JANUARY 24, 1995
An executive session convened at 5:30 p.m., pursuant to A.R.S. [[section]]38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
A regular meeting of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 7:00 p.m. at the District Support Services Center, 2411 West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona.
Roy C. Amrein, President, Donald R. Campbell, Secretary, Ed Contreras, Member, Linda B. Rosenthal, Member, Nancy Stein, Member
Paul A. Elsner, Raul Cardenas, Dan Whittemore, Ron Bleed, Janice Bradshaw, Frank Ramirez for William Waechter, Larry Christiansen,John Cordova,Irwin Noyes/Art DeCabooter, Stan Grossman, Homero Lopez, J. Marie Pepicello, Phil Randolph, Linda Thor,John Waltrip,Arnette Ward
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by President Roy C. Amrein
President Amrein called for a motion convening an executive session, notice having been previously given
MOTION NO. 8345
Linda B. Rosenthal moved that an executive session be convened. Motion carried 5-0.
The meeting recessed at 5:31 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 6:15 p.m.
The Strategic Conversation was held in the Employee Lounge to utilize a less formal format designed to promote and encourage open communication and participation among governing board members, administrators, faculty, staff and individuals attending the meeting.
STRATEGIC VALUES - Ron Bleed and Ernie Lara facilitated discussion of the
CONVERSATION proposed District Values Statement. The outcome was to determine what specific activities should be encouraged to ensure our values are understood and demonstrated by our staff and students. The group discussion brought out the following points:
What activities should take place?
Identify strategic locations-colleges
Do we list values individually or group?
Take them out and get discussion hearing?
Some document sent out
Does it go into the common pages?
Who-deans of students
A test to see if you are living your values
Budget-time and money
How does policy relate to values/policy/vision/mission
Part of employee/student orientations
Are rewards and recognitions in line with values?
Supervisors at the front-line level
How do we measure we value lifelong learning?
Gather data/track data
Need to emphasize up front-employment
Students need to know what we value
Show what we are doing that is an example of the value
Who should be involved?
Board carry to colleges
When will this occur?
Set schedule-day and night
Send out a document
From Board to everybody-employees and students, community, published in newspaper
Develop litmus test
Set of questions
Where money is going "Budget"
Match to vision, mission, values, goals
Incorporate into planning
Identify what we are doing at hearings with A-1
Share what EMCC is doing
Individuals live and breathe it every day
Inform public periodically
How-share with students
Ask faculty (philosophy) to refine
Publish in student newspapers
A five-minute break was taken to move the meeting to the Board Room.
The regular meeting reconvened at 7:02 p.m.
President Amrein welcomed Ed Contreras to the Governing Board, welcomed Dr. Juan Aponte, visitor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, and acknowledged administrative substitutions: Frank Ramirez for William Waechter, Bertha Landrum for Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., and Irwin Noyes for Art DeCabooter (Dr. DeCabooter joined the meeting later).
CITIZEN'S INTERIM No one requested to speak.
Chancellor Paul Elsner extended congratulations to Ed Contreras, and to Roy C. Amrein, newly elected Board Chair. Dr. Elsner commented on a visit to the English Department at Chandler Gilbert Community College and on student compositions relating to experiences with service learning. Service learning is gaining a significant reputation in education. Dr. Elsner announced that he is scheduled to meet with President Clinton in Washington, D.C. this week.
SECRETARY'S REPORT. There was no report.
STATE BOARD REPORT.In Mr. Ullman's absence, there was no report.
Linda B. Rosenthal reported on the January AADGB meeting. Meeting discussion focused on legislative hearings, a legislative reception to be held January 26, 1995, and formation of a nominating committee. Mrs. Rosenthal noted that the governance study will be continued. A committee has been appointed and will include one non-voting State Board member. A Federal Legislative Budget Hearing will be held in Prescott. ACCT will host the National Legislative Seminar in Washington, D.C., February 25-28, 1995.
