RIVERSIDE CITY COLLEGE
ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES
Hall of Fame
March 19, 2012
CALL TO ORDER President Lee Nelson called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. in the
Hall of Fame.
ROLL CALL Academic Senators:
Mike Barnes, APC; Counseling
Linda Braiman, Library
Mark Carpenter, Part-Time Faculty Representative
Debbie Cazares, Early Childhood Education
Jill Christiansen, Nursing (absent)
Jim Elton, RCC Assessment
Dorothy Gaylor, World Languages
Laura Greathouse, Behavioral Science
Dayna (Peterson Mason) Gregg, Art
E. Ivan Gutierrez, History/Humanities/Philosophy
Lewis Hall, Program Review Chair
Ellen Kime-Hunt, Chemistry
Mark Lehr, Business Admin/IST
Mary Legner, Planning & Budget Chair
Richard Mahon, Curriculum Chair
Kevin Mayse, Performing Arts
Lee Nelson, President
Jeff Mulari, Mathematics
William. Phelps, Physical Science
Victor Sandoval, English
Ward Schinke, Vice President
John Smith, Physical Education (absent)
Yuri Ulloa, Applied Technology (absent)
Peter Westbrook, Secretary-Treasurer
Virginia (Ginger) White, Life Sciences
Wiggs, Micherri, Communication Studies
Cynthia Azari, City College President (absent)
Virginia McKee-Leone, Dean of Instruction
Wolde-Ab Isaac, Vice President - Academic Affairs
Mark Sellick, Economics/Geography/Political Science
Recorder of the Minutes:
Fröke D. Blessum, Administrative Assistant
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APPROVAL OF AGENDA Under New Business, move item VIII-G from last to first item and
move remaining items down one. M/S/C Braiman/Wiggs, 1
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 2/27/2012 M/S/C Hall/Gaylor, 2 abstentions. No changes.
2-27-2012 & 3-5-2012 3/5/2012 M/S/C Wiggs/Hall, 3 abstentions. Changes: Carla Reible
was present in Victor Sandoval’s place.
PRESIDENT Lee Nelson reported the following: Special meeting of the Strategic
Planning Executive Council tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., dealing with
budget only; FACCC weekly report regarding mid-year budget
shortage, $140 million unexpected drop in student fees and property
tax collections; “5 to thrive” speeches to be given before the BOT
starting next month with Moreno Valley which has the distinguished
faculty lecturer series to promote; RCC would begin in June
regarding special presentation of what is being done and what is
being taught, to be in chancellor’s report, reiterated must be five
minutes or less; president’s advisory commission discussion of SR91
project will have significant impact on RCC. Project extends from
beyond Tyler down to 14th street and beyond starting in April,
bridges (including 14th street bridge) will be removed to widen 91
freeway, will involve many detours, road closures and reduced lanes,
expected to last four years. RCC will lose an estimated 71 parking
spaces. Mark Lehr provided input regarding students being impacted
with Cridge Street closure. Virginia White suggested putting a notice
on website to alert students. Input from Peter Westbrook regarding
other closures. $279 million project, includes McKinley through
Green River as well. Events coming up include fundraiser gala to
honor different people in community, Jan Schall will be honored as
well, on 4/26/2012 at $100 per plate. RSA/Coil School of the Arts,
6/27/2012 opening of Citrus Bank, Minnie Okubo Art Center.
VICE PRESIDENT Ward Schinke reported regarding Planning & Budget Committee;
election schedule by next meeting; can start recruiting people for
SECRETARY-TREASURER Peter Westbrook regarding the plenary attendance next month on
behalf of Lee Nelson; Riverside Faculty recognition committee
report at next meeting.
ADMINISTRATIVE & (First monthly meeting only.)
DISTRICT AND LOCAL Curriculum – Richard Mahon reported on seven areas of emphasis
STANDING COMMITTEE created in 2009 due to being out of compliance with Title 5,
REPORTS structure for amending AOE’s was not created; changes voted to
(Second monthly meeting only.) some of the AOE’s (MVC and Norco did not take action), none of
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the changes went forward; turf ambiguity regarding curriculum or
academic standards issue, pilot a process for making changes, at next
Curriculum Committee meeting next week Tuesday will agendize,
discuss and vote on package of changes to areas of emphasis; if any
courses didn’t exist or were left out, let him know, list to be
compiled before the end of the week. Title 5 language changed a
year ago to allow faculty to establish prerequisites using content
review; second April meeting of Curriculum Committee regarding
closure on whether or not RCC wants to develop a plan to use
content review. Fourth Tuesday in April curriculum meeting.
Broader concern regarding college decision to stop offering all basic
skills courses more than three levels below transfer; resource
allocation; questions raised and addressed regarding Title 5
prerequisite language. Further input and comments from Barnes,
White, Wiggs, Mahon regarding reading the data, Title 5 language
on phasing in prerequisites, student success; senate presentation on
project being done with CLIP money.
Academic Standards – None.
PG&SL – None.
Program Review – Lewis Hall reported regarding working with
committees on changing program review.
Assessment (Riverside) – Jim Elton reported regarding 3/9/2012
meeting and will meet again on 4/6/2012. ACCJC letter response
due 3/31/2012 instead of June; spreadsheets needed to update
numbers; unit plans due 5/18/2012. Richard Mahon with input
regarding data through July, but should be data through fall. Course
assessment in a four year cycle, 2nd report due to ACJCCC fall 2012
regarding levels of proficiency, and spring 2013; working one on
one, contact Susan Mills or Jim Elton for assistance with assessment.
GenEd will meet same afternoon, 4/6/2012.
Faculty Development – Mark Carpenter reported on nominations for
outstanding service award are now being accepted; presentation at
digital library regarding Nepal children being forced into sex slavery
and early marriage, interventions going to counter that, book club
success, CALSTRS updates at Glenn Hunt Center once a month,
check email for dates and times.
Planning & Budget –Mary Legner regarding 50% law. See Mark
Lehr report below.
Student Success –Victor Sandoval regarding Student Success Task
Force; recommendations and branching out into other types of
communications; will be meeting later on next month regarding next
Associate (PT) Faculty – Mark Carpenter regarding budget update
and calculations; north Orange break-even monetary point for full
and associate professors on class sizes, cited document.
Academic Planning Council – Mike Barnes regarding meeting a
week ago; Powerpoint presentation to all chairs and handout were
too small to read. Actual Powerpoint projection charts were seen
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only by half of the Heritage room. Department chairs were,
therefore, emailed with report. Next meeting this Thursday regarding
soliciting information/feedback from departments.
OPEN HEARING Kevin Mayse regarding college safety switchboard no longer on this
campus, but on CSUSB. Cited recent event necessitating calling the
safety and police operator, who lacked knowledge of the RCC
buildings and locations. Raised concern regarding problems with
unfamiliarity of RCC in emergency procedures. Fire alarms in
buildings constantly going off necessitating using four digit
extension call set up previously, but now needing seven digits for
which fire alarms are not wired/programmed. Calls now going to
CSUSB and not translating as a result because the computer does not
know how to handle the calls.
Ward Schinke announcement that Jami Brown is presenting the
Vagina Monologues, this coming and next Friday and Saturday;
police stated students cannot be working or doing things on campus
after 10 pm.
Rikki Hix added that students cannot work on weekends either;
stated police pulled their guns out on students last weekend because
they were in a building (doing their work), stated they were told
hours are now 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Nelson, White with further input on available hours, and time limits.
Mark Carpenter regarding approval by Santa Monica College
trustees of a two-tier system ($200/unit); raised concern regarding
potential “abuse” of students.
Richard Mahon provided input regarding charging students extra
fees and Santa Monica College fees are set by legislature.
Bill Phelps regarding RCC regional geology field studies students
had an opportunity to meet in Nevada where University of Chicago
researchers and graduate students were doing a paleontological dig,
and to be involved in an actual research environment where they had
the chance to discover a new species from a major mass extinction
event. Analysis of collected materials is being done at University of
UNFINISHED BUSINESS A. Changing of Drop Date with W to 65% instead of current
75% - Lee Nelson read and discussed brief email received
from Cliff Ruth. Motion to change drop date as noted above
M/S/C White/Hall. Discussion followed. Richard Mahon
and Ward Schinke regarding impact on student behavior; last
year’s spring plenary session resolution encouraging colleges
to explore locally to get data on one or two campuses first to
see what difference it would make. Virginia White with
input regarding classes leading into nursing or physician
assistant programs, repeating class in order to get an A to get
into those programs. Mark Carpenter regarding online
courses, rationing education, mastering material instead of
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how quickly learned. Further input regarding 50% which is
not enough to make any difference, justification for not
having it at 50% from Phelps, Gaylor, Hix and Wiggs;
Motion to postpone to next senate meeting (April 2), for
someone from Academic Standards to join in to provide
input and explain rationale. M/S/C Mahon/Gaylor, 1
abstention. Motion amended to say that a member of the
Academic Standards Committee meet with us on April 2
during our regularly scheduled meeting, M/S/C Sellick/? 1
nay, 1 abstention.
NEW BUSINESS A. Approval of ESL certificate (Mahon) - M/S/
Mahon/Westbrook. Richard Mahon presented regarding
amended approval process. Proposal has already been
approved by the discipline and department, approved by
Tech Review approximately two weeks ago, and approved at
the Curriculum Committee last week. Discussion ensued
regarding current proposal possibly eliminating all courses
more than 3 levels below transfer (below 18 units). Locally
approved, not chancellor’s office approved program.
Questions and concerns raised (Lehr, Wiggs) regarding
resources, wording, surveys and levels, addressed by Richard
Mahon who also explained levels below transfer. Dr. Isaac
with input regarding nomenclature; certificate related to
employment, market surveys, advisory council, course
completion. Additional input, questions and concerns
(Barnes, Legner, Sandoval, Braiman) addressed by Richard
Mahon and further discussed. M/S/C Mahon/Sandoval to
postpone item until April 2 in order to ask Carla Reible to
join the meeting. Suggestion made to contact Ron Vito for
information/query on number of students qualified for
certificates. Linda Braiman asked about affordability,
addressed by Virginia McKee-Leone, regarding moving into
the realm of CTE area and another associated level.
Additional discussion followed regarding students entering
courses to complete, course elimination and low level basic
skills courses, accreditation standards violation.
B. Report on 50% Law and the Budget (Mark Lehr) –
Spreadsheet distributed and discussed. Suggested to call in
Aaron Brown to explain the differences in expenditures and
C. Discussion of AP 3710 Intellectual Property and
Copyright – M/S/C Wiggs/Lehr to postpone the three AP
items and Committee Appointments.
D. Discussion of AP 7212 Temporary Faculty - Long and
E. Discussion of AP 7214 Compensation for Substitute
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F. Committee Appointments - Jody Julian, nonvoting member
on the DAS; Richard Davin and Paul O’Connell, voting
members on the ACTPIS Council.
G. Suggested Revisions to Mission Statement – Moved to top
under New Business. Lee Nelson provided information
regarding further changes listed in emails received from
Susan Mills. Motion to postpone item for one month, (to
April 16) to allow time for the APC and Susan Mills to make
changes, M/S/C Lehr/Braiman, 1 abstention. Discussion
followed. Rikki Hix with input regarding the April 16th
deadline which is needed in order to make it to the board’s
June meeting. Lee Nelson provided history of item
ADJOURNMENT Meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.