Ohlone College

Course and Program Approval Committee Minutes

February 2, 2004



Chairperson, Deb Parziale called the meeting to order at 3:04 p.m.


Approval of Minutes for December 1, 2003:

Motion to approve the minutes for December 1, 2003: Rick Arellano/second/K.G. Greenstein. Approved.


Members Present:

Rick Arellano, Adam Peck, Maria Ramirez, Alyce Lentz, Claire Ellis, Chris Warden, Deb Parziale, Carrie Dameron, Rachel Sherman, K.G. Greenstein, Peggy Kaufmann, Mark Barnby, Janice Jones


Members Absent:

Phil Zahorsky, Jeff Dean, Bill Parks, Student Representation


Managers Present:

Michael Bowman, Dr. Jim Wright, Walter Birkedahl, Leta Stagnaro


Others Present:

Heidi Barkow, Ann Fuller


Chair’s Report:

Ø       February 23, 2004 CAPAC meeting cancelled.


Ø       General Education Plan A revisions approved by the Board of Trustees on January 14, 2004.


Ø       CurricUNET Update:


§         Mock course approval completed in December 2003; Analysis of mock approval resulted in modifications in process and messaging; second mock course approval completed in January.

·         The CurricUNET team will be working on messaging at the next CurricUNET meeting. The English faculty will work on the content outline and K.G. Greenstein will work on the formatting of the textbook area. Dr. Wright would like to set up a meeting with the CurricUNET workgroup to discuss CurricUNET implementation. Pilot of CurricUNET for CS and CAOT Departments will begin.

§         A list of Ohlone’s Official Course Outlines that have been transferred to the CurricUNET database by Heidi Barkow.


Ø       CAPAC website has been updated. Visit www.ohlone.edu/org/capac/


Ø       Learning Outcomes Task Force

A group of seven Ohlone faculty went to a workshop last November and there will be another workshop on March 12, 2004. There are seven slots and half have been filled. The workshop is a whole day. There is a free workshop on February 19, 2004 in Oakland. Deb Parziale will send information out to CAPAC members. Rob Smedfjeld and Cheryl Lambert have created a new website for SLOPE, where you can find resources, definitions and information. Books will be available in the library for faculty use.

§         Student Learning Outcomes Professional Enthusiasts – SLOPE

§         New SLOPE website: http://www2.ohlone.cc.ca.us/org/facultysenate/slope/

§         Definitions developed for assessment, student learning outcomes, goals, objectives, evaluation.


·         The faculty of Ohlone College have developed operative definitions of the terms: assessment, goals, student learning outcomes, objectives, and evaluation. These working definitions are used to facilitate communication since words are ambiguous and subject to many interpretations.


·         Assessment is the systematic collection, analysis, interpretation, and use of information to determine the success in reaching the stated objectives, outcomes, and goals to improve the teaching/learning process.


·         Goals are global and broad statements that clearly focus on the philosophy and purpose of the college, programs, and services. The main focus is on facilitating teaching and learning within the college system.


·         Student Learning Outcomes are global and broad measurable statements that clearly state the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes a student has attained at the end of a course or program or with college graduation. Learning outcomes are student focused.

·         Learning outcomes:

o        Focus on what the student can do

o        Demonstrate the student is competent

o        Include a measurable expectation

o        Use active verbs (Bloom’s Taxonomy)


·         Objectives are specific incremental steps that clearly work toward the accomplishment of the goals and student learning outcomes. Objectives are measurable and short-term in nature.


·         Evaluation is the judgment of a student’s work to determine the learning achieved, the grade earned, and/or the graduation requirements satisfied. (For Course Outline use)

·         Approved by SLOPE, January 23, 2004


Dr. Wright: This process is meant to improve (assessment). There are no right or wrong answers. The terms will be used at Ohlone at the course, program and college level. Dialog included the following:

§         Create a culture of evidence and research.

§         Define your terms.

§         Are you measuring the process or the student or the student learning.

§         Add Student Services to the Student Learning Outcomes.


Ø                   Minor Revisions:

Minor Course Revisions

§               ART 104B/ART 104C: No prerequisite 104A

§               BRDC 129: Eliminate prerequisite BRDC 123B (keep 123A)

§               CS 104C (ASP.NET) & CS 122 (C#.NET) are 4 units, Lecture hours 3, lab hours 3, repeat 0 times.

§               ENGL 112: Minor Revisions in catalog description, course content and textbook.

§               MM 110 Digital Video: Approved to repeat once; repeatable courses ca be counted twice to meet certificate requirements.

§               MUS-352: Name Change to “ Jazz/Rock Combos”

§               SPCH 102: Add Prerequisite of ENGL 101A; Add Catalog Description: “Students will identify a contemporary problem and will incorporate both qualitative and quantitative research methods to analyze and evaluate the issue. They will work collaboratively, with individual student groups assigned to tasks such as developing and administering questionnaires, conducting interviews, analyzing data, writing a summary report, and orally presenting the findings.”

§               All TD 148’s (Hip Hop): Delete “and Street Jazz Dance” from title and course description.


Minor Changes in the following Certificates:

§               For all Accounting, Business Supervision/Management, Marketing and Distribution; Small Business Management: Add PHIL 106 (Ethics) as and or with BA 166 (Business Ethics).

§               For Art History: Add ART 153 (3 units) and ART 117A (3 units) for a total of 13 units.

§               For Drawing/Design: Change title to “Design”; add ART 103C (3 units) for a total of 15 units.

§               For Interior Design Basics: Delete ART 104A (3 units); replace with ART 104C (3 units)

§               For Painting: Delete ART 113

§               For Photography: Replace ART 133 (3 units) with ART 133A (3 units) or ART 133B (3 units)

§               For Interior Design Certificate of Achievement: Delete ART 104A and replace with ART 104C (both 3 units)


Ø                   Transfer AS Degree in Exercise Science

§               The National Athletic Trainers Association is going through an accreditation and Ohlone would like to get on board. Articulation has to be at least 70% of required courses that need to be transferable. Ohlone courses are transferable to San Jose State University and Fresno. Many have been articulated and faculty are working with Michael Bowman on further articulation. 70% have to be transferable with the major. Need to add colleges that this will transfer to. Motion to approve: Rachel Sherman/second/Adam Peck. Motion Approved.


Ø                   Learning Outcomes

§               General Education “Plan A” - outcomes will be developed for each area, beginning with Area IV related to reading and writing. Will be working on a GE philosophy. Jack Peters will bring a rough draft of philosophy to the next GE meeting. After the GE Committee approves philosophy and outcomes they will go to CAPAC for approval.

§               SLOPE definitions will be discussed at CAPAC and Faculty Senate, and with the President; then will be sent to the Board.

§               Student Learning Outcomes – Limit to about 8 to 10 on the official course outline.

§               Content Outline – provide a detailed content outline on the official course outline.

§               Looking at computerized assessment. Title 3 grant may aid in this. Plan to integrate basic skills assessment and learning outcomes of the basic skills courses.

§               President suggests student have a smartcard with the student’s educational plan which will facilitate planning and discussion during counseling sessions.

§               Late entry courses available (ENGL-172 – ENGL-176) to assist in student’s success Students can register anytime during the semester to improve their reading, vocabulary, and writing skills. These are credit/no credit courses; repeatable 3 times.


Ø                         The college only gets apportionment for a certain amount of repeatable courses. The Chancellor’s Office repeatability guidelines will be discussed at the next CAPAC meeting.


Adjourned: 4:55 p.m.