Minutes of the


April 8, 2002




PRESENT:††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chris Barkley, Bill Bedford, Monika Brannick, Mike Byron, Judy Cater, MaryAnn Drinan, Nancy Galli, Stan Levy, Mario Mendez, Maria Miller, Ruben Murcia, Morgan Peterson, Suzann Norton, Jose Rangel, Joe Stanford, Sara Thompson, Fari Towfiq, Rocco Versaci, Anne Voth


ABSENT:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mike Arguello, Katheryn Garlow, Doug Key, April Woods


GUESTS:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Carlton Smith


CALL TO ORDER:†††††††††††† The meeting was called to order by the president, Chris Barkley, at 2:03 p.m., in Room SU-30.


Welcome:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Carlton Smith was welcomed as the new liaison from the Palomar Faculty Federation to the Faculty Senate.


Approval of Minutes:††††††††† The minutes of April 1, 2002, were approved as amended.



Appointments:††††††††††††††††††††† Discussion occurred on the recent nomination form distributed to faculty members to replace those Senators whose terms are up in May, 2002. There was some question on whether an elected Senator with a term through 2002 who was later appointed to the position of Past President of the Faculty Senate would have to be nominated and run again, or should continue to fill the position of Past President until May of 2003. Those present agreed that it would be in the best interests of faculty for her to remain in her current position as Past President of the Faculty Senate and open an additional spot on the Senate for another faculty member.


Motion 1††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MSC Cater, Galli: That the Senator currently in the position of Past President of the Faculty Senate keep that position on the Senate and resign her elected seat and open up that position to another faculty member.


Senate Liaison to PFF:†††††† This will be addressed at the April 15th Senate meeting.


Proposed Layoffs

of Faculty:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chris Barkley reported that the four faculty positions scheduled for layoffs in the Counseling Department have been reinstated and will be presented for approval at the April 9th Governing Board meeting.


New Governance

Structure Proposals:††††††††† Copies of the Governance Structure Planning Councils were distributed for review. The following four groups are being proposed:

                     Administrative Services Planning Council

                     Human Resources Services Planning Council

                     Instructional Planning Council

                     Student Services Planning Council


Chris Barkley added that the documents are currently being sunshined for input from faculty members. Brief discussion followed on the proposed representation by faculty on these planning councils. Recommendations should be forwarded to the Faculty Senate no later than April 26, 2002.


Palomar College

Logo:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chris Barkley stated that she brought the concerns stated at the April 1st Senate meeting to the members of the Strategic Planning Council regarding the lack of input on the new Palomar College logo by faculty members in the Art department. Members of the Council confirmed that some Art department faculty were invited to participate in the decisions relating to the Palomar College Logo. Concerns relating to the design and wording have been reviewed by Palomarís legal counsel and are fine.


Accrediting Commission

Application:††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chris Barkley reported that applications are being solicited from individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Commissioners are appointed for a three-year term and may serve a maximum of six years. The terms of the four Commission members will end on June 30, 2002. Three of these Commissioners are eligible for a second three-year term. The positions for which applications are being sought are as follows:

         A Commission member representing the public. The incumbent of this position will have completed a second three-year term and is not eligible for reappointment.

         A Commission member representing independent institutions. The incumbent is eligible for a three-year term.

         A Commission member representing college administration. The incumbent is eligible for a second three-year term.

         A Commission member representing the University of Hawaii. The incumbent is eligible for a second three-year term.


Individuals wishing to be considered should submit a letter of application, a completed background data form, and a resume. Applications or nominations should be submitted to the Commission office on or before April 19, 2002 to receive consideration. Candidates will be reviewed by a special Selection Committee consisting of college faculty, administrators, and trustees. Appointments will be effective July 1, 2002.


Academic Standards

& Practices:†††††††††††††††††††††††† Joe Stanford reminded those present of the meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 2:00 p.m. in room D-10 to discuss the proposed changes to the Faculty Hiring Policy.


Motion 2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MSC Levy, Cater: To suspend the Agenda.


Motion 3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MSC Levy, Cater: To move to Executive Session and invite Palomar Faculty Federation liaison Carton Smith to participate in the discussion.


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Senate moved to Executive Session at 2:38 p.m.


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Open Session resumed at 3:03 p.m.


Statewide Academic

Senate Meeting:††††††††††††††††† Reporting on the Statewide Academic Senate meeting, Chris Barkley stated that a recommendation was made to begin a voter registration campaign here with the idea of going for a bond measure in the fall or possibly having enough support to go for an initiative to change our funding mechanism. This new mechanism will create more money into the system so that we can bring everyone up to approximately the same level across the entire community college system.


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Statewide Academic Senate is also becoming more vocal in supporting faculty concerns regarding community colleges being short-changed by the Legislature, which routinely deprives them of their share of Proposition 98 funds.


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Resolutions and backup material from the Spring Session are available for review in the Senate office.


Faculty Meeting:†††††††††††††††† Nancy Galli reported that issues discussed at the April 3rd faculty meeting included the functioning of the PFF, the Faculty Senate, and The Faculty, as well as proposed constitutional changes relating to the current structure of The Faculty as an organization.


Board Agenda Meeting:†††† Mario Mendez presented the following report on the Board Agenda meeting:

         The current Food Services Department will be outsourced beginning next year and Aramark will take over Palomarís food services. Employees will have a total of three years to decide whether to remain with the College and be paid by Aramark.

         The District has sold $2,500,000 in Tax & Revenue Anticipation Notes and gained $91,000 in interest from a previous note.


Strategic Planning:††††††††††† Chris Barkley reported that members of the Strategic Planning Committee have created a statement on which criteria would be used in decision-making and have the least negative impact on students. The second level would be the least harm to the district, and the third level would be the responsibility to balance the budget. She added that the results of the recent survey would be reviewed by the group at the next meeting.

Resource Allocation

Committee:†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chris Barkley reported that a budget which included 6 new faculty positions was approved for next year by the Resource Allocation Committee.Facultyleadership positions will push for replacement of retiring faculty in the ongoing effort to reach the 75/25 ratio.


ADJOURNMENT:†††††††††††††† The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Respectfully submitted,


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† April Woods, Secretary