COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
December 13, 2012
Office of College Services Board Room
Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:32 PM and welcomed the many guests in attendance.
AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
NOVEMBER 8, 2012 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL
Elizabeth Kitchens-Stephens moved to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2012 meeting of College Council. Marianne Trale seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended.
AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS
A. ACADEMIC PLANNING
Proposal: Recommendations for the Full Time Hiring Rankings, 2013-2014 AY
Steve Wells reported that the hearing to consider the recommendations for full-time hires occurred at the last meeting of the Subcommittee. As has happened the past few years, the Subcommittee did not distribute the hires necessarily evenly by campus. In establishing ranking, they considered the 52 submitted requests in terms of need, enrollment data, the number of full-time faculty in the department, the full-time to part-time ratio, the campus ranking, narratives, safety implications, and growth in the field. The list of recommended hires, as amended and approved by College Council, appears at the end of these minutes.
Initially the Subcommittee was told the College could fund only 10 full-time positions. The number of hires was eventually increased to 20; however, the 20 includes a full-time Paramedic position that was already funded. The 20 positions also included 4 Nursing positions - 1 per campus. The Nursing Departments said they would have to limit enrollment if the positions were not filled. There are four Math positions recommended, two at Allegheny and one each at South and North. This was in light of an external evaluator's comments that we have substantial need for full-time faculty in Math. Also included was a Radiation Therapy position necessary for accreditation.
The Massage Therapy position at Allegheny Campus was not included in the 20 recommended positions. This may mean that the Program will not be able to continue; however, this position can be submitted next year.
Rita Gallegos asked if the DVS hire for Boyce Campus in position 10 and the English hire for Boyce Campus in position 40 could be switched. Because of subsequent circumstances based on hiring limitations for part-time faculty, as Department Head, she now has more need for the English hire. Joe Deblassio objected to the proposed amendment. Rick Allison moved to amend the list of recommended hires to accommodate this switch. Nancy Jenkins seconded the motion and the motion passed with 11 votes in favor and 2 votes opposed.
Donna Imhoff moved to accept the recommended list as amended. Shirley Harr seconded the motion and the motion passed 11 votes in favor and 2 votes opposed.
Steve Wells commented on the wonderful job that the Subcommittee does with this tremendous task.
Proposal: 13FA Fall 2013 – Academic Calendar Amendment
Fran Dice presented the proposal which would revise the Fall 2013 calendar which had been originally approved in 2009, to allow for a full week off for the Thanksgiving break. Originally the break had been approved for a Wednesday through Sunday Thanksgiving break with a mid-term 2-day break earlier in the semester. The full week is necessary so that the ITS Department can perform a much needed upgrade to the Datatel system. There has not been an upgrade in five years.
Mrs. Dice was asked why the upgrade could not be done during the semester break. She explained that the time period during the break is peak enrollment time, and they would not have time to test the system following the upgrade. The Thanksgiving break would be the least disruptive to the student process.
Rita Gallegos moved to accept the revised calendar. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Program/Discipline Review: Five Year Program Review: Tourism Management (423.3)
Stephanie Westfall and Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the program review. Mrs. Westfall is an adjunct faculty member as well as the general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites at the Meadowlands.
Mrs. Westfall commented on the program's outstanding advisory board. One of members is Joe McGrath of Visit Pittsburgh who attested to the 52% current growth in the local hotel industry. Other board members include representation from Robert Morris and Youngstown State.
We are one of the few colleges to offer a degree program in tourism. Most of the other programs are Hospitality programs. Previously the program was a certificate program, but is now an Associate's Degree program. For the past two years, there has been only one graduate for each year. There is a lot of interest in the program, but the program suffers from a lack of marketing. There is a perception that the program covers only tourism, but it is really more event planning.
The strengths of the program include a great deal of interest from the professional community, and that all courses can be taken online. The weaknesses include a lack of marketing as well as course titles that do not accurately reflect what is taught. One of the recommendations is to pursue software programs that could be incorporated into the curriculum.
