COLLEGE OF MARIN
Thursday, March 15, 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, Erika Harkins, Patrick
Kelly, Arthur Lutz, Radica Portello, David Rollison, Ingrid Schreck,
John Sutherland, Blaze Woodlief
Senators Absent: Deborah Graham, Sheri
Approval of Agenda & Minutes
Motion made to approve the agenda with the change that item F,
treasurer position, be moved
to Item C
Motion made to approve the minutes
The President reported the following:
The Vice President reported the following:
- The VP met with the Swinerton lead person
for IVC/Bolinas, Debra Matthau, regarding the Bolinas geological
report. If Bolinas is to be used for 2000 hours per year or less and
any structural renovation is less than 50% of the cost of the facility,
we can move forward on renovation. It has been determined that the
teaching lab estimate for structural upgrades is about $150 thousand
which is much less than 50% of the cost of the property; the teaching
lab is where most of the instruction takes place; the main building has
been used only for restroom facilities and other tasks. According
to the architects, the main project will be to tie the roof and wall
structures together to meet earthquake standards. If these upgrades are
completed, the lab can be used for up to 2000 hours per year. The
larger building is in such disrepair that it would most likely cost
more than 50% of the cost of the property. According to state
regulations, a trench must be dug and set back behind the property
lines 50 feet on each side to analyze fault activity. One proposed
trench would skirt the bottom of the hill and on along the road.
The main building renovations would most likely cost millions of
dollars. Questions that remain are: Is the hourly limit set for each
group--CoM, SF State, Sonoma, or other potential groups--or is the
limit a total per year? Is the hourly requirement measured only if
students are inside of the building? What about the work students
perform outside on the property? If there is physical fault activity,
what are the time requirements that would deem the location
unacceptable? How far back are the faults measured, since in the Bay
Area, most areas measure some kind of fault activity? If fault activity
is found, would the facility be shut down? If so, this would seem
absurd since almost every school in the Bay Area would be shut down if
those were the standards.
- No report. Treasurer was not present.
Academic Standards Committee
- A written report was submitted.
- New guidelines from the State regarding
curriculum will be imposed. Cari Pogan will attend a future AS meeting
to discuss the new English and Math graduation requirements.
- A written report was submitted.
- Two policy changes were recommended: AP
credit Poly Sci 101, Econ 101 & 102; the Social Science Depart. has
AP classes. AS consents to go ahead with the changes.
- The Committee is having difficulty with late
committee recommends that the policy be added to the schedule of
it reads in the Gold Book. AS consents to support this request.
- A report outlining the end of term Fall
Comparison was submitted. VP Martinez has distributed the end of term
Fall Comparison Figures from fall 2004 -Fall 2006 and Senator Harkins
shared these figures with the AS.
- Committee is currently revising the GRC
- GRC will be sending out a survey asking
committees to evaluate effectiveness.
- Committee members are needed since some
faculty are on sabbatical and others had schedule changes.
- Committee has tried to meet but could not
get a quorum together.
- President Bellisimo will recruit faculty who
would like to join the committee and will ask AS for consent on
committee composition in a future meeting.
Determining Time frame for Program Review
Senators discussed the program review process.
Senators discussed the need for an MOU regarding this process.
- Senator Sutherland motioned that the AS take
the position that any program review timeline be established jointly by
all involved factions: departments, IPS, DAWG, etc.
Committee Appointment Procedure
Requests to Address the Senate on Non-Agenda
- Changes were suggested to the Procedure
- President Bellisimo will make the changes
and the revised version will be voted on next week.
- Senators consented to vote to approve or
disapprove the revised document next week.
Meeting adjourned at 2:03
Minutes submitted by Schreck