Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes December 8, 2005

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
December 8, 2005
COLLEGE OFFICE BOARD ROOM

ATTENDANCE                                        
PresentAbsentGuests
Nicholas Akinkuoye         
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey

Charles Blocksidge
Toni Taylor Carney
Gordon Crocker
Pearley Cunningham       
Rita Gallegos
John Glenn
Joanne Jeffcoat
Rhonda Sansone
Maura Stevenson
Cyndi Syskowski
Wendy Weiner                

John Dziak
Brian Johnson
Barbara Thompson         

Fran Dice
Rebecca Harmon
Elizabeth Vargo

                                     

Gordon Crocker, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2: 33 PM.   

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTESOF THE OCTOBER 13TH  MEETING

Maryann Anderson   moved to approve the minutes of the October 13th, 2005 meeting of College Council. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  CURRICULUM 
Proposal: Revision of CJC Course Learning Outcomes
Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal to revise the learning outcomes of the CJC course. Changes to the course outcomes were the only items for review of this proposal.

Nicholas Akinkuoye made a motion to accept the proposal.  Toni Taylor Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Revision of CFS Course Learning Outcomes
Dr. Archey also presented the proposal to revise the learning outcomes of the CFS course. Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal.  Nicholas Akinkuoye seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Deleting 2 Natural Science Courses: CHM 113, CHM 114, and PHS 109
These particular courses have not been offered in more than 5 years. Therefore, it was proposed that they be deleted from the catalog offerings. Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal.    Rhonda Sansone seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Up-Dating the Dance Common Course Syllabi
Dr. Archey discussed that with the dance courses there is a progression related to lecture hours versus studio hours. Currently, these courses are listed as primarily lecture courses when in fact the higher level courses have more clock hours in studio. A discussion also took place involving editing learning outcomes. Toni Taylor Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Adding a 1 Credit PAL Orientation Course
The proposal represents a new course that comes from an advisory board recommendation on ethics. Pearley Cunninghammade a motion to accept the proposal.   Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Changes to PSY Courses and Program
This proposal involved deleting PSY 111. This is the grief and loss course. In addition, the course outcomes to PSY were updated. John Glenn made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Changes in Admissions Policy and Subsequent Change in Catalog Description for the Radiation Therapy Associate in Science Degree Program 565. Also, Changes in Math Requirement from MAT 108 to MAT 142 in the Program
Rebecca Harmon discussed that MAT 142, the pre calc course is needed for this program. It is due to the fact that the accrediting body requires a higher level math course in the curriculum. Maryann Anderson made a motion to accept the proposal.  Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Changes in Admissions Policy and Subsequent Change in Catalog Description for the Radiation Therapy Certificate Program 566
Toni Taylor Carney made a motion to accept the proposal.  Pearley Cunningham seconded the motion. These changes were made to reflect the new admission requirements. Applicants must be Board Certified and employed in diagnostic radiography for one year or Board Certified with a passing score of 80% or higher on the diagnostic radiography exam RT (R). The motion passed unanimously

Proposal: Revisions to Dietetic Technician Associate in Science Degree, Program Code 590
This proposal discussed the creation of a new course DIT 125 to replace BIO 140. Also, the program would substitute BIO 103 for BIO 114 and CHM 120 for CHM 129. In addition, in first year second semester, the specification was made for MAT 108 rather than a MAT elective. Pearley Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal. John Glenn seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Revisions to Dietary Manager Program Certificate, Program Code 591
The program description was changed to remove the Hospitality Option B. Mary Frances Archey made a motion to accept the proposal.    Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Question: Who Makes Announcements?
Pearley Cunningham reported that there is confusion over who should make the announcements concerning proposals for the Curriculum Sub Committee. Council agreed that the announcement should be made by the initiator of the proposal. A proposal does not need to be announced by the dean but rather the initiator of the proposal.

Definitions of Terms: Course Outcomes, Program Objectives, and College Goals.
Nicholas Akinkuoye made a motion to discuss the terms brought forth by the Curriculum Subcommittee. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion. A document discussing the terms was distributed to members of council via e-mail by Pearley Cunningham. This assignment came from the meeting with Diane Maldonado. All council members were in agreement with the terms. A discussion related to program objectives took place. The general education goals of the college were also discussed. The motion passed unanimously and will be attached to the Minutes. 

