Academic Senate Meeting Minutes
Thursday, September 13, 2007
12:45 -2:00 pm
Student Service Building,
Conference Rooms A & B
Present: Carol Adair, Yolanda Bellisimo, Michael Dougan, Ron Gaiz, Erika
Harkins, Patrick Kelly, Arthur Lutz, Joe Mueller, Meg Pasquel, Radica
Portello, Robert Kennedy, Ingrid Schreck, Blaze
Woodlief, Derek Wilson
Robert Bakestreri, Hoa-Long
Tam, V-Anne Chernock, Laurie Ordin, Sara McKinnen
of Agenda & Minutes
- Motion made to approve the
- Motion adopted as amended
- Motion made to approve the
reported the following:
- A written report
Speaker Sara McKinnon discussed the Sate Academic Senate Ad Hoc
Committee on Non Credit. Non Credit classes are classes that are
free, supported by state apportionment, and based on student hours of
attendance. There are no grades, no credit, and courses can be
repeated. In contrast, the Community Ed. schedule includes fee based
courses. The State is
working on changing the name of these apportionment classes to avoid
on basic aid so we are not eligible to apply for apportionment funding.
30 million dollars was approved by the state for these program.
A Document was submitted to the Senate titled Report on the State Academic Senate
Ad Hoc Committee on Noncredit. The document defines non-credit and will
be filed with the minutes.
Vice President reported the following:
- The Environmental
Educational Council for Marin as put out a call for nominations on
Leadership Award. The VP nominated Joe Mueller for his dedication and
teaching of environmental causes.
- The AS gave mutual
consent to forward this nomination.
committee had a Tech Review and a curriculum review meeting.
Wilson clarified the process of Tech
Review and Content Review process for curriculum. Tech review focuses
on accuracy of information and appropriateness of data. The committee
proofreads for errors and suggests changes for departments to consider
in revision; after revisions are made and errors are corrected, then the curriculum goes through a content review.
The remainder of the
committee reports were suspended to allow Dr. White,
a guest speaker to address the AS:
were raised that many policies of the committee have been revised and
implemented that do not follow existing policy.
discussion with Academic Standards and
the AS will be on the agenda next week.
is faced with several major initiatives
that we need to complete, or keep on track or fix. One is the WASC
warning status; another is Institutional Planning (related to Program
Review/SLO's) to prepare for the November visit from WASC. CoM hopes to
be taken off of warning. In November WASC will be looking for evidence
that the Program Review process is underway and integrated with
budget committee is aware of this need and
has been talking about this process in their committee.
have been hired for 6 different
projects and have been meeting with user groups for input.
- The following projects are
- Diamond PE Complex
- IVC Main Building
- TransTech Complex
- Fine Arts Building
- Science/Math/Central Plant
- Performing Arts Building
- Gateway Complex
scheduling process is being refocused. In an
effort to increase enrollment, specifically in credit classes, the
Admin is attempting to build an evening program. We currently have
classes, but not a program.
changes are being made to stregthen the
suggests that community colleges can
embrace their missions if curriculum is designed to create an
integrated academic service.
Senate discussed the need to hire full
time faculty to meet the need to staff an evening program. Concerns
were also discussed about offering student services--library,
counseling, placement testing, admissions, etc.
White stated that she supports more full-time
hires to build the evening program and that she also supports expanding
student services for evening students.
further stated that we must examine how to go
about finding full-time hires and she is looking to the AS to help
on this because it is a 10 plus 1 issue.
discussed that this new change takes a
budget commitment to build the program--to support low enrolled
programs, to support offering more than one class at night, and to
support late afternoon classes as well.
of Governance Committee Appointments
Senate gave approval to seat the names listed
on the Governance Committees List.
- Senator Kelly
moved to accept the draft of the
Full-Time Faculty Allocation Committee and to forward it to the UPM
Executive Council for negotiations to place this in Article 16 of the
- Changes were
suggested by Senators to clarify
the language and to streamline the FTF Allocation Committee Selection
and Terms of Office process.
- It was discussed
that the Chair will serve 2 year terms with a one term
limit to insure rotation and that questions for the library and
counseling will be
added to the questionnaire.
- The AS discussed
the fact that the more aware we can make 400 faculty at CoM, the
better able we will be to implement a process that becomes
conscious in the minds of 400 people, the better able we will be to
establish a fair and logical hiring process. We are not decimating
legal powers of UPM or of the faculty but rather, we are establishing a
process by which faculty can have input, standing together, using the
Budget Committee, the IPC and the shared governance system to forward
the will, the logic, and the common sense of the faculty with a rational
- This issue
will be further discussed and
voted on next week.
Requests to Address the Senate on
Meeting adjourned at 2:01
Minutes submitted by Schreck