REDWOODS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Meeting of the Academic Senate Executive Committee Eureka: 7351 Tompkins Hill Road, SS 201, Academic Senate Office Crescent City: 883 W Washington Blvd, Room E-4 Monday, November 30, 2015 at 3 PM MINUTES Members Present: All members were present (Co-President Mark Renner by phone) Guest Speakers: Susan Nordlof and Angela Stewart 1. Call to Order: Co-President Connie Wolfsen called the meeting to order at 2:58 pm. 2. Public Comment: No public, no comments. 3. Action Items 3.1 Approve November 13 Meeting Minutes: On a motion by Mike Dennis, seconded by Lisa Sayles, the minutes were approved as written. 4. Discussion 4.1 To Have (or Not to Have) Full Senate Meeting on Jan. 15, 2016: This is a flex day. There is a lot of work to do, but there are Division meetings and flex activities that may interfere with this meeting. We could try to find out what flex and Division meetings may be on the docket, then. The main discussion for that possible Senate meeting would consist of Accreditation concerns, plans, and datelines (including Angelina Hill in the conversation and planning). Another important discussion would be regarding the revisions to the Senate Constitution and Bylaws; a January meeting would allow Senators to approve the revisions in good time. 4.2 Revision of Constitution & Bylaws: Some new additional language was a specific effort to codify past practice. 4.3 Senate Agenda for December 4: Reviewed/revised. 4.4 Annual Plan Action Items: No time 4.5 Noncredit: Questions and/or Concerns: No time 4.6 BP/AP Updates: No time 4.7 Honors Program: Susan Nordlof & Angela Stewart were present to discuss changes they would like to implement. It is at a turning point, or may be considered at crisis point. They have discovered that advantages we have offered for students are no longer valid: especially Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) changes. An older Honors program was much more successful, with lots of outreach to high schools. Budgeting problems required cuts that created a less cohesive and unimpressive program. The UCs do not like our present contract system, and are not accepting transfers for CR Honors students. The Honors team is also currently trying to contact past Honors students to see what they would suggest for program procedures/awards/incentives. Current students do not want changes to be implemented this year. Michelle Haggerty has been consulted (for Curriculum concerns). Separate course outlines for Honors courses are required. They need to decide whether to let the program languish or take another direction. The community would like to continue the program but we must offer more incentives for students. In order to make the program transferable, the process for approving Honors courses (about 30?) would go through the entire approval process (Curriculum and Chancellor’s office). Smaller classes and revised outlines would require collaboration between Faculty and Administration. We must build up a support system that works to academically promote students while working together as instructors to strengthen the procedures and codify them. There are approximately 15-20 students now, and making it grow is important. There are heavy Arts, Languages, and English use now, and we need more Math and Science interests. Starting at the high school level is an important way to give students a better start. How to get more math and science classes? Math instructors do not seem to be into it. It’s currently unpaid work to develop courses. CR investment is critical as students will be more likely to get into the program if we can promote it early. It’s an important incentive to be able to provide Credit for transfer. Students are eager for the credential of being an Honor student. They would like the Academic Senate to provide support to the idea of the program being included in budgeting, processes (like Education Master Plan), etc. One idea is to restore “Program” status in a Program Review sense; the processes have included program review in past, but not lately. SARTCO agreement is where some of the things that used to work were written, but changes made recently have dropped some of the working pieces. It’s not a club, and involves course work and faculty… Another idea is to set up an ad-hoc task force to look into possibilities. Program reviews are needed in order to be funded and show progress. See how we could build up the program, have a trial period, use past students as enrollment/advertising points. An ad-hoc committee seems to be a great place to start a District conversation. As it now stands, the “program” could now be accused of using false advertising (transfers not accepted). Can Senate be instrumental in starting the ad-hoc and getting the seminar program started? It’s a hybrid of Senate issues. Co-Presidents could have discussion with CRFO about ways and means. The Program does need help – perhaps AP 4021 Program Revitalization or Discontinuation Process could be utilized? 5. Future Agenda Items: No time. 6. Announcements/Open Forum: A discussion about time limits for guest speakers at future meetings (Senate and Executive). 7. Adjournment: On a motion by Kady Dunleavy, seconded by Lisa Sayles, the meeting was adjourned at 5:26 pm. Public Notice—Nondiscrimination: College of the Redwoods does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, color or disability in any of its programs or activities. College of the Redwoods is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. Upon request this publication will be made available in alternate formats. Please contact Debbie Williams, Academic Senate Support, 7351 Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka, CA 95501, (707) 476-4259, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.