Here is the Academic Senate agenda for March 26, 2015. Academic senate is open to the public and held in room 414 of the Cypress College Complex. This time, Student use of Instructional Space, item 8H, will be have a resolution and be voted on, hopefully in the favor of students. Check the link below for the live broadcast that begins on March 12 at 3:00 P.M.


I. Establish Quorum and Acknowledge Alternates            

II. Adoption of the Agenda        

III. Approval of Minutes from March 12, 2015      

IV. Public Commentary (3 minutes per speaker)          

V. Faculty Announcements and Invitations (2 minutes per speaker)  

VI. Special Reports (3 minutes per Report)    
A. Associated Students—Tanya Washington
B. United Faculty—Randa Wahbe
C. Staff Development—Peggy Austin
D. Curriculum Committee—Mark Majarian
E. Academic Senate Treasurer’s Report—Laurie Morvan
F. Cypress College Foundation—Lynn Mitts
G. Basic Skills Committee—Cindy Shrout
H. Student Learning Outcomes Assessment—Sarah Jones
I. Program Review and Department Planning—Kathleen Reiland
J. District Council on Budget and Facilities—Jolena Grande

VII. President’s Report and Committee Appointments (15 min.)  
There will be reports on information received from PBC, PAC, and the Board. The Senate will be updated on Measure J. There will also be a discussion of the positive work we do on the campus and discussion of how we want that work to be perceived.
–The Senate will need to appoint a representative to the following committees
—-1. District Instructional Effectiveness Coordinating Committee
—-2. District Technology Coordinating Council (TCC)
—-3. Student Equity Committee (2 members) 4. SSSP Manager Hiring Committee (2 members) 5. Self-Study Chair Search                   Committee (2 members)

VIII. Faculty Issues – Unfinished Business  
A. Funding Allocations for New Courses/Programs (10 min.)        Jolena Grande
In the wake of recent conversations, the Senate will be asked to discuss the issue of funding allocations for new courses/programs. How do we balance the encouragement of faculty innovation while being mindful of the costs?
B. Campus Reassigned Time Discussion (15 min.)       Jolena Grande
There will be a discussion of reassigned time and potential changes to how it is  divided. Senators were encouraged to do research to inform the discussion.  There will be discussion of creating a sub-committee to look into the issue.
C. Campus Maintenance Hour (5 min.)         Jolena Grande
There will be a discussion of a campus “maintenance hour” from 10:00 pm to  6:00 am being suggested by the administration. The need for a sub-committee  to address the issue will be explored.
D. Campus E-Mails for Students (5 min.)        J.Y Ho
The potential for students to receive campus e- mails will be discussed. The  Senate will be introduced to the topic and engage in preliminary discussions.
E. Distance Education Coordinator Position (10 min.)           Jolena Grande
The sub-committee will provide an update on their work in helping decide if the coordinator position should be limited to instructional design and another classified support position for IT should be established, and whether a more formal distance education program should be created.
F. Staff Development Coordinator Position (15 min.)       Jolena Grande
The Senate will need to determine whether the proposed process for selecting a coordinator is acceptable and review the proposed changes suggested by the Staff Development Committee, including changing the name to Professional Development. A vote on the proposals is expected.
G.  Committee to Revise By-Laws Update (10 min.)       Bryan Seiling
The Committee to Revise the By-Laws will be presenting a second read of proposed changes to the Senate By-Laws. A vote on the revisions is expected.
H.  Student Use of Instructional Space without Supervision (10 min.)    Michael Klyde
The sub-committee will present a draft of a policy that allows for students’ use of instructional space. This will be a second read with discussion and proposed changes. The Senate is expected to vote on the item.
I.   Resolution of Condemnation of Unprofessional Conduct (15 min.)     Keith Vescial
A Resolution will be presented for a second reading addressing the actions regarding the photocopying and distribution of a private correspondence that took place in the Language Arts Division. The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution.
J.  Role of Senate in Department/Division Issues (15 min.)                    Bryan Seiling
The Senate will be asked to create a committee to look into the issues within the Language Arts Division that have spilled over into Program Review, Curriculum, and other business of the Senate. The committee will seek to mediate the issues between departments and propose a resolution to the Senate.

IX. Faculty Issues – New Business  
A. Student Use of Electronic Devices (5 min.)              Jesse Saldana
There will be a preliminary discussion of the use of electronic devices by students in the classroom. The policies of the various divisions will be discussed.
B. Baccalaureate Degree Subcommittee (5 min.)       Jolena Grande
The Senate will need to direct the Curriculum Committee to create a subcommittee to work over the summer drafting the proposed criteria for the baccalaureate degree (graduation requirements, GE courses, etc.).
C. Resolutions for Spring Plenary Sessions (10 min.)       Jolena Grande
The proposed resolutions being voted on at the Spring Plenary Sessions will be discussed. The Senate will also be asked to choose the number of attendees and level of funding for the sessions.
D. Staff Development Administrative Assistant II (10 min.)        Jolena Grande
Professional Development needs to reinstate the Administrative Assistant II  classified position that was cut during the budget crisis in 2008. This will give the  office the staffing it needs to create a robust, effective Professional Development  Program. The Senate will be asked to support reinstating the position.
E. Appeal of Proposed English 99 Course (10 min.)       Bryan Seiling
The Senate will be asked to hear an appeal to a decision made in the Curriculum  Committee regarding the proposed English 99 course. The Senate will be asked  to examine the issue and instruct the Curriculum Committee to allow the course  to proceed through the normal curriculum processes. No vote will be taken.

X. Adjournment 

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