Minutes of the Academic Senate Meeting
December 7 2006
Voting Members Present: (Senators) Donna Ayers, Charles Dirks, Terri English Clive Gordon, Paul Kubicki
Ralph La Rosa, Stan Levine, John Orozco, Said Pazirandeh, Rick Scuderi, Janice Silver, Joyce Woodmanse
Robert Smazenka, Yolanda Ramil
Voting Members Absent Ruthie (Parthenia) Grant,
Exec, Members: Louise Barbato Eloise Cantrell, Angela Echeverri, Leslie Milke, Gary Prostak , Mark
Pursley, Gwen Walker
Executive Members Absent: Vickie Oddino
Faculty Present: Cindy Cooper, Lilamani DeSilva, , Pat Flood, Harlan Goldberg, David Jordan, Joanne Kalter-Flink,
Margie Long, Jose Luis Ramirez, , Phoebe Rivera, Geri Shapiro, Sonia Soto-Bair, Yoon Yun
Visitors/Guests: President Ernest Moreno; Dean Alma J. Hawkins
I. Eloise Cantrell called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.
II. Approval of Minutes:
The minutes from the November 16, and November 2 meetings were discussed corrections.
The following was suggested by Rick Scuderi:
November 2nd, Public Address, right after Louise Barbato’s comment and before Darren’s comment, “.
. .John Orozco volunteered to write the letter expressing the Senate’s concerns about the veterans’
lack of certification. . .”
November 16th, at the end of #2, “. . .Angela distributed a June 13th memo addressed to all faculty
and staff from Dr. Leyba requesting attendance at a general meeting on June 14 th to discuss the need
for a faculty chair for Accreditation Self Study. The job description attached to that memo was also
distributed. . .”
Motion to approve (John Orozco/Said Pazirandeh). Minutes unanimously approved Formatted: Font: Not Bold, Not Italic
III. Officers’ Reports
A. President (Angela Echeverri)
L.A. MISSION COLLEGE ACADEMIC SENATE
PRESIDENT’S REPORT December 7, 2006
Submitted by Angela C. Echeverri
1. Accreditation Update
The Los Angeles Mission College self study for reaffirmation of accreditation was approved by the Academic Senate and
College Council on 11/16/06.
The self study was delivered to the Board of Trustees on 12/5/06.
President Moreno, Vice President Burke-Kelly, Pat Flood, and Angela Echeverri will give a summary presentation to the
Board of Trustees at 9:00 am on 12/13/06 at Los Angeles City College. Hard copies of the self study will be distributed
throughout the campus and we will be revising the self study for errors until mid-January. Please e-mail the accreditation
co-chairs with any errors you find. A draft of the self study can also be viewed at:
The final revised document must be mailed to the ACCJC around the last week of January.
What is next?
Pre-visit: Team chair will come to the campus in January or February to coordinate logistics of visit.
Visit: Full team visit will be from March 19-22, 2007.
Monday March 19th: Team chair and liaison will go to district office to meet with chancellor, vice chancellor, board
members, and other district officials. The rest of the team will arrive and meet for the first time to discuss our self study.
Tuesday March 20th: Welcome breakfast for team in early morning. Everyone will be invited to attend and meet the team
members. During the rest of the day there will be interviews, meetings, and probably an open forum.
Wednesday March 21st: More interviews, meetings, and open forum.
Thursday March 22nd: Exit interview around 11:30 am. The team chair will summarize team recommendation and
commendations, but will not communicate their decision. The team will not take any questions during this time and will
leave immediately after the exit interview.
The team will make their recommendations to the ACCJC, the commission may accept the recommendations of the team,
or make a different decision. Decisions can range from reaffirming accreditation, impose sanctions on the college
(warning, probation, show cause), or terminate accreditation. The final decision will be rendered by the commission in
June of 2007. The final evaluation report is likely to arrive in July of 2007
2. LAMC Budget and Enrollment Update
A taskforce of the District Budget Committee is revising the current LACCD budget allocation model. This was prompted
by a report that suggests that the current model is unfavorable to smaller colleges and the passage of Senate Bill 361, which
changed the funding model for community colleges (see Standard IIID in self study). The new model has not been
approved yet, but once it is will alleviate some of the financial problems of the college.
Interim Budget Committee Senate appointments: Sandy Thomsen, Clive Gordon, and Sonia Soto Bair (alternate).
Winter enrollment: Please encourage you students to enroll for winter intersession.
3. Summer Schedule
Council of Instruction voted yesterday to have two 5-week summer sessions in 2007.
Session 1: June 11-July 13
Session 2: July 16-August 17
Classes may also be offered in 8, 9, or 10 week sessions.
Time blocks approved based on traditional 3 unit/3 hour lecture classes meeting Monday through Thursday: 7:45-10:10 AM,
10:30 AM-12:55 PM, 1:15-3:40 PM, 4:45-7:10 PM-9:55 PM.
B. Treasurer (Mark Pursley)
1. Report on account at the First American Bank:
Faculty Senate Checking Account $1,712.95
Carla Bowman Scholarship $3,525.26
David Lee Moss Scholarship $655.99
2. Faculty Dues of $25 are due now. Many faculty still have not paid their dues... Please pay
Mark as soon as possible.
IV. Reports of Senate Committee Meetings
A. Curriculum (Said Pazirandeh)
Curriculum deadlines for Spring 2007 semester are now posted on-line at the curriculum website.
Curriculum is back logged due to transition of who is doing them. Leslie Milke asked who would be
helping with curriculum to alleviate the problem.
Based on a request from Academic Affairs, the curriculum committee is reviewing the Interdisciplinary
AA Degree in order to align closer with State guidelines for course emphasis in an area of study. The
language currently contained in the AA Degree does not significantly specify requirement of course
emphasis in an area of study, whereas State of California guidelines for awarding of degrees states that a
number of units must be in related areas of study. This discrepancy was of concern due to the upcoming
accreditation in the Spring.
Much discussion resulted concerning the handling of the Interdisciplinary AA Degree and who makes
the decision of what it is about and what courses will be included and the role of the department chair
versus the curriculum committee.
B. District Academic Senate (Angela Echeverri) No written report given
EPAC (Sonia Soto-Bair) – No written report given
Requested written report via email not submitted for the minutes.
(Eloise announced that all committee reports need to be submitted to her (via email) in writing for the
minutes a week prior to the senate meeting so the report can be printed in the minutes)
V. Public Address: comments on matters on the agenda for the current meeting
Rick Scuderi spoke on the veterans’ issue and the correction of information.
John Orozco addressed Rick Scuderi’s comments and clarified the issue and the numbers of veteran in
President Moreno addressed the budgeting issue.
Margie Long announced faculty that received academic rank.. Congratulations to all the faculty.
Harlan Goldberg spoke to the veterans’ issue and stated that the point is this,” If one veteran does not get
his benefits, that is the issue and they deserve to be paid on time.”
President Moreno responded too the comments and asked for faculty or anyone else to see him if there is
Chuck Dirks complained about the lack of working scanatron machines especially at finals time and
requested that the old non-working ones be replaced with brand new ones.
VI. Old Business
A. Shared Governance Structure forums –Leslie Milke
Three open forums went well. A meeting is needed next week to finalize the “Shared Governance Structure
Meeting December 12 to do final revision of proposal.
Special senate meeting on December 14, 2007 at 12:15 to present and take a vote of approval on the
Shared Governance Structure...
Angela Echeverri thanked Leslie Milke and her committee for their hard work.
B. Academic Senate Elections (Margie Long)
Languages and Chicano Studies department elected Dr. Yolanda Ramil as the new senator.
C. Hiring Committee (Gwen Walker)
A new committee needs to be formed. Current committee is composed of Gwen Walker, Harlan
Gold berg, Margie Long.
Gwen asked for other faculty members who are interested in becoming members of the Hiring
Committee to email her their names if they are interested in serving.
Jose Louis Ramirez stated he was interested.
D. Student Learning Outcomes (Angela Echeverri)
A .5 position will be posted by Academic Affairs for Student Learning Outcomes
co-coordinator. A faculty member will be selected by February 5.
VII. New Business
A. Adjunct Representation ( Eloise Cantrell – introduced – adjunct Jeanne Cassara)
Jeanne Cassara presented the request for two adjunct representatives in the academic senate.
A. Discussion ensued and President Echeverri, indicated that other campuses in the LACCD do
have academic senate adjunct representation. Discussion followed with pros and cons being
presented. Faculty included in the dialog was: Check Dirks, Leslie Milke, Margie Long, Harlan
Goldberg, Paul Kubicki, and Jose Louis Ramirez.
B. Louise Barbato suggested we re-look into our academic senate constitution in the spring and see
what needs to be redone. A change in the academic senate make-up would require a
constitutional change (Paul Kubicki).
Technical Assistance on Proposed Shared Governance Structure. (Louise Barbato)
Louise withdrew her request since the “Shared Governance Proposal” has been created.
Allocation of district funds (Clive Gordon)
Clive asked about the allocation of district funding and if purchasing is allowed at this time. Gwen
responded by saying that ALL funding will go through the LAMC budget committee.
A. Next Senate meeting: December 14, 2006 for a vote on Shared Governance Proposal.
B. Paul Kubicki announced that the Computer Science Club will re-build computers for a
dozen donuts for you from salvaged computers. It is an activity of the club. Eloise
requested a flier from Paul to announce to the entire campus. Paul said he would get us
C. David Jordan and Velma Bernal will give a “free” hand on workshop for students.
.on how to take on-line classes.
D. Holiday Party Monday, December 11, 2007. Cost $8.00 (Thanked President Moreno
for paying $5.00 for each faculty and classified ticket) At the door it will be $13.00.
Bring a Toy for a Tot.
E. ESL and English Committee have developed a taskforce to investigate how we can help
students gain basic skills. Louise asked for any volunteers who are interested.
President Moreno spoke about the additional funding from the State which is directed toward
non-credit supplementary programs.
F. Cindy Cooper congratulated our LAMC Soccer Team on being in the State finals in
Fresno. She asked for our support in wishing them success.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Submitted by Eloise Cantrell – Senate Secretary