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Notes - October 6, 2003

De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
October 6th, 2003

Senators and Officers present: Annen, Araki, Bryant, C. Cole, Cordero, Dolen, Fisher, Goodwin, Guitron, Hearn, Hertler, Joplin, Kline, Logvinenko, Lopez-Morgan, Mitchell, Rashall, Schafer-Braun, Salah, Setziol, Sheirich, Tavernetti, Weisner, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Chang, Druehl, Illowsky
DASB Student Representatives: Tammy Marquez
Classified Senate: Cyndy Dowling
Administrative Liaison: Christina Espinosa-Pieb
Guests: Karl Schaffer, Daryl Jones

NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at themeeting.

The meeting was called to order in the staff dining room at 2:38 p.m., a quorum being present.

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed. The notes of September 29th were approved after the removal of extraneous material.

II. Needs and Confirmations: The group held over action on the Vice President for Finance and College Services Search Committee and the De Anza College President Search Committee owing to the fact that the committee wanted the identity of non faculty members on the committees prior to confirming faculty. As per the distributed materials, Tim Shively was confirmed for service on the Instructional Planning and Budgeting Team. Added for consideration were Michael Chang and Katie Cadge-Moore for the Mae Lee Tenure Review Committee (confirmed) and Ben Kline for the Professional Relations Committee (also confirmed).

III. Bookstore: Daryl Jones was present and spoke to the group. He began by offering himself as a resource for general information about the bookstore and invited people to contact him with questions. He then focused his attention on a rival, for profit, bookstore named Aida’s and shared some of that store’s shortcomings with the group. Several members of the group expressed a keen interest in having as low a markup on textbooks as possible. Setziol and Mitchell suggested that individual Senators forward any and all concerns related to textbooks to Barbara Illowsky and the ad hoc committee on textbook issues. For example, it was suggested that the bookstore could give faculty price quotes on all texts under consideration for a given course thus enabling faculty to order the least expensive when appropriate. The group was also made aware of the fact that, although the bookstore is a non profit enterprise, it is expected to generate revenue for the college as a whole.

IV. Printing Shop Hours Report: Mitchell reported that, in conversation with Jose Menendez, it was purported that having closing hours different from day to day would be against current work rules. During Senate discussion, concerns about oversight of Printing Services emerged. At a minimum, the College Services Planning and Budgeting Team needs to take on that role.

V. Film/TV FSA Request: After a quick review during which it was revealed that the principal parties involved had all signed off on the request (primarily, elimination of the Film FSA) it was MSC(Weisner/Tavernetti) to approve the request.

VI. Senate Budget Update: Due to the importance of item VII and a lack of time for both items VI and VII, Mitchell postponed this item to the October 13th meeting (without objection). VII. District Budget Update: Mitchell began by reporting that, so far, the District's budget is projected to be within $1,000,000 of being in balance for the current year. That was the good news. The bad news is that a severe problem is looming for 2004-05, a problem so severe that at least tentative drastic action will need to be planned by the end of Fall quarter.

At this point, a District budget gap (prospective deficit) of $12,000,000 has been identified. Of that amount, $7,000,000 is projected on the basis of ongoing costs covered by an ending balance last year which is not anticipated this year. Another $3,000,000 is due to projections of increased costs for employee benefits. The remainder is said to be coming from a variety of things determined to be "fixed costs" (theoretically unavoidable).

At this point the District level discussion has framed approximately $6,000,000 as the portion of the gap to be eliminated by action at De Anza. The -5% and -10% "what if" planning process getting under way at De Anza was said to be able to yield approximately $4,700,000 from Instruction at the -10% level.

Setziol at this point interjected with two points made in milder forms at earlier Senate meetings: 1) Unless the administrators, especially division deans, are absolutely committed to the "what if" notion of the exercise, "what if" can be reasonably translated to mean "done deal" and 2) Those "done deals" would be the result of a fundamentally dishonest process which pretends that the only way to get the large amounts of money required is through means at the college's discretion - this is simply not the case. When asked to clarify, Setziol pointed to salaries and benefits (said to be 85% of the District budget) and said that the cutting process implies that the only way to touch that 85% is through layoffs whereas, for example, salary cuts would yield money in larger chunks. [NOTE: The only other way to work the cuts would be to reduce the stated De Anza portion of the District budget (@62,000,000 +) by 85% (yielding $9,300,000) and to understand that a $6,000,000 cut to a $9,300,000 budget is a 64.5% reduction.]

Several Senators suggested that it was time for the Senate leadership to be in serious discussion with the Faculty Association leadership.

VIII. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order: Mitchell reminded everyone to urge their students to vote.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40
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