Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes December 9, 2010

December 9, 2010
Office of College Services Board Room





Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Jane Greenwood
Shirley Harr
Donna Imhoff
Nancy Jenkins
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Rachel Matheis
Bonnie Ordonez
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Stephen Wells 

Mary Frances Archey
John Dziak

Dwight Bishop
Lillian Briola
Sharon Brown
Sandra Callan
Joe DeBlassio
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Rodger O’Toole
Devin Patterson
Cyndi Syskowski
Allysen Todd
Brenda Trettel
Elizabeth Vargo
Melanie Yeschenko

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:31 PM. 


Jane Greenwood moved to accept the minutes of the November 11, 2010 meeting of College Council. Rachel Matheis seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended.



Proposal:  Recommendations for the Full Time Hiring Rankings, 2011-2012 AY and recommendations for the Faculty Fellows Hiring Rankings, 2011-2012 AY
Steve Wells distributed the prioritized list of faculty hiring recommendations. The ranking remained the same as what was presented at the Subcommittee hearing with the exception of the faculty fellow positions. At the hearing, South requested that the Engineering and English positions at South be switched. Dr. Wells had conversations with the faculty in the respective departments and the switch was agreeable to them.

Dr. Wells reviewed the form used for ranking and explained the acronyms on the form. SCH indicates student credit hours, or how many students are in seats multiplied by the number of credit hours. FTEF indicates the full-time equivalent faculty, or the number of faculty that could be supported by the number of students. FTF is the number of full-time faculty in the department, and does not take into account any pending retirements. This is followed by the percentage of courses taught by full-time and part-time faculty.  Dr. Wells said that not only did the Subcommittee look at the numbers, but they considered a variety of factors. Campuses were not considered, but rather the need system-wide was taken into account. There could be a compelling case made for each of the 43 positions on the list. Of the 15 positions, 6 are Allegheny position, 4 are from South, 3 are from Boyce, and 2 are from North. Of the Faculty Fellow positions, there is one from each campus.

Dr. Wells thanked the Subcommittee for their work on the list and expressed appreciation to all of the guests who attended the Subcommittee hearing. He added that once the list is finalized, it will take two or three weeks for positions to appear in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This is a much faster process than in the past.

Rick Allison remarked that the process has changed over the years, and works to the disadvantage of Nursing. Because of the way the Nursing faculty are staffed, with full-time Nursing faculty taking the lecture portion of courses, and part-time faculty conducting clinical, it appears that there are more full-time nursing faculty because of the structure of the form. Dr. Wells said the Subcommittee took that into consideration. Maura Stevenson remarked that the use of student credit hours does not work for any discipline that reports according to contact hours.

Barbara Thompson expressed dismay that the position of Library Educational Technician was rated so low. The position was fourth on the South Campus ranking list and ended up number twenty-six on the Subcommittee recommendations. She said the position is critical to the functioning of libraries system-wide, and that the work would not be done by adjuncts as unstaffed classes are. The work would just not be done. Brenda Trettel also spoke to how critical the position is. Maryann Anderson said that when the list was submitted to Dr. Johnson, she would put an asterisk beside the position, and mention specifically that it is an essential position.

Joe De Blassio questioned if the FTEF-FTF were considered, and Steve Wells said they were. Dr. DeBlassio questioned the assigning of full-time temporary positions. Donna Imhoff said they are used only when there is an emergency. Dr Imhoff said they are assigned based upon need and each case is considered separately. Dr. DeBlassio thanked the Subcommittee for departing from the round-robin approach of assigning each campus a hiring recommendation in turn.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens commented that the Counseling position at Allegheny Campus was number 27 on the list. This position is a Minority Intern position this year, and there were expectations that the position would continue.  Although there is no guarantee of continued employment, if the Minority Intern (now Faculty Fellow) does not continue, then the College has lost valuable time training a minority candidate in a program designed to increase the number of our minority faculty. Dr. Kitchens-Stephens added that Counseling provides an essential service, and Allegheny is very understaffed. There is one 10-month Counselor and 2 12-month Counselors. The Department has lost 3 regular full-time positions and several positions that were grant-funded. The Minority Intern/Faculty Fellow positions not continuing beyond one year, needs to be given further consideration. 

Allysen Todd asked to address Council regarding the Culinary Arts program. She asked Council members to recall three years ago when the Culinary Arts position was ranked number one by the Campus, number one by College Council.  However, the acting President Mike Murphy removed it from the list. This year the position was ranked number two at Allegheny, and number 20 at the Subcommittee. Dr. Todd mentioned that this week Job Corps approached her asking about the Culinary Program for 30 of their students.  They were impressed with the curriculum, and are ready to have these students enroll. Dr. Todd asked that Council lobby for the Culinary Arts faculty position so that it would make the cut-off, but not usurp any other ranking.

Carl Francolino moved to accept the list of recommendations of faculty hires. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.    


Proposal:  Change in Prerequisites for BIO 161 Anatomy & Physiology and BIO 175 Microbiology
Sandra Callan presented the proposal which changes the prerequisite for BIO 161, Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 175 Microbiology. The proposal came from discipline meetings and was unanimous. 

At present, students may substitute high school biology or another science with a lab as eligibility into these courses. In some cases this has proven to be problematic. The proposal changes the pre-requisites to BIO 110, Introduction to Biological Sciences or BIO 151 General Biology 1. Brenda Trettel remarked that students may bypass the prerequisite with a challenge exam which faculty are developing. Maura Stevenson confirmed that there is a draft exam. This requirement will help students to be more successful. The Human Anatomy and Physiology Society says that students can be successful with high school courses fulfilling prerequisites, however having college courses as prerequisites would add a measure of excellence. 