Chris Bustamonte provided a legislative update. House Appropriations hearings indicate a loss of revenue for community colleges, although the community college message strongly supports that needs are great. Mr. Bustamonte indicated that the Williams Air Force Base development, for example, should be included in the District's base budget rather than as a separately funded item.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS. Governing Board members reported as follows:
1. Linda B. Rosenthal attended nursing graduation ceremonies at Phoenix College and Gateway Community College, the All Faculty Convocation, the Martin Luther King Breakfast, the State Board Awards dinner, and a photography exhibit at Phoenix College.
2. Donald R. Campbell attended the Foundation Meeting at Phoenix College and commented on the video distributed by Marie Pepicello. Dr. Campbell also attended the Martin Luther King Breakfast and participated in the MLK march.
3. Nancy Stein attended the Mesa Community College Holiday Brunch, the Madrigal Feaste at Mesa Community College, the All Faculty Convocation at Phoenix College, the convocation at Mesa Community College, and the Martin Luther King Breakfast.
4. Ed Contreras attended the convocation at Mesa Community College, the All Faculty Convocation at Phoenix College, and met with legislators. Mr. Contreras commented that he has been elected to serve the public and asked for the public's help in developing a process that can help improve our operations, how we treat ourselves and how we treat the public.
5. Roy C. Amrein distributed a list of prioritized topics to be considered for future strategic conversations. Dr. Amrein made the following comments:
"As a lay person, it is difficult for me to believe that I can communicate on the same wave length as faculty, administrators, and support staff who have devoted their lives to our MCCCD system.
My only option, even though it may be difficult as your new board chair, is to do the best I can do with my limited expertise in higher educational complexities. It is not my intent to put simple solutions to complex problems.
Now that I am serving in my fifteenth year on your board, I have learned to see certain aspects of our system from a different "point of view." I think most of us are guilty of viewing the world in the same routine way. Our usual points of view have become habits. Often times habits are directed towards pessimistic interpretations.
Dr. Robert Ornstein at the University of California at Berkeley even suggests that nerve pathways are developed based upon pessimistic or optimistic interpretations of events. He, as others, state that optimists live longer, are freer from disease, and can increase their immunity to disease.
It is my genuine and sincere request to all those who are dedicated to our system that they be focused on the development of their own optimistic interpretations regarding the many issues that need to be addressed.
Our previous board president, Mrs. Linda Rosenthal, through her commitment to the District, has emphasized the need for a new model--namely the Carver Governance Model. The strategic conversations for the past thirteen months have been focused towards this new type of governance which promotes leadership from the "bottom up" in contrast to the "top down." This system works best when hard-working people, at every level of responsibility within the organization, contribute and communicate from the "bottom up." (Reference: Senge)
The movie Mindwalk and Margaret Wheatley's recent book, Leadership and the New Science, illustrate that our world is not an observer's world. It is a participatory world where our actions affect others, and their actions affect us. This model, which corresponds to the Carver Model, is the basis for the systems theory.
From childhood on, we're taught to break apart problems in order to make complex tasks and subjects easier to deal with. But this creates a bigger problem--we lose the ability to see the consequences of our actions, and we lose a sense of connection to a larger whole. This linear language--this linear model--needs to be changed to a more geometric model where all people are recognized equally. (Reference: Senge)
Systems thinking helps us to see patterns and to learn to reinforce them or to change them effectively. Focusing on parts instead of the whole directs us towards decay. Systems thinking helps us to see patterns and interrelationships. We must learn to see our community college district as a whole. (Reference: Senge)
The attached summary of Peter Senge's "The Fifth Discipline" will illustrate this model more effectively. This new physics has been called-- "absurd, bizarre, mind-boggling, incredible, beyond belief, etc." It is a new way to see "reality." This quantum mechanics model and E-MC2 are considered by many to be the two great discoveries of the 20th century.
The issues that seem to be of greatest importance at the campus level will be part of our strategic conversations. The optimistic interpretation that solutions can be found apparently contributes to the resolution of the problems. It is imperative that we concentrate especially on faculty and the healthier aspects of the District. Where there is agreement, there is power. Where there is conflict, there is weakness.
I urge all of you to see the movie, Mindwalk, and read Margaret Wheatley's book, Leadership and the New Science. If you wish to delve more deeply into quantum mechanics, I would encourage you to read Capra's book The Turning Point. Incidentally, Dr. Capra will be the Honors Forum speaker on March 22, at the Tempe Mission Palms at 7:30 p.m. Let's begin conversations on these important topics, especially about how we might change our district and the way we serve students.
I also request your patience as we create some new pilot projects initiating changes of time for board meetings, strategic conversations, etc.
Thank you for your confidence and support."
Chancellor Paul Elsner commented on the movie Mindwalk.
Freddie Anttila, District Faculty Association President, introduced Carl Samuels who made the following statement: "Mr. Chairman and Members of the Board:
On behalf of the MCCCD faculty, congratulations to you, Mr. Contreras, on your election to our Governing Board, and congratulations to you, Dr. Amrein, on becoming Governing Board Chairman. I see you both as courteous, professional gentlemen, and I am sure the Maricopa community will be well served by your efforts.
As you know, I am the president-elect of the Maricopa faculty, and will assume the presidency in May. I think it important, therefore, that you understand my perspective as the faculty bellwether. I see my fellow professors as competent, conscientious, creative and dedicated to student service. Instructional excellence has always been our first priority.
In a different arena, the Maricopa faculty has a long history of conservatism, in the main remaining aloof and detached from politics - a "sleeping giant." But, since 1992 this has changed. With some of the District administrators, the Governing Board unilaterally rescinded the faculty's earned step and unilaterally altered our Residential Faculty Policy manual. Never before in the history of this district (and rarely in all of academe) was there a college where faculty had NO say in their conditions of employment. From the faculty perspective, the situation here at Maricopa became so distasteful that over 90% of the faculty supported three unprecedented actions: following in rapid succession, (1) the faculty submitted votes of NO CONFIDENCE in Dr. Campbell, Dr. Amrein, Mrs. Rosenthal, Dr. Christensen, Dr. Elsner, and Dr. Waechter, (2) the faculty initiated a lawsuit for breach of contract against the District, and (3) the faculty affiliated with the American Association of University Professors.
From this nadir there has been a gradual warming in our relations. One factor in this thaw is the professionalism of the new administration Meet and Confer team headed by Dr. DeCabooter. Our affiliation with and training by the AAUP led to the second factor--the faculty's stunningly successful independent campaign in support of the recently-passed MCCCD bon initiative. Our consultants tell us that the faculty bond campaign which targeted 80,000 independent multi-voter households was responsible for the winning margin. A third factor was the success of the faculty Political Action Committee in endorsing and electing Mr. Contreras to this Governing Board.
Our political awareness and skills are growing rapidly. The bond election and the election of Mr. Contreras are vivid demonstrations of faculty power. In addition, we are rapidly developing an independent faculty legislative lobbying capacity, and we are networking with other college faculties state- and nationwide.
We, as college professors, invented higher education in America. It is the Maricopa faculty who are the instructional experts in this District, and while it may be convenient for members of the Governing Board to ask instructional questions of the Maricopa administration, please remember that no one can speak for INSTRUCTION with the expertise and authority of your faculty. Ask us, rely on us, include us in the decision-making process.
In conclusion, Mr. Chairman and Members of the Governing Board, I think we are at a major choice point. The budget development process is under way and the meet and confer process is under way. We can work together in this District to move toward what we have all identified as our most important priority--INSTRUCTION--(I, for one, would welcome such an opportunity). OR, we can regress back to a more adversarial relationship. In either case, you will find THIS faculty better prepared than at any time in the history of this institution."
President Amrein stated that an improved relationship was hoped for and reemphasized the importance of concentrating on optimistic interpretations.
GROUP REPORTS. There were no reports.
COLLEGE REPORTS. Marie Pepicello, Phoenix College President reported on the Diamond Jubilee celebration at the college.
Mesable Baker, South Mountain Community College Student Association President, expressed his disappointment in missing the strategic conversation because he was unaware of the time change. Mr. Baker reported on a recruitment/retention essay contest, Martin Luther King Day participation, an upcoming play related to Martin Luther King, applauded Chandler Gilbert Community College for incorporating service learning into its curriculum, and reported on an upcoming South Service Day. Mr. Baker's vision is to see this service day become an MCCCD Service Day.
REWARDS & RECOGNITION
Larry Christiansen, Mesa Community College President, introduced MCC faculty member, Mike Sims, recipient of the State Board Foundation Faculty Award.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA. Approval of the agenda was recommended.
MOTION NO. 8348
Donald R. Campbell moved that the agenda be approved. Motion carried 5-0.
CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT AGENDA.
President Amrein asked if there were any requests to remove items from the Consent Agenda. There were none from the audience. Linda Rosenthal requested that item D-2 be removed, Nancy Stein requested that items B-1 and C-7 be removed, and Ed Contreras requested that item C-3 be removed from the Consent Agenda.
The following items are included in the Consent Agenda:
(A-1) MINUTES - approval of the minutes of the December 13, 1994 and January 10, 1995 meetings.
(B-2)CORE BENEFIT AND FLEX BENEFIT PROGRAM_INSURANCE CARRIERS - approval of implementation of the following insurance carriers effective July 1, 1995: Life Insurance, $.16 per 1000 cov.mo.; AD&D Insurance, $.016 per 1000 cov.mo.; Mid-Term Disability (91st through 180th day), $.10 per $100 cov. mo.; Employee Assistance Program, $1.65 per emp.per.mo.; Medical, Emp. $182.67 mo., Emp. & Ch. $355.86 mo., Emp. & Sp., $388.83 mo., Family, $463.07 mo.; Dental (Indemnity/PPO), Emp. $23.04 mo, Emp. & Ch. $54.95 mo., Emp. & Sp., $54.95 mo., Family, $54.95 mo.; Dental (Prepaid), Emp. $7.05 mo., Emp. & Ch. $14.29 mo, Emp. & Sp., $12.56 mo., Family, $19.61 mo., Supplemental Life-Employee, Age rated from $.05 to $4.43 per $1000; Dependent Life-Employee, Same rates; Supplemental Life-Retiree, Age rated from $.62 to $17.37 mo. for $1000 cov.; Dependent Life-Retiree, Same rates; Voluntary AD&D-Employee, $.018 per 1000 cov. mo.; and Short Term Disability, Purchased by amt of cov. from $2.50 mo (250 cov.) to $30.93 for $2,950 cov.) and that the Governing Board set up a Medical Quasi Endowment Account from medical premium surplus reserve refunded from Cigna after the termination of their contract.
(C-1) CURRICULUM - approval of the curriculum.
(C-2) PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADE GRANT - acceptance of an Arizona Department of Education grant award of $15,000 to provide additional individual and in-class tutoring support in an innovative school-to-work program designed for displaced homemakers, single parents, and teen parents attending Paradise Valley Community College, for the period January 30 to September 30, 1995.
(C-4) GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL TO MITCHELL SPRINGS, CORTEZ, COLORADO - approval of three sections of an archaeological field school, ASB 231 - Introduction to archaeological Field School in Cortez, Colorado, for the hands-on study of prehistoric Anasazi culture and the techniques and methodology required in carrying out an archaeological excavation; courses to be offered by Glendale Community College in May and June 1995.
(C-5)SCC JAZZ ENSEMBLE TRIP TO MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL IN MONTREUX. SWITZERLAND - authorization for a faculty sponsor and 19 students to travel to Montreaux, Switzerland to participate in the Montreaux Jazz Festival from July 10, 1965 to July 17, 1995.
(C-6) CONTRACT AWARD FOR CHILLER REPAIR AT MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - award a contract in the amount of Twenty-one Thousand Two Hundred Fifteen and no/100 Dollars ($21,215.00) to: York International Corporation, for the Chiller Repair work at Mesa Community College.
(C-8)RIO SALADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE MARICOPA COUNTY INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT - approval of an intergovernmental agreement between Maricopa County and Rio Salado Community College from January 25, 1995 to June 30, 1995, subject to renewal for one year periods through 1999, to allow Rio Salado to develop and conduct customized education programs for Maricopa County.
(D-3) VOUCHERS - The following vouchers were submitted to the Board for its approval:
Payroll: 12/09, 12/22/94 and 1/06/95
Accounts Payable: 11/22, 11/23, 11/29, 22/28, 11/30, 12/01, 12/02, 12/05, 12/06, 12/07, 12/08, 12/09, 12/12, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16, 12/19, 12/20, 12/21, and 12/22/94
MOTION NO. 8347
Linda B. Rosenthal moved that the Governing Board accept the Consent Agenda with the exception of items B-1, C-3, and C-7 and D-2. Motion carried 5-0.
(B-1) FACULTY/MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATIVE - recommended approval of the faculty, management, administrative, technology, support staff employments, resignations, retirements and terminations. Nancy Stein asked about the two-day time period for the change of assignment on page 8
MOTION NO. 8348
Linda B. Rosenthal moved that the Governing Board approve the faculty, management, administrative, technology, support staff employments, resignations, retirements and terminations. Motion carried 5-0.
(C-3)IGA WITH ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS/HOUSING AT WILLIAMS AIR FORCE BASE - Authorization of entry into an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Board of Regents providing for shared management of residential housing at the former Williams Air Force Base through the use of a common commercial property management firm was recommended. In response to questions from Ed Contreras, Dick Young explained that it is unlikely that there would be a negative cash flow under this agreement and there have already been inquiries about rental. Other terms of the agreement were explained. Linda B. Rosenthal asked for clarification that MCCCD will not be entering the "housing business."
MOTION NO. 8349
Linda B. Rosenthal moved that the Governing Board authorize entry into an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Board of Regents providing for shared management of residential housing at the former Williams Air Force Base through the use of a common commercial property management firm. Motion carried 5-0.
(C-7) RIO SALADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT - approval of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Pima County Community College Governing District allowing Rio Salado Community College to provide training in Law Enforcement Technology to residents of Pima County was recommended. Nancy Stein asked if students would be paying out-of-county tuition. Under provision of State Board rules, students will pay in-county rates.
MOTION NO. 8350
Donald R. Campbell moved that the Governing Board approve a Memorandum of Agreement with the Pima County Community College Governing District allowing Rio Salado Community College to provide training in Law Enforcement Technology to residents of Pima County, and that this item be forwarded to the State Board for action. Motion carried 5-0.
(D-2) PRIOR YEAR COMMITMENTS FOR FY ENDED 06/30/94 - approval of prior year commitments for FY ended June 30, 1994.
MOTION NO. 8351
Donald R. Campbell moved that the Governing Board approve the prior year commitments for FY ended June 30, 1994. Motion carried 4-1. Linda B. Rosenthal was opposed.
(D-1) ISSUANCE AND SALE OF $104,750,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, PROJECT OF 1994 SERIES A (1995) - the amended action item and resolution for the issuance and sale of General Obligation Bonds in the amount of $104,750,000.00 was recommended. In response to a question from Donald Campbell, there are no bonds maturing between 1998-2000. Nancy Stein asked if there was any reason why this bond would be called early.
MOTION NO. 8352
Linda B. Rosenthal moved that the Governing Board approve a resolution providing for the issuance and sale of General Obligation Bonds in the amount of $104,750,000.00; providing for the annual levy of taxes for payment of the bonds; providing certain terms, covenants and conditions regarding the issuance of the bonds; accepting a proposal for the purchase of the bonds; and appointing a registrar, transfer, and paying agent for the bonds; and approve Merril Lynch Co. as Underwriter for the $104,750,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Project of 1994, Series A (1995). Motion carried 5-0.
(E-2)VALUES STATEMENT - adoption of the revised Statement of Values was recommended.
MOTION NO. 8353
Linda B. Rosenthal moved that the Governing Board approve the revised Statement of Values. Motion carried 5-0.
The following information items were distributed to the Governing Board:
(IV-A)SURPLUS PROPERTY SALE NOVEMBER 19, 1994
(IV-B)BUDGET ANALYSIS REPORT
NEXT BOARD MEETINGS.
The next meetings of the Governing Board will be as follows: Tuesday, February 14, 1995 - 7:00 p.m. - Study Session/Strategic Conversation. Tuesday, February 28, 1995 - 7:00 p.m. - Regular Meeting
There being no further business for discussion, the meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.
Donald R. Campbell