Minutes of the

MEETING OF THE FACULTY SENATE

March 8, 2004

 

APPROVED

 

PRESENT:                             Bill Bedford, Judy Cater, Judy Dolan, Bonnie Ann Dowd, MaryAnn Drinan,  Brent Gowen, Anne Hohman, Barb Neault Kelber, Doug Key, Teresa Laughlin, Stan Levy, Dennis Lutz, Maria Miller, Marilee Nebelsick-Tagg,  Sue Norton, Steve Spear, Sara Thompson, Fari Towfiq, Katie Townsend-Merino, Rocco Versaci, Lori Waite

 

ABSENT:                               Martha Evans

 

GUESTS:                                Monika Brannick, Bob Larson, Shannon Lienhart, Susan Snow

                                               

CALL TO ORDER:               The meeting was called to order by the president, Steve Spear, at 2:00 p.m., in Room SU-30.

                                               

Approval of Minutes:         The minutes of February 23, 2004, were approved as amended.

                                                The minutes of March 1, 2004, were approved as amended.

 

President Amador:               Steve Spear reported that the weekly meeting with Dr. Amador focused on the Student Learning Outcomes Task Force. They also discussed the recent incident on campus where a faculty member was verbally assaulted by an individual while teaching a class.

 

Governing Board: There was no report.

 

Strategic Planning

Council:                                 The Strategic Planning Council will be working on the Student Learning Outcomes structure.

 

Revenue Allocation

Committee:                            There was a question regarding the Revenue Allocation Committee and if they were meeting on March 16th. Due to spring break most faculty members are not expected to be on campus that week. Senate members discussed whether governance committee meetings should be scheduled during times when faculty are off contract.

 

Instructional Planning

Council:                                 Sue Norton reported that at its last meeting the Instructional Planning Council discussed a proposal which attempted to find ways to increase grants for the campus.

 

Other Reports:                      Stan Levy referred to a survey currently being distributed on student retention. Although it is an excellent idea, it should have been brought to the Senate first for approval.

 

Faculty Meeting:                  Reporting on the March 3rd Faculty Meeting, Barb Kelber stated that the Student Learning Outcomes Task Force was discussed, as well as input received so far on the search for the next college president. The group also discussed the incident of the faculty member who was verbally assaulted by a student and the need for a serious response to the incident. Those present agreed that holding an open forum addressing issues of hate speech, public space, respect for diversity in the community college classroom might be one way to get information out to all and to increase awareness.

 

                                                There was concern expressed with the campus police lack of follow through when a report was made by the faculty member involved. At the very least they could have stopped by the next class meeting and attempted to find out exactly what the students saw and heard.

 

Motion 1                                MSC Miller, Key: To suspend the agenda to address action item F, Academic Due Process.

 

Academic Due

Process:                                 Bob Larson was present to provide a brief history of past practice related to Academic Due Process and to briefly outline the procedure which currently exists in the faculty manual.

 

                                                Board policy and procedure on Academic Due Process was approved in 1981. The very last paragraph of the policy states that, It is desired and anticipated that the Superintendent/President of the College, or designee, and the Governing Board shall be governed by the recommendation of the hearing committee. Board procedure also indicates that individuals have one year to file a grievance. So according to both policy and procedure, no one can be denied a grievance. This right is provided for in the Ed Code and in the district’s BP177.

 

                                                Rocco Versaci added that TERB procedures in the manual specifically indicate that a faculty member being evaluated may initiate due process proceedings at any time.

 

                                                When asked whether he was aware of any faculty member’s request for due process denied, Bob Larson indicated that he can’t recall anytime in which a faculty member was ever denied Academic Due Process. A Senator interjected that it had occurred in 2001.

 

                                                After additional discussion, Senators agreed that any faculty members who have attempted to get Academic Due Process in the last few years and have been denied should be given another opportunity to proceed regardless of whether it is in the one year timeframe. It was suggested that this matter be forwarded to a task force or committee for further review.

 

Motion 2                                MSC Dowd, Dolan: To extend the meeting until 3:30 p.m.

 

Motion 3                                MSCU Townsend-Merino, Dowd: The Faculty Senate directs the Professional Procedures Committee provide the Faculty Senate with a report regarding specific information on those who have attempted to obtain Academic Due Process and determine what ways they have been denied so that the Faculty Senate can assist them in obtaining their right to due process.

                                                The Senate president was also asked to present these concerns to the Governing Board at the March 8th meeting as well as to make clear the intent of the Senate to address any grievances that have been denied regardless of whether or not the grievance has been within the one year time period.

 

Committee

Appointments:

 

Motion 4                                MSC Dowd, Cater: Faculty Senate approval of the following committee appointment:

 

                                                Signage Task Force

                                                Doug Durrant

 

Curriculum:                            Copies of the following curriculum items were provided for discussion:

 

                                                I. ACTION

                                                A. Course Changes

 

                                                1. Course Title and Number: GEOG 110 Meteorology: Weather and Climate

                                                Discipline(s): Geography (GEOG)

                                                Requisite(s) validated: N/A

                                                A.A. degree and certificate program(s): Elective course in: Aeronautical Operations,

                                                General Studies; Recommended elective course in: Aircraft Commercial Pilot

                                                Distance Learning offering(s): Online

                                                Catalog Page: 156

                                                Effective Term: FALL 2004

 

                                                110 Meteorology: Weather and Climate

                                                Three hours lecture (3)

                                                Elements of weather including temperature, moisture, air pressure, and circulation

                                                of the atmosphere; air masses, storms, and their geographical distribution. Practical applications in the use of weather instruments, and the reading and interpretation of weather maps and climatological data. CSU; UC

 

                                                2. Course Title and Number: MATH 106 Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II

                                                Discipline(s): Mathematics (MATH)

                                                Requisite(s) validated: N/A

                                                A.A. degree and certificate program(s): N/A

                                                Distance Learning offering(s): N/A

                                                Catalog Page: 178

                                                Effective Term: FALL 2004

 

                                                MATH 106 Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II

                                                Three hours lecture (3)

                                                Prerequisite: A minimum grade of "C" in MATH 105

                                                An extension of MATH Mathematics 105, including selected topics from probability, statistics, functions, and two- and three-dimensional geometry and measurement. two- and three-dimensional geometry, motion geometry, and measurement. Recommended for prospective elementary and junior high school teachers, parents, and liberal arts students. CSU; (UC - 100, 105 and 106 combined max

                                                credit, one course)

 

                                                3. Course Title and Number: PE 205 - In-Off Season Sport Conditioning

                                                Discipline(s): Physical Education (PE)

                                                Requisite(s) validated: N/A

                                                A.A. degree and certificate program (s): Recommended elective in: Physical Education

                                                Distance Learning offering(s): N/A

                                                Catalog Page: 204

                                                Effective Term: FALL 2004

 

                                                PE 205 Women's In-Off Season Sports Conditioning

                                                Two or three hours lecture/laboratory (1,1.5)

                                                In-Off season training for men and women preparing for intercollegiate sports. Weights, agility, and running skills will be emphasized. May be taken four times. CSU; UC

 

                                                Note: The change to PE 205 was approved by Curriculum Committee on 12/3/03, but was inadvertently omitted from the document submitted to the Faculty Senate covering the 12/3/03 Curriculum Committee meeting.

 

                                                B. Program Changes

                                                1. Program Title: Legal Studies

                                                Discipline(s): Legal Studies (LS)

                                                Catalog Page(s):

                                                Effective Term: FALL 2004

 

                                                Legal Studies

                                                Courses required for an A.A. Degree Major

                                                The Legal Studies major leads to an A.A. degree or transfer program, providing students with general knowledge of the philosophy of law, the legal process, legal institutions, and legal reasoning. This is not a paralegal or a para-professional major but will prepare students for careers within the legal profession (prelaw).

                                                The major for the A.A. Degree consists of 35 units. Additionally, a course in basic word processing is required for all students. This requirement can be satisfied by completion of PLS 110 Word Processing for Paralegals; or BUS 170, Word Processing for Business-Basic, and BUS 171, Word Processing for Business-Advanced; or by examination.

