Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes January 26, 2006

January 26, 2006
College Office Board Room

Present   Absent                     Guests                  

Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey            
Charles Blocksidge
Toni Taylor Carney
Gordon Crocker
Rita Gallegos
Joanne Jeffcoat
Rhonda Sansone
Maura Stevenson
Cyndi Syskowski
Barbara Thompson

Nicholas Akinkuoye
Pearley Cunningham          
John Dziak
Brian Johnson
Allysen Todd
Wendy Weiner       

Ping'an Wang
Rebecca Harmon
Kevin Smay
Randy Gaab   

Gordon Crocker, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:33 PM. Mr. Crocker reported that Allyson Todd will be replacing John Glenn who has retired from the College.


Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 12th, 2006 meeting of College Council.  Charles Blocksidge seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.


A.  Curriculum Subcommittee  

Computer Forensics Technology Certificate program
Mr. Ping’an Wang was in attendance to present the proposal for the new Computer Forensics Technology Certificate Program. The program is a 3-semester, 19 credit program for those working in the field of law enforcement as well as corporate computer security.

Mr. Wang who is a CIT faculty member has met with Charles Noel and other Criminal Justice faculty to design the program and they are all in agreement.

Some faculty may ask students to sign an ethics agreement at the beginning of the program. Student must, however, undergo a Pennsylvania State Police criminal history check prior to their registering for CIT 280 in the 3rd semester. The students pay approximately $10 for this test. Council members questioned why it was necessary to wait until the 3rd semester to administer this test. Mr. Wang explained that CIT 280 teaches such skills as password cracking, decryption and email and network intrusion. Courses prior to this are not as sensitive. Other colleges with similar programs require criminal history checks.

Council members discussed the ability of the College to deny someone access to a course based upon their criminal record. Randy Gaab, Director of Safety, Security, who attended the meeting to address this question, said that if students have a felony there should be no problem with the College denying access to such a sensitive course. He will consult with a College attorney on this matter.

Toni Carney moved to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion. Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Jeffcoat amended the motion to accept the proposal under these conditions: the words “and criminal history check” are to be deleted from the prerequisites in the second semester for CIT 180 and CIT 181; the sentence “Students with felony convictions will be denied continuation in the program” will be added to the requirements to continue on to the third semester; and that a College attorney review and approve the denial to continue because of a felony conviction. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Crocker requested a new cover sheet with original signatures because the title of the proposal was incomplete, as well as a corrected page 3 of the proposal.

Catalog Corrections to the Manufacturing Engineering Program (707) and the Manufacturing Technology Program (705.2)
There was no one in attendance to present the proposal and there were several errors in the calculations of the credits. Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Maryann Anderson seconded the proposal. The motion was withdrawn. Mary Francis Archey made a motion to table the proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Deletion of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (480) program and specific CVT courses
Rebecca Harmon was in attendance to present the proposal. This Program has not run in the last 5 years due to lack of attendance. The subject matter is included in other programs and students are cross-trained, therefore the consensus was to eliminate it.

During the discussion it was discovered that the program and courses have already been eliminated from the catalog which is a violation of the rules of governance and should not have been done.

Mr. Crocker noted that the implementation dates on the proposal are  incorrect and the cover sheet with original signatures must be redone. Also, Kathy Malloy must sign as Vice President for the area rather than Wendy Weiner.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Rhonda Sansone seconded the motion and the proposal passed unanimously.

Deletion of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist (471) program and specific EEG courses
Rebecca Harmon presented this proposal. The Program and courses are being deleted because of lack of enrollment and lack of interest. The Program and courses have already been eliminated from the catalog which is a violation of the rules of governance. The implementation dates need to be corrected and new original signatures are needed for the cover sheet. Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Maryann Anderson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Deletion of Anesthesia Technology (461) program and specific Anesthesia courses
Rebecca Harmon presented this proposal. The Program and courses are being deleted because of low enrollment due to on the job training at most hospitals. The Program and courses have already been eliminated from the catalog which is a violation of the rules of governance. The implementation dates need to be corrected and new original signatures are needed for the cover sheet. Barbara Thompson made a motion to accept the proposal. Charles Blocksidge seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

