Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes December 14, 2006

December 14, 2006
College Office Board Room 






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

Brian Johnson







Fran Dice
Brenda Trettel
Bill Shay
Petrina Kachmar
Linda Radzvin
Stephanie Goloway
Barbara Arensberg
Walt Pauli
Deb McCluskey
Kevin Smay





Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:36 PM. 


Gordon Crocker made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 30th, 2006 meeting of College Council. Diane Maldonado seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.



Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee reviewed 3 program reviews and all went very well.

Program Review: Surgical Technology
Linda Radzvin was present to address the Surgical Technology Program Review. She explained that the Program was first accredited in December 1997 by the Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (CAAHP) and has just been reaccredited for an additional 10 years. The program strengths include the placement of their graduates and the evaluations from employers. Their weaknesses are a lack of certification by faculty and inconsistencies in curriculum. These are being addressed.

Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the program review. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program Review: Computer and Information Technology
Walt Pauli was in attendance to present the program review. It was the opinion of the Advisory Board and the Department that the Program should be pared down from 4 degrees to 2 degrees. Otherwise the Advisory Board was pleased with the Program.

There are sufficient full-time faculty members with over 50% of classes taught by full-timers. Space is adequate and equipment is sufficient. There has been a decline in enrollment, but the Program will emphasize the transfer degree programs more. Walt Pauli said that they are working to increase internship programs. Joe Calig commented that there will be an increase in demand in graduates when Vista is released. Steve Wells made a motion to accept the Program Review. Allysen Todd seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program Review: English Discipline Review
Allysen Todd presented the English Discipline Program Review.  She commented that this discipline serves 21,600 students. The program, Achieving the Dream, is looking at completion rates. Problems include class size, and the many adjuncts teaching classes. They are investigating the acquisition of software to be used in the discipline.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the Program Review. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Toni Carney reported that the Subcommittee considered 3 proposals, 2 of which were being presented to Council. The proposal regarding the registration of visiting students failed and will not be resubmitted.

Allysen Todd presented this proposal which involves a revision to the Student Academic Conduct Policy. She explained that there were 3 types of changes. The first reflects changes to address our new academic organization. The second change gives a far more detailed definition to plagiarism. And the third change provides disciplinary sanctions from the informal stage up to the level of Academic Deans. This proposal is in alignment with what is going on in the State. The proposal includes a tracking system which will be noted in Datatel in the remarks section. The Registration staff needs to be trained on the confidential nature of these remarks. This information does not transfer with the student. It is the national norm that this does not go on the transcript.

Information regarding this policy will be placed in faculty handbook and a summary of plagiarism will be placed in the Student Handbook to help students understand what plagiarism is and its ramifications.

Corrections were necessary to page 4 under the heading Academic Record. A sentence should be removed. Additionally, there is an incorrect use of the word, “syllabus” on pages 2 and 5.The information would appear on an outline, not syllabus.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Academic Forgiveness
Fran Dice, Petrina Kachmar and Barbara Arensberg were in attendance to present the proposal. Fran Dice explained that the College had 2 policies regarding academic forgiveness which had not been reviewed in 20 years. This proposal updates and combines the 2 policies.    

The proposal benefits (1) students who have done poorly at the College, sat out at least 4 years and returned and did well. Upon return, normally these students are immediately on academic probation/suspension and are so far behind in their grades that they cannot pull themselves out. The proposed policy will also benefit (2) students who have taken coursework in one program, did poorly and then switched programs.

The proposal allows for the forgiveness of D and F grades. The grades are not removed from the transcript, but aren’t calculated into the GPA. There is a limit on courses that can be forgiven. Additionally, if a course was already used as a prerequisite it cannot be forgiven.

Students can apply for academic forgiveness after successful completion of 12 credits, upon return from at least a 4 year absence or after changing their major. Developmental courses are not eligible for forgiveness. Almost any college has some kind of clemency and all require students to come back and show some promise.

Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. 


Proposal: Revisions to Education Common Course Syllabi: EDU201, EDU202, EDU203, EDU204
Stephanie Goloway was in attendance to present the proposal. The revisions were completed to update the learning outcomes in measurable terms and modernize the courses. The proposal reflects an alteration in the number of lecture and lab hours for EDU 204. Steve Wells inquired why there are no pre-requisites for EDU 201, especially ENG 102 as there seems to be a significant writing component. Are we setting students up to fail? Stephanie Goloway explained that students get frequent feedback on their writing. Further, there are many courses in which students need pre-requisites that are not listed. Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Changes to the American Sign Language Certificate (912)
Brenda Trettel presented the proposal which involved necessary changes in course sequencing. There also is a need to increase some course credits and add the course, ASL 104. ASL 109 went from 2 to 3 credits. The proposal is lacking a deletion form to remove ASL 108. Brenda Trettel was not exactly sure if the course should be removed.

Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion. After discussion it was suggested that Council needs more information to pass the motion. Therefore Gordon Crocker made a motion to table the proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion. The motion to table the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Proposed Changes to Health and Physical Education Program (020)
Bill Shay was in attendance to present the proposal. Brenda Trettel reported that the program review revealed a number of changes that needed to be made. Gordon Crocker added that learning outcomes needed to be added or revised.   

Mr. Shay explained that with health and physical education, there must be a wide range of offerings. There are tremendous concerns by students who want to look at themselves and determine what health issues are important to them. The Program attempts to blend services and deal with wide range of obesity concerns and the lack of exercise within our society. There was an attempt to approach the program in a concerning manner to meet these student needs and concerns. The proposal references the many hats in which physical education is involved.

Questions regarding the proposal included why in the aerobic dance course students are not asked to learn any dance steps. Mr. Shay explained that the course is about health not achieving perfect dance steps.

Diane Maldonado expressed her concern with the learning outcomes, and the over use of the word “demonstrate.” She further noted a 200 level course on page 68 for which there are 3 learning outcomes, but on page 70 there is a 200 level course with 24 learning outcomes. This represents a huge difference for the same level courses. The proposal still needs work on outcomes

Gordon Crocker made a motion to table the proposal. Rod Farkas seconded the motion and the motion to table failed with to 2 votes in favor and 9 votes opposed. Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal.  Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion failed unanimously.  

Proposal: Revision of Biology common course syllabi (BIO117, 120, 133, 207, 209, 212, 216, 240, 241) and deletion of two courses (BIO114-Human Physiology and BIO203-Field Ecology)
Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal and explained that 2 courses, BIO 114 and 203, that have not been offered in a long time have been deleted. The learning outcomes have been added to and revised. The Curriculum Subcommittee made slight edits which have been addressed.

Rod Farkas made a motion to accept the proposal. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Revision of the Social Work Technician Program (630.2)
Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal to Council. Gordon Crocker explained that one of goals of the program revision was to coordinate with the University of Pittsburgh’s program as well as to add anthropology and history as electives. He said that the proposal passed the Curriculum Subcommittee with only minor edits.

Joe Calig asked that if the program is to prepare students to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh, has someone from Pitt been involved with the revisions. Dr. Archey answered affirmatively. She pointed out that page 6 of the proposal shows the signed articulation agreement. Toni Carney asked whether Pitt accepts BIO 110, and Dr. Archey answered yes.

Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Pre-requisite revision for MAT 106
The proposal corrects a change that was previously made inadvertently. Diane Maldonado made a motion to accept the proposal. Gordon Crocker seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Survey regarding DL course modality options
Maura Stevenson reported that the Subcommittee drafted a survey asking questions concerning online courses and traditional learning. They are working with the reorganization committee.


Review of College Council Policies and Procedures (including Act 46 curriculum forms)

Maura Stevenson cautioned that we need to look carefully at the website changes that we are making because they represent some changes in process and procedures. Whenever possible, she tried to eliminate the need for hard copies.

The global search is not perfect. There is a lot to sift through when doing a search. Dr. Stevenson added that we will need to work on the explanatory language surrounding the search so that people are not expecting a clean list.  She is aiming for the start of the new year to use this.

On the submission form, there is now a line for the President’s signature and the number of copies has been reduced to the number of copies for members of the Subcommittee.

The question arose why the syllabus language recommends 8 learning outcomes? It was suggested that a range of 5 to 10 might be better. Course outlines are no longer necessary as they are individual to instructors, however syllabi are required

Curriculum looked at Act 46 forms. Programs that qualify for Act 46 should go to the Dean of Workforce Development first because the Dean has expertise and she is responsible for the economic development of Act 46. Act 46 program objectives need to be on the website also.


Maryann Anderson reported that she met with Dr. Sutin and he approved all governance initiatives to date. Regarding the postings, Dr. Sutin responded quickly and Council was appreciative.  The first 6 positions recommended by Council have been approved with 6 additional Nursing positions approved.  Dr. Sutin anticipates funding up to 4 minority internships, which will be full-time temp positions. They will provide learning experiences for minorities who are very new to their profession.

Maryann Anderson will send out an electronic copy of the approved positions to the college community.

The next meeting will be Jan 25th. The next opportunities for Subcommittees to meet will be Jan. 18th.  The meeting adjourned 5:06 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary