Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes February 9, 2006

February 9, 2006
College Office Board Room

Present   Absent                     Guests                  

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

Nicholas Akinkuoye
Pearley Cunningham  
Brian Johnson


Diane Maldonado
Stewart Sutin
Kevin Smay
Rebecca Harmon




Gordon Crocker, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:40 PM.  Mr. Crocker welcomed Allysen Todd as a returning member of Council. Dr. Todd previously served on Council and was at one time the Chair. Dr. Todd will be taking the place of John Glenn who retired from the College. 


Maura Stevenson made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 26th, 2006 meeting of College Council.  Mary Frances Archey seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.


Gordon Crocker began the discussion announcing that last week there was an historic joint subcommittee meeting to discuss and approve the proposal, General Education at CCAC. Because the proposal touched on all Subcommittees, the joint meeting allowed for a public hearing and the ability for all Subcommittee members to consider, amend and vote on the proposal.

Diane Maldonado was present at Council to represent the proposal. During the joint meeting, the word “political” was added to the sentence “General Learning Goals include essential knowledge and skills that help students to adapt to global, cultural, social,  political, personal, and technological change”  in the introduction to the goals. Rita Gallegos commented that after the joint meeting, members of the Curriculum Subcommittee discussed the importance of adding “civic responsibility” to the goals. Dr. Maldonado explained that it had been considered, but omitted because civic responsibility is too difficult to measure. Wendy Weiner reminded Council members that the goals are not written in stone and that there will be opportunities in the future to make revisions. She felt, however, that for now it is important to keep the goals as simple as possible. Dr. Sutin agreed on the importance of civic responsibility and agreed that we can still pursue this but not necessarily keep it in this document. Dr. Sutin further commented that the idea of ethics is also important, but then again, it is difficult to measure. Council requested that the sentence in the introduction be further revised to read: “General Learning Goals include essential knowledge and skills that help students to adapt to and participate in global, cultural, social, economic, political, personal, and technological change.” The goals themselves were not changed. Dr. Maldonado commented that she felt the joint subcommittee meeting had allowed for a good hearing. Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita. Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


A.  Academic Planning Subcommittee
General discussion of the recommendation process for full-time tenure track faculty hires

Gordon Crocker informed Council that the Nursing Department reported that they did not submit requests for faculty hires because they were informed by their Business Manager that there was no money in their budget for additional faculty. Nursing claimed that they understood that their temporary nursing positions would continue for another year. However, temporary positions are only for emergencies and those temporary nursing positions would not continue. Because the Nursing Department felt they had not been given the opportunity to submit position justifications, it was decided that the process would be reopened. In all fairness, it will be reopened for everyone. Mr. Crocker stressed that this was a problem that came from management, not from the shared governance process.

Dr. Weiner will email Deans and Department Heads on Friday asking everyone who would still like to submit a justification for faculty hire, to do so by Tuesday February 14th. Requests must come in electronic format. The Subcommittee will then have the hearing on Thursday February 16th and bring the results to Council on February 23rd.

Toni Carney and Barbara Thompson expressed concern that Counselors and Librarians are omitted from this hiring process. Because they do not have Department Heads or Academic Deans, they are not alerted to when the process starts. Additionally there is no criteria to gauge them against. Joanne Jeffcoat said that at the first meeting in the Fall, her Subcommittee will start to address this problem. 

Mr. Crocker emphasized that financing the positions is not our concern. There is no way to ascertain if there will be 16 hires or no hires.  We need to go through the process regardless.

B.  Academic Standards and Student Affairs Subcommittee
Update on the Suspension Policy

Toni Carney reported that the Subcommittee is looking at the suspension policy and how it is and is not working. She also noted that the policy is different campus to campus.

Review of procedures for submitting a proposal

Toni Carney discussed her efforts to update the CCAC website to include information on all of the subcommittees and the procedures for submitting proposals. She has been gathering recommendations, will incorporate these and bring them to the next meeting. Judy Foster from the AFT office will assist Mrs. Carney in posting the documents once they have been approved.

Barbara Thompson asked if it were possible when redoing the CCAC website if the term definitions that were approved and attached to the minutes of the December 8th meeting could be added to the website. She also mentioned that it is unfortunate that the College Council minutes are no longer posted on the CCAC website.  Council will discuss this further at a future meeting. C.  Curriculum Subcommittee  
Rita Gallegos reported that there are no new proposals to bring forth to Council.

Mr. Crocker said that the College attorney has not responded about the legality of prohibiting a student from taking a course so the Computer Forensic proposal has not advanced beyond College Council. Toni Carney reported that Butler, Beaver and Westmoreland Community Colleges all prohibit students from taking a sensitive course if they have a felony conviction. Butler Community College prohibits students if they have a 2nd degree misdemeanor or higher.

Mr. Crocker also asked that a representative be available at the next Council meeting to discuss the corrections to the Manufacturing Engineering Program (070) and the Manufacturing Technology Program (705.2)

D.  Research and Development Subcommittee
Rhonda Sansone, the Secretary of the Subcommittee reported that the Subcommittee met and discussed the General Education proposal as well as the minutes. There was no new business.


Gordon Crocker reported that President’s Council met this week. The purpose of the meeting was to present the current statement of strategic planning which is going to the Board this week. The polished revised version that was presented at President’s Council is essentially the same as what was presented at town meetings.


There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:10 PM.

The next scheduled meeting of College Council is Thursday February 23rd at 2:30 in the College Office Board Room.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary