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Notes - December 1, 2003

De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
December 1st, 2003

Senators and Officers present: Annen, Araki, Bresnan, Bryant, Castaño, Cole, Cordero, Dolen, Fisher, Goodwin, Guitron, Hearn, Hertler, Illowsky, Logvinenko, Lopez-Morgan, Mitchell, Rashall, Salah, Schafer-Braun, Setziol, Sheirich, Tavernetti, Tipton, Weisner, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Joplin, Kline, and Olson
DASB Student Representatives:
Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison:
Guests: Martha Kanter, Wayne Chenoweth, Karl Schaffer, Joey Chopra, Chris Storer, John Lovas, Vinnie Linarde, Faith Milonas, and Marty McNamara

[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 in the Don Bautista Room A at 2:30 p.m., a quorum being present.

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved with Mitchell adding three items (items IX, X, and XI below). The notes were approved with the understanding that the officers would include language pointing out that, as part of the current budget process, administrative restructuring is being considered.

II. Needs and Confirmations: Human Resources Advisory Council needs one faculty member for, perhaps, a very short stint. There were no confirmations.

III. Section 508 Policy Draft: Wayne Chenoweth was present to distribute draft copies of a proposed policy statement about electronic and information technology accessibility pursuant to federal standards called Section 508. These standards are related to, though not literally part of, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Chenoweth emphasized right away that the accessibility criteria outlined in the policy draft pertain to future purchase and development of materials only. Mitchell stated and Chenoweth concurred that this policy will be very complex and difficult to implement. A basic decision needed is whether the faculty want to have to pass everything through a committee approval process or are willing to assume some responsibility to know and research such that an administrator sign off technique would be sufficient. Among questions raised were questions about how faculty would have access to comparative information. One answer given by Chenoweth was to point, in the distributed materials, to an internet link for a government site containing a list of software already deemed compliant. When asked whether or not the group that prepared the distributed materials had consulted statewide Academic Senate writings on the topic of 508 compliance, Chenoweth said that they had.

IV. Mission Statement: Martha Kanter was present to ask the group for feedback during an effort designed to revisit and, perhaps, revise the District’s Mission Statement. In light of the fact that a deadline of January 17th, 2004 has been set for input, Senators were asked to give input to Mitchell via electronic mail, preferably by the end of finals week. This will enable Mitchell to present something to the group in January, prior to the 17th.

Informed that more time was available, Kanter asked for any questions or comments on any topic. When asked about District steps following the recently completed college budgeting exercises, Kanter said that the Chancellor’s Advisory Council (CAC) and the Joint Development Group (JDG) will be performing the task of District level review and that those two groups will develop a timeline for subsequent action, including Board of Trustees action.

VI. Report from Hawaii: Vinnie Linarde, contrary to expectations set forth by Mitchell, reported from and in the Don Bautista room about his experience as an exchange faculty member from Maui Community College. He expressed general delight in his experience and shared with the group the fact that he first came to De Anza in 1977 to study a few things about De Anza under consideration for Hawaii. He also said that, although people have told him that this was an unfortunate year to come to De Anza, he went through seven consecutive years of budget cutting in Hawaii – to a total of 30%. He was asked to comment on things that might be improved at De Anza. He said that he would do that at a later time and took the opportunity to applaud the Senate for its student scholarships, saying that he intended to go back and recommend the idea to his campus Academic Senate.

V. Textbook Subcommittee Report: Illowsky reported on the progress of this ad hoc subcommittee to date. The group started in the Spring of 2003, working from a list of issues produced by then Senate President Setziol. The group is currently about two thirds of the way down that list and will present its findings and recommendations next quarter.

VII. Division Budget Scenario Process: Mitchell asked to hear from all division representatives as to how dandy the budget cutting exercise was. Seeking input from all those representing divisions, Mitchell went around the room, asking for characterizations of each division’s processes.

  • Two divisions reported that proposed cuts were presented by the dean as an apparent “done deal”
  • Four divisions reported a kind of mixed bag in terms of opportunity for meaningful input and analysis or decision making.
  • Five divisions reported their processes and appropriateness of dean involvement to be fairly good to good.
  • Two divisions reported that there was insufficient data. Several others gave the impression that, whether or not it was sufficient or ideal, it was a given that the data made available was the data to be used for decision making.
  • Three divisions reported that their process was a carry over from efforts last year identifying potential 04-05 cuts.
  • Only one division reported full distribution of the three documents mentioned by Mitchell

IX. ESL Testing: Illowsky reported that there is underway an attempt to solve the chronic problem of ESL and WAT assessment tests interfering with non Language Arts classes

X. Foothill Plus/Minus Vote Report: The Foothill faculty approved the plus/minus grading proposal going forward to the Board of Trustees.

XI. Joint Resolution Honoring Judith Moss and Mary Mason: It was MSC(Rashall/Logvinenko) to authorize Mitchell to honor Judith Moss and Mary Mason for their service on the Board of Trustees with a resolution begun in the Foothill Senate.

VIII. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order: Nothing was mentioned.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:35
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