MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 16TH, 1997 ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

 

Attending: Carlos Nava, Sally Silvers, Joyce Woodmansee, Ralph LaRosa, Larry Andre, Joanne kalter-Flink, Malali Singh, Rick Scuderi, Janice Silver, Leslie Milke, Shelly Jefferis, Gerald Sheib, Yolanda Ramil, Dudely Foster, Maria Fenyes, Alex Yguado, Ed Raskin, Gwen Walker, Dale Newman, Rudolph De Latorre

 

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:45pm by President Dale Newman.

 

2. MSP (Silvers, LaRosa - 19y, 0n, 1abst.) to accept the September 4th, '97 minutes.

 

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

 

Faculty Scholarship 0322-5350-89 $ 24.62

Faculty Association (ckg) 0311-003016 $ 164.55

Gallagher Scholarship 0322-550013 $ 29.47

David Lee Moss (ckg) 0311-5101-43 $ 2,730.21

Carla Bowman Scholarship 0322-00126 $16,162.83

 

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

 

5. Guest Carlos Nava, Dean of Students, requests that the AS approve an add deadline for all students and that the administration impose the deadline at the end of the first 4 weeks (before the first census) for full semester classes, and before the first census for short-term and other classes. This is so we can insure that LAMC gets funding credit for every student possible. Yguado raises the issue that adds should remain under the purview of the faculty and not imposed by administration, even though the district, in the future, may impose such a deadline. Also, many students are actively participating in class, but cannot clear up holds on their registration till after the 4th week. After discussion, there is no motion to approve Dean Nava's proposal.

 

6. President's Report

 

A. Dale invites the membership to participate in multimedia workshops which will occur in the latter part of October. Dale also announces a new committee on the Business Resources Assistance and Innovation Network through Vice President Cantrell. Alex Yguado volunteers to be on the committee.

Dale announces that the cabling has been completed in the Instructional Building. The server is being perfected now and additional computers for department chairs are being procured. The phone number for part-time faculty should be available by the end of October. The messages can be picked up from any location.

 

B. The faculty forum of 9/16 answered many budgetary questions. The Library Committee was also discussed. Dale asks the membership if the AS should form another 5 member committee including representatives of the Library Committee and a couple of other faculty or is the AS simply in favor of expanding the existing Library Committee. There being no suggestions from the membership, the board will bring its recommendations to the next meeting.

 

C. Dale asks the membership for any ideas on how to spend this year's $2500 from DAS. A computer(s) and an overhead projector are mentioned. Dale asks the membership to think about it further and get the suggestions to her for further discussion at our next meeting.

 

D. Seven proposals are in regarding the spending of the Bowman contribution. The committee will meet soon to discuss the proposals.

 

E. There were 60 applications for the District Technology Grant. A decision should be made by mid-November. There is about $350,000 in the fund. The monies were overage in ITV that the DAS negotiated with Educational Services to produce this grant fund.

 

7. Committee Reports.

 

A. The minutes of the last 2 Curriculum Committee meetings are past around while Enrique makes his presentation. The General Education Requirements are soon to come into effect, perhaps as soon as next spring. The history of this process is reviewed for the membership. What the DAS is presenting to the Board of Trustees is the following: three main changes are proposed - computer competency, multicultural course requirement, and to include other life-long learning skills besides health under Section E of the G.E. requirements. However, Physical Education may remain a requirement. Final decisions on these matters will be made by the Board of Trustees in the very near future. The Curriculum Committee is empowered to determine which courses meet the multicultural course requirement.

 

Another important topic is the method by which Curriculum Committee members are selected. Because of the new restructuring of departments and clusters, fair representation on the Curriculum Committee is called into question. Enrique proposes a change in selection procedures toward a more democratic selection procedure to rectify this problem. Included in the change is one member appointed by the Union and one member appointed by the Academic Senate. Enrique asks the membership to think about the changes he proposes. Dale states that moving toward a more democratic process would mean changing the AS By-laws first.

 

 

B. Regarding the election, Joyce Woodmansee states that there are 3 groups - officers, senators, and committees. Also, the constitution is amended to state that all faculty will be assigned to 3 groups which will elect 4 senators each (refer to 7b attachment to 10/16 agenda). Gerald Sheib mentions that, on Group 1, Liberal Arts should read Liberal Studies. The problem is all officers, all senators, and 14 committees are expiring. Some are nominated at large and some within the group. The question is should we try to elect all positions at one time, or break the election up into two events. A draft of the Senate Election Nomination form is examined by the membership. Both the nominator and the nominatee must sign the form. Elections are supposed to be November 18th and 19th. The forms must be received by November 11th, not the 10th which is a holiday. Joyce suggests that we break up the election into 2 events - the officers and senators in one election, and the committee reps in another election. Also, Fenyes questions as to whether we are obligated to elect reps for all committees.

 

(Yguado, Fenyes -unanimous) that the officers and senators be elected in November, and the committee reps be elected in December.

 

Maria is concerned that elections can keep up with the rapid changes in faculty structure.

 

C. Dale reports that the first meeting of EPAC is October 21st at LATTC.

 

D. Dale attended the recent DAS meeting. Minutes are attached to the agenda.

 

E. Julie reports that at the DAS retreat 7 new courses were approved. Honor sections will be specifically noted on transcripts. Committees have been formed to articulate the goals of the DAS. Some language changes were discussed regarding the document "Administrative Regulations". Althea Baker addressed the group at the retreat. Academic Excellence

was emphasized as well as computer literacy and learning a second language. She anticipates an audit of the district by the state soon. Strings are attached to the $10 million (now $8 million). The monies are attached to growth, so we would have to grow in enrollment compared to the previous year or we would have to pay the money back. Ms. Baker also mentioned Welfare Reform among other issues.

 

F. Yguado reports that at the last Budget Committee meeting the committee voted $450,000 for hourly instruction in the spring, and $70,000 for summer hourly instruction.

 

G. The Honors program is now located in the old ASO area. Also, a new coordinator will be appointed in the Fall for anyone who is interested. Larry reports that he is beginning a library in the Honors area, so if any faculty have texts available, Larry would be glad to accept them for the Honors library. Many Honor students feel very positive about their interactions with the staff.

 

H. There is no report on Student Equity.

 

I. In regards to the President's Coordinating Council, Alex reports that most of the time was taken up by budget concerns. Also discussed was tighter communication between the PCC's subcommittees and the president. Maria Fenyes states her concern about the spring budget's implication for the class schedule.

 

8. Old Business.

 

A. Yguado reports for Mark Kahn on a noticed motion that part- timers have a vote on the Senate at some proportional rate. More specifically:

 

Be it resolved that one representative for each 10 part-time faculty be allowed to vote on the Academic Senate until parity is formed with regular faculty members.

 

Dale states that the constitution would have to be changed first, which would require the vote of the entire faculty association.

 

B. The LRC Committee has already been discussed in the President's Report.

 

9. New Business.

 

A. Dale reports that the state's Education Code regarding diversity is being examined to determine whether or not it violates Prop. 209. Programs for special populations must not provide preferential treatment based on race or ethnicity. Locally based grants which may single out an ethnic group may be a problem. Not much will change immediately however.

 

B. Dale reports on the importance of the Welfare to Work grants and their impact on the colleges. Curriculum redesign and development and child care are big issues. John Clerx will be on campus next week to speak on this and Dale invites all to attend.

 

Ed Raskin reports that he and Andre Torres are making efforts to get our campus more money by contacting legislators, board members and the like.

 

 

There being no other new business, MSP (unanimous) to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 3:15 pm.

 

 

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by

Dr. Rick Scuderi, Secretary of the Academic Senate