Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes February 12, 2009

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
February 12, 2009
College Office Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey     
Gail Boyea          
Joyce Breckenridge
Yvonne Burns
Toni Carney
Rita Gallegos
Carl Francolino
Donna Imhoff
Joanne Jeffcoat 
Charles Martoni 
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Ping Wang
Stephen Wells 

John Dziak

Dora Lee Brooks
Beverly Carmo
Art Miller
Gretchen Mullin
Lore Wright

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM. She congratulated Stephen Wells and Maura Stevenson on winning the NISOD award as well as guest Art Miller.

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
DEC. 11TH, 2008 MEETING

Gail Boyea made a motion to approve the minutes of the Dec. 11th, 2008 meeting of College Council. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.

AGENDA ITEM II:SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  CURRICULUM    

Proposal: Addition of Program Objectives to Heating and Air Conditioning

Gretchen Mullin and Art Miller were in attendance to present the proposal. Dr. Mullin noted that the changes which involved program objectives were primarily editorial and grammatical. Mary Frances Archey asked if there was any way to incorporate any of the “green” language into the proposal. Mr. Miller replied that “green” language appears in the course outline. Dr. Archey commented that the program objectives and description are what appear in the catalog and on the website, therefore it would be advantageous for the “green” language to appear there. The phrase “Special attention will be given to the integration of green technology” will be inserted into the second paragraph of the program description for both the Certificate and Associate degrees. This new language will be sent to Maryann Anderson.

Mr. Miller reported on some of the activities within his Program. A tankless water heater was given to the College by the Rinnai Corporation in Bridgeville. For consumers, the original cost of the water heater is double; however, that is recouped from the lower energy cost. Our students are learning to install and service these water heaters and Mr. Miller will become certified. He also mentioned that the EPA is becoming more intent on enforcing a better leakage rate for Freon. There is a 30% leakage rate per year from air conditioning and refrigeration units which was acceptable in 1990 and is no longer acceptable. As a result, the brazing and finishing courses are increasing in importance.

Toni Carney made a motion to accept the proposal with the addition of the green technology language.  Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.  

Maura Stevenson reported that the Subcommittee is still working on the experimental course proposal.  There have been substantial changes and the proposal will go back to the College Community before being heard at Council.

B.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Toni Carney reported that the Subcommittee did not meet. There are no proposals that have been presented to the Subcommittee and there is nothing on the horizon. Since the deadline for submitting proposals is approaching, Mrs. Carney will send out a reminder notice.   

C.  ACADEMIC PLANNING

Proposal: Recommendations for the Full-Time Hiring Rankings, 2009-2010 AY and Recommendations for the Minority Intern Hiring Rankings, 2009-2010 AY

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee met last week and conducted  the  hearing for full-time and minority hirings for 2009-2010. Mrs. Jeffcoat noted that the hearing went very smoothly. Dr. Johnson had indicated that 8 positions would be funded as well as 2 Minority Intern positions. Dr. Johnson recommended to the Subcommittee that the Subcommittee give special consideration to high priority programs.

Lore Wright addressed Council on behalf of Maureen Pavlik who was in Harrisburg and unable to attend the Council meeting. The Nursing Department was asking to have the Minority Intern for South Campus changed to a Minority Intern for Allegheny Campus because the need is much greater at Allegheny.  Council declined to make that switch because the recommendation of the order of position had come from Academic Planning and Mrs. Pavlik attended the Academic Planning hearing but did not make a request at that time. Also, Dr. Johnson had indicated that 2 Minority Intern positions would be funded and the Nursing requests are numbers 3 and 4 on the list, so it is probably a moot point. Finally Mrs. Pavlik can make her appeal to Dr. Johnson if needed. 

Rick Allison made a motion to accept the Recommendation of Faculty and Minority Intern Hires Proposal. Maura Stevenson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

D.   ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH

Ping Wang reported that Don Broderick and Fran Dice made presentations to the Subcommittee concerning how SOSOs can be completed for online courses and preserve the anonymity of students. Students will be sent the form and will be given 2 weeks to respond. There is a safeguard that insures that students may respond to the evaluation only once. Instructors can see the results but not the students’ names and can print out the results for their portfolio.  Results will be seen only by instructors. Tenured faculty will be asked if they want to participate or not. Mr. Wang pointed out that completing the forms on the internet is utilizing green technology.

