Notes - March 8, 2004
De Anza Academic Senate
Senators and Officers present:
Araki, Bresnan, Cordero, Dolen, Fisher, Goodwin, Guitron, Hearn, Illowsky, Joplin, Linthicum, Logvinenko, Mitchell, Pierce, Rashall, Salah, Setziol, Sheirich, Tavernetti, Tipton, Weisner, and Winters
Approved Notes for the meeting of
March 8th, 2004
Senators and Officers absent:
Bryant, Cole, Kline, Lopez-Morgan, Mujal, Owiesny, and Olson
DASB Student Representatives:
Jonathan Edwards, Anne Argyriou, Karl Schaffer, Tim Shively, and Nadine Foster
[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 3:02, a quorum being present. Illowsky chaired the meeting initially in the absence of Mitchell
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes:
The agenda was approved as distributed with the addition of a new item VI – Student March march and the moving of "Other Stuff..." to item VII. The notes were approved as distributed.
II. Needs and Confirmations:
Illowsky began by introducing a new ETAC subcommittee which is trying to figure out ways to block spam on one hand while not filtering out legitimate messages which might fit some profile element(s) of spam on the other. After discussion during which process concerns were paramount, the Dance hiring committee previously submitted was approved even though the group had concerns about the selection process described by the dean. The addition of one member to the Anthropology committee was approved upon the condition of Mujal and Kline's vouching for the process used in determining the name sent forward.
III. Faculty Role in Establishing Search Committees:
Mitchell arrived and resumed his normal position chairing the meeting. A draft of a document on the topic of search committees including an appendix from the Board Policy on hiring full time faculty was distributed. Mitchell urged everyone to read the document carefully and said that a subsequent draft needed to go out for appropriate distribution very soon. Among the numerous aspects covered by the document, the fact that the primary responsibility for determining search committee membership rests with faculty in the department of the position approved was said to be most important. Further discussion revealed the need for many people, especially deans and Senators, to be fully versed in this Board Policy. The officers will work to determine the best way to provide training on this.
IV. Pass/Fail Grading Issues:
Rashall distributed a document titled Pass/No Pass Grading Option. Rashall then proceeded to walk the group through the document. The primary problem prompting the creation of the document is the large number of appeals to the Academic Council because of a lack of awareness on the part of students as to the inadvisability of taking major requirements Pass/No Pass. The goal of the document and its presentation was to "heighten awareness of [the] P/NP option" in part by asking "Senators to help faculty be a 'communication bridge' to students". A suggested effective way to get the message across to students is to have a statement like the following "Sample Green Sheet Statement: This is a graded course, unless you request it P/NP at Admissions and Records. Deadline...." Presumably, this would encourage a brief discussion, during which the instructor would talk about the major requirement problem. [NOTE: This document is posted on the Senate website.]
V. Textbook Committee Report:
Illowsky began by pointing to a document which had been distributed via electronic mail but not hard copy. [Senators are reminded of Mitchell's announcement that documents like this would need to be printed out by individual Senators if they wanted to have them at meetings during which they would be discussed.] She highlighted the fact that the document contained two different opinions on the topic found to be most controversial by the committee and urged everyone to read the document carefully. She mentioned the other sections and, for example, that a section pertaining to the role of the bookstore had been developed in consultation with people from the bookstore and had already had a specific effect on the way the bookstore deals with textbooks. Karl Schaffer distributed a letter and mentioned a planned April 8th presentation at De Anza on academic freedom by a representative from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
VI. March in March:
Carrie Gotch distributed a flyer about the march. Some 600 students were said to have signed up to go. It was MSCU(HEARN/CORDERO) to announce that the Academic Senate supports the March 15th march in Sacramento, supports the students planning to go, and supports cooperation between faculty and students on issues related to missing classes on March 15th.
XI. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:
Nothing was brought forward.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:32 p.m.