Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes April 12, 2012

April 12, 2012
Office of College Services Board Room





Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
Elizabeth Claytor
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Jane Greenwood
Shirley Harr
Donna Imhoff
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Audrey Rosenthal
Vickie Rostis
Barbara Thompson
Marianne Trale
Stephen Wells 

John Dziak
Nancy Jenkins

Max Blobner
Reza Chitsazzadeh
Joann Hunter
Art Miller
Brad Sandrock
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Allysen Todd
Brenda Todd

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:35 p.m. 


Carl Francolino moved to approve the minutes of the March 22, 2012 meeting of College Council. Elizabeth Claytor seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 



Steve Wells reported that he has received two program reviews and is aware of six additional ones that he should receive soon. The Subcommittee will meet on April 19 and may possibly meet on May 3 as well, if the demand is there.

Program/Discipline Review:  Graphic Communications 5-Year Program Review
Max Blobner presented the program review and discussed the 32% growth in the Graphics Communications Program. The Art Program has grown as well.  Faculty and students in the program at Allegheny Campus are looking forward to the possible move from the Visual Arts Center to West Hall where there will be more room.

There is currently a need for 2 computer labs.  If the department moves to West Hall, there will then be a need for one additional lab. Currently there are only 20 work stations.

Courses are offered on all campuses but the portfolio course which is necessary for graduation is offered only at Allegheny Campus.

The industry is growing, in large part because of social media, making writing and verbal skills very important. The department is moving in the direction of having the program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Program currently meets the standards of the state-wide articulation agreement

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the proposal. Audrey Rosenthal seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Five-year program review for Electronic Engineering Technology (300) and Basic Electronics (299.1)
Reza Chitsazzadeh presented the program review. Included in the recommendations is the need to hire a full-time lab technician. The department is currently in the process of interviewing for this position.

Mr. Chitsazzadeh discussed the problem of aging equipment. Some equipment is more than 20 years old. Several members of Council mentioned that the department could submit requests for equipment to be purchased with Perkins grant money.

The College has been able to keep up with newer software for the program; however, the software is getting more expensive, therefore the budget for the department should reflect the higher costs of the software accordingly. 

An additional recommendation is to place laptop computers in the labs. It is advantageous for students to be able to move around the lab with computers while they interface with equipment.  GPS chips can be placed in the laptops so they can be located if stolen.  

The department asked that more marketing be done to increase enrollment. Additionally, curriculum changes need to be made based upon Advisory Board recommendations. Mary Frances Archey recommended that when the faculty present curriculum changes to College Council, the description of the program should be updated to reflect the energy component.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the program review. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that proposals have been announced, and several will be presented to Council at the April 26 or May 10 meeting.


Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee did not meet. The Subcommittee will host a teleconference on May 3 during which the product manager for SafeAssign will answer questions.


Rita Gallegos reported that the Subcommittee will be presenting approximately eight proposals at the April 26 meeting.  

Proposal:  Revise the Business Parallel program (004.1) as required for the Pa Transfer and Articulation (TAOC) agreement
Joann Hunter presented the proposal which will bring the Business curriculum into compliance with the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation (TAOC) agreement.  The proposal lists the Major Field Electives for students who will be transferring to TAOC schools, as well as the current curriculum for students who will transfer to non-TAOC schools. The current Business curriculum is working well, and many of our students transfer to non-TAOC schools, therefore students will have the option of which curriculum they want to follow.

Students transferring to a TAOC school must take BUS 251, BUS 103, and BUS 104 as their Major Field Electives.  They must complete a humanities elective and a science course with a lab. Students must also complete either MAT 165 or MAT 161 and MAT 202 or MAT 220.

A grid may appear in the catalog that would clarify the courses students will be required to complete. This would be the first time that a grid would be used in the catalog to explain course offerings for a program.

Marianne Trale moved to accept the proposal. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revise the Chemistry program (035) as required for the Pa Transfer and Articulation (TAOC) agreement
Brenda Trellel presented the proposal which revises the Chemistry Program so that it is in compliance with the Pa Transfer and Articulation (TAOC) agreement. The following courses SPH 101, Oral Communication; CIT 111, Introduction to Programming: Java; and a humanities elective will replace two general electives. The number of credits to graduate will increase from 61 - 62 to 62.

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

Proposal:  Land Administration (491)
Brenda Trettel and Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the proposal which establishes a new program to train a workforce for the natural gas Marcellus Shale industry.  Graduates will deal with the leasing and contract side of the industry.  The work requires expertise in math, contract law, and estate and trust issues. Employees will also deal with leasing and analyzing conveyances.

The starting salary will likely be approximately $60,000 and there is upward mobility. Employers include EQT and Range Resources. The program includes a co-op component in which students will work for EQT for 150 hours. Some courses are online. If students have a previously completed degree, they have a very good likelihood of getting a job.  There are18 students currently enrolled.

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

Proposal:  Updating Syllabi Proposal
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki and Brad Sandrock presented the proposal which updates the following courses with updated titles, learning outcomes and topics: EDD 100, Blue Print Reading; MFT 211, Material Safety and Equipment Overview; MFT 212, Basic Nanofabrication Processes; MFT 213, Nanofabrication Thin Film Technology; MFT 214, Lithography for Nanofabrication; MFT 215, Materials Modification for Nanofabrication; and MFT 216, Characterization, Packaging and Testing of Nanofabricated Structures.

The title of the proposal will change to "Updating EDD and MFT Syllabi Proposal" which is more descriptive and can be located by someone doing a search.

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the proposal with amendments. Vicki Rostis seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Changes to Engineering Science (093)
Brad Sandrock presented the proposal which is the result of the Program Review based on last year's 5-year review. Mr. Sandrock will be contacting the schools that our students transfer to for additional information. In the meantime, the proposal includes updated program goals, deletes courses which are no longer being taught, and adds MAT 251, Differential Equations to replace MAT 252, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra.

Mary Frances Archey asked why there are six credits of general electives in the first semester. Why not direct students to restricted electives? Mr. Sandrock explained that engineering electives are dependent upon the school that a student would be transferring to. Some electives might not transfer. 

The following corrections will be made to the proposal:
Page 9, #1, "Analyze" should be shifted to the left one space.
Page 9, #3, "content-specific" should be hyphenated.
Page 9, #3, the sentence should read in part,  ..."tools, software and simulations."
Page 9, Minimum Credits to Graduate, should be 64 - 69 rather than 65 - 69.

Carl Francolino move to accept the proposal with amendments. Vicki Rostis seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Changes to Heating & Air Conditioning Program (312 and 313)
Art Miller presented the proposal and explained that the employees in the Heating and Air Conditioning (HAC) industry need specific computer skills. In HAC, students have taken CIT 600, Introduction to Windows, to learn those skills. Mr. Miller explained that a course was needed for HAC students that would teach students more specific computer skills. Mr. Miller therefore developed CIT 616, Computer Applications in Heating and Air Conditioning. 

Carl Francolino mentioned that the CIT faculty had not had the opportunity to discuss the course, and perhaps it should be an HAC course rather than a CIT course. The CIT faculty are meeting next week and will have the opportunity to review the course at that time.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the proposal. Shirley Harr seconded the motion. Rick Allison moved to table the proposal so that the CIT faculty could review the course.  Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion to table the proposal was unanimously approved.

Proposal:  Green & Sustainable Building Design (490)
Brad Sandrock presented the proposal. Originally Mr. Sandrock thought this would be an Associate's degree program, however it evolved into a Certificate Program for those already working in the field, and who probably already have an Associate’s degree. This program is a complement to civil engineering. Mr. Sandrock expects the program to be offered at the West Hills Center and South Campus. All courses in this program are existing courses with the exception of MET 130, Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems.

Mr. Sandrock further reported that many schools are offering green technology. There are many stand-alone certificates such as this one.

The following correction will be made to the proposal:
Page 5, the number of credits should be aligned.

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the proposal as amended. Elizabeth Claytor seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Mary Frances Archey reported that Fran Dice will be able to store the final approved College Council proposals on a shared drive for access by the College community.

Dr. Archey is still investigating whether a secretary is available to place Subcommittee minutes on the College Council website utilizing CMS.


There was no new business.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 5:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary