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The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
October 27th , 2008
Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Botsford, Cichanski, Coleman, Cordero, Dolen, Glapion, Goodwin, Hanna, Hughes, Karst, Lee-Klawender, Lee-Wheat, Liu, Logvinenko, Maiero, Maynard, Miller, Mitchell, Roberts, Setziol, Sherby, Walton, White, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Brennan, LaManque, Lathers, and Swanner,
DASB: Vijay Veeramachaneni Classified Senate: Lois Jenkins
Administrative Liaison: Lydia Hearn Guests: Karl Schaffer, James Chen, Wayne Chenoweth, Patrick Ahrens (student trustee) Ernest Chavez, Krystine Altamira, Brittany Sims, Randa Sami, Barbara Illowsky, and Maryalice Bonilla 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 2:33, a quorum being present.
1. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The Agenda was approved as distributed with the addition of an Item 2a: Student Announcement and a change in item VIII from Mediated Learrning Center to Reorganization. The Notes were approved with the addition of language in item VI suggesting the examination of expenditures within the Basic Skills Initiative grant in 2005-2006 and 2006- 2007.
II. Needs and Confirmations: Randy Bryant was confirmed for service on the Instructional Planning and Budgeting Team.
IIa. Student Announcement: Student Trustee Patrick Ahrens distributed two documents concerning textbook costs and ways to reduce them. Ahrens and two other students spoke as well, making it clear that textbook costs had a big affect on them. Barbara Illowsky spoke as well. The students asked to be on the November 3rd agenda, realizing that their time during this item had to be quite short.
III. Reports: Area B and Plenary: Argyriou and Lee-Klawender presented. Most of the report focused on the issue of To Be Arranged (TBA) hours of courses and newly tightened restrictions on their use. Argyriou and Lee-Klawender were asked to call the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges to talk with Mark Wade Lieu, President of that organization, if possible, to request assistance in resisting and or stalling the implementation of the new regulations. A resolution written by Lee-Klawender and adopted by Area B as a Fall Session Resolution was similar in that it called for research into implementation ramifications and a delay in implementation.
IV. Textbook Selection Draft(s): The latest draft revisions of the draft originally distributed October 6th were distributed. After familiar discussion, it was suggested (most directly by Maynard) that the officers draft a much simpler statement saying that the Board relies on the Academic Senate for matters relating to textbook selection et cetera. It was noted that reference to the Board's responsibility for enforcing state law and to cause the gathering of information necessary for that enforcement did not need to appear on a statement now characterized as a value statement. Still to be completed is an implementation document that is to be a companion to the policy statement approved by the Academic Senate. [NOTE: This companion document was announced as a quid pro quo for approval of the policy statement at the time of its approval.]
V. Subcommittee for Student Learning Outcomes (SLO): Several documents were distributed. One was a flyer announcing an SLO workshop Friday, October 31st and especially encouraging Senators and Curriculum Committee members to attend. Another gave background for discussing three alternatives and three alternatives for dealing with the current situation regarding an SLO Coordinator position or SLO Coordinator positions. After thoughtful discussion including acknowledgements of the need to move forward and yet to review and evaluate last years efforts and the procedures used, it was MS(Setziol/Mitchell) to adopt the option (number 3) calling for approving the officer's original recommendation to have two positions, one for Instruction and one for Student Services beginning Winter. Shortly after discussion on the motion began it was MSC(Setziol/Logvininko) to end discussion. The motion to adopt option 3 was then approved.
VI. Staff Development Director: Mary Kay Englen was present to assist in discussion. A document previously distributed was redistributed because it now contained Argyriou's personal annotations made while listening to former Staff Development Director Marcos Cicerone speak to it. Argyriou asked for feedback on using the document as the Senate's strong recommendation that it be used to frame the job description for a new director.
Discussion was fruitful in that it revealed support, as a high priority, developing, coordinating, implementing, and conducting staff development workshops focused on best practices of teaching and learning such as collaborative learning, learning styles, learning communities, and classroom assessment [a paraphrase of the fourth bullet on the document used in discussion]. Also well received were the suggestions that Senators frame their requests for feedback as the making of wish lists of what faculty would like to see and that Winters draft a point about the importance of diversity in all aspects of the position. Argyriou ended the item by saying that the result of the effort would be a compilation and then a quick refinement of a statement which would go to the Classified Senate for feedback before being sent to the Search and Selection Committee for the new director.
VII. Wireless Classrooms: The item was held over.
VIII. Reorganization: President Murphy presented the final draft of an organization chart representing the current status of administrative organization at the college. There were neither surprises nor questions. He also advised the group that the two Associate Vice President positions had been upgraded in terms of pay although not as far as he had intended.
IX. Good of the Order and announcements: - Part time office space will be on the November 3rd agenda. andArgyriou reminded the group about the SLO workshop Friday, October 31st.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30.