Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes October 27, 2011

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
October 27, 2011
Office of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
John Dziak
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Jane Greenwood
Donna Imhoff
Nancy Jenkins
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Audrey Rosenthal
Barbara Thompson
Marianne Trale
Stephen Wells 

Shirley Harr
Vicki Rosti

Charles Bostaph
Sylvia Elsayed
Mary Lou Kennedy
Reginald Overton
Judy Savolskis

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:35 PM. 

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
OCTOBER 13, 2011 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL

Approval of the minutes of the October 13, 2011 meeting was postponed until the next meeting of College Council as members did not receive the minutes prior to the meeting because of an email error.

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH  

Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee met and viewed a demonstration of ProctorCam, a service that would allow faculty to observe students taking distance learning exams. The service is still in Beta-testing phase, so the company is not able to demonstrate what a faculty member would actually see. Mr. Francolino thought that the service looks promising, but is not ready to be marketed yet.

B.  CURRICULUM

Rita Gallegos reported that the Subcommittee met and heard one proposal, the deletion of the Painters and Allied Trades (619) program. The proposal passed and will be presented to Council at the next meeting.

Mrs. Gallegos also reported that the Subcommittee has completed revising the process form for possible changes.

C.  ACADEMIC PLANNING

Steve Wells reported that Academic Planning did not meet; however, there are three program reviews that are expected to be presented soon.

Dr. Wells also reported that even with all of the budgetary problems, the Subcommittee will continue with plans to make recommendations for faculty hires. 

D.   ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Proposal: Addition of Conduct Hearing Board make-up, selection and training to Student Code of Behavioral Conduct and Student Handbook
The proposal was presented by Mary Lou Kennedy who acknowledged the work done by Charles Bostaph and the other Deans of Students.

Dr. Kennedy said that a lot of work was accomplished on the Student Handbook last year; however, the make-up and training of the campus conduct hearing boards was inadvertently omitted.  This proposal creates a process for that. 

The make-up, selection and training would mirror that of the academic hearing board process.
Training will be across the system to provide consistency and fairness to all students.

A few corrections will be made to the proposal.

  • All numbers ten and under will be written out.
  • Where there is reference to Title IX, a brief description of Title IX will be provided.
  • The description in the Student Handbook will begin, "Each campus has a conduct hearing board composed of an equal..."
  • The heading and the first line under training will be, "Training for the conduct hearing board."
  • In reference to the deans of Student Development, "Student" and "Development" will be capitalized.

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

In reference to the required five days notice to the college community before a hearing regarding a proposal, the first three days of Thanksgiving week, November 21-23, are considered working days, and count for three of the five required days.

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Maryann Anderson reported that Dr. Johnson did not sign off on the proposal to eliminate the Pax Test as a requirement for admission to the nursing program. Dr. Johnson wants to meet with the Nursing faculty and find out what an alternative to the Pax test would be for admission to the nursing program.

Rick Allison reported that he is collecting data on when the various allied health programs will be having their accreditations.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

Update on CCAC's Mechatronics Program PLA (Judy Savolskis)
Judy Savolskis reported that when the Mechantronics program was approved, she was asked to report back on the progress of the program. Ms. Savolskis reported that this program, grant-funded through the U.S. Department of Education, has been doing extremely well.

Mechantronics is an engineering field that integrates mechanical and electronic components with hydraulic, pneumatics, electronics, and computer controls in manufacturing. It is a rigorous program that had a 65% completion rate the first year, and a 78% completion rate the second year.

The program has partnered with Schroeder Industries such that if their employees complete all 300 hours of the program and receive a grade of 80% or higher, each of those employees receives a $5,000 bonus. The company Prominent Fluids is also giving cash rewards to their employees who successfully complete the program. The demand for graduates of the program is growing, and the program will be continuing.

Donna Imhoff reported that the barber program is going very well at the Homewood Brushton Center. The program is ten months in length and has 1250 hours of practicum.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary