RIVERSIDE CITY COLLEGE
ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES
February 23, 2009
CALL TO ORDER President Richard Mahon called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. in
the Hall of Fame.
ROLL CALL Academic Senators:
Mike Barnes, Counseling
Nikki Bonzoumet, Physical Education
Steve Brewster, Library, DAC Liaison
Tim Brown, Academic Planning Council Chair
Mark Carpenter, Part-Time Faculty Representative
Debbie Cazares, Early Childhood Education
Jill Christiansen, Nursing (absent)
Ross Clark, Applied Technology
Richard Davin, Behavioral Sciences, Academic Standards Chair
Les Dean, Curriculum Chair (absent)
Dorothy Gaylor, World Languages
Lewis Hall, PRC Chair (absent)
Ted Hewitt, Part-time Faculty Issues Chair
Chie Ishihara, Business Admin/IST
Mary Margarita Legner, Mathematics
Richard Mahon, President
Dayna Peterson Mason, Art
Rom Masterson, History/Humanities/Philosophy (absent)
Kevin Mayse, Performing Arts
Lee Nelson, Vice President (absent)
William Phelps, Physical Science
Nicholas Rodriguez, Cosmetology
Mark Sellick, Economics/Geography/Political Science
Diane Solorzano, Secretary-Treasurer
Susan St. Peters, English & Speech Communication
Leo Truttmann, Chemistry (absent)
Virginia (Ginger) White, Life Sciences
Virginia McKee-Leone, Dean of Instruction (absent)
Jan Muto, City College President
Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Vice President - Academic Affairs (absent)
Christy Okpo, Student Senate Liaison (attended later)
Marilyn Martinez-Flores, Academic Support
Tara McCarthy, Academic Support
Trisha Wilgirg, Academic Support
APPROVAL OF AGENDA M/S/C Clark/Sellick . Approved by consensus.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
December 1, 2008 M/S/C Phelps/Clark. Approved by consensus.
December 4, 2008 Special Senate M/S/C Bonzoumet/Davin. Approved by consensus.
OFFICER & LIAISON
PRESIDENT Announcements distributed. Richard Mahon requested whether or
not to keep this meeting minimal with focus on the business items
listed. By a show of hands the majority preference was for a
succinct meeting. He provided information regarding the state
budget. ASCCC President’s Update to be forwarded to senators.
Lee Nelson was not present due to illness.
SECRETARY-TREASURER No report.
COLLEGE PRESIDENT Jan Muto introduced herself and reported as follows: proponent of
shared governance; keeping open channels of communication. She
will be giving a state of the college address regarding targets and
goals, continued strategic planning process on Mar 10, 2009 during
the college hour, in the DL Auditorium.
DEAN/VP OF INSTRUCTION Pat Schwerdtfeger was off-campus today. Virginia McKee-Leone
was not present.
RCCDFA/CCA/CTA/NEA Mark Sellick discussed the following: Continued issues noted in the
minutes of Dec. 4; modification of review committees; MOU
regarding changes in the committees from four members to five;
faculty hiring. Administrative Retreat Rights which will be
discussed later in the agenda.
STUDENT SENATE LIAISON
OPEN HEARING The following topics were brought up: Inability to make comments
on a new course on Curricunet because it was a Norco-only course;
email communication started with disciplines on all three campuses
regarding approval for the new course which was still passed by the
Curriculum Committee with 10 no votes, 1 yes vote, and 1 no
response; taking back control of City College Curriculum
Committee; requests to place issue on the agenda have been made
for the last year--to be agendized for March meeting; online courses
and webadvisor; open classes and waitlist; add-in attempts did not
work; lecture and lab sessions; STEM classes overlapping. Richard
Davin is to make a report later on.
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UNFINISHED BUSINESS Chancellor Search Process – Question whether or not the Senate
has the capacity and time to make a general recommendation to the
Board about the Chancellor selection? Two finalists came last
week—Charles Taylor and Wayne Watson. Third finalist will come
tomorrow (2-24-09), to Moreno Valley and Norco; and here on
Wednesday (2-25-09). Tom Fallo, 4th finalist, withdrew his
candidacy. All finalists are out of state. Forums have been taped for
viewing by those who could not attend, and will be taped for the
upcoming one. Noted that Virginia State faculty is not unionized
and without tenure privileges—conversations were guarded;
[regarding Gregory Gray] Miami Dade has a campus president and a
systems president, the latter had a falling out with the Senate and he
disbanded it, the union has authority over some areas; Chicago has
both a Senate and union, obtained conversations with faculty in both
systems, including one person who was hired in 1981 by Sal
Rotella; Board will have closed private meetings with each of the
candidate finalists at Ciao Bella. Noted that Wayne Watson also is a
candidate for presidency in the Illinois State College system.
Concern was raised regarding having had representation on the
president search committee and the undermining of the process, as
well as issues with the previous chancellor search and the search
firm. Questions raised and addressed and further extensive
discussion ensued regarding feedback, the process being flawed, and
faculty representation with the Board. Noted that there is a Board
meeting tomorrow evening (2-24-09). Senate follow-up meeting on
Wednesday the 25th at 3:00 p.m., place to be announced. M/S/C
Sellick/Davin to approve that the senate resolve to consider new
information, discuss it and perhaps modify its position on search
outcomes as new information becomes available to members of the
senate. 1 abstention. Objection to the words “new information” was
raised and an amendment was suggested as additional information in
an “ongoing phase in deliberation.” M/S/C Davin/Clark to approve
amendment to emphasize members are not looking for new
information, but rather “ongoing information.” 2 abstentions.
NEW BUSINESS Retreat Rights – Discussion regarding state senate document
“Empowering Local Senates.” Cites various Education Code
statutes—law passed by the legislature, which is stronger than Title
5 regulations which are typically drafted by the Chancellor’s office
in collaboration with, and approved by, the Board of Governors.
Education code recognizes Senate Retreat Rights. Full document to
be emailed to Senate by Richard. Mark Sellick provided further
information. Mark stated he would send the policies of other
colleges (Shasta and South Orange) to the senate for review. .
Different rights for those who are tenured and those who are not.
Document to be read, feedback to be provided, and language to be
drafted. To be agendized again for next week.
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Academic Support – Trisha Wilgirg introduced herself, distributed
a newsletter, and gave a presentation regarding the Supplemental
Instruction Program. She explained the goal to keep students in
classes with use of model students, noting that it has been working
since 2007 and is overwhelmingly successful. Tara McCarthy
introduced herself as the educational advisor and presented
information and distributed USB drives containing a video, “Access
to Success.” An email with a web based survey will be sent later.
STANDING COMMITTEES Copies of various committee meeting minutes were available at the
ADJOURNMENT Meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.