Minutes of the
MEETING OF THE FACULTY SENATE
PRESENT: Bill Bedford, Judy
ABSENT: Judy Cater, MaryAnn Drinan, Anne Hohman, Lori Waite
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by the president, Steve Spear, at , in Room SU-30.
Proxy Votes: Bonnie Dowd announced the following proxy votes:
Barb Neault Kelber holding a proxy for Anne Hohman
Sue Norton holding a proxy for Lori Waite
Doug Key holding a proxy for Judy Cater
of Minutes: The minutes of
Welcome: Adjunct faculty
Governing Board: Steve Spear reported that at the request of the Senate, he asked Jack Miyamoto for clarification of Academic Due Process. He also provided a written summary of comments and concerns made by Senate members at the February 23 meeting. Dr. Miyamoto did indicate that he would respond to the Senate.
He added that he, Barb Kelber, and Rocco Versaci also addressed the Board on the recent hate speech incident.
Council: Maria Miller
indicated that a report of the transfer GPA for
Planning Council: Judy Dolan reported that the members of the Administrative Services Planning Council discussed moving the Facilities scheduling from the Instruction area to the Administrative Services area. The group also discussed cell sites on campus.
Committee: Bonnie Dowd reported that RAC did not meet March 16th as it was spring break week. RAC is not scheduled to meet until April 6th. Bonnie indicated that Jerry Patton is not anticipating any further cuts based on the recent budget numbers. However, given the fluidity of state’s budget system anything could change.
Email Addresses for
Part-Time Faculty: Bill Bedford reported that Perry Snyder continues to meet with Berta Cuaron on the issue of email for all faculty members. A combined effort is underway with Vice President Cuaron, Human Resources, and Academic Department Assistants to implement it.
Coordinator: Steve Spear reported that the position of Academic Technology Coordinator closes at today. Senate members were asked to stop by the Senate office to review the applicant information.
Coordinator: Steve Spear reported
that because Judy Eberhart is retiring, an announcement will be distributed to
fill her position as Professional Development Coordinator. The position announcement
will be to complete her term through
Council: The new Learning Outcomes Council is in the final stages of approval. Since the Council will be the main body deciding matters dealing with student learning outcomes, it will be a faculty-driven body with a solid majority of faculty on the main council and the sub-group that steers the process: the coordinating committee.
16 Faculty members will be needed to participate on the committee:
· A faculty Co-Chair (with 50-60% release time).
coordinator (with 20% release time) who is also a member of the 2004-05
· A coordinator (with 20% release time) who is also a member of the 2004-05 Curriculum Committee.
· 2 coordinators (with 20% release time each) who will be from the permanent faculty in general.
· 7 faculty members, one from each of the Academic Divisions.
Lengthy discussion followed on the following issues:
Ř The impact on the reassigned time in relation to the 50% law, as well as the need for PFF input and involvement in reassigned time.
Ř It was also noted that
because student learning outcomes is an Academic and Professional Matter, the
Superintendent/President should rely primarily on the
Senate members also discussed the need to ensure that a shared governance process exists with regard to student learning outcomes that is instruction driven. Faculty members must be given the opportunity to provide input on what outcomes they value within their disciplines, indicate why they value them, and interpret the data the way they feel it is meaningful for students in their classes based on their expertise.
also agreed that in relation to voting and who votes on what issues, this
campus-wide council should address that issue at their very first meeting.
Those individuals on the committee working on the operational side of the
college should vote on issues relating to those items. Faculty Council members must be relied upon
with regard to instructional issues. It
was noted that there must be a distinction made between operational and instructional
functions. To meet accreditation standards, there is a need for these
representatives from every group to talk about student learning outcomes. However
when voting occurs and when it has to do with issues of pedagogy and classroom
instruction and assessment, it should remain with faculty members and the
Senators pointed out that they are in their third year of contract negotiations while being asked to take on this tremendous task.
Motion 1 MSC Dowd, Nebelsick-Tagg: To extend the meeting until
Curriculum: Teresa Laughlin
reminded those present of the Curricunet demonstration on
Ad Hoc Task Force
Proposals: Recommendations of
the Ad Hoc Task Force were presented at the March 8, Senate meeting. The
proposed Constitutional changes will be presented at the April Faculty Meeting
and will be sunshined to faculty members. The changes to
Motion 2 MSC Dowd,
* 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.
* Eliminate sub-committee VII Salary and Benefits (obsolete as a result of PFF representation of these issues.)
Eliminate sub-committee V.
* 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.
* 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).
Change the language in sub-committee VIII
Senate members briefly discussed the proposed changes. In response to a question about a Recusal Policy, Bonnie Dowd indicated that the Task Force has created guidelines for the Senate’s adoption of a Recusal Policy for its use as a body as part of the Constitutional changes being recommended. Members of the permanent faculty will be asked to provide input on a Recusal Policy for use by the faculty as a whole and for the Senate as a body during the sunshining process of the proposed Constitutional changes. There are two separate policies in the changes being brought forward from the Senate Ad Hoc Task Force.
Motion 3 MSC
* 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.
Senate members discussed how such a large task could be completed and maintained. It was noted that much of this will be done in the process of updating the Faculty Manual.
Motion 4 MSC Dowd,
* 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.
Rather than holding the orientation during the first Senate meeting of the semester, a separate time will be set aside for this session at the beginning of each academic year.
Evaluations: Maria Miller reported that Administrative Evaluations are due in the Senate office today. Members of the committee will meet this week to tabulate the scantrons.
Convocation: There was discussion regarding the possibility of changing the wording of Convocation. The day used to be referred to as Faculty Orientation Day. One Senator suggested titling it, “Plenary Session.” It was noted that this day is a required contract day for full-time faculty. While all campus constituencies are encouraged to attend there are other days dedicated to other constituency groups but this is the only district faculty day in an academic year. The appropriate name for the day will be presented for Senate action on March 29.
6310/6810/5030.6: Steve Spear reported that the following Board Policies would be presented for Senate action on March 29:
Proposed New Policy
BP 6310 Risk Management
The Board is committed to the establishment of a risk management program that is consistent with all legal requirements for community colleges. The primary concern of such a program shall be the safety and health of students, faculty, staff, and the public and the protection of District property and assets. In order to ensure that the District is conducting its operations as safely and efficiently as possible, the Board authorizes the Superintendent/President or designee to develop and maintain a risk management program that includes identification, prevention, mitigation, and assumption or transfer of risks through appropriate agreements, purchase of insurance, pooling with other agencies or other risk financing practices. The ultimate goal shall be successful implementation of safety and loss prevention/control practices and the maintenance of adequate insurance programs. An annual report on the program shall be presented to the Board.
The Superintendent/President may delegate to a staff member the authority to administer and adjust claims up to $10,000 with the advice and concurrence of the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services. The Board shall approve settlements in excess of $10,000. These limits notwithstanding, the Board will accept settlements made by an insurance carrier in the name of the District under terms of applicable insurance policies.
Government Code Sections 935 et seq.
Proposed New Policy
BP 6810 Illness/Injury Prevention
Pursuant to the Labor Code and California General Industry Orders, the Board of Trustees recognizes the necessity of an injury/illness prevention program. No employee shall be required to work under unsafe or hazardous conditions or to perform tasks that endanger their health or safety. The District shall make every reasonable effort to ensure that working conditions and equipment are maintained in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
The Board expects all employees to use safe work practices and to report and correct any unsafe conditions that may occur. The Superintendent/President shall name a manager to serve as the safety officer for the District. The safety officer shall be responsible for maintaining implementation procedures for this policy in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. These procedures shall include the development of safe and healthy work practices through education, training, and enforcement.
Labor Code Section 6401.7; Cal-OSHA Safety Orders Section 3202
BP 5030.6 Fee Exemption for International Students
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at
Bonnie Ann Dowd, Secretary