Notes - April 26, 2004
De Anza Academic Senate
Senators and Officers present:
Araki, Bryant, Clavijo, Cole, Cordero, Dolen, Fisher, Goodwin,
Hearn, Illowsky, Kline, Linthicum, Logvinenko, Lopez-Morgan, Mitchell, Mujal,
Salah, Setziol, Sheirich, Tavernetti, Tipton, Weisner, and Winters
Draft Notes for the meeting of
April 26th, 2004
Senators and Officers absent:
Guitron, Joplin, Olsen, Pierce, Rashall, and Singh
DASB Student Representatives:
Gary Lamit, Sarah Gahan, Tim Shively, Anne Argyriou, and Karl Schaffer
[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 2:35
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes:
The Agenda was approved as distributed. The notes of April 12th were approved as distributed with a minor edit.
II. Needs and Confirmations:
All those proposed in the agenda packet for service were approved. In addition two Auto Tech Tenure Review committees were approved.
III. Textbook Policies:
Illowsky and Mitchell focused the group's attention on the topic of faculty authorship. Gary Lamit was present to share his experiences as a long time faculty author. He explained to the group that the pricing issue is a complicated one where books are relatively more expensive now than in previous decades because publishing companies produce fewer books per run and have fewer books in warehouses. Royalties per book vary widely.
Most Senators had comments and questions. There continue to be concerns about profit margin in the bookstore. Questions were raised about conflicts of interest in cases where a faculty author may also be a department scheduler or where they evaluate part time faculty who do not use their book(s). Questions were also raised about the applicability of the Board policy on profiting from books used only in the District. It was suggested that the price problem might be solved if the District had a college publishing function.
IV. Multiple D, F, and W Grades and Course Enrollment:
Currently, a student must petition to reenroll in a course if she or he has received any combination of two D and or F grades. Division deans have expressed an interest in expanding the list to include Ws. The number might increase from two to, perhaps three. It was said that the interest grew out of reports that students were dropping classes because they were afraid they might get a grade they didn't want and this resulted in students who might have completed the course being denied access to the course. This was one of the reasons the Senate had the drop date moved earlier in the quarter some years ago, attainment of a particular grade not being seen as a legitimate reason to drop a course. The date has since been moved back again. Several people suggested that more information was needed about the number of students involved. It was also said that the number was less important than the principle.
V. Elections Update:
The annual flyer announcing the opening of officer positions (this year it's the President position only) should be ready. Mitchell announced his candidacy.
VI. State Senate Report:
Mitchell, ever so briefly, mentioned that resolutions were passed that Senators could look at and that Illowsky and Setziol presented at breakout sessions. Resolutions passed (titled "Adopted Resolutions")are available for downloading on the Senate web site. Setziol mentioned that a paper on "Faculty Academic Chairs" was definitely worth reading as it outlines possibilities for administrator and faculty roles we might want to consider and because it demonstrates that what some would have us believe are legal givens in the area of administrator rights versus faculty rights and responsibilities are not so.
VII. Scholarship Announcements:
Illowsky told the group that the applicants for the Senate scholarships had many compelling stories inspiring to read. She announced that the winners were Vocational Education: Kathryn Nickerson, Auto Tech major and Prospective Librarian, Counselor or Teacher, AND transferring this fall to a university: Syreeta Watkins, Math major, High School Teacher goal
VIII. Golden Handshake Request:
It was MSC (Linthicum/Sheierich) to approve the request from Jane Enright distributed at the meeting. Several present applauded the document as satisfying the expressed concerns of the Senate in exchanging permission to delay refilling full time positions for a guarantee that the positions would, in fact, be refilled. It was mentioned that the document distributed was the result of two weeks of intense deliberation and communication between and among the officers of the De Anza and Foothill with Mitchell doing the lion's share of the work.
IX. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:
The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.
- Kline distributed some copies from the first run of "The Carson", a journal of environmental writings by faculty and students.
- A question was raised about the technique of employing the "thisisnotspam" and "thisisspam" electronic mail messages that are part of the District's effort to combat "spam". Several said that the system is working at least in terms of their forwarded messages being accepted by the system.
- A rumor was repeated about the print shop reducing the number of copiers available for open faculty use from three to one. Mitchell will investigate. Also a statement previously made about the print shop not being competitively priced so as to make it unattractive to students was reiterated.
- A question was raised about faculty access to data about tracking the number of student "completers" by course. Evidently some have been told that the data is unavailable and others have been told that it is. Andrew LaManque was mentioned as someone who certainly had access to that information.
- Student applications for election to the DASB are due this week. Faculty were encouraged to remind students in their classes of this.