Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes February 28, 2008

February 28, 2008
College Office Board Room





Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey  
Gail Boyea          
Charles Blocksidge
Joe Calig
Toni Carney
John Dziak
Rod Farkas
Rita Gallegos
Joanne Jeffcoat   
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Allysen Todd
Ping'an Wang
Stephen Wells
Margaret Williams-Betlyn 




Fran Dice    

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:35 PM. 



Toni Carney made a motion to approve the minutes of the Feb. 14th, 2008 meeting of College Council. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended with 3 abstentions.



Discussion of Approval Process and Communications

Toni Carney commented on a problem that she sees concerning the proposal approving process from the Subcommittee level to College Council. When a proposal is changed substantively as a result of a subcommittee hearing, it goes to College Council without the college community having the ability to comment on those proposed changes. If the revised proposal passes College Council, the college community is not aware of the changes until after the minutes are approved and distributed.  The Late Registration Policy is an example of this.  It is however difficult to remedy this problem without slowing the process down.

Council discussed posting changes onto a College Council Blackboard site. There was concern that not everyone is knowledgeable about using Blackboard and whether Distance Learning could handle all the traffic.  It was suggested that Walt Pauli be invited to Council to provide a demo of how this might work. Joe Calig suggested that the idea be discussed with IT. Using a Blackboard site to post proposal changes will be something to be considered at a later date.

Toni Carney made a motion that any substantive content changes made at the Subcommittee level be communicated to the college community in advance of the College Council meeting. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously. It is the responsibility of the Initiator to send an abstract of the revised proposal to the college community.  Anyone who objects to the proposed changes will be invited to College Council to voice their concerns.


Proposal:  (tabled 2/14/08)

    1. Revised OTA syllabi to align course learning outcomes to CCAC recommended syllabus format
    2. Change in four (4) Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Course Titles
    3. Delete SOC101 Introduction to Sociology as required pre-requisite to OTA202 Occupational Therapy Principles and Skills 4

Maura Stevenson requested that the proposals from OTA be taken off the agenda until the March 13th meeting.

 Proposal:  Revision of SDS102

Allysen Todd presented the proposal and explained that the SDS curriculum is in various departments depending on what campus you are on.  The original SDS courses were authored by Counselors in the ‘80’s. Dr. Todd, who was asked to take a look at the curriculum, convened a meeting of Counselors as well as faculty who had been teaching the course. SDS 102 is a one credit course which covers academic and personal development. The learning outcomes have been updated and are relevant and measurable.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Gail Boyea seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Re-submission of ENG100 Common Course Syllabus

Dr. Todd presented this proposal and reminded Council that the proposal was originally submitted in May 2007.  It was subsequently discovered by South Campus that what had been submitted was not the final version that faculty had worked on. What was currently in front of Council is what had been agreed upon and what should have been submitted in May 2007.

Steve Wells made a motion to accept the proposal. Gail Boyea seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously. 

Proposal:  Add New Grading Statement to Developmental Courses

Fran Dice presented the proposal. She reminded Council that she had presented the proposal to Council 2 weeks earlier as an information item. Council asked Ms Dice to submit the statement to Curriculum which she did.

The proposal would add the following statement to 12 developmental courses in the catalog: “Students must earn a “C” grade or better to register for the next course in this discipline or to use this course as a pre-requisite for a course in another discipline.” In order to set the statement apart, it will be dropped down and italicized.

Joanne Jeffcoat made a motion to accept the proposal. Gail Boyea seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Rod Farkas reported that in the upcoming meeting, the Subcommittee will continue discussion of Kevin Smay’s report on voluntary peer review. Surveys will be going out to the College Community on distance learning voluntary peer review. They are starting on the design of the survey questions, who the survey should go out to, and how the surveys will be disseminated.

They are also starting the annual review of distance learning practices which is part of their contractual charge. The results may be available for the last meeting of Council.


Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee did not meet. She said there are a few program reviews that will be submitted soon including programs in Drug and Alcohol, Phlebotomy and Philosophy.


A question has been posed by Marketing concerning the program descriptions for Act 46 flyers. They asked if they would be permitted to abbreviate or paraphrase the descriptions so that they would fit on two pages. It was agreed that Marketing could do that as long as the description were reviewed by the program coordinator or department head and the dean prior to printing. The description will list all courses in the program and include a disclaimer regarding changing curriculum requirements.


Maura Stevenson, reflecting on various occasions in the past, would like to add something to the College Council protocol that would incorporate civility.  Charles Blocksidge will look for a statement in the College regulations and Dr. Stevenson will bring that to Council.

Barbara Thompson requested that either the chair or secretary of each subcommittee review the College Council website to update the subcommittee membership list.

Maryann Anderson reported on the President’s Council meeting of Feb 25th.  Subjects discussed included safety and security, a budget update and strategic planning. Dr. Johnson should be here by March 24th. He may also be here for the next Board of Trustees meeting.

Joe Calig said that this was his last meeting at College Council and that tomorrow was his last day at the College. Mr. Calig remarked on how much he enjoyed the meetings as well as his 2 ½ to 3 years at the College.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:31 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary