Academic Senate


February 11, 2004

3:00 p.m. - BC214



Members Present: Barbara Bell, Susan Broderick, Gary Carroll, Jim Chesher, Esther Frankel, Jack Friedlander, Michelle Fulton, Tom Garey, Peter Haslund (Chair), Tom Mahoney, Kim Monda, Kathy O¹Connor, Peter Rojas, Lana Rose, Jan Schultz, Sheri Shields, Bob Stockero, Sonia Zuniga-Lomeli.


Guest(s): Mangai Pitchai, The Channels







1.1  Approval of Minutes

w/ corrected date.

M/S/C To approve the Academic Senate meeting Minutes of 1/28/04 (Garey/Schultz) 1 abstention



1.2  Approval of the Agenda

M/S/C To approve the current agenda (Schultz/Bell) Unanimous






INFORMATION  (Announcements, Communications)



2.1  Sabbaticals:

President Romo intends to recommend the reinstatement of Sabbatical leaves. Departments with previously approved faculty for sabbaticals should prepare a contingency plan in the event that the sabbaticals are reinstated and if the approved faculty member is still planning on taking a sabbatical.



2.2  Is this a problem?

An editorial by David Horowitz, ³Universities Need Academic Bill of Rights² was attached for information only. The Senate President acknowledged SBCC's faculty and offered a reminder that genuine academic dialog is characterized by mutual respect and a willingness to listen.



2.3  Other?

It was announced that the Global Studies course is presenting Dr. Shall Sinha as Mahatma Gandhi, bringing Gandhi¹s Message in Gandhi¹s Character to SBCC on Feb. 18, 2004 at 12:30 p.m., in A-211.









3.1  Macro Issues Dialog Continued.

The Senate Steering Committee suggested a response to each issue and to focus on three broad "core" issues:

a.  Faculty Job Description and Expectations (Item I. b)

b.  Scheduling (Item II. c & b)

c.  Outcomes based learning (Item V. b, e, & f)


The Senate began a systematic review of the initial responses to the core issues and recommendations have been placed in the far right column of the attached grid.


Discussion at the next meeting to begin with, Item V. b.



3.2  Smoking Policy:  State law requires that we establish a campus wide policy with either designated smoking areas or signs stating there is no smoking within a specified number of feet.


The main concern is who will enforce the policy?

T. Garey to draft language for proposed policy as an action item for our next meeting.









M/S/C To reaffirm the ranking of new positions for English and ESL for the 2004-05 academic year and to recommend that these positions be granted first and second priority for any new position funding that becomes available for the 2005-06 academic year. (Garey/Mahoney) Majority carried

7 yea, 6 nay, 2 abstentions



Comment: The motion was made because of the exceptional situation the budget has created where departments clearly needed the additional staffing. The motion also presumes that all enrollment data remain the same. It is a symbolic gesture showing support for those departments.

Con--the Senate should not set aside positions ahead of time. By committing positions without knowing what the needs are and what enrollment will be could leave no openings available where they may be needed.

Reminder: this is a recommendation only.









5.1  President's Report



5.1.1  Committee Meetings: The President discussed the difficult consequences that occur when a committee elects to change its meeting time. There was consensus at Steering that Senate Committees may not change meeting times unless (a) there is a unanimous vote of all committee members who wish to continue, including the Senate Liaison, and (b) they receive approval from Academic Senate.


The issue will be taken up with P&R, Thursday 2/12/04.


5.1.2  FTFO: Inquiry from State Academic Senate VP Ian Walton about our assumptions regarding the length of the FTFO deferral. The expectation was that this was to be for one year. There was general surprise expressed by many other local Senates. Apparently this was done without consultation between BOG and State Academic Senate.


The Legislative Liaison:  Process has now gone to the State Academic Senate Executive Committee for implementation.


5.1.3  March in March: We are asked to participate in Sacramento in support for community college funding. Details to follow.



5.2  Executive Vice President:  Update

SBCC is 2.65% above our allowable growth in basic skills--allows the college to capture additional FTES. Non credit was reduced by 17%. Many colleges will not meet their growth. All but 244 students have paid their fees at SBCC.


CC's may be seeing 20,000 more students. UC/CSU are getting 10% fewer dollars in their budgets to serve the incoming. No growth money. Fees have been increased.


1.8% COLA is expected/anticipated from the state.


Faculty Positions Closed--size of the pools were large and quality of the applicant pools (experience and training) is superb.


5.3  Report from Planning and Resources

No report given. Will report at next meeting.






ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned 5:00 p.m.


Next Academic Senate Meeting, February 25, 2004.