MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER 6TH, 1997 ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

 

Attending: Yolanda Ramil, Rick Scuderi, Julie Ruelas, Sally Silvers, David Jordan, Joanne Kalter-Flink, Sonia Soto-Bair, Joyce Woodmansee, Mari Rettke, Paul Kubicki, Maria Fenyes, Ralph LaRosa, Ed Casson, Larry Andre, Janis Silver, Leslie Milke, Mark Kahn (guest), Dale Newman, Gwen Walker, Alex Yguado

 

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:40pm by President Dale Newman.

 

2. MSP (Silvers, Soto-Bair - unanimous) to accept the October 16th,'97 minutes.

 

3. Treasurer's Report. Currently the senate accounts have the following balances:

 

Faculty Scholarship 0322-5350-89 $ 24.62

Faculty Association (ck) 0311-003016 $ 64.55

Gallagher Scholarship 0322-550013 $ 27.54

David Lee Moss (ck) 0311-5101-43 $ 2,721.20

Carla Bowman Scholarship 0322-00126 $16,162.83

 

4. There is no public address. This item is required by the Brown Act.

 

5. The guest speaker, President Bill Norlund, updates the membership on current events and future perspectives. We were the first college last May to realize that there were serious problems. We started with a zero-based budget, canceling many classes and programs, etc. - an extremely painful experience. The new district budget formula is somewhat more fair than the old. It gives us about $1 million more. The problem is the college's accumulated debt of which we owe approximately $800,000 this year. Also the District this year is not augmenting the college's budgets to off-set the raises in salary. As yet the District has not made a determination on how an extra $6 to 8 million will be distributed to the colleges. In addition, a proposed restructuring of the debt repayment gives us an extra $300,000. The District Budget Committee has come up with proposed restructuring of the colleges' debt repayment and debt forgiveness model, thanks in part to the testimony of Ed Raskin and Dale Newman. Actually the other colleges are looking at what we have done to cope with the budget crisis because we were the first to make needed, but painful adjustments. Now we are able to offer a reasonable Spring Semester that is not as detrimental as it could have been. Increasing class size is not what his (President Norlund's) perception of education is about, but that is what Sacramento's perception of education is about. Welfare Reform (CalWorks) makes it appear that we have more money, but it only gives us more money to do more mandated activities, especially child care. In addition, it's proposition 98 money, so that reduces the amount of money the state needs to give the community colleges. As far as goals, we have to look to increase transfers to the 4 year universities. Also, we are experiencing intense growth of 18 and 19 year old students that we need to cope with. Increasing our land space is 3 or 4 years away. So right now we need to recruit as many students as we can by looking at how we teach, what programs are successful, etc. One method cannot fit everyone. The endowment program and the LAMC Foundation will be of more financial help in the future, as well as the Extended Education Community Programs.

 

In answer to questions, Norlund mentions that Bonnie James is researching the use of new software for the District, so less personnel need be used. Leslie Milke comments that Norlund's positive approach is needed to encourage the hard work ahead of us. Norlund comments on the new multi-media program at LAMC as an example of needed innovation. Internet classes are another example. With advances in technology, the creative approaches can abound and be very productive academically and economically.

 

6. President's Report

 

This item is not on the agenda, but the Bowman Committee met and decided to approve the Mike Reynold's recommendation on how to spend the monies donated by Hank Bowman. Mr. Bowman particularly liked Reynold's recommendation. Copies of Mike's recommendation are distributed.

 

A. Dale attended the ASCCC Conference and lots of information was shared there. The ACCC came out in favor of affirmative action. Other topics included articulation and transfer, budget, legislative issues, counseling, curriculum, with technology being the big issue. Further topics - local senates, professional standards, welfare reform (CalWorks). A handout with all the resolutions approved is passed around the room. Other materials are also available. Please see Dale with any questions or comments.

 

B. Regarding recommendations on how to spend the $2500 available to the AS, the following motion is made after a brief discussion:

 

MSP (Kubicki, Ramil - unanimous) that we buy 2 slide projectors, 2 overhead projectors, and the rest spent on consumables.

 

Dale will look up the exact pricing and also give the xerox paper left over from last year to the newly elected president.

 

C. The DAS is going to have their general meeting at LAMC on November 13th in room 5 & 6 at 1pm. The report from the GE Committee will be discussed. This is the last chance for input. It is our turn to pay for the refreshments (approximetly $200).

 

MSP (Kubicki, Ramil - unanimous) that we pay for the refreshments at the DAS meeting.

 

Also each college is making a presentation to DAS about a program it is proud of. Dale asked the membership to think about it. At our next meeting this will be brought up as old business. The membership's recommendations will be brought to the AS Board. The LAMC presentation is to occur sometime in the spring.

 

 

D. Regarding The LRC Committee, the board recommends that there be 5 faculty representatives. Technicians would act as guest consultants to the committee rather than be voting members of the committee. The 5 would be the librarian, the LRC director, and 3 other faculty members. The membership approves that the board appoint the 3 other faculty members from a list of volunteers already mentioned.

 

7. Committee Reports

 

A. Alex Yguado reports on the Budget Committee meeting. The committee voted to allocate $750,000 of spring monies toward hourly instruction for the Spring Semester. Three hundred and fifty thousand dollars from the debt restructuring, plus the original amount allocated came to $890 thousand total. The $750,000 came from these monies. This item then went to the President's Coordinating Council which gave the final approval.

B. Alex Yguado reports that the Curriculum Committee's meeting was postponed due to a lack of a quorum. The committee will meet sometime this week. The minutes of the last meeting is passed around.

 

C. Regarding DAS, refer to the Local Board Presentation handout enclosed with the AS November agenda. Also refer to the campus presentations item within 6C of these minutes.

 

D. Joyce Woodmansee announces that nominations are coming in for the upcoming Senate elections. They have to be received by November 11th. The election will be held November 18th and 19th. This election is for AS offices. Elections for representation on committees is briefly discussed.

 

MSP (Fenyes, Yguado - unanimous) to postpone electing faculty representatives on committees until the new AS officers take over.

 

Dale notes that it would not be appropriate for someone who is running for office to be on the Election Committee that counts the ballots. Volunteer(s) would be selected to take the place of any such person. The DAS representatives will also be elected during the November 18th and 19th elections.

 

E. Sonia Soto-Bair has no report on EPAC. The committee will meet next week.

 

F. Larry Andre reports that the Honors library and the installation of on-line computers are taking shape in the old ASO area. Ralph LaRosa prodded Larry into thanking him for all those wonderful English books he donated to the Honors library.

 

G. In regards to the Student Equity Committee, Joanne Kalter- Flink reports that the state is putting together grants and such for programs that promote student equity. Joanne is monitoring this closely.

 

H. Paul Kubicki describes in dramatic detail the President's Coordinating Council's vote at an emergency meeting on October 31st in favor of up to $750,000 for spring and summer instructional programs. Because of the possible ambiguous nature of the proposal's wording, we need to keep a watchful eye on just where those monies go. The close vote was decided by one final vote cast by Carlos Nava. Occurring at the earlier October 22nd meeting was an update on the Accreditation process. A motion was defeated that would have given the PCC some authority in determining the composition of other committees.

 

8. Old Business

 

A lengthy discussion takes place regarding the Part-timer Resolution presented by Mark Kahn and Alex Yguado. Most of the discussion centers around the meaning of the sentence ". . .One representative for each ten PTE for hourly member, until parity is achieved. . ." The major concern is that the part-timers would have disproportionate representation to the full-timers on the Academic Senate. Alex Yguado attempts to make a motion amending the resolution to state ". . .one representative for each 10 part-timers, not to exceed 12% of the part-time faculty. . ." but the amendment fails for lack of a second. Kubicki again emphasizes the disproportional result of so many part-timers having a vote. A final brief consideration was that the AS consider a minimum of one to two voting part-timers on the AS.

 

MSP (Scuderi, Ruelas - 6 yes, 0 no, 1 Abst.) to table the discussion until the new group of AS officers take over.

 

9. New Business

 

Informal discussion are held under New Business due to the fact that there is no longer a quorum. Andres Torres leads a discussion on seniority & faculty retreat rights. Hourly seniority is established if the person teaches any 3 semesters within 8 successive semesters. The hourly person loses seniority if an assignment is refused for 3 successive semesters or 4 out of 5 successive semesters.

 

Also mentioned is the ASCCC's rejection of Chancellor Nussbaum's performance based funding proposal called "Academic Excellence", a misnomer according to the ASCCC.

 

 

The remaining members adjourned at 3:05pm.

 

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by

Dr. Rick Scuderi, Secretary of the Academic Senate