Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes January 27, 2011

January 27, 2011
Office of College Services Board Room









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


Mary Frances Archey
John Dziak
Nancy Jenkins


Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki


Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:33 PM.


Rachel Matheis moved to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2010 meeting of College Council. Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to second the motion, and the minutes were approved as amended. 



Maura Stevenson reported that the Curriculum Subcommittee met and heard four proposals, three of which are being presented today.

Proposal:  Deletion of Motor Winding Technology (715)
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the proposal.  This Program was originally developed specifically for Curtiss Wright Industries. There has been an average of 1.25 students each year, and no students have enrolled in this Program since 2008. At the recommendation of the Advisory Board, this proposal is being presented, which will delete the program and remove it from the catalog.  The proposal does not recommend deleting any courses as they are used in other programs.

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

Proposal:  Deletion of Laboratory Technology Program (225)
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the proposal. There has been an average of 3.5 students per year enrolled in this Program. After reviewing the enrollment and checking employment possibilities, it was determined that the enrollment is low and there are no jobs for graduates in this area. One of the courses in the Program, Chemistry Instrumentation Elective, no longer exists. When letters are sent to the students enrolled in the Program, they will be directed to enroll in the Medical Lab Technician Program.

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

Proposal:  Deletion of Science & Engineering Technology (278)
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the proposal. After a program review, the Engineering faculty determined that there are too many engineering programs with too few students. The Program in question is outdated, and the average of 4.33 students per year should be enrolling in the manufacturing programs or the integrated systems programs which are up-to-date programs. The College will notify the affected students of the deletion of the Program and refer them accordingly.

Donna Imhoff moved to accept the proposal. Jane Greenwood seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously

List of programs with reformatted program objectives
Maura Stevenson presented a list of 52 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 of the program, 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.  All changes are non-substantive. Maura Stevenson expressed her appreciation to Sharon Mazzoni for her work on the list.  The programs are:
Aviation Management (378)
Aviation Technology (382.1)
Biology (031.1)
Biotechnology (416.3)
Chemistry (035)     
Child Care (655.3)
Child Development (623.4)
Children with Special Needs (624.4)
Cosmetology Management (222.2)
Criminal Justice & Criminology (600.5)
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound) (554.3)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) (432.2)
Drug & Alcohol (414.1)
Early Childhood Director Core Certificate (654.3)
Early Education & Child Development (621.4)
Early Education & Child Development (622.4)
Education Paraprofessional (679.3)
Education Paraprofessional (680.4)
Global Studies (103) 
Homeland Security (615)   
Information Technology Support (242.4)
Information Technology Support (783.3)
Massage Therapy (443.1)
Massage Therapist Certificate (695.1)
Medical Insurance Specialist (595.2)
Medical Laboratory Assistant (571)
Medical Laboratory Technician (525.1)
Nuclear Medicine Technology (555.1)
Nuclear Medicine Technology (560.1)
Operating Room Nursing (634.1)
Paralegal (604.2)
Paralegal (605.2)
Pharmacy Technician (518.2)
Private Pilot (718)
Psychology (053.1)                                                                                           
Radiation Therapy Technology (565.1)
Radiation Therapy Technology (566.1)
Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray) Associate's Degree (558)
Respiratory Therapy (540.1)
Social Sciences (059.2)                                                                                                  
Social Work Specialist (612.1)
Social Work Specialist: Case Management (685.3)
Social Work Specialist: Family Intervention (681.4)
Social Work Specialist: Geriatrics (683.5)
Social Work Technician (630.3)
Software Development (243.3)
Software Development (780.2)
Surgical Technologist (530.1)
Surgical Technology (583.1)
Teacher Education: Middle Level & Secondary (099.3)                                       
Theatre (025.2)                                                                                                                 
Women’s Studies (106)

Barbara Thompson moved to accept the updated list. Rachel Matheis moved to second the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Stevenson reported that the Peer Study Service Learning Proposal has been approved by the Subcommittee, and will be presented at the next meeting of Council. The Subcommittee will be hearing a Nursing proposal at their next meeting.


Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee met last Thursday. Erin Pierce, a Subcommittee member from North Campus and a librarian, reported on the embedded librarian project that has been conducted on an experimental basis at North Campus.  Mrs. Pierce had reported on her findings at the North faculty meeting in January. The focus of the embedded Librarian project is to provide library service to distance learning students. In consultation with a faculty member, Mrs. Pierce provides customized research guides and through the chat function, can directly interact with students. In this experimental project Mrs. Pierce worked with 60 students and the customized research guides which she created were accessed by students 1600 times. When surveying students and faculty, Mrs. Pierce received many positive comments. Currently this program is only offered at North Campus. Donna Imhoff said this is a great pilot project and that many College faculty and administrators have talked to her about it.

It was recommended that Mrs. Pierce write an article for the Achieving the Dream newsletter. 

Rick Allison said that this discussion gives more credence for Academic Planning to talk about system-wide positions. There is a need for a formal embedded librarian for the Institution.

Mr. Francolino said the Subcommittee will be inviting Dwight Bishop back to identify counties in Pennsylvania that don’t have colleges. These would be excellent candidates to expand distance learning. Students would have to meet with an advisor via telecommunication and take placement tests in a proctored environment.  

Rachel Matheis commented that students are shocked by text book prices. Erin Pierce is investigating open-source text books that are free and may be acceptable for certain courses. The problem is they are hard to find.  Mrs. Pierce is working on a list of sources. If any faculty member comes across any open-source books, please email the link to Erin Pierce at

Maura Stevenson remarked that there should be a strategic plan for Distance Learning which would be tied to funding. Donna Imhoff added that there is one strategic plan for the College with seven strategies. These are reviewed quarterly and approved by the Board of Trustees.


Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that she has yet to receive any proposals this calendar year. There were no proposals for the January 20 meeting and none for the February 3 meeting. Donna Imhoff mentioned that she and Charlene Newkirk are working on significant changes to the Student Handbook. Dr. Imhoff said that everything is being legally reviewed, and so far the direction is to have more direct and stronger language. Currently the language is passive and ambiguous, with many redundancies. The revised Student Handbook will be coming to Academic Standards soon.


Steve Wells reported that the Subcommittee did not meet the previous week. Program Reviews will probably start to be submitted.


Carl Francolino mentioned that his Subcommittee needs a Secretary, an AFT member from Boyce Campus, preferably from Occupational Technology. Rick Allison said that he will send out an email to the campus.

Maryann Anderson asked the subcommittee chairs to send out emails to the college community reminding people that the last subcommittee meeting will be April 7; therefore, initiators must send proposals out to the college community by the end of March.


Steve Wells and Maryann Anderson remarked that they both sit on the Middle States Periodic Review Committee. Kevin Smay noticed that there was an internal recommendation made to identify assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of College Council. Maura Stevenson explained the process is setting goals, providing an opportunity to achieve the goals, assessing the achievement of goals, and making changes accordingly. Our goals are expressed in the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement, therefore the process should not be very difficult to accomplish.

Dr. Stevenson added that program review is very important to Middle States. If most of the proposals initiated were the result of program review, that would be very positive.  When we revise our forms, perhaps we can add a line asking if the proposal was the result of a program review.

The next meeting of College Council will be February 10, 2011.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3: 45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary