Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes April 12, 2007

April 12, 2007
College Office Board Room

Present Absent Guests

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

Toni Carney         Bill Shay 
Debra McCluskey  
Nancilee Burzachechi 
Tanya Sander-Marks 

Gretchen Mullen
Rebecca Schaupp
Joanne Hall
Bruce Turchetta
Rick Allison
Richard Laurent
Carl Mazzetti


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



Nancilee Burzachechi, Vice President of Institutional Advancement; Tanya Sander-Marks, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications; and Debra McCluskey, the Web Developer appeared before Council to answer questions regarding difficulties getting information onto the CCAC website. Ms. Burzachech said that they were happy to appear to discuss the web, the process for adding to and revising the web and what may be coming up in the future. She explained that the CCAC web is a huge undertaking with 3900 active pages and that Deb McCluskey as Web Developer, spends one half of her time maintaining it.

The Content Management System which is a 3-step process is used to add content to the web. An Editor develops and creates the content, the Approver ensures that the content is correct, and the Web Developer does a quick review for formatting and to make sure that links are current and publishes the page. In many cases the Editor and the Approver is the same person as is the case with the College Council website

Ms Burzachechi said that the question often comes up regarding who owns the content. She said that as long as public information is accurate such as tuition, and if there are no such things as racial slurs, then it is published.  Otherwise it goes back to the developer. She said that Barbara Thompson has been working with a very complicated and difficult website.

The group distributed copies of a plan of how they felt the College Council website could be reworked. After discussion, it was decided that Deb McCluskey will redo the pages and bring the redesign back to Council for the April 26th meeting. They will not publish the pages until Council approves the plan.

Barbara Thompson pointed out that pages and forms that had been on the College Council website previously are now being denied to be published.  Mary Frances Archey reminded those responsible for the web, that when forms are approved by Council and signed off by the President, the forms are not subject to debate whether they are to be placed on the website as they are.

Gordon Crocker reported on a problem with the website that had an out-dated Economics syllabus on it that had caused concerns. The revised syllabus, which was approved by the President in June 2006, is still not on the web. Deb McCluskey responded that the problem is with Fran Dice’s office.  

Nancilee Burzachechi reported that there is a 26-member Web audit committee which will be going to all of the campuses collecting feedback from faculty and staff on such issues as how to make the web more user friendly. Also, at the bottom of every page is a “contact us” link to comment on any page that might have problems or errors. She encouraged everyone to use that option if something doesn’t work



Proposal: Revision of the PSY 101 Master Syllabus 
Gordon Crocker reported that the learning outcomes have been revised and updated and the number of outcomes reduced from 19 to 10. Topics have also been revised. Diane Maldonado added that all outcomes are measurable. Mr. Crocker stated that the Advisory Board had approved all changes. Diane Maldonado made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Edits to SPH 101 Common Course Syllabus 
Allysen Todd was in attendance to present the proposal which involved minor edits to the learning outcomes and listed topics for Speech 101. Steve Wells pointed out that the prerequisite on the last page of the proposal should read, “Eligibility for ENG 101” not “Prerequisite ENG 100.” That will be corrected. Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.      

Proposal: Medical Laboratory Assistant Program 
Rick Allison, who was in attendance, asked to withdraw the proposal and submit it at the next meeting of Council, which is April 26th. He would like to check on the correct SOC code from the State and the job outlook.

Proposal: Proposed Changes to Health and Physical Education (020) Program 
This proposal had previously been presented to Council and was not approved due to problems with the outcomes. Since then Gretchen Mullen, Brenda Trettel and Diane Maldonado went through the entire proposal and made all the corrections.

Gordon Crocker observed that activity hours are calculated into credits. Bruce Turchetta responded that 1 credit equals 2 activity hours and 2 credits equal 3 activity hours. It was noted that on page 44 of the proposal, .5 lecture hours was included. It will be deleted. Steve Wells asked which version of the introduction of learning outcomes is correct: “Upon successful completion of the course, the student will,” or “After successful completion of the course, the student will:”? The former is correct and should be used consistently.

