Wednesday
Nov112015

Senate Meeting Minutes for October 7, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

APC 170

Called to Order –3:34 PM

Adjourned –4:39 PM

 

 

Officers Present:                  

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer         

Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senators Present:     

Cliff Luxion                (Business and Career Technologies)

                                    (Health Professions and Public Service)

David Barreto             (Counselors and Librarians)

(Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Ellen Field                   (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

Kathy Westman          (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)                         

Nancy Christensen      (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:         

Doug Jeppesen, President

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:          

Steven Skaggs, Amy Frankel, Randy Hines

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:34.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the August 21 and September 2, 2015 minutes with changes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $26,346.95.  He also noted that dues will increase to $701.10.  There will be 17 payroll deductions.  The first 16 will be in the amount of $41.25 and the 17th will be $41.10

The council will need to perform its annual audit this November and he asked for help from two faculty.

 

President:  President Jeppesen is at a conference in Florida.  Vice President Bickley reported on the recent Faculty Council/Administration meeting, where the following agenda items were discussed:

  1. 1.      Engagement (Faculty Council)
  2. 2.      Assessment (Faculty Council)
  3. 3.      Interest-Based Bargaining (Faculty Council and Administration).  The administration will bring 22 participants to the training on October 29th and 30th.  The Faculty Council will bring 13.
  4. 4.      Higher Learning Commission Revised Guidelines Regarding Faculty Qualifications (Administration) The HLC has issued new guidelines on qualifications to teach.  Dr. Lovingood will be looking at adjunct and full-time faculty to make sure that they meet these criteria.  She is focusing on faculty who teach in more than one discipline. (For example: sociology and anthropology)
  5. 5.      Board Policy 3.170.01, Discrimination and Harassment; and Title IX (Administration)  The Board is reviewing its Discrimination and Harassment policy to make sure it is in compliance with Title IX.
  6. 6.      VAWA Training (Administration) All employees will need to complete this training.  An online training session will be available sometime around Thanksgiving break.  It is about 45 minutes long.
  7. 7.      Upcoming Employee Engagement Survey (Administration)  An employee engagement survey will be sent out at the end of October
  8. 8.      Faculty Choice Awards (Administration)   

 

Local 604 Update:  Amy Frankel attended the Higher Education Conference.  The conference consisted of  training sessions and speakers.  The training topic was “messaging as a council” and focused on what faculty unions are trying to communicate to their communities.  The IFT Director of Communications led the training and Amy suggested that we have her come out to talk to us.  Another speaker announced that the IFT is rolling out a program on college affordability, which focuses on student loan debt and repayment. He will come to the college, too, if we like.  The last speaker, the IBHE’s Director James Applegate, discussed degree completion and introduced a new concept of “remodeling” in higher education.  The initiative would encourage the elimination of excess credit in degrees, the offering of prior-learning assessment credit, the establishment of guaranteed milestone courses, and the creation of “metamajors” (an umbrella of majors instead of specific majors).

Lastly, the Community College Sub-Committee made a resolution to ask the IFT to lobby in Springfield regarding MAP grants.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report.  The anticipated available cash as of October 15, 2015 is $7,806.20.  Funds have been raised from book sales to Amazon, Half.com, Powell’s, etc.

 

 

Old Business

 

  1. A.    Elections—Electronic Voting

VP Bickley explained that we would like to use this format in the future.  The Council will need to talk to Bill Briggs to find out how this works, if other institutions use electronic voting, etc.

 

  1. B.     Faculty Recognition Awards

 

 

  1. C.    Dual Credit (Steven Skaggs)

 

Steven mentioned that the Library had a potential issue with Dual Credit.  A large number of students arrived at the same time to use the library services, making it difficult for the staff to meet everyone’s needs.  Steven asked Bob Cofield to talk to Adam about using the library in a way that will not strain the staff or its resources.

 

The committee will meet with Dr. Bill Marzano in either October or November.

 

A senator asked a question about pre-requisites (such as ENG 101) and how they will work with dual credit students.

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Negotiations Training Team—Selection of Members

Vice President Bickley posted the list of members who have volunteered to attend the training on October 29th and 30th:

Doug Jeppesen

Keith Bickley

Amy Powers

Tim Moriarty

Kathy Randall

Adam Burke

David Heiss

Scott Hollenback

Nancy Christensen

Dan Portincaso

Cliff Luxion

Paula Hladik

Steven Skaggs

 

A motion to accept this list was made, seconded, and approved.

 

A senator asked a question about the deadline for submitting items to the Long-Range Planning Committee.  Vice President Bickley suggested that people get items to Cathy Collins as soon as possible so that research can be done.

 

  1. B.     Assessment (Amy Powers)

Secretary Powers distributed two handouts pertaining to assessment that she thought the Senate would find useful:

The IFT’s “Student Success in Higher Education” treatise from 2011

http://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/studentsuccess0311.pdf

 

NILOA’s Occasional Paper #9: “What Faculty Unions Say About Student Learning Outcomes Assessment”

http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/documents/Union%20Occ%20Paper%209.pdf

 

 

Both readings have interesting advice from the IFT, AFT, and AAUP about how to do outcomes effectively and in a faculty-driven manner.  Please contact Amy if the above links do not work and/or would like copies of these materials.

 

A member expressed concern about whether or not the new Outcomes Assessment Council—and the outcomes process in general—would actually be faculty driven.  This led to a conversation about faculty involvement in the process, academic freedom, data collection and storage, confidentiality of data and the use of standardized tests at the institutional level. 

 

Open Discussion

 

Senator Luxion announced that the East Aurora School District presented the Faculty Council with the “Inspiring Leader Award” for its work on the school supply drive.  Scott Hollenback accepted the award on behalf of the Council.

 

A senator spoke about a situation in the SSEWL division relating to a dean’s response to missed scheduling meetings.  Half days were returned to the faculty and the contract will be followed in the future.   

 

A senator expressed concerns about internet access on campus, especially slow responses to work/maintenance requests.  Another senator mentioned accessibility concerns about the door to the large lecture hall in APC. 

 

Amy Frankel attended the scholarship fest.  She had the pleasure of sitting with a recipient of one of the Faculty Council’s scholarships.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:39 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Thursday
Oct082015

Senate Meeting Minutes for September 2, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

APC 170

Called to Order –3:34 PM

Adjourned –4:57 PM

 

 

Officers Present:      

Doug Jeppesen, President                  

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer         

Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senators Present:

Cliff Luxion  (Business and Career Technologies)

____________(Health Professions and Public Service)

David Barreto  (Counselors and Librarians)

____________(Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Ellen Field  (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

__________(Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)                             

Nancy Christensen  (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:

Teri Fuller, Steven Skaggs, Cathy Collins

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:34.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the May 6, 2015 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $22,169.98.  He also noted that dues will increase to $701.10.

The council will need to perform its annual audit this fall and he asked for help from two faculty.

 

President:  President Jeppesen met with Dr. Bill Marzano about class cancelation policies and other small matters. 

 

He is preparing for negotiations and is looking for volunteers to attend the training on October 29th and 30th

 

He is happy to announce that 3 of the 4 new faculty are joining the Faculty Council.

 

A few faculty members recently had babies: Jen Showalter and Justin Hoshaw.  He asked if the Sunshine Committee would send a card to congratulate their families.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall will attend the upcoming meetings and report when she has information.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report.  The anticipated available cash as of September 15, 2015 is $6,437.48.  He requested that faculty donate books, DVDs, video games, electronics, etc. to raise more money for the fund.  The summer rummage sale went well and raised over $500.

 

Social:  The committee is organizing a cook-out on Sept. 26th at Scott Hollenback’s house.  The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the scholarship fund.

 

Old Business

 

  1. A.    Outcomes Assessment Data

Secretary Powers announced that the Outcomes Advisory Council will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, September 29th.  She will provide a summary of the group’s discussion at the next Senate meeting.

 

A senator asked a question about the timetable for the HLC review.  Amy explained that the report (systems portfolio) is due on November 1st and the HLC will provide feedback in the spring.  HLC representatives will visit the college next fall.

 

Another member asked about the method the college will use to assess learning at the institutional level.  Amy shared that the college is considering an exam from ETS that students will take before they graduate. It will assess critical thinking, communication skills, and quantitative reasoning. She doesn’t believe that the plans have been finalized, however.

 

  1. B.     Negotiations—Long-Range Planning

Chair Cathy Collins has received negotiation items from members and will present them to the Senate.

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Elections—Electronic Voting

The Senate will discuss this item at the next meeting.

 

  1. B.     Faculty Recognition (Teri Fuller)

Teri Fuller would like to propose a faculty-choice award to recognize faculty achievements in a number of areas including excellence in teaching, service, scholarship, and advising.  The awards will include instructional faculty, counselors and librarians.  She has been researching other institutions’ models and has found helpful information from places such as COD.

She would like to form an ad hoc committee to create the award and oversee the process.  She also asks that the Elections Committee administer the selection process and distribute the ballots electronically.

 

Motion moved, seconded and approved to create an ad hoc Faculty Award Committee, with Teri as chair.

 

  1. C.     Dual Credit (Steven Skaggs)

The committee plans to meet with Dr. Bill Marzano, Bob Cofield, and Henry Hinkle in September to receive data on the dual credit program.  The committee would like numbers on the growth of the program, its impact on campus courses, and the quality of the courses.

 

  1. D.    Negotiations Training Team

President Jeppensen provided information on the history of Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) and the training process.  He needs 12 volunteers to attend the training, which is scheduled for October 29th and 30th.

 

A member expressed the importance of offering the training opportunity to all faculty.  She proposed taking a few more weeks to find volunteers and suggested sending an open invitation to all faculty via email.  President Jeppesen agreed that this would be a good idea and will draft an email to send out later this week.  He will present the names of the volunteers at the October 7th meeting so that the Senate can approve the list.

 

Open Discussion

 

A few members asked questions about the recent CTLT reorganization.  President Jeppesen proposed bringing this up as a topic at the next Faculty Council/Administration meeting.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:57 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Thursday
Oct082015

General Meeting Minutes, Fall 2015, on August 21, 2015

Fall Orientation General Meeting Minutes

Friday, August 21, 2015

APC 110

Called to Order –12:30 PM

Adjourned –1:45 PM

 

 

Officers Present:      

Doug Jeppesen, President                  

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer         

Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

 

Amy Powers, Secretary

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 12:30.

 

Introduction of New Faculty

 

Juan Aguilar, HVAC Instructor

Kathy Bartel, Librarian

Andrea Montgomery, Fire Science/EMT Instructor

Terry Peeples, Music Instructor

 

Introduction of Council Officers

 

Doug Jeppesen, President                  

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer         

Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Cliff Luxion outlined the purpose of the committee and was happy to announce that the scholarship fund has a current balance of $109,000.  This fund allowed the Faculty Council to award $7,000 in scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Sources of funds include payroll deductions, donations of used books, and special fund-raising events.  In addition to books, the committee accepts used tablets, video games, game consoles, DVDs, and calculators.  Cliff also asked faculty to donate book-sized boxes and packing materials to reduce shipping costs. 

The committee recently created a Facebook page, which provides faculty with information about events.

Amy Frankel reported on the recent rummage sale in August, which raised over $500 for the scholarship fund.  She thanked the volunteers who donated items and worked at the sale.  The committee plans to hold another sale next year.

 

Social:  Chair Amy Frankel announced the following events:

“Thirsty Thursday” and “Wet-Your-Whistle Wednesday” (Days and times TBA)

Faculty Picnic—September 26th at Scott Hollenback’s house.  The picnic will also serve as a fundraiser for the scholarship fund.

 

Membership: Chair Scott Hollenback announced that membership in the Faculty Council has reached 102.  This means that membership now stands at 88.7% (without adding the four new members in the total number of faculty).  If all four new faculty members join, however, membership will reach 89.08%.  His goal is to reach 90% membership this year.  He has new-member packets for the new faculty and will distribute them after the meeting.

 

Long-Range Planning: Chair Cathy Collins asked the faculty to submit items they wish to see addressed in the upcoming negotiations.  Once the negotiations process begins, she will pass them to the Senate, which will, in turn, pass them along to the Negotiating Team.

 

Dual Credit:  Chair Steven Skaggs outlined the purpose of the committee and discussed the spring meeting with administration.  The committee will be able to look at the college’s data on Dual Credit and evaluate its impact.

 

Senate Meeting Dates and Times

 

All meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 in APC 170:

September 2

October 7

November 4

December 2

February 3

March 2

April 6

May 4

 

Officer Reports

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $22,179.98.  AFT will increase dues to $631.10 this year.  Payroll deductions will go from $40.29 per check to $41.24 per check. 

 

President:  President Jeppesen welcomed the new faculty.  He also welcomed back faculty members Dan Ward and Rodney Holmes.  He thanked Steven Skaggs and Amy Frankel for their informative presentation on the Health Care Committee and thanked the Dual Credit Committee for their hard work. 

 

He reminded the membership of upcoming negotiations and announced that negotiator training will be held in October.  He stressed that we are in a good situation and have established open communication with administration. 

 

Last spring’s conversations with Dr. Sobek were very productive and he emphasized the importance of working together.  The council encountered difficult issues last spring, but is determined to move forward.  The college will be stronger and will accomplish more if we are working as a team.

He also asked faculty to take note of issues in state and local politics—especially those relating to higher education and collective bargaining.

 

Local 604 Update:  Vice President Keith Bickley volunteered to attend in Kathy’s place.

 

Open Discussion

 

Barb Gore announced that she will be displaying her art at the Aurora Public Library’s Art Show.

 

A faculty member asked about the general mood going into negotiations.  President Jeppesen stated that the mood is positive, due largely to the communication established through IBB.  We have important issues to address in the upcoming negotiations, but it is important to remember that this is a nice place to work.  For example, we just saw the exciting new changes in the Physics lab.

 

Scott Hollenback and Cliff Luxion, who both have been through training, found IBB a positive experience.

 

Scott Hollenback will deliver the school supplies to the East Aurora School District.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 1:45

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Tuesday
Sep082015

Senate Meeting Minutes for May 6, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

APC 170

Called to Order –3:34 PM

Adjourned –4:45 PM

 

 

Officers Present:       Doug Jeppesen, President                  

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer         

                                    Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

                                    Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senators Present:      Cliff Luxion                (Business and Career Technologies)

                                                                        (Health Professions and Public Service)

Heidy Kindelin           (Counselors and Librarians)

                                    (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

                                    (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Ellen Field                   (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

                                    (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)                          Nancy Christensen      (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:           Amy Chaaban, Jeanne McDonald, Steven Skaggs, Cathy Collins

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:34.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the April 1, 2015 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $32,690.08.

 

President:  President Jeppesen would like to acknowledge Andy MacDonald’s Faculty of the Year Award.

Last Thursday’s Service Awards Banquet was well-attended.  The college recognized many staff and faculty, including Tom Pulver, who is retiring.

Graduation will be on May 21st.  The Faculty Council would like to have a gathering afterwards at Bally Doyle’s.

 

We will not have a picnic on Friday, May 8th, but will plan for something in the future. 

 

President Jeppesen also discussed the Faculty Council/Administration meeting, which occurred two weeks ago.  The group discussed the following issues:

  • ·         Interest-Based Bargaining (We will move forward with this process and ask Bill Briggs to attend.  Training for negotiators will be held in October or November.)
  • ·          Health Insurance (The Health Insurance Committee is working hard and will have a plan ready in the summer.) 
  • ·         The recent Board election
  • ·         Engagement

 

President Jeppesen will meet with Dr. Sobek next week to discuss engagement.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall attended the last meeting with Tom Pulver.  The group discussed PARCC, charter schools, the right to work movement, and pensions. The Supreme Court should make its decision about the IL pension law in May.

She passed out the latest issue of the Update and Weingarten cards.

The next 604 meeting is scheduled for August 12th at 5:00 PM.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report.  The anticipated available cash as of 5-15-15 is $1,530.95. Book sales have slowed a little and he encourages faculty to continue to donate books over the summer. He has talked to a number of administrators about having the Business Club help manage the scholarship program as an experience-based activity.

The committee is planning a rummage sale for Friday, August, 7th and Saturday, August 8th in Aurora.  The money raised from the sale will go to both the Faculty Council’s scholarship and Gibby’s scholarship. 

 

Old Business

  1. A.    Dual Credit (Steven Skaggs)

The committee had a meeting with administrators this afternoon.  Steven described the discussion as productive and reported that administration is welcoming faculty involvement in the process.  The committee will meet with administration every semester.  One of its goals is to make all Dual-Credit syllabi available to faculty for review.

 

 

  1. B.     Post-Tenure Review

Nothing new to report.

 

  1. C.    Negotiations—Interest-Based Bargaining

Please see the President’s report above.

 

  1. D.    Prior Learning Assessment

Cliff Luxion shared information from Dr. Lovingood’s “Listening Post” last week. About 10 faculty attended. The faculty asked questions about the process of issuing prior-learning credits and received information about the CLEP and AP exams. 

 

  1. E.     Information Cards—Weingarten Rights

Kathy Randall brought cards to the meeting.

 

New Business

  1. A.    Outcomes Assessment Data

Tim Moriarity brought two draft documents developed by the Outcomes working group:

  • ·         Guidelines for Documenting the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
  • ·         Statement on Student Outcomes Assessment Data and Information

 

The college is emphasizing outcomes for two reasons:

  1. 1.      The HLC is asking for defined outcomes and a plan to collect the data (i.e. an assessment plan).  This will be done for General Education and Career and Technical Education.
  2. 2.      Quality Assurance purposes: Faculty can use outcomes to assess student learning and make improvements when necessary.

 

The college plans to produce 3 levels of outcomes:

  • ·         Course Level
  • ·         Degree/Program Level
  • ·         Institutional Level

 

The Outcomes Department has proposed three methods for assessing General Education programs at the institutional level:

  • ·         Standardized tests
  • ·         Portfolios
  • ·         Embedded Assessments

 

Tim’s second document (Statement on Student Outcomes Assessment Data and Information) outlines a data policy and asks the following questions:

  • ·         How is the data going to be used? 
  • ·         Who decides what the outcomes are?
  • ·         How will assessments be administered and in what format?
  • ·         Who will collect and store faculty data?
  • ·         How will anonymity of faculty be respected?

 

For now outcomes will be done at the program level and will remain anonymous. A member brought up that some programs are very small, however, and anonymity of faculty will be difficult.

 

Another member stressed the importance of outcomes being a faculty-driven process.

 

Members also expressed concerns about data collection, aggregation, and the process of sending results to Outcomes.  

 

A member recommended that a faculty member from each program/department serve as a “data steward” who would collect and store the data.  The member pointed to language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Board Policy, and the WCC IT Data Classification Standard, which all emphasize confidentiality of data.

 

Tim will send out an FAQ to faculty.

 

  1. B.     Negotiations—Long-Range Planning

Cathy Collins will make an announcement at the Fall Orientation meeting asking for members to submit items for negotiations. 

 

Open Discussion

 

President Jeppesen submitted the following dates for next year’s Senate meetings:

 

September 2

October 7

November 4

December 2

February 3

March 2

April 6

May 4

 

All will be held in APC 170 at 3:30 PM.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:45 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History

Wednesday
Sep022015

Senate Meeting Minutes for April 1, 2015 

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

APC 170

Called to Order –3:31 PM

Adjourned –4:41 PM

 

 

Officers Present:      

Doug Jeppesen, President;       

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer        

Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senators Present:     

Cliff Luxion                (Business and Career Technologies)

                                 (Health Professions and Public Service)

Heidy Kindelin           (Counselors and Librarians)

Dan Portincaso            (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Martine Stuckey          (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Tom Pulver                  (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

                                    (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)                          Nancy Christensen      (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:           Steven Skaggs

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at ____3:31_____.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the March 4, 2015 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings account has a balance of $_____30,824.24________ and the checking account has a balance of $__87.65______.

 

President:  President Jeppesen sent out an email with links to news articles about the Field House opening, the upcoming Board member elections, and other WCC events. He referred to another article about the state requesting the college’s financial records.

 

A sympathy card was sent to Dr. Rodney Holmes.

 

He met with Dr. Lovingood last week.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall noted that the next 604 meeting will be held on April 22nd.  She has received the Weingarten rights cards and will distribute them to faculty.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report.  The anticipated available cash as of 4-15-15 will be $4,832.76.  He encouraged faculty to continue donating books.

 

 

Old Business

  1. A.    Post-Tenure Review

Nothing new to report

  1. B.     Negotiations—Interest-Based Bargaining

President Jeppesen asked the Senate if we can proceed with Interest-Based Bargaining without a Senate vote given that we used this process in the last session of negotiations. The senate agreed that the Faculty Council should go ahead with this process and that a vote would not be necessary.

A question was raised about how the interest-based process works. Tom Pulver defined the process and explained the various steps in this type of negotiations.  He emphasized the benefits of having an open discussion.  He also emphasized the value of having quality mediators. He was also able to provide perspective and comparison given that he participated in both styles of negotiation (traditional and interest-based).

 

President Jeppesen reiterated the importance of dialogue and openness during negotiations.

Cliff suggested that when it comes time to electing negotiators, we choose people who are well-versed in the specific issues that are important to the Faculty Council.

 

  1. C.    Learning Assessment

Cliff Luxion asked if anyone is interested in learning more about the credit for prior-learning program.  He would like as much faculty input as possible because he is unsure of how this practice will affect the various programs across the campus.

 

Tim Moriarty reminded the Senate that the outcomes working group is compiling a list of recommendations for Dr. Lovingood and Dr. Sobek.  The working group is focused on a number of issues pertaining to outcomes.  For example, what will be the college’s data policy? How will data from outcomes be used and stored? Will data be aggregate?  Or collected individually?

Tom Pulver mentioned that Developmental Education is leading the way in developing outcomes. The spirit of outcomes is to help faculty improve their teaching, but he is concerned that outcomes results may be used to evaluate individual faculty performance in the future.

  1. D.    Information Cards—Weingarten Rights

Please see the 604 Senator’s report above.

 

New Business

  1. A.    Dual Credit

President Jeppesen met with Dr. Lovingood on Monday and asked about forming a dual credit committee. She asked him to send him a list of possible faculty members.

 

  1. B.     Sabbatical Application Process

Vice President Bickley would like to set up a committee to look at the process for choosing faculty for sabbatical leave.  According to the faculty contract, 3% of faculty can receive a sabbatical each year, which means that three (possibly four) faculty members could receive a sabbatical. 

Cliff suggested that a committee (including administrators and faculty) be designated to choose faculty for sabbatical.  This could be a topic to bring up at negotiations.  He will contact Cathy Collins.

 

Open Discussion

 

President Jeppesen encouraged everyone to vote in Tuesday’s election.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at ___4:41____ PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History