Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Called to Order –3:34 PM
Adjourned –4:39 PM
Keith Bickley, Vice President
Tim Moriarty, Treasurer
Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604
Amy Powers, Secretary
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)
Doug Jeppesen, President
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.
Attendance was verified.
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. Engagement (Faculty Council)
- 2. Assessment (Faculty Council)
- 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. 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. 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. 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. Upcoming Employee Engagement Survey (Administration) An employee engagement survey will be sent out at the end of October
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- B. Faculty Recognition Awards
- 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.
- 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:
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.
- 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
NILOA’s Occasional Paper #9: “What Faculty Unions Say About Student Learning Outcomes Assessment”
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.
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.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:39 PM.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Associate Professor of History