OHLONE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Video Conference Room /
Minutes of College Council
MEMBERS PRESENT: Doug Treadway Dennis Keller
Walt Birkedahl Kathleen Johnson
Richard Grotegut Wayne Takakuwa
Barbara Tull (new faculty member) Ron Travenick (for Debbie Tucker)
Zane Gray Cheryl Lambert
MEMBERS ABSENT: Dave Schurtz
· It was mentioned that the Council Retreat “minutes” are more accurately notes from the meeting. Although there were two questions regarding the notes, no changes were requested.
Motion: Moved/Silva; Second/Johnson;
Passed (with one abstention) to approve the
· Suggestions for future Council agenda items included:
o Accreditation within self-study guidelines, pertaining to strategic planning
o Task forces/committees (and reporting process / calendar)
o Strategic plan (second reading)
on construction of
o Foundation update / capital campaign
o Compressed calendar (information item)
o Joint meeting scheduled for Sept 27 (faculty senates from Alliant & Ohlone). in Video Conference Room. Various benefits and concerns (logistics) will be explored. In terms of enrollment growth, there is positive potential.
met with the President of Alliant & toured their SF campus recently. Also
Cox, President of Alliant, impressed that this is viewed as dual venture
including Ohlone students and students from other states in the country who
wouldn't come to Ohlone but would enroll at Alliant. Joint admissions.
o Partnership with Alliant could also benefit Ohlone employees who do not have degree beyond Associate's.
o Master's degree? Not being considered at this time.
collaboration (link plus, and additional resources)
· College Connection Program
o How are students identified? Are they Counselor selected? Selection of faculty and students to be worked out as consortium. We would be working with 7 local high schools.
o Goals: first cohort of 30 students
o Faculty Senate report on compressed calendar. Considering length of term, spring break, etc. Agreement among Senate that Spring break needs to stay. All other schools seem to be on 16 week calendar, with spring break and finals week. To transition to 16 week term, add 7 minutes to each class. 16 week term adds contact hours w/students. Informational meeting next week for faculty to consider 15 or 16 week calendars. Then Faculty Senate to vote within 2 weeks.
o Faculty divided re: finals week. Vote will be on logistics of calendar. When Ohlone starts and finishes, and length of term.
o Chancellor's office update: If we want to change, need to notify their office the fall before implementation. Options communicated to Chancellor's office yesterday. if we go with 16 week, fast track for next Fall. List distributed of alternative calendars adopted within the state. No one else on 15 week calendar, so if we select that option, it may take longer to get approval through Chancellor's office.
o Noted that CSU/Berkeley/Santa Clara/SFSU, etc. observe 16 week calendar. Will need Board approval for any change.
o Fiscal or enrollment difference? Spike in enrollment, retention, student success the first year, then plateau to (still) increased numbers. Anticipate 2%+ contact hours.
we move from Fall '07 to Fall '06? Topic
of compressed calendar brought to previous Faculty Senate at FLEX. 109 in attendance (101 voted to move to compressed
calendar). Unprecedented support. Implementation plan next step.
· Each task force operating differently. Review of what's working and what's not.
· Facilities Committee proposal to establish and organize “advisory committees” around key facility projects (handout and discussion). Comments included:
o People with the most interest would be involved, Involving a broader group
o Other advisory committees might include: secondary effects, surplus property/frontage property development, athletic fields, parking lot planning, etc.
o Caution that not all represented groups would participate. Suggestion that Council review participants and monitor. Response to keep Council at receiving end of reports and recommendations but not micro-managing. Council to stay at coordinating level.
· User group instead of advisory.
· Council's role is to ensure appropriate involvement, process, and representation, not to second guess details. Reminder that Council’s charter is strategic
· College leaders meeting suggestion that Learning College Task Force be divided in two (Goal 4 having a new task force). Other than that modification, other task forces moving along.
work group to look at
· Recommend that we have a task force of the Council to monitor each of our 7 goals and revisit the proper way for that oversight to occur, and differentiate the operational aspects. Come back to next meeting with recommended way to fill in goal 4 and revise goal 2 with regard to task force goal and objectives. What had been tried as a merger, some feel that keeping each goal distinct is preferred. Asking Council to consider seven distinct task forces.
· Some disagreement in that some people feel that the learning college task force is effective as it is --overseeing several goals.
comment: College leaders group can look
at task force effectiveness. College Council
can look at structure, but don’t need separate.
Council to review Task Forces.
Treadway doesn’t think we need a separate Council group to do this. Leadership group is part of Council. Treadway reviewed his vision of task forces.
· Reminder that Council needs to establish/confirm committees so that they can start meeting. For example, there should be a Staff Development committee but it has not been established. Faculty are ready to start meeting on these committees. Need to establish target date for when these committees will start.
· Concern expressed to keep ideal of learning college – inclusive learning from everyone at Ohlone. Council should have subgroups to be "care-takers" of each goal – not the implementers.
· Dennis: will continue this discussion at next Council meeting. Existing committees should proceed with their work.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at