Wednesday
Apr062016

General Meeting Minutes for January 15, 2016

Spring Orientation Meeting

Friday, January 15, 2016

APC Event Room

Call to Order: 12:29 PM

Adjourned: 1:30 PM

 

Welcome

Vice President Bickley welcomed the Faculty Council Members and thanked them for coming.

 

Introduction of New Faculty

Melissa Morgan (Assistant Professor of Mathematics Developmental Education/College Readiness)

 

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:  Cliff Luxion reported that our endowment is approximately $102,000 and that each year we provide five $500, five $1000, and 1 $2,500 scholarships.  Our funds come from payroll deductions, contributions, and the resale of text books, trade books, DVDs, CDs, video game consoles, calculators, digital cameras, and other small electronics.  He encourages everyone to continue donating books and electronics.  He has placed book bins in several buildings on all campuses.

 

Membership:  Scott Hollenback is pleased to report that 106 of the 118 full-time faculty have joined the Faculty Council, bringing the membership up to just under 90%.

 

Long-Range Planning Committee: Cathy Collins will be distributing a survey to the members’ personal email addresses as a way to prioritize negotiation items.  She asks that everyone respond to Tim Moriarty’s email asking them to update their email and home addresses.  The data collected from the surveys will help inform the negotiating team about which issues are most important to faculty and provide them with evidence to use during the bargaining process.

 

Dual Credit: Steven Skaggs and the committee met with Bill Marzano, Henry Hinkle, and Bob Cofield twice last semester.  The committee would like to look at data that will help them understand the impact of Dual Credit classes on such things as enrollment, quality, etc.  Dr. Lovingood will replace Bill Marzano in this role now that he has retired. 

 

Senate Meeting Times/Dates

The Senate will meet at 3:30 in APC 170 on the first Wednesday of each month.

 

 

Treasurer’s Report

Tim Moriarty reported that our current account balance is $26,923.41.  During negotiations years, the Council will need to pay the negotiating team members.  He will file the Council’s taxes soon.

 

President’s Report

Doug Jeppesen thanked the faculty presenters at today’s Orientation session. 

He also thanked everyone for their generous food donations.  Gary Clark will deliver the donated food to the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry.

 

Doug mentioned the following concerns and issues:

New Faculty: New faculty members were not introduced on the first day of Orientation when all of the staff were in attendance.  New administrators were introduced at this time, but not the faculty. 

Graduation: The contract reads that faculty will attend/participate in “graduation ceremonies” (see Article VII I.2)  The negotiations team plans to address this language (the use of the plural) in the upcoming negotiations.

Negotiations Team:  This year’s team has eight members.  Many thanks to Cathy Collins for collecting the list of issues for the Long-Range Planning Committee.  The negotiators have asked the College for financial data.The first meeting will take place on January 29th.  All information and updates will come from Vice President Keith Bickley via the members’ personal emails. 

4 New Online Degrees and the Dunham Quick Path: Doug plans to talk to AVP Sue Murray about these programs and ask about increasing faculty input.  The College is doing great things, but the faculty would like to be more involved in the planning and implementing of these new initiatives.  We all have the same goal: to make the college awesome.

Run, Fight, Hide: The negotiators will discuss security issues with administration

Engagement: 19 faculty attended the engagement session during Orientation. Three themes consistently emerged: Faculty would like autonomy to make decisions, they would like to be treated as professionals, our colleagues make work enjoyable.

 

Doug thanked everyone for bringing food.  Please call the officers or your senators if you have concerns.

 

Open Discussion

A member asked a question about the new Title V grant, specifically the section pertaining to online learning. What will this process look like? Not known.

A question was asked about graduation.  Any more details?

What has been the impact of Dual Credit?  Has it affected specific divisions or departments?  Yes.  Henry Hinkle is gathering specific data, however, to answer these questions.

How would the officers describe the relationship between the Faculty Council and Administration?  Interest-Based Bargaining has been effective in improving communication and overall is a positive force.  Faculty need to be proactive in order to be a significant part of the process.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 1:30 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Wednesday
Mar022016

Senate Meeting Minutes for December 2, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

APC 170

Called to Order –3:33 PM

Adjourned –4:50 PM

 

 

Officers Present:      

Doug Jeppesen, 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)

Dan Portincaso            (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:         

Keith Bickley, Vice President

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:                      

Paula Hladik, Cathy Collins, Steven Skaggs

 

Call to Order

 

President Jeppesen called the meeting to order at 3:33.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

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

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $30,161.75.  The yearly audit was performed by Steve Zusman and Amy Chaaban.  The Senate thanks both of them for their hard work.

 

President:  President Jeppesen welcomed everyone back from Thanksgiving break. 

He first discussed the most recent Faculty Council/Administration meeting, which was positive and opened up constructive dialogue on a number of issues:

  • ·         Orientation:  The Faculty Council leadership has been working hard to further plans for a “Faculty Friday” during Orientation.  On a number of occasions, President Jeppesen and John Reese, the CTLT faculty liaison, have meet with Renee Tonioni to develop plans.  Currently, the Fridays of Orientation are being used for outcomes and assessment development, but the hope is that the faculty will continue to use the time on Friday mornings for curriculum development, discussions of pedagogy, sharing of research, etc. once the outcomes process is established.  It is important to have a day devoted to faculty needs and interests.  
  • ·         Graduation: This year’s graduation ceremony will return to campus and be held in the new Field House.  To accommodate the increasing number of graduates who would like to participate, the college is going to hold two ceremonies.  President Jeppesen reviewed the language in the contract and noted that the word “ceremonies” is plural (for reference see Article VII, section I, point 2).  Spring Graduation is set for Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  • ·         Budget:  Dr. Sobek told the officers that she would be sending a memo about the budget given the financial problems in Springfield.  She wanted to make everyone aware of how the state crisis was affecting the college, specifically the adult education programs.

 

President Jeppesen discussed upcoming negotiations: 

  • ·         According to the contract, he needs to send a letter to the board sometime between Jan 15 and Feb 15 to request negotiations.  He has already drafted the letter and will send it on the 15th.
  • ·         The four individuals who participated in negotiations training but were not selected as negotiators will serve as an advisory team.

 

The President also mentioned the ongoing process of outcomes and stressed its importance.  We do not want to experience the same problems that have troubled other colleges, such as Oakton Community College.  Faculty leadership is important to the process and we want to be sure that outcomes plans are created by and for faculty.  A few Deans and Assistant Deans have been crafting language for outcomes and President Jeppesen would like the senators to ask their constituents if they have experienced any such problems.  Please also let Amy Powers (the outcomes liaison) know if you have any questions or concerns in this area.

 

Good news:

  • ·         Adam Wasilewski, Assistant Professor of Interpreter Training, had a baby boy.
  • ·         A number of Waubonsee faculty were honored at the recent ICCFA Conference: Allison Beltramini received a workshop grant and Tom Pulver received the retiring instructor award.
  • ·         The Biology faculty have created a scholarship program in conjunction with the NSF.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall will attend the next 604 meeting on December 15th where she will be presenting information from the conference that Amy Frankel attended.  She will give a report at the next Senate meeting.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report.  He is planning to take a check for $6,000 to the foundation office for our scholarships. Once this contribution is made, the anticipated available cash as of December 15, 2015 will be $1,946.49.

He is happy to report that by spring, the Faculty Council’s endowment will be over $110,000.

The committee will meet again during Orientation to decide on the scholarship amounts for the 2016-17 school year. 

 

Health Insurance Committee: Steven Skaggs told the Senate that the committee met in November for the last time.  The policy changes will take effect on January 1, 2017 and will provide four options for employees:

  • ·         current PPO (would retain full doctor and hospital choice)
  • ·         a PPO with a higher deductible
  • ·         an HMO (reduced doctor and hospital choice)
  • ·         a high-deductible plan with a Health Savings Account

 

The Senate raised questions and concerns about the amount of the employee contribution and the percentage of coverage under these plans.

 

Doug thanked the committee them for their hard work and diligence.

 

Old Business

 

 

  1. A.    Negotiations  Team—Selection of Members

 

 

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Committee Membership

 

  1. B.     Outcomes and Assessment  (Amy Powers)

Amy attended a recent orientation-planning meeting with Dr. Lovingood, Sue Murray, Christine Corrigan, Stacey Randall, and Shannon Flavin Cox.  Friday’s Orientation session will be devoted to outcomes, specifically the creation of assessment tools.  The session will begin with faculty presenters from Developmental Education and CADD who will share their experiences with crafting outcomes plans.  After these presentations, the faculty can break-out into departments to discuss the next steps in their individual assessment plans. The hope is that departments will select assessment tools to measure the outcomes they created in the fall.

 

  1. C.     Negotiations Items (Cathy Collins)

Cathy Collins brought in a list of items for negotiations and distributed them to the senators.

 

She suggested that the Council adopt a survey to ask faculty about what issues are most important to them.  Negotiators could then use this information to prioritize items.  A survey would also improve faculty engagement and buy-in to the contract. She will need a small amount of money to pay fees to survey monkey.

 

Cliff made a motion to create a budget of $100 for this fiscal year for the long-range planning committee to perform its duties. Ellen seconded.

Discussion: Will the list provided by the LRPC be used as a supporting document to help negotiators?  Which of the items will appear on the survey?  Cathy responded that the survey will not be able to cover every single item, but it will be a tool to assist the negotiators by highlighting issues that receive strong support.  A survey will also promote buy-in to the contract because faculty will have been informed and have had a say in what is negotiated.

 

The motion passed unanimously.

 

Tim Moriarty made a motion to accept the LRPC items for negotiations.  Cliff seconded.  No discussion.  The motion passed.    

 

 

Open Discussion

 

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:50 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Thursday
Dec032015

Senate Meeting Minutes for November 4, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

APC 170

Called to Order –3:32 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)

David Barreto             (Counselors and Librarians)

Dan Portincaso            (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Ellen Field                   (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

Nancy Christensen      (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:         

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

(Health Professions and Public Service)

(Social Sciences, Education, and World Languages)

 

Guests:          

Scott Hollenback

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:32.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the October 7, 2015 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $28,280.26.  The audit is underway and will be performed by Steve Zusman and Amy Chaaban.

 

President:  President Jeppesen reported on the following:

  • ·         Dr. Bill Marzano’s retirement announcement;
  • ·         Last week’s IBB training was successful;
  • ·         Dave Easton retiring at the end of the semester;
  • ·         Many thanks to Scott Hollenback for attending the East Aurora school board meeting to accept the their award.  The award was mentioned in the President’s report to the Board and in the recent Newsbits;
  • ·         The Art and Graphic Design programs received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD);
  • ·         Mandatory VAWA training needs to be done by November 30th;
  • ·         Employee Engagement survey will be sent out soon.  He encouraged everyone to participate;
  • ·         A number of recent faculty issues have been resolved through dialogue and use of the contract;
  • ·         Resignation of several faculty members this semester;
  • ·         Denise Nakagi has offered to be the senator for Health Professions and Public Service.

 

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall distributed the Union Updates.  The last 604 Senate meeting focused its discussion on Governor Rauner’s policies, the state budget, and decisions about the state’s K-12 program.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report.  The anticipated available cash as of November 15, 2015 is $7,426.48.

 

Old Business

 

  1. A.    Dual Credit (Dan Portincaso)

The committee recently met with Bill Marzano, Bob Cofield and Henry Hinkle.  The meeting went well and was positive.  The committee asked Henry to perform a study on the impact of Dual Credit.

 

  1. B.     Negotiations Training Team—Selection of Members

Please see the item under “New Business”

 

  1. C.    Assessment (Amy Powers)

Amy updated the Senate on the status of the outcomes process and the recent meeting of the Outcomes Advisory Council. The Council is reviewing exams that will be administered at the institutional level for those students who have completed a degree or program.  As of now, the group is looking at a standardized test from ETS that tests students on critical thinking, writing, and math. 

Members expressed concerns about the process relating to the revision of course outlines.  In some cases, faculty have not received feedback from the Outcomes Office.  In other cases, they have found that administrators have written their outcomes for them.  The process needs to be led by and created by faculty.

President Jeppesen stressed that the faculty need to be civil to the outcomes staff, despite feelings of frustration.

 

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Negotiations Training Team—Selection of Members

The following faculty participated in the training and are eligible to serve as negotiators:

Doug Jeppesen

Keith Bickley

Tim Moriarty

Adam Burke

Scott Hollenback

Nancy Christensen

Dan Portincaso

Dave Heiss

Amy Powers

Paula Hladik

Kathy Randall

Steven Skaggs

 

President Jeppesen reminded the group that Justin Petrarka suggested of team of 5-8 members.  This, however, brought up questions about compensation for the negotiators. Article XII, section 5 of the Faculty Council Constitution states:

  • ·        

In other words, a pool of four times the annual dues ($701.10 X 4= $2804.40) will be divided among the members of the team.

 

The Senate had a lengthy discussion about how many negotiators to have on the team.  Some mentioned that eight members would offer broad representation, but others felt that such a large team might become problematic when it comes to scheduling.  Everyone agreed that consistency in attendance is important as well.  The more members, the more likely it might be that people won’t attend every session. Someone posed the question: Would it be difficult to form a consensus with eight and six?  Will negotiations take longer?  Another senator noted that the membership would be more accepting of the final contract if more faculty involved in its negotiation.

At the end, the group agreed that eight negotiators would be a good number because it provided broader representation for the faculty.

 

The members also discussed schedules and possible meeting times.  11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Fridays would work with most faculty members’ schedules. 

 

A motion was made to select the following eight negotiators: Tim Moriarty, Doug Jeppesen, Keith Bickley, Scott Hollenback, Adam Burke, Dave Heiss, Nancy Christensen, Dan Portincaso.  The motion was seconded. The Senate unanimously approved these negotiators.

 

The four people who attended training, but will not serve as negotiators, will form an advisory team. (Amy Powers, Kathy Randall, Paula Hladik, and Steven Skaggs)

 

Open Discussion

 

None.

 

 

 

Adjournment

 

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

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

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