Mr. Wang discussed the problems with the scheduling of distance learning courses. He has received more than 10 complaints from faculty who are dissatisfied with the fact that in the Tab, Allegheny distance learning courses are always listed first followed by Boyce, North and South. Many faculty members feel that this gives Allegheny faculty an unfair advantage in scheduling.  He proposes that we return to the old way of rotation which is fairer.

Mr. Wang reported that he met with John Dziak, Donna Imhoff and Mary Frances Archey regarding rotation and did not reach a consensus. Mr. Wang presented his data that supports the notion of unfairness and Donna Imhoff presented her data which disputes Mr. Wang’s data. One of Dr. Imhoff’s points was that Allegheny offers more distance learning courses than the other campuses, therefore more Allegheny courses will run.

Barbara Thompson said there is so much discontent that the subject should be discussed. It was suggested that Mr. Wang go back to his Subcommittee and determine if someone would like to initiate a proposal.  If the proposal does not violate the AFT contract and includes data that supports it, then a proposal could be entertained.   

Mr. Wang reported that there might be a proposal for a handbook for distance learning students.  Currently there is a student guide on the website, but this has not gone through governance. It could be a proposal for Assessment and Research or Academic Standards. The student guide could even be an extension of the Student Handbook.  The proposal would allow for input from the college community. Mr. Wang can pull the information together and present it as a proposal to Academic Standards.  

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

Sub-Committee Minutes

Maryann Anderson reminded the Subcommittee secretaries that in September 2007, Council voted to post Subcommittee minutes online and that this should be done in a timely manner.   

Mrs. Anderson also commented on the lack of agenda items.  It was suggested that if someone mentions a topic, the Subcommittee can write the proposal or at least work with an initiator.

Steve Wells asked if Subcommittee minutes can be approved electronically. Because the minutes from the final meeting of the academic year of Council are approved electronically, there is precedent. It is up to the Subcommittee.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary

 

HIRING REQUESTS 2009-2010

(2-12-09)

 

Campus

 

Initiator

 

Department

 

Position

Priority Ranking by Campus

Academic Planning

Recommended Ranking

Allegheny

Todd/DeBlassio

Math

FT Faculty

1

1

Allegheny

Todd/Lowe

English

FT Faculty

1

2

Boyce

Allison/Gallegos

English

FT Faculty

1

3

Boyce

Allison/Slagle

Nursing

FT Faculty

2

4

North

Mullin/Hunter

Accounting/Business

FT Faculty

3

5

Allegheny

 Todd/Wright

Nursing

FT Faculty

6

6

North

Mullin/Nettrour

Biology

FT Faculty

1

7

South

Trettel/Jaber

Art

FT Faculty

2

8

North

Mullin/Nettrour

Chemistry/Physics

FT Ed Tech

2

9

Allegheny

Todd/Brooks

Developmental Studies

FT Faculty

3

10

Allegheny

Todd/Jukes

Art

FT Faculty

4

11

North

Mullin/DelVitto

Math

FT Faculty

4

12

Boyce

Allison/Slagle

Nursing

FT Faculty

3

13

South

Trettel/Carmo

English

FT Faculty

1

14

Allegheny

Todd/DeBlassio

Math

FT Faculty

8

15

Allegheny

Todd/Wright

Nursing

FT Faculty

9

16

South

Trettel/Sandrock

Aviation

FT Faculty

5

17

South

Trettel/Rostis

Nursing (CAL U)

FT Faculty

3

18

South

Trettel/Thornton

Nursing (South)

FT Faculty

4

19

Allegheny

Todd/Lowe

English

FT Faculty

10

20

Allegheny

Todd/DeBlassio

Math

FT Faculty

11

21

Allegheny

Todd/Hrebenak

Culinary Arts

FT Faculty

5

22

South

Trettel

Librarian

FT Faculty

6

23

North

Mullin/Schlatterer

Criminal Justice/Criminology

FT Faculty

6

24

North

Mullin/Kennedy

Counselor

FT (12 mo.)

5

25

Boyce

Allison/Briola

Allied Health

FT Ed Tech

4

26

Allegheny

Todd/Wallace

Counselor

FT (12 mo.)

7

27

South

Trettel/Carmo

English

Minority Intern

Not ranked

1

South

Trettel/Ordonez

Psychology

Minority Intern

Not ranked

2

South

Trettel/Thorton

Nursing (South)

Minority Intern

Not ranked

3

South

Trettel/Rostis

Nursing (CAL U)

Minority Intern

Not ranked

4

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