Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes October 11, 2012

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
October 11, 2012
Office of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
Elizabeth Claytor
John Dziak
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Shirley Harr
Donna Imhoff
Nancy Jenkins
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Sharon Mills
Audrey Rosenthal
Vickie Rostis
Barbara Thompson
Marianne Trale
Stephen Wells 



Mary Lou Fragale
Richard Laurent
Linda Radzvin
Jason Trautman

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM. 

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL

 Marianne Trale moved to approve the minutes of the September 27, 2012 meeting of College Council. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 A.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS  

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the Subcommittee hearing originally scheduled for October 4th on mandatory orientation was rescheduled to October 18th. At that time, the Subcommittee will also hear a proposal by Jamie Poindexter on the 5-Year Comprehensive Student Development Assessment from the CCAC Offices of Financial Aid.

B.  ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH

Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee met and reviewed the lecture capture software, Panopto. This software allows students to review video recordings of lectures remotely, and focus on particular content.  The IT staff presented a very comprehensive demonstration to many interested faculty members.

Mr. Francolino mentioned that he was very impressed with how the software has matured in recent years. Our faculty have embraced Panopto to the extent that all 20 of the CCAC licenses are used.

Panopto can be used not only for distance learning courses, but also for face-to-face courses for which students may want to review demonstrations, lab assignments, or lectures. One downside of Panopto is the possibility of storage problems in the future.

The Subcommittee also discussed the CCAC calendar and the short amount of time between semesters during which the IT staff must accomplish such tasks as installing Blackboard updates or performing indexing in a short amount of time. Mr. Francolino expressed concern that there is not enough time to do many of these necessary tasks.

C.  CURRICULUM 

Proposal: Revision to the Surgical Technology (#530.1) Degree and the Surgical Technology (583.1) Certificate Programs to be compliant with the required core curriculum for Surgical Technology 6th Edition
Rick Allison introduced the proposal by explaining the very busy year that Surgical Technology has had.  The programs have not been accredited in 12 years, and received a call announcing that the accreditation team was coming in four months. Mr. Allison said the accreditation was the most demanding that he has ever seen.

He explained that the profession is changing dramatically, and many accreditation boards are requiring that the person who heads the program have a Master's Degree in the subject field. They will no longer accept someone with a nursing degree, even if that degree level is a Master's degree. The Team looked at everything with a critical eye, and the Department decided to incorporate the new requirements now which involved major revisions to the program.  

Linda Radzvin explained the revisions outlined in the proposal.

  • Basic patient care skills were moved from SUR 120 to SUR 110. It was felt that those skills should be possessed by anyone in any health care setting.
  • An additional 2 hours of lab were added to SUR 120, Surgical Technology 2, increasing the credits for the second semester from 19 to 20. The listed topics and learning outcomes were revised for the course.
  • An extra credit was added to SUR 230, Surgical Technology 3 which would total 17 credits for the third semester. The course increased from 6 to 7 credits by adding an additional 2 lab hours. The learning outcomes and listed topics were changed and advanced skills applications were added.
  • The total credits for the degree increased from 69 to 71. The credits increased from 45 to 47-48 for the certificate.
  • SUR 240, Surgical Technology 4, the catalog description changed from references to organ harvesting to references to organ procurement. The learning outcomes and listed topics were also changed.

Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion was approved unanimously.

D.   ACADEMIC PLANNING  

Steve Wells reported that the Subcommittee did not meet.  All of the information regarding hiring has been disseminated. The dates on the forms on web site have not been revised, but will be shortly. Data for last year is not yet available. Jim Robertson will have that information available soon.

Program/Discipline Review: Respiratory Therapy (RES) Program (Degree #540)
Richard Laurent presented the program review. The Program was accredited March 2011, and the Department was informed of the results May 2011. The Program is accredited for 10 years. Rick Allison said that the accreditors did not make a single recommendation.

Students continue to do well on their board exams and students have a 100% placement rate. There was a recommendation from the department for ventilators and simulators. The department did receive one each through grant money, but an additional one each is needed. The department will again request grant money including money from Perkins.  

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

Program/Discipline Review: Central Services Technician #438
This program does not have an outside accreditation. The department utilizes the Surgical Technology faculty on campus. The program consists of 2 courses SUR 110 and CST 112. These courses prepare students for an entry level position in a hospital dealing with surgical equipment, decontaminating the equipment, sterilizing it, and inventorying the equipment.

CST 103 prepares students to take the certification exam. Dr. Radzvin reported that the College is in negotiations with UPMC St. Margaret's Hospital to prepare their staff for certification by teaching CST 103. This may lead to educating other UPMC employees who now must be certified.

The program can only accommodate 5 students. There were no recommendations as a result of the program review.

Elizabeth Claytor moved to accept the program review. Audrey Rosenthal seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 There was no unfinished business.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary