The De Anza Academic Senate

Approved Notes for the meeting of

November 3rd, 2008

Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Botsford, Cichanski, Coleman, Cordero, Dolen, Goodwin, Hughes, Karst, Lee-Klawender, Lee-Wheat, Lathers, Liu, Logvinenko, Maiero, Maynard, Miller, Roberts, Setziol, Walton, White, and Winters

Senators and Officers absent: Brennan, Glapion, Hanna, LaManque, Mitchell, Sherby, and Swanner,

DASB: Vijay Veeramachaneni Classified Senate: Lois Jenkins

Administrative Liaison: Lydia Hearn Guests: Karl Schaffer, Patrick Ahrens (student trustee), Alejandro Jiminez, and Sharon Luciw

Curriculum Co Chair:

[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 2:35, a quorum being present.

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

The Notes were approved as distributed.

II. Needs and Confirmations: Diana Lydgate was confirmed for service on the Basic Skills Initiative Steering Committee. Dolen, Diana Alves De Lima, and Tim Shively were confirmed for service on the Dean of Learning Resources Search and Selection Committee Jefferson Shirley was also confirmed for service on the Dean of Learning Resources Search and Selection Committee pending his acceptance. [NOTE: After the meeting it was determined that Jefferson Shirley was unable to accept the appointment.]

III. Textbook Costs for Students: Patrick Ahrens presented, speaking first to a previously distributed draft resolution. After a few comments, Ahrens acknowledged the need for modifications to the document. He mentioned a few new ideas, focusing on an idea to have a "Buyback Guaranteed" sticker put on applicable books in the bookstore. The group was reminded that it had previously pledged to give precise information to faculty about the "out the door" cost to students of their textbooks.

IV. Wireless Classrooms: Dolen and Sharon Luciw the current state of affairs and talked about moving from the rather limited phase one of implementation to the much expanded phase two. There is to be an "academic wireless" Personal Identification Number (PIN) number system set up for faculty and studentsin the classrooms part of phase two.

Particularly important to several speakers was availability in all classrooms instead of just some to enable faculty to use the same techniques regardless of assigned classroom. The system is predicted to have its shortcomings, including class management.

V. Fall Plenary Session Resolutions: TBA hours and Accreditation cost tracking were prominently mentioned as being of interest along with Defining the Associates Degree, Add Drop Deadlines, and Basic Skills Reporting.

VI. District Statement on Textbooks: After more thoughtful discussion it was MSCU (Maynard/Goodwin) to adopt the version produced by Argyriou with the removal of the word "primary" before the word "reliance" in the first paragraph.

VII. Auto Tech Remodel: Maynard and Walton presented problems and possible solutions stemming from the remodeling of the Automotive Technology instructional area and the concomitant need for temporary (AKA swing) space. Argyriou was urged to meet with President Murphy to work to solve the problem. An urgent suggestion was made to all those with future remodel and new construction involvement to be sure to have someone take notes which are then agreed upon by all parties. Failure to do that is likely to result in mistakes with large consequences.

VIII. Staff Development Director: The group reviewed the document by former director Marcos Cicerone distributed in June of 2008 for the purpose of giving direction to the Search and Selection Committee for that position. In addition to confirming the points emphasized by Cicerone, the group expressed the importance of nearly everything in the document and added the points of cultural competence and work with the office of diversity inadvertently left out by Cicerone.

IX. Donations Budget: The item was held over.

X. SLO Coordinators duties: The item was held over.

XI. Courses Into Disciplines: Very briefly, Setziol mentioned the timetable indicated that the Business/CIS and Special Education reports were due and that the Biological and Health Sciences and Creative Arts reports were due Tuesday, November 11th.

XII. Good of the Order and announcements: - The item was held over.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:32.

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