Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes March 10, 2011

March 10, 2011
Office of College Services Board Room





Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
John Dziak
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Jane Greenwood
Shirley Harr
Donna Imhoff
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Rachel Matheis
Bonnie Ordonez
Maura Stevenson
Marianne Trale
Stephen Wells 

Nancy Jenkins
Barbara Thompson

Sam Bair
Stephanie Goloway
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Bill Shay
Brenda Trettel
Don Vescio
Eugene Ziska

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


Carl Francolino moved to approve the minutes of the February 24, 2011 meeting of College Council. Stephen Wells seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended.



Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the subcommittee met on March 3, 2011 and a hearing was held for changes made to the student handbook. The changes were approved unanimously by the committee with some amendments. Amendments included changes to grammar and wording with some concerns over the phrasing of gender-related items and possible confusion with transgender students. Donna Imhoff assured the committee that legally the wording is appropriate.  A hearing for the proposal to add an FN grade is on the agenda for the next meeting. A brief discussion was had about the FN grade proposal.

The subcommittee also welcomed John Reynolds as a new committee member.

Dr. Kitchens-Stephens also mentioned concerns she received about email as an open forum during the review process. It was decided that the process should remain open and email users should make use of the delete button if they choose not to participate in the dialogue.


Stephen Wells reported that the subcommittee met on March 3, 2011 and covered two agenda items. Fran Dice attended the subcommittee meeting to discuss the academic calendar. Concerns were raised by a deregistration working group about the limited amount of time between the fall and spring semesters making it difficult to check for prerequisites and grades for those on probation or suspension. After a review of future calendars, it was determined that no additional time was available unless changes were made to the summer calendar. However, the 2012 and 2013 calendars will provide additional time because of the way the holidays fall.

The second agenda item was the approval of the Health and Physical Education (HPE) Program Review.

Program/Discipline Review: Health and Physical Education
Stephen Wells reported that the subcommittee approved the Health and Physical Education (HPE) Program Review with a few changes.

Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, Bill Shay, Don Vescio, and Sam Bair attended Council to present the program review. Bill Shay explained that Bruce Turchetta should be noted as the lead coordinator for the program review and Eugene Turner helped guide the process. Mr. Turchetta and Mr. Turner could not attend. Mr. Shay reviewed the recommendations on page 29. He made special note of Recommendation #8, Habits for Healthy Living. Mr. Shay explained the philosophy for developing a class such as this with societal issues such as obesity and drug and alcohol addiction. Mr. Shay shared a rap he wrote to address drug and alcohol concerns and to note the insight and creativity in curriculum changes.

Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki discussed Recommendation #1, the addition of full-time faculty. Gretchen explained that both North and South Campuses do not have a full-time HPE faculty. The lack of a full-time faculty member at each campus has created issues with decision making and scheduling. She also pointed out that enough classes are available to warrant a full-time faculty member for North and South Campuses.

Stephen Wells explained the reason the subcommittee recommended adding the faculty hires to the recommendations list was to further strengthen the request when the hiring process takes place.

Donna Imhoff commented on recommendation #7 concerning grants. Dr. Imhoff pointed out that campus administration needs to be made aware of funding needs to assist with the grant process.  Gretchen Mullins-Sawicki reported that Bruce Turchetta is putting together a facilities report to outline funding needs.

Discussion ensued on the College’s efforts to raise awareness on drug and alcohol addiction. Donna Imhoff mentioned that the College currently does not have a program, but there are models available from other schools that could be explored.

Within the proposal, the following change was made:
Page 29, Recommendation #3 the word “capitol” was changed to “capital.”

The program review passed unanimously.

Stephen Wells reported that the Engineering Program Review hearing will be discussed at an upcoming meeting.

Maryann Anderson pointed out that subcommittees need to inform the college community that April 7, 2011 will be the last subcommittee meeting.


Proposal: Course Title Change for CIT 100
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens made a motion to hear the proposal for CIT100 course title change. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion. Rick Allison on behalf of Walt Pauli explained that at their last division meeting, the CIT faculty discussed changing the CIT100 course title to be more reflective of the actual course content. In addition, the terminology for the course has changed, and the new title is more in line with other colleges. Carl Francolino reiterated that the new title more accurately characterizes the course as a hands-on class.

The motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Change the Recommended Courses in Physics Program (047)
Carl Francolino made a motion to hear the proposal for course changes to the Physics Program. Rachel Matheis seconded the motion. Gene Zizka explained 3 changes to the Physics course work. Dr. Zizka provided a brief history of the Physics program. He described the first change is making Calculus a co-requisite that students should take in the first semester. The second change was required because the math department changed the course from one course, MAT252, to two courses, MAT251 and MAT253. This change separates differential equations and linear algebra. MAT251 Differential Equations will now be offered in the fourth semester and MAT253 Linear Algebra will be a restricted elective. The third change included the addition of restrictive electives to allow students to take program tracks and aid in transfer.

Rick Allison questioned the program objectives with three of five starting with “demonstrate.” The objectives will be modified in program review and brought back through the curriculum subcommittee.

The motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Course Revisions to EDU 140 and EDU 148
Stephen Wells made a motion to hear the proposal for course revisions for two EDU courses. Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens seconded the motion. Bonnie Ordonez explained that these two 1-credit courses were updated and modified to reflect Bloom’s taxonomy and to align with the standards for catalog formatting. Carl Francolino pointed out that the topics increased.

Within the proposal, the following changes were made:

Page 4 the course title was changed with capital and lowercase letters, spelling was corrected to the word setting and the period removed after the course title.

Page 7 the word “Educators’” was changed to “Educator’s.”

Page 7 Learning outcome 2, the period was moved within the quotation, “Effective Practices for Career Preparation.”

The motion passed unanimously with amendments.

Maura Stevenson reported that five proposals will be coming through the Curriculum subcommittee at the next meeting date.


Carl Francolino reported that the subcommittee did not meet. The subcommittee continues to conduct research in distance learning.  The subcommittee is also looking at inexpensive and public domain textbook options. Discussion ensued on textbook costs and options.


Maryann Anderson asked Stephen Wells and Bonnie Ordonez to share the assessment objectives they wrote for the Academic Planning subcommittee. She asked that the other subcommittees bring assessment objectives to the next meeting.



There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3:53 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Bonnie Ordonez for
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary