Cosumnes River College Academic Senate Orchard Room November 14, 2008 Approved MINUTES Meeting begins at 12:34 p.m. Attendance: Cheri Fortin, Kale Braden, Teresa Aldredge, Balbina Chaderjian, Lily Kun, Margaret Woodcock, Ralph Hendrix, Constance Carter, Darlene Mathias, Marjorie Duffy, Norv Wellsfry, Dana Wassmer, Dan Dubray, Greg Beyrer, Rick Schubert , Lanny Hertzberg, Maha Myren, Michelle Barkley, Jamey Nye, Chuck Van Patten, Lon Davenport, Travis Parker. Announcements: Not all people received the e-mail containing agendas and attachments for this meeting because of an on-going problem with the all-faculty and all-adjunct faculty global e-mail lists. Chancellor Brice Harris was on campus before this meeting to talk about budget difficulties. No layoffs or reductions in salary are planned (yet). Budgets will be tight and could be reduced as much as 10%. On the 20% (non-salary) side of district financing, the District Budget committee and the local college Budget committees will be handling the processes of deciding what changes/reductions should be made. The Spring schedule and Summer Schedules are already set, but Fall will likely be held to their real and actual FTE allocations instead of being allowed to routinely go over their allocation as some divisions have done. Some reductions in class sections are also likely. Summer classes may be reduced if necessary. Hawkathon: Checks go to the CRC Foundation. Total is believed to be in excess of $5,000. Exercise period ends Nov. 15. Money should be collected by Nov. 21. CRC’s LRCFT President Chuck Van Patten is organizing a Capitol Visit for near the start of the Spring semester. Action Items: Approval of the minutes of 24 October 2008. Approved with minor corrections. Curriculum Committee Charge: Senate accepts the document and thanks the committee for this work. Budget Committee Charge: Senate accepts the document and thanks the committee for this work. Updates: Faculty Hiring Prioritization Final rankings from the college president: English (1), Math, Art, Counseling, PE/Dance, ECE, English (2), RTVF, Counseling (2), Business Technology, Spanish. All positions, whether replacement or growth, must be justified in the light of the new business climate in California. Faculty Forum Follow-Up “Shared Conversation”: Meeting is next week. Request for Grade Change Form #91708: CRC’s recommendations were accepted at the District Academic Senate and are moving forward. Competency Committee Appointments: New membership rules, charges and operating procedures proposed by the District Curriculum Coordinating Committee and have been accepted by the District Academic Senate. The Competency Committees have been meeting (outside their charge) and courses are being proposed and accepted or rejected for graduation competency anyway. Timelines and communication remain in question for the implementation of the new Competency Committee membership. President Nye will be contacting CRC members to serve on the competency committee under the new rules. Concern was expressed by the Senate about lack of open communication across the district and within the college as this process continued outside the rules. Issues and concerns about this new regulations should be advanced to President Nye. ACTION: The president is directed to ask for review of previous ‘committee’ decision that were done outside the process and for these to be reaffirmed or denied. Discussion Emeritus Proposal: The Sacramento City College Emeritus Association has a 30 year history, and newly retired faculty there get a variety of benefits. CRC however has nothing like this process. Over the last year, Lanny Hertzberg and a sub-committee of the senate have been determining what might be done to support, welcome and administer a process for retired faculty. The Union has also come out in support of a retirement group. The proposal would allow ask the Academic Senate to create a Faculty Emeritus Association. Moved/Seconded/Passed: The Academic Senate creates a Faculty Emeritus Association. The Academic Senate empowers its Emeritus Faculty sub-committee to form Association operating rules, responsibilities and possible benefits and to promote the group within the rules of the college. Recommendations from the Association will come to the Academic Senate for approval. President Nye will take this proposal to the President with the list of possible responsibilities and benefits with a request for support. Outcomes Assessment Common Themes: (Document Attached) The Assessment task force would like to share how some ideas are common across the college. Dana Wassmer will forward this document to the college. Strategic Plan: Access and Growth: This proposal is coming out of college planning. Senators are requested to review the document and provide feedback to Norv Wellsfry, Kathy McLain and Jamey Nye by Nov. 21. CASSL and SLO Coordinator Position Descriptions: The general job descriptions need to be revised and shortened. President Nye will send the job descriptions to the Outcomes Assessment Task Force for review and revision making it an attractive proposal for existing faculty. CASSL Wellness Institute: A proposal is to have this at either January Flex or in December. The December date was selected. Meeting Adjourned at 2:07 p.m.