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Notes - May 3, 2004

De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
May 3rd, 2004

Senators and Officers present: Araki, Bryant, Clavijo, Cordero, Dolen, Fisher, Guitron, Hearn, Illowsky, Joplin, Kline, Linthicum, Logvinenko, Lopez-Morgan, Mitchell, Salah, Setziol, Sheirich, Tavernetti, Weisner, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Cole, Goodwin, Mujal, Olsen, Pierce, Rashall, Singh, and Tipton
DASB Student Representatives: Anthony Choice
Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison: Christina Espinosa-Pieb
Guests: Sue Kater (Gateway College), Rick Wagoner (University of Arizona), Susan Rines, 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

Prior to moving to the normal agenda, Mitchell introduced two special guests, Sue Kater from Gateway Community College and Rick Wagoner from the University of Arizona. They introduced their visit as one of broad research on the work done by community college faculty. In their few days, there hope was to interview as many people as possible. They passed around a sign up sheet for people to volunteer to be interviewed. Sue Kater stayed for the duration of the meeting while Wagoner left to attend an administrators meeting.

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The Agenda was approved as distributed. The notes of April 26th were approved as distributed.

II. Needs and Confirmations: There is a need for two alternates for the Professional Relations Committee.

III. Student Equity Reports: Winters distributed four documents: 1) Definitions of student equity and student success, 2) Part III: Plans for the Future, 3) Definition of Student Equity and Achieving Student Equity: A five point model, and 4) Academic Senate: Update on De Anza's Student Equity Initiative May 3rd. Winters gave a brief history of the effort, largely guided in the state by the statewide Academic Senate. She then announced that the various divisions would be making reports to the Senate, beginning with three this quarter, Language Arts, Social Sciences, and Counseling (order not yet determined).

IV. Textbook Policies: Illowsky began by introducing a procedure aimed at streamlining the discussion, asking for a kind of straw poll or vote in principle, accepting each of the subsections of the Textbook Committee's report in turn. After a couple of expressions of displeasure, Mitchell asked for a show of hands. A clear muddle of 7 in favor of the process, 9 against, and 6 not voting prompted Winters to suggest a kind of compromise where each Senator, going around the room, would be asked to comment, including their level of basic agreement with each statement in the report. Mitchell ruled that this approach would be used. Before discussion began, Sheirich provided to a point of information by telling the group that reportedly, on the basis of a lawsuit, faculty authored texts can be recommended but not required. This is something that would need to be investigated.

About the section "Faculty Authored Texts" - the general sense of the Senate was that the statement on the report was basically acceptable but needed to be accompanied by explanatory and specifying language. All three officers kept notes indicating the suggestions, which will be retained and referenced in a revision of the section.

About the section Best Practices - There were several statements in favor of assigning the three components (Bookstore, Library, and Cost) to other sections and then, perhaps, have Best Practices examples or subsections accordingly. Related to the Bookstore component, there was consensus that the statement would be fine with the addition of some language ensuring the reasonability of the due date mentioned. Related to the Library component, while being in favor of the language in the report, the group focused on the need to add language more strongly encouraging the practice of putting texts in the library, especially on reserve but also in the general stacks section.

V. Student Fee Increases: Setziol urged the group to take collective and individual action in opposing student fee increases. He mentioned several points which have been heard as compelling in several venues in the state recently. Several Senators indicated an interest in participating.

VI. Elections Update: Joplin reported that Mitchell was the only candidate for President. Remaining tasks for the Elections Committee this year include the creation of the ballot and a sign up sheet for Senators to work the election days.

VII. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:

  • Mitchell reported that there is a plan to reduce the number of self service machines from three to one. There is a plan to lay off one employee. Mitchell went on to say that the print shop now has a "while you wait" service which, according to Cordero, works very well and may be quicker than waiting for an available self service machine.
  • Winters distributed a flyer about the appearance in the District of Melva Beal, one of the "Little Rock Nine", in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown versus the Board of Education Supreme Court decision.
  • 11:30 Tuesday through Thursday this week is scheduled for Cinco de Mayo events.
  • Author Iris Chang is due on campus May 4th.

The meeting was adjourned at 4: 30 p.m.
 Updated Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 5:14:12 PM by Academic Senate - academicsenate@deanza.edu
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