Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes February 24, 2011

February 24, 2011
Office of College Services Board Room





Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
John Dziak
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Shirley Harr
Donna Imhoff
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Rachel Matheis
Bonnie Ordonez
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Marianne Trale
Stephen Wells 

Jane Greenwood
Nancy Jenkins

Sharon Brown
Phyllis Dolan
Monica Kennison
Patty Smutko

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:32 PM.


Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to approve the minutes of the February 10, 2011 meeting of College Council. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended.



Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the subcommittee did not meet. A hearing for the revisions to the Student Handbook is on the agenda for the next meeting.


Steve Wells reported that the subcommittee did not meet. They will have at least one program review for the next meeting. Also, they will be meeting with Fran Dice who is concerned about the turnaround time between the Fall and Spring semesters. Students do not have their final grades in sufficient time to make registration decisions. She would like to discuss this with the subcommittee.


Proposal:  Nursing Curriculum Revision
Maura Stevenson said that the subcommittee met and heard the proposal for the revision of the Nursing curriculum which is being presented by Monica Kennison. Dr. Kennison reported that curriculum is 10 years old. Since that time, there have been significant changes in what is taught, and the way it is taught. The curriculum has gone to a concept-based curriculum. Students need to employ critical thinking, clinical judgment, caring, communication, and sensitivity to cultural diversity.

The National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission in the Fall issued standards on how and what should be taught. As a result of this as well as feedback from students and nursing best practices, the curriculum has undergone a complete revision. Student forums have been set up on each campus during which students can talk about what is working and what could be better.

A new 3-credit transferrable pharmacology course was developed. Pharmacology is a topic on the State Boards and students expressed the need for it. There are no pre-requisites for this course. It is similar to a drug therapy course and covers the process of giving and recording medications.        

Patty Smutko mentioned that the faculty looked at the curriculum at other top nursing schools to revise our curriculum.

Within the proposal the following changes were made:
Page 4 in item number 7 Fall 2011 will be changed to Spring 2012.

Page 8 the first line will be revised to read, “The program, offered at five college sites including one at California University of PA prepares students…”

Page 8, in the third paragraph, the websites for the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission will be listed.

Page 8 in the fourth paragraph, the comma after drug screen will be removed and the alpha code for Chemistry will be changed to CHM in two cases.

Page 9 at the top of the table, a new line will be added. The first column will read “Prerequisite.” The second column will read, “BIO 110 or BIO 151, or passing the Biology Waiver Exam.” The third column will read, “Intro to Biological Sciences or General Biology I.” The fourth column will read, “ 4 credits.”

Page 9 in the 1st year 1st semester row, second column, BIO 161 will have an asterisk after it. The “/” will be removed after MAT 106 and replaced with “or.” In the next column, in the last line there will be an “or” added so the line reads, “Health Sciences or MAT 108…”

Page 9 in the Summer row, BIO 175 will have an asterisk after it.

Page 9 underneath the first table, the following line will be included, “*BIO 110 or BIO 151 is a prerequisite for BIO 161 and BIO 175.”

Page 9 directly under the second table, the following text will be added, “Minimum credits to graduate       68 credits.”

Page 9, the last two paragraphs will read: “*MAT 106 or MAT 108, BIO 110 or BIO 151 or the Biology Waiver Exam, BIO 161, BIO 162, BIO 175, PSY101, PSY 108, and ENG 101 must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better prior to admission to the program. It is strongly recommended that non-nursing courses be completed prior to beginning any nursing course.”

“**Upon success completion of NUR 200 with a grade of ‘C’ or better, the student receives advanced standing for 14 credits with appropriate documentation.”

Page 11 in the row starting with “Identify foundational principles…” the fourth column should begin, “Utilize appropriate…”

Page 19 in the Prerequisites, MAT 106 should be followed by “or” rather than “/.”

Page 22 the Prerequisites should read, “Admission to the Nursing program or permission of the Instructor or Dean.”

Page 22 Learning Outcome number 4 should begin with “Utilize” rather than “Choose.”

Page 22 Listed Topic number 1 should read, “Safe medication and effective administration.”

Page 24 the name of the proposed course should read,” NUR 200: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Transition Course.”

Page 24 number 6, the former LPN transition course is to be added.

Page 25 the course title should read, “Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Transition Course.”

Page 25 under Prerequisites, the first line should end, “… the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” rather than the “State of Pennsylvania.”

Page 25 under learning outcomes number 3, the space in therapeutic will be removed.

Page 31 under course number, the number of weeks is corrected to 8 weeks.

Page 31 BIO 162 is added as a prerequisite.

Page 34 under course number, the number of weeks is corrected to 8 weeks.

Page 34 BIO 162 is added as a prerequisite.

Page 40 the catalog course description ends with the following additional sentence, “This course includes an NCLEX review which requires an additional fee.”

Carl Francolino moved to approve the proposal with corrections. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Stevenson thanked Dr. Kennison and her team that have been very cooperative over sometimes minute problems. 


Carl Francolino reported that the subcommittee met last week. Members were assigned responsibility for information gathering such as how CCAC might expand the reach into other counties and other States. Committee members are checking where testing centers are that we might utilize. There is concern about face-to-face advising of students, and whether this could work on the web. 

Distance Learning has a role to play in the graduation goals set by President Obama.  Faculty members will be approached about certificates and programs that might be done as distance learning.

There was a discussion concerning distance learning scheduling. As long as a traditional course has sufficient students to run, then a distance learning course can run. But the College does not allow a traditional course to be dropped because of lack of enrollment and let a distance learning course run. The listing of distance learning courses will remain as it is now because there were no negotiations of the contract. 


Maura Stevenson reported that the Biology proposals for Bio 161 and 175 that require the addition of waiver exams won’t be implemented until Fall registration. The waiver exam is not quite ready.

Maryanne Anderson reminded everyone to work on their subcommittee assessments.


Mary Frances Archey remarked that everyone needs to be aware of curriculum changes in State system. There is community college curriculum that will be dropped into colleges as a package and students will enter as juniors. These include Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Physical Sciences, Criminal Justice 4-8, Business, Computer Information Technology, English and Communications. Carlow, Chatham and Point Park are participating.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary