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Notes - May 24, 2004

De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
May 24th, 2004

Senators and Officers present: Araki, Bryant, Clavijo, Cole, Cordero, Dolen, Goodwin, Guitron, Hearn, Illowsky, Joplin, Kline, Logvinenko, Linthicum, Mitchell, Mujal, Pierce, Setziol, Sheirich, Singh, Tavernetti, Tipton, Weisner and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Fisher, Lopez-Morgan, Olsen, Rashall, and Salah
DASB Student Representatives: Anthony Choice
Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison:
Guests: Sarah Gahan, Tim Shively, Karl Schaffer, Maria Perezalonso, Lan Tao, Anne Argyriou, Deryl Jones, Adrienne Pierre, Trudy Walton, Howard Irvin, Kristin Sullivan

[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 with the addition of items IIIA Student Equity Report from the Counseling Division and item IIIB Senate Election Report. The notes of May 17th were approved as distributed.

II. Needs and Confirmations: Jim Haynes' name was dropped from the list of those proposed by previous distribution. Cheryl Owiesny's name remained. She was confirmed.

IIIA. Student Equity Report from Counseling: Guitron led off and introduced a well organized presentation by members of the Counseling area. Adrienne Pierre walked the group through a document titled "Student Equity Team Counseling Division: Academic Senate Presentation", focusing on how counseling handles the problems associated with students going on academic probation. Lan Tao focused on outreach, broadly defined and reminded the group of the importance of early intervention. Maria Perezalonso told the group about efforts in the areas of research and transfer services. Guitron then closed the presentation and entertained questions. Questions included 1) Why don't all counselors have access to the same information? and 2) How does counseling prevent counselors from advising students from specific groups to take the easiest courses available? The answer in both cases had to do with ongoing staff development and refinement of tools used in serving students.

III. Bookstore: Deryl Jones was present to present a document titled Presentation to the Academic Senate De Anza College by Deryl Jones, essentially an outline of current bookstore information. He spoke to much of what was on the document as well as much that was not included in the document. The document contained a section titled "De Anza Bookstore Contributions". This refers to contributions made by the Bookstore to various entities at the college. The money for these contributions comes from the profits on sales at the bookstore. One of the items contributed is textbooks. These are given to the library.

As in previous discussions about the Bookstore, textbook pricing was a focus. Jones reminded the group of the bookstore's "double the difference" policy. This entails a student purchasing a book from the Bookstore, finding it cheaper somewhere else, and then being given double the difference between the Bookstore price and any other source. Jones was asked about the average textbook mark up and whether a statement made at a previous Senate meeting was accurate that the mark up was, is, and will be 31%. Jones replied that the mark up wasn't, isn't, and won't be 31%. He said the figure was closer to 23%.

The group also focused on the long standing issue of how many texts the bookstore orders in comparison with the seat count for the course and with the number requested by the faculty member. Jones gave thorough explanations of the bookstore processes, promised diligence in monitoring individual course enrollment trends, and referred individual questions to the ordering staff.

Other questions concerned alleged exploitation of students and a lack of posted information as to the hours of operation of the bookstore. In response to the former, Jones presumed that it had to do with wages paid student employees and proceeded to detail the hourly rates paid to students. With regard to the latter, Jones admitted that it was a weakness and pledged improvement in that area.

IV. Cheating: Howard Irvin and Trudy Walton were present to advise the Senate on the current situation regarding student cheating. Cheating appears to be on the increase, especially as it pertains to materials downloaded from internet sources being submitted as student work. De Anza apparently has a reputation among some students as a place that goes easy on students who cheat. As part of their presentation, faculty were advised 1) to try to resolve cheating issues as soon as possible with the student involved, 2) to contact the appropriate dean if that's not successful and 3) that division deans are supposed to forward information about cheating incidents to Trudy Walton's office. Faculty were also reminded that faculty members desirous of assigning an F grade for cheating must do so on the basis of tangible evidence, not suspicion or tangentially related circumstantial evidence. In response to a question, Walton said that reports of students cheating are kept on file and used as appropriate. Further questions should go to Howard Irvin at 5870

V. Green Buildings: Kristin Sullivan was present to ask for the Senate's help to allow faculty to collaborate in capital construction projects beyond the drawing stages. She presented a draft resolution for the Senate to consider adopting as its position. Although her particular concern was the building phases of the "green" buildings on campus, she was sure the Senate would want faculty input for all buildings. Setziol mentioned that there was supposed to be a capital construction oversight committee to include faculty but that, apparently, that concept went by the wayside. It was MS(Araki/Cole) to adopt a slightly modified version but, after further deliberation and at Mitchell's request, it was MSC(Bryant/Linthicum) to table the motion. The compelling argument on the winning side appeared to be the idea that Mitchell should be allowed a few days to settle the matter informally before the group considered formal action.

VI. Student Fees: Setziol presented a resolution for time urgent adoption. It was seconded by Joplin. After a discussion during which a friendly amendment to strike the proposed 4th resolved section was accepted by Joplin and Setziol, the motion passed unanimously.

VII. Textbook Policies: The item was held over.

IIIB. Elections Report: In spite of his best efforts, Dan Mitchell was reelected as Senate President for 2004-2005. Joplin thanked everyone who helped in the voting process.

Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:

  • Mitchell reported on the way that the agendas will be on the Senate web site.
  • Mitchell reminded the group about the importance of getting a quorum at or very near 2:30 if the group wanted the meetings to end as scheduled. It was suggested that, perhaps, there were too many items on a given agenda.
  • Questions were raised about content for the Fall flex days. Mitchell will report more about this before the academic year is over.
  • Mitchell was asked to inquire as to the cost of renovations to Martha Kanter's office and the source(s) of funds to pay for them.
  • Mitchell was asked to confirm or refute rumors about funds expended in pursuit of Kanter's initiative regarding the NASA Ames facility and about the scope of the District's involvement in the overall educational plan for that facility.

The meeting was adjourned at 4: 40 p.m.
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