The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
February 2nd, 2009
Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Botsford, Brennan, Cichanski, Coleman, Cordero, Dolen, Hanna, Hughes, Goodwin, Guevara, Kang, Karst, LaManque, Lathers, Lee-Klawender, Liu, Logvinenko, Maynard, Mitchell, Roberts, Setziol, Sherby, Swanner, Walton, White, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Glapion, and Miller
DASB: Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison: Lydia Hearn Guests: Karl Schaffer and Jim Haynes,
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 2:35, a quorum being present.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed. The notes of January 26th were approved as distributed with minor corrections.
II. Needs and Confirmations: After thoughtful and stirring debate at the end of which it was MSCU (Hanna/Winters) to close debate, Judy Mowrey (Library faculty) and Cynthia Kaufman (Philosophy faculty) were confirmed for service on the Instructional Planning and Budgeting Team. It was the sense of the Senate that an effort should be made to describe and then, perhaps, to codify the appropriate number of faculty on the group and to ensure an appropriate balance between those faculty primary associated with student services and those who are not.
III. Program Review Update: Lee-Klawender began by presenting the latest revision of the Program Review template. Changes were said to be in response to feedback. The group took little time in getting to one particular issue, that of dealing with "basic skills" as a term of art indicating Mathematics, English, and Reading while at the same time affording disciplines and departments the opportunity to discuss "basic skills" as in skills basic to their particular program.
IV. Part Time Senate Representative: LaQuisha Beckum was selected from among four candidates to fill the part time faculty representative vacancy created by the death of Will Paicius. Several people expressed discomfort with the process of selection based on written statements alone. Discussion including statements of support was suggested but the idea was dismissed.
V. Senate Budget: Argyriou and Setziol presented the current status of both the College account and the dues account at Washington Mutual with the general drift being that the College account was largely expended and the dues account, while reasonably stocked, could not sustain expenditures of large sums for items more appropriate for the College budget.
VI. Donations Budget: In light of the time and the nature of budget discussion, the original intent of this item was not taken up. Instead, there was a brief discussion among some of the Senators pondering whether or not the group should make it more difficult for people seeking donations to get them and whether or not to create some sort of guidelines as to what kinds of ideas should be funded. It was MSCU(Botsford/Swanner) to close discussion.
VII. Curriculum Update: The irrepressible Anu Khanna presented the intention of the Curriculum Committee to shift curriculum submittal deadlines from fall quarter to spring quarter. The plan is to call for 30% of all required curriculum revisions to be submitted in the spring of 2009 and then to move that percentage to 100% by 2011. This intention was largely greeted positively. Khanna asked Senators to solicit comment from their constituents.
VIII. Student Learning Outcomes:
IX. Institutional Core Competencies: A document containing the proposal for De Anza's Institutional Core Competencies was distributed.
X. Good of the Order and announcements: Argyriou announced plans for an open forum or town hall style open meeting on the topic of Institutional Core Competencies.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:34.