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Notes - October 22nd, 2007
The De Anza Academic Senate
Senators and Officers present:, Argyriou, Bambhania, Chenoweth, Coleman, Dolen, Gallegos, Glapion, Goodwin, Hanna, Hughes, Kessler, Kramer, Lee-Klawender, Maynard, Miller, Mitchell, Ng Lee, Paicius, Schaffer, Setziol, Shively, Walton, White, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Beggs, Cole, LaManque, and Lathers
The meeting was called to order at 2:30 a quorum being present.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed.
II. Needs and Confirmations: A proposed Search committee for the Environmental Studies Area classified position was again considered. Kramer read a message from S. Sherman outlining the difficulty finding male faculty for service on such committees. It was decided to approve those proposed. It was said that it would be appropriate if Kramer was to contact SEIU to inform them of the need for a male on the committee. Similarly, although male Equal Opportunity representatives are a distinct minority, one is being sought.
III. Joint Meeting with Senior Administrators: Chenoweth began by asking all present to provide a self introduction. He then asked President Murphy to inform the group of the current status of the Strategic Planning effort. Murphy reiterated some information previously presented and then gave a couple examples of work in progress.
In response to a query about assessment of progress or success, Murphy said that he had asked LaManque to work with the four Strategic Planning team leaders in refining what has been termed “metrics”. A variety of information about initiatives may be found on the Strategic Planning web site.
Questions were raised about the linkage between initiative assessment and Program Review and about accountability in general of Strategic Planning efforts. Murphy again pointed to the four team leaders as the logical choice for these tasks.
Taking a turn towards the next portion of the agenda item, governance, Murphy brought up the notion that there are essentially two types of initiatives, 1) the kind that is entirely or primarily contained within a department or division and 2) the kind that encompass a wider range of entities. More specifically with regard to governance, Murphy suggested that a sort of super Planning and Budgeting Team group consider things like progress relative to initial promise and decisions as to whether or not certain initiatives should continue. He then said that senior administrators have been working on a draft proposal in this area and will share it first with the faculty leadership in perhaps ten days.
Discussion then shifted to the notion that strategic planning calls into question the current governance structure and that this leads to understandable and, to some, appreciated confusion. Basic ideas as to how to move forward were gradually revealed to be focused on creating a balance between greater collaboration (especially between instruction and student services) on the one hand and what was termed “silo time”
John Swennson urged the Senate to launch a major effort on Student Learning Outcomes. This was echoed by Murphy who characterized it as a perhaps unique opportunity for a serious all faculty dialogue as to what our students should know. The accreditation mid term report due soon and the Senate primary reliance nature of the topic argue for a top priority.
Setziol inquired of Murphy his initial take on a potential call for a general strike if the U.S. military were to attack Iran in the very near future. Murphy’s response did not cover the request for an indication of what it would take for him to call for the closure of the college. He focused instead on the possibility of an all campus dialogue with real debate from both sides of the issue.
As time was getting short, several people mused on the possibility of the Executive Committee drafting possible administrative and governance structures.
The item was ended due to lack of time with a question about the extent to which it was acceptable for faculty across the campus to talk in their classes about a possible strike hanging in the air.
IV. Instructional Testing: The officers are committed to having Instructional Testing function for Fall Quarter but, absent a responsible administrator and with very small numbers of faculty and students using the service, continuing the service into Winter Quarter may not be possible.
V. Fall Plenary Session Resolutions: Given a very short amount of time available, only one resolution was even introduced, a resolution referring to work by the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates on high school exit exams.
VI. Tech Update: ePortfolios, Security: The item was held over.
VII. Good of the Order: - It was announced that a teach in on the situation regarding the U.S. military vis a vis Iraq and Iran is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th in conference room A of the campus center.
- Kramer, on behalf of the officers, showed pictures of Anu Khanna’s brand new baby.
It was MSCU(Mitchell/Kessler) to authorize up to $500 for a celebratory gift.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:33