Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes January 25, 2007

January 25, 2007
College Office Board Room 





Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey            
Charles Blocksidge
Toni Carney
Gordon Crocker
John Dziak
Rod Farkas
Rita Gallegos
Joanne Jeffcoat
Maura Stevenson
Cyndi Syskowski
Barbara Thompson
Allysen Todd
Stephen Wells

Joe Calig
Diane Maldonado







Dan Clark
Deborah Gates
Brenda Trettel
Fran Dice





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


Gordon Crocker made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 14th, 2006 meeting of College Council. Steve Wells seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.


A.  Curriculum Subcommittee  

Proposal: Changes to American Sign Language Certificate (912), Tabled 12/14/06
Gordon Crocker reminded Council members that this proposal was tabled at the last meeting. Dan Cook was present at the meeting to answer any questions. Mr. Cook clarified that ASL 108 is not to be deleted. Additionally he clarified that ASL 114, 108 and 111 are on hold while he works with Rebecca Schaupp, the new Dean of Academic Affairs at North Campus and an Advisory Board to determine the feasibility of creating a 2 year degree program in sign language.

Gordon Crocker made a motion to un-table the motion. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Gordon Crocker made a motion that the 2nd paragraph of the abstract be deleted prior to the form being presented to the President for signatures. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion to accept the proposal passed unanimously.

Gordon Crocker mentioned that there is a practical nursing program that will be coming to Curriculum. Additionally there is a revision of the Biotech Program from Allysen Todd on the agenda.

B.  Research and Development Subcommittee

Update of the Draft DL survey (R&D survey, not Ad Hoc Reorganization Committee’s Survey)
Maura Stevenson reported that the Subcommittee is continuing to work on the same projects. They are still working on and tweaking their distance learning survey for faculty.

Compilation of DL information from benchmark institutions
The Subcommittee is continuing to work with the Reorganization Committee. So far they have received information from 6 benchmark schools.

C.  Academic Planning Subcommittee

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee did not meet. She brought to Council’s attention that she received an email from Mary Frances Archey alerting her that a General Motors certified full-time faculty for the Automotive Program was added to the list of new hires. This will not replace any of the recommendations that have already been made and approved by the President.

Maryann Anderson mentioned that she saw the positions advertised in Post Gazette this Sunday so the College is moving forward. This is much earlier than in previous years.

D.   Academic Standards and Student Affairs Subcommittee

Toni Carney reported that the Subcommittee did not meet and no proposals are on the horizons. The Subcommittee has already reviewed the handbook to be sure new proposals have been included. Mary Frances Archey reported that at the Achieving the Dream summit in Phoenix, many of the attendees noted that the College is out of step with our late registration process. Nearly all other community colleges have stopped late registrations. Dr. Archey anticipates that 2 people who attended the summit may be drafting some language regarding this.


Review of College Council Policies and Procedures
Maura Stevenson presented packets of new forms and procedures for submitting proposals to College Council that she and Maryann Anderson have been working on. Council spent considerable time reviewing the forms and procedures and making recommendations.

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the forms that have been discussed and amended. Charlie Blocksidge seconded the motion and the motion passed.

Dr. Blocksidge took the opportunity on behalf of Council to commend Dr. Stevenson and Mrs. Anderson on their hard work, quality performance, patience and sense of humor in undertaking and completing this project.


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

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary