Notes - March 5th, 2007
The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
March 5th, 2007
Senators and Officers present: Bambhania, Capitolo, Chenoweth, Coleman, Dolen, Gallegos, Glapion, Goodwin, Guevara, Hearn, Jensen-Sullivan, Joplin, Kessler, Kramer, Lee-Klawender, Lizardi-Folley, Maynard, Miller, Osborne, Otake, Raffaelli, Schaffer, Setziol, Winters, and Zill
Senators and Officers absent: Cole, Cordero, and Lathers,
[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 2:34 a quorum being present.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed with the removal of Item X. The removal was explained.
The notes of February 12th were approved as distributed after correction of the attendance roster.
II. Needs and Confirmations: Dawnis Guevara was added to the Women's Softball Physical Education Search and Selection Committee. David Coleman, Rob Clem, Patty Guitron, and Joplin were confirmed for service on the Student Success and Retention Services Center Counselor Search and Selection Committee. Lan Tao, Joplin, Susanne Chan, and Cindy Lister were confirmed for service on the Early Alert and Probation Counselor Search and Selection Committee. Alicia Cortez, Lan Tao, Susanne Chan, Don Nickel, and Marilyn Cheung were confirmed for service on the International Student's Program Counselor Search and Selection Committee. Bambhania, Jefferson Shirley, and Joan Friesen were confirmed for service on the Harmon Dhaliwal Tenure Review Committee.
III. Resolution for Joint Faculty Association/Academic Senate Ad hoc Committees: The officers distributed two resolutions, one calling for an ad hoc committee to develop a statement on Academic Freedom and one calling for an ad hoc committee to review all faculty evaluation instruments and make suitable recommendations based on the review. Hearn proposed herself and Winters to represent De Anza for the evaluation instruments review and Setziol and Anu Khanna on the Academic Freedom committee. Schaffer asked to be added to the Academic Freedom effort. After brief discussion, Hearn accepted a friendly amendment to the resolution removing a restriction on the number of De Anza Senate representatives to two. The group approved both resolutions.
IV. Technology Plan: Chenoweth began by taking the group through a document showing the growing use of the Catalyst online instruction enabling software. The document was incomplete due to technical problems but made the point nonetheless. Web CT and Etudes users should all be able to use the Catalyst software by the summer. A question was raised about how television courses fit into the mix. Chenoweth reminded the group of the seven areas of interest outlined in the plan shown previously and then went on to talk about supplemental funding for division and department web pages.
V. Institutional Preparedness: Setziol began by reporting that conversations with several Senators and others had confirmed the rising tide of awareness of the institution's inability to present a friendly face especially to new and prospective students. Having heard hundreds of examples pointing to the need, he asked the group to focus on solutions large and small, from the specific and narrow to the more broadly cultural. Some of the specific and narrow nonetheless become symbolic messages which can expand perceptions from a particular to a sense of the whole college. Suggestions included: A welcomer and a helper in the student and community services building especially during registration periods; having a subcommittee work with Marisa Spatafore; reviving De Anza Day; attempting to get awareness and commitment from the top administrators; building in a component in staff development planning; making it part of new faculty orientation; making it a real campaign with all the bells and whistles of a campaign; Getting the top administrators out amongst the students; making it a higher priority to maintain a clean campus; and creating a language friendly campus, at least some information and at least about those things which would allow a student to get started. About the last suggestion it was observed that poor translations are likely unless steps are taken to make translations good. [Note: the above list is not to suggest that things previously suggested like getting a telephone answerer/operator back are not still on the minds of the officers and Senators.] ; It was observed that a critical time of need might also be a difficult time to cover, i.e. the period between summer session and fall quarter. It was also observed that classified staff would have to be enlisted thoughtfully and appreciatively for the effort to succeed at a high level. Hearn noted the great deal of energy in the discussion.
VI. Measure C Reallocations: Hearn distributed a document showing proposed changes to Measure C project allocations. She began by emphasizing that there were no new projects on the list except for replacing single pane windows with doubled paned windows. She also pointed out that the items listed as new were only new to Measure C funding, having been previous projects left unfunded or underfunded. She carefully guided the group through deletions of and reductions in items to show the source of money for additions.
It was MSCU (Jensen Sullivan/Coleman) to extend the time of the meeting by ten minutes.
As Hearn was moving towards asking for approval, the group began to express displeasure at being asked to approve something of this magnitude minutes after having received it and began to ask for more detail about the need for additions to previous allocations. The item will return on the March 12th agenda.
To a chorus of disapproval, Hearn announced a decision by the Campus Center Board to change the college Automatic Teller Machine provider from Wells Fargo to U.S. Bank.
VII. B Budget Augmentations: A document showing the possibility of augmenting B budgets was presented be Hearn. After discussion, it was the sense of the Senate that, yes, augmenting B budgets was important and that the 20% presented should be by division rather than by individual budgets to suggest that those budgets currently at zero should be augmented by something other than the mathematically popular 20% .
VIII. Bond Measure Project Review: The item was held over.
IX. Strategic Planning Update: The Item was held over.
XI. Good of the Order: - Gallegos reminded the group of a March 15th dance performance by De Anza student dancers
- Setziol announced that unreturned division Courses Into Disciplines and FSAs reports would now be taken as a signal that the drafts distributed were approved.
- Setziol announced a deadline of March 22nd for Spring Newsletter articles and specifically looked to Winters and Goodwin for articles.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:38