Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes February 10, 2011

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
February 10, 2011
Office of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

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

Mary Frances Archey
John Dziak
Jane Greenwood Nancy Jenkins Stephen Wells 


Dan Lowe

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:33 PM, and welcomed Marianne Trale, Boyce Campus, who will serve as the Secretary of the Assessment and Research Subcommittee.

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
JANUARY 27, 2011 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL

Bonnie Ordonez moved to approve the minutes of the January 27, 2011 meeting of College Council. Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens seconded the motion and the minutes were unanimously approved as amended. 

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH 

Carl Francolino expressed his appreciation that his Subcommittee now has a Secretary and welcomed Marianne Trale. Mr. Francolino reported that his Subcommittee did not meet; however, there are proposals that the Subcommittee will receive soon.          

B.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS  

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that her Subcommittee did not meet due to a lack of proposals. The revision of the Student Handbook should go out to the college community by February 24 for review, and should then be ready to be presented to Academic Standards by March 4.   

C.  ACADEMIC PLANNING

Bonnie Ordonez reported that the Subcommittee did not meet because of a lack of proposals. Program Reviews for Math and English will soon be submitted to the college community for review.

D.   CURRICULUM  

Proposal:  Peer Study Service Learning
Maura Stevenson reported that there was only one item to present, a Peer Study Service Learning proposal which would be presented by Dan Lowe.

Mr. Lowe explained that the proposal is a 1-credit web-enhanced honors course which has been running successfully as an experimental course. The course involves providing peer study support in a subject in which the peer study support student has received an “A.” Students receive training and then hold study-sessions for students. The biggest issue is to motivate students to attend the sessions.

Barbara Thompson expressed concern that students, through advertising of the study groups, would cause confusion with the Tutoring Center.  The course has nothing to do with Tutoring. She was also concerned that students in this course attend one class, and are then told to go out to form study sessions and are not recommended by the Department. This is little training and little oversight.

Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion, and the proposal passed with nine votes in favor, two votes in opposition and one abstention.

Dr. Stevenson reported that a Nursing proposal will be ready for Council in two weeks. There was no opposition to it expressed at the Subcommittee level.

On March 3, the Subcommittee hopes to hear four proposals.

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Continued discussion regarding Periodic Review and Assessment of College Council
Council continued discussion started at our last meeting concerning the issue of assessment of College Council. Maura Stevenson said that we could look at proposals, and determine if they came to Council as a result of program review. Our Subcommittees should look at their respective responsibilities, convert them into outcomes, and apply Bloom’s taxonomy to them. Maryann Anderson suggested that we look at our responsibilities and talk about them at our next meeting. This work will eventually be incorporated into the Middle States Periodic Review, but would not necessarily be incorporated into the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3:29 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary