COLLEGE OF MARIN
MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 13, 2008
12:45 – 2:00
Student Services Building, Conference Rooms A & B
Senators Present: Carol Adair, Michael Dougan, Robert Kennedy, Sara McKinnon, Arthur Lutz, Joe Mueller, Meg Pasquel, Blaze Woodlief
Senators Absent: Eric Dunmire, Ron Gaiz, Radica Portello, Derek Wilson, Erika Harkins, Yolanda Bellisimo,
Guests: V-Anne Chernick
I. Approval and Adoption of the Agenda. Accepted
II. Reading and Approval of the Minutes of NOVEMBER 6, 2008. Accepted as amended.
President’s report. Yolanda Bellisimo: Written and attached. At the end of this semester, Patrick Kelly will step down as VP but continue as a member of the Senate.
Also, Carol Adair is retiring. The Senate must appoint a new VP and a new secretary.
The Senate continues to search for information about the Bolinas group on the agenda of the December Board meeting who are allegedly presenting an offer to buy the Bolinas Lab.
Curriculum Committee. Sara McKinnon: The CC approved 8 – 10 courses.
Master Plan Committee Blaze Woodlief: The committee has distributed Chapter 2 to the general faculty for review and is editing Chapter 3. The hardest chapter will be the chapter of recommendations.
IV. Consent Agenda
Self Study Co-Chair: A call will go out in spring for a faculty member to co-chair the next COM self study. Blaze Woodlief will prepare a list of duties for the position.
Modernization V-Anne Chernick: V-Anne reported that we have more to aid the process of modernization than we had at the beginning. For example we have an educational master plan and now state law (SB32) sets clear environmental standards for public buildings. Also, in the last six months we have realized bid savings of close to 11 million dollars and there is a bond coming up in spring. She briefly reported on each project:
§ PE: The new complex is well underway with no major construction problems and will be finished in May 2009. The accompanying photovoltaic technology will provide half the electrical energy required to run the facility.
§ IVC: Construction will start on Monday, November 17th and will take 16 months to complete. IVC improvements will take about 30% of the bond money.
§ Science Building: The plans for both the science and the fine arts buildings have been submitted to CSA, and will go to bid in June. The new science building will house math, science, nursing, IT and the campus’s mechanical facilities. The anthropology museum will be at the end of one wing with nearby gallery space. The building will have room for the geology lab with nearby classrooms.
§ Demolition: Demolition of Dixon Hall and the dance/landscape building will begin in summer. DSPs is moving to the Learning Center immediately, and the people in Dixon Hall will move after spring semester. Their offices will be in Fusselman Hall and their classes will temporarily be disbursed throughout the campus.
§ Gateway Building: We may save enough money to construct the Gateway building at College Avenue and Sir Francis Drake without state funds, although it may end up being a simpler building than we first envisioned. The building would house classrooms and administrative offices.
§ LRC: The bond money will not be used in the learning resource building. This is a very problematic building because the minute we touch anything structurally, we will have to go to the state and the state will require a complete seismic rebuilding. During this summer, the regular college maintenance plan is to move things out of the building, paint and recarpet. However, there will be no structural changes for now.
§ Temporary Buildings. The portables in the parking lot will stay.
§ West Bridge: Bids open for the building of the West Bridge in a few weeks.
SLO Update Sara McKinnon: WASC requires that every department and every class demonstrate its effectiveness through Student Learning Objectives (SLO’s) which indicate what a course is designed to teach and whether or not the students actually learn the concepts/material. WASC requires that SLO’s are included on course syllabi so students know from the beginning what they will be able to do at the end. It is expected that teachers (or departments) will then respond to the SLO results by adapting course methods, materials etc. A program review must show this process – a kind of curriculum review using student learning as a measure.
As SLO facilitator, Sara has gathered everything written on SLO’s in the last few years by departments and by the previous SLO facilitators. She pulled together everything done under program review and researched what other community colleges are doing. All departments have written departmental SLO’s and some have SLO’s at class level; however, much of this material is disconnected, and some faculty members still don’t know what SLO’s are. She is considering a workshop on how to write SLO’s, but workshops are sometimes too general and most departments need help specific to their subject. Sara will set up on-line helps and a place for departments to discuss and edit their SLO’s online. Furthermore, she will be available to aid individual departments
VII. New Business
Teachers’ Resource Center DSP is moving into the space used by the TRC. Teachers need a place to work and to meet. For next week’s agenda.
VIII. Public Requests to Address the Senate on Non-Agenda Items
IX. Adjournment: 2:00 PM
For questions or information concerning the Academic Senate, please contact Carol Adair: firstname.lastname@example.org X7367
November 13, 2008
1. Fall Academic Senate Plenary
Sara McKinnon and I attended the Fall Plenary Session in Los Angeles this past week. We each served on plenary session panels. My December report to the Board of Trustees will describe these panels and I will send that along to you as well.
2. My First Resolution
The Standards and Practices Committee (which I sit on) sponsored a Senate Resolution about researching and clarifying the scope and intent of Title V – 53415 about minimum qualifications for Learning Assistance Coordinators or Learning Skills Coordinators or Instructors (remedial). I sponsored it because the other members of the committee sit on the Senate Executive Board and cannot sponsor resolutions. I am not clear why this resolution was necessary given the language in Title V - 53415, but my first sponsored resolution passed without amendment and will result in research and clarification by the State Senate of a portion of Title V, which is always good.
3. The Job of the Senate Vice President
While at the plenary session, the vice president of the Mira Costa Academic Senate informed me that the job of the senate vice president is to make sure the senate president doesn’t quit.
4. Important Resolutions
Several resolutions passed at the plenary that may have important implications for local senates and colleges. The full set will be published within the month and will be on the State Senate web site. Here are a few of the key resolutions:
2.01 Opposition to Using SLOs in Faculty Evaluation – with two resolves
That we (the State Senate) affirm opposition to including the attainment of SLOs as an aspect of individual faculty evaluation; and work with the ACCJC and other organizations to ensure that accreditation recommendations do not use SLOs in any manner that would undermine either local bargaining authority or academic freedom.
2.04 Re-articulation of Accreditation Standard III.A.1.c - with two resolves
This resolution took exception to the fact that the standard names faculty as responsible for SLOs rather than acknowledging that the college community has a stake in and responsibility for advancing student learning. The resolves asked that we affirm the position that faculty develop and assess outcomes for courses; and that ACCJC’s role is to evaluate a college/district’s effectiveness in producing learning outcomes.
9.01 Resource Library of Course Level SLOs – with one resolve
That we collect from interested colleges, program and institutional/GE SLOs already created and make them available in an SLO resource library.
14.01 Grading – with three resolves
Delegates held a long debate about the resolution on grading, which really had to do with cheating. A recent System Office legal opinion says that according to Title 5, faculty cannot fail a student in a class for cheating on one exam. The resolution calls for convening a group to review and where appropriate draft language to revise Title 5 grading regulations to allow for the failure of students for egregious acts of academic dishonesty.
There was also a resolution suggesting that local senates and colleges track the cost of doing program reviews and accreditation. Another one asked the System Office to work with the State Senate on a more reasonable timeline for TBA compliance to the legal advisory that came from the System Office in October. The Basic Skills resolution asked, among other things, for more specialized counseling for basic skills students.
5. CAIR Conference this Week
Derek and I will be attending a conference in Los Angeles this Thursday to present on our program review template. We will be leaving Wednesday and returning Thursday evening. Patrick will chair the senate meeting on Thursday.
6. Our Bay Area Bubble
I attributed the dancing in the streets the night Obama was elected to general Bay Area liberalism and assumed this was a local response. Not true. I arrived at the Burbank Airport 24 hours after Obama won and the Super Shuttle bus driver, who had been speaking on the phone in Farsi, said to his passengers in a heavy accent, “Congratulations to all of you and to America. Now you can be proud of your country.”