Meeting Notes - Thursday, June 23, 2011

Admin #109, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

  College Mission Statement

 De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college's Institutional Core Competencies: •Communication and expression •Information literacy •Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility •Global, cultural, social and environmental awareness •Critical thinking

Members: G. Anderson, C. Castillo, S. Cook, G. Durham, C. Espinosa-Pieb, R. Hansen, T. Hunter, L. Jeanpierre, L. Jenkins, R. Kazempour, E. Kinner, A. Khanna, C. Lee-Wheat, V. Marquez, F. Milonas, B. Murphy, M. Newell, E. Norte, S. Ramos, A. Ravichandran, R. Schroeder, M. Spatafore, R. Tomaneng

Guests: B. Stockwell, T. Nguyen

I. Approval of Minutes

The minutes of June 9, 2011 were approved by consensus.

II.  Affirmation that the college continues to meet accreditation eligibility requirements.

The accreditation eligibility requirements are based on the self-study and were unanimously approved by college council.

III. Approval of the De Anza College Self-Study in support of reaffirmation of accreditation.

Murphy will present the self-study report to the board of trustees on July 11, 2011; the Marketing/Communications department will submit the report to the AACJC prior to the end of July.

Some changes have been made to the planning agendas; both semantic and updates since written. The Academic Senate made some recommendations, having reviewed the report June 6, June 13 and June 20; while the Classified Senate members have taken assignments and will send minor corrections in. Virtually all of the changes have been made and errors of fact corrected. The Educational Master Plan update has been designed and updated to the front of the document. There have been no instances of incorrectness/incomplete standards; edits have been by committee and the process has been more involved and engaged. A bound copy of the self-study report will be brought to the next college council meeting in October.

Dr. Raul Rodriguez of Rancho Santiago, will be the accreditation team chair for the visit in October. 

IV. Shared Governance Task Force (2nd reading)

The minutes should reflect the purpose of this agenda item was discussion, approval and continuous invitation to review the working draft of the eHandbook.

Governance Task Force members Marquez and Stockwell introduced the second reading of the eHandbook (following the first reading on 6/9/11). They presented the revised values statement (a list of values consistent with their presentation in the educational master plan) and a governance website prototype including the new decision-making flow chart and narrative description, a master calendar of governance team meeting times, guiding documents, and links to the eHandbook.

The Governance Task Force indicated their intent to continue to revise the eHandbook based on feedback from governance groups, to circulate it among governance groups in the fall, and to post a finalized draft by the end of fall quarter 2011.

Following a brief discussion of minor edits and the merits of engaging in an open and democratic discussion of decision-making processes at the college, the draft document was unanimously approved. 

V. Burning Issues, Quick News and Wrap Up

- No new information on the budget, although the Chancellor’s office is working with different reduction models for appropriations and enrollment.

- Discussion of a mascot change, an alternative to “dons”.

- Academic Senate leadership attended a conference where discussion of repeats occurred; 3 times for a “W”.

- Marquez stated 62 classified employees participated in governance groups with a goal of increasing representation.

- Khannu provided updates on the new associate degrees in communications and mathematics.

- Anderson reported on opposition to AB515 which sets up 2 tiers of education; increasing opportunity for the privileged who can afford education, while denying opportunities for students who cannot. 

- Applications are encouraged for a faculty member to join the F&ER PBT.

- Murphy commented on a good and productive year with involved and engaged participants. He expressed appreciation for college council.

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