Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes May 6, 2010

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
May 6, 2010
Office of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
Joyce Breckenridge
Yvonne Burns
Toni Carney
Mary Ellen Driver
John Dziak
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Donna Imhoff
Joanne Jeffcoat
Rachel Matheis
Charles Martoni
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Stephen Wells 



Maryann Burke
Jane Coughanour
Stephanie Goloway
George Jaber
Greg Joyce
Don Jukes
Mary Lou Kennedy
Joanne Michel
Leelavati Murthy
Linda Radzvin
Joanne Smutko
Allysen Todd
Brenda Trettel

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

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
APRIL 22, 2010 MEETING

Carl Francolino moved to approve the minutes of the April 22, 2010 meeting of College Council.  Donna Imhoff seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.

AGENDA ITEM II:SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  ACADEMIC PLANNING  

Program/Discipline Review:  Medical Laboratory Assistant Program (571)
Jane Coughanour presented the program review. This is a one-year certificate program which teaches students skills such as specimen processing and phlebotomy. It was begun after the College was asked by the West Penn Allegheny Health System to develop such a program. Also, other hospitals are very interested in our graduates. The Pittsburgh Foundation helped to fund the creation of the program and the supporting equipment.

Students from this program start at the entry level in the clinical lab and often go on to become medical laboratory technicians.

The Program Review is based upon a report for the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Although this is a five-year review, the first students in the program began in the Fall of 2009 and will graduate May 2010. The five-year program review was submitted now so that it would be in sync with the Medical Laboratory Technician program.

The review finds that the number of faculty and the space are adequate. There is, however, an acute need for two refrigerators. The Program is applying for grant money and the College’s support. There is a possibility that Perkins Grant money might be secured. Mary Frances Archey reminded everyone that the cutoff date for requesting Perkins Grant money is May 19.

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the program review.  Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Medical Laboratory Technician Program (525)
Jane Coughanour presented this program review. During the last accreditation, which was July 2009, the program received the highest award, which is a seven-year accreditation. Graduates of this program are those who perform clinical laboratory tests. The program has achieved very good relationships with the clinical facilities who hire our graduates. At the last advisory board meeting there were 13 hospital representatives in attendance.  

Steve Wells moved to accept the program review. Mary Ellen Driver seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Foreign Language Discipline Review
Joanne Jeffcoat remarked that the program review was complete. The review was prepared and presented by Joanne Michel, who is the only full-time foreign language instructor at the College. Within the review, several languages were represented.

Ms. Michel reported that there was a substantial increase in Spanish language classes, especially among the upper-level courses. SPA 201, Intermediate Spanish 1, and SPA 202, Intermediate Spanish 2, are successfully filling each semester. These courses emphasize Spanish conversation and grammar. Other language sections do not fill as successfully and do not need to be on the schedule every semester. Summer enrollment tends to be very high, with courses being taken by visiting students who are home from four-year colleges and universities. Ms. Michel expressed her goal of adding an associate’s degree in Spanish. 

In the Recommendations section, Ms. Michel noted a lack of interactive media resources in the Library. Barbara Thompson questioned what is considered adequate as Allegheny Campus Library alone has 167 Spanish language materials. Ms. Michel agreed to review the Library holdings more thoroughly, to work with the librarians, and to remove the recommendation.

There was a question about a drop in enrollment, reported on page 7 of the review, which seemed to indicate that the College experienced an overall drop in enrollment. The statement refers to a drop in enrollment in foreign language courses, not a drop in enrollment within the College.

On page 7, the statement “inclusion of this statement contingent on verification of data,” will be removed. There will be arrows inserted in the table on page 6.

Toni Carney moved to accept the program review. Rachel Matheis seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Joanne Jeffcoat reported on the many accomplishments of Academic Planning for this year. They include:

·          A total of 12 program reviews were submitted to College Council.

·          Appendix H was revised.

·          The academic calendar for 2011-12 was reviewed and submitted to College Council.

·          A total of 43 faculty and ed tech hiring requests and 9 minority intern requests were reviewed which resulted in recommendations for 9 full-time hiring positions and 3 minority intern positions being approved.

B.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Proposal:  Adjustment of Children on Campus Statement
Mary Lou Kennedy presented the proposal which would align the College’s statement about children on campus with the new language in the “Library Usage by the General Public” policy. The proposal changes the wording in the Student Handbook to indicate unsupervised children are not permitted on campus unless they are enrolled at the Child Development Center or enrolled in a class. Also the policy would now state that children are not permitted to attend classes or laboratories in which they are not enrolled, and individuals under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult to use the College Libraries. This makes the language in the Student Handbook very specific.

