The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
November 17th, 2008
Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Botsford, Brennan, Cichanski, Coleman, Cordero, Dolen, Hanna, Glapion, Karst, Lee-Klawender, Lee-Wheat, Logvinenko, Maiero, Maynard, Miller, Mitchell, Setziol, Sherby, Swanner, Walton, White, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Goodwin, Hughes, LaManque, Lathers, Liu, and Roberts,
DASB: Vijay Veeramachaneni Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison: Lydia Hearn Guests: Karl Schaffer, Diana Alves de Lima
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 with a time urgent change in the status of item XI from Information to Information/Action and noting that President Murphy would visit imminently.
The Notes of November 3rd were approved as distributed with modifications to item IV: Wireless Classrooms, adding reference to student access in classrooms.
President Murphy arrived and spoke to the group about the difficult time we are in regarding state and local budgets. The governator has proposed "revenue enhancements" and budget cuts, both with an unknown probability of enactment. He (the governator) has proposed rescinding the .68 Cost of Living Adjustment (CoLA) previously approved for the California Community Colleges (CCC) and cutting the CCC budget by 332 million dollars (resulting in an approximate 9.3 million dollar cut for the district with approximately half of that being the traditional De Anza share. If there is good news it is that the current fund balance of the college almost matches the size of the proposed mid year cut. Means for cutting further will involve significant participation through Academic Senate identified means.
II. Needs and Confirmations: Susan Bruch was confirmed for service on the
Academic Integrity and Disruptive Behavior Committee. Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Scott Heffner, Cynthia Kaufman, White, and Meredith Heiser (Foothill College Political Science Faculty member) were confirmed for service on the Political Science faculty Search and Selecttion Committee. Diana Alves De Lima, Harman Dhaliwal, and Lenore DeSilets were confirmed for service on the Math, Science, and Technology Resource Center Supervisor Screening Committee. Charlie Klein was approved for service on the PSME Division Assistant Screening Committee. Doli Bambhania was confirmed for service on the Dean of Learning Resources Search and Selection Committee. This last confirmation was done after she had attended one meeting of the committee because the person initially and tentatively confirmed (Jefferson Shirley) was unable to be a member and there was a good reason not to delay the first meeting of the committee.
III. Fall Plenary Report: Lee-Klawender walked the group through the previously discussed resolution on TBA hours which passed at the session after being modified.
Noting the improbability of getting through the entire agenda, the officers offered to submit written reports which could then be discussed as appropriate. There were no objections.
IV. Donations Budget: Setziol presented a document showing donations for the previous year and announced that, based on the total amount of approximately $4,500, the officers were proposing a quarterly budget of $1,500. Influenced by President Murphy's presentation of the state and college budget situation, most who commented were of a mind to be conservative. This conservatism came in two ways: 1) formalizing a process for requesting donations, therefore making it a little more difficult for the group to act hastily and 2) reducing the expectation of donation in light of a potential reduction of the ability of the college budget to support expenses like conference and workshop attendance.
V. SLO Coordinators Duties: Argyriou presented a document proposing a list of duties. The list was discussed and many modifications were suggested. Argyriou will bring back a new version.
VI. SLO Coordinators Search Committee: At the bottom of the document presented for the previous item was a proposed list of positions for the committee to select the coordinators. Having received comment, Argyriou will return with a definitive proposal.
VII. Board of Trustees Opening: The election of Trustee Paul Fong to the state assembly leaves a vacancy on the Board of Trustees. Meetings will be held during which candidates to fill the vacancy can be asked questions.
VIII. Auto Tech Swing Space: Maynard waved a piece of paper, alleging that it was a copy of the Measure C fund for "Swing Space" and that it showed plenty of money available to fund the Automotive Technology department's proposal for swing space. Argyriou will use the information to push for approval of the department's proposal.
IX. Program Review: Lee-Klawender presented a document which listed potential questions for departments to answer in doing their reviews. In response to questions raised, Lee-Klawender said that the list was not intended to be definitive and that additions or modifications were welcome.
X. Midyear Budget Cuts Planning: In addition to statements aimed at ensuring appropriate processes, discussion ended with the suggestion that the officers draft a document proposing Academic Senate priorities during budget cutting.
XI. Courses Into Disciplines: Setziol gave an update on which division reports were due. He mentioned that some were overdue and that he was still available to help with any remaining to be completed. Russian and Intercollegiate Badminton were proposed as new FSAs It was MSCU (Logvinenko/Hanna) to approve the request for FSAs. These now go to the Foothill Senate for approval and then on to the FA and district negotiators
XII. Good of the Order and announcements: - Nothing emerged.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30.