Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes April 14, 2011

April 14, 2011
Office of College Services Board Room





Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Jane Greenwood
Donna Imhoff
Nancy Jenkins
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Rachel Matheis
Bonnie Ordonez
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Marianne Trale
Stephen Wells 

Richard Allison
John Dziak
Shirley Harr

Anne Louise Dailey
Joe DeBlassio
Mary Beth Johnson
Art Miller
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Allysen Todd
Brenda Trettel

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:31 PM. 


Bonnie Ordonez moved to approve the minutes of the March 24, 2011 meeting of College Council. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 



Maura Stevenson reported that besides the proposals presented today, there are many more that have been approved by the Curriculum Subcommittee. These proposals will be on the agenda for the next meeting of College Council.

Proposal:  Upgrade in course content for MAT-106
The proposal was presented by Joe DeBlassio who reported that the Nursing Department approached the Math faculty asking that MAT 106, Math for Health Science, offered at Boyce and North Campuses, be offered at Allegheny and South Campuses as well. Upon examination, the Math faculty realized that as MAT 106 was presently taught, the prerequisite MAT 090 was not necessary, and should be changed to MAT 080. Realizing the Nursing Department requires their students to take a Math course with a minimum prerequisite of MAT 090, the Math faculty decided to upgrade the MAT 106 course content. By doing this, the prerequisite for the revised MAT 106 course would be MAT 090, and the course content would be consistent at all four campuses. The course as redesigned will not be of any help to students who wish to take Probability and Statistics. MAT 108 will remain the prerequisite for the Probability and Statistics course.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:

Listed Topics 6, “numerals” was misspelled.

Listed Topics 36 should read “Z Score.”

Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal as amended. Marianne Trale seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  New Math Course for Teachers
This proposal is the result of a request by CCAC and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) faculty to provide a 2-math course sequence that will satisfy the articulation agreement in Early Childhood Education. MAT 102 was offered, but was rejected by the consortium, so a new course, MAT 149, Mathematics for Elementary Education, was developed. It was noted that IUP will allow CCAC students to transfer 73 credits.

There was some confusion as there were two versions of the course in the proposal packet. The second version of the course is correct.

Joe DeBlassio mentioned that the Math faculty would like to utilize a better sequencing of course numbers for Math courses so the courses follow a logical numbering sequence. 

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Proposal
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki and Art Miller presented the proposal which updates both the Associate and Certificate Programs. Mr. Miller explained that HVAC equipment is much more technical than previously, and many of the changes in the courses in the proposal reflect that. CIT 600 has been added to ensure that students have necessary computer skills. Basic Physics (PHY 100) has been replaced with Physical Science for Industries (PHS 161). Program descriptions were updated along with learning outcomes. Green initiatives have been increased.

HAC 224 and HAC 225 were revised and the credits were increased from 2 to 3 for each. MAT 191 was removed from the Program. Mr. Miller commented that customer relations was added as a topic in HAC 225.

The prerequisite for HAC 107 states, “Departmental permission required,” because students have been permitted to register for this course when they do not qualify.

Credits for the degree Program have increased from 63 to 66.

Barbara Thompson moved to accept the proposal. Jane Greenwood seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of the Psychology (053.1) program to be aligned with the statewide articulation agreement in psychology
Anne Louise Dailey presented the proposal which details necessary revisions ensuring that the Psychology Program is in agreement with the statewide articulation agreement between 14 Pennsylvania community colleges and 16 Pennsylvania four-year institutions of higher education. Few changes were required for CCAC to comply with the state articulation agreement. In 2 cases, rather than recommending electives, electives were specified.

Steve Wells moved to accept the proposal as presented. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Description (#587.2)
Lillian Briola presented the proposal which revises the program description and applies Bloom’s Taxonomy to the leaning outcomes.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the proposal as presented. Bonnie Ordonez seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Add North Campus to the list of campuses offering the Homeland Security program (615) and the Homeland Security certificate (616)
Brenda Trettel presented the proposal which adds North Campus to the list of campuses at which these Programs are offered. Because North Campus is in the process of hiring a Criminal Justice faculty member, this became necessary. There are no other changes recommended. 

Bonnie Ordonez moved to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Converting CRT 205 course status from experimental to official and rearranging course credits for CRT 102 and CRT 105
Mary Beth Johnson and Allysen Todd presented the proposal.

Mrs. Johnson explained that CRT 205 has been running successfully as an experimental course, therefore should have the status changed to a regular course. It would be added to the 2nd semester requirement for the Court Reporting Program. Also, the credit allotment for CRT 102 should be changed from 4 credits to 3 and the credits for CRT 105 should change from 2 credits to 3 credits, as the curriculum has been evened out for both courses.

New students enrolling in the Fall semester will need 87 credits to graduate. The number of credits to graduate will require a separate proposal to address this.

