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Academic Senate Minutes

August 23, 2005

3:00 PM, Annex

I.  Call to Order: President Liz Estrella called the meeting to order at 3:07 pm.

Senators & Officers Present: Liz Estrella, Jennifer Fellguth, Kelly Locke, Phil Adams, Aurora Méndez, Leticia Contreras, Dan Petersen, Jeff Roth, Peggy Mayfield, Theresa Carbajal, Mark Weber

Guests Present: Maria Michael, Margie Wiebusch

II. Adoption of the Agenda: J. Fellguth moved approval, P. Adams seconded.

III. Approval of the Minutes:  None.

IV. Public Comments: None.

V. President’s Report: President Estrella distributed copies of the Academic Senate’s constitution and bylaws along with several accreditation papers.  She reported on the August 2, 2005 Board of Trustees meeting that she attended, noting the acceptance of a NSF grant for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), and the ratification of an MOU between the Foundation of CSUMB and Hartnell to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for development an A.A. to Master’s Degree Direct Entry Nursing Program. President Estrella also reported on the statewide “Equity for All” program that both Lourdes Villarreal and Chris Myers serve on, the Faculty Leadership Institute she attended in June, and she stressed the importance of faculty involvement in accreditation and in development of student learning outcomes measures and assessments. The Senate’s Accomplished Goals from 2003-2004, and the Goals for 2004-2005 were distributed.  At the next Senate meeting goals for 2005-2006 will be discussed.

VI. First Vice President’s Report: None.

VII. Committee Reports:  Most committees have not met yet; some committees meet infrequently. Some comments about the committees were offered: Steering: Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 3 pm each month.  Submit agenda items to the Steering Committee;

Budget: P. Adams is a member. Meetings have been few and often during the summer;

Faculty Hiring: Each division has a member, and there has been no meeting yet; Program & Services Review: K. Locke explained what the committee is and does;

Student Policies Review: Meetings are held on an irregular basis; Technology Planning: No meeting yet; Tenure: Meets in February.

VIII.  ASHC Report: None

IX. Classified Senate Report:  President Margie Wiebusch reported for the Classified Senate.  She discussed the Classified Senate planning retreat, activities planned for the year, and the awarding of the Senate’s first $500 scholarship to Wini Chambliss.  She also presented the idea of working with the Academic Senate on a Christmas project.

X. HCFA Report: None

XI. Action Items: None

XII. Discussion/Information Items: Compton College’s loss of accreditation was briefly discussed, and President Estrella distributed information about the situation.  P. Mayfield handed out copies of an email entitled “Taking a Pulse on the Status of Assessment at California Community Colleges,” relating to student learning outcomes and their assessment. 

XIII. Announcements: None

XIV. Academic Senate Orientation: At 3:45 pm Senator Kelly Locke distributed materials and presented an orientation to the Academic Senate.  K. Locke’s presentation covered the role of the Academic Senate, its role in shared governance, historical data, Brown Act, parliamentary procedure, etc.  There was discussion about the 10 + items and the last sentence of Board Policy 2005.  Senators suggested obtaining clarification in regards to the last sentence.  Other suggestions included sending a letter to the Board or conducting an informational workshop with the Board of Trustees about the role of the Academic Senate and its role in shared governance.

XV. Adjournment: P. Adams moved to adjourn the meeting, and D. Petersen seconded his motion.  The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 pm. 

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