Notes - December 8, 2003
De Anza Academic Senate
Senators and Officers present:
Araki, Bresnan, Castaño, Cordero, Dolen, Goodwin, Guitron, Hertler, Illowsky, Joplin, Kline, Logvinenko, Mitchell, Salah, Setziol, Tipton, Weisner, and Winters
Approved Notes for the meeting of
December 8th, 2003
Senators and Officers absent:
Annen, Bryant, Cole, Fisher, Hearn, Lopez-Morgan, Olson, Rashall, Schafer-Braun, Sheirich, and Tavernetti
DASB Student Representatives:
Karl Schaffer, Margaret Obenour, John Swensson, Judy Miner, Letha JeanPierre, Robert Griffin, Christina Espinosa-Pieb, Sharon Sunico, and Marty McNamara
[NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at the meeting.]
The meeting began informally in the Don Bautista room at 2:37 due to a lack of quorum. A quorum was achieved at 2:42 p.m., and the meeting was called to official order after item III.
III. Budget Issues:
Judy Miner was present and made a number of statements pertaining to the current status of the budgeting process to this point. She then answered a broad range of questions. Among her statements were: a statement that all of the printed materials outlining general and specific budget cuts should be considered preliminary and, primarily, as potential impact statements given a particular level of budget cut; a statement that De Anza can not cut the forecast amount with items at its discretion without going significantly below its enrollment cap; and a statement outlining the basic origins of the deficit and the main parts of the budget that could reasonably be targeted for reduction without destroying the college or causing a downward spiral of declining enrollment. Among the many questions Miner was asked were: Does she think that the approach both locally and statewide reflected State Chancellor Nussbaum’s statement that “We are all in this together”? - (answer: generally, yes); Would she care to comment on the ramifications for De Anza of Foothill’s announcement that their solution is to claim more WSCH for what they are currently doing? - (answer: there are elements to the Foothill approach that still need to be worked out.); What about program consolidation with Foothill? – (answer: Robert Griffin responded by pointing out that what is called consolidation is really elimination at one of the two colleges and by saying that the administration is not pursuing that as an approach per se.); and What about faculty hiring? (answer: we are currently pursuing the hiring of new full time faculty both because of potential financial loss from fines and because it is the right thing to do.)
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes:
The agenda was approved as distributed. The notes were approved with the elimination of extraneous language.
II. Needs and Confirmations:
There were no confirmations.
IV. Mission Statement:
Senators were reminded that they 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.
V. ESL Testing:
Sharon Sunico was present for the item. The purpose of the item was to try to find a way to make the situations around ESL final testing better for both faculty and students. A result of the discussion was an announcement by Sunico that changes would be made in the information given to students informing them of the time and place of their exit exams.
VI. Final exam schedule proposal:
Marty McNamara was present. He proposed that finals week be scheduled the same way that the other weeks of the quarter are scheduled. This would avoid some student and faculty time conflicts constantly present in the current schedule. Faculty teaching one hour per day classes could still give two hour finals by giving them one hour on one day and a second hour on another day. Mitchell will informthe Foothill Senate and FA that the Senate is discussing alternative scheduling for finals week..
VII. Computers for Students Program:
John Swensson and Margaret Obenour were present for the item. 60 donated computers are now available for students. Faculty can refer students in need of computers to Financial Aid. Faculty can donate computers if they are not more than 3 years old. Obenour is the person to contact.
VIII. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:
The draft notes for this meeting will be approved January 12th instead of being approved my mail as is the usual end of Fall and Spring practice.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30
- Mitchell, noting that meetings have been starting later recently, urged the Senators to arrive on time.