Notes - November 1, 2004

De Anza Academic Senate
Notes for the meeting of
November 1st, 2004

Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Bresnan, Bryant, Chenoweth, Cole, Cordero, Fritz, Goodwin, Hearn, Illowsky, Jensen Sullivan, Joplin, Lopez-Morgan, Logvinenko, Mitchell, Moreno, Mosh, Mujal, Salah, Schafer-Braun, Setziol, and Sheirich
Senators and Officers absent: Annen, CastaƱo, Dolen, Dunn, and Winters
DASB Student Representatives: James Liang
Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison:
Guests: Karl Schaffer

[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 2:32, a quorum being present.

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The Agenda was approved as distributed. The notes of October 25th were approved as distributed with several minor corrections.

Mitchell introduced Anne Argyriou and Michele Fritz as new Senators for Language Arts and Business/CIS respectively.

II. Needs and Confirmations: Those proposed for service were confirmed.

III. District Mission Statement: Mitchell distributed a draft dated October 12th and asked for feedback about it.

IV. Proposed Public Domain Policy: Mitchell distributed a draft of the proposed policy and commented that it represented a narrowing of scope than, especially, the original proposal by Hal Plotkin.

V. State Senate Report: Mitchell walked the group through selected resolutions acted upon by the state group at the plenary session attended by the officers. He accounted for and explained his vote on the issue of raising the statewide Mathematics and English requirements (vote to delay action). He touched especially on those resolutions pertaining to important statewide issues such as student fees, accreditation, and others. He also mentioned that he and the other officers were talking about and generating interest in the implementation of Plus/Minus grading.

Illowsky talked about a breakout session on Basic Skills at which she was a presenter. Setziol talked about breakouts on Student Fees, Textbook Policy, and the Associates Degrees. He was a presenter at the first two of these and urged the Senators to read the State Senate's paper on student fees if they would like to fight the fight against fee increases.

VI. Textbook Policies: Mitchell distributed a new draft of the first two pages of the proposed textbook policy and stated that, because the new draft was not available before the meeting, there would be minimal discussion until the meeting of November 8th. He then walked the group through both the mechanics and the nature of the changes.

Karl Schaffer distributed copies of suggested language for the first section of the proposed policy (choice). It was asked whether or not it was appropriate for materials such as Schaffer's not coming through the group's agreed upon process to be considered. The answer was that, whereas voting members of the group can and will be expected to conform to the protocols established by the group, members of the faculty at large (or members of the general public for that matter) were free to present whatever material they desire.

VII. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:

  • Mitchell was asked to apprise faculty of changes in the De Anza Associated Student Body budget request process.
  • The memorial service announced at the last meeting has apparently been cancelled at the request of Mike Gervasonni's family.
  • Illowsky told the group about workshops on online instruction sponsored by Vivian Sinou. Interested faculty should contact her for further information.
  • Setziol thanked those Senators who turned in or were about to turn in their edits of the Courses Into Disciplines/FSAs report which, in turn, reminded others that they had not yet done so.
  • Two stories about students being poorly or not served, prompted Mitchell to say that he would be speaking to Judy Miner and Brian Murphy about a variety of similar problems at the college.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.

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