Maura Stevenson moved to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision:  Late Registration Policy
When the de-registration process was examined recently, the recommendation was made to remove the restriction that a student must register by 11:00 PM the day before a class starts. The new language would allow students to register anytime before the start of a class.

The current language is very hard to defend when someone wants to register at 10:00 AM for a class which begins at 6:00 PM. The front-line staff members are taking a lot of abuse from the public over this restriction. The change would go into effect for the 2nd summer session.

The exception to this would be online registration, which must be completed the day before the class begins. In-person registration can occur anytime before the start of the first class.  Therefore the new language will be, “Students must register for credit courses before the first class meeting. Online registration must be completed at least one day before the class begins.”

Toni Carney moved to accept the proposal. Rick Allison seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

C.  ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH

Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee had no formal activities.  Over the summer, Mr. Francolino will try to arrange meetings with the IT and Distance Learning staffs, Advisors, and Library staffs.

D.   CURRICULUM

Proposal:  Revisions to the Surgical Technology (#530.1) Degree and Surgical Technology (#583.1) Certificate Program Descriptions and to the SUR Course Syllabi
Linda Radzvin presented the proposal which revises the Learning Objectives to align with Bloom’s taxonomy and to update the change of the accrediting agencies to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) and to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

The following corrections will be made to the proposal:
Page 6: Remove: “technology proficient skills” and add “technological skills.”
Page 11: Remove: “technology proficient skills” and add “technological skills.”
Page 35: Learning Outcomes #2: Remove “good.”
Page 35: Learning Outcomes #3 and #7: Remove “for,” and add “during.”

Joanne Jeffcoat moved to accept the proposal. Mary Ellen Driver seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Addition of a new associate degree in Nanotechnology
Brenda Trettel and Leela Murthy presented the proposal which would establish a new associate degree in Nanotechnology.

Dr. Murthy explained that all of the required courses already exist, and the proposal combines them into a program. There is a Nanofabrication Program which already exists and has an engineering component. This proposal adds a biology component. The program is multidisciplinary and cutting-edge with applications in many fields. Students are enrolled during their first three semesters at CCAC and the final semester they will be enrolled at the main campus of Penn State in the university’s nanotechnology center. While at Penn State, students pay CCAC tuition costs and will be given free lodging through a grant.

Job opportunities in nanotechnology are increasing. The program at Penn State has graduated 508 students, all of whom have found jobs or gone on to 4-year academic institutions. Several community colleges across Pennsylvania are participating in this program.

To be accepted into the program, a student must be recommended by either Dr. Murthy or Brad Sandrock, although there is nothing in the program description that indicates this. A note will be added.

The following additions and corrections will be made:
Page 7: “trouble shoot” should be changed to “troubleshoot.”
Page 7: “preventative” should be changed to “preventive.”
Page 7: EET 103 Introduction to Electronics should be 3 credits, rather than 4.
Page 7: ENG 101 English Composition should include “1.”
Page 8: PHY 113 Technical Physics I should be written “1.”
Page 8: MAT 111 College Algebra is 3 credits rather than 4.
Page 8: Total Credits for the First Semester should be 16 rather than 18.
Page 8: “(TOTAL CREDITS: 71 CREDITS) should read “69” rather than 71.
Page 10: After the title of the program, “Allegheny” and “Boyce” will be deleted.
Page 10: In the paragraph that begins with: “Students must spend their…,” the second sentence will begin with: “CCAC students who have met the program requirements (see Program Liaison) will pay for … Also in that paragraph, the last sentence will read: “Students will receive a certificate from the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization upon successful completion of the 6-course, 18-credit capstone semester in nanofabrication.”
Page 10: After the third bullet, change “preventative,” to “preventive.”
Page 10: After the fifth bullet: delete the comma after “manager.”
Page 10: Under Degree Requirements, EET 103 Introduction to Electronics is 3 credits, rather than 4.
Page 10: ENG 101 English Composition I should be written “1.”
Page 10: MAT 111 College Algebra is 3 credits rather than 4.
Page 10: PHY 113 Technical Physics I should be written “1.”
Page 10: The total credits for the first semester should be changed from 16 to 18 credits, and the Minimum Credits to Graduate should be changed from 71 to 69. The “G” in “graduate” should be capitalized.

Joanne Jeffcoat moved to accept the proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Addition of two new courses:  THE 216, Film Worker 1 and THE 226, Film Worker 2
George Jaber introduced two new courses, THE 216, Film Worker 1, and THE 226, Film Worker 2, which have successfully run as experimental courses for three semesters. The courses are electives which introduce students to the film-making process. The courses are in response to the number of productions, which are currently at an all-time high in Pittsburgh. The number of courses, therefore, will be expanding over time. Pennsylvania is one of 44 states which offers a film tax credit to attract the film industry. Mr. Jaber is trying to get the program on the state’s high-priority list.

Students taking the courses, who are accepted into the union, make $23.56 per hour, as well as many hours of overtime. Mr. Jaber will have 30 students working this summer.

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Updates to Foreign Language Curriculum
The proposal submitted by Joanne Michel, is a follow-up to the earlier program review.  Although the changes were mostly editorial, they were long overdue. Some syllabi date back to 1983.

In the Learning Outcomes # 6, for the 101 course for each language, “low-mid” should be changed to “low to mid.”

Steve Wells commented that he liked the logical and consistent progression of each language.

Toni Carney moved to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  New Spanish Courses
Joanne Michel presented the proposal which would add two new Spanish courses, SPA 150, Spanish Conversation, and SPA 207, Spanish Grammar and Composition. The courses have run successfully as experimental courses. These courses are conversation courses that will fill a gap that Ms. Michel saw in the curriculum.

It was noted that SPA 150 has SPA 201 as a prerequisite.  It is unusual to have a 200 level course as a prerequisite for a 100 level course. Allysen Todd will adjust this with Fran Dice.

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the proposal. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:   SPH 106, Interpersonal Communication Skills for the Workplace
Don Jukes and Allysen Todd presented the proposal for a new speech course which addresses communication in the workplace. The course has been running successfully as an experimental course. The course, which could be very important to those in criminal justice, examines communication in 6 languages which are common in the Pittsburgh region. The course also includes a gender component. The course, outlined on pages 4 and 5 of the proposal, needs to be entered onto the common course syllabi template.

Joanne Jeffcoat moved to accept the proposal. Mary Ellen Driver seconded the proposal, and the proposal passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revisions to the Massage Therapist Certificate (#695) Program
Joanne Smutko presented the proposal which revises the curriculum and updates the program description and learning objectives to be in accordance with Bloom’s taxonomy. This program is offered at Allegheny campus. The proposal reflects the laws and regulations that are necessary for massage therapists to be familiar with in order to be in compliance with PA Act 118, the Massage Therapy Law. Graduates of the program are qualified to apply for a license as a massage therapist in Pennsylvania. To receive a license, students must complete 600 hours of in-class instruction, plus labs, and an externship. To qualify for the certificate, students must complete 720 hours.

A correction is necessary on page 6 of the proposal. The sentence should read, “Upon completion of the program…” rather than “Upon completion of the MAS program…”

Rick Allison moved to accept the proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revisions to the (MAS) Massage Therapy Degree (#443) Program
Joanne Smutko presented the proposal for the degree program, which is offered at Allegheny Campus. The curriculum has been updated to reflect the laws and regulations that are necessary for massage therapists to be familiar with in order to be in compliance with PA Act 118, the Massage Therapy Law. The program description and learning objectives have been revised to be in accordance with Bloom’s taxonomy. Ms. Smutko reported that she has verified that all courses will be acceptable to the Licensing Board.

Students in the degree program are required to have more than 1,000 hours of in-class instruction, plus labs, and an externship.

The following corrections to the proposal will be made:
Page 14: The sentence should read, “Upon completion of the program…” rather than “Upon completion of the MAS program…”
Page 18: Co requisites: Add the word “and” after ALH 109 Infection Control.

Rick Allison moved to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Activities Professional Program (#415) Deletion
Rick Allison, who presented the proposal, explained that the program was created for those wishing to be an activities director for a nursing home. These positions pay very little and a program is not necessary for these jobs. The program has not been offered in quite awhile and should be deleted.

Yvonne Burns moved to accept the proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Changes to CCAC/IUP Education Collaborative Program
Stephanie Goloway and Brenda Trettel presented the proposal which alters the curriculum as a result of changes made by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The PDE will eliminate the existing Elementary Education Certification by 2013, and these changes will impact the collaborative program between CCAC and IUP.  The title of the program is changing from CCAC/IUP Collaborative Elementary Education Program to the CCAC/IUP Collaborative Early Childhood with Special Education Program. Students may take the Program at any campus, however the IUP courses are offered only to full-time students at Allegheny Campus.

There was discussion regarding the second math course that students are required to take, MAT 152, Elements of Math II, which is offered in the fourth semester. The math faculty will be offering an experimental course to mirror MAT 152 which is taught by IUP faculty coming to CCAC.

The following corrections will be made:
Page 3: The sentence should read, “empirically document and assess instructional, emotional, and behavioral interventions in the learning environment; and.”
Page 8: ECD 135P, should be ECD 135.

Rachel Matheis moved to accept the proposal. Joanne Jeffcoat seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Addition of a new Homeland Security (HLS) associate degree (615), certificate (616), and seven new courses
Greg Joyce presented the proposal explaining that we have been asked to develop a program to help governmental agencies and businesses create an emergency management system. The new associate degree would use existing courses, with the addition of 7 new courses in homeland security. Westmoreland Community College is starting a program in the fall and the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University will be offering a master’s degree program. The College will be required to accept military credits. The College will also accept training on a student’s service record that can be transferred to college credit. It is thought that returning military personnel would be especially suited to this program.

The following corrections will be made:
Page 12: The following sentence in the catalog description will be changed to: “The program is designed to prepare students for positions in the field of homeland security. Risk management, systems,...examined. Graduates of this program may seek employment as homeland…”
Page 17: The following sentence in the catalog description will be revised to: “This course provides the student with the generally accepted body of knowledge required of the homeland security professional. The course focuses on the enemies and the threat they pose, the homeland security…”
Page 17: The last sentence of the catalog description will read in part: “…are issued following successful completion of these 4 modules and must be presented…”
Page 17: Learning Outcomes #4 will read: “Interpret, analyze and evaluate homeland security directives.”
Page 19: The catalog description will be revised to read, “This course is an in-depth examination of the criminology of terrorism. The typologies of terrorism, tactics of terrorism, terrorism precursors and basic organizational structures will be explored. Historical and modern day terrorism throughout the world will also be investigated, along with the study of religion and cultural conflicts as they relate to terrorism.” 
Page 21: The following in the catalog description will be corrected:
“Students will look at the Vulnerability Assessment’s role in the…”
“Students will also learn the CARVER system, which is a step-by-step approach to Vulnerability Assessment and identify…”
“The student will learn to apply a research methodology …conducting investigations and conducting interviews…”
Hyphenate “cyber-security.”
Page 21: Learning Outcomes #1: “Utilize critical…”
Page 23: Correct the course title to read: “Emergency Medical Services…”
Page 23: Hours: correct lecture hours to 3.
Page 23: In the catalog description, correct the spelling of “destruction.”
Page 23: Correct the last sentence in the catalog description to read: “Students will need to spend 3 hours in EMS, and 3 hours in an emergency room.”
Page 23: Listed Topic #1: “evolution” should have a small “e.”
Page 25: Correct the spelling of “Department of Homeland Security (DHS).”
Page 25: Learning Outcome #4: Change to read: “Identify funding of grant sources.”
Page 27: Correct the last sentence of the Catalog Description to read: “Successful completion of a certification exam is required through the FEMA Website.”
Page 27: Add Learning Outcome #6: Pass the FEMA certification exam in COOP.
Page 29: Correct the last sentence in the catalog description to read in part: “…particularly the risks posed by weapons of mass destruction since 9/11.”

Mary Ellen Driver moved to accept the proposal. Yvonne Burns seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

Thanks to Members
Maryann Anderson thanked all of the administrators and AFT members who have participated in the work of College Council. She thanked Mary Ellen Driver who will not be returning to Council in the fall, and will be replaced by Maryann Burke. All other AFT members will be continuing with the exception of Toni Carney who has served on Council for about 10 years. Mrs. Carney will be sorely missed. Mrs. Carney talked about what a learning experience College Council has been and how much she appreciated all of the volunteers who have served on Academic Standards, as well as how much she has enjoyed working with the members of College Council. Council members presented Mrs. Carney with a bouquet of flowers.

Annual Report
Maryann Anderson will produce the list of initiatives for 2009-10 which will be posted on the College Council website. She mentioned that Council has recommended approximately 60 proposals.

Minutes
Mrs. Anderson reminded members that the minutes from the May 6 meeting will be approved via email. She also reminded Subcommittee secretaries to post their minutes on the College Council website.

With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:10 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary