The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
October 26th, 2009
Senators and Officers present: Annen, Argyriou, Botsford, Brennan, Cordero, Glapion, Goodwin, Hanna, Larson, Lathers, Lee-Klawender, Maynard, McNamara, Mjelde Nengo, Nickel, Roberts, Setziol, Schaffer, Singh ,
Senators and Officers absent: Anderson, Beckum, Hertler, Norte, Shah, Stockwell,, Swanner, and Tao
District Senate President:
DASB: Classified Senate: Administrative Liaison:
Curriculum Co Chair: Marcia Maiero
[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.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed with the removal of item IX (Definition of Program for SLOs).
The notes of October 19h were approved as distributed with minor editing.
II. Needs and Confirmations: Antonio Ramirez was confirmed for service on the Disciplinary Hearing Board. Susan Bruch was confirmed for service on the Ron Francis Tenure Review Committee.
III. Senate Plans for the Year: Argyriou went over a list of items projected onto a screen (and not otherwise distributed). She showed that many of the items identified by the officers included an approximate timeframe for action. Most of the time, however, was spent in discussion of ideas offered by Senators.
Of the items offered by Senators, two garnered significant interest (academic calendar and room allocation) and will be pursued as high priorities (which in the context of the item meant that the topic would be taken up in the current quarter rather than a subsequent quarter). The remaining items will be considered further when those suggesting them write a background paper with pertinent information and rationales.
V. IPBT Update: Lee-Klawender presented a multi page document projected onto a screen. It consisted of two basic “options” presented in spread sheet format each of which showed dollar amounts and positions, inferring savings to be had given the elimination of positions. A confusing and basic controlling variable in the whole presentation is the question of what to do about and how to handle the deep cuts to categorical program funding imposed by Governor Schwarzenegger during the summer. The officers were asked to answer the question “What is a categorical program” and to provide a list of categorical programs. Ongoing concerns about the role of division deans and the unpredictability of what has transpired when the term “divisions responded” and similar terms are used surfaced once again. In light of this It Was MSC(Roberts/Hanna) to direct the officers to reach agreement with top administration on a standard for what is expected when division input is called for. Specifically with regard to budget cuts, “When division input comes from deans, evidence of faculty consultation and approval is required.”
IV. President’s Update: Argyriou began by reminding those present of the accreditation self study general information and organizing meeting November 5th at 2:30. She then mentioned that President Murphy seems to be changing his mind regarding the two options for approaching College budget cuts. Next, Argyriou gave the group an update on the situation regarding a change in the deadline to add students. She is engaged in an ongoing dialogue with Kathleen Moberg and she and the officers are being careful to determine where legal mandate leaves off and personal preference begins. Then she turned to the status of district level policy regarding graduation requirements. She ended with two announcements, one about interviewing finalists for the District Chancellor position and the other about the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Area B (extended Bay Area) meeting, Friday, October 30th.
VI. Budget and Planning: VII. Program Review Policy:
VIII. Program Discontinuance Policy
The three items are inextricably linked and, emblematic of that, documents regarding the three were bundled into a single packed. Argyriou mentioned that the prospect of discussions of program discontinuance made that a high priority. She carefully delineated State and De Anza Academic Senate positions regarding differences and commonalities between Program Review per se and the review of programs being considered for discontinuance. Enrollment management as a term was described as being tied to other existing processes where faculty involvement is fundamental.
IX . No Item
X. Wrap Up: Senators were asked to get feedback on the options presented during the IPBT item as well as a sense of priorities among apparent options for balancing the College and District budgets. Prior to the meeting of November 2nd, Argyriou and Lee-Klawender will distribute all documents pertinent to a discussion of Executive Committee priorities and possible direction to the IPBT. Argyriou then asked the Senators to get feedback on the urgency of the Academic Calendar and Room Allocation items discussed earlier in the meeting as well as possible other items for Senate consideration.
XI. Good of the Order and Announcements: - There will be a poetry reading by Francisco Alarcon Thursday, October 29th, at 2:30 in the Writing and Reading Center.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:32.