Notes - October 6, 2003
De Anza Academic Senate
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
Approved Notes for the meeting of
October 6th, 2003
Senators and Officers absent:
Chang, Druehl, Illowsky
DASB Student Representatives:
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
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
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40