Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes April 11, 2013

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 11, 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 



Rong Cao
Kathleen Kane
Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Barry Noel
Charles Poetain
Brad Sandrock
Allysen Todd
Brenda Trettel

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:34 PM. 

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
FEBRUARY 28, 2013 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL

Stephen Wells moved to approve the minutes of the February 28, 2013 meeting of College Council.  Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  ACADEMIC PLANNING  

Stephen Wells reported that the Subcommittee met on April 4th and heard the program review for Music. At their next meeting, they expect to hear the program reviews for Biology, Criminal Justice and Philosophy.

Proposal:  Five Year Program Reviews:  Architectural Drafting & Design (270.1), Basic Computer-Aided Drafting (717.1), Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology (422), Mechanical Drafting & Design Technology (276.1)

Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki and Brad Sandrock presented the program reviews. Mr. Sandrock referred to the recommendations within the review and commented that 95% of them have already been completed or are in the process of being completed.

The recommendations include:

  • Changing the physics sequencing due to a pre-requisite change of Technical Math 1 from a co-requisite to a pre-requisite.
  • Expand the Engineering Labs – this has been accomplished due to a Hillman grant.
  • Request more active recruitment – this has been addressed by the Marketing Department’s production of a flyer on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
  • Request Perkins to include drafting programs within the graduate completion programs.
  • Purchase a plotter instead of leasing one. A plotter has been purchased, which would have been done sooner, but because of the cost, it was considered a capital purchase.
  • Update the EDD syllabi which will be addressed later in this meeting.

The Subcommittee recommended that the budget for the department be maintained for supplies, especially for items that support their 3D printer.

Carl Francolino moved to accept the program review. Shirley Harr seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

 B.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens reported that the Subcommittee met on April 4th and accepted a Nursing proposal. A Counseling proposal is forthcoming.

C.  ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH 

Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee met and received an update from IT of summer activities. Mr. Francolino said that he hopes to have an update of online learning, and any changes slated for this Fall.

D.   CURRICULUM  

Proposal:  Revise learning objective, #6 in the Chemistry program (035.1)
Brenda Trettel and Rong Cao presented the proposal which would change one of the learning objectives in the Chemistry program from, "Evaluate technical references critically and use peer review scientific literature effectively," to "Evaluate technical references critically and apply concepts in peer-reviewed scientific literature."   It was recommended that "in" be replaced with "from" in the sentence so that Learning Objective #6 would read, "Evaluate technical references critically and apply concepts from peer-reviewed scientific literature."

Marianne Trale moved to accept the revised proposal. Vicki Rostis seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revise the prerequisite in the course CHM 111, Introductory Chemistry Lab and also add a co-requisite
Brenda Trettel and Rong Cao presented the proposal which would add CHM 110, Introductory Chemistry as a pre-requisite and a co-requisite to CHM 111, Introductory Chemistry Lab. CHM 111 is a 1-credit lab course, and the department does not want students to register for the lab without having the content knowledge which is presented in CHM 110, Introductory Chemistry.

Shirley Harr moved to accept the proposal. Sharon Mills seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revisions of CJC 101, 124, 151, 152, 203, 206, 207 and 209 Master Course Syllabi to comply with the Pa Transfer and Articulation (TAOC) agreement for Criminal Justice
Barry Noel presented the proposal which would change the Learning Outcomes in seven courses so they are in compliance with the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation (TAOC) Agreement.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Page 5, Learning Outcome #7, the comma should be removed after the word, "misconduct."

Page 25, Listed Topics #10, "organization" should not be capitalized.
Page 28, Catalog Course Description was revised to read in part, "This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the U.S. correctional system, its history, development and contemporary practices. The philosophy, ethical dilemmas..."

Stephen Wells moved to accept the proposal as amended. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.  

Proposal:  Calculus Revision
Charles Poetain presented the proposal. Mr. Poetain discussed how the content of calculus classes has changed over the years which necessitates redesigning the sequence of calculus topics over the three calculus courses. The proposal would allow for transcendental functions and their inverses to be introduced early in Calculus 1. Vector field theory would be introduced into Calculus 3. Other topics would be redistributed throughout the three courses. Without these changes, our calculus courses would eventually not be transferrable. 

The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Page 5, Catalog Course Description, the sentence should start with "This is," so the sentence would read in part, "This is a course designed for students..." Also, in the last line of the Catalog Course Description, the word, "Fundamental" is misspelled.

Page 15, Catalog Course Description, the sentence should start with "This is," so the sentence would read in part, "This is a continuation of MAT 202..."

Page 15, Learning Outcomes #7 "Define and" should be deleted so the sentence would read, "Evaluate line integrals and surface integrals."

Nancy Jenkins moved to accept the proposal as amended. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Deletion of MAT190
Allysen Todd presented the proposal. MAT 190 has not been offered in a long time. Advisors ask about it because students find it listed in the catalog and want to take the course being under the impression that it is an easy math course. It is still listed as a suggested course in the curricula of Graphic Communications and Early Education and Child Development. Those programs should come before the Curriculum Subcommittee to have MAT 190 removed as a suggested course.

Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal. Audrey Rosenthal seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Co-requisite Revision of MAT251
Kathleen Kane presented the proposal that would eliminate the co-requisite status of MAT 251. MAT 250 and MAT 251 may be taken together, but it is not necessary that they be co-requisites. They may be taken independently of each other. The current status sometimes causes registration problems for students.

Marianne Trale moved to accept the proposal. Shirley Harr seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Architectural Drafting & Design Technology (270.2)
Brad Sandrock presented the proposal and explained that it is a result of their 5-year review. It is necessary to change the sequence of courses because MAT 114 is a pre-requisite for PHY 113 and both are  listed to be taken in the first semester. The proposal moves PHY 113 to the second semester.

Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal. Barbara Thompson seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology (422.1)
Brad Sandrock presented the proposal which would change the sequence of courses for Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology. This was the result of the 5-year program review. PHY 113 would move from the third to the second semester so that technical electives can be met.

Stephen Wells moved to accept the proposal. Nancy Jenkins seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Nanofabrication Technology (709) Certificate
Brad Sandrock presented the proposal which adds program goals and enhances the program description for this certificate which is held at Pennsylvania State University.  North Campus was also added as a location. 

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

Proposal:  Basic Computer-Aided Drafting (717)
Brad Sandrock and Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the proposal which was the result of the 5-year program review. The result of the proposal would be to move EDD 150, Introduction to Architectural Modeling to the first semester and SET 105, Technical Computing to the second semester.

Sharon Mills moved to accept the proposal. Nancy Jenkins seconded the motion and the proposal passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology (276.1)
Brad Sandrock and Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the proposal which was the result of the 5-year program review. The result of the proposal would be to move PHY 113, Technical Physics to the second semester. MAT 114, Mathematics for the Technologies 1 is now a pre-requisite of PHY 113 rather than a co-requisite.

Stephen Wells moved to accept the proposal. Nancy Jenkins seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Engineering Drafting & Design (EDD) Syllabi Updates Proposal
Brad Sandrock and Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki presented the proposal which was the result of the 5-year program review. The Learning Outcomes of 12 courses were examined and found to be too numerous. The Learning Outcomes were also rewritten to be compatible with Bloom's Taxonomy. EDD 130, Solid Modeling Techniques was also deleted.

The following correction was made to the proposal:
Page 14, Catalog Course Description, a comma was added after "Linear or angular."

Rita Gallegos moved to accept the amended proposal. Carl Francolino seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously

Rita Gallegos mentioned that there are seven proposals upcoming.

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

Maryann Anderson reported on the President’s Council meeting of March 19, 2013. Mrs. Anderson said that most of the topics discussed have already been dealt with and included the Learning Commons, opening of the K. Leroy Irvis building, workforce programs, the AFT wage reopener, the Robert Mills Labor Management Institute and the Big Read.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 4:14 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary