Academic Senate General Meeting
October 21, 2008
Room 77 ECC
Present: Esther Matthew, Ellen Zelniker, Marie Doerner, Roma Weaver, Gretchen Bitterlin, Ingrid Greenberg, Antoinette Griffin, Rebecca Wallies, Greg Shirer, Ann Marie Damrau, Dow Seegmiller, Barbara Pongsrikul, Laurie Mikolaycik, Paul Richard, John Bromma, , Mary Burns Prine, Pamela Kozminska, Joan McKenna, Dennis Horn, Joe McGerald, Barbara Raifsnider, Rosa Castillo, Monique Wood, Colleen Fitzmaurice, Niki Salmon, David Holden, Toan Humphrey, Richard Weinroth, Laurie Cozzolino, Jane Halsema, Vicki Maheu, Jamila DeCarli, Lorraine Munoz, Sherran Heitmann.
The meeting was called to order at 3:40 p.m.
SDAE: Ten hard copies of our contract will be sent to each site and you can also get it online at www.aftguild.org. The AFT Guild next meeting is scheduled for November 6, 2008, at Mesa College. Check the website to confirm the date and time.
Treasurer’s REPORT: We have $15,581.54.
GUEST – VICE PRESIDENT Bob Parker: SDCCD budget compared to the state Budget:
|SDCCD Adopted Budget||Budget Approved by the Governor|
|Statewide Growth 2% (1.46% for SDCCD)||2.22% for SDCCD (= plus $1.3 million)|
|$75 million Property Tax Backfill ($595,000)||Same|
|Categorical Reductions 3.62% to 10.90%||Same funding as 2007-08|
|COLA @ “Zero” Percent||.68% (=$1.3 million)|
|No Mid-Year Cuts||Potential Mid-Year Cuts|
|State addressed Structural Budget Problem via New Continuous Revenue||State budget balanced through borrowing and one-time totaling $9.3 billion|
|Apportionment Payment Deferrals (July-Sept)||July-Sept, & Jan-March|
We have a cash flow problem because of the apportionment payment deferrals that could reach $21 million by the end of April. The District can borrow from our reserves, from smaller capital projects (not Prop S or Prop N), or from the county and apportion that out on a monthly basis. The cost would be the interest the county would have gotten on the money we borrowed. For example, if we borrowed $6 million for 2 months, we would owe $12,000 per month.
Bob said that SDCCD is committed to supporting employees by avoiding layoffs, maintaining compensation levels and maintaining all employee benefits.
Other actions taken:
- Continue hiring delays
- Cost containment measures – if you don’t need it, don’t buy it.
- Delay in use of COLA revenue
- Plan for the worse in 2009-10.
Hiring of Instructional Assistants - Bob stated that the hiring practices in the Ed Code were not a budget issue. The District is still hiring student workers. They can work 30 hours or less per week. The issue is hiring people who are not students. We can hire students from other colleges as long as they are a full time student. Students do not need to be board approved. All vacant contracts are frozen. The student must maintain a student status each semester. A full time CE student is 15 hours, 12 hours for a college student, and 9 units for a graduate student.
Dennis Horn told Bob that welding supplies are needed. They bought supplies in June to save money. Now they have no supplies and were told not to take any new students. Their budget has not changed since 1994. Bob Parker responded that he needs to know how much they need to finish out the year and that the CTE dean is currently working on this issue.
“What’s the Budget Have to do with Me?” Esther Matthew gave us a handout that suggested three levels of strategies of enrollment management:
- Instructor – increase productivity, stay informed by district email, check website and make sure your classes are correct, involve counseling and student services.
- Programmatic strategies – Dean and faculty leaders cooperatively manage program enrollment by averaging class size by department, combine classes, close low enrolled classes (last resort).
- CE Institutional strategies – Maintain enrollment numbers from 2007-2008, no growth for 2008-2009, program review, review environmental and labor market needs for new course offerings and make adjustments as needed.
Strategies for Improving Learner Persistence – Gretchen Bitterlin gave us some suggestions which included:
- Create a sense of community in the classroom.
- Accountability – students like to see progress and they should set goals.
- Rigorous routine – distribute a syllabus and have high expectations for learning.
- Have fun – give incentives or rewards for goals met.
- Market your class.
There is new legislation about adjuncts being allowed to work 67% instead of 60%. This does not affect us because it is for the credit side. This is an item that has to be negotiated.
Pat Mosteller was elected as our Vice President for this year as there were no other nominees.
Executive Governance Council has approved the Participatory Governance Handbook. It has already gone to print.
Deans and Program Chair meeting – Gretchen reported that this body will meet as needed. They have concerns about the new models of program chairs and other issues, such as getting mileage. At their next meeting, they will discuss the attendance policy, look at job descriptions, and auxiliary activities for adjuncts.
CE Rosters – Workshops are being set up to help anyone that needs help with the online roster.
FLEX – To get your flex credit, you need to sign up first for the activity and then after you attend, say “yes” that you attended.
CE Calendar – This is a negotiated item and needs to have 175 days per school year. We looked at the tentative calendar for next year. It includes three FLEX days before Labor Day, Thanksgiving week off, and two flex days in the spring. Ann Marie and Jim Mahler are working on the CE calendar with the district.
Side note: It was suggested that we need better communication. When sending out an e-mail, make sure to put the purpose, a deadline, and what you want that person to do with it.
Outreach – It is in the works to have outreach coordinator.
Adjournment – Meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.