Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes May 10, 2007

May 10, 2007
College Office Board Room

Present   Absent                     Guests                  

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


Ross Donahue  
Maureen Stradley  
Mary Lou Kennedy 
Mary Kay Quinlan 
Rich Betters 
Fran Dice 
Melanie Porach 
Sandy Bobick
Michelle Doas
Max Blobner

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:40 PM 


Gordon Crocker made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 26th, 2007 meeting of College Council. Diane Maldonado seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended. Mrs. Anderson reminded Council that the minutes from this meeting will be approved electronically.

Barbara Thompson reported that Tanya Sander-Marks contacted her regarding the minutes from the April 12th meeting. Ms. Sander-Marks pointed out that Mrs. Thompson had confused the speakers when reporting on the discussion regarding the website.  The content was correct, but the attribution of the content was not. Gordon Crocker made a motion to amend the minutes of the April 12th meeting so the speakers are correct. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.



Joanne Jeffcoat distributed the Program Review Log which lists all Programs, when they were reviewed and what is due. Mary Frances Archey commented that this list should be reviewed every October by the Deans. The list also needs to be reviewed to be sure that all programs are accounted for.   

Program Review: Developmental Studies

Joanne Jeffcoat presented the review and pointed out that the review recommended more need for full-time reading instructors, especially at Allegheny Campus and the desire for technical staff to be available. Computer labs are needed at North and South campuses. Continuous updates are needed to equipment and software. 

It was noted that this is an award winning Program, having received the National Association for Developmental Education Award “Advanced Certification for its Developmental Coursework-Reading Courses Program,” the only program in the nation to be nationally certified. The Program also earned a recognition award from the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators (PADE). Allysen Todd recognized Maureen Stradley and her efforts to secure this certification and award. Dr. Todd further commented on the excellent work by the team who prepared this Program Review and especially Carla Young who kept everyone on task.

Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the Program Review. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program Review: Graphic Communications

Joanne Jeffcoat said that everything in the review was in order. The last page of the review summarizes Program needs which include a Program coordinator for consistency and to champion the Program, a climate-controlled environment for the high tech equipment, and software which needs to be constantly upgraded.

Allysen said Max Blobner did a wonderful job with the Program Review. When asked about the job market, Mr. Blobner responded that the local job market is saturated with graduates from schools such as the Art Institute and the Academy of Art Design. Outside Pittsburgh the market is great. Diane Maldonado commented that program objectives need to be in the proper format and the phrase “Upon completion of this program the student will:” should be used. Max Blobner agreed to make the suggested changes.

Diane Maldonado made a motion to accept the Program Review. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Proposal: Annual and Comprehensive Student Development Services Assessment Process 

Mary Lou Kennedy explained that this assessment process is meant to parallel the Program Review process for the Student Development Services Division. In the review process, staff  have developed 5 objectives for the next 5 years dealing with assessment in their area. The purpose is to improve service, document achievements and determine if objectives are being achieved. The process is on a 5-year cycle. Rita Gallegos made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

AS/SA Form for the Web

Toni Carney distributed the Subcommittee form which was approved by Council on Nov. 16th with the omission of item #2. The form is now ready to be placed on the web. Toni Carney will forward the electronic copy of the form to Barbara Thompson.

Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the form. Toni Carney seconded the motion and the motion to accept the form passed unanimously.


Proposal: Deletion of Music (MUS) Courses

Gordon Crocker explained that the proposal was approved at the April 19th meeting of the Curriculum Subcommittee. Mr. Betters could not be at the last meeting of Council so the proposal was deferred to this meeting. In order to clean up the catalog, the proposal requests that music courses that no one has taken for a number of years be deleted. Much of what is included in these courses to be deleted can be covered in other courses. 

Maura Stevenson made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.  

Proposal: Edits to Biotechnology Courses

This proposal was submitted to Council last year and has been brought back in 2 parts.

This proposal edits the following Biotechnology courses: BTC 100, 101, 102, 103, 202, and 204. Sandy Bobick was available to answer questions regarding the proposal. In most cases, the edits are revisions to learning objectives and listed topics.

Regarding BTC 204, a correction will be made in the catalog description so there is not the assumption that students have necessarily completed Biotechnology Labs I and II. The course description will read, “Techniques learned in Biotechnology labs will be applied…”

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Charley Blocksidge seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Revision Pre-Health Professions (033) Program

Mary Frances Archey explained that when the Program Review was completed for Biology, everything regarding the review went smoothly.  However, proposed changes to the curriculum for the Pre-Health Professions were controversial so those proposed changes were abandoned at the subcommittee level. Dr. Archey was then only proposing to insert the program objectives into the catalog description.

Peggy Williams-Betlyn made a motion to accept the proposal. Allysen Todd seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.    

Proposal: Cooperative Education – New Course Proposal

Melanie Porach presented the proposal which had passed the Curriculum Subcommittee without controversy.  Gordon Crocker commented that it was well organized and everything was in order.

Peggy Williams-Betlyn asked if the College identifies where the internships are, is it done by the students, or can it be either?  Melanie Porach replied that it is both. She explained that Pittsburgh has the Regional Internship Center which lists about 1500 internship opportunities. Last year, 300 internships went unfilled. Almost any job can be an internship. The College does not have criteria because of the variety of experiences. The co-op person goes to the site during the first 2 weeks of the internship and develops objectives which are reviewed at the end of the internship.

Students complete 150 hours for 3 credits or 300 hours for 6 credits. Internships can exist in any alpha code. Fran Dice said that other Colleges contact her inquiring about the co-op courses. This proposal provides a template. Pass/fail grades have been issued in the past.  Through the proposal, students receive a letter grade which helps them in the job market. Melanie Porach agreed to add “grading explanation” to the list of topics on the course syllabus.

There is a coordinator at Allegheny Campus. At other campus co-ops are handled within the departments.  Faculty are paid per student according to a formula. For one student in a 3-credit course, remuneration would be about $100. There are approximately 50 to 70 students taking co-op courses.

Steve Wells made a motion to accept the proposal. Joe Calig seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously with the exception of one abstention.

Proposal:  Proposed Change in LPN Program

Michelle Doas was in attendance to address questions regarding the proposal. Gordon Crocker explained that the proposal was passed in Curriculum with 6 qualifiers which were required to be completed by noon Monday.

1. NPN 101 needed a new syllabus.  
2. All emails regarding the proposals were to be attached. 
3. Add Nursing as an impacted discipline  
4. Consider putting PSY 108 back in (Human Growth and Development)  
5. Make sure all Act 46 material is in order  
6. Check with Joanne Jeffcoat whether the Program had been through the Program Review process in the past

Maryann Anderson pointed out that the 6 qualifiers had not all been met.

Mr. Crocker reported that Dr. Doas had withdrawn the proposal on Friday, reiterated her withdrawal on Sunday and then decided Monday night to go through with the proposal.

Dr. Doas explained why she had withdrawn the proposal but in the end looked at the strong need for the Program.

The proposal includes 2 NPN courses, 103 and 104, which have not been submitted to the College Community for review nor to the Curriculum Subcommittee. Dr. Doas was asked if the courses could be developed and submitted so the Program would then have a January start. She replied in the affirmative.  Joe Calig discussed the need for the Program and that seed money would probably be available from the healthcare community.

Diane Maldonado mentioned that the first semester includes 21 credits. The Program includes 51 credits plus an additional 8, for math courses. This seems excessive.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal. Joe Calig seconded the motion and the motion failed to pass. 

Gordon Crocker thanked the 5 faculty members of the Curriculum Sub-committee who worked very hard and were volunteers.


Proposal: Reduce Minimum In-Class Requirements for Web-Enhanced Course Modality

Maura Stevenson explained that Curriculum modality exists as 3 options: traditional classes which are 100% face to face, internet classes which are 100% online, and web-enhanced courses which are 40% online and 60% in class.

When queried, faculty found the 40% internet limit to sometimes be restrictive. The Subcommittee members checked with 13 benchmark institutions to see how they handle web-enhanced or hybrid courses as they are sometimes referred to. Data was gathered, the proposal developed and sent to the College community. There were many favorable comments.

The proposal modifies the percentage of distribution to a range with a 30% in-class requirement as a minimum

Allysen Todd argued that the proposal should be presented to Academic Standards

and questioned if a web-enhanced course is a distance learning course. She further said that she viewed web-enhanced as a traditional course with an auxiliary element. By changing the ratio, there will be more web-enhanced courses.  Joe Calig cautioned that distance learning students pay $25 more per course. Diane Maldonado asked how the 70/30 ratio was arrived at from the benchmark institutions since the benchmark institutions suggested that a 50/50 split is more popular. Dr. Maldonado expressed that the effectiveness of the courses needs to be assessed.

Rod Farkas made a motion to accept the proposal. Cyndi Syskowski seconded the motion and the motion failed with 10 opposed and 3 votes in favor.


Review of the CCAC College Council Web Site

The following changes need to be made:

Curriculum minutes page for 2001-2003 refer to the AFT on the top of the page.

On the page of Committees and Organizations, the description of College Council should quote the AFT contract in full.

Toni Carney revised the top definition for Academic Standards.

Gordon Crocker made a motion to accept the website edits. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Maryann Anderson thanked all of the members of College Council and particularly the Subcommittee chairs for their hard work. She also recognized the outgoing members of College Council, Cyndi Syskowski and Gordon Crocker. All AFT positions on College Council for the 2007-2008 academic year have been filled, except there will be an election for the Arts and Sciences representative at Allegheny.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted, 
Barbara Thompson 
College Council Secretary