Barbara Thompson moved to accept the program review. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Program/Discipline Review: Math Program (043) Review
Allysen Todd presented the program review and noted that the math degree was eliminated at the previous meeting of College Council. The Math Department has been involved over the last five years with launching some very successful initiatives. These include the commencement of the Math Cafés, student success coaches, establishing math enrichment classes for students scoring very poorly on placement tests, and course pairings.
Dr. Todd noted the comments from the external evaluator regarding the serious lack of full-time Math faculty. She also mentioned that the transferability of math courses and the calculus sequence are being reviewed.
Elizabeth Claytor moved to accept the program review. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
B. ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that at the last meeting of the Subcommittee, the mandatory orientation proposal was rejected. The Subcommittee felt the proposal needed more detail, and that the process could put too much burden on some departments. The process also would be difficult to articulate in the Student Handbook.
At that same meeting, the Remote Compass Testing Proposal was approved and will be presented to Council at the January 24th meeting.
Proposal: Comprehensive Student Development Services Assessment-Office of Financial Aid
Jamie Poindexter presented the 5-year assessment of the College's Financial Aid process. Assisting Mrs. Poindexter were the Directors and Assistant Directors of Financial Aid system wide, which Mrs. Poindexter introduced.
Mrs. Poindexter said that financial aid is governed by Federal regulations and administered by the Department of Education, and an annual assessment is necessary to ensure that we are in compliance. One of the functions of the Financial Aid administrators is to take federal law, and format it into good business practices.
A priority this year is debt management. The College is concerned about our federal default rate. When students secure federal loans and then default on them, this negatively impacts the College. Debt management is a major concern nationwide as fraud rings of students are securing federal loans and then disappearing. Identity theft is another major concern. Mrs. Poindexter said that the country is facing a debt crisis and an easy place to cut finds is student loans and financial aid.
Mrs. Poindexter discussed a study she conducted to determine if our decline in enrollment was a result of the higher number of students on financial aid suspension. She did not find a correlation between the two. What she did find was that students utilized loans or a different source of funding when financial aid was not available.
Mrs. Poindexter was questioned about financial aid and online learning. She explained that students must take 51% of their courses on campus. This is a Pennsylvania State limitation. Federal aid has no limit.
Mrs. Poindexter was also questioned about our default rate which is 9.9%. The national default rate is just over 8%. If our default rate reaches 15%, we will be forced to disburse funds in two segments.
Steve Wells moved to accept the assessment. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Rick Allison distributed the official College Council Colored Paper Guide.
C. ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH
Carl Francolino reported that the last meeting of Assessment and Research was cancelled.
Mr. Francolino said that we need to look at online learning that is being underwritten by corporations such as Microsoft. This will have an effect on our enrollment.
The annual review of online learning is not yet ready because of a delay getting statistics from Institutional Research,
Proposal: American Sign Language Interpreting (915.1) Proposal
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki and Michelle Balfe presented the proposal. They emphasized how critical the program is. National certification is now required and this program is the only program in Western Pennsylvania to enable interpreters to sit for that certification. Although you must have a Bachelor's degree to sit for the exam, many students come to us already having the degree.
The program was spearheaded by the deaf community because of the huge demand. Currently the program includes only educational interpreting in which the interpreter is assigned to a student in a classroom. This proposal will broaden the program to include community interpreting. Community interpreters make $50 per hour with a 2 hour minimum. The admissions requirements have been increased and changes have been made to the curriculum.
Nancy Jenkins moved to accept the proposal. Donna Imhoff seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Proposal: Welding (316.3) Proposal
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the proposal which makes several changes to the welding curriculum. Restricted electives are reduced from six to three, and general electives replace those restricted electives. Revisions were made to Welding 208 to eliminate the lab and replace it with advanced blueprint reading. Welding 224 has been revised. The curriculum has been revised to ensure that students can transfer into the Manufacturing Welding track in Engineering.
