The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of

 May24th, 2010

Senators and Officers present: Anderson,  Annen, Argyriou, Beckum, Botsford, Brennan, Chang, Glapion, Goodwin, Guevara, Hanna, Kragalott, Lathers, Lee-Klawender, Maynard, McNamara, Nengo, Norte, Schaffer, Setziol, Singh, Stockwell, Swanner, and Tao

Senators and Officers absent: Cordero, Larson, Mjelde, and Nickel

District Senate President:

DASB: Kenny Lee (DASB President Elect) Classified Senate:

Administrative Liaison: Rich Schroeder Guests:  Christina Espinosa-Pieb, Lena Chang, Kenny Lee, and José Romero

SLO coordinators/Staff Development: Jim Haynes and Coleen Lee-Wheat/Jackie Reza,  Curriculum Co Chair: Anu Khanna

[NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at the meeting.]


 The meeting was called to order at 2:31 a quorum being present. 

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed 

The draft notes of May 17th were approved as distributed.  

II. Needs and Confirmations: Randy Bryant, Phil Green, Pete Vernazza, and John Walton were confirmed for service on the Automotive Technology Faculty Search & Selection Committee. Anita Kandula, Judy Cuff-Alvarado, Brian McCauley, and Judith Clavijo were confirmed for service on the Biology Faculty Search & Selection Committee. BHES reps will check with committee members for "clear & compelling reasons" why they want a staff person on the committee. Julie Phillips, Vicky Jennings, and Doris Spanggord were confirmed for service on the Environmental Sciences Faculty Search & Selection Committee. BHES reps will check with committee members for "clear & compelling reasons" why they want a staff person on the committee. Kulwant Singh, Arden Kragalott, and Sue Yoes (at large) were confirmed for service on the

Aquatics Faculty Tenure Review Committee. Kulwant Singh, Cheryl Owiesny, and Michele Fritz (at large) were confirmed for service on the Track and Field Faculty Tenure Review Committee. Cinzia Muzzi was confirmed for service on the IPBT replacing Judy Mowrey. Lena Chang was confirmed for service on the Dean of Learning Resources Search and Selection Committee replacing Judy Mowrey. Pauline Yeckley and Anthony Delaney were confirmed for service on the Instructional Designer (classified) Search and Selection Committee.

Repeatedly during the item, the need for a comprehensive review of hiring procedures was apparent, especially with regard to all aspects of diversity and in terms of who has what responsibilities and when departures from codified procedures might or might not be warranted.

III. Senate President's Report:  Argyriou reported on a lengthy discussion of the campus no smoking policies which neither raised no new questions nor answered any ongoing questions. The WSCH to FTEF ratio for the year is approximately 580, a very high and perhaps unsustainable number which has resulted in an unanticipated increase in revenue of $500,000. The budgeted number for 2009-2010 was 540. Signs indicating smoking areas are contemplated.

IV. IPBT Update: Lee-Klawender presented a new version of timelines for program review along with more details of ingredients within reviews. Part of it was a matrix of measures including trends and successes. Writers will be given support. Senators were asked to get feedback for the meeting of June7th.

[NOTE: After the meeting the IPBT decided not to use a matrix of measures after all.]

V. Dues Account Budget Report: Setziol reported that, given A) A current balance of just under $17,000 and B) a request for $2,000 in item VI (below) along with previously estimated income and expenses, a newly projected ending balance would be close to the @ $14, 450 opening balance of September, 2009.


VI. Funding for Mediation Training:  After a brief review of the purpose of the training and the previous approval in concept, it was MSCU(Hanna/Brennan) to approve the request for $2,000 from the dues account contingent on those receiving the training agreeing to serve on the Professional Relations Committee for at least two years subsequent to receiving the training.

VII. Professional Relations Committee Update: The group reviewed three draft documents, only the first of which received much attention. The draft documents were 1) The Role of Division Deans in the Selection of Department Chairs and Schedulers, 2) The Role of Division Deans in Department Meetings, and 3) Guidelines for the Selection of Department Chairs and Schedulers. Questions were about whether or not the document infringed upon or conflicted with the FA contract and whether or not deans should have veto power over a selection made by a department.

VIII. Academic Senate State of the College Report: Very briefly, Argyriou focused on curriculum including the review of General Education. Argyriou asked Senators to please review the document distributed for their own information.


IX. GE Committee Update: Hanna continued to introduce proposed changes to General Education, this time assisted by Anu Khanna. Khanna asked the group to consider changing the timelines, pushing back the catalog implementation date one year, and reconsidering whether or not potential changes warranted the same level of all campus involvement as was the case with the previous changes to General Education.


X. Senate Elections: Maynard reported on steps leading to the annual election. He asked about what it would take to change to electronic voting and was told that it depended on whether the provisions for balloting were in the constitution or the by laws and that the officers would confirm how to proceed. 

[Note: After the meeting it was determined that the provisions for paper ballots were in the By Laws and not the constitution, therefore enabling the Executive Committee to make the change without an all faculty vote should it choose to make the change.]


XI. SLO Program Assessment: Jim Haynes presented, assisted by Coleen Lee-Wheat and Jackie Reza. The initial part of the presentation focused on getting individual courses SLO assessment linked to program level and above assessments. A question has come up about Institutional Core Competencies (ICCs ) and whether or not the fact that an ICC is addressed in a particular course’s prerequisite allows that particular course to be said to address the ICC.


XII. Wrap Up: The Item was not taken up.


XIII. Good of the Order and Announcements: - DASB President Elect Kenny Lee introduced himself to the group and was warmly welcomed. He announced that one of his main goals for the coming year was bridging gaps between students and faculty and administration.

- José Romero announced a campus effort aimed at repealing the controversial Arizona law (SB1070) and solicited ideas for broad local involvement.

- Anu Khanna said she wanted to know if it was time to disband the GE Review Steering Committee.

- A flyer was distributed announcing upcoming tenure review committee member training.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:32



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