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Academic Senate Meeting Minutes

Thursday, September 28, 2006; 12:45 -2:00 pm

Student Service Building, Conference Rooms A & B


Senators Present: Yolanda Bellisimo, Hank Fearnley, Theo Fung, Ron Gaiz, Deborah Graham, Erika Harkins, Patrick Kelly, Arthur Lutz, Radicia Portello, David Rollison, Sheri Rollison, Ingrid Schreck, Blaze Woodlief, John Sutherland


Senators Absent: Barbara Bonander


Guests: Bernie Blackman, Letta Hlavachek, Jamie Deneris, Jim Locke, Jim Geraghty, Cathy Summa-Wolfe, V-Anne Chernock, Hoa-Long Tam, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Sara McKinny



I.      Approval and Adoption of Agenda

II.      Reading  and Approval of Minutes

III.      Officers’ Reports

IV.      Committee Reports

 V.      Action Items

a.     Committee Assignments

VI.               Discussion Items - Unfinished Business

                   a)  Facilities Planning & Modernization (Bill Abright)

b)  President’s Evaluation

c)  Retreat Rights Policy Task Force Update

d)  Goals Survey

VII.                                    Discussion Items - New Business

a)  Academic Standards

b)  Communicating with the Press (Cathy Summa-Wolfe)

c)   Advance Placement equivalencies

 VIII.             Proposed Agenda Items for Future Meetings

a)  Online application project (Linda Beam)

b)  Library

c)  EMP and Program Review

d)  WASC Report

IX.               Public Requests to Address the Senate on Non-Agenda Items



1.       Approval and Adoption of Agenda

-->o        Agenda adopted with changes to accommodate guest speakers


2.       Approval of Minutes:

-->o        Motion adopted as corrected


3.       Officers’ Reports


The President reported the following:

  • Senators were asked to contact AS secretary if Senators are unable to attend a meeting.
  • IPC met and discussed defining a “program,” studying criteria for determining goals,  and determining the kind of data and training involved in program review process for instructional and non-instructional programs. Those doing the work will define what they determine to be a “program.”
  • Overview of SLO report was submitted to senators; the report will be submitted to WASC. The full report includes all SLOs from the disciplines listed so far.
  • AS President and AS VP met with President White on using bond $ for technology. White consented that bond money can be used for upgrading computers. The Technology Committee & the Budget Committee will work together on a process to make these upgrades possible.

-->·         AS President will follow up on establishing access to computers for part-time faculty

  • In regard to faculty liability when students are waiting to get into a class, according to the Director of Human Resources, if faculty are working within expected job duties and students are waiting for a spot to open up, then faculty are covered by the District. But if faculty are concerned, then they should consult their Dean.
  • AS President submitted a report on the modernization project from the District Modernization committee.


5. The Vice President reported the following:

-->·       No report


6. The Treasurer reported the following:

-->·       Treasurer submitted a written report to be included in the correspondence file


-->·       Standing reports were suspended to allow for guest speaker

-->·       Bill Abright reports on the District Modernization Committee


-->·       Senator Lutz made a motion to have the letter that Bill wrote be transmitted to the entire faculty on the AS News.

-->o        Motion adopted

-->·       Senator Fearnley made a request to include the Abright report in the record.


5. Standing Reports:


Curriculum Committee

-->·       A written report was submitted from Curriculum Committee


Academic Standards Committee

-->·       No report


Community Education

-->·       No report


Technology Committee

-->·       Faculty should Contact Hector Seguel in order to publish documents on the Internet


6.  Old Business


Committee Appointments


-->o        The Senate President submitted a list of the committee members approved by the Senate.

-->o        The President explained the process for committee appointments. First nominations are made, then the Senate must accept and consent the nominees.

-->o        Last week the seats of committees were vacated since the Senate never gave consent for the seats.

-->o        The names of committee members were presented last week as nominations.

-->o        The Senate President explained that the process for committees is that the President brings nominees, the senate gives consent to nominees, and then the senate must approve the nominees for validation.

-->o        Nominees were presented to the Senate in the last meeting and the action to approve the committee members was an action item for this week’s meeting.

-->o        As a result of the AS not having the right to vote the seats were vacated; the ballot last week was to present a list on nominees to the Senate

-->o        The acceptance to the committee members; Senate has the right to determine the nominees or not; we still have to present nominees to the senate for unfilled seats

-->o        The people who had been nominated must be brought to Senate for approval


-->o        Senator Lutz made the motion that “Until this is decided by a vote of the faculty of the whole the previous vote is null and void and all the people who were appointed by the previous senate remain to complete their terms.”


-->o        Senators discussed the referendum & committee appointment process

-->o        A copy of the referendum was requested to be placed in the record.

o        The motion was tabled and will be considered next week.


Meeting adjourned at 2:05

Minutes submitted by Schreck

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