SKYLINE COLLEGE ACADEMIC SENATE

                            CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MINUTES

DATE:          November 5, 2008

PRESENT:       Curriculum Committee
               Daisy Araica, Science/Math/Technology
               Jan Fosberg, Physical Education
               Joyce Lee, Counseling
               Christine Roumbanis, Chair, Business
               Leigh Anne Sippel, Language Arts
               Dennis Wolbers, Social Science/Creative Arts & Library

               Sherri Hancock, Dean, Enrollment Services
               Rick Wallace, Dean, Counseling (for Articulation/Matriculation)
               Carlos Lazalde, Associated Students

ABSENT:        Adriana Lazalde, Persis Morrice, Regina Stanback Stroud

GUESTS:        Rosie Bell, Donna Bestock, Michael Moynihan, Graciela Phelps, Dietra Prater Slack,
               Masao Suzuki

Chair Christine Roumbanis convened the meeting at 2:10 pm.

Student representative Carlos Lazalde introduced himself.

I.      Approval of Meeting Minutes: 10/29/08

        The minutes of the October 29th meeting were approved as submitted, with Professor Leigh
        Anne Sippel abstaining as she was not present at the meeting.

II.     New Course – Second Reading

        ANTH 170 – Anthropology of Death
              ANTH 170 was accepted for second and final reading.

III.    New Courses – First Reading

        ECON 111 – The Economy Today

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       Social Science/Creative Arts Dean Donna Bestock presented for Economics Professor
       Masao Suzuki. Dean Bestock explained that Professors Suzuki, George Wright and Nancy
       Kaplan-Biegel had recently presented a teach-in on the economy that was well-attended. She
       said that ECON 111 is a resurrection of a course offered at Skyline 30 years ago and that it is
       intended for non-Economics majors and will be useful to students in a broad spectrum of
              Accepted the Content Review Form for ECON 111 (Recommended: Eligibility for
               ENGL 100 or 105, or equivalent).
              Accepted ECON 111 for first reading.

       HIST 444 – Survey of Sub-Saharan African History
       History Professor Rosie Bell presented the course indicating that she had been asked by
       Professor Pat Deamer and others to develop an African History course, which has not
       previously been available on campus or in the District. She explained that the course content
       will cover material from the origins and impact of the slave trade through current issues. She
       added that the course will be included in a new African area of emphasis for the
       International Studies degree.
              Accepted the Content Review Form for HIST 444 (Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL
               100 or 105, or equivalent.).
              Accepted HIST 444 for first reading.

       LEGL 671 – Introduction to Paralegal Internship
       Adjunct Paralegal Studies Professor Dietra Prater Slack presented the course reminding the
       Committee that it began as an experimental course this Fall Semester. She explained that in
       working with employers in the legal community she has learned that there is a lack of
       readiness and professionalism in the paralegal work environment. She added that she did not
       originally intend for the course to have a significant classroom component, but discovered
       the need for instruction on professional skills to accompany the internship component from
       employers during her research over the summer. Professor Prater Slack discovered that there
       are students being formally interviewed for internships who do not have a resume or cover
       letter prepared. She added that she plans to include presentations from employment agencies
       that specialize in legal placements, legal office managers, practicing paralegals, and managing
       partners as part of the course.
              Accepted the Content Review Form for LEGL 671 (Recommended: Eligibility for
               ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Students are
               strongly advised to complete or enroll concurrently in LEGL 443 or LEGL 445.).
              Accepted LEGL 671 for first reading with the following corrections:
               Form D
                   Title changed to Paralegal Internship I
                   Unit value corrected from 3 to 4 units to 4 units fixed
                   Course repeatability corrected from 2 times to not repeatable
                   Faculty load credit corrected to 3 FLC

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               Content Review Form
                   Course title changed to Paralegal Internship I
               Course Outline
                   Title changed to Paralegal Internship I
                   Unit value corrected from 3 to 4 units to 4 units fixed
                   Grading method under #10 corrected to reflect Form D: Letter Graded

       SOCI 160 – Sociology of Sex and Gender
       Sociology Professor Michael Moynihan presented the course indicating that he has been
       considering it for some time. He explained that existing courses on the topic of sex and
       gender are offered under Anthropology, Human Sexuality and Psychology. He added that
       there is increasing research and knowledge about gender issues and how the brain works
       differently based on gender, and there is an opportunity with this contemporary research to
       examine how gender roles have traditionally been structured and how various groups are
       challenging those historical assumptions, particularly the women’s movement. Professor
       Moynihan added that more than 60% of Skyline's student body is female.
       In response to a question of how the proposed course differs from ANTH 165 – Sex and
       Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Professor Moynihan explained that the focus of ANTH 165
       is primarily cross-cultural and historical, whereas SOCI 160 is intended to focus more on
       contemporary perspectives. Dean Bestock added that part of the impetus behind this course
       is the potential for developing new major concentrations, such as Women's Studies.
              Accepted the Content Review Form for SOCI 160 (Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL
               100 or 105, or equivalent.).
              Accepted SOCI 160 for first reading.

IV.    International Logistics Degree/Certificate Program

       Adjunct Professor Graciela Phelps introduced the International Logistics degree and
       certificate program, the curriculum for which was developed with a two-year grant. She
       added that courses for the program have been offered Spring 2008. The certificates are
       Customs Broker (9 units), Ocean Freight Forwarding (12 units), and Air Freight Forwarding
       (12 units). Professor Phelps explained that all of the International Logistics courses and an
       additional 6 units of electives comprise the International Logistics Associate in Science
       Degree, and all of the core courses are offered online.
              Accepted the International Logistics Degree and Certificate program.

V.     Other

       District-wide Course Management Taskforce
       Chair Roumbanis stated that she and Maria Norris are participating on a District-wide
       Course Management Taskforce, which will be reviewing three different curriculum
       management software programs – CurricuNet, WebCMS and Decision Academic. Chair
       Roumbanis explained that the taskforce has decided on the criteria by which the software
       programs will be evaluated and will be looking at demonstrations of the products in

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       February 2009, to which all interested faculty will be invited. She added that the outcome of
       the taskforce could be a decision to keep some version of the current college processes
       rather than purchasing a product. On November 20th the Curriculum Committee chairs and
       Instruction Office administrative analysts will demonstrate the current curriculum processes
       for the taskforce group.

       Compressed Calendar Taskforce
       ESOL Professor Leigh Anne Sippel reported that the Compressed Calendar Taskforce met
       on October 30th. She explained that the colleges were asked to begin looking at a
       compressed calendar a year ago and that Cañada is very much in favor of the alternative
       calendar and has pushed forward. She added that community colleges are not allowed to
       select their own compressed calendar and must adhere to what has been developed by the
       State Chancellor's Office, which is referred to as either a 16-5-16-5-5 or 15-5-15-5-5 (both of
       which describe 15 weeks of instruction plus a finals week for fall and spring semesters with
       an optional five-week winter intercession and two five-week summer sessions). On a
       compressed calendar, Fall Semester would begin after Labor Day, in September rather than
       August, and end before the holidays; Spring Semester would begin in February and end in
       Professor Sippel stated that there is wide representation on the taskforce, with deans, faculty
       and classified from all campuses participating. She added that she is Skyline's faculty
       representative and Physical Education/Athletics/Dance Dean Joe Morello is Skyline's
       administrative representative. In response to the question of whether there are student
       representatives on the taskforce, she indicated that there are not and there need to be.
       Professor Sippel explained that the current issue before the colleges is whether each campus
       has enough classroom space to accommodate a compressed calendar format, and that the
       Deans will be tasked with this assessment. She added that she is aware that the Physical
       Education Division has already expressed difficulties with a compressed calendar.
       Professor Sippel expressed that she currently gets a third of her enrollment in the third week
       of classes (after the add period) because of the District's early start, so one benefit of the
       compressed calendar could be alignment with semester start dates at feeder institutions.
       Dean of Counseling Rick Wallace suggested that the taskforce take a good look at Riverside
       and Modesto Community Colleges. He said that Modesto lost 10% of its enrollment when it
       transitioned to a compressed calendar, and he added that there are implications for Student
       Services as well. Dean of Enrollment Services Sherri Hancock stated that she is aware of
       colleges that increased their enrollment when they moved to a compressed calendar:
       Professor Sippel added that the compressed calendar worked well at Mission College, with
       the exception of the Hospitality program, which had large classes. She concluded by stating
       that the primary reasons for considering a compressed calendar are to align fall semesters
       better with other school starts, being able to generate additional FTES during intercessions,
       and more instructor-student contact hours per meeting.

VI.    Adjourn

       The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 pm.

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