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Notes - February 9, 2004

De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
February 9th, 2004

Senators and Officers present: Araki, Bresnan, Bryant, Cole, Cordero, Dolen, Fisher, Goodwin, Guitron, Hearn, Illowsky, Joplin, Linthicum, Logvinenko, Lopez-Morgan, Mitchell, Mujal, Owiesny, Pierce, Salah, Setziol, Sheirich, Tavernetti, Tipton, Weisner, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Annen, Kline, Olson, and Rashall
DASB Student Representatives: Carrie Gotch
Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison: Christina Espinosa-Pieb
Guests: Jonathan Edwards, Karl Schaffer, Tim Shively, Anne Argyriou

[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 at 2:32, a quorum being present.

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed but items III and VIII switched places. The notes were also approved as distributed.

II. Needs and Confirmations: Roger Letson was confirmed for service on the Creative Arts Division Assistant hiring committee

VIII. Instructional Planning and Budgeting Team Report: Mitchell began the item by announcing that he planned a Student Services Planning and Budgeting Team report for the next meeting, with Workforce and College Services following in that order at subsequent meetings. Illowsky then briefly walked the group through an update on what the group was doing. In response to a question about whether or not the upper level administrators had “given” as others and other groups have been asked to do, Illowsky clarified that all of the administrators' budgets other than the college President’s personal office budget were part of the information used by one PBT or another. Shortly thereafter, Illowsky was asked about the relationship between the IPBT (and, by extrapolation, the other PBTs) and the current budget status reports coming out. She and Mitchell then told the group about a draft from Mike Brandy which one could interpret to mean that the college work had been concluded. It could also be reasonably interpreted to mean that District budget deliberations are primary informed by figures about college cost reductions that are not coming from the ongoing college processes that should be used to produce and evaluate the numbers. Christina Espinosa-Pieb urged Mitchell to distribute the Brandy document. Mitchell said he would. It was concluded that it would be hard to expect collective bargaining negotiations to proceed very far without the colleges concluding at least the current stage of budget deliberations, and that documents such as Brandy's latest (plus all background materials) needed to be studied carefully to be sure that everything that should have been considered was considered.

IV. +/- Grades Report: Mitchell gave a brief overview of what was a long session at the latest Board of Trustees meeting. The net result moved the proposal one step closer to implementation with a trial period during which + and – grades will be entered and recorded on the grade record but not calculated in the Grade Point Average (GPA). It is the understanding of the officers of both Senates that + and – symbols will be completely implemented in the Fall of 2006 absent either a withdrawal by the Senates or a finding by the Board that a significant legal or financial liability would result from implementation.

V. Final exam schedule proposals: The item began with a report from each division on the topic. After the reports it was clear that A) there is a problem, B) many faculty who don't personally experience the problem are either unaware of the problem or don't think the problem warrants any change in the exam schedule, C) block scheduled classes beginning at eccentric times are causing most of the conflicts, and D) something needs to be done to eliminate conflicts for students. Two other issues were also discussed without hint of resolution: 1) Part time faculty face a problem when they teach on, say Tuesday and Thursday and are given an exam time on a Wednesday and 2) Some faculty do not fulfill their finals week obligations. The officers will work with Christina Espinosa-Pieb about the latter.

VI. Student presentation on a march to Sacramento: The item was withdrawn for lack of a presenter.

VII. FAS logo: It was MSCU(Sheirich/Cole) to pay $100 to the winning student proposal for a new Senate logo and to provide the winner with a letter of thanks.

III. Textbook Committee Update: Illowsky reported that the committee was nearly ready to submit a substantial document with numerous recommendations and urged the Senators to read it carefully as soon as it comes attached to the Senate agenda, perhaps as soon as the one for the next meeting.

IX. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:

Hearn announced the availability of a substantial scholarship coming from the Asian Pacific American Staff Association.

Mitchell announced the testing of a Senate Executive Committee listserv. Winters announced a Black History Month event featuring multi media artists from New York City, one being her son.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:25
 Updated Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 2:53:17 PM by Academic Senate -
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