It was also noted that on page 28, learning outcomes #9 and #10 end with “throughout a lifetime” which is not measurable. It was agreed to strike the phrase “throughout a lifetime.” The verbiage on page 48, #4 which is “Develop and employ a health and wellness awareness and behavior change” is expressed in more measurable terms.

Council noted that the proposal represented a tremendous amount of work.

Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the proposal and the proposal passed unanimously.

Gordon Crocker announced that there are 9 proposals that will probably appear before the Curriculum Subcommittee at the next meeting.


Maura Stevenson reported that the Subcommittee didn’t meet.


Program Review: Respiratory Therapy
Rick Laurent was in attendance for the discussion of this Program Review. The review noted that faculty and space are adequate and as long as annual reports are acceptable, the Program will not have to be reaccredited until 2011. In the review, it was noted that there is a need for an additional SIM-MAN piece of equipment.

There is a strong affiliation between UPMC and the program. UPMC has a severe manpower shortage and the program is running extra sections for them. UPMC currently has 65 openings for respiratory therapists.

The program will also be running a short course for sleep study technicians. This will be a work force development project. Currently respiratory therapists are doing sleep studies and they are overqualified.

Rick Allison and Rick Laurent mentioned a program that is being developed for Palermo, Italy. Italy has no respiratory therapists. The Program will be offered via internet or video conferencing.

Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the Program Review. Diane Maldonado seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program Review: Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
Carl Mazzetti was in attendance to present the Program Review. The review identified a need for one more faculty member and new equipment. Space appears to be adequate.

Within the program students can obtain a certificate or an associate’s degree. The current trend is toward requiring a bachelor’s degree. Many baccalaureate schools are interested in working with us, such as Indiana University, Edinboro, LaRoche, Carlow and Point Park. Currently, we are in competition with Robert Morris instead of working in conjunction with them.

Imaging professions are increasing because of aging populations. We are the 4th largest program in the country. Nuclear medicine is starting to involve PET imaging, which is fusion imaging using nuclear and anatomical imaging. Peg Betlyn-Williams said that some of these capital costs need to be brought to hospital foundations to fund. For instance, a simulator which is needed costs $150,000.

The program is accredited for 7 years which is the maximum.  Periodic updates are done every 2 to 3 years. Rick Allison applauded not only Carl Mazzetti’s work, but Maryann Anderson’s leadership as Department Chair.

Peg Betlyn-Williams made a motion to accept the Program Review. Charlie Blocksidge seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program Review: Horticulture
Joanne Jeffcoat explained that everything was in order for the Program Review. Joanne Hall was in attendance to answer questions regarding the review. She explained that the greenhouse facility at South Campus is 25 years old and is no longer sufficient for student needs. Additionally, finding adjunct faculty to teach is a challenge. She must run classes during the evenings because potential adjunct faculty members are working during the day.

Joanne Hall reported that the Advisory Board recommends that the 7 or 8 diploma options should be consolidated into 1 degree with 3 options. The review lists 12 recommendations which can be found on page 27 of the Program Review package.

Allysen Todd made a motion to accept the Program Review. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee will meet on April 19th and there are a few Program Reviews which will be presented.


Cyndi Syskowski reported that the Subcommittee did not meet. The next meeting will be April 19th and there are 4 proposals for consideration.


Maryann Anderson said that elections for next year Council members will soon be announced. Those members up for re-election include Joanne Jeffcoat, Gordon Crocker, Cyndi Syskowski, Maura Stevenson and Barbara Thompson. Mrs. Anderson explained that North Campus is out of cycle and that both North Campus representatives are technically up for re-election. However to put North Campus back on cycle so that only one campus representative is up for re-election at one time, Rod Farkas has agreed to continue as a member of Council.


Because of the number of proposals that are being considered, Maryann Anderson suggested that we have a meeting not only April 26th but May 10th as well. Otherwise the April 26th agenda will be too long.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary