Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes November 10, 2011

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
November 10, 2011
Office of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
John Dziak
Rita Gallegos
Jane Greenwood
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Audrey Rosenthal
Vickie Rostis
Barbara Thompson
Marianne Trale
Stephen Wells 

Carl Francolino
Shirley Harr
Donna Imhoff
Nancy Jenkins

Maureen Pavlik
Elizabeth Vargo

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
AND OCTOBER 27, 2011 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL

Rita Gallegos moved to approve the minutes of the October 13, 2011 meeting of College Council. Marianne Trale seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended.  Rick Allison mentioned that in the October 13, 2011 minutes, Janet Colville stated that the first year after the PAX test was instituted; there were no minorities nor students with English as a second language admitted into the Nursing Program. Dr. Colville should have stated that the numbers were greatly diminished.

Steve Wells moved to approve the minutes of the October 27, 2011 meeting of College Council.  Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended.

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 A.  CURRICULUM  

Rita Gallegos stated that the Subcommittee met last week and approximately five proposals were approved. These will be presented at the December 8 meeting of Council.

 B.  ACADEMIC PLANNING

Steve Wells reported that the Subcommittee met and heard two program reviews. At the December 8 meeting of Council, he will be bringing approximately four program reviews plus the hiring recommendations to Council.  

Dr. Wells also reported that the Subcommittee is continuing to work on the process document for program reviews and will distribute it at the next meeting.

Program/Discipline Review: Program Review Dietary Manager (591.1)
Elizabeth Vargo presented the program review for the Dietary Manager Program. The program is accredited every five years and this program review is the result of the accreditation.  The program was approved for another five years and Mrs. Vargo will be returning with a program review at that time.

Mrs. Vargo reported that enrollment continues to grow, especially as a result of the online curriculum. The only recommendation of the program review is to hire an additional faculty member. This hire was recommended by Council and approved by Dr. Johnson last year; however, the position is currently frozen.

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

Rick Allison reported that he has completed researching those programs with outside accreditation. The results will impact Appendix A which lists when programs are due to conduct program review. The revised list will be distributed at a future meeting.

C.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the Subcommittee did not meet because of a lack of proposals. The proposal submission process directions have been completed and will be put on the College Council website.

Mary Frances Archey mentioned that there are approximately eight items which will potentially go through Academic Standards and Student Affairs this year.

D.   ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH

There was no report from this Subcommittee. Carl Francolino was unable to attend the meeting, and there is no secretary for the Subcommittee as no one has stepped forward from North Campus to serve.

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Update on the status of the Elimination of PAX as entrance criteria proposal
Maureen Pavlik reported that Nursing is waiting for President Johnson to approve, amend or reject their proposal on the elimination of the PAX test as an entrance criteria. Dr. Johnson met with the Nursing Admissions Council and faculty were in favor of raising the QPA to possibly 2.8. Students are being told that the Nursing admission is under review.

Mrs. Pavlik also reported that between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011 our nursing students had an 82% NCLEX passing rate. The limit of an acceptable range is 80% . Students who graduated this past May had an 88% passing rate; however, the brighter students tend to take their NCLEX tests soon after graduation. 

In Pennsylvania, 68% of students from nursing schools are doing better than our students on the NCLEX test, and 69% of nursing students from other Pennsylvania community colleges are doing better than our students. Students from diploma schools do the best on the NCLEX test, because those students are in class or in clinical 40 hours per week.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3:31 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary