The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
June, 7th, 2010
Senators and Officers present: Anderson, Argyriou, Beckum, Botsford, Brennan, Cordero, Guevara, Hanna, Kragalott, Larson, Lathers, Lee-Klawender, Maynard, Nickel, Mjelde, Schaffer, Setziol, Singh, Stockwell, and Swanner
Senators and Officers absent: Annen, Chang, Glapion, Goodwin, McNamara, Nengo, Norte, and Tao
District Senate President:
DASB: Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison: Rich Schroeder Guests: Dan Mitchell and Jackie Reza,
SLO coordinators/Staff Development: Curriculum Co Chair: Anu Khanna
[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 2:33 a quorum being present.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed
The draft notes of May 10th were approved with a correction of the misspelling of a Senator's name. The draft notes of May 24th were approved with minor editing for clarity.
V. Senate Elections Committee Update: The annual signup for monitoring the polling table went around the room generating more and more enthusiasm and with increasing competition for the prime slots. The scene was likened to a hybrid of “the wave” and musical chairs.
III. Senate President's Report: Argyriou began by reporting that the no smoking policy and its enforcement or lack there of keep getting an inordinate amount of discussion time in the Chancellor's Advisory Council (CAC). Recent focus has been on the establishment of clear “Smoking Allowed” places on the edge of the campuses and on whether or not citations can be issued for violators. During the Senate discussion, it was suggested that, whereas the previous head of Security at De Anza had enforcement as a very low priority, the new person might be more inclined towards it.
A second focus of her report was the prospective District Parcel tax measure. The consultant polling and analysis of the polling has been completed and shows strong support even in the face of presentations including statements in opposition not produced by the pollsters.
Finally, predictions by those who watch the goings on in Sacramento closely suggest that there will be no further categorical cuts in the 2010-2011 budget but there may be apportionment cuts and or fee increases.
II. Needs and Confirmations: The addition of a staff member for the Auto Tech, Environmental Sciences, and Biology Faculty Search & Selection Committee. Diane Pierce and Wilfredo Castano were Confirmed for service on the Photo Lab Technician Search & Selection Committee Gregory Anderson and Doli Bambhania were confirmed for service on the Academic Advisor (for the Learning Resources Division) Search & Selection Committee.
IV. IPBT Update: Lee-Klawender brought up the Annual Program Review Update form. Almost immediately the focus got to and remained on whether or not the IPBT was going to combine ongoing requests with the new requests indicated by the form as being the only requests to bring forward. It appeared that some divisions completely ignored the instructions on the form, simply lumping new and ongoing requests together. This has the potential to greatly disadvantage those who did what the form asked to the extent that their ongoing requests may be of a much higher priority than their new requests. Lee-Klawender will ask the IPBT to check previous resource requests when reading the Program Review updates.
VI. By Law Change for Senate Elections: Argyriou presented proposed changes. The group focused almost exclusively on the section regarding the timing of elections and the duration of the voting time. A variety of suggestions were made and responded to. In the end Argyriou announced that the item would return June 14th for final wording.
VII. Faculty Cap and Gown Rentals: Due to demand, an additional $86 plus a contingency of $100 was requested by the bookstore, half the money needed, with the other half coming from the college president's budget. It was MSCU (Lathers/Mjelde) to grant the request.
VIII. Reception for Newly Tenured Faculty: The group was reminded of the reception for newly tenured faculty from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, immediately following what is tentatively the last Senate meeting of the year. It was MSCU (Hanna/Cordero) to authorize $250 for the refreshments at the reception.
IX. Late Adds Form Update: After a considerable and thoughtful discussion, the group came to the consensus that late adds should be allowed without documentation being submitted up to the end of the fourth week of the quarter and that late adds should be allowed in the fifth and sixth weeks with documentation
specified before a new policy goes into effect. This does not mean that faculty will not be asked to have documentation for the late add period prior to the fifth week.
XI. GE Draft Revision Feedback: With little comment, the group accepted the recommendations of the General Education Review Steering Committee and will decide on an implementation date and whether or not final approval will come through an all faculty vote or an Executive Committee action. In accepting the recommendation, the Executive Committee thanks the steering committee for its work and deems it to be on hiatus. [NOTE: The next review has not been scheduled but in the late 1990s, the Executive Committee pledged a review every five years.]
X. Professional Relations Committee Update: Setziol returned the group to a discussion of the document called “The Role of Division Deans in the Selection and Removal of Department Chairs and Schedulers. In response to questions raised May 24th about the document possibly being in conflict with article 10.5 in the faculty collective bargaining agreement, Setziol had sought an analysis from Faculty Association President Rich Hansen. Citing no conflict, Hansen's response was a request for inclusion of language referencing the agreement with regard to scheduling being done in accordance with the agreement and language clarifying that complaints in the form of grievances can only be filed against administrators and not by faculty against other faculty.
XII. Wrap Up. One final opportunity for polling table signup and reminder of coming in a timely fashion to one's alloted time.
XIII. Good of the Order and Announcements: The Item was not taken up.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:31