The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Page 14, "WLD 224 Pipe 3 Downhill Pipe welding" should read "WLD 224 Pipe Welding 3 - Downhill."
Shirley Harr moved to accept the amended proposal. Steve Wells seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Proposal: Electronic Engineering Technology (300) Proposal
Reza Chitsazzadeh presented the proposal which would eliminate courses which are no longer offered, establish program objectives and initiate a new three-credit course on microcontrollers. If this is successful, the Department may develop a new program for macro controllers. All of this is the result of recommendations from their advisory board.
The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Pages 12 and 13, MIT 240, Scientific and Industrial Instrumentation is listed twice.
Page 15, Learning Outcomes 6, add "and" between "digital" and "analog."
Professor Chitsazzadeh remarked that electronics and manufacturing enrollment is now very good.
Marianne Trale moved to accept the amended proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Proposal: DIT-201 Dietetic Supervised Practice 1: Revisions of Course Learning Outcomes, Prerequisites and Course Description
Elizabeth Vargo presented the proposal which would list the learning outcomes, prerequisites and the course description of DIT 201, Dietetic Supervised Practice 1. This course is a practicum course, and the accrediting body, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, requires these changes.
The following corrections were made to page 6, Listed Topic 9, "gastrointestinal" was misspelled and the colon after "such as" will be removed.
Nancy Jenkins moved to accept the amended proposal. Sharon Mills seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Proposal: Revision of Program Title (#050) from Computer & Information Science to Computer Information Systems and Addition of CIT244 to List of Restricted Electives
Rick Allison presented the proposal. He explained that when looking at the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement (TAOC) information on other Computer and Information Science programs in the state that we are not an information science program. We are an information systems program, and the title of the program is misleading. We do not use higher levels of math in this program which is a key component in other programs in the state. It will still be a transfer program, and the name change will not impact transferability. The program description would change and CIT 244, Object-Oriented Programming would be added as a restricted elective if approved by Council.
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the proposal. Marianne Trale seconded the motion and the motion passed with one abstention.
Proposal: CIT-620 Revisions to the Course Title, Prerequisites, Course Description, Learning Outcomes and Listed Topics
Nancy Grant and Rick Allison presented the proposal which would update CIT 620. The title of the course would change from "Developing Web Pages: Front Page" to "Developing Web Pages Using Web Authoring Software." Front Page is outdated and the use of a generic reference in the title allows for many web authoring software packages to be taught. Along with the change to the course title, the prerequisites, course description, learning objectives and listed topics would also be changed.
Nancy Jenkins moved to accept the proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Proposal: Course Revisions to CIT111 & CIT130 and New Course CIT244
Don Smith presented the proposal which would change three Java courses. CIT111, Introduction to Programming: Java would be updated to focus on core programming concepts. The subject is evolving and topics are more complex. The revisions would allow the course to serve as a spring board to upper level programming courses.
CIT 130, Object-Oriented Programming 1: Java would be updated. It is taught using Java, and should address new concepts that were not identified in the former course outline.
CIT 224, Object-Oriented Programming 2 is a new course which would offer Java at a higher level. It is currently taught along with C++. The revision will allow students to make the leap more easily to new concepts.
Corrections to the proposal include:
Page 14, Learning Outcomes #7, "Impliment" should be "Implement."
Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal as amended. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS
There was no unfinished business.
AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS
There was no new business.
There being no further business, the meeting ended at 5:45 PM.
College Council Secretary
Prioritized Hiring Recommendations—
As Approved by College Council—12-13-2012
Radiation Therapy/Allied Health
Chemistry/Physics Ed. Tech
Allied Health Ed. Tech
ITS Ed Tech
Ed Tech Nursing
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Theater Ed Tech
Physics Ed. Tech