|Members Present||Sheryl Hruska, Chair, Dave Barkan, Kay Carlson, Vern Dooley, Duane Fish, Virginia Fish, Mike Masterson, Ronda Peer, Gary Sturmer, Richard Wilson, Floyd Young|
|Members Absent||Kay Crosby, Jim Elias|
|Liaisons Absent||Linda Newell|
|Call To Order||The Academic Advisory Council met on Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at 8:00 a.m. in the Trapper Room. Sher Hruska, Chair, presided as the meeting was called to order, and the recording secretary was present.|
MSP (vote was unanimous): Agenda was approved as written.
MSP (vote was nine in favor, two abstentions): Minutes from the January 10, 2001, retreat were approved as written.
|Academic Calendar for 2002-2003||Virginia explained the draft of an Academic Calendar for 2002-2003 and asked members for
comments. Items of discussion were: is a week-long break necessary; should there be a 4-day break at Easter; how evening classes should be scheduled; Scholarship Day timing and
This draft will be edited and forwarded to Administrative Staff for review with final approval being given by the President.
|Schedule||Virginia reminded members that sheets for entering summer schedule will be done soon.
The importance of submitting on a timely basis was discussed.
Virginia also told members that she is planning a campaign to let the campus know that "Thursday, April 12, is really a Monday."
|Course Fees||A summary of requested course fees will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees at their February 12, 2001, meeting. Members discussed which courses should have pass-through fees as opposed to regular fees. It was agreed that the BOT summary will have a message at the bottom indicating which courses have pass-through fees. These courses will not be listed in the schedule as requiring fees. The total cost for courses with pass-through fees will be paid equally by the number of students enrolled in the courses.|
|Web Advisor||Sher told the Council that a pilot group for training of Web Advisor will be put together. Depending on how well Web Advisor works, it is hoped that it will be up and running prior to pre-registration.|
|Instructional Capacity||The Board of Trustees has asked Sher for a projection of anticipated enrollment capacity. The Board is interested in the relation of enrollment to the college's finances and target statements. A table entitled "Student FTE Capacity Calculation" was distributed for members review. Sher asked members for comments so she can write a summary to be attached to the table for review by the BOT. The final copy will be attached to the next agenda as an "FYI."|
|Studio Art course loading issues||Mike Masterson told members that the Art Department has prepared a proposal which will
be presented to Curriculum Committee at their meeting later today. He distributed a memo
(see attached) which detailed the reasons for requesting that the Art Studio classes be
changed from four hours of contact per class to six hours of contact time while credit hours
stay the same for students.
The explanation memo said the primary reasons for the change involve pedagogical improvements, national standards and articulation. Proposed changes meet national standards, better serve student practice needs, and stop threatened articulation problems. Faculty will now have more contact hours with students per week, per class. The changes are strongly supported by the Art faculty for these reasons.
A lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of the proposal ensued. Some of the concerns raised were: course schedule conflicts for more students; questions about availability of enough art seats for interested students; a possible decrease in the number of students taking art courses as electives; what impact the change would have on the institution and other departments; would the change make the Art department vulnerable and look too expensive; the fact that credit hour would not match load hours could cause a ripple effect across the other divisions and a fairness issue could arise; what long-term costs will be.
There was agreement that the change would improve the quality of the classes and articulation. Impact of the change on enrollment and program costs will need to be monitored.
|Adjournment||The meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.|
Respectfully submitted by Becki Rodriguez, Recording Secretary
To: Curriculum Committee
CC: AAC, Dean Hruska, Dean Fish
From: Mike Masterson, Visual and Performing Arts Division Chair
Date: February 5, 2001
Re: Requested change in Art Studio Classes from 4 hours of contact per class to 6 hours
This is a summary of the Art Department proposal to add two more hours of lab time to their studio classes.