Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes February 14, 2013

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
February 14, 2013
Office of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

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

Carl Francolino
Shirley Harr
Nancy Jenkins

Lillian Briola
Neil Jones
Gus Kellermann
Ron Logerco
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Jill Oblak




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

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
JANUARY 24, 2013 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to approve the minutes of the January 24, 2013 meeting of College Council. Vicki Rostis seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH  

Elizabeth Claytor made the report in the absence of Carl Francolino. The Subcommittee met last week and Dwight Bishop presented the online learning annual review. Dr. Bishop commented that there is a much greater rate of increase in online learning classes than anticipated. The report will be presented to College Council on February 28th.

B.  CURRICULUM

Rita Gallegos, Curriculum Subcommittee Chair, introduced the proposals accepted by the Curriculum Subcommittee

Proposal:  Establish Paramedic Certificate and Degree Programs
Lillian Briola, Neil Jones, Jill Oblak and Rick Allison presented the proposal which would move the paramedic program from non-credit to the credit area. This was on the recommendation of the Commission on Accreditation of EMS Programs (CoAEMSP). In order for paramedics to sit for the credentialing exam, the program must offer credits.

This program is available to current Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) and will allow them the option of completing a certificate or continuing on for an AS degree. In Western Pennsylvania, only Butler Community College offers the certificate program. The University of Pittsburgh offers a Bachelor's program.  The program will be working with the University of Pittsburgh to establish the transferability of credits.

The paramedic field is physically demanding; therefore, it is advantageous that students earn credits that might be transferred to other medical fields when paramedics can no longer function.

The Paramedic faculty position for Boyce campus was approved, posted and there are applicants.

Maryann Anderson questioned why the course descriptions were the same for Paramedic Clinical 1, 2 and 3. Jill Oblak explained that the Learning Outcomes and Listed Topics were different, and that distinguishes each from the other.

Mrs. Anderson also pointed out that the program descriptions are the same for both the certificate and the associates degree programs except for one sentence which appears on page 14 of the proposal, "The Associate of Science ...further education."

As a remedy, a sentence will be added after the first two paragraphs on page 7 of the proposal which will describe the purpose of the certificate.

Steve Wells moved to accept the proposal as amended. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision to the Computer Assisted Tomography Program Course Syllabi (#445.1)
Gus Kellermann presented the proposal which revises the learning outcomes in proper Bloom's taxonomy format for the four courses in the Computer Assisted Tomography Program. Mr. Kellermann commented that during the program review process he realized that the current original common syllabi were not available; therefore, they were developed and Bloom's taxonomy was applied. It is a mandate of the College that syllabi for all courses must be posted to be in compliance with Middle States.

The program is for those who are already practicing as certified technologists, and alternates between Allegheny and Boyce campuses.

Marianne Trale move to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program Course Syllabi (#446.1)
Gus Kellermann presented the proposal which revises the learning outcomes in proper Bloom's taxonomy format for the courses in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program. Mr. Kellermann commented that during the program review process he realized that the current original common syllabi were not available; therefore, they were developed and Bloom's taxonomy was applied. It is a mandate of the College that syllabi for all must be posted to be in compliance with Middle States.

When asked, Mr. Kellermann explained the difference between an MRI and a cat scan. He explained that the magnet used is extremely powerful. If you have any medal in your body, you may not have an MRI. He mentioned that the courses are complex with mathematical calculations, and include a great deal of math and physics.

Vicki Rostis moved to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Welding, Gas and Oil Certificate (319) Proposal
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki and Ron Logreco presented the proposal for a certificate program in welding especially for the oil and gas industry. The program was recommended by the advisory board for the program and by local industry.

Mr. Logreco spoke of the rich gas area in western Pennsylvania in which gas wells are being drilled and capped. The closest processing plants are in New Orleans; however, a plant is being built in Beaver County. All of the gas will be sent to Beaver County via pipeline. All of the pipeline which is being laid must be welded as the pipes lay in their fixed position. It takes four to six hours to join one pipe. Welders make $25 to $30 per hour; however, because of physical demands, welders can work only 10 or 15 years. Mr. Logreco emphasizes to students that they will need a back-up career, and there are a very limited number of management positions available in the industry.