Lilly Briola addressed Council and remarked that there are 5 Allied Health programs that would be impacted. She added that BIO 110 is not transferrable. She checked with surrounding community colleges and a university and found that Butler, Westmoreland, and Beaver Community Colleges, and California University of Pennsylvania do not have this prerequisite. Ms. Briola’s concern is that Allied Health students will have to wait an extra year to enter some Allied Health or Nursing Programs because of this requirement. She also pointed out that data does not support this proposal. This could impact some accreditations, and the prerequisite may have to be counted in with the total number of credits.

Barbara Thompson asked if this proposal could wait to be implemented until there is a challenge exam in place covering the material in BIO 110. Students would have to earn a C or better on the exam in order to pass.

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the proposal with the understanding that it will not be implemented until the challenge exam is in place. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Maryann Anderson asked that Brenda Trettel return to Council to report when the exam is in place. 

Proposal:  Change in Business Management program (385.1), Business Transfer program (004), And Business Management certificate (216) and deletion of Human Resources Management (399.1) and Marketing Management (380) programs and the Human Resources certificate (397.2)
Roger Lindenfelser presented the proposal which takes several programs, and collapses them so it is more convenient for students, and matches what is being offered by the universities accepting our transferring students.

Three Business Management Programs: Business Management Program (385.1), Human Resource Management (399.1) and Marketing Management (380) are being combined into Business Management (385.2) with three tracks: (A) General Option, (B) Corporate Option, and (C) Marketing Option. Three programs are being eliminated. They are Human Resource Management (399.1), Marketing Management ((380) and Human Resource Certificate (397.1) to avoid duplication.  The Business transfer program (004) and the Business certificate (216) are being revised. 

A few corrections were made to the proposal. They include:
Page 4, a period was missing at the end of number 7.
Page 7 and 17, number 4, remove the second “such as.”
Page 17, the Math Elective should indicate 3 to 4 credits  3-4
Page 18, after MAT Analytical Methods, “or departmental approved math course for transfer,” should be added. In the last line, “mathematics” should replace “math.”

Steve Wells moved to accept the proposal. Bonnie Ordonez seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:   Adding Program Objectives for the Accounting (105) and Accounting Specialist (340) programs and Accounting Certificate (217)
The proposal, presented by Rodger Lindenfelser, adds program objectives to Accounting (105), Accounting Specialist (340) and the Accounting Certificate (217).

Maura Stevenson said that the program objectives had been approved and are in the College Catalog. This proposal provides the correct use of Bloom’s taxonomy.

On Page 8, “you should know that” will be removed.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion, and the motion passed with 13 votes in favor and one abstention.

Proposal:   Course syllabi revisions for the ACC/BUS/ECO
This proposal provides the correct Bloom taxonomy phrasing for ACC 204, ACC 210, ACC 211, ACC 221, BUS 108, BUS 130, BUS 252, ECO 102, and ECO 103. Also learning outcomes and topics have been updated for BUS 101. Two corrections were made:

Page 5, in the catalog course description, the first sentence should begin, “This course covers,” rather than “This course studies.”

Page 9, in the catalog course description, the last sentence should begin, “Emphasis” and end with a period.

Barbara Thompson moved to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Adding Program Objectives to the Physics Program (047)
Brenda Trettel presented the proposal which adds program objectives to the Physics (047) Program. On page 6 of the proposal, North should be added as a campus offering the Program.

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion paassed unanimously.

Proposal:  Change to Course Prerequisites (EDU 205, EDU 202), EDU 205 and EDU 202
This proposal was presented by Bonnie Ordonez. In the past year, major changes in the curriculum have been mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which were completed. This proposal adds EDU 201, Foundations of Education, as a prerequisite which was omitted when the changes were originally made. Also “Permission of the instructor” would be added in cases where students have extensive experience in the field or are taking a course for ACT 48 credit.

On pages 6 and 11, after the Prerequisites, “One of the following:” has been added for clarity. On page 6, Learning Outcomes 1 and 3 are missing periods at the end.

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion and the motion passed with 13 votes in favor and 1 abstention.


Distance Learning Annual Report (Dr. Dwight Bishop)
Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee heard the Distance Learning Annual Report, and that Dwight Bishop was in attendance to present the report which covers 2009-2010.

Dr. Bishop said that we have been dealing with very rapid growth in distance learning at a time when our Blackboard server was deteriorating, and our version of Blackboard was no longer being supported. We have since gotten a new server and a new version of Blackboard.

Using a PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Bishop made the following points

  • The registration in internet courses has increased by 19% and the headcount has increased 14%.
  • Internet courses comprise 15.5% of our registrations and 32% of our headcount.
    17% of students are not county residents.
  • Distance Learning responded to 4,900 student and faculty distance learning and Blackboard support requests. The Service Desk handles 83% of them. Those they are unable to handle are referred to Distance Learning staff.
  • Staff conducted 46 workshops through professional development, and provided more than 100 one-on-one sessions.
  • Processed over 5,400 proctored exams at the campus testing centers.
  • Upgraded the server and Blackboard version.

Distance Learning includes internet courses, web enhanced courses, telecourses, and technology enhanced courses. The goal is to greatly expand distance learning beyond Allegheny County. In order to do this some barriers will have to be addressed such as placement testing, advising, and the inability of students to add/drop/withdraw online after classes have started 


Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the Subcommittee did not meet. She reported that the Student Code of Conduct is in the process of being evaluated which might result in proposals.


There was no unfinished business.


Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens wanted the minutes to show that despite the approval of  the Recommendations for the Hiring Rankings, Counseling Services had no chance of receiving a new hire. As a result of this and other flaws in the process, she was still opposed to the current hiring procedure.

Because the Subcommittees do not meet until January 20, the next meeting of College Council will be January 27.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 5:56 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary