Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes April 27, 2006

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
April 27, 2006
College Office Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     
Present   Absent                     Guests                  

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

Brian Johnson
        

Rebecca Harmon  
Richard Laurent
Cheryl Siniakin-Baum   
Mary Lou Fragale  
Sandi Bobick     

Gordon Crocker, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:41 PM. 

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE MARCH 23rd  MEETING  

Toni Carney moved to approve the minutes of the March 23rd, 2006 meeting of College Council. Maryann Anderson seconded the motion. The minutes were approved as amended.

Because of the many proposals that are pending this academic year, we will have a meeting on May 11th starting at noon with lunch provided by Wendy Weiner.

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  Academic Planning Subcommittee

Program Review:  Massage Therapy (695 Certificate & 443 Associate Degree)

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee met last Thursday.  She commented that this was a well done program review. Cheryl Siniakin-Baum was available to answer questions regarding the Program. The review identified the need for full time faculty members and more space.  Barbara Thompson questioned Academic Planning’s role in recommending this program review that includes adding faculty when the Subcommittee annually accepts recommendations that are generated by faculty through department heads and Deans. Joanne Jeffcoat explained that the Subcommittee is accepting the review not necessarily accepting the recommendations. During next year’s review for faculty hires, this Program Review could be used as justification for a hire. Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Nick Akinkuoye seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program Review:  Health Unit Coordinator (537)

Rebecca Harmon was available to answer questions As a result of this review; it is recommended that the program be discontinued. The program hasn’t run in about 3 years. Because of the level of the program, it will in all probability be turned into a non-credit program. If the Program Review is accepted, the courses unique to this program will go to the Curriculum Subcommittee to be removed from the catalog. Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Academic Planning's Suggested Recommendations to the CCAC Hiring Process

Mrs. Jeffcoat reported that following the hiring process, the subcommittee members consulted to determine what could be improved about the process and developed a 6 point document. The points included a need for a separate hiring form for Counselors, Librarians and Educational Technicians. Barbara Thompson and Toni Carney will work on this. Mrs. Jeffcoat said that Rich Betters had done a commendable job with the justification of Ed Techs during the hiring process. Allysen Todd will speak to Mr. Betters about working on that project with Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Carney.

Other recommendations include the need to have accurate data and all pertinent information to make the hiring recommendations. Questions remain as to how college-wide requests are treated compared to campus specific requests and how high demand programs and faculty should be considered. Additionally, the process needs to start no later than October 1st of each year.

Announcement of a hearing on May 4, 2006 at Academic Planning on the proposal:  Revision of the Program Review Process 

The proposal calls for a revision of the review process.  Those programs that have already started the process can use the old format so that they don’t have to start the process all over again. Any new reviews starting after the start of the Fall semester will use the revised process if the process is accepted by all parties.

B.  Curriculum Subcommittee  

Proposal:  Surgical Technology Program (degree)
Proposal:  Surgical Technology Program (certificate)
Proposal:  Central Service Technician Program (certificate)

Pearley Cunningham made a motion to accept these proposals and to discuss them as a group. Mary Frances Archey seconded the motion.

Mary Lou Fragale and Rebecca Harmon were available to answer questions regarding the proposals. The Surgical Technology degree proposal had been tabled because Council members had questions about the increase in credit hours. Pearley Cunningham motioned to untable the proposal and Rhonda Sansone seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Rebecca Harmon explained that the change in the credit hours for the Surgical Technology degree program was a result of an accreditation process 3 years ago after which the labs became required. This is a housekeeping change to update what has been occurring for the past 3 years. Additionally faculty will not be paid for the extra work that they are doing in the lab if it is not reflected in the number of credits for the course. Discussion resulted in finding there is no standard formula regarding the number of hours required for awarding credits to labs.

The other proposals allow students to begin either the Central Service Technician Program or the Surgical Technology Program with the same gateway courses and then decide which program they will stay with. The proposals involved realigning courses so they are synchronized.

The motion to approve all three proposals passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Respiratory Program Updates

Richard Laurent was present to answer any questions regarding the proposal. Pearley Cunningham reported that the proposal was passed at the Curriculum Subcommittee level with no problems. The majority of changes involved making the outcomes statements measurable. A prerequisite course was changed from CHM 113 which no longer exists to a choice of 3 other chemistry courses.

Toni Carney discussed the problem that Counselors and other front line staff have when trying to interpret what prerequisites are needed for entry into the various Allied Health Programs. Council was informed that this summer there will be one book with all Allied Health programs and their prerequisites listed.

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

Proposal:  Up-dating of Theatre Common Course Syllabi

Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal. It involved revising the learning outcomes and adding studio time to 8 theatre courses which did not result in an increase in credits. Maryann Anderson questioned page 11 which stated that students will have the opportunity to apply their skills in the various productions at South Campus Theatre. This precludes students getting experience elsewhere, so the words “at South Campus Theatre” will be omitted.

Barbara Thompson made a motion to accept the proposal. Pearley Cunningham seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Creation of the CFS Early Childhood Director Core Certificate

Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal. The Curriculum Subcommittee wanted changes on p. 3 so she distributed that revised page. Dr. Archey explained that this is a Program for students who are in the field right now. There are State requirements and the program reflects that. The profession is trying to elevate those who work with young children.  Most of those previously working in the field had only an Associates degree. This proposal provides training in addition to an Associates degree. Cyndi Syskowski pointed out obsolete phrases such as “nurseries” which are places where flowers are grown rather than “infant/toddler centers.” Dr. Archey said those phrases are coming from the State. Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.  

Proposal:  Changes to the PSY 215 Course

Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal. There was opposition to the original proposal to have a prerequisite to PSY 215. Instead of adding a prerequisite; the course number was changed to PSY 116. The option is left open that Psychology faculty may develop a 200 level course that would have a prerequisite. Pearley Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.      

Proposal:  Addition of a Pre-requisite to EDU 203 & EDU 204; no changes to EDU 202

Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal. When Curriculum first heard the proposal, they sent it back for further consideration. Initially the proposal added EDU 201, Fundamentals of Education to EDU 202, EDU 203 and EDU 204. The new proposal adds Fundamentals of Education to EDU 203 and EDU 204 only. At State schools there is a 120 credit limit so most schools have eliminated Fundamentals of Education. Cyndi Syskowski made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.   

Proposal:  Addition of a Pre-requisite to SOW 110

Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal. Students who had no background in Social Work were registering for this course which is a practicum course.Therefore SOW 101, Introduction to Social Work is being added as a prerequisite. Rhonda Sansone made a motion to accept the proposal. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.     

Proposal:  Revision of 6 Biology Courses: BIO 110, 151, 152, 161, 162, & 175

Mary Frances Archey presented the proposal. At the request of the Nursing Department, the Biology faculty revised the prerequisites for the A & P and Microbiology courses. The Nursing acceditors questioned whether all students need to take our basic biology courses. The prerequisites for BIO 151 were revised by Council to read “Eligibility for ENG 101 and MAT 108 and high school biology or BIO 110.” The prerequisites for BIO 161 and 175 were also revised by Council to eliminate the words “Eligible for ENG 101 and MAT 108.”

Maryann Anderson made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Deletion of Natural and Social Science Courses: BIO 095, 130, 212, & 250; CHM 085, 129, 130, 137, 211, & 212; PHS 109 & 110; and HIS 201 & 227 

Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal. These courses have not been offered in a long time. There was no controversy at Curriculum. Pearley Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Addition of EDU 131 to the College Course List

Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal. Dr. Archey explained that this course has run experimentally for a number of years.  This proposal will allow the course to be included in the catalog. The cover sheet for the proposal lists “Addition of EDU 313,” but should read “Addition of EDU 131.”  Pearley Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of the Common Course Syllabi for three History Courses: HIS 101, 104, &220

Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal. Dr. Archey explained that the proposal involves only editorial changes to update the learning objectives to measurable standards. She discovered that the objectives had been changed without going through governance.

Rhonda Sansone made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of Horticulture Courses and Selected Programs: 203, 207, & 232

Mary Frances Archey presented this proposal. Dr. Archey explained that Faculty in the department have been conversing with advisory board members and with others who have counseled that students need to be doing practicum work in their courses. Students have been working at the greenhouse on South Campus however the courses have not listed the hands on parts of the courses. This proposal corrects those omissions. Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Charles Blocksidge seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Deletion of Nursing Courses:  NSG 100, 103, 105, 208, 218, & 219

Rhonda Sansone presented this proposal. The proposal requests that these nursing courses which have not run in several years be eliminated from the college catalog. Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously

C.  Academic Standards and Student Affairs Subcommittee

Proposal:  Academic Suspension Policy

Anne Louise Dailey presented this proposal.  The proposal corrects administrative titles, grammar and punctuation in the existing policy. Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Academic Code of Conduct/Student Complaint Policies & Procedures

Allysen Todd presented the proposal. From the current code of student conduct, Dr. Todd created one that only deals with academic conduct. The procedures are updated according to the new academic structure. The only responses she received concerned editorial changes and a request for a tighter definition of plagiarism. This can be considered at a later date.

Toni Carney reported that Renee Clark will present the procedures for behavioral misconduct at the May 4th meeting of the Subcommittee.

Charles Blocksidge made a motion to accept the proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion. Pearley Cunningham made a motion to amend the motion that the proposal be accepted contingent upon the approval of the behavioral conduct proposal which will be presented at the next meeting of Council. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

D.  Research and Development Subcommittee

Maura Stevenson reported that the Subcommittee did not meet.

AGENDA ITEM III: PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL

Gordon Crocker reported that the President’s Council meetings continue to be valuable.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

Gordon Crocker reported that Barbara Thompson, Pearley Cunningham and he received emails from Jim Cairns regarding various points dealing with access to College Office including access after 4:00 PM which would potentially impact our meetings. The email was subsequently rescinded.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:40 PM

The next scheduled meeting of College Council will begin at noon on Thursday May11th, 2006 with lunch in the College Office Board Room.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary