COLLEGE OF MARIN ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING MINUTES FOR March 5, 2009 12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Student Service Building, Conference Rooms A & B Senators Present: Yolanda Bellisimo, Michael Dougan, Ron Gaiz, Erika Harkins, Robert Kennedy, Arthur Lutz, Sara McKinnon, , Radica Portello, Derek Wilson, Eric Dunmire, Joe Mueller, Patrick Kelly, Meg Pasquel, Blaze Woodlief Senators Absent: Joetta Scott Guests: John Sutherland I. Approval and Adoption of the Agenda: Agenda accepted II. Reading and Approval of the Minutes of Feb. 26, 2009: Minutes accepted III. Officers’ Reports: President (Bellisimo): Written. Attached Treasurer (Gaiz): ): Report on our two accounts: Across the street with quick access, we have $1809.01 in Union Bank; our budget with the District amounts to $7529.94. Our grand total is $9338.95. Some already approved travel expenses will be coming out of that. Money will be allotted for retiree gifts. IV: Governance Council Reports: Sen. McKinnon said some people using the SLO Wiki were confused byh the term General Education SLOs, so they will be called College Learning Outcomes, as is done at other community colleges. The Senate approved that change by consensus. Budget (Wilson): The committee met Tuesday and was given a copy of the 2008-2009 budget to review. They will meet each Tuesday to review all IPC recommendations. Sen. Wilson expressed concern “about how the adopted budget will be presented to us” because none of the committee members are department chairs, nor are they part of the approval signature process. That means thbey have limited access to viewing the overall budget. “The money is not as transplartent as it should be,” he said. The committee would like to see the entire breakdown by accounts. Sen. Bellisimo said the Academic Senate would work on ways to obtain satisfactory acesss. V: Governance councils Budget Committee (Wilson): The last meeting generated a timeline under which, by March 3, Peggy Isozaki will bring forward a line-by-line 2008-2009 budget. VI. Consent Agenda No committee appointments were brought forward, but en empty seat on the Technology Committee needs to be filled, according to Sen. Bellisimo. VI: Action Items a) Motion To Approve Athletic Dept Request to Discontinue Football: Before the vote, Sen. Lutz contended that questions had been raised about the viability of a vote of 60 percent of the coaches to terminate COM’s football program. He said the athletic department director had indicated that the vote was merely a survey, with no automatic consequences. He said the Administration wanted to cancel the program, and was “trying to use the Senate as a rubber stamp.” Sen. Lutz pointed out that the program primarily serves African American students at a time that the school is attempting to recruit more African American students. Before the vote, the motion was amended to insure that money allocated to the football probram would remain within the athletic department budget in event of discontinuance. Sen. Lutz requested a roll call vote. The results were: YES: Dougan, Wilson, Pasquale, Harkins, Kennedy, McKinnon, Mueller, Gaiz, Blaze Portello NO: Lutz The motion passed. VII. Discussion Summer Field Course (Mueller): The summer biology field programs were saved when it was determined that student fees could be used to pay for travel costs accrued by instructors. The discussion ended with a proposal that a fund be created to cover these types of expenses. a) c) Findings from the Basic Skills General Program Review, Analysis of Student Improvement Rates (Director of Learning Resources Susan Andrean and Tutoring Center Coordinator and Instructor Becky Reetz): Poor results came from cohort studies tracking students in the Mathematics sequence. In fact, only 20 percent of the students who take Math 95 ever enroll in another math course at COM. English sequence results are different, but still fall short of comparable community colleges. A proposed solution would be called CSI Marin. It would be a one-stop lab for basic skills students, where they could find counselors, advisors, peer mentors, etc. Better alignment of the SLOs in basic skills, ESL and English is needed. Joint meetings to facilitate that have been suggested, and a steering committee is being formed. VIII: New Business Sen. Dougan said the UPM Newsletter has been routinely misrepresenting actions of the Academic Senate, and formal Senate response is called for. Sen. Bellisimo said the issue will appear on the next agenda. Sen. Pasqual disclosed tragic news: English instructor Cecilia Cavalier died the previous Sunday. Special Adjournment in Memory of Cecilia Cavalier: 2 p.m.
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