B.  ACADEMIC PLANNING
Spring 2007 Academic Calendar, Summer Sessions 2007, Fall 2007 Academic Calendar
Joanne Jeffcoat presented the academic calendars for Spring, Summer Session and Fall 2007 that were approved by Academic Planning. They are as follows:

Spring 2007

15 Week          January 16 to May 14   Spring Break April 2 – 8
13 Week          January 29 to May 14   Spring Break April 2 – 8

First Summer Session 2007

4 Week            May 21 to June 15                               Off Memorial Day
6 Week            May 21 to June 29                               Off Memorial Day
8 Week            June 4 to July 27                                   Off July 4th
10 Week          May 21 to July 27                                Off Memorial Day and
July 4th

Second Summer Session 2007

6 Week            July 2 to Aug 10                                   Off July 4th

Fall 2007

15 Week          August 20 to December 18                   November 19-25 Thanksgiving
13 Week          September 4 to December 18               November 19-25 Thanksgiving

Copies of the calendar were distributed to council members. Joann Jeffcoat discussed that faculty were happy with the calendar. She stated that full week breaks versus segmented breaks were the primary reason for the satisfaction. Other points of interest include:

  1. Later start date due to Martin Luther King holiday
  2. Spring Break and Good Friday coincide. May 7th is designated as the reading/study day. It was mentioned that J. Cavalier voiced concern over e-mail that the study day was present for the 13 week schedule but not the 15 week schedule.
  3. Thanksgiving break will be a full week off (Monday – Sunday)
  4. December 18th will serve as the severe weather make-up day for final exams

Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the 2007 calendar.    Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.   

C.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS
Procedures for Submitting Proposals to the Academic Standards and Student Affairs Sub-committee
This committee met via e-mail. Directions for proposal submissions were passed out. The goal is to become more in line with the documents provided by the curriculum committee through CC wizard.

D.   RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Maura Stevenson, the Chair of the Subcommittee, reported that the Sub-committee has not met due to lack of business. However she has invited Wendy Weiner to attend a meeting of the Sub Committee to discuss the proposal of allowing a faculty member to teach only 3 distance learning courses per semester. Dr. Weiner will attend their January meeting on the 19th. There is a meeting scheduled on December 15th at 9 am. Jeanette Blackstone will be in attendance to discuss the distance learning VCR course proposal.

Charles Blocksidge asked about dual enrolment students related to success rates with distance learning courses. He is going to “define success” and report back to the Research and Development Subcommittee.

AGENDA ITEM III: UPDATE ON STRATEGIC PLANNING

Kevin Smay will attend the Council meeting on January 12th to update members on the progress of Strategic Planning.

AGENDA ITEM IV: APPROVAL BY DR. SUTIN OF SHARED GOVERNANCE INITIATIVES

Dr. Sutin has approved shared governance initiatives. The e-mail was circulated on October 27th.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

  1. The computer forensic program will be going through the curriculum committee soon. A meeting with faculty has been organized by Nicholas Akinkuoye
  2. Reading Area Community College is currently evaluating effectiveness of governance. A representative contacted Gordon Crocker for feedback from faculty at CCAC. An e-mail will be sent and council members should bring discussion topics on this issue to the next council meeting.

The next meeting of College Council will be Thursday January 12th, 2006 at 2:30 PM in the College Office Board Room.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Sansone
College Council Member – Substituting Secretary

Definitions of Terms: Course Outcomes, Program Objectives, and College Goals

To: Dr. D. Maldonado, Chair ASL Committee

From: Dr. P Cunningham, Chair Curriculum Sub-Committee

Date: October 20, 2005

Subject: Definitions

The committee today spent considerable time on a discussion of the terms Outcomes, Objectives and Goals, and how these could assist in clarifying the curriculum change process, and at the same time build into the curriculum the ability to do assessment.

The committee for a number of years has been emphasizing the need for the “Learning Outcomes” required on our Common course Syllabus to be in measurable and active terms.  Last spring we initiated a process to encourage departments to review all courses and change their outcomes into a measurable form.  We even have a new form to streamline this aspect of curriculum change.  In our discussions we felt that the terms below should be used as defined.

These terms represent three distinct levels of concern and each level should have a distinctive term to avoid confusion.  In other words if we use the term goals to mean something at the course level, the program level and the institution level what is the difference between them.  We view the outcomes, objectives and goals feeding each other as per the diagram below.

Outcomes would support objectives of programs and the objectives of the programs would support the goals of the college.  Conversely the goals of the college would suggest needed objectives in the programs and the need to complete those objectives would translate into the outcomes necessary in each course.  There should be a traceable line in both directions from goal to outcome.  By collecting outcome measures you can support objectives being completed and in turn goals.  The “fly in the ointment”, however, is that we do not require stated measurable objectives for our programs!  The Curriculum Sub-Committee believe this should change and the forms for new programs ( A2 ) and revised programs ( B2  ) should be changed to require Program Objectives be provided.

Term Definitions suggested by Curriculum Sub-Committee

Course Outcomes are learning outcomes that are observable, measurable and assessable statements of the end products of student learning including knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes.

Program Objectives are detailed aspects of the program that are accomplished by the successful completion of the course outcomes.

College Goals are clearly articulated statements of what the Community College of Allegheny County expects its students to learn.