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CIS Discipline Meeting_ January 19_ 2011 Merritt College Contract

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									CIS Discipline Meeting, January 19, 2011

Merritt College



Contract Faculty: Anita Black, (Merritt), Neil Dunlop( BCC), Val Djukich (BCC),Bob Grill (Alameda), Tuan
Nguyen (Laney), Carole Rogers (Laney), P. Thananjeyan (BCC), Manny Uy (Alameda)

Part-Time Faculty and Classified: Simon Chan (Merritt), Walter Robinson (Alameda)

Administration: Inge Stark (Laney)



The meeting began with a recognition that Peralta is facing a potential deficit of from $5-20 million
dollars next year. Each discipline is being given up to six weeks to come up with a plan for consolidation
and reducing expenses. If no plan is forthcoming to address these issues, administrative action could be
forthcoming

In general discussion. It was noted that CIS jobs are still in high demand. It was also noted that many of
the current problems in Peralta resulted from decisions being made about computer systems by persons
lacking computer knowledge which we teach in our classes.

It was noted that our top priority is students and it is important to have the right instructor with the
appropriate expertise in the classroom and that the FSA is a minimum requirement, but additional
specialized knowledge may be needed.

Even though we are now going through a downturn, we need to be prepared for when the economy
turns up again and there is even more demand for CIS courses.

CIS faculty are willing to work together cooperatively on scheduling including developing a 2 year
schedule.

1. What Disciplines are in trouble and what do we do about that: Merritt and Alameda representatives
stated that they were not able to offer a sufficient number of courses to have viable CIS degree
programs. They still continue to have high enrollments in core feeder course which include CIS 205
(computer literacy) and CIS 1 and 5. Merritt is interested in developing a program in Health Information
Technology consistent with its Allied Health emphasis and Alameda is working on a grant-funded GIS
program

Laney and BCC stated that they have viable CIS programs with good productivity. Laney’s emphasis is
transfer level computer science. BCC’s emphasis is Web Programming which has synergy with the
Multimedia program.

Laney also teaches classes in computer security. There is a stated need to offer classes in vendor-
independent networking principles such as Network Plus.
2. How many under loaded faculty are there in the discipline? There are no faculty who are significantly
under loaded, yet some faculty who were previously teaching CIS courses are now teaching Business,
Engineering , Math or Accounting

3. How many faculty are on release time in the discipline, how much and for what? The only release time
is for department chair or faculty senate work.

4. What courses are consistently low enrolled? Maximum enrolled? All core, feeder introductory courses
are highly enrolled. Some of the more advanced degree requirement courses have lower enrollment.
Attempts have been made to balance a few lower enrolled classes with more highly enrolled classes so
that the average enrollment is high. It was noted that CIS is a rapidly changing area and the when we
develop new classes they may not be highly enrolled when they are first offered.

5. Address Categorical Flexibility; use of Grant funds; possible other uses of Measure A. Alameda has a
grant to develop a GIS program. CIS faculty are very interested in pursuing grants. It was noted that to
get a grant we have to have current equipment and adequate facilities. One suggestion was to have an
incubator site in partnership with business to test out new technology

6. Degree and certificate completion rates per each college and over a specific time period. It was noted
that it is very difficult to get data on degree and certificate completion. Many students achieve their
objectives without completing a degree—they take a few courses and upgrade their skills so that they
can move up in their current job or get a new job.

								
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