Meeting Minutes
February 25, 2016
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Attending: Aslan, Bryant, Cheu, Cruz, Doan, Espinosa-Pieb, Fayek, Kandula, Markus, Maynard, Mieso, Monroy, Newell, Ranck, Subramaniam, Spatafore, Watson

Approval of Minutes

College Council approved the meeting minutes of January 14, 2016.

Substantive Change Proposal to ACCJC

Newell and Ranck presented the Substantive Change Proposal to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. This agenda item is submitted for College Council approval prior to the March 7 Board of Trustees meeting and formal submission to the ACCJC on March 18. The application is a request to the Commission to fully accredit our certificate and degree programs where 50% or more of the courses can be taken online.

Part of the accreditation process includes substantive change. It is also a requirement of the US Department of Education. Substantive change includes any deviation and can include college name changes, revised mission statements, bachelor degree offerings, and changes to certificate and degree offerings.

The report includes documentation that we have sufficient fiscal and human resources in place to support the change. That all courses underwent the curriculum review process and meet all accreditation Standards and Eligibility Requirements and that we have equitable student services for online students. It also provides evidence that the change is in line with our mission. This is not new but an acknowledgement of what we currently offer.

The report is currently being edited and will be posted for feedback early next week. With ACCJC confirmation, we will be able to market this change and include a separate section in our catalog. More importantly, students will continue to receive federal aid.

Open Items and Quick News

  • President Murphy and Academic Senate President Cruz will develop a communication for faculty urging students to vote in the DASB elections which have been extended through Tuesday, March 1. Voting information can be referenced on the DASB website which includes candidate information.
  • The Library Reopening Ceremony is scheduled for 2 pm on Friday, February 26, 2016. The Communications Department has developed promotional items and raffles items funded by the President’s Foundation account.
  • We will be working in the next months to think through how the campus can be engaged in the spring and critically in early fall for the presidential elections. The level of student interest will be high. The campus has a responsibility to provide public forums and debates. TDC has a formal national project “Engage the Election” which offers policy analysis, podcasts, debate deconstruction, as the campaign gets closer. Monroy also reported on the DASB Club, Bernie Sanders Club.

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