COLLEGE OF MARIN
Academic Senate Meeting Minutes
Thursday, February 22, 2007
12:45 -2:00 pm
Student Service Building,
Conference Rooms A & B
Senators Present: Yolanda Bellisimo, Barbara Bonander, Hank
Fearnley, Theo Fung, Ron Gaiz, Deborah Graham, Erika Harkins, Patrick
Kelly, Arthur Lutz, Radica Portello, David Rollison, Ingrid Schreck,
John Sutherland, Blaze Woodlief
Senators Absent: Sheri Rollison
Guests: Hoa-Long Tam, ASCOM President; V-Anne Chernock, Director
of Meodernization; Sara McKinnon, Peggy Dodge
Approval of Agenda & Minutes
Motion made to approve the agenda
Motion made to approve the minutes
The President reported the following:
The Vice President reported the following:
- A written report was submitted
- According to a note sent from the VP of the State Senate, Sara
McKinnon has been selected to serve on a state AS committee to
study the non-credit program. The President asked that if there
are transportation costs associated with her service, the AS give
consent to pay for the expenses.
- The ARCC report next year will come to the Senate before it is
sent out. The AS will have more time next semester for feedback on what
the AS would like to see in the report.
- A draft of a survey for Withdrawing was submitted to the Senate.
Senators were asked to submit any additions to the President. Senators
suggested that the document should be passed on to the UPM.
The Treasurer reported the following:
- The VP submitted the document titled Make-Up Testing for DE and
Face-to-Face Courses and asked that Senators review the document and
forward suggestions and questions to Susan Andrien.
- The Administration reported to VP Kelly that members of the
Bolinas Marie Lab Task force have been contacted except for the
two faculty members on the task force--Patrick Kelly and Joe Mueller.
- Senator Sutherland requested that the AS President write a letter
instruct the Administration to observe collegial consultation and to
faculty members in the process, including budgeting plans, beginning
with the meeting this coming
- Senators reached consensus on this issue.
- A written report was submitted.
Academic Standards Committee
- A written report was submitted.
- The global Rollover Plan has been finalized and will be moved
forward through governance.
- Senator Sutherland requested information about the Banner
- According to the Administration, Doug Berman is in charge of the
implementation reports on Banner and has placed information about
Banner implementation and the project timeline on the college web site.
Doug Berman attended a Technology Committee meeting last December; he
gave a progress report and presented project timeline to the
Ratification of Timeline
- Senator Woodlief moved to ratify the timeline.
Payment for Hourly Senate Clerk
- The hourly pay is approximately $24.00 per hour for a clerk.
- Senator Bonander motioned to pay the clerk for 8 hours of work.
- Motion adopted unanimously
- President consulted with President White and VP Martinez and they
agreed that the merger would be postponed nil a program review could be
done and completed by the end of August.
- The Chairs who are Chairs now will remain in place until the
program review is completed in August. Then a decision will be made
about Chairs and about the discipline merger.
- A call will go out from UDWC who will apply as a facilitator for
program review units. Once the facilitator is chosen they will
meet with the pilot group, with Patty O'Keefe and with the data
collections group to plan the program review process.
Guest Speaker: Patty O'Keefe, Director of SLOs for CoM, gave a
presentation to the Senate regarding SLOs.
- Senators reviewed drafts for administrative evaluations and
suggested format and question changes. Senators were asked to review
the drafts further and make changes to bring back to the committee
- A committee was formed to distribute, collect, and report
evaluations. Senators Portello, Kelly and Harkins agreed to serve on
All Faculty Meeting
- Campus wide SLOs incorporate all areas of campus, starting with
the mission statement and the goals established from the mission
statement. It serves as a snapshot of who we (at COM) in all elements.
The process should be faculty driven. The theme for this year's
campus-wide SLO is "Community Building."
- WASC requires that COM complete a campus-wide level SLOs,
program level SLOs and course
- All three levels should be occurring simultaneously.
- COM is currently in line with other community colleges regarding
SLOs. We are neither ahead of other colleges or far behind; we are in
the mean of the group.
- So far both non-academic and academic units were asked to write
an SLO on Community Building. The next step is to measure if these SLOs
have been achieved.
- One goal is to build and launch a website to showcase what
happens at COM in terms of SLOs.
- Currently the course outlines of record state SLOs, but these
must be continuously measured. The process of establishing SLOs
requires dialogue between instructors, such as discussing what is
working and what is not. The process is designed to promote discussion,
- The process also requires the establishment of evidence from
departments showing they have achieved their
- Examples of evidence may be focus groups where students or
faculty discuss each SLO and give feedback, essay norming, small
samplings, conversations among colleagues, quantitative and qualitative
data from students: "I have
learned . . ."; "I am able to . . . " "One thing I learned from the
course is . . ."
- Faculty has a MOU agreement with the Administration regarding the
evidence collected from SLOs The evidence belongs to the faculty and to
the departments; it is not public information.
Requests to Address the Senate on Non-Agenda Items
- The Union has asked for the AS and Union to meet collaboratively;
the meeting would be sponsored by the UPM; this meeting does not fall
under the Brown Act since it is sponsored by the Union which means it
could be a closed meeting. This meeting will cover program review and
possibly other issues. he agenda will be presented to the AS for input.
Meeting adjourned at 2:03
Minutes submitted by Schreck