The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
June 8th, 2009
Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Beckum, Botsford, Brennan, Cadge-Moore, Cichanski, Coleman, Cordero, Dolen, Glapion, Goodwin, D. Guevara, J. Guevara, Hanna, Hughes, Lee-Klawender, Lathers, Logvinenko, Maynard, Mitchell, Setziol, Sherby, Swanner, White,and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: LaManque, Miller, and Mjelde
DASB: Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison: Rich Schroeder
Guests: Karl Schaffer and Mike Appio SLO coordinators:
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.
After some discussion, approval of the Draft notes of June 1st was held over. During the discussion, a question pertinent to the notes became moot owing to the fact that Mitchell read a passage from the Senate constitution clarifying that incoming Senators start their terms in the Fall, therefore leaving the current group with responsibilities during the summer. Ordinarily these responsibilities are minimal. However, given the extraordinary circumstances at present, more responsibilities exist.
III. Basic Skills Initiative Update: Gregory Anderson and Michele LeBleu-Burns distributed two documents, one titled Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) Newsletter and one titled BSI Action Plan. Gregory Anderson lead the group through essentially a line by line look at the BSI budget. Changes from the previous presentation included a total year's expenditure $30,000 less than originally planned. He acknowledged the likelihood that new demands will be made on what will be increased funding in the fall since other monies for worthy things are diminishing or going away. In response to a question, he and LeBleu-Burns clarified that information about which proposals were funded is available on the BSI website.
LeBleu-Burns enthusiastically announced the formation of a "Developmental Task Force" which, it is planned, will work to institutionalize promising pedagogy and services.
IV. Academic Integrity Committee Update: Michele LeBleu Burns also presented this item. She spoke to a brochure previously distributed titled "Honor Code". After a brief presentation, the title of the brochure was questioned in light of the fact that everything after the title referred to dishonorable things. Although it was said that the committee also was working on what was honorable, LeBleu-Burns said she was favoring a change in the title of the brochure. She also distributed and briefly presented a draft of a form titled "Referral Form for Disruptive Behavior Referral"
II. Needs and Confirmations: Coleen Lee-Wheat was confirmed for service on the Search and Selection Committee for the Interim Director of Institutional Research. Lisa Markus was Confirmed for service in the Tenure Review, At-large Faculty pool. The group will again reconsider the De Anza Senate choice for District Academic Senate President, a choice which must be ratified by the Foothill Senate.
V. IPBT Update: Lee-Klawender began by clarifying some things from her presentation of May 18th. Principal among them was a reminder that an administrator position scheduled to be filled will be left unfilled in the 2009-2010 year. In addition, there was a reduction of .25 in an administrative position. The majority of the item was spent in a discussion in general and conceptual terms of the two lists of programs that were or are being "looked at" for possible reduction or elimination. The first list was of the 38 instructional programs at the college with a WSCH/FTEF ratio of less than 500/1. The second was a compilation of 15 programs from the first list selected for actual and serious consideration plus additional programs not on the original list of 38 which individual members of IPBT thought should be looked at for one reason or another. In addition, it was made clear to the division deans that, regarding IPBT deliberations, when something is requested of divisions, faculty participation is expected. The Senators were asked to monitor this such that recommendations coming to the Senate Executive Committee from IPBT could be vouched for in terms of faculty participation.
VI. Budget Discussions Over the Summer: In light of the projected timing of Board of Trustee decisions regarding programs and offerings, the Executive Committee will meet July 6th and July 27th.
VII. Professional Relations: The item was held over.
VIII. Academic Freedom: After a brief discussion including a passionately presented objection on behalf of 9 mathematics faculty members made by Logvinenko, It Was MSC(Hanna/Khanna) to approve the previously distributed and discussed document. The draft will now go to the Foothill Senate and the Liaison Group for consensus.
IX. GE Steering Committee Update: The item was held over.
X. District Mission Statement: The item was held over.
XI. Good of the Order and Announcements: - Several things were shouted simultaneously with Argyriou's attempts to adjourn the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:33.