 

                                                Required Courses                                                                                 Units

                                                LS 121/PLS 121 Introduction to Law                                       3

                                                LS 145 Legal Ethics                                                                                 3

                                                LS 240/PLS 240 Civil Liberties and Procedures                        3

                                                LS 245/PLS 245 Civil Litigation I                                            3

                                                LS 150/PLS 150 Legal Research                                                               2

                                                LS 155/PLS 155 Legal Writing                                                                1

                                                LS 290/PLS 290 Contemporary Legal Issues                            2

                                                PHIL 115 Logic and Critical Thinking                                     3

                                                POSC 101 Intro to Politics and American

                                                Political Institutions                                                                                3

                                                POSC 102 Intro to U. S. and California Governments                              3

                                                POSC 105 or European Governments                                      3

                                                POSC 110 Introduction to World Politics                                                3

 

                                                Electives (Select 6 units)

                                                AJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice                                   3

                                                LS190/PLS 190 Clinical Studies                                                                3

                                                PLS 140 Contract Law                                                             3

                                                PLS 261 Torts and Personal Injury                                          3

                                                PLS 263 Administrative Law and Procedure                                             2

                                                PLS 265 Criminal Law and Procedure                                      2

                                                LS 295 Directed Study in Legal Studies                                     1,2,3

                                                TOTAL UNITS                                                                       35

 

                                                Additionally, there is a requirement to demonstrate computer literacy. This requirement can be

                                                satisfied by completion of PLS 110 or BUS 170 and BUS 171 or by examination.

 

                                                Note: A. A. degree students must complete the following general education areas: English Composition, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Integrated Self and Lifelong Learning.

 

                                                Legal Studies students should seek early advising for transfer.

 

                                                Transfer students to the Political Science, Legal Studies Emphasis major at San Diego State University, must complete CSU lower division general education requirements. Contact a counselor for details.

                                                SEE – Paralegal Studies

 

                                                C. Distance Learning

                                                The following course may be offered as distance learning and meets Title 5 Regulations 55370, 55372, 55374, 55376, 55378 and 55380, effective FALL 2004:

 

                                                Catalog Subject/Number                            Distance Learning Offering(s)

                                                GEOG 110                                               Online

 

                                                D. Requisite Validation

                                                The following requisite has been validated:

 

                                                Catalog Subject/Number                            Requisite

                                                MATH 106                                              Prerequisite: A minimum grade of "C" in MATH 105

 

                                                II. INFORMATION

 

                                                A. TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR REVISED COURSE DESCRIPTION EFFECTIVE FALL 2004

 

                                                GC 201 Intermediate Multimedia

                                                Six hours lecture/laboratory (3)

                                                Prerequisite: GC 200

                                                Recommended preparation: GC 140/R GC 140 and GC 141

                                                Strategies and techniques for designing successful user multimedia interface. There will be emphasis on usability and design issues, incorporation of underlying metaphors, screen design, and navigational styles. Authoring systems, video composition compositing, digital imaging and audio editing applications will be explored. May be taken four times. CSU

 

                                                B. 2004-2005 CURRICULUM COMMITTEE TIMELINE

 

                                                Curriculum Training

 

                                                September 1, 2004 Curriculum Training for Chairs/Directors, Deans, Division Secretaries, ADAs and Faculty - 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

 

                                                September 8, 2004 Discipline Specialist Training - 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

 

                                                Proposal Deadlines

 

                                                September 22, 2003 DEADLINE to submit curriculum proposals to Division Dean.

                                                September 29, 2003 DEADLINE to submit curriculum proposals to Discipline Specialists.

                                                October 6, 2003 DEADLINE - Discipline Specialists submit ALL curriculum proposals to be

                                                effective FALL 2005 to the Instruction Office. (New courses/programs and changes/deletions to existing courses/programs)

 

                                                Curriculum Committee Meetings

 

                                                September 15, 2004 Curriculum Committee Meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

                                                September 29, 2004 Curriculum Committee Meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

                                                October 13, 2004 Curriculum Committee Meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

                                                October 27, 2004 Curriculum Committee Meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined

                                                November 17, 2003 Curriculum Committee meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined. LAST opportunity for Curriculum Committee to approve ALL curriculum proposals to be effective FALL 2005.

                                                December 1, 2004 Curriculum Committee meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

                                                February 2, 2005 Curriculum Committee meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

                                                (Other curriculum activity – no course/program actions)

                                                March 2, 2005 Curriculum Committee meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

                                                (Other curriculum activity – no course/program actions)

                                                April 6, 2005 Curriculum Committee meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

                                                (Other curriculum activity – no course/program actions)

                                                May 4, 2005 Curriculum Committee meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Room to be determined.

                                                (Last meeting for Academic Year 2003-04, no curriculum action, wrap-up only)

 

                                                Course Outline of Record Review

 

                                                March 31, 2005 DEADLINE for departments to submit revised Course Outlines which were up

                                                for review.

 

Motion 5                                MSC Laughlin, Thompson: Faculty Senate ratification of all Curriculum items.

 

                                                Teresa Laughlin reminded those present of the Curricunet demonstration on Wednesday, March 31, from 3:00 – 5:00 in Room ES-19.

 

Motion 6                                MSC Nebelsick-Tagg, Merino: To suspend the agenda to discuss information item A, Ad Hoc Senate Task Force.

 

Ad Hoc Senate Task

Force:                                     Bonnie Ann Dowd provided the following report of the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Senate Task Force:

 

                                                Task Force members Bonnie Ann Dowd, Martha Evans, Teresa Laughlin, and Marilee Nebelsick-Tagg, began meeting in the fall 2003 semester. The charge was to look at the Faculty Constitution, Senate sub-committee structure and make recommendations to the Senate particularly with regard to issues of: ethical standards, recusal, and issues of accountability. The task force has concluded its review and recommends the following:

 

                                                Faculty Constitutional Changes:

 

                                                That the Senate ask the Faculty President to sunshine the constitutional changes to the faculty and that the changes be discussed at the April Faculty Meeting.

 

                                                The proposed changes to the Preamble of the Constitution to include: reinstatement of the Right of Petition, an Ethics Code, and a Recusal Statement.

 

                                                The proposed changes to Article I, The Faculty Senate to include: term change to three years to preserve a historical base for the Senate, officer terms adjusted to align with the change in Senator terms, public voting guidelines for the President/Chair, a Recusal Statement for Senators, an Ethics Code, and inclusion of a Right to Petition process for elected faculty members.

 

                                                Faculty Senate procedures and committee structure recommendations:

 

                                                The task force recommends the following actions be taken by the Senate:

1)       A standard operating procedures manual or bylaws be created to maintain a historical memory of the body to ensure consistency and avoid a loss of history for Senators yet to come.

2)       Senate sub-committees continue to meet at least once a semester and on an as needed basis with announcements sent electronically to all faculty when meetings are called as to day/time/place and agenda items to be addressed.

3)       Eliminate sub-committee VII Salary and Benefits (obsolete as a result of PFF representation of these issues.)

4)       Eliminate sub-committee V. Faculty Senate Sabbatical Leave Committee. Based upon information gathered it appears that this committee never meets and is not necessary as there is a Sabbatical Leave Governance Committee with a faculty co-chair appointed from within the elected faculty members of the committee.

5)       Clarify the description of the Academic Standards and Practices Committee as being related to student and classroom issues as compared to the Professional Procedures Committee, which deals with issues related specifically to faculty.

6)       Add the following two duties/responsibilities to the Professional Procedures Committee: Recusal Policy and Ethics Code (any investigations to be handled by the chair of the committee appointing a member of this committee to a sub-committee to include one other Senator and one Faculty member both of which are not on the Professional Procedures Committee).

7)       Change the language in sub-committee VIII Adjunct Faculty Committee to reflect the faculty terms used in the Faculty Constitution rather than “contract certificated instructors and hourly certificated instructors” as currently exists.

8)       Formalize a New Senator Orientation, other than a regular Senate meeting, to be used to train new Senators as to rules, responsibilities and practices to be followed by elected Senators.

 

Discussion followed on the proposed changes. Some Senate members expressed concern with the proposal to extend Senate terms from two years to three years. Marilee Nebelsick-Tagg indicated that 1/3 of the membership will be reelected each year rather than 1/2. This is an attempt to preserve the history and to preserve some of the continuity.

 

Senate members expressed their thanks to the members of the task force for all of their hard work.

 

                                                This item, as well as the Recusal Policy initially presented on November 17, 2003, will be placed on the agenda for action on March 22.

 

                                                Shannon Lienhart asked that the Senate consider the following:

 

·         Relating to the Recusal Policy, there is a need for concern that the policy not be misused. It should not be an option for someone to come to the Senate and essentially know who was going to vote against them and therefore ask those individuals to recuse themselves in order to force the vote to go a certain way.

·         There was a question regarding the proposal for committees to meet at least once per semester and on an as needed basis and who would make the determination whether or not there is a need to meet. Does the chair solely make the decision on what is discussed by the group, or does the committee as a whole decide?

·         She also expressed her belief that faculty members wishing to have a specific issue heard should have the opportunity to do so at a public hearing rather than the matter being sent to a task force.

 

Bonnie reminded everyone the proposal affects Senate Subcommittees only.

Faculty are encouraged to provide comments during the sunshining process or April Faculty meeting prior to the faculty vote on acceptance or rejection of the proposed changes.

 

                                                MaryAnn Drinan suggested that with regard to terms of office, Senate members should be given the opportunity to vote for their new president after the new members are seated rather than before.  The current Constitution has the election of the President-elect happening in March prior to when the Senators take their seat.  It was stated that if the Constitution were changed to three year terms for Senators, 2/3 of the Senators would be electing the President in March.  The issue of when the Senate President was elected was not addressed by the task force.  It was suggested that this issue be discussed at the April Faculty Meeting when it addresses the Constitution.

 

Motion 7                                MSC Thompson, Cater: To extend the meeting until 3:45 p.m.

 

Draft Instructional

Hiring Forms:                        Sue Norton briefly outlined the new simplified form which will be used to substantiate the need for a new faculty position. This information will be used by the Instructional Planning Council in establishing the priority list for District-wide faculty positions.

 

Motion 8                                MSC Laughlin, Gowen: Faculty Senate acceptance of the Rationale Form for Faculty Positions.

Student Learning

Outcomes:                             Barb Kelber provided the following information on the Learning Outcomes Council; Coordinating Committee:

 

                                                The Learning Outcomes Council, guided by the Coordinating Committee as the core working group, will develop a college-wide system for the assessment of learning, consistent with the Principles of Assessment. The Council’s role and function will be refined and modified as the institutional initiative for the assessment of learning development. The Learning Outcomes Council has the responsibility for performing the following duties as well as identifying additional tasks which will enhance and improve student learning and success.

 

                                                DUTIES:

1.        Create ongoing dialogue and encourage engagement of faculty and staff in the assessment of

          student learning.

2.        Develop and implement systems for identifying learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional level.

3.        Develop and implement assessment processes.

4.        Establish and implement a process for the collection, analysis, and distribution of assessment data.

5.        Based on evidence and feedback, implement plans and strategies for improvement in student learning.

6.        Based on evidence and feedback, engage in ongoing review and revision of the institutional processes for assessment.

7.        Develop and implement institutional celebrations of learning successes.

 

Discussion followed on the information provided. Barb Kelber indicated that the data is to get us started so that the committee structure and guidelines are in place beginning with the fall semester because there is a need to respond to the accreditation recommendation.

 

Motion 9                                MSC Dowd, Laughlin: To extend the meeting to conclude discussion on this issue.

 

Motion 10                              MS Laughlin, Cater: Faculty Senate acceptance of the Learning Outcomes Council and Coordinating Committee with the provision that it is just for the first year and that it will be revisited in the spring of 2005 to make readjustments, if necessary.

 

                                                There was an objection stated to non-faculty members providing input on how faculty members assess their disciplines. Barb Kelber indicated that there was a suggestion made to provide a separation in terms of voting on operational matters as opposed to pedagogical curricular matters. Once the council is set up, those issues can be addressed.

 

                                                It was also suggested that a statement be added under “Reporting Relationships” stating that the Governing Board relies primarily upon the Faculty Senate on all Academic and Professional matters.

 

Motion 10 amended             MSCU Laughlin, Cater: Faculty Senate acceptance of the Learning Outcomes Council; Coordinating Committee with the provision that it is just for the first year and that it will be revisited in the spring of 2005 to make readjustments, if necessary. The Faculty Senate also asks for the following change in wording under, “Reporting Relationships:” In accordance with Palomar’s BP 4.5, the Governing Board relies primarily upon the Faculty Senate for all Academic and Professional Matters. Therefore, any action regarding instructional learning outcomes are under the exclusive purview of the department faculty and Faculty Senate and requires the approval of the Faculty Senate for ratification prior to approval by the Vice President for Instruction and the Superintendent/President to the Governing Board.

 

                                                There was also a suggestion to change the FTE to .60.

 

ADJOURNMENT:               The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

 

                                                Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                Bonnie Ann Dowd, Secretary