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FACULTY SENATE COUNCIL MINUTES March 10, 2010 Advising and Counseling Jeanne Strieck Science Leoned Gines Business/Intra-American Studies/Social Guy Hamilton Sciences Amar Yahiaoui Amelia Acosta Betsey Barnett FACTC Rep Amy Kinsel Hope Georgia Pierce Library/Media Services Larry Cheng Humanities Mimi Harvey Dutch Henry Jo McEntire 1. Approval of Minutes Minutes of 2/24 were approved with clarification of wording for suggestion of coding undecided students effectively and adding Jo McEntire’s name to the attendence list . The minutes for 2/10 were approved as written. 2. Approval of Agenda Two items were added to the agenda: request for Emeritus Status and Advising Memo to John Backes. Agenda was approved as modified. 3. Faculty Emeritus Status Helen Hancock will be retiring at the end of Winter Quarter. She has requested approval of Emeritus Status. It was moved to grant her Emeritus Status. MSP Amy/Betsey 4. Advising Memo to John Backes It was agreed that Guy will send out the memo once more with some recommended changes and ask for an email approval tomorrow. 5. Open Comment Betsey announced that BUS/IAS/SS will be having an advising day on Wednesday, May 5 during their classes. Classes will not be cancelled but advising will be held so students can get advising and learn what advising means. She invited others to share the idea with their divisions and perhaps join in on Advising Day. 6. Residency requirements for students in the 5 college consortium Lee asked that the Faculty Senate Council weigh in with their thoughts about a Consortium of Everett, Edmonds, Lake Washington, Cascadia and Shoreline which would allow students to move freely between these colleges. Discussion includes issues of the application for admission process, residency requirements, international student’s requirements and the fact that visas are linked to the college that they apply to, differences in basic skills programs, financial aid, standardized DTA, and other student issues. Currently Shoreline’s residency requirement to be granted a degree or certificate from Shoreline is to take at least 25 credits at Shoreline and to have their last credits earned at Shoreline. The students currently can take credits at other colleges and get a degree at Shoreline. These residency requirements are not the same at all the colleges. Lee would like input by next month so something can be crafted by the five colleges by December 2010. It was felt that this is an attempt to get ahead of the legislation that is requiring colleges to look at efficiencies of administrative complementary functions and programs in the region. It was stated that the legislation refers to administrative functions such Human Resources and Business Offices not moving students between colleges. This legislation also requires college presidents to involve stakeholders meaning faculty and staff. Faculty had many questions. What is efficiency? Is moving students even efficient? Every system at every college would need to be tweaked. They wanted to know why Shoreline should consider a 5 college consortium. If the same class was offered at two colleges and they both had low enrollment, which class would be allowed to go. The council felt that if they are asking to approve something generally, this doesn’t work. They would need specific proposals to look at. Faculty and Staff must be included in the discussions with the other campuses. 7. Discussion of the make-up of the Curriculum Committee Questions of membership on the Curriculum Committee were raised. Why are there three administrators on the committee who are voting members? Why are administrators allowed to be co-chairs of this committee? Curriculum is under the purview of faculty. The accreditation report has to show that faculty are in control of curriculum and that they set the standards. There is value in having administrators attend these meetings, but they should be non-voting and non co-chairs. Guy will take the issue to John and see what he says and bring it back to the Faculty Senate Council. 8. Discussion of Faculty Senate role and SCC reorganization Faculty expressed frustration in this current process. They have asked to be included, but it hasn’t happened. The Budget Committee and Strategic Planning Committee have not been consulted on anything. The division meetings that were held to give input were not successful because the deans didn’t know what was being considered. Maybe the Faculty Senate Council should be allowed to have someone attend the PSET meetings. Guy would like the council to begin to think about how Shoreline should look in the future. Betsey mentioned that the idea of a learning college is something we should explore. Guy indicated that Kenny will attend our first April meeting to talk about what it means to be a learning college. It includes building community, building morale and it will pay off for students. 9. Next Meeting The all-campus meeting will be held on Friday, March 12 and input can be given prior to the April 2 all-campus meeting. Because this is the end of the quarter with finals and a break, there isn’t time to discuss the reorganization plan unless the council meets on March 31. It was agreed to add a meeting on Wednesday, March 31. This could be a time when the council could explore how to map processes to find inefficiencies. Meeting adjourned at 4:00p.
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