ATD) schools and are not available for College activities.

41% of our students work more than 30 hours per week, whereas at other ATD schools the percentage is 39%.
78% of our full-time students spend less than 11 hours a week studying.
18% participate in group work outside classroom. The national average is 22%.
38% of full-time students read 0-4 text books during school year.
12% participate in college-sponsored activities. The national average is 16%.

Academic Progress
The number of credits completed had been decreasing; however, credits completed are now on the rise.
Credits completed are 27.59.  The target is 36.
GPA has remained fairly stable at 2.24. The target is 2.5. 

In addressing this, it has been found that students who complete SDS 102 do better in their first semester and have better retention.

There are also plans to improve the libraries and study spaces.

3.    Retention
Our retention rate is 48.1%. The target rate is 60% which the College hopes to reach in 5 years.

To address this, the College has instituted:
Faculty Resource Program which showed a 3% increase in retention after the first semester.
Early Intervention, which is now automated so we can gather data and produce reports. 
Case Management in which 672 students have been assigned to success coaches. 

Retention Rates:
Health related careers – 65%
Students who want to graduate and get a job – 57%
Students who have no goals – 38%

4.    Completion
Students are given 3 years to complete their degree or goal.

Students who started in ‘06 have an 11.6% completion rate. The national benchmark is 15.2% which the College hopes to reach in 5 years.
Graduates in 2008-09 who are seeking employment and are employed within their field within 6 months is 48%. 20-25% of graduates responded.
The number of students who transferred to a 4-year institution in 2008-09 is 3,462.

To address this, the College has eliminated the graduation fee.
There is a campaign to educate students on the importance of graduating.
There is a new job placement and career service paradigm.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:43 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary