Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes January 24, 2013

January 24, 2013
Office of College Services Board Room





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

Shirley Harr
Vicki Rostis

Dwight Bishop
Fran Dice
Carol Yoannone

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


Audrey Rosenthal moved to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2012 meeting of College Council. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 



Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the Mandatory Orientation proposal and the Nursing proposal concerning admitting LPN's to the first year, second semester of the Nursing Program will be heard at the next meeting.  

Proposal: Remote COMPASS Placement Test Proctoring
Dwight Bishop presented the proposal which would allow students to take their placement tests at remote ACT testing center locations, rather than requiring students to come to a campus. This will accommodate students who may be out of state or even out of the country. ACT has 550 sites nationwide and 10 international sites. This would greatly broaden our ability to market our online courses.

Students who are at a distance are currently required to come to one of our campuses to take the COMPASS test and to go through the advising process.

Although Council members were generally in favor of the proposal, the proposal lacked clarity in a few areas. It was not entirely clear that students would receive assistance in determining what COMPASS tests to take. Currently students confer with Counselors regarding this. The proposal seemed to indicate that students might lack guidance in making that determination. 

There were additional questions regarding what happens if the COMPASS test results in a remote student needing to take developmental courses which are not available online.

There is a proposal that is forthcoming that will deal with how remote students will be advised. Dr. Bishop mentioned that Microsoft Lync Communicator software would be used for this, and the goal was to pilot the software this Spring. Because the proposal on remote advising has not gone through governance, there was further confusion on the part of Council members concerning the testing process.

Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal. Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens seconded the motion.

After much discussion Donna Imhoff moved to table the proposal. Elizabeth Claytor seconded the motion and the motion passed with 11 votes in favor of tabling the motion and 1 abstention.

Dwight Bishop will pull together a meeting to get more input.


Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee did not meet. They are waiting for the online learning annual review.

Mr. Francolino discussed the interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’S) and wants to arrange a presentation. MOOC’S started as very high level online courses in computers and technology, and then branched out to include basic “Sociology 101” type courses. That is when colleges and universities started to become concerned. Mr. Francolino said that he does not want us to become a MOOC victim. There are many questions surrounding MOOCS, such as: how do we accept these courses, and what is the emerging role of community colleges in light of these. Many of our sister colleges are tying MOOC’S with credit by exam. Donna Imhoff mentioned that she attended an AACC conference at which no one would even discuss MOOC’S.


Proposal: General Education Review and General Education Certificate
Carol Yoannone presented the proposal which will provide a student with a general education certificate upon completion of 30 to 32 specific credits. The certificate would allow students who are here for a year to graduate, and to have something specific to present in the workplace or to transfer. Apart from English Composition 1 and 2, the certificate includes electives in math, social science, computer information technology, speech, science, culture and humanities.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:
The first paragraph was revised to read, "This certificate provides college courses to promote competency in English composition, mathematics, analytical reasoning, cultural diversity and computer literacy. The courses cultivate valuable workplace skills and knowledge of the world essential for careers in the 21st century. This certificate also provides a basic building block for many associate degree programs at the College."
Number 6 was deleted
"Composition" was added after "English" for English 1 and 2
Under "CCAC's General Education Learning Goals REVISED," the first sentence was revised to read, "CCAC's Learning Goals embrace the College's vision and definition of an educated person."
Under "Culture, Society and Citizenship," number 1 was revised to read, "Discuss the role of diversity and equity in the context of the United States of America." Number 2 should end the sentence with "contexts."

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the proposal as amended. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.   

Mrs. Gallegos mentioned that four proposals are forthcoming.   


Steve Wells reported that the Subcommittee met and heard four program reviews which will be presented at the February 14th meeting of College Council.

Dr. Johnson approved the list of recommended hires submitted to him by College Council with one change. In order to maintain IT support at current levels at South campus, he added the ITS Ed. Tech position, listed at #38 on the list, to the 20 slots approved for hire, bringing the total to 21 AFT hires.

After approval of the list, AFT Employees were allowed to request transfer in accordance with Article XVII of our Collective Bargaining Agreement. The deadline for these requests was January 17th. On January 18th, the VP for Student Success and Completion met with Human Resources to review these requests. As a result, there were seven transfers approved as follows identified by their numbers on the original list:
7. Biology—South—ValJean Rossman
8. English—Allegheny—Michael Bennett
10. English—Boyce—John Reynolds
11. Speech/JRN—North—Richard Beighey
12. DVS—Allegheny—Lisa Dimaria
19. English—South—Patsy Williamson
20. Biology—Allegheny—Heather Klenovich

The vacated positions will be backfilled and have been posted. One change of note involves the English Tutor position vacated at North Campus by Richard Beighey who transferred into the Speech/JRN position at that campus. The campus administration indicated that they did not plan to fill the vacant tutor position. As a result, the #21 position, Allegheny—Massage Therapy, will be posted as part of hiring for next year. This keeps the number of anticipated new hires at 21.


There was no unfinished business.


There was no additional new business.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:42 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary