Approved Notes for the meeting of
October 13th , 2008
Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Brennan, Cichanski, Coleman, Dolen, Glapion, Goodwin, Hanna, Hughes, Karst, LaManque, Lathers, Lee-Klawender, Lee-Wheat, Liu, Logvinenko, Maiero, Maynard, Miller, Mitchell, Roberts, Setziol, Sherby, Swanner,Walton, White, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Botsford and Cordero
DASB: Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison: Lydia Hearn
Guests: Christina Espinos-Pieb, Karl Schaffer, James Chen, Wayne Chenoweth, and Maryalice Bonilla
Curriculum Co Chair: 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 2:32, a quorum being present.
1. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The Agenda was approved as distributed although there were two versions which needed to be reconciled. The Notes were approved with the addition of a reference to Maryalice Bonilla making a presentation of her views in item III: Student Learning Outcomes and especially her concerns about the process used in decision making over the summer.
II. Needs and Confirmations: Marcy Betlach, Alex Kramer, Ulysses Pichon, and Tim Shively were confirmed for service on the Acting Dean of Language Arts hiring committee. Names proposed for the General Education Review Steering Committee were not confirmed. Confirmation was postponed until more information about the composition of the committee is obtained.
III. Courses Into Disciplines: Setziol presented, speaking to sample pages of the De Anza Courses Into Disciplines and FSAs Report projected onto a screen. He explained the structure of the database and its presentation in a spread sheet format and the relationships between various elements of the spread sheet. A document outlining a timetable for divisions to review and amend as necessary was distributed and later explained. There were numerous questions asked and answered, all of which were focused on the task and goal of producing an accurate document by the end of the quarter. Setziol made special care to mention potential consequences of errors.
IV. Senate Orientation: Argyriou distributed a document which listed some of the responsibilities of the Academic Senate and which contained the full names and explanations for a list of abbreviations commonly seen in documents at De Anza.
V. Textbook Selection Draft: A wide ranging discussion took place revealing a nearly complete lack of consensus about nearly every aspect of the document previously distributed. Strong feelings were expressed about topics related to the document but no progress was made in terms of moving towards action. Well after the listed ending time for discussion It Was MSC(Setziol/Maiero) to end discussion
VI. Student Learning Outcomes: Argyriou began the item but quickly handed it to Khanna since Khanna was said to have the longest and most direct knowledge of the position from the perspective of why it was needed and what needed to be accomplished and within what timeframes. Khanna distributed a memo, the expressed purpose of which was to counterbalance statements made by Maryalice Bonilla at the October 6th meeting on the topic. There were more clarifications of the duration of the position, what was supposed to transpire at the end of the position, and what transpired between that time and the beginning of fall quarter.
Much of the discussion focused on Bonilla's non tenured status and whether or not putting her in the position in the first place was ill advised. The majority of speakers on this subtopic were stating reasons that it had not been a good idea. Given this, several speakers spoke to the need for some kind of protection for Bonilla. At several points in the discussion, statements more suitable for a closed session were made.
The time for discussion was extended by 15 minutes. During this time several of the issues raised during discussions the previous two meetings were revived. There was no action although it appeared that there was greater understanding and broader perspectives present.
VII. Memorial Service and Heartwalk Funding The item was held over due to a lack of time.
VIII. Good of the Order and announcements: - The item was held over due to a lack of time.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:48.