Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes March 24, 2011

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
March 24, 2011
Office of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present

Absent

Guests 

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

John Dziak

JoAnn Avoli
Yvonne Burns
Renee Clark
August Kellerman
Mary Lou Kennedy
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Sumana Misra-Zets
Charlene Newkirk
Brad Sandrock


Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM.

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
MARCH 10, 2011 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL

Barbara Thompson thanked Bonnie Ordonez for taking minutes at the previous meeting of Council. Carl Francolino moved to approve the minutes of the March 10, 2011 meeting of College Council. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 

 

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  ACADEMIC PLANNING  

Steve Wells reporting that several program reviews are expected to be submitted soon including ones from Engineering, Massage Therapy, and Medical Assistant. Maryann Anderson expressed concern that there are many program reviews that are listed to be completed this academic year that have not been submitted.

B.  CURRICULUM

Proposal:  Revision of the Computed Assisted Tomography Certificate Program (#445)
Gus Kellerman and Rick Allison presented the proposal which involved expressing the Program Objectives so they are compatible with Bloom’s Taxonomy, and are consistent with industry standards and accreditation mandates. Mr. Allison added that the Program is offered at Allegheny and Boyce Campuses with classes that fill easily and graduates who pass their board exams. Students must already be certified in order to enter the Program. Equipment for the Program is very expensive and is not provided by the campuses, therefore clinicals are held at hospitals. The Program is so successful that a parallel program offered by UPMC has been abandoned in favor of the CCAC Program. The next closest program of its kind is offered in Philadelphia.

The following correction was made to the proposal:
Page 6, correct “aide” to “aid.”

Jane Greenwood moved to accept the proposal. Maryann Trale seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate Program (#446)
In describing the Program, Gus Kellerman explained that CT scans use radiation whereas an MRI’s use magnetism to analyze cells. The proposal involved expressing the Program Objectives so they are compatible with Bloom’s Taxonomy. 

The following correction was made to the proposal:
Page 6, correct “aide” to “aid.”

Rachel Matheis moved to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revisions to the Health Information Technology Program (#550.2), Description and Course Syllabi
Rick Allison and JoAnn Avoli presented the proposal in which Ms. Avoli has incorporated Bloom’s Taxonomy in the Program Objectives, updated the accrediting agency contact information, and revised course descriptions and course learning outcomes to incorporate Bloom’s Taxonomy. The proposal also recommended the elimination of the 40 wpm keyboarding requirement, because medical transcription is no longer part of the curriculum.

The following corrections were made:
Page 6, Health Information Technology, # 4, “problem-solving” should be hyphenated.

Page 9, Catalog Course Description, in the last sentence, the comma after “hybrid” should be removed. 

Page 15, Catalog Course Description, in the second sentence, “formulae” should read “formulas.”

Page 34, Listed Topics, # 1, “International Classification of Diseases” should be capitalized.

Page 34, Listed Topics, # 2, “Current Procedural Terminology” should be capitalized.

Bonnie Ordonez moved to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Manufacturing Technology Proposal
Maura Stevenson remarked that this proposal emanated from a 5-year review. Brad Sandrock presented the proposal along with Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki. Following the 5-year review, the Advisory Board recommended that the Robotics Program be merged into the Controls track of the Manufacturing Technology Program. Rather than compete for students, the Program will be stronger following this integration.

The following corrections were made:
Page 14, MAT 141, Mathematics for the Technologies 1, is 3 credits rather than 1.
Page 14, MAT 116, Mathematics for Technologies 2, is 4 credits rather than 3.
Page 14, Total credits for the Second Semester is 15 rather than 14.

Page 36, the 2nd sentence of the Program Description, the word “in” should be added so that the text in part reads, “…within the advanced manufacturing field in which students will be involved.”
Page 36, # 2, “computer-based” should be hyphenated and end with “structures.”
Page 36, # 3, should start with the portion left after “structures,” so that # 3 will read, “Prepare written lab reports and proposals using the standards set forward in the course style manual.”
Page 36, old # 3 becomes new # 4.
Page 36, in new # 5, place a comma after “problems.”
Page 36, in new # 6, “Computer-Aided Drafting” should be hyphenated, and “Computer-Aided Manufacturing” should be capitalized.
Page 36, the next paragraph should read in part, “Upon successful completion of this program, students may…”

Page 38, MFT 141, Introduction to Machining should be 3 credits rather than 1.

Steve Wells moved to accept the proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Robotics & Automated Systems Technology Proposal
This proposal presented by Brad Sandrock and Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, deletes the Robotics and Automated Systems Technology Program and combines it into the Manufacturing Technology Program. This will strengthen the Program as half of the students are in the Robotics Program and the other half in the Manufacturing Program, and students from both Programs are competing for the same jobs. Having two separate programs has caused some courses not to run. This proposal is supported by the Advisory Board of the Program.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the proposal. Maryann Trale seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Engineering Syllabi Updates
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki and Brad Sandrock presented the proposal which updates 21 syllabi with measureable learning outcomes. The Engineering Department has attempted to evaluate all courses. Most changes involved applying Bloom’s Taxonomy; however there were some logistical changes as well.

The following corrections were made:

Page 24, Learning Outcome # 2, “Set up” is two words.
Page 24, Learning Outcome # 7, the word “Properly” will be removed so the outcome begins, “Identify…”

Page 41, Learning Outcome # 5, the word “Appropriately” will be removed so the outcome begins, “Document…”

Maura Stevenson moved to accept the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Maura Stevenson reported that there are five items on Curriculum Committee agenda with more to be added. Their next meeting will be their last.

C.  ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH

Carl Francolino distributed the list of responsibilities of the Assessment and Research Subcommittee expressed according to Bloom’s Taxonomy. He reported that members are gathering information on expanding distance learning.

Maryann Anderson is gathering the objectives from each Subcommittee, and will present them to Kevin Smay.

D.   ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Changes to the Student Handbook
Mary Lou Kennedy presented the proposal. Also in attendance were those who had worked on the revision of the document, including Charlene Newkirk, Renee Clark, Yvonne Burns, and Donna Imhoff.

The Student Handbook has been handled in a piecemeal fashion for many years without looking at the handbook in its totality.  The group in attendance worked on the handbook revisions, consulting with a College attorney when necessary. As a result of the hearing on March 17, members of the Subcommittee made some additional recommendations which have been incorporated. Barbara Thompson asked if spacing and capitalization will be corrected, and was told they would be. Those errors are the result of formatting problems. 

Some major changes were highlighted. They include:

  • In the Student Academic Complaint Procedure, students are alerted up front that a grade can only be changed by the faculty member, regardless of the outcome of the appeals process.
  • The formal means of communication will be via email.
  • Stronger language is used, such as changing “responsibilities” to “expectations,”  “shall” to “will,” and “regulations” to “rules.”
  • There is a full revision of both the Student Code of Behavioral Conduct and the Sexual Harassment Policy.
  • Standards of Behavior are grouped under Integrity, College Community, Social Justice and Diversity, and Respect and Responsibility.

Questions were raised regarding the language on sexual conduct and consensual sex. This will be raised with the College attorney to see if the language should be more explicit.

Bonnie Ordonez moved to accept the proposal. Jane Greenwood seconded the motion and the motion passed with 14 votes in favor and 1 abstention.

Dr. Stevenson reported that the Subcommittee heard Fran Dice’s proposal on the FN grade. The proposal was tabled until the meeting of April 7.

 

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Maryann Anderson collected the Curriculum Subcommittee outcomes. Maura Stevenson commented that the Subcommittee is trying to make processes and procedures more standardized.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.  

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 5:05 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary