Notes - January 28th, 2008

The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
January 28th, 2008

Senators and Officers present:, Argyriou, Bambhania, Chang, Chenoweth, Coleman, Dolen, Gallegos, Glapion, Goodwin, Guevara, Hanna, Hughes, Kessler, Kramer, Lathers, Lee-Klawender, Maynard, Miller,  Mitchell, Ng-Lee, Paicius, Schaffer, Setziol, Shively, Walton, White, and Winters

Senators and Officers absent:  Cole, Goodwin, LaManque, Maynard, Schafer-Braun
Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison:  Christina Espinosa-Pieb
Guests: Jeanine Hawk
Curriculum Co Chair:  Anu Khanna

[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 January 14th, 2007 were approved with minor corrections.

II.  Needs and Confirmations: Bill Nagel was confirmed for service on the Juliana Kang Tenure Review Committee replacing Bill Geisinger.
Isiah Nengo and Christina Moreno were confirmed for service on the Mediated Learning Building  Design Committee. More faculty are needed on this committee, especially from departments scheduled to use the building.
It was MSCU (Khanna/Mitchell) to have Marion Winters be the De Anza Academic Senate nominee for the prestigious Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award.

III.  Senate Budget:  Chenoweth and Setziol distributed a handout showing the status
of the dues budget and account, including proposed encumbrances for the remainder of the academic year.  After a motion to approve was made and approved, it was pointed out that the item had not been listed as an action item.  The motion was then ruled out of order.  Chenoweth pledged to bring the item back and include a B budget update.

IV.  Mediated Learning Building: Jeanine Hawk gave a well prepared presentation on the status of the building plans and answered numerous questions.  Several times she reiterated that actual building design and discussion about campus architectural integrity have yet to occur.   A point of keen interest was a stated need to offset the loss of 80 staff parking spaces due to the size and placement of the new building.  There were also questions about the cost of underground parking.  It costs significantly more per space to have parking underground than above ground.

V.  Load Factor:  Khanna and Setziol presented some current thoughts about making adjustments in the faculty load factor for individual courses.  There was said to be good news in that there appear to be fewer “special deals” than some faculty believe.
Two basic ideas were described orally.  One would base load factors for all courses on a formula involving the course outline for each.  The other would make adjustments to current factors on a case by case basis, entertaining a select few per year.  Virtually all present had something to say about the item with several expressing reservations about wholesale formulaic change.  The time for the item was long passed when Chenoweth ended discussion.  It was apparent that there was an extremely wide range of knowledge and perception about load factors.

VI.  Board Policy Revisions:  The item was held over.

VII.  Good of the Order and announcements:  -  Chenoweth urged anyone interested in attending the state level Voc. Ed. Conference to see him as soon as possible.
- A flyer announcing Black History Month events was distributed and introduced.
- The group was reminded of the “Focus the Nation” event scheduled Thursday, January 31st.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:02 instead of the usual 4:30 to facilitate the start of  a meeting of the Steering Committee for the Review of General Education.

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