Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes February 28, 2013

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
February 28, 2013
Office of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
Elizabeth Claytor
John Dziak
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Shirley Harr
Donna Imhoff
Nancy Jenkins
Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens
Sharon Mills
Audrey Rosenthal
Vickie Rostis
Barbara Thompson
Marianne Trale
Stephen Wells 

 

Dwight Bishop
Charles Bostaph
Renee Clark
Frank Kaufman



Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:31 PM. 

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
FEBRUARY 14, 2013 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL

Marianne Trale moved to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2013 meeting of College Council.  Audrey Rosenthal seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  CURRICULUM

Rita Gallegos, Curriculum Subcommittee Chair, had no proposals to present but reported that a chemistry proposal will be presented at the next meeting of College Council, and there will be 10 proposals at the following meeting.

B.  ACADEMIC PLANNING

Steve Wells, Academic Planning Chair had no proposals to present; however, there will be a Drafting and Design Program Review presented at the next meeting.

C.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDNT AFFAIRS

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the Subcommittee did not meet the previous week because there were no new proposals; however, they are expecting the 5-year Assessment of Counseling Services and the Admissions Five-Year Comprehensive Student Development Services Assessment at the next meeting. Dr. Kitchens-Stephens then introduced Charles Bostaph to Council.

Proposal: Mandatory Student Orientation
Charles Bostaph presented the Mandatory Student Orientation proposal, which would require first-time degree-seeking students to participate in an on-campus or online orientation sometime before they register for their second semester.

Dr. Bostaph reported on the many studies which indicate that students who complete orientation have significantly higher QPA's and retention rates than those students who do not. The proposed orientation takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. To view the program, go to the CCAC website http://www.ccac.edu and enter "Online Student Orientation" in the search box.

Dr. Bostaph said 4 years ago only 9% of students attended orientation, last year there were 23% and this year 28%. At Westmoreland Community College, 60% of their students attend orientation. At Westmoreland, orientation is mandatory; however, students are not tracked. Dr. Bostaph said that 70% attendance is our goal. Students who have not attended orientation will have their records flagged and will receive reminders in the mail.  

Donna Imhoff asked why students can complete an entire semester before taking mandatory orientation, and wondered if this will set students up for failure? If orientation is mandatory, why not require it before students are permitted to register? Carl Francolino asked if the orientation could be tied to the placement test. Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens replied that lengthening the testing session would be too taxing on students.

After much discussion, it was decided to end the last sentence of the proposal after the word "register." This would require removing the words "for a second semester." The last line of the proposal would then read," Students must complete a CCAC Student Orientation before they can register." The Operational Plan will also change. Number 4 will read: "The on-campus list of new students will be generated from Appointment Central which will be down-loaded into an excel file. Student Life and other Student Services Offices will track those students attending on-campus orientations." Numbers 5 and 6 will be deleted.

The online orientation can be viewed at http://www.atschoolorientation.net/intake.ASPX?ReturnURL=2fCCAC .

Elizabeth Claytor moved to accept the proposal as amended. Marianne Trale seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal: Admission Policy Change for LPN Entry
Patty Paul presented the Admission Policy Change for LPN Entry proposal. The proposal would allow Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) to enter into the second semester of the first year of Nursing. Previously LPN's would take a 3-credit transition course, and start the first semester of the second year of nursing. Ms. Paul said that the change is needed because of a recent revision in the Nursing curriculum. Critical content that had been presented in the first semester of the second year has been moved to the second semester of the first year. By allowing LPN's to continue starting the first semester of the second year, they would miss that content. The content is pharmacology and medical/surgical which comprise the majority of the NCLEX boards. The LPN's would miss too much content to be successful.

Vicki Rostis pointed out that while the Nursing faculty did approve this change in January, it was not unanimous. Some faculty feel that LPN's should be given more credit, because in reality, they do many nursing tasks. The dissenting nurses feel that LPN's should be individually evaluated to determine if they should start in the first or second level.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sharon

Sharon Mills moved to accept the proposal. Nancy Jenkins seconded motion which passed with 11 votes in favor, 1 vote opposed and 1 abstention.                                                                        

D.   ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH

Carl Francolino presented the Subcommittee Report and then introduced Dwight Bishop.

Online Learning Annual Review
Dwight Bishop presented the online learning review. Highlights from Dr. Bishop's report include:

  • Online learning saw a moderate 5% growth for the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Online courses account for 17.5% of CCAC registrations and 34.8% headcount.
  • 17% of online students are out-of-county.
  • There were approximately 5,000 questions involving online learning or Blackboard support.
  • Staff facilitated 240 one-on-one learning sessions and 10 workshops for faculty.
  • The testing center at Allegheny Campus proctored 2,400 tests. This was a 55% decrease from the previous year.
  • The average class size increased from 21.9 to 24.1 students.
  • 89% of students with a Blackboard account used it at least once per week.
  • An ITS survey found that most students would like to see all of their Instructors use Blackboard.
  • Six degrees and six certificates are available entirely online and 29 degrees and 15 certificates are available mostly online. 

Recommendations include:

  • Allow for remote placement testing for online students.
  • Redesign the Online Learning Student Handbook.
  • Upgrade Blackboard from version 6 to 9.1. This is scheduled for May. The upgrade and clean-up has not been done in 10 years 

The full report can be found at http://cms.ccac.edu/files/PDF_Document/74bbf3d76a9f41238432368b8259768b.pdf

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

There was no additional new business.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 5:21 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary