Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes May 9, 2013

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
May 09, 2013
Office of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Mary Frances Archey
Elizabeth Claytor
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 

John Dziak

JoAnn Avoli
Jacqueline Cavalier
Ebony English
Caroline Evans
Norman Johnson
Srujana Kanjula
Heather Klenovich
Scott Mayberry
Kathy Mayle
Joseph Nese
Allysen Todd
Brenda Trettel
Kalina White

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:35 PM. Mrs. Anderson thanked Mary Frances Archey for providing the food for what is traditionally a very long meeting.

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
APRIL 25, 2013 MEETING OF COLLEGE COUNCIL

Rick Allison moved to approve the minutes of the April 25, 2013 meeting of College Council. Stephen Wells seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as amended. 

AGENDA ITEM II: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  CURRICULUM  

Proposal:  Revise Global Studies Program (103) and add POL 204, Comparative Studies course
Srujana Kanjula and Brenda Trettel presented the proposal. The Global Studies program provides students with skills to work more easily in an independent and global world. The revisions as proposed would move the program from a diploma program to a certificate program. The revisions are based upon the transferability of courses and what is being taught at local universities such as the University of Pittsburgh, LaRoche, Chatham and Point Park. Mrs. Kanjula noted a lack of a course on comparative politics, consequently POL 204, Comparative Politics has been added in the second semester. The language elective is important for obvious reasons.

Carl Francolino noted that there was no study of culture and Mrs. Kanjula stressed to Council that this represents a beginning and that more revisions will follow. At the recommendation of Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens, SOC 211, Racial and Ethnic Minorities will be added as a restricted elective.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Page 7, number 3 under, "Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:" remove "knowledge of world history and develop," so the line reads in part, "Develop the ability to place events in an...".
Page 10, the last line of the Catalog Course Description, "between" has been changed to "among."
Page 10, Learning Outcomes number 10; add the word "conducting" so the line reads in part, "... concepts and steps in conducting research in political science."

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the proposal as amended. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.   

Proposal:  Revise the Biology program’s (031.2) TAOC restricted electives to better fit the requirements of the Pa Transfer and Articulation (TAOC) agreement and add program objective number 5
Brenda Trettel and Kalina White presented the proposal which revises the restricted electives of the biology program to better match the requirements of the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement (TAOC). BIO 175, Microbiology; BIO 240, Environmental Biology and BIO 133, Environmental Science would be removed and replaced with BIO 121, Principles of Sustainability; BIO 230, Research Methodology and Quality Assurance and BIO 201, Botany. These three courses that are being added have not run lately. Because they will now be required courses in order to graduate, the courses should run with sufficient enrollment.

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

Proposal:  Revision of course title, description, content and corequisites for PTA-203 Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries to PTA-203 Specialty Topics in Physical Therapy
Norm Johnson, PTA Program Coordinator, and Rick Allison presented the proposal. Last year, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) completed its Practice Standards Settings Review which is conducted every five years. As a result of the review, the cut scores for the National Physical Therapy Examination have been raised. This is because Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA's) are more autonomous and are dealing with more acute patients. Patients are spending less time in hospitals and the PTA's are now seeing patients at home without supervision. PTA's, therefore, need to be well trained. The changes outlined in this proposal will accomplish that.

Nancy Jenkins moved to accept the proposal. Shirley Harr seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of course MDR-203 Health Information Technology Directed Practice 2
Rick Allison and JoAnn Avoli, Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Coordinator, presented the proposal which is the result of the five-year program review. The proposal involves revising the course description, learning outcomes, listed topics and the number of credits for MDR 203, Health Information Technology Directed Practice 2.

These changes are in part necessary because so many hospitals have closed, and those that are open are using electronic health records with employees working from their homes. This makes it very difficult to find clinical sites. This is not only true in this region, but nationally also. The program is growing and the need is increasing as more precise coding is required for medical records. Simulation software is used to compensate for the lack of clinical sites.

Stephen Wells moved to accept the proposal. Sharon Mills seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Change of Math and Physics Courses in the Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) Program of Studies (#555.1)
Rick Allison presented the proposal on behalf of Carl Mazzetti, Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) Program Coordinator, which is the result of the Joint Review Committee for Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). In order for the program to retain accreditation, the following changes need to be made: MAT 108, Intermediate Algebra is to be made a pre-requisite of the program, and MAT 111, College Algebra and PHY 100, Basic Physics are to be included in the program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

A question was raised by Stephen Wells regarding a letter in the packet which indicated that PHY 100, Basic Physics was to be a pre-requisite; however, the program director had successfully argued to include that within the program.`

Carl Francolino moved to accept the proposal. Vicki Rostis seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revision of the Medical Assistant Programs (#419 & #535)
Bonnie Gregg, Medical Assistant (MDA) Program Coordinator, and Rick Allison presented the proposal which would revise the Medical Assistant Program from a diploma program to a certificate program. In doing so the credit totals of several of the courses would change with the addition of increased content. This is the result of recommendations from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Learning objectives for several courses were revised so that they are in compliance with Bloom's taxonomy. MDA 101, Medical Transcription was added, so that students have a skill set that employers want.

The program also offers a degree program with the addition of general education courses added to the core courses. These general education courses include a course in human growth and development for students to better interact with patients seen in office settings, oral communication so that graduates can express themselves more effectively and business for office management skills.  Additionally three courses which have not been offered in several years would be eliminated. Mrs. Gregg noted that students will be required to be certified in two or three years.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Pages 6 and 11, 5th paragraph, "Accredidation" is changed to "Accreditation."
Page 13, Fourth Semester, BIO 107 which is also Pharmacology should be added to ALH 125, Pharmacology.
Page 17, Co-Requisites, change MDA 106 & MDA 106 to MDA 106 & MDA 107.
Page 20, Catalog Course Description, delete "is" so the description begins, "This course introduces medical assisting..."
Page 38, number 5, add the word "in" so the line reads in part, "CLIA - waived tests in chemistry..."
Page 51, Listed Topics, number 5, delete "Collect" so the line reads, "Overdue payments."
Page 52, Listed Topic, number 12, delete "Respect" so the line reads, "Cultural diversity."
Page 52, Listed Topic, number 13, revise the line to read, "Adapting communication to the individual's ability to understand."
Page 52, Listed Topic, number 14, revise the line to read in part, "Using effective and correct..."
Page 52, Listed Topic, number 15, revise the line to read in part, "Recognizing and responding to verbal..."
Page 52, Listed Topic, number 16, change "Use" to "Using."

Donna Imhoff moved to accept the proposal as amended. Elizabeth Claytor seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Cosmetology Management Program (#222.2) Deletion
Rick Allison presented the proposal which would eliminate the Cosmetology Management Program. This program was never successful, and has not run in many years.

Nancy Jenkins moved to accept the proposal. Shirley Harr seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Revise the Social Work Technician Program (630.3) to include the requirements as mandated by TAOC.  In addition, the TAOC changes include the revision of courses, addition of courses, deletion of courses and certificates and the addition of a new certificate
Ebony English and Brenda Trettel presented the proposal which would allow our social work program to be in compliance with the requirements of TAOC. The proposal reflects the changes in the field of Social Work.

The following certificates would be eliminated: Social Work Specialist, Social Work Specialist: Case Management, Social Work Specialist: Family Intervention and Social Work Specialist: Geriatrics, as well as deleting the following three courses: SOW 104, Law and Social Welfare; SOW 107, MH/MR Perspectives and Programming Principles; and SOW 115, Social Work Practicum 2. Mrs. English said that there are those who have gone through the Social Work Specialist certificate programs and declare themselves to be Social Workers. She discussed the importance of title protection. The new certificate is called the Social Work Foundations certificate. There are also several courses that have been revised and added.

The previous program had a high concentration of sociology courses. The current proposal would greatly increase the number of liberal arts courses. The surrounding universities that reviewed it were very pleased. CIT 100 was eliminated because it was found that most students are computer literate. Math 165 is recommended but not required.  Statistics can be taken at the transferring school.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Page 3, Social Work Technician, North should be added as a location.
Page 8, North should be added as a location.
Page 8, the second sentence of the program description should have "Bachelor of Social Work" inserted before BSW.
Page 8, the graduate will, number 6 should read, "Utilize technology including web-based resources, for the purpose of education, advocacy, research and practice.”
Page 8, "Course Competencies" should be "Social Work Core Competencies."
Page 8, the Social Work Core Competencies should be an enumerated list.
Page 8, Social Work Core Competencies, number 10 to the end should read, "Engagement, Assessment, Intervention and Evaluation of social work practice (Current Council on Social Work Education, 2008). The 10 core competencies are learned in each social work course and are assessed by the instructor through multiple methods."
Page 8, delete "See the graduation...printable PDF form.”
Page 10, under Recommended Social Science Electives, add SOC 211, Racial and Ethnic Minorities.
Page 14, Catalog Course Description should begin, "This course is a survey of American..."
Page 14, Learning Outcomes, number 8, "self-awareness" should be hyphenated.
Page 21, Learning Outcomes, number 2 should end with a period.
Page 21, Learning Outcomes, number 3, should read, "Identify key social values with regards to social policy."
Page 24, Listed Topics, number 11, "urban" should not be capitalized.
Page 24, Listed Topics, number 12, "systems" should not be capitalized.
Page 27, Listed Topics, number 3, "NASW" should be changed to, "National Association of Social Workers (NASW)."
Page 28, Listed Topics, number 6, "activism" should not be capitalized.

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

Proposal:  Revise PAL program (604.2), PAL certificate (605.2) and the PAL 135, Employee Benefits course and delete the PAL 208, Constitutional Criminal Procedure course
Joe Nese who is the coordinator of paralegal program and Brenda Trettel presented the proposal which would include PAL 403, Co-operative Education as a restricted elective. Mr. Nese stressed the importance of this course in increasing a student's chance of employment. PAL 208, Constitutional Criminal Procedure is being deleted because the content is available in CJC 203, Evidence and Procedure. PAL 135, Employee Benefits would be revised to reflect the changes in this field. Some catalog descriptions were also changed because they did not coincide with what was being taught in the corresponding courses.

Thechange are the result of the five-year Program Review and input from the advisory board for the program.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Page 8, remove, "See the graduate checksheet for this program in printable PDF format."
Page 19, Catalog Course Description, the next to the last sentence should read in part, "...employment compensation and benefits, employment evaluation through termination of employment."
Page 19, Learning Outcomes, number 1 should read, "Demonstrate an understanding of employment issues."
Page 19, Learning Outcomes, number 3 should read, "Identify tools and remedies available to address employment issues."
Page 19, Learning Outcomes, number 4 should read, "Describe the controversial area of the right to privacy versus the right to monitor the workplace."
Page 19, Learning Outcomes, number 5 should end with "workers compensation."
Page 19, Listed Topics, number 10, should read in part, "Disability and Survivors Benefits..."

Nancy Jenkins moved to accept the proposal as revised. Elizabeth Claytor seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Labor & Management Studies (LMS) Certificate
Jackie Cavalier presented the proposal which would establish a certificate program in labor management studies. The impetus for the program came from the lecture series supported by Robert Mill. Barbara Thompson reminded Mrs. Cavalier that the idea was not new. The Philip Murray Institute of Labor Studies was started by the late Lou Pappalardo and continued until his death.

Because of the popularity of the Robert M. Mill Lecture Series, attendees asked if a certificate program with limited enrollment could be started. The program would have a cohort of 10 students representing labor and 10 representing management with a balanced approach, and be funded by an endowment. The program would be 15 credits from 5 courses. 

The following correction was made to the proposal under course LMS 109, unnumbered page, Catalog Course Description should begin in part, "This course that offers an overview of comparative organizational systems, as well as trends and practices..."

Marianne Trale moved to accept the revised proposal. Sharon Mills seconded the motion and the motion passed with 12 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.

Proposal:  Changes to the Biotechnology Degree Program (416.4)
Sandy Bobick and Allysen Todd presented the proposal which would make major changes to the Biotechnology Degree Program. The changes were recommended by the advisory board. The title for BTC 103 would change from Bioinformatics/Quality Assurance to Bioinformatics.  BIO 230, Research Methodology and Quality Assurance would be added which would increase the semester credits to17. CHM 110 and 111, Introduction to Chemistry and lab would be replaced with CHM 151 or 120, General or Bio-organic Chemistry.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Page 3, South is deleted as a campus where this is offered.
Page 7, after the program description, the line should read, "Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:"

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

Proposal:  Changes to the Biotechnology Certificate Program (417.3)
Sandra Bobick and Allysen Todd presented the proposal. This certificate program was designed for those who already have a biology degree; therefore, the English requirement was removed. BTC 103, Informatics was revised and BIO 230, Research Methodology and Quality Assurance was added.

The following correction was made to the proposal:
"Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:, number 3, should end, "...oral and written communications."

Sharon Mills moved to accept the revised proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Changes in 3 Biotechnology Courses
Sandra Bobick and Allysen Todd presented the proposal which would make changes in 3 Biotechnology Courses. The co-requisites would be changed for BTC 101, Biotechnology Lab 1; topics related to quality assurance would be removed from BTC 103; and learning outcomes and topics would be changed for BTC 202.

The following corrections were made to the proposal:
Page 5, Catalog Course Description, second sentence, "Basic" should be capitalized.
Page 5, Catalog Course Description, third sentence should begin, "Special concepts.”
Page 9, Catalog Course Description, third sentence should end, "...with software provides practical experience."
Page 9, Catalog Course Description, fourth sentence should read in part, "...transcriptomics, quantitative polymer chain reaction (PCR) analysis..."
Page 9, Learning Outcomes 2 should start, "Use biological databases containing..."
Page 9, Learning Outcomes 3 should read, "Retrieve information from biological databases."
Page 9, Learning Outcomes 9, change "RT-PRC" to "Real-time Polymer Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)."

Donna Imhoff moved to accept the revised proposal. Vicki Rostis seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal:  Deletion of General Studies AA degree program (087) & Liberal Arts & Sciences AA degree program (002)
Allysen Todd presented the proposal which would delete the General Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences AA degrees. Dr. Todd explained that these are not useful to either the career or transferring student and are confusing. Very few students have graduated with these degrees over the years. This is an attempt to clean up the catalog.  

Steve Wells moved to accept the proposal. Elizabeth Claytor seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

B.  ACADEMIC PLANNING

Program/Discipline Review: Program Review for Massage Therapy (MAS) Program (Certificate #403.1)
Norm Johnson, Massage Therapy (MAS) Program Coordinator, presented the program review. The Massage Therapy certificate is offered at Boyce Campus and includes 17 credits. There are four massage therapy courses and the remainder are first aid and CPR courses. Students who are not able to complete the Physical Therapist Assistant program will sometimes move into this program. The majority of the students are working in the healthcare field and taking these courses to enhance their skills. The program has had a 95% matriculation rate since it started in 2000. The program has recently been reviewed by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and was designated an Assigned School for Nationally Certified Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers.

Dr. Johnson mentioned the strong support that he receives from the Boyce Campus library and AV services.

The primary weakness of the program is a lack of a dedicated space. Approximately 800 to 1000 feet are needed. The program review found the budget to be adequate.

Audrey Rosenthal moved to accept the program review. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Program Review for Phlebotomist (PHB) Program (Certificate #513.1)
Rick Allison and Bonnie Gregg, Phlebotomist (PHB) Program Coordinator, presented the program review for the Phlebotomist Certificate Program which is offered at South Campus. There were no recommendations for changes. Enrollment, placement and the retention rate are all good.

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens moved to accept the program review. Audrey Rosenthal seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  PHL Discipline Review
Scott Mayberry and Allysen Todd presented the proposal for the Philosophy Discipline Review. The department is growing and another full-time faculty member is needed at South Campus. Only 36% of courses are taught by full-time faculty.

Vicki Rostis moved to accept the program review. Elizabeth Claytor seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Program/Discipline Review:  Five Year Program Review of the Biology program (031.1)
Heather Klenovich and Caroline Evans presented the Biology Program Review. Of note is the decline in the number of courses taught by full-time faculty. Enrollment is high and increasing, in part because of the number of nursing students enrolled. South and Boyce Campuses are getting new labs. Allegheny Campus and West Hills Center recently opened their new labs. North Campus will soon need a new lab. The lab at North Campus is 25 years old.

Marianne Trale moved to accept the program review. Nancy Jenkins seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

C.   ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens, Chair of Academic Standards and Student Affairs reported that the Quality Assurance/Grading Scale Change Proposal was withdrawn because it was under nursing faculty purview and would be outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook.

Proposal:  Nursing Division Point System Change
Kathy Mayle presented the proposal which outlined a new system for determining students to be accepted into the nursing program which includes a GPA combined with a point system. The attrition rate is high among nursing students, and another filter is needed. The PAX test was found to be culturally biased and with the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) expected to increase in difficulty in April, students with the best chance of succeeding must be identified. The College must maintain an NCLEX passing rate of at least 80% or be put on probation. Currently we are at 82.79%.

With an attrition rate over 28% in the first semester, Barbara Thompson inquired why nursing faculty were not urging their students to utilize tutoring. This past year, North Campus had an excellent Nursing tutor who was very much under-utilized.

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

D.  ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH

Carl Francolino reported on various IT activities scheduled for the summer and that Mary Kate Quinlan had attended a meeting to discuss assessment.

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 5:23 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary