Notes - June 12, 2006
De Anza Academic Senate
Notes for the Meeting of
June 12, 2006
Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Barney, Bryant, Chenoweth, Cordero, Dolen, Fox, Goodwin, Guevara, Hearn, Jensen Sullivan, Joplin, Kramer, Logvinenko, Moreno, Mosh, Nagel, Osborne, Setziol, Sheirich, Winters and Zill
Senators and Officers absent: Annen, Capitolo, Dunn
Curriculum Cochair: Khanna
Classified Senate: Olivia Patlan
Guests: Beth Bresnan, Karl Schaffer, Laura Raffaelli
The meeting was called to order at 2:34, a quorum being present.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda and notes were approved.
II. Needs and Confirmations:
• Faculty members for At Large positions on tenure review committees.
• Faculty members for all Planning and Budgeting Teams (Instructional, Student Services, Finance and College Services) and the Facilities Committee.
• Professional Relations Committee (preferably from Counseling).
• Professional Development Leave Committee.
III. At-Large Part-Time Senator Selection: Hearn announced that two candidates have come forward, Elizabeth Bresnan and Nancy Olsen. She will email Senators statements of qualifications from both candidates, for action next meeting.
IV. Selection of Division Senators: Hearn asked Senators to come prepared next meeting with a written statement of how selection of Senators for the Academic Senate is handled within each division. Senators also will be asked next week to act on Hearn’s suggestion that CDC and CDE each need representation for the foreseeable future.
V. Status of Joint Development Group: Hearn distributed a document concerning the group formerly known as JDG (Joint Development Group), with proposed composition, membership, focus, meetings, leadership, role, and relationship with other district governance groups. Discussion of these topics resulted in a vote to keep the membership as stated in the document and included a wider range discussion of district level governance, as well as concern for classified staff.
VI. Faculty Representation on Governance Committees: Hearn distributed a draft in progress document listing all faculty positions on governance committees at the College and District and announced an open call for faculty volunteers for the positions, so that appointments can be confirmed not later than the second fall meeting of the Academic Senate. She was commended for her work.
VII. Facilities Committee Report: Hearn distributed a 06/06/06 document entitled Facilities Committee Criteria for prioritization, which generated lengthy discussion of the criteria. Kramer offered to rework the criteria according to professional standards and the Senate asked Hearn to carry its concerns and suggestions to the Committee.
VIII. Proposed Meaning of the A+ Grade: Setziol distributed a document on this topic that he will use in the +/- workshops being held this week. After discussion, a fourth proposed convention was suggested, which will be included.
The meeting was running long, so it was M/S/A (Goodwin/Guevara) that the meeting be extended by ten minutes.
IX. Opening Day Proposal: Hearn proposed that opening day at De Anza, the purview of the Academic Senate, consider the proposal by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee to use the day to unfold the plan. There would still be time slotted for a general address by the various governance constituents, but the majority of the time would be devoted to actual work on the Strategic Planning initiatives. The group consented to the proposal.
X. Curriculum Update: Khanna distributed a 6/12/06 document, “Curriculum Committee Report for Academic Senate” and described the activities of the Committee to the Senate. Discussion around the experimental course changes and the relationship of the Committee to the Executive Committee plus the conclusion of her report will be continued at the next meeting.
XI. Instructional Testing Update: Item was held over.
XII. Good of the Order:
• Laura Raffaelli asked Senators to invite their constituents to two events: the Writing Reading Center celebration on 6/19 from 4 – 6 p.m. and the Campus Pride Day cleanup on 6/15 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Bryant reported on the success of the Golf Tournament.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:42.