Notes - May 22, 2006

De Anza Academic Senate
Notes for the meeting of
May 22, 2006

Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Bryant, Capitolo, Chenoweth, Cordero, Dolen,  Dunn, Fox, Goodwin, Guevara, Hearn, Jensen Sullivan, Kramer, Logvinenko, Moreno, Mosh, Nagel, Osborne, Setziol, Sheirich, Winters, and Zill
Senators and Officers absent: Barney, Joplin, and Ujifusa
Curriculum Cochair:  Khanna
Classified Senate: Olivia Patlan
Administrative Liaison:
Guests: Beth Bresnan, Dolores Davison, Karl Schaffer

The meeting was called to order at 2:31, a quorum being present.

I.   Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved with the renaming of Item II as Item IIa and the addition of an item IIb, Elections.  The notes of May 15, 2006 were approved with minor corrections.
IIa.  Needs and Confirmations:
Randy Bryant was confirmed  for the Instructional Planning and Budgeting Team

IIb.    Election Update: The committee solicited volunteers to staff the voting booth and Hearn advised the committee that she would distribute materials for the proposed constitutional changes.

III. District and Campus Budget Reports: Hearn distributed a draft of the District Budget, a chart of District enrollment, and a summary of changes to the De Anza College Budget.  She began with a backdrop of one of the numbers in a recent report showing that the FTES ratio in the District is now 67/33 and then tied that figure to several allocation decisions, e.g. the tentative Maintenance and Operations allocation of 5 positions for De Anza and 12.5 for Central Services and Foothill.
Hearn then took the group line by line through a budget report.  Highlights included Equalization (including a brief history), COLA for 2006-2007, and B budget restoration (something for which she pledged to continue to argue).  The percentage of the District budget going to Central Services was said to be an important area of inquiry.
The announced reassignment of Willie Pritchard to faculty status at De Anza served as an occasion to remind everyone of administrative retreat rights.
Senators were deeply engaged with the discussion of the budget.  The item concluded with the identification of a need for the group to figure out the best way to deal with budget.  On the one hand, for either the Executive Committee or a subset of the group to be effective, an additional weekly meeting would be needed. On the other hand, the current PBT and Campus Budget set up does not appear to be either working well or promising to work well.
Speaking of PBTs, Winters announced that there were two faculty vacancies on the Student Services PBT
V.  Environmental Sustainability Update: Jensen Sullivan distributed a document titled Environmental Sustainability Committee Second Report.  She highlighted the two main changes or additions since their last report:  specific activities planned for Spring Quarter and fine-tuning of the report’s other six sections on Priorities, Mission, Definition, Ways to Facilitate Education, Other Project Activities, and Vision for the Academic Senate
It was MSC Goodwin/Dolen to extend the meeting ten minutes beyond the normal time.
VII.  District Senate President: Dolores Davison of Foothill College was present to receive De Anza Senate confirmation to be District Academic Senate President for 2006-2007.

VI.    Selection of Division Senators: Item was held over.

IV.  ETS – Service Level Agreement: Chenoweth and Dolen distributed appropriate Service Level Agreement documents.  The consensus was to let the work of  the Technology Taskforce largely comprise the Senate’s specific input to the service level agreement and its larger ramifications for District, College, and Division/Department areas of responsibility .
Concerns were expressed about how and in what timeframe stated priorities will be addressed and about previous input not affecting the service level agreement documents but resulting only in iterations of “Frequently Asked Questions.”  In addition, it was observed that all the ETS documents appear to be from an organization which does not see itself as part of the District.
IX.  Good of the Order:
• Anyone interested in the June 9th Auto Tech Golf Tournament can call Randy Bryant for further information (x8840)
• Karl Schaffer distributed a document about requests for information showing data on textbook sales.
• Cordero announced an opportunity for two students to  study Chinese in China
• Hearn mentioned the upcoming celebration of service on shared governance committees

The meeting was adjourned at 4:42.

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