The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
October 12th, 2009
Senators and Officers present: Anderson, Annen, Argyriou, Brennan, Cordero, Glapion, Hanna, Larson, Lathers, Lee-Klawender, Maynard, McNamara, Mjelde, Nickel, Roberts, Setziol, Schaffer, Shah, Sherby, Singh , Stockwell, and Swanner
Senators and Officers absent: Beckum, Botsford, Goodwin, and Tao
District Senate President:
DASB: Classified Senate: Administrative Liaison: Rich Schroeder
Guests: Isaiah Nengo and José Romero
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 2:30, a quorum being present.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed.
The notes of October 5h were approved as distributed.
II. Needs and Confirmations: Eduardo Luna, David Gray, and Joan Friesen were confirmed for service on the Ronald Francis Tenure Review Committee.
Eugene Rodriguez, Cynthia Kaufman, and Adrienne Pierre were confirmed for service on the Edmundo Norte Tenure Review Committee.
Susan Bruch and Sue Yoes were confirmed for service in the
At-Large Faculty Pool for Tenure Review Committees:
Tom Dolen was confirmed for service on the Facilities Committee
Wayne Chenoweth was confirmed for service on the De Anza Technology Task Force.
Matt Abrahams, Diana Alves de Lima, Doli Bambhania , Cheryl Woodward , Victor Yu, and Truly Hunter (ALTERNATE) were confirmed for service on the Developmental and Readiness Education Taskforce.
III. Academic Senate Orientation: The Item was held over.
IV. Senate President’s Report: Argyriou reported that De Anza fared quite well in a report on educational statistics called the Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARRC) report. She then launched into a dazzling litany of facts and figures regarding the proposed development of a portion of the NASA Ames site (formerly Moffet Naval Air Station and now AKA Death Swamp). Her report gradually revealed a tone of opposition to the planned development. This opposition, apparently shared by members of the public attending the Board meeting, was, in part, a result of the presence of the powerful toxin Trichloroethylene (TCE) at the site. After what seemed like 45 minutes, Argyriou asked for comments. The first and most common comments brought up a standing opposition to the proposal by the De Anza Senate absent new and much more compelling information.
Argyriou went on to mention other topics including: A District Strategic Plan revision, the use of one time monies, and student record keeping,
She ended her excellent report by returning the group’s attention to the changes in scheduling evening classes proposed by Stephanie Sherman. In light of that fact that A) a study by the officers revealed that a basic reason for making a change was not found and B) Sherman had asked people to try it out to see where problems would arise, two opinions were prominent. One would ask department and division schedulers to consider the proposal and document problems. The other suggests that the whole proposition should be abandoned a priori given the lack of a problem to be solved by the change.
V. Pay to Stay Update: A possibility of having one payment deadline some reasonable time after the beginning of the quarter was brought up. Comments were mostly in support of the need to change the current policy with several referencing problems communicating to students and having some counseling when students register about when they need to pay.
VI. Plenary Funding for District Academic Senate: It was MSCU (Roberts/Hanna) to approve up to $1,000 to send Alex Kramer to the Fall Session.
VII. The Item was held over
VIII. IPBT Update: Lee-Klawender began by saying that the Instructional Planning and Budgeting Team (IPBT) is working on the problem of combining the cuts in categorical funding with the overall college budget cuts.
The item generating the most discussion and concern was the collection of issues surrounding 5% budget and course reductions on a division by division basis in the 2008-2009 year. Multiple concerns will require further action and deliberation.
IX. IPBT: Additional Pay Guidelines: Lee-Klawender began by explaining the differences between reassigned time, extra pay, and stipends.
X . Senate Plans for the Year: The item was held over.
XI. Good of the Order and Announcements: - There will be a tenure review training at 1:00 Thursday, October 15th,
- Professional Development Leave applications are due October 15th.
- FA is sponsoring an all faculty meeting regarding proposed changes in benefits.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30.