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the proposal. Marianne Trale seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

C.  ACADEMIC PLANNING

Proposal:  Five Year Program Review:  Stationary Operating Engineers
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the proposal. This program is the union equivalent of the Facilities Maintenance Program. The Stationary Operating Engineers will allow some non-union students into the program, but not many.  The enrollment in the Facilities Maintenance Program is low; therefore, some students are incorporated into the union program if a Facilities Management course does not run.

Dr. Mullin-Sawicki mentioned that there are no full-time faculty members in the program, but she was assisted in the preparation of the program review by the external evaluator who also teaches in the program. They did notice that there are two courses that are not being offered; therefore, students are not graduating. It is recommended that those courses either be offered, or dropped from the program. Other recommendations include offering a stipend for an adjunct to complete Appendix E and I for the program, establish minimum hire criteria for faculty, integrate stationary engineers into the facilities maintenance advisory board since they are parallel programs, and update the program descriptions to reflect the amount of green technology that is part of the program.

Vicki Rostis moved to accept the program review. Sharon Mills seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Program Review for Computed Assisted Tomography (CAT) Program (Certificate #445.1)
Gus Kellermann presented the program review for the CAT certificate program. The assessment found that nearly 75% of students in this program are students who have graduated from other CCAC allied health programs and are returning to increase their skills. Board scores and job placement are excellent. The program is very successful. Starting salaries range from $57,000 to $65,000 per year. Mr. Kellermann said that radiologists are becoming more dependent on the technologists, and that Tele-radiology is increasing in popularity. Radiologists are sometimes contracted out and could be situated across the country or even in another country.

Recommendations include increasing the amount of compensation for the adjunct faculty, increasing the marketing of the program, increasing the number of e-learning rooms available, increasing the amount of administrative support available to gain contracts for imaging programs, and increasing the amount of recognition that the personnel in clinical sites receive for all of the volunteer work they do to assist in training our students.

Vicki Rostis moved to accept the program review. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Program Review for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program (Certificate #446.1)
Gus Kellermann presented the program review. The program began in 1995 and graduated nine students. As of 2012, the program has trained 195 technologists and is very successful.

The recommendations are the same as for the Computer Assisted Tomography Program.

When questioned about open MRI's Mr. Kellermann said that they are still in their infancy stage, and provide an image that is not quite as sharp as a closed MRI, but still quality. They will be perfected as time goes on.

Steve Wells moved to accept the program review. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Program Review for Radiologic Technology (RAD) Program (Degree #558)
Gus Kellermann presented the program review. He explained that he started with two clinical sites and seven students. He knew the only way to grow was to reach out to colleagues working in the profession, so he went door to door to find clinical sites. We now have 150 students and many clinical sites. This is the largest radiologic technology program on the east coast and one of the largest in the country.

In 2009/2010 the College was contacted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center informing the College that they were considering seven schools to take over their very successful x-ray program. Mr. Kellerman was able to quickly put together an impressive proposal and the College was awarded the program. The proposal had to include a plan to transition their existing students from their hospital-based program to our college-based program. We utilize all of their clinical sites and have retained one of their faculty members.

Mr. Kellermann is focused on student success, and sees students in study groups being tutored and utilizing the Math Cafe. All of that is helping with the students’ board scores. A new digital lab is currently under construction at Boyce Campus.

Among the recommendations is the need for another full-time faculty member.

Barbara Thompson moved to accept the program review. Sharon Mills seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

D.   ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the Subcommittee heard the Mandatory Student Orientation proposal and the proposal for LPN's to enter our Nursing program at the beginning of the second semester. Both were approved and will be presented to College Council at the February 28th meeting. The proposal for remote course placement testing is still being revised.  There is nothing scheduled for the upcoming meeting. 

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mary Frances Archey distributed responses to the recommendations of five program reviews completed during the Fall 2012 semester.

 AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:41 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary