Notes - March 14, 2005

De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
March 14th, 2005

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

[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 2:34, a quorum being present.

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The notes of February 28th were approved as distributed. The notes of March 7th were approved with two cross-outs. The agenda was approved with addition of IIa: Nominating Committee and IIIa: Environmental Issues ISO 14001 classes.

II. Needs and Confirmations: Illowsky again 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.

IIa. Nominating Committee: The offices of president and vice president are up for election. The nominating committee will consist of: Randy Bryant, Marion Winters, and Tom Dolen.

III. Curriculum Committee Issues: Judy Miner spoke to the group about Curriculum Committee issues. Judy said that the Curriculum Committee and the Academic Senate had reached a happy resolution on courses being dropped from the College Catalog as a result of not being updated within the last five years. The resolution appears to be the one passed by the Executive Committee, with few exceptions.

IIIa: Environmental Issues ISO 14001 classes: Kristen Sullivan spoke about these new environmental sustainability classes for the spring. These classes will make an campus environmental plan. She encourages students faculty, staff and administrators to take them. All classes will be offered on Fridays.

IV. Plus/Minus Implementation: Mitchell asked the senators to remind their faculty they are encouraged to include plus and minus symbols on their grade sheets. We are still in the evaluation phase and need as much participation as possible. Dan will also send out an email to all faculty later this week. Also, if faculty are not prepared to implement the plus minus grades for winter, encourage them to implement them this spring.

V. Textbook Policy: The Bookstore section was discussed first. The Executive Committee made minor wording changes throughout. It was MSC (Winters/Bryant) to adopt the Bookstore section with the changes suggested at the meeting. Next, the Ethical Issues section was discussed. Dan and Constance Cole will work on the language for the second part of that section. Dan will bring back this section at the next meeting.

VI. Math/Language Arts Requirements : The State Academic Senate will vote in April on the proposal to raise the mathematics and English requirements for earning an AA/AS degree. After discussion, during which it was clarified that what was proposed was essentially what De Anza had already adopted, Mitchell announced that he intended to vote in favor of both proposals.

VII. For the Good of the Order:

  • Dan Mitchell congratulated all faculty being granted tenure at tonight's Board of Trustees meeting. There will be a reception from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room A.
  • This is the last meeting of the term. Our first meeting for spring term will be April 11th.
  • Dan Mitchell once again reminded faculty to use plus/minus symbols.
  • The ad hoc subcommittee on scheduling met. An item from that group will be on the next agenda.
  • Marion Winters reminded us that we need to add Accreditation to our next agenda.
  • Regarding liability for hazmat material liability, Mike Brandy will come to our next meeting.
  • Randy Bryant announced that President Bush had written VTEA funding out of the next budget. The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to put the funds back into the budget.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:32 p.m.

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