B.  Academic Standards and Student Affairs Subcommittee

Procedures for Submitting Proposals to the Academic Standards and Student Affairs
Toni Carney expressed a willingness to work on the procedures for the CCAC website and thanked Barbara Thompson for summarizing the procedure so well in the minutes for the January 12th meeting. Council members agreed that the procedures and generic forms relevant to all Subcommittees need to be on the web. Every Subcommittee should have their own link complete with a description of the responsibilities. Toni Carney will work on a draft for the web and a generic cover sheet for the next meeting. There is no webmaster now so having something new posted to the website may be problematic; however Judy Foster in the AFT office might be able to help.

C.  Research and Development Subcommittee

Maura Stevenson reported on the following issues discussed at the Subcommittee meeting on January 19th.

Overview of the IA Process
Kevin Smay gave an update on the Institutional Assessment process. The College is doing a good job of getting the word out about the process.

Annual Report and Overview of the “State of Distance Learning”
Jeanette Blackston gave a brief PowerPoint presentation. Of particular notes was that distance learning courses have increased from 9 in the Fall of 1997 to 179 in the Fall of 2005. Also the following degrees and certificates may be obtained through distance learning: Associates Degree in General Studies, Dietary Manager Certificate and Web Designer Certificate.

Members questioned how the recent survey from Brenda Trettel ties into the Distant Learning Working Group? Dr. Stevenson remarked that Brenda Trettel is very conscientious of going through Research and Development and is also working through John Dziak when there are AFT issues involved.

Report on Discussion of Dr. Weiner’s Draft Policy Regarding Faculty Teaching Loads in Distance Learning
Dr. Stevenson reported on Wendy Weiner’s proposal that limits a faculty member’s load to all but one course that can be taught as distance education. One course must be taught as a traditional course. A faculty member who has her full load as distance education made a good case for why there should not be a limit. The proposal also limits only one distance learning course to be taught as an overage. During the summer, a limit of 12 credits may be taught as distance learning as long as it does not deprive any other Employee of an overage.

Because the proposed policy deals with workload, it is an AFT matter and not one for Governance.

Dr Stevenson is working with Dr. Blocksidge and Mr. Smay on a project to examine statistics on dual enrollment students. They are looking at certain comparisons with students who have similar profiles. The comparisons will be based upon achievement. 

There is a growing number of dual enrollment students. There were 697 students in the Spring of 2005 and 835 in the Spring of 2006. Dual enrollment students are 11th and 12th grade students who are also enrolled at the College.

Toni Carney said that home schooled students are problematic in terms of age to qualify.  Normally dual enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors. Home schooled students don’t really have a level.  In that case, they are to be referred to the campus academic dean.  

D.    Academic Planning Subcommittee

Report on the Progress re 2006 Faculty Hiring Recommendations
Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee met last week and discussed the hiring process for 2006 and 2007. Some hiring request forms were not complete and when they looked at the staffing report, there were inconsistencies as well. The Subcommittee members discovered that they were working from the November 15th staffing report and everyone should be working from the Dec 1st report which is the 2nd version. Mrs. Jeffcoat reported some requests had to be redone and that she needs to receive everything by Monday so that it will be ready for the Subcommittee on Thursday. She has received the requests from Allegheny but nothing was received from Nursing. Apparently all Nursing full-time temporary positions will continue. There are at least 10 of them. It was pointed out that temporary positions are supposed to be for emergency purposes only.

Those positions requested as replacements will go into the mix and the word “replacement” will be taken off. There was a question if those who requested a replacement understand that. Mrs. Jeffcoat replied that she believed that they did understand.

There was a question regarding what is the mechanism for Counselors and Librarians to recommend hires. It is a disparity if teaching faculty have this mechanism and non-teaching faculty do not. Toni Carney will talk to John Dziak regarding this.


On Feb 2nd there is a joint meeting at College Office of all Subcommittees to discuss the General Education Learning Goals and Assessments. Mr. Crocker reminded the Subcommittee Chairs to make sure that their members attend.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:44 PM.

The next scheduled meeting of College Council is Thursday February 9th, 2006 at 2:30 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary