The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
March 1st , 2010
Senators and Officers present: Anderson, Beckum, Brennan, Glapion, Guevara, Hanna, Larson, Lathers, Lee-Klawender, Maynard, McNamara, Mjelde, Nickel, Roberts, Schaffer, Setziol, Swanner, and Tao
Senators and Officers absent: Annen, Argyriou, Beggs, Botsford, Cordero, Goodwin, Nengo, Norte, Singh, and Stockwell
District Senate President: Alex Kramer
DASB: Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison: Rich Schroeder Guests:
Curriculum Co Chair:
[NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at the meeting.]
The meeting was called to order at 2:34, a quorum being present. In the Absence of Argyriou, Lee-Klawender chaired the meeting.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed with a change of Item VII from “District Strategic Plan” to “Support for points in opposition to SB1440” and the announcement of the deferral of item IX (Senate President's Report).
The draft notes of February 22nd were approved as distributed with the removal of interesting but spurious language.
II. Needs and Confirmations: Bob Stockwell was confirmed for service on the Professional Relations Committee. After discussion about possible remedies for an assertion that some in the department were precluded from service on Search committees, Harman Dhaliwal, Millia Ison, Charlie Klein, Edwin Njinimbam, and
Kejian Shi were confirmed for service on the Mathematics Faculty (two positions) Search and Selection Committee.
III. DARE Taskforce Update: Anderson made a presentation on salient points of the current status and budget of various aspects of Basic Skills instruction and support at De Anza. Several times Anderson was moved to lament and mention the unknown ramifications of laying off 40 people from their positions in the soon to be ended Readiness program. Planning, including the planning of future expenditures of grant money will come through the taskforce, the specified grant objectives, and retreats open to all interested parties.
IV. ACCJC Response to Follow Up Report: Kramer walked the group through various reasons that the college faculty needed to redouble their efforts towards satisfying the conditions set forth by the accrediting commission and a De Anza letter of intentions. Essentially the message was that we need to make significant progress in the areas of SLO assessment and the use of that assessment in planning by the end of Spring 2010 (next quarter).
V. Professional Relations Update: Setziol informed the group of two current efforts underway. One was a proposal to initiate a joint Senate/deans understanding about classroom usage in terms of passage time and room set up etiquette. The other was a proposal to reach agreement with top administrators and perhaps the deans as to the appropriate role (said to be very limited) for deans in the selection and removal of department chairs. [NOTE: Later in the meeting, Setziol mentioned a third item - Guidelines for selection and removal of department chairs.]
VI. Scheduling Template: Lee-Klawender projected an image of the proposed scheduling template with strikethrough font for the language pertaining to the evening schedule and the new proposed starting times deleted as a way of indicating the Senate preferred response to the proposal. However, she also presented a reason that the proposal might need to be reconsidered. Due to remodeling, there will be fewer classrooms available over the next two years.
VII. Support for points in opposition to SB1440: Setziol distributed and spoke to eight talking points developed for opposing S1440 currently before the legislature. The talking points were either informational or presentations of established De Anza Senate positions.
VIII. Academic Probation: The Item began as an information item with the information being that the officers had decided to postpone action on the Counseling department's recommendations until some background studies had been conducted. It ended with, in essence, a request to challenge the ruling of the chair (Argyriou) as to the disposition of an existing agenda item. The request was made in light of a deadline to enter something, either the status quo or the proposed change into the new Banner system which, apparently will not be able to be changed any time soon. In response to this, Lee-Klawender and Setziol pledged to have the request on the agenda of the meeting of March 8th and to attempt to have someone from the District answer definitively why Banner could not be modified next year.
IX. Senate President's Update: The item was held over
X. IPBT Update: Lee-Klawender reported that the IPBT (as well as College Council) had approved the proposed SLO Assessment timelines presented by Jim Haynes and Coleen Lee-Wheat. Also, an up-to-date list of released/reassigned time (distributed to IPBT members) was partially shown. IPBT members will be using this list in determining how to reduce released/reassigned time by $200,000 (about 3 FTEF), considering the duties associated with the released/reassigned time. The Academic Senate will be consulted in this process.
XI. Wrap Up: Lee-Klawender reminded senators to ask their constituents to give feedback about the officers' scheduling template proposals.
XII. Good of the Order and Announcements: Nothing to report.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:28