Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes April 26, 2012

April 26, 2012
Office of College Services Board Room





Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
Elizabeth Claytor
John Dziak
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Jane Greenwood
Donna Imhoff
Nancy Jenkins
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Audrey Rosenthal
Barbara Thompson
Marianne Trale
Stephen Wells 

Rick Allison
Shirley Harr
Vicki Rostis

Max Blobner
Ricky Burgess
Stephanie Goloway
Mary Beth Johnson
Art Miller
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Ralph Proctor
Allysen Todd
Brenda Trettel

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:34 PM. 


Carl Francolino moved to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2012 meeting of College Council. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 



Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the subcommittee met on April 19 and heard two proposals, one of which involved changes to the guidelines for medical withdrawal. The Subcommittee voted unanimously to table the proposal because it lacked an appeal process that would address student funding. This motion to table would stay in place until a funding option is included in the proposal.   

The Subcommittee felt that the proposal did not adequately take into consideration that students would be financially hurt if they withdrew because of injury or a medical reason, and that students should have the right to appeal to student accounts, an academic dean, or an entity of the College.  Although insurance would be one remedy, the Subcommittee did not feel that was feasible. Also the proposal did not seem to be a compilation of the best practices from other colleges. Mary Frances Archey said there might be a proposal which would allow students to receive a college tuition credit for one year.

The College experiences a $400,000 loss each year due to medical withdrawals. Donna Imhoff added that a study showed that there was a correlation between medical withdrawals and poor academic performance. Dr. Archey noted that with our current budget situation, it is important that this be resolved.


Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee did not meet on April 19. There will be a meeting on May 3 with the product manager of SafeAssign. The meeting will start at 2:30 PM and all are invited to attend. Faculty members have voiced concerns about SafeAssign which is bundled with our Blackboard account. TurnItIn, is another plagiarism checking software package in which some faculty members have expressed an interest.

The Assessment and Research subcommittee would like to see an indication of how the SafeAssign product might be evolving and improving.


Proposal:  Changes to Heating & Air Conditioning Program (312 and 313)  (tabled 4/12/12)
The proposal was presented at the last meeting of College Council, and was tabled until the CIT faculty could address a new CIT course within the proposal. This new Heating and Air Conditioning (HAC) course deals with various computer functions that are important for HAC students to comprehend. The course was given a CIT alpha code, and the CIT faculty did not have time to review it. After further consideration, the course was assigned an HAC alpha code. The course in question is now HAC 120, Acquiring and Using HVAC Technical Documentation.   

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to untable the proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion to untable passed unanimously.

Rita Gallegos moved to approve the amended proposal. Elizabeth Claytor seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revise the Biology program (031.1) as required for the Pa Transfer and Articulation (TAOC) agreement
Brenda Trettel presented the proposal which would allow the Biology program (031.1) to be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation (TAOC) agreement.  Under the agreement, a restricted elective was removed, a humanities elective was added and the course sequence was changed.  The total number of credits decreased from 66 - 70 to 64 – 68.

In the original program description, the following learning outcome was removed, “Transfer to a four-year institution.” We no longer list this as a learning outcome.

When questioned why Biology 1 and Chemistry 1 are suggested to be taken together in the first semester, Dr. Trettel responded that TAOC requires more science and this is indicative of the sequence.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:

Page 8, the program description was corrected to read, “This program provides students with a broad college background and skills in biology for transfer eligibility to a four-year institution.”

Page 9, “Elective” was capitalized after “Humanities.”

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

Proposal:  Revisions to ART113 and ART160
Max Blobner and Allysen Todd presented the proposal in which ART 113 and ART 160 were revised. The revisions were the result of a recent program review. Because of the program review process, it became evident that ART 113, Graphics Communications should be updated to stay current with the industry. The course needed to move from a mechanical, paste-up approach to graphics communication to a computer-based approach. ART 160, Portfolio would change to ART 260, Portfolio to indicate that students should not take the course until their third or fourth semester.  Although there are no pre-requisites, prior to then, students do not have enough art work accumulated to successfully complete the course.

It was pointed out that ART 260 already exists.  It is an art history course, European Art; therefore, another course number will have to be designated.  Dr. Todd will discuss this with Fran Dice.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:

Page 1, Recommendation Abstract, Art 260 should be changed to another course number, as Art 260 already exists.

Page 6, Catalog Course Description, “Industry-proven” should be hyphenated.

Page 6, Learning Outcomes 3 and Reference, Resource, or Learning Material, “vector-based” should be hyphenated.

Page 9, Art 260 should be changed to another course number, as Art 260 already exists.

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

Proposal:  Changes to the Ethnic and Diversity Studies Programs
Ralph Proctor presented the proposal which deletes courses in the program and changes the program from an Associate's degree program to a Certificate program.

In introducing Dr. Proctor, Allysen Todd explained that when Dr Proctor was hired by the College, he was committed to initiating a variety of ethnic courses, and to not develop a program solely devoted to African American culture. In the end, he found that there were too many courses. Students were taking the courses for personal interest and not for a degree. The changes to the program are the result of the recent program review.

In the proposal, the following courses would be deleted: ETH 201, Music of Black Americans: 1619 to Present; ETH 202, Introduction to Music in Africa and the Diaspora; and ETH 204, Oral History: Issues and Answers. These courses have not run in more than four years.

It is also recommended to delete the Associates Degree program and to keep the Certificate program as an add-on degree.  

The following amendment was made to the proposal:

Page 15, add “Other electives with department approval.”

Barbara Thompson moved to accept the proposal as amended. Marianne Trale seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Program/Discipline Review:  External Accreditation Summary Report for Court Report Associates Degree (327.2) and Court Reporting Certificate (329.2)
Mary Beth Johnson presented the program review. Mrs. Johnson reported that the program has received the highest commendation from the National Association of Court Reporters. She explained that rather than having the program replaced by technology, the program embraces technology. She described the many personal success stories of students who have completed the program.

The program is able to place 100% of the graduates, in part because of the relationship that Mrs. Johnson has with VITAC in Canonsburg which is a company that provides closed captioning nationally. Graduates make $60 to $80 per hour doing closed captioning. Court reporters are paid as independent contractors who are paid on a per-page basis. They make $25,000 to $50,000 to start.

Mrs. Johnson has requested Perkins grant funding for 20 iPads for students. There are free apps available for iPad use in court reporting that are very important learning tools.

Milton Hall 436 on Allegheny Campus is a dedicated classroom. Milton 512 is a shared classroom.  It would be helpful if both were dedicated classrooms. 

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the program review. Audrey Rosenthal seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Speech
Allysen Todd introduced Ricky Burgess who presented the proposal. Dr. Todd said the work on the program review was very much a collaborative effort.

Mr. Burgess discussed his background and how his mastery of communication skills has saved him from a life that would have been much different.  He explained that some of our minority students have hard skills but lack soft skills which include how to effectively communicate. Speech is becoming more important and not less. This is why Mr. Burgess is such a strong advocate that speech be a part of every program. He is encouraged that many of the TAOC program requirements include speech.

Among the recommendations are updated technology in classrooms, adjustable lecterns and an additional full-time speech faculty member at North Campus.

Donna Imhoff moved to accept the program review. Marianne Trale seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Five Year Program Review of the Early Education and Child Development Programs:
Early Education and Child Development Associate Degree (621.4)
Early Education and Child Development Certificate (622.4)
Child Development Diploma (623.4)          
Children with Special Needs Diploma (624.4)
Child Care Diploma (655.3)
Early Childhood Director Core Certificate (654.3)
Stephanie Goloway presented the program review and discussed how much has changed in the field of education over the last five years. There have been 57 proposals that have gone through College Council during that time.

The program is becoming accredited; therefore, the next program review will be the summary report from the accreditation team.

Recommendations include the following:

  • a full-time faculty member at South Campus and one at Allegheny Campus.
  • an EDU coordinator
  • special EDD/EDU advisors at each campus
  • dedicated classroom space and updated equipment
  • software to track student clearances

The discipline is in flux in the state of Pennsylvania, and there is no comprehensive TAOC agreement. Pieces of the agreement have been completed, but the agreement has not been finalized.

Donna Imhoff moved to accept the program review. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Mary Frances Archey reported that Tanya's Sander-Marks' secretary will post the Subcommittee minutes to the College Council website. All Subcommittee minutes should be sent to Barbara Thompson who will forward them as a group the last day of each month to Mrs. Sander-Marks. This applies to minutes for this academic year.  


The last College Council meeting of the academic year will be held on May 10. Lunch will be served at noon and the meeting will start at 12:30 PM.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 5:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary