Thursday, October 28, 2010

Admin #109, 3:00 – 4:20 pm

Members: G. Anderson, N. Asar, C. Castillo, S. Cook, G. Durham, C. Espinosa-Pieb, R. Hansen, L. Jeanpierre, L. Jenkins, C. Kaufman, R. Kazempour, A. Khanna, C. Lee-Wheat, Z. Li, F. Milonas, B. Murphy, M. Newell, E. Norte, R. Schroeder, M. Spatafore, N. Tambe

I. Self-introductions

Newly-elected members of College Council were introduced.

II. The College Council minutes of October 14, 2010 were approved – Handout #1. 

III. Technology Strategic Plan - Handout #2 

L. Jeanpierre reviewed the final draft of the De Anza Technology Strategic Plan which has been approved by the Campus Budget Team, other governance groups and posted on the Technology Task Force website. It is meant to be a “living” document; not static, but changing as necessary. 

The seven critical issues: Teaching and Learning; Student Experience; Security, Reliability, Access; Staff Development; Communications; Funding; and Governance Structure were reviewed. Discussion followed regarding Teaching and Learning, and how technology can be used for inquiry and assessment. Does the plan reference curriculum and the use of technology? Is there an assumption about students’ skill sets in the use of technology? Some college council members feel this subject is captured in the plan’s Vision Statement, reference page 4, item #5 “Future Actions Needed to Meet Goals: Promote pedagogical methods that use technology to increase the effectiveness of learning.

A motion was made to approve the document with C. Lee-Wheat and A. Khanna crafting a statement regarding the role and use of technology in the classroom.

IV. Accreditation Updates 

The Accreditation Steering Committee would be meeting October 30 to discuss specific drafts and deadlines. M. Spatafore requested updates and report outs from each of the standards, in addition to encouraging faculty, staff and students to complete the accreditation survey by November 1.

Standard IV: Leadership & Governance: Cook & Marquez: Who will have oversight for this area at the college? A need exists for templates for all governance groups to enable a clear understanding of roles and charges. We need a common theme to address the decision-making models and cleaning up the governance website. The decision-making model isn’t included on the website. The standard team will start emailing sections for comments/feedback.

W. Chenoweth created the site several years ago and gaps are evident due to the lack of updates. College Council, representative of college leadership, did not continue the work. Perhaps a subgroup of the College Council should oversee this responsibility. 

Standard III: Resources: Jeanpierre

Involves physical plant (D. Jones-Dulin/Dan Mitchell), Human Resources (M. Michaelis), and Technology (K. Metcalf and L. Jeanpierre). This team works in conjunction with subgroups that involve the district and a first draft will be available by December 3.

Standard II: Student Learning Programs & Services: Anderson

Group is proceeding (S.Sherman, G. Anderson, R.Tomaneng)

Standard I: Institutional Mission & Effectiveness: Lee-Wheat

This is the smallest accreditation team that oversees all of the standards. The team is meeting weekly to review drafts and will have a final draft completed by the end of Fall quarter.

Academic Senate Resolution on November 1 agenda. Faculty are developing a resolution due to challenges resulting from contradictory by-laws and policies. The Academic Senate would like to make processes more transparent, clear and inclusive of participatory governance structures. The resolution will be written after the Steering Committee meeting, 10/29.

V. Burning Issues, Wrap Up 

- Z. Li announced DASB’s application for the Pepsi Refresh Project has been postponed to December. 

- N. Tambe reported on the Measure E campaign and welcomed assistance for phone banking and precinct walking.

- M. Spatafore stated the Night of Magic event raised over $40,000 and recognizedN. Tambe, E. Norte and A. Khanna as contributors to the evening’s program.

- R. Kazempour announced the XPLANA “free” social networking site which is being launched November 6. The bookstore is soliciting feedback from faculty and students before we proceed further.

- L. Jeanpierre mentioned the De Anza College Proposed Use of Fund Balance for 2010-2011 which has been approved by the Campus Budget Team. This item will be agendized for November 11.

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