Ohlone College

Course and Programs Approval Committee Minutes

April 19, 2004


Chairperson, Deb Parziale called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.


Approval of Minutes:

Motion to Approve the minutes for April 5, 2004. Rick Arellano/second/Phil Zahorsky. Motion passed.


Members Present:

Chris Warden, Rachel Sherman, Jeffrey Dean, Claire Ellis, Bill Parks, Janice Jones, K.G. Greenstein, Phil Zahorsky, Chieko Honma, Peggy Kauffman, Rick Arellano, Adam Peck. Maria Ramirez, Deb Parziale, Mark Barnby


Managers Present:

Dr. Jim Wright, Dr. Lisa Waits, Michael Bowman, Walt Birkedahl, Dr. Shirley Peck,


Others Present:

Heidi Barkow, Xisheng Fang, Lili Xu, Ann Fuller


Chair’s Report:

Minor Revisions:

§        CS 186C – Delete “Advanced” from title; change title to “Routing and Switching”; Delete Advisory of ELEC 156A/B; revision of 12A/B, #13; revision to #16; revised textbook #18.

§        CS 186D – revision to 12A/B, 13; revision to #15, 16, and 18.

§        CS 188A – revision to 12A/B, revision to #15 and 16.

§        CS 188B – revision to 12A; revision to #15, 16, and 18.

§        CS 188C - revision to 12A; revision to #15 and 16.

§        CS 188D – revision to 12B; revision to #15 and 16.

Approved for Distance Learning:

§       CAOT 104

§       ENGL 156

§       RE 121

§       RE 128


Certificate Approval:

Associate of Arts Transfer Degree in Music:

Rationale: Students have been doing the work and would like to receive credit for it. The department now wants to offer a transfer degree. Deb Parziale asked what percentage of courses need to be taken at Ohlone for the residency requirement. This will go back to Dennis Keller and Dr. Wright. Motion to Approve: Adam Peck/second/K.G. Greenstein. Motion approved.

(Chair’s note: the department will require 50% of the core courses to be taken at Ohlone)


Computer Applications in Biotechnology:

The student will be able to go into the job market with the certificate. This will be tabled until the May 3rd meeting after the new courses (BIOT/CS – 131, 132, 133 have been reviewed.)




Review of Year-End Accomplishments of CAPAC Subcommittees:



During the 2003-2004 academic year the Distance Learning subcommittee has met monthly to screen the course outlines’ addenda for online courses. The committee’s members have also joined another ad-hoc committee formed to write the 5 year Distance Education Plan renamed “Technology across the Curriculum” .

Work on the remaining objectives: Develop guidelines and best practices for online teaching and learning, promote faculty dialogues on online teaching and learning and showcase faculty’s best practices, will be continued by an emerging task force on teaching and learning in conjunction with the Innovation and Technology Center’s staff .


Outside hosting for courses was looked at. They are looking at integrating WebCT with Datatel.


With the approval from CAPAC and the Board of Trustees there were three major changes to our Plan A GE graduation requirements:


1. Area I:  Natural Science
ANTH-101 and 101L; ASTR 102; BIOT 100, 105 are added as options to complete the Natural Science requirement. PHYS 103 was deleted.


2. Area II: Social Science (HIST 117A or PS 102)
This area was expanded to give students more options. Those courses already identified by the Chancellor's Office as meeting CSU GE Social Science requirements are added to the Ohlone College Plan A Social Science requirements. The approved options include:


AJ 101, 102, 106, 117; ANTH 102, 103,104, 105; BRDC 155; BA 102A, 102B; CHS 101, 102, 112; CS 101, 101L; GEOG 102, 104; HIST 105, 112, 114, 115, 117A,117B, 118; IS 110, 120; JOUR 155; PS 102, 103, 105; PSY 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 108, 110; SOC 101, 102, 105, 106; SPCH 105; WS 120.


3. AREA VII: Tech Tool
This requirement was renamed as "Information Competency" and will now require that all students take one of the following courses: CAOT 153, CS/LS 151 or LS 101.

This new structure change is listed in our summer and fall schedule and will be effective Fall 2004.

Additional Advanced Placement (AP) exams have been approved by division faculty and by CAPAC as meeting course and GE requirements at Ohlone College for 2004-2005.  Based on a new procedure and process developed by the GE Committee last year, we now have 14 new AP approved exams. It is the goal of the GE committee and CAPAC to increase in the future the current number of AP exams.  


Significant dialogue regarding GE Philosophy and Student Learning Outcomes has occurred this year. Final determination of both will occur in the next academic year following the College Councils ratification of the district-wide goals.


Michael Bowman – statewide movement to a standardized acceptance of AP credit like the CSUs and UC’s. Key areas of AP exams, ECON, Music Theory, History and Government, Language, Literature, and Art.


CAPAC Calendar:

Motion to approve the 2004-05 CAPAC Calendar. Janice Jones/second/Rachel Sherman. Motion approved.


Issue: Advanced Placement:

The GE Committee approved the following motion that all CSU/UC accepted AP exams be accepted to meet the GE certification and to count toward graduation under Plans B or C for GE. The GE Committee members request CAPAC members to review, dialog, and approve the motion. The GE Committee brought forward a recommendation that AP exams be acceptable to meet Ohlone requirements for CSU/IGETC GE Certification and count toward Plans B and C associate degree requirements. It was noted that AP credit cannot be counted for courses we do not offer (Latin, for instance). It was also noted that for Plan A GE and for credit toward requirements within a major, only those AP exams approved by Ohlone faculty are acceptable. The minimum scores and of units awarded will correspond to the guidelines for accepting AP credit as set by CSUs and UCs. Motion to approve: Maria Ramirez/second/Claire Ellis. 10 in favor 1 abstention. Motion approved.


District Wide Vision, Values and Goals:

The District Wide Vision, Values and Goals were developed from the data gained during the January 30th college symposium. They have been revised several times to include input from the teams who worked on developing the Title III grant, the Strategic Planning Task Force, SLOPE, and community input. Dr. Treadway held a community forum. Send any further thoughts on the vision, values and goals to Deb.




April 1, 2004


85 community leaders met on April 1, 2004 at the Anderson Auditorium of Washington Hospital for a planning symposium sponsored by Ohlone College. Representation at the symposium included a broad spectrum including the cities and schools of Fremont and Newark, health care, private industry, professions and businesses, public agencies, cultural and community service organizations. Participants met in small groups and devised lists of the strengths and opportunities for improvement of the college. The groups also provided feedback on a proposed statement of vision, values and goals for the college district. The following is a summary of the data collected during the event.


Strengths of Ohlone College

Quality of faculty and staff

Good relationships with administration and community

High transfer rates—quality education

Ethnic diversity of student body

Quality of the curriculum

Variety of the curriculum

Deaf Studies program

Basic education

Vocational training and workforce preparation

Language classes

Nursing program

Sports teams

Computer offerings

Quality of the campus facilities (Smith Center)

Good location(s) and access to the campus

New technology center

Affordable and reasonable costs

Cost effectiveness

Graduates are well qualified to enter workforce

Good reputation of the college

Good name recognition

Outreach to the community

High standards for a community college

Excellent student service

Land space and resources for expansion

Community involvement and support

Partnerships for mutual benefit

Community entertainment—arts and athletics

Collaboration with area high schools

College for Kids


Opportunities for Improvement


Expand biotech programs

Expand nursing program and transition LVN, A DN, BSN

Expand technical training

Expand off-campus training to more business sites

Expand distance learning/ on-line classes

Expand internships

Increase flexibility in course offerings (working adults)

Life skills to community at large

Non-credit short courses for mature residents

More access for disabled students and job opportunities

More safety and security services

Operations management classes

Problem solving skills

Vocational rehabilitation, skills retooling

Facility and campus maintenance/upgrades

Parking and signage

Community partnerships/ financial resources

Communication of college needs to the community

Collaboration efforts with Newark (Library) (Board of Trustees)

Include Union City

Improve Board public image and functioning

Promotion of campus events

Support services for part-time faculty

Newark campus services

Poor cafeteria

Tutorial labs reduction in hours

Recruitment and retention of faculty

Greater access to counselors

Develop a business incubator

More communication and links to business and industry

More concerts

Collaboration with public schools and ROP

Articulation with universities

More diverse faculty (Latinos)

Use volunteer talents and expertise in community




Diversity and inclusiveness should be a priority

Values should be active and proactive (not passively stated)

More emphasis needed on community outreach and partnerships

Vision is compelling and on target

Goals need measurement/ benchmarks

Community Forum should be an annual event






Ohlone College will be known throughout California for our inclusiveness, innovation and superior rates of student success




We provide life long learning opportunities for students, college personnel and the community

We open access to higher education and actively reach out to underserved populations

We promote diversity and inclusiveness

We maintain high standards in our constant pursuit of excellence

We value trust, respect and integrity

We promote team work and open communication

We practice innovation and actively encourage risk-taking and entrepreneurship

We demonstrate stewardship for our human, financial, physical and environmental resources




Promote appreciation for and understanding of diverse races and cultures by expanding the diversity of college personnel, international education offerings and exchanges, cross-cultural curricula, and ethnic/cultural events


Develop across the curriculum the Learning College Model, utilizing methods and technologies that hold the most promise for improving student course and program completion success rates


Develop strategies to increase the proportion of full-time students including learning communities, cohort groups, enhanced facilities and improved course availability


Provide continuous learning for all personnel associated with the District and promote an organizational structure that is adaptable, collegial and supportive of the Learning College Model


Promote the health, environmental, cultural and economic vitality of the communities served by the District through programs of outreach, community service and partnership ventures


Promote and maintain a clean, safe and healthy college environment through continuous engagement of students and college personnel in campus preparedness, wellness, beautification and environmental sustainability


Increase public and private funds for educational programs, equipment and facilities through entrepreneurial activities, grants and the college foundation.


Teaching Learning Task Force/Role of CAPAC and CAPAC Subcommittees:

Dr. Jim Wright – College Council, CAPAC, and SLOPE have been working on two major initiatives this year -shared governance and a refocus on teaching and learning process (on what we do). Next year plans are being discussed to revise the college committee to include eight task forces, which line up with accreditation standards and will focus their work on the strategic planning goals and objectives. CAPAC and Faculty Senate are not involved in any restructuring. Role of Faculty Senate needs some discussion – may become more academic. The SLOPE Team will work with programs to be reviewed next year to develop measurable student learning outcomes. Final decisions regarding the Task Force implementation will occur at the College Council meeting at the end of April or beginning of May.


The focus of the Teaching Learning Institute will be on the continuous improvement of the teaching/learning process, clarification and development of student learning outcomes at the course, program and college levels and assessment. The Teaching and Learning Task Force will not be another committee. It will be a process to stimulate faculty involvement in leadership, to empower faculty and staff, and a mechanism to create a continuous dialogue on innovation and the creation of better programs for student success. Ohlone needs to be a faculty driven institution. Student Learning is the central concept of the college. The task force will encourage faculty to develop initiates, which are driven by faculty interest and passion. Faculty will be empowered to lead and implement change. Faculty will be a learning community, using bulletin boards, chat rooms and face-to-face contacts; maybe have a college-wide learning event once a semester. The Teaching/Learning Institute will create a “spirit” as opposed to a “think”. The Institute will provide support, encouragement, and recognition for teaching/learning innovations. It will be a fun and enjoyable way to make a contribution. Dr. Wright is looking for feedback or suggestions, will talk with Faculty Senate, and will continue this dialogue in the fall.


Possible Initiates:

Student Learning Outcomes and assessment

Success for under-prepared and under-represented students (Title III, NSF, TRIO)

Learning communities and other collaborative learning approaches

Freshman year experience

Instructional technology

Student Club Advising

College-wide learning events

Mobile/wireless technology

WASC Accreditation Standard II, Ongoing Review

Others. . . .


CAPAC Memberships for 2004-05:

Returning members: Maria Ramirez, Alyce Lentz, Claire Ellis, Chris Warden, Phil Zahorsky, Carrie Dameron, Jeffrey Dean, Rachel Sherman, Bill Parks, K.G. Greenstein, Peggy Kauffman, Chieko Honma, Janice Jones.

Unsure: Mark Barnby and Rick Arellano.


Adjourn: 4:54 p.m.