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  CRT Common Course Syllabi Revisions
Mary Beth Johnson presented the proposal which updates the common course syllabi for CRT 100,
CRT 101, CRT 103, CRT 104, CRT 106, CRT 107, CRT 108, CRT 111, CRT 206, CRT 208, CRT 211, CRT 216, CRT 217, CRT 218, CRT 226, CRT 227, CRT 228, CRT  251 AND CRT 252.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:

Page 3, CRT 100, in the Catalog Course Description, the sentence should read in part, “…Closed Captioning and Computer Aided Realtime Translation (CART) Speakers…”

Page 17, CRT 111, Listed Topic 2 should read, “Proofreader’s marks.”

Page 25, CRT 211, Learning Outcomes 3 should read in part, “Apply National Court Reporter’s Association (NCRA) Code…”

Page 37, CRT 228, the Prerequisite should be CRT 218, and the Corequisites should be CRT 226 and CRT 227.

Page 39, CRT 251, it was noted that this course is not listed in the sequence of courses in the CRT Program description in the college catalog, and is not a required course.

Page 41, CRT 252, as this is an internship, it should include a “p” in the alphanumeric code. This should be added during the program review process.
Page 41, CRT 252, Catalog Course Description, the second sentence should read in part, “…closed captioning or Computer Access Realtime Translation (CART) material…”

Donna Imhoff moved to accept the proposal as amended. Bonnie Ordonez seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Maura Stevenson remarked that the remainder of the proposals that have been passed by Curriculum will be presented at the next meeting of Council.


Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee did meet and took advantage of the fifth Thursday to have a bonus meeting. The Subcommittee formally concluded business for the year.

The Subcommittee has set up a Blackboard site so there is an historical record of the meetings. It is easy to pinpoint action items and who is responsible. Mr. Francolino will be posting the minutes on the College Council website as well.


Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the Subcommittee held a hearing on April 7, 2011, but did not have a quorum. As a result, they decided to hear the Program Review for Job Placement and Career Services and the Program Review for Registration and Advisement because both only required being "accepted" by the subcommittee. However, the Subcommittee decided to delay the hearing for both the Reading First Proposal and the F/N Grade Proposal because as proposals, they required a vote by a quorum of the Subcommittee. Therefore, the Subcommittee agreed to meet again on April 20, 2011, and if a quorum was present, to hear the remaining proposals.


Steve Wells reported that the Subcommittee met and heard 2 program reviews that will be presented to College Council at the April 28 meeting. Both program reviews were accepted, but copies did not reach College Council members in time to review them for today’s meeting.

Dr. Wells said there are 16 program reviews scheduled for this year or before, that have not been presented to the Subcommittee. Of those 16, 9 are being worked on and 4 are not being worked on because there are no full-time faculty members in the program. The Planning Subcommittee should see 30 to 35 program reviews next year.

The Subcommittee considered whether to have a separate category for non-teaching faculty positions and decided not to. Barbara Thompson and Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens objected to that decision, citing that non-teaching faculty are always at a disadvantage when vying against teaching faculty for open positions. Mrs. Thompson and Dr. Kitchens-Stephens also explained that when a faculty position is open, the work is done by adjuncts.  In the case of non-teaching faculty positions, the work just does not get done. Dr. Wells encouraged non-teaching faculty to sit on the Academic Planning Committee next year.


Brenda Trettel said that the Biology waiver exam which will allow students to waive a course prerequisite for BIO 161 and BIO 175 has been completed. Implementation of the proposal, Change in Prerequisites for BIO 161 Anatomy & Physiology and BIO 175 Microbiology, which was passed by Council on December 9, 2010 has been on hold waiting for the waiver exam to be completed. The process for the exam has been successfully piloted at South Campus. Students must make an appointment at their Campus Testing Center. The test is taken at the Centers on computers that have lock-down browsers, or browsers that do not allow the user to go to any other website during the testing session. Instructions are being sent to all campus testing centers. Any questions regarding the process should be directed to Brenda Trettel.


Maryann Anderson discussed the question of quorums being necessary when proposals are presented. At Council, we have always had a quorum; however, there are quorum problems, from time to time, with Subcommittees. One source of the problem is Administrators who serve on Council Subcommittees as well as Board of Trustees Subcommittees. As there is sometimes a time conflict, Administrators attend the Board of Trustees Subcommittees leaving the Council Subcommittee without a quorum. This is especially difficult for Initiators who arrive for their Subcommittee hearing and are told to return because of a lack of a quorum. This will be addressed with Dr. Johnson.

The remainder of the proposals for this year will be heard at the April 28 meeting of College Council. The meeting will start at 2:00 PM and continue until all business is concluded. There will be no meeting in May.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary