Senate Meeting Minutes from April 5, 2017

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

April 5, 2017

APC 160

Called to Order – 3:30 p.m.  Adjourned – 5:00 p.m.

 

Officers Present:        Nancy Christensen, President

                                    Keith Bickley, Vice President

Officers Absent:          Tim Moriarty, Treasurer

                                    Heidy Kindelin, Local 604

                                    Kathy Westman, Secretary

Senators Present:       Amy Chaaban            (Business and Career Technologies

                                    Catherine Collins         (Business and Career Technologies)

                                    Marilee Stach              (Counselors and Librarians)

                                    Todd Laufenberg        (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

                                    Jeanne McDonald       (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

                                    Lenice Abbott              (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

                                    Ellen Field                    (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

                                    Denise Nakaji              (Health Professions and Public Service)

                                    Tracey Dosch               (Mathematics and Sciences)

                                    Karl Schulze                 (Mathematics and Sciences)

                                    Scott Hollenback         (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)

Senators Absent:        David Barreto              (Counselors and Librarians)

                                    Laurel Krueger            (Health Professions and Public Service)

                                    Tim Draper                  (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)

Guest:                         Dani DuCharme          (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Call to Order:

Keith Bickley, Vice President, called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.

Approval of Agenda:

The agenda for today’s meeting approved as submitted.

Roll Call:

Attendance for the meeting was verified.

Officer Reports:

Secretary:  Acceptance of the March 2017 minutes was motioned for, seconded and approved.

Treasurer:  Nancy Christensen reported in Treasurer Moriarty’s absence a current balance of $31,799 and no anticipated significant expenditures at this time.

President: 

·         Nancy attended Higher Education Constituency Council meeting on 03/02 and 03/03. Most schools in the state are financial straits due to lack of state budget.

·         Teach Out on 04/27 in Springfield being suggested by the larger union entities.

·         291 days of sick time donated by members of the faculty to support Billy Clem.  He will be speaking to Human Resources ASAP in order to determine options.

·         Class Size Committee has recently met and will be sending out an e-mail to the personal e-mail accounts of the membership with a survey.

Local 604 Report:  No report was provided.

Committee Reports:

Social:  Scott Hollenback reported on poker tournament. $720 was raised for scholarship fund.  Looking into a Kane County Cougars game this summer.  Interest in developing a potluck meal for the faculty to be held between the two graduation ceremonies.

Sabbatical:  Keith Bickley reported that the committee had met and the rubric for this year’s applicants was developed/implemented.  Two names will be forwarded to Dr. Sobek for consideration.  Dr. Nyhammer will be eventually involved with this committee upon settling in to her new position. Changes expected for future application and evaluation processes.

Online Classes:  Catherine Collins spoke on behalf of Steven Skaggs related to recent events of this committee.  Agreement was reached on several issues during 02/28 meeting. Date for this week changed and several additional items appear to have been slipped in agenda. Next meeting to be held on 04/17/17 at 3:00 p.m. in APC Building, Room 158.  Membership is encouraged to attend to show our concern. Also suggested Steven Skaggs send e-mail to the faculty using our work e-mails about the concerns and cc’d to the new VP according to the CBA to show our concerns as early as possible in her role at the college as Chief Learning Officer.

 

Old Business:

·         New VP hired. Letter sent to Dr. Sobek related to our thoughts on the characteristics important to this role were heard.

New Business:

·         HLC report was released last week to the college for review. College’s stance is that things are fine.  Report shows that there are still significant concerns related to teaching/learning and the top-down method of decision-making.

·         Teach Out considered for the end of the month. Our stance is to consider a day of civic engagement for students on campus.

·         Meetings occurring with the new VP and the members of the Faculty Council on 4/11 and 4/25.  Encouraged to get her stance on the areas of remedial education and shared governance.  Additional questions to be sought by the members through their senators and forwarded to Nancy and Keith.

Open Discussion:

·         Many questions unanswered related to “alleged campus shooting” on 04/04/17. Council leadership to send a letter to Dr. Sobek. Focus on poor dissemination of information to employees/students and inadequate training via orientation.

·         Concern related to need for faculty to use college approved travel agency at a charge of $40 will eat into the money allocated for travel/conferences. To be looked into.

Adjournment:

A motion for adjournment was made, seconded, and approved at 5:00 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Scott Hollenback, Senator for Social Sciences, Education and World Languages

Senate Meeting Minutes from February 1, 2017 (w/ some attachments)

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes Wednesday, February l , 2017 APC 170

Called to Order - 3:30 PM Adjourned5:00 PM

 

 

Officers Present:        Nancy Christensen, President

Keith Bickley, Vice President Kathy Westman, Secretary

 

 

Senators Present:       Amy Chaaban

Catherine Collins David Barreto Marilee Stach Jeaime McDonald Lcnicc Abbott Laurel Krueger Denise Nakaj i Tracy Dosch

Karl Schulze

TimDraper Scott Hollenback

 

(Businessand Career Technologies) (Business and Career Technologies) (Counselors and Librarians) (Counselorsand Librarians)

(Communications, Hu manities and Fine Arts)

(Developmental Education and College Readiness) (Health Professions and Public Service)

(Health Professions and Public Service) (Mathematics and Sciences) (Mathematicsand Sciences)

(Social Sciences, Education and World Languages) (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)

 

 

Officer(s) Absent:      T im Moriarty, Treasurer, Heidy Kindclin,  Senator Local 604

 

 

Senator(s) Absent:     Todd Laufenberg (Com munications, Humanities and fine Arts), Elle n Field (Developmental Education andCollege Readiness)

 

Guests:                        Dani Ducharme, Katherine Hod ur (Health Profossions and Public Service), Jennifer Showalter (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bick.Icy ca lled the meeting to order at 3:30 PM.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today' s agenda appro ved as s ubmitted.

 

 

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Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Report

 

Secretary:   Acceptance of the December 7.2016 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved. The January

13, 2017 Faculty Senate Meeting notes to be filed as a document.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarity report is attached. Balance of $28,020, taxes filed, no major or unusual items.

 

President:   President Christensen welcomed everyone and talked about the follo\\ llg issues:

•         She offered congratulations to the new officers who began their terms in January

•         She met with Dr. Sobek to discuss current matters and all new committees of the new Air,reement

 

Local 604 Update:     No report.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship: Chair Luxion provided a financial report (attached).

 

Dual Credit; Cathy Collins, reporting for Chair Skaggs, provided a report with the most recent data to be posted on the WCCFC website.

 

Social:             Chair Hollenback provided infom1ation on the fundraiser for scholarships March 25, 2017.

Poker game to be held at his residence.

 

Old Business

 

A.    Election ResuJts

Nothing to report

 

B.   Contract Ratification

Nothing to report

 

C.    Constitution Amendment

Follow up: President Christensen asks the Amendment and Committees be added to the WCCFC Constitution.

 

New Business

 

A.    Committee  Participation

President Christensen provideda Committee report of updated list of faculty on each committee per lhe CBA. Sabbatical and ProfessionalDevelopment to meet immediately.

 

B.     Written  Documentation

 

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President Christensen encouraged all faculty who may require Senate representation to gel and retain all documentation for their protection if issues arise.

 

C.    Class Cancellations

The Senate discussed the need and importance to understand inconsistent policy(ies) on Senate and

Administrationsides oflhis issue.

 

D.   Overload

The Senate discussed the need and importance to understand the case-by-caseproblems on faculty on

this issue.

 

E.    Counselors and Librarians

Counselors report multiple changes in scheduling resulting in department and counselor problems.

Librarians report unexpecte.d scheduling changes ,vith similar results on librarians.

 

Open Discussion

•          Faculty are encouraged to attend the VP Instruction interviews.

•         IILC -  where is the site visit report?

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment made, seconded and approved a15:00 PM. Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Westman, WCCFC Secretary Associate Professor of Sociology

 

[End of Minutes]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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wee Faculty Council Scholarship Committee FundraisingAccountReport

March1, 2017

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIQUID ASSETS

Curr ent Account Balance in KCTCU Checking Cur ren t Account Balance in KCTCU Savings Curren t Account Balance in Paypal

Current Petty Cash

In Transit from Paypal to KCTCU

Anti cipated sales to Half Price Books Receivable from BuyBack Express Receivable fro m College Focus Receivable fr om eCampus Receivablefrom My Book Cart

Receivable from Powell' s

Receivable from Renttext

Receivable from Texas Book Company Receivab le from Textbook Recycling Receivablefrom Textbook Rush

Anticipated cash on hand by 0 3-31- 1 7

 

 

 

$100.00

$3, 385.23

$100.00

$25.00

$50.87

$25.00

$39.19

$26.63

$2.50

$36.50

$8.50

$59.00

$356.50

$95.65

$28.19

$4.338.76

 

 

 

 

TOTALLIABILITIES & RESERVES

 

Minimum Account Balance in KCTCU Checking

$100.00

Minimum AccountBalance in KCTCUSavings

$2,500.00

MinimumAccount Balance in Paypal

$100 .00

Allowance for Ret urns / Reject ions

$100.00

Expect ed cash reserves/ payables as of 03-31-17

$2,§9,999

 

Anticipated available cash t o donate as of 03-31-17       .$.Ll38..16.

 

 

 

Our next contr ibution of funds from theseaccounts to the Waubonsee Foundation, which manages the wee Faculty Council Schola rship Funds, is likely to be mid-June. The goal is to contribu t e an additional $5,200 th i s Sprin g term to bring our annual total to $10,000, t herebyqualifying for the President's Circle of the

Vermillion and Gold Society inaugurated by the Foundation as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebration. Curr en tly we have $3,661.24 mo re funds to raise to meet our goal!

 

 

Office of the, executive Vice President of

Finance and Operations

 

Memorandum

 

 

To:

 

F r om:

 

All E mployees David Q uilien

 

Date:

 

S ubject:

 

February 24, 2017

 

HomelandSecurity MemosRelating to the Enforcement of U.S. Imm ig ra tio n Laws

 

 

 

John Kel ly, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Sec urity, issued two memos this week that implement Executive Orders issued by President Trump in January. Each of the Executive Orders and the corresponding memos are based on existing laws previously passed by Congress but change the focus and scope ofU1e e nforce ment actions. This memo is being sent to address questions regarding any impact to college operations.

 

The two Homeland Security memos taken togethe r reflect a comprehensive reset of the enforcement of these laws and the scope and timing of the federal effort towards the removal from the U.S. of undocumented residents. While there will certainly be lega l challenges lhal may halt or delay the implementation of these

changes, I will attempt to address known impacts on the college. The key impacts to the college are as follows:

•          lt appears that these new actions continue to exempt the group commonly referred to as " Dreamers."

These arc children who came to the U.S. with an undocumented parent. This is also referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

•         The college does not collect or maintain immigration status relating to students, except for international

students who are attending the college on a student visa.

•          There is no change relating to the maintenance of privacy protections c urrently existing such as FERPA.

•          Access to college student information, whether individually or in aggregate, stiII appears to require other legal means such as Freedom of Information Act requests or court orders. Court orders related to the

disc losure   ofstudent records s hould be broughttomy attention immediately.

•         Campus Police retains jurisdictional authority at all campus locations. Any enforcement activity by immigr.,tion enforcemcm agencies on c,impuscurrently requires specific legal notice to weeCampus

Police.

•          Law enforcement agencies may choose to participate in a 287(g) Program (Program) in cooperation with

U.S. Imm igratio n and Customs Enforcement. It would require a reque 1from the college to participate and for the college to meet all program requirements . It is not the intent or recomme ndation to participate in this Program.

•         The college's Campus Police Department does not have any additional duties, authorities or reporting

requirements that are evident at this time.

 

Thisinformation will be posted for students and employees on mywcc.

 

 

 

 

 

Dickson Center 205 dquillen@waubonese.edu

 

phone: 630.466.2900

fax: 630.966.4822

 

We will continue toactiveyl  monitor this evolving situation and keep the Waubonsee community as

info rmed as possible. Wc recognize there arc many uncertainties. Below is a list of local resources that can

provideadditionalinformation:

•          Family Focus Aurora  http://www.family-focus.org/centers/aurora

o    lmmigrationService ProgramCoord inator-Beatriz630-844-2550ext.7050

•          Illinois Coalition for lmmigration and Refugee Rights http://www.icirr.org/

•          WorldReliefDuPage Aurora http://worldreliefdupage.org/

 

Any employee in need ofcounseling or additional resources may contact the EAP, Ba.lanceWor,ks by

calling 1-800- EAP-CALLor by logging in to the MyBalanceWorks website from the link on mywcc or just use the short url www.mvbalancework.s.com.

 

lfyou are a fust time user of the BalanceWorks website, the Member lD is 29078485 and the Group ID is

8596.

 

This is an evolvingsituation and subject to clarification or amendment at any titne. It is our goal to keep the college incompliance with stateand federal laws while also protecting the privacy of our student population.

 

Senate Meeting Notes from January 13, 2017

Faculty Senate Meeting Document Friday, January 13, 2017

APC

Called to Order – 1:00 PM Adjourned – 2:30 PM

 

Officers Present:       Nancy Christensen, President

Keith Bickley, Vice President Tim Moriarty, Treasurer Kathy Westman, Secretary

Heidy Kindelin, Senator Local 604

 

Senators Present:      No attendance taken

 

Officer Absent: Senator(s) Absent: Guests:            Call to Order

President Christensen called the meeting to order at 1:00.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

No attendance taken but approximately 90% of faculty council members were present.

 

Officer Reports

 

Local 604 Update: Senator Randall replaced by Senator Kindelin. Updates were distributed. Jan. 19 protect schools from President Elect candidate DeVos.

 

Secretary:

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported $26,000+ in account. Cash flow is positive. No major expenses are on the horizon.

 

President:  President Christensen presented report.

 

Committee Reports

 

Academic Freedom: Kathy Westman reports as faculty - continue to learn and know Academic Freedom

 

Scholarship: Cliff Luxion reports there is a form to use for scholarships and to sell books. $10,000 is our award level to the Foundation. The Committee met and decided to increase the award to $12,500 for 2018. New goal for January-June is President Circle.

 

Sunshine Committee: No report

 

Social Committee: Dan Gibbons, Scott Hollenbeck report they need a chairperson.

 

Membership Committee: Scott Hollenbeck reports of 115 faculty we have 106 union members – 92 – 93% membership.

 

Long Range Planning Committee: No report

 

Dual Credit Committee: Steve Skaggs report committee met with administrators in the fall. Good news – fall to fall shows no increase. 151 new students but 1,142 Spring is large increase. High schools have lack of qualified teachers so state has online courses in English, Math & Science for high school teachers to become qualified. Dr. Paver suggests: Plan – faculty will review each high school course use for dual credit.

 

Senate Meeting Dates/Times

Spring 2017

First Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm in APC 170.

Feb 1

Mar 1

Apr 5

May 3

 

Open Discussion

 

·         Total hours / overload hours issue

·         Class cancellation issue

·         Continue with communication to Council via Senators.

·         Before we leave – appreciation to outgoing President Doug Jeppesen and Secretary Amy Powers.

Adjournment

A motion for adjournment was made, seconded and approved at 2:30 PM. Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Westman, WCCFC Secretary Associate Professor of Sociology

Senate Meeting Minutes from December 7, 2016

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, December    07, 2016

APC 170

Called to Order –3:31 PM

Adjourned –4:48 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)

Denise Nakaji            (Health Professions and Public Service)

David Barreto             (Counselors and Librarians)

Jeanne McDonald       (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Ellen Field                  (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

Nancy Christensen      (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:         

 

Senator(s) Absent:   

Kathy Westman

 

Guests:

Steven Skaggs, Lilia Mendoza, Randy Hines

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:31.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.  Add a section on Senate meeting dates for the spring semester.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the November 2, 2016 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $32,032.20.  He added that Nancy Christensen and Maya Tolappa completed the audit and sent it to Local 604.  Thank you to Nancy and Maya. His plan is to complete taxes for previous fiscal year over winter break. This month he will pay the officers and negotiators.

 

President:  President Jeppesen welcomed everyone and talked about the following issues:

·         Thanked everyone for working together over the past three years.  He appreciates the relationships that he has formed.  He offered congratulations to the new officers who will begin their terms in January.  He plans to set up a meeting with Dr. Sobek to introduce Nancy Christensen, our new president.  

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall thanked everyone for their hard work.  The next 604 meeting will be on Wednesday.  A party will follow.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a financial report containing fundraising status.  By the end of January, the endowment will be over $111,000.  In the spring, the committee will award $10,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.  He noted that the committee is having trouble raising new funds since publishers are sending out fewer textbooks. The committee will try to find new avenues for fund raising.   

 

Old Business

 

A.    Academic Freedom (Kathy Westman)

Nothing to report

 

B.     Mandatory Meetings (Ellen Field)

Follow up: President Jeppesen said that there are not any mandatory meetings.  He talked to AVP Jonathan Paver about the matter.

 

C.     Upcoming Elections and Amendment to the Constitution

See New Business

 

New Business

 

A.    Election Results

Nancy Christensen, President

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Kathy Westman, Secretary

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer

Heidy Kindelin, Senator to Local 604

 

B.     Contract Ratification

84 ballots were cast:  75 (in favor of ratification)  9 (opposed to ratification)

 

C.    Constitution Amendment

The amendment also passed:

Article VI Section 1 item b:  TWO representatives from each of the teaching divisions of the college and TWO representatives from the counseling/librarian staff to be elected to one-year terms.

 

 

 

 

Open Discussion

 

President-elect Christensen thanked everyone and said she is looking forward to working with the Faculty Council.

 

Amy Powers discussed a number of items at Kathy Westman’s request:

·         Sanctuary Schools—see Northern Illinois’s petition to Douglas Baker, President

·         Citizenship status of students in Banner—see U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement memorandum from October 24, 2011

·         Vandalism to the Sociology board on the second floor of APC

 

Members discussed these concerns and suggested organizations ways to help undocumented students:

·         MALDEF

·         Family Focus

·         Our scholarships that help students that do not qualify for financial aid (i.e. undocumented students)—perhaps add more

 

Randy Hines shared faculty concerns about Campus Operations, especially in CTE areas that are in need of renovation or repair.  He was told that projects are not being completed until after the space utilization study.  Doug added concerns about floors not being cleaned, dangerous materials, and electrical problems. The therapeutic massage rooms have loose carpets and dim lighting, both of which are a hazard to clients and students.  Senators mentioned other problems including locked doors, unlighted stairwells, and alarms.

 

A member proposed forming a committee to collect these instances and share them with administration. 

 

A motion was made to create a Council Facilities Committee to collect and aggregate information on issues related to campus operations.  Seconded. Approved.

 

Randy volunteered to collect the information.  Tim Moriarty and Ellen Field volunteered to serve on the committee, too. 

 

Randy also mentioned NASEP, a Dual Credit national organization that provides guidelines to member schools.

Steven said that the college had looked into NASEP in the past. He added that the Dual Credit Committee was working well with Jonathan Paver and thanked the negotiating team for getting language in the contract pertaining to Dual Credit.

 

Tim Moriarty suggested establishing an ongoing update in the Senate on Outcomes and Assessment.  One of the most pressing issues is a lack of a data policy.  This concern had been discussed at yesterday’s Outcomes Advisory Council meeting and needs to be addressed.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was made, seconded and approved at 4:48 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Senate Meeting Minutes from November 2, 2016

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

APC 170

Called to Order –3: PM

Adjourned –5: PM

 

Officers Present:         Doug Jeppesen, President

Keith Bickley, Vice President   

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer

                                   

 

Senators Present:        Cliff Luxion                 (Business and Career Technologies)

Connie Wingate (Health Professions and Public Service)

Therese Kewin (Counselors and Librarians)

Jeanne McDonald         (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Ellen Field                    (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

                                    Nancy Christensen        (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:

Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

Amy Powers, Secretary

           

 

Senator(s) Absent:     

David Barreto              (Counselors and Librarians)

Kathy Westman (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)       

 

Guests: JoLynn Sedgewick      

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:31pm

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the October 5, 2016 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported $29,884.47 in the account.  Audit next week.  He will do taxes over the holidays.

 

President:  President Jeppesen welcomed everyone and talked about the following issues:

-clarification of information coming from Deans which they say is coming from Dr Sobek.  Will address in presidents’ meeting.

-negotiations have progressed.  Language cleanup scheduled for Nov 4, 2016.  The College would like to present it at the December Board Meeting.

-Internet Safety Training – seemed like each person was selected because they had clicked on a phishing email.  Clarification is that everyone has to take it every year. Some people expressed dismay that our IT department makes phishing emails.  Also, the training is long, at 45min.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall not present.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion – pdf attached.  Two academic divisions are giving books to us.  Members are asked to mention to the Deans that we would take any books that the Divisions are done with. We are also selling books, etc from the community.

 

Old Business

Deadline for Enrollment in Online Classes – Student enrollment numbers are significant in the last two weeks of registration. A need for a standard process was identified. It was commented that it is better for students to maintain open status as long as possible.  A conversation with Dr Tejada will be scheduled by Doug Jeppesen.

 

Participation on Curriculum Council – the minutes posted have language that is not favorable to Faculty. A member will send Loretta a revision.  Faculty are reminded that the Curriculum Council ‘belongs’ to the Faculty.

 

 

New Business

Chair – we need a new Social Committee Chair (Thanks Amy for your service!)

 

Collections for Spring Orientation – We currently do Food Pantry.  Jeannie suggested we collect mittens, hats, warm things for students. Logistics were discussed. A discussion with the College was suggested. We may work on a Subcommittee to coordinate Council Service events.  Jeannie will write up something and get it to Doug.

 

Mandatory Meetings -  Dev Ed received an email from about mandatory meetings on Fridays. Dean says faculty need to be available 8 – 4:30 on Fridays. Contract says Faculty must attend ‘Unit Meetings’.  Those faculty request a clear definition of ‘Unit Meetings’. The Dean attributes some things to Dr Sobek. Concerns will be taken to Dr Sobek.  

 

Outcomes – MRambisch is creating Outlines and Outcomes and handing it to Faculty to approve.  Emails will be handed to DJeppesen.  This is grievable.

 

Upcoming Elections and Amendments to the Constitution- Article VI, Section 1b – changing the number of reps to the Council from one to two.  This change will be voted on by the membership.

Nominations for new positions need to be in by Nov 7.

 

-The College is moving to a new dental plan.  The Negotiations team requested that the new plan be rolled out for the current Open Enrollment. MNeedham and HR are working to do that.

 

Open Discussion

-none

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was made, seconded and approved at 4:28pm

Respectfully submitted,

NChristensen

Meeting Minutes from October 5, 2016

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

APC 160

Called to Order –3:32 PM

Adjourned –4:40 PM

 

 

Officers Present:

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer

Kathy Randall, Local 604

 

 

Senators Present:

Cliff Luxion                (Business and Career Technologies)

Denise Nakaji            (Health Professions and Public Service)

Connie Wingate          (Health Professions and Public Service)

David Barreto             (Counselors and Librarians)

Jeanne McDonald       (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

Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senator(s) Absent:   

 

Guests:

Steven Skaggs, Paula Hladik, Lilia Mendoza

 

Call to Order

 

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

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Fix Dough to Doug in beginning of President Report. In addition strike “the Senate decided that a motion was not necessary” under President’s report. Remainder of agenda was approved.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was recorded.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:   Notes taken by Kathleen Randall for Amy Powers today.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that there are no specific changes.

 

President:  No report

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall reported that nest AFT/IFT meeting is in Joliet on Oct. 19th at 6:00 p.m. and anyone is welcome to attend.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a financial report and noted all information was included on the Endowment Report that was just distributed.

Senator Westman reported that she is distributing all new WCC Journal newsletters and that everyone should be getting a copy if they have not received one already.

 

Old Business

 

A.    Deadline for Enrollment in Online Classes

Senators reported that they are aware that some classes are being cancelled two weeks prior to start dates instead of the week prior and concerns were raised about this.

B.     Participation on Curriculum Council

Tim Moriarty reported that first Curriculum Council is tomorrow and that all is going well when it comes to the faculty training and participation.

 

New Business

           

A.    Class Cancellations

Keith mentioned that we are still currently gathering information on class cancellations and the procedures to go about this.

 

 

Open Discussion

 

A senator asked about the perception of how the HLC meetings went. Senators commented that they felt it went well, especially the faculty participation meeting held on Monday night.

 

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was made, seconded and approved at 4:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

By Kathleen Randall

Unofficial Minutes from January 13, 2017 Meeting

Faculty Senate Meeting Document

Friday, January 13, 2017

APC

Called to Order – 1:00 PM

Adjourned – 2:30 PM

Officers Present: Nancy Christensen, President

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer

Kathy Westman, Secretary

Heidy Kindelin, Senator Local 604

Senators Present: No attendance taken

Officer Absent:

Senator(s) Absent:

Guests:

Call to Order

President Christensen called the meeting to order at 1:00.

Approval of Agenda

Today’s agenda approved as submitted.

Roll Call

No attendance taken but approximately 90% of faculty council members were present.

Officer Reports

Local 604 Update: Senator Randall replaced by Senator Kindelin. Updates were distributed. Jan. 19 protect

schools from President Elect candidate DeVos.

Secretary:

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported $26,000+ in account. Cash flow is positive. No major expenses are on

the horizon.

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President: President Christensen presented report.

Committee Reports

Academic Freedom: Kathy Westman reports as faculty - continue to learn and know Academic Freedom

Scholarship: Cliff Luxion reports there is a form to use for scholarships and to sell books. $10,000 is our award

level to the Foundation. The Committee met and decided to increase the award to $12,500 for 2018. New

goal for January-June is President Circle.

Sunshine Committee: No report

Social Committee: Dan Gibbons, Scott Hollenbeck report they need a chairperson.

Membership Committee: Scott Hollenbeck reports of 115 faculty we have 106 union members – 92 – 93%

membership.

Long Range Planning Committee: No report

Dual Credit Committee: Steve Skaggs report committee met with administrators in the fall. Good news – fall

to fall shows no increase. 151 new students but 1,142 Spring is large increase. High schools have lack of

qualified teachers so state has online courses in English, Math & Science for high school teachers to

become qualified. Dr. Paver suggests: Plan – faculty will review each high school course use for dual credit.

Senate Meeting Dates/Times

Spring 2017

First Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm in APC 170.

Feb 1

Mar 1

Apr 5

May 3

Open Discussion

• Total hours / overload hours issue

• Class cancellation issue

• Continue with communication to Council via Senators.

• Before we leave – appreciation to outgoing President Doug Jeppesen and Secretary Amy Powers.

Adjournment

A motion for adjournment was made, seconded and approved at 2:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Westman, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of Sociology

Senate Meeting Minutes for September 7, 2016

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

APC 170

Called to Order –3:31 PM

Adjourned –5:03 PM

 

 

Officers Present:      

Doug Jeppesen, President

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer

Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senators Present:     

Cliff Luxion                (Business and Career Technologies)

Denise Nakaji              (Health Professions and Public Service)

Connie Wingate          (Health Professions and Public Service)

David Barreto             (Counselors and Librarians)

Jeanne McDonald       (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:         

Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

 

Senator(s) Absent:   

 

Guests:                      

Steven Skaggs, Randy Hines, Tracey Dosch

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:31.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.  Add a section on Senate meeting dates.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the May 4, 2016 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved, with changes.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $23,348.94.  The only major upcoming expense is payment of the negotiations team.  The Audit Committee will perform the annual audit this fall. The total dues for this year will be $713.70.

 

President:  President Jeppesen welcomed everyone and talked about the following issues:

  • ·         Grievance regarding sabbaticals:  Doug and Keith talked with grievance committee and decided to deal with the issue of sabbaticals through the negotiations process.  A member asked a question about this process.  Should a grievance have been filed since the Senate voted on it?  Or, alternatively, would it be better to work on the structure of the process through negotiations? Doug and Keith explained that they had met with Dr. Lovingood over the summer to discuss the Senate’s concern.  They also talked to the grievance committee, which recommended that the officers work through the negotiations process since the topic was going to be discussed shortly. The negotiations team has made progress in finding a remedy and has worked on creating a new process that includes faculty input.
  • ·         Update on negotiations: Negotiations are wrapping up. A few issues need to finalized.
  • ·         Presidents’ Meeting: Doug met with Dr. Sobek and discussed the college’s class cancellation policy.  He stressed the necessity of having a consistent policy and to involve faculty in these decisions.  He also discussed the slowness of the network, and an inappropriate comment made by a dean at a division meeting.
  • ·         Upcoming Officer Elections:  We will begin the nominating process this fall for terms starting in January.

 

A senator asked if the college had a policy regarding class cancelations and the finding of substitutes.  An assistant dean required a faculty member to find a substitute even though the faculty member was in the middle of a medical emergency.  Are faculty responsible for finding their own substitutes?  Is there a policy?

 

A senator asked about the next steps in the negotiation process.  Doug explained that once negotiations are complete, the proposed contract will go to the faculty for a vote.  Any pay increase will be retroactive and faculty will receive the amount they are owed from August.

 

A senator asked about the recent Duties and Responsibilities document that was emailed to all faculty.  Doug had read through it many times and has not found any changes in language from last year.

 

Senator Westman brought a list of requests from the Social Sciences division: Removal of the duties and responsibilities document from the contract; A two-year contract

 

A senator shared a rumor that an administrator has been discussing the possibility of post-tenure review with faculty.  Doug and Keith will investigate this rumor.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall sent an email for Keith to read to the Senate.  She has distributed the most recent Updates.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a financial report and discussed an issue that he would like to resolve: A few years ago, the Senate provided $300 to the committee to help cover costs of book sales.  The money has not been used and Cliff would like to know what to do with the money. Should he return it to the Council, or should the committee absorb it into its funds?

Discussion.

 

A motion was made to make the $300 a permanent donation to the Scholarship fund.  Seconded.  Approved.

 

Old Business

 

  1. A.    Objectives and Outcomes (Amy Powers)

 

  1. B.     Academic Freedom

 

  1. C.     September HLC Visit—Faculty Participation

Keith had drafted an email to Dr. Scott over the summer requesting that the faculty have time to meet with the HLC visitors.  He told Keith that the HLC sets the agenda, not the college.  Discussion.  Dr. Scott recently indicated that the HLC would meet with faculty on Monday afternoon.  They will also meet with the Outcomes Advisory Council on Tuesday afternoon.

 

  1. D.    Division Representation

 

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Amendment of Article VI, Section 1b

We will vote on changing this language at the Spring Orientation general meeting.  Each division will have two representatives in the Senate (see the actual language in the May minutes).

 

  1. B.     Deadline for Enrollment in Online Classes

 

  1. C.    Participation on Curriculum Council

Tim Moriarty, Steve Zusman, Chris Cunningham, Sue Murray, and Jonathan Paver met over the summer to create a process for Curriculum Council.  They added a new step to the process:  A check-box will be added to the Curricunet form indicating that faculty have been notified of changes to their course outlines. This means that faculty representatives on Curriculum council will need to read the agenda before every meeting and notify the faculty in their divisions whose outlines are on the schedule.  Then they will log into Curricunet and check the box.

Tim encouraged faculty to join curriculum council, especially experienced faculty who will have a great deal to contribute.

 

Open Discussion

 

A dean had asked the faculty in her division to provide her with information about paid side-work that they perform during standard working hours. Keith asked if any other dean asked this of their faculty.  No one know of such a request in their divisions.  What are the “standard working hours”?

 

A member asked about compensation for graduate courses.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was made, seconded and approved at 5:03 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Senate Meeting Minutes for May 4, 2016

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

APC 170

Called to Order –3:30 PM

Adjourned –5:29 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)

Martine Stuckey         (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

(Developmental Education and College Readiness)

Kathy Westman          (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)                                                                                                  (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:

 

Senator(s) Absent:   

 

Guests:                      

Steven Skaggs, Cathy Collins, Randy Hines, Amy Chaaban, Paula Hladik

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:30.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.  Add a section on Senate meeting dates.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the April 6, 2016 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $34,536.75.  Other than dues payments, the only major upcoming expense is payment of the negotiations team. 

 

 

President:  President Jeppesen welcomed everyone and discussed recent news.  He wanted to make faculty aware of a number of issues:

  • ·         Course outlines have been changed.  In some instances, course credit hours have been changed without consulting the faculty member. He urged faculty to double-check their outlines in Curricunet.
  • ·         Graduation dates have been changed for the next few years.  According to the new calendar, two ceremonies will be held on the Saturday following the last day of class.  Since this change affects working conditions, he will look at the language in the contract.  Several senators who are members of the Calendar Committee agreed that the committee was not part of this decision process.  
  • ·         Doug and Keith met with Scott Peska last week to address concerns about the Student Activities process for hosting student events (see the April Minutes section on the Womyn for Womyn event).

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall reminded everyone to fill out their information cards so that Scott Hollenback can send them to 604. She distributed the current issue of Updates.  She will attend the next meeting on August 10th at 5:00.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion said that there has been no change since last month.

 

Old Business

 

  1. A.    Board Meeting Attendance

Kathy and Keith will attend the next two meetings.

  1. B.     Development of Transformational Goals-Democratic Leadership

Nothing new to report at this time.

  1. C.     Web Page Kick Off
  2. D.    Sabbatical Proposals

Doug and Keith received clarification from administration: Seniority is the only determinant when conferring sabbaticals. A Council member suggested that the Senate send forward names to administration for sabbaticals in the future. Another suggested that the Council challenge the sabbatical process with a grievance. Another suggested that we address the language in the contract and make changes through the negotiations process.

After discussion, the senate decided to choose the second option:

Kathy made a motion to pursue a Council grievance on the matter of sabbaticals. Seconded. Approved.

Doug will contact the grievance chair and move forward with the grievance process. 

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Dual Credit Update (Steven Skaggs)

The committee has been meeting every semester.  The last meeting was with AVP Sue Murray and Bob Cofield.  Steven distributed a hand-out with enrollment numbers, which are climbing quickly.  The committee is trying to determine the impact of dual enrollment on Waubonsee classes, particularly in the English, Math and Science departments.  Steven would like to make this data widely available via wccfaculty.org and the Council newsletter. He is also concerned about the individual faculty who are negatively impacted by low enrollment.  One possible solution would be to allow faculty to use summer classes to make load. Another solution would be to lower load from 30 hours to 24.

The Senate discussed concerns about the quality and rigor of the Dual Credit classes.

 

Steven is encouraged by the progress that the committee has made recently.  The committee is working on a pilot program with administration to organize faculty site-visits on high school campuses. Sue Murray is going to make high school syllabi available to faculty and will discuss book choices.

 

A motion was made to publish the committee’s spreadsheet. Seconded. Approved. 

 

  1. B.     Objectives and Outcomes (Amy Powers)

Amy talked about the recent AACC and HLC Conferences. She also discussed the Department of Education’s April 22, 2016 letter to the HLC.  Senators asked for copies of the letter.

 

  1. C.    Academic Freedom

Council leadership has found six cases in which deans (or other administrators) have written outcomes language for courses and have sent them to faculty. A member asked what action the Senate is going to take on this issue.  Another asked if these actions would qualify for a council grievance, since several faculty are involved.  Doug mentioned that the officers had discussed this situation last semester at the Presidents meeting. He also found some changes to course outlines when reviewing the Curriculum Council agendas. 

 

  1. D.    September HLC Visit—Faculty Participation

Vice President Bickley shared a sample agenda for an HLC on-site visit to the University of Minnesota Crookston, which lists a great deal of interaction between the faculty and the HLC review team.  The agenda contains several faculty “drop-in” sessions and a meeting set specifically for the faculty union leadership.  The Senate agreed that it would be beneficial to have a similar agenda for our visit in September.  

 

A motion was made to put together an agenda with times available for drop-in sessions, open meetings, and meetings between the HLC reviewers and our faculty union leadership.  The motion was seconded and approved.  Keith will draft a letter to Dr. Scott with this request.

 

  1. E.     Division Representation—Number of Senators

The Senate discussed amending the Waubonsee Faculty Council Constitution to require 2 faculty representatives per division.

Members noted that the Senate had decided a few years ago to reduce the number of senators from 2 per division to 1 because of trouble meeting quorum requirements.  A discussion ensued about the advantages of having more representatives: Two senators would mean greater faculty involvement in the Senate, more voices in the conversations, more representation for the Council as a whole.

 

A motion was made to change the language of Article VI Section 1 item b:  TWO representatives from each of the teaching divisions of the college and TWO representatives from the counseling/librarian staff to be elected to one year terms. Seconded. Approved unanimously.

 

The new language will be sent to the elections committee to hold a vote during spring 2017 orientation. 

 

Open Discussion

 

Senate dates for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:

Sept 7

Oct 5

Nov 2

Dec 7

Feb 1

March 1

April 5th

May 3rd

 

A motion was made to approve these dates.  Seconded.  Aproved.

 

Doug will send these dates to Dr. Lovingood.

 

The first issue of the Faculty Council Newsletter will come out next week. Check your mailboxes.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was made, seconded and approved at 5:29 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Senate Meeting Minutes for April 6, 2016

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

APC 170

Called to Order –3:30 PM

Adjourned –5:00 PM

 

 

Officers Present:       Doug Jeppesen, President

Keith Bickley, Vice President

 

                                    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)

Heidy Kindelin           (Counselors and Librarians)

Martine Stuckey         (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:          Tim Moriarty

 

Senator(s) Absent:   

 

Guests:                       Randy Hines, Amy Chaaban, Sojo Dharmasankar, Paula Hladik

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:30.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the March 2, 2016 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved with changes.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $32,724.72. 

 

President:  President Jeppesen welcomed everyone and discussed recent news and updates.

He encouraged everyone to attend the upcoming Retirement and Award Banquet.  Dan Ward and John Reese are retiring at the end of the semester.  Dr. Lovingood is retiring this summer, too.

Dan Ward is giving a talk next Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 in the Auditorium on the topic “What is Science?”

Doug met with Dr. Sobek on March 30 for the Presidents Meeting.  They discussed the following issues:

  • ·         Network problems
  • ·         HLC Report
  • ·         Engagement
  • ·         State Budget

 

Stacey Randall contacted him to let him know that she was setting up interview dates times for the new Assistant Dean of Outcomes position. She will be holding open houses for the faculty to meet each candidate. Doug will serve on the interview committee.

 

Doug has been visiting faculty across campus to see how they are and find out if they have any questions or issues that the Faculty Council can address.

 

Dr. Scott contacted Doug to ask him to help recruit faculty for the AQIP cross-functional teams. He forwarded a number of names of faculty members. He reiterated the importance of faculty involvement on campus. 

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall will attend the April meeting.  She mentioned a few items from the last meeting.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report, which is attached to the end of this document.  The current cash amount is just over $6,000.  He hopes to add an additional $6,000 to the fund.  The balance is over $100, 0000 and the committee hopes to distribute $10,000 next year in scholarships.

 

Membership:  Doug forwarded information from Scott Hollenback, who says the Council has added one more member, bringing the membership to over 90%.

A senator asked a question about the relevance of the recent Supreme Court decision pertaining to union dues and “fair share.”

 

Old Business

 

  1. A.    Outcomes and Assessment—HLC Report
  2. B.     Online Course Evaluation System—Outcomes/Grant
  3. C.     New Button in Course Shells

Doug reminded faculty to delete the button from their course shells.

  1. D.    Academic Freedom

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Board Meeting Attendance

Keith suggested that Faculty Council members attend Board Meetings.  Council officers used to attend the meetings, but no one has gone for several years.  The Senate will work out a schedule and senators will volunteer to attend the April, May, and June meetings.

  1. B.     Development of Transformational Goals—Democratic Leadership

Keith discussed Dr. Jamal Scott’s email from last week asking for feedback on the college’s Transformational Goals through the “Idea Lab.” Transformational goals and a transformational environment is typically only a part of a system in which there is shared governance and democratic leadership. 

 

  1. C.     Web Page Kick Off

Terrance Felton has invited the faculty to take part in a web page kick-off on April 7th.  Doug encouraged faculty to attend.

 

  1. D.    Sabbatical Proposals

Faculty have applied for sabbaticals, but are frustrated because the proposals have not been accepted.  Allison Beltramini sent the Senate a letter to be read to the members.

The Senate expressed several concerns pertaining to sabbaticals:

  • ·         The process is based on seniority, not the merit of the proposal.
  • ·         There is also a restriction that no two faculty from the same division may receive a sabbatical in the same academic year.
  • ·         Only one of the five proposals was accepted this year.  This is nowhere near the 3% maximum listed in the contract.
  • ·         The process for selection is not transparent.  Faculty who have been denied do not understand why their proposals were rejected.  
  • ·         Denial of sabbaticals prevents faculty from participating in professional development, which is part of their job responsibilities.  Professional development of faculty will also benefit the students.

 

A faculty council member suggested that the Faculty Council grieve the process. 

 

Open Discussion

 

  • ·         A senator expressed concerns over a lack of vision and the need for shared governance.  The loss of so many administrators at once will adversely affect programs that are struggling.  We need to have an action plan to make the most of the upcoming opportunity for a culture change. 
  • ·         A number of members had questions about graduation and whether or not they will need to use a personal or sick day to miss graduation.  The language of the contract does not specify that a faculty member will be charged a personal or sick day.
  • ·         Student Activities: Womyn for Womyn filled out the paperwork to host a Planned Parenthood event, which was held last Wednesday. Student Activities did not process the paperwork or advertise the event.  No police escorts were provided as was requested in the paperwork.  The room was overcrowded and could not accommodate all of the students who attended.  The faculty advisor followed up with Student Activities, but her concern is that Student Activities does not provide enough support for these events.

Doug suggested meeting with Dr. Peska to address this issue. 

  • ·         The WCC Journal published its first issue.  Copies are in faculty’s mailboxes.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was made, seconded and approved at 5:00 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Senate Meeting Minutes for March 2, 2016

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

APC 170

Called to Order –3:35 PM

Adjourned –4:59 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)

Denise Nakaji              (Health Professions and Public Service)

David Barreto             (Counselors and Librarians)

Martine Stuckey          (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:         

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:                      

Cathy Collins, Steven Skaggs, Amy Chaaban, Lilia Mendoza

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:35.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the January 15 and February 3, 2016 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved with changes.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $37,445.82.  He filed the 1095 forms and filed the taxes.

 

President:  President Jeppesen welcomed everyone and discussed the following topics:

  • ·         Graduation: He referred to the memo sent out earlier this week and noted that if a faculty member has a conflict on May 14th then they need to contact Dr. Lovingood’s office.  He asks that they contact him as well.
  • ·         Tenure: Doug congratulated the three faculty who earned tenure: Randy Hines, Justin Hoshaw, and Chris Cunningham.
  • ·         Systems Portfolio Feedback Report from HLC: He encouraged everyone to read it.  He sent a meeting request to Dr. Jamal Scott in response to his February 24th email.  Dr. Scott is unable to meet, however, because of negotiations.  

 

Doug offered congratulations to the following faculty members:

Andy MacDonald, Charlie Ruetsche, and Ken Kunz have students who have qualified to participate in the Skills USA Illinois Championships.

Rich Kiefer took Model Illinois Government students to Springfield last week where they had an opportunity to meet with state assembly members.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall attended the February meeting and brought new Updates.  She noted that the AFT/IFT convention will be held soon and that Joliet Junior College’s contract was approved in December. 

The next Local 604 meeting will take place on April 20th.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report, which is attached to the end of this document.  The current cash amount is just under $6,000.  He asks for continued donations of books and electronics. 

 

Health Insurance Committee: NA

 

Old Business

 

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Outcomes and Assessment—HLC Report

Doug is trying to meet with Dr. Scott about the feedback in the report.

A senator expressed his concern about a lack of vision and strategy for the college.  He is disappointed that leadership is “reacting” to issues, rather than working proactively to improve the college.  Other senators commented on a confusion of vision and the need to discover imaginative and creative ways to approach our challenges. 

Doug read an article from the Sun Times regarding the College of Dupage’s recent probation from the HLC.  Without faculty input, the college will continue to struggle with its vision. The best solution to this problem is to get the faculty involved.  He encouraged everyone to respond to Dr. Scott’s February 24th email and volunteer for one of the cross-functional teams.

 

  1. B.     Online Course Evaluation System—Outcomes/Grant

A senator asked whether we are required to follow a policy that is put into a grant application, but is not part of our contract.  The online evaluation system in the new Title V grant could possibly be a breach of contract and is at the very least a breach of good faith, meaning that the college does not have a right to make decisions without determining how it will affect the faculty.  He asked the officers to come up with language to express this concern.  Doug will meet with Dr. Sobek at the end of the month and will discuss it with her.  Grant-writers need to be aware of the Faculty Bargaining Agreement before committing to actions that will affect faculty working conditions. 

 

  1. C.     New Button in Course Shells

Summer 2016 course shells contain an “Out-of-State Student Complaint” button—for both online and face-to-face classes.  The Senate is unclear about the purpose of this button (particularly in face-to-face classes) and is concerned about how students will use it.  It directs them to the Dean for the CTLT and to state agencies that handle complaints about online classes. Doug will look into the matter.

 

  1. D.    Academic Freedom

Faculty have noted that the outcomes and objectives language on their course outlines is being changed.  A few have come forward, but it is difficult to know exactly how many outlines have been changed and who is making the changes.  Amy asks that faculty inform her of such changes to that they can be addressed.  One faculty member has re-written her outcomes and restored her original language.  Her outline will be re-submitted to Curriculum Council.  Another faculty member is concerned that outcomes language has been changed completely.

 

  1. E.     Informational Meetings

Doug would like to hold an informational meeting for faculty this month.  Senators thought this would be a great idea and one senator mentioned that her division has requested such a meeting.  Doug proposed two meetings: Wednesday, March 9th at 3:30 PM and Thursday, March 10th at 2:30 PM. 

 

Kathy made a motion to hold face-to-face meetings next week (Wednesday, March 9th and Thursday, March 10th) to discuss the recent HLC feedback report and Dr. Scott’s request for faculty participation on committees.  We will also discuss negotiations.  Cliff seconded the motion.  Discussion.  The motioned passed.

 

 

Open Discussion

 

Copier problems: Several senators mentioned that faculty have contacted them about the slow speed of the new copiers.  They also have encountered several “error” messages and have trouble connecting to the servers.  The copiers require us to login using our X-numbers and passwords.

 

There have been several complaints about IT problems.  The server is very slow, making it difficult to login to computers and use them in classrooms. 

 

Problems with Campus Operations: Requests have not been answered or take very long to answer. 

 

CTLT:  Faculty have gone to the CTLT for assistance, but the staff has not been able to answer questions. 

 

Problems with load issues.  Faculty are having their loads reduced without input.

 

Deans are encouraging faculty to attend marketing meetings with publishers.  The faculty member would rather deal directly with publishers. 

 

A senator expressed a concern about scheduling meetings. There have been significant mistakes in a faculty member’s schedule and the department’s schedule.  One of the problems is that the current system cannot accommodate changes that occur semester to semester.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:59 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

Senate Meeting Minutes for February 3, 2016

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

APC 170

Called to Order –3:31 PM

Adjourned –5:07 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)

Denise Nakaji              (Health Professions and Public Service)

David Barreto             (Counselors and Librarians)

Martine Stuckey          (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:         

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:                      

Cathy Collins, Steven Skaggs, Jeanne McDonald

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President 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 December 2, 2015 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $28,979.  He filed the Council’s taxes and distributed paychecks with 1099s to the Council officers.  His upcoming tasks include filing a 1096 form and overseeing normal payment operations.

 

President:  President Jeppesen welcomed everyone and made the following faculty announcements:

  • ·         WCC Jazz  Band members received recognition during the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Jazz Festival
  • ·         Several of our students participated in the Skyway Writers Competition and Festival
  • ·         Chris Cunningham (Math) won first place at the Faculty Math League during the AMA conference
  • ·         Two geology students received scholarships to attend the 2015 Geological Society of America conference
  • ·         Amy Powers (History) was appointed to the AACC Faculty Advisory Council
  • ·         Andy MacDonald (Auto Body Repair) hosted the Auto Body Refinishing Competition

 

Doug talked to Michelle Needham about VAWA training.  He will contact faculty who have not taken the training.  A senator expressed concern about the sensitivity of the VAWA presentation and asked if there would be exemptions for students and faculty who might experience triggers when viewing the material.  Are alternate formats possible?  Is there a narrative version that could be read in lieu of the video?  Doug will ask these questions at the next Presidents Meeting.

 

He also met with Dr. Sobek to express concerns about the change of date for the graduation ceremony and pointed to contract language stipulating the need to consult the Calendar Committee in such cases.  He has decided not to pursue a grievance, but asked that faculty who have conflicts be excused from attending.  He asks that faculty contact him if they are going to ask to be excused.

He also plans to meet with Melinda James.

 

Doug announced that Terri Fuller and Patty Saccone will serve as the Faculty Council representatives on the Health Insurance committee.  The committee will meet in February.

 

John Reese will retire at the end of the semester.  The Senate recognizes John’s contributions to the college and his dedication to students and colleagues. 

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall plans to attend the next meeting in February.  She has new Updates for the faculty and asked the senators to distribute them.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

LRPC:  Cathy Collins distributed a copy of the survey results, which is attached to the end of this document

A senator asked a question: Do full-time faculty have priority over adjuncts when scheduling their overload?  According to Article VII G.2 (Determination of Teaching Assignments), the answer is yes.  

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report, which is attached to the end of this document. 

 

Health Insurance Committee: NA

Old Business

  1. A.    Negotiations  Team—Selection of Members

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Committee Membership

 

  1. B.     Outcomes and Assessment  (Jeanne MacDonald, Amy Powers)

Vice President Bickley noted a few concerns, including the fact that the Faculty Outcomes Advisory Council does not have decision-making power. It is an advisory body.  Would a shared-governance system be possible?  Is there a way to negotiate more authority for these committees? For example, the Health Insurance, Curriculum Council, and hiring committees?

 

Outcomes and assessment should be a faculty-driven effort and there needs to be a partnership between faculty and assessment. This relationship is difficult to create when there are institutional barriers.

 

Suggestions: 

  • ·         Department chairs
  • ·         Release time for faculty who are responsible for collecting departmental data
  • ·         Shared governance

 

Jeanne brought the Outcomes Working Group Recommendations from May 2015.

Keith recommended that we invite a speaker to talk about shared governance and post-tenure review.

 

  1. C.     Negotiations Items (Cathy Collins)

Please see the attached survey

 

Open Discussion

 

Doug reminded everyone that Winterfest is this Friday.

 

Cathy Collins and Kathy Westman would like to create a newsletter that would address issues regarding teaching and learning, including academic freedom.  President Jeppesen created a faculty newsletter committee headed by Kathy and Cathy.

 

President Jeppesen would like to hold an informational meeting in March to bring faculty up-to-date on negotiations.

 

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 5:07 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

 

 

 

Attachments:

 

 

WCC Faculty Council Scholarship Committee

Fundraising Account Report

February 1, 2016

TOTAL LIQUID ASSETS

Current Account Balance in KCTCU Checking

$100.00

Current Account Balance in KCTCU Savings

$4,156.59

Current Account Balance in Paypal

$100.00

In transit from PayPal to KCTCU

$456.05

Receivable from Half.com

$40.88

Receivable from Renttext.com

$44.10

Receivable from Chegg

$51.84

Receivable from Infinity Books

$14.31

Receivable from Texas Book Company

$33.50

Receivable from Textbooks.com

$55.50

Receivable from Buyback Express

$24.23

Receivable from EZ Book Recycle

$16.06

Receivable from Amazon

$47.00

Receivable from Bookbyte

$16.50

Current Petty Cash

$25.00

Sub-Total

$5,181.56

TOTAL LIABILITIES & RESERVES

Minimum Account Balance in KCTCU Checking

$100.00

Minimum Account Balance in KCTCU Savings

$100.00

Minimum Account Balance in Paypal

$100.00

Reserve against returns/refunds

$100.00

Funds Due to (Reimburse) the Faculty Council

$300.00

$700.00

Expected cash reserves/payables as of 2-15-16

Anticipated available cash as of 2-15-16

$4,481.56

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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