Notes - February 28, 2005

De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
February 28th, 2005

Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Bresnan, Chenoweth, Cole, Cordero, Dolen, Dunn, Fritz, Goodwin, Hearn, Jensen Sullivan, Joplin, Logvinenko, Lopez-Morgan, Mitchell, Moreno, Mosh, Pierce, Salah, Setziol, Zarecky, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Bryant, Hrycyk, Illowsky, and Sheirich
DASB: Alex Candia and Katie Zeng
Classified Senate: Dennis Shannakian Administrative Liaison:
Guests: Moha Shen, Anna Callahan, and Karl Schaffer

[NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at the meeting.]

Before the meeting was called to order, Mitchell reminded everyone present that March 7th is to be a Joint Senates meeting at Foothill Community College, located in Los Altos Hills, California

The meeting was called to order at 2:33, a quorum being present.

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The notes of February 14th were approved as corrected prior to the meeting and announced in the meeting. The Agenda was approved as distributed.

II. Needs and Confirmations: In Illowsky's absence, Mitchell reiterated the need for two faculty to serve on the Campus Center Advisory Board and the Bookstore Advisory Committee and for one faculty member to serve on the college Facilities Committee. Elizabeth Bresnan graciously offered to represent the faculty at one Campus Center Advisory Board meeting (the next meeting).

III. Curriculum Committee Policy: Mitchell distributed a proposed directive to the Curriculum Committee on the subject of courses threatened with removal from the College Catalog due to lack of timely revision. After an intense and extended discussion, it was MSC(Bresnen/Cordero) to approve the following language:

Course Outline Updates and Removal of Courses from the Catalog

The Academic Senate directs the Curriculum Committee to remove courses from the College Catalog when course outlines have not been reviewed and/or updated for over 5 years, subject to the following conditions.

  • Prior to eliminating such courses from the catalog the Curriculum Committee must inform the department/division of this intended action and offer department/division faculty the opportunity to request a one-year extension for affected courses.
  • Prior to eliminating such courses from the Catalog, the Curriculum Committee Faculty Co-Chair will provide the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate with a list of such courses.
  • The Curriculum Committee is not required to immediately remove from the catalog courses that have not been reviewed and/or revised for five years. The Curriculum Committee may grant a one-year extension for submitting a course for review and/or revision, during which time the course will continue to be listed in the catalog.
  • In extenuating circumstances, the Committee may grant a second one-year extension, for a total extension of two successive years.
  • Prior to granting extensions, the Curriculum Committee Faculty Co-Chair will provide the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate with a list of affected courses.
  • The Curriculum Committee will remove courses from the Catalog after two one-year extensions. However, before acting to remove such courses the Committee will inform the affected departments/divisions and provide the Academic Senate Executive Committee with a list of courses to be removed. Inclusion of a course in the catalog after two extensions requires approval by the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate.
  • This policy will take effect beginning in the 2005-06 academic year.

During the 2004-05 academic year courses may be eliminated from the catalog due to lack of timely revision only if they have not been offered during the past five academic years. Courses that have been offered during this period but which have not been revised during the past five years will receive a one-year extension under the terms described above. The Curriculum Committee Faculty Co-Chair will provide the Academic Senate Executive Committee with a list of such courses, and the Curriculum Committee will notify affected departments/division of their courses that have been placed on probation.

IV. Textbook Policy: The discussion began with a substantive review of proposed language for the Bookstore section of the policy. It has been difficult to keep the language of the policy more model and philosophy and less actionable policy language. After a brief revisitation of the will of the body, the head said that a revision of the language proposed at the meeting might shorten that section to diminish the amount of actionable policy language or, alternatively, recast the policy issues as examples of good practice. Mitchell will distribute amended language based on suggestions made at the meeting. It is hoped that final approval may happen before the end of the quarter.

V. District Environmental Policy Next Steps: Given the lateness in the quarter, Mitchell said it was better to invite Ed Cuevedo early Spring quarter. Jensen Sullivan invited all present to take special classes offered next quarter. These will be taught Fridays by Ed Cuevedo and Julie Phillips and will prepare faculty, staff, and administrators as well as others to become leaders in moving De Anza towards being an environment sustaining institution by focusing on international standards of sustainability.

VI. Environmental Studies Discipline Proposal: Setziol presented a need for the Senate to withdraw its proposal for an Environmental Studies discipline from consideration by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC). It was MSCU (Setziol/Lopez-Morgan) to formally request that the proposal originating at De Anza be withdrawn prior to the Spring Plenary Session of the ASCCC.

VII. For the Good of the Order: The group was reminded of the Joint Senates Meeting scheduled for March 7th in room 3402 at Foothill College.

  • Mitchell was asked to determine what, if any, were the potential consequences for individual faculty found responsible for college violations of hazardous materials regulations.
  • Anyone interested in the Teach for Tomorrow campaign being launched by the Child Development division should contact Juanita Cordero or Christina Lopez-Morgan.
  • It was suggested that, given good recent student attendance at Academic Senate meetings, it would be a good idea if someone from the Executive Committee attended the DASB meetings. Mitchell reminded all that he has told the DASB president he is willing to attend those meetings by invitation.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

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