February 8, 2000
An executive session and work session of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board were scheduled to be held at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively at the District Support Services Center, 2411 West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona, pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
Gene Eastin, President;Donald R. Campbell, Secretary; Nancy Stein, Member; Ed Contreras, Member; Linda B. Rosenthal, Member
Raul Cardenas, Phil Randolph, Bertha Landrum, Rufus Glasper, Ron Bleed, Pete Kushibab, Gina Kranitz, Larry Christiansen, Art DeCabooter,Stan Grossman, John Cordova, Homero Lopez, J. Marie Pepicello,Linda Thor, Alberto Sanchez for Tessa Martinez Pollack, Arnette Ward Fred Gaudet
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by President Gene Eastin.
President Eastin called for a motion convening an executive session, notice having been previously given.
MOTION NO. 8941
Don Campbell moved that an executive session be convened. Motion carried 5-0.
The meeting reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
A. FULL-TIME VERSUS PART TIME FACULTY
Mr. Eastin provided opening remarks. He commended the faculty and acknowledged them for the work they do outside of the classroom. Teresa Toney introduced Dr. Carl Samuels and Dr. Larry Burgess as the presenters for the topic. Dr. Samuels indicated that research performed indicates that the use of adjunct faculty to teach academic courses may degrade academic quality.Contributing factors include lack of tenure for adjunct faculty and their work conditions which may lead to fear in the workplace. Larry Burgess reviewed tables of information which had been researched and published in articles authored by himself and Dr. Samuels. The data indicated student retention and success in subsequent courses - those taught by residential faculty followed by adjunct faculty, taught by residential faculty followed by residential faculty, and taught by adjunct faculty followed by adjunct faculty. The probability level of the study indicates that the results are highly unlikely to be by chance - they are not accidental.It was presented that students may fare better in adjunct faculty taught classes because of easier grading due to the work conditions/environment of the adjunct faculty member. Many adjuncts work at a number of colleges and do so with no fringe benefits, no due process, and no office space. Training and academic qualifications of adjunct faculty were not researched for this report. It was suggested that the Governing Board needs to make the hiring of more full-time faculty a priority.
B. DUAL/CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT ISSUES
Teresa Toney introduced Gay Garesche. Dr. Garesche introduced the other team members who had participated in the presentation - Abbey Hemingway, Nancy Short, Laura Cannon, Sandra Stubner, Al Shipley, and Larry Burgess. The intent for the presentation was to provide a faculty perspective on dual enrollment. Dr. Garesche overviewed and provided information on a slide presentation which covered a brief history, legislative issues, budget issues and other faculty issues of concerns regarding dual enrollment. Noted was that students under the age of 18 only take the ASSET test to enroll in district classes, but per the statute should be passing an SAT of 930 or ACT of 22 or more. The ASSET test was created by American College Testing (ACT) as a concordance test to place college students.Information was provided on comparing the ASSET to the ACT and what level the colleges would accept versus what level the universities would accept. It was noted that students over 18 also bring life experience into the classroom. A concern is that not all of the students in the high school class may be taking the class for college credit. The instructor may then have to teach at less than a college level. Dual enrollment has become a high school retention program.Many universities will not accept credits when earned while taught at the high schools. Faculty has recommended that dual enrollment students provide college entrance scores. Dr. Garesche provided information regarding proposed revisions to a State Board regulation regarding dual enrollment. Concern was expressed that no faculty members were on the study group that studied the dual enrollment issue. Abbey Hemingway read a 1993 statement from the History and Political Science Instructional Taskforce that was unanimous in not accepting dual enrollment. Nancy Short read a statement from the Economics Articulation Taskforce that expressed concern regarding the transferability of credit. Laura Cannon noted that Estrella Mountain Community College faculty have been meeting to discuss issues and concerns regarding dual enrollment classes and had drafted a document with recommendations for the program at that college. Sandra Stubner indicated that psychology faculty had met at a faculty forum and discussed the rationale for the dual enrollment classes and the benefit to the student. In discussions held at Paradise Valley Community College, it was recommended that it be ensured that the courses are taught by certified teachers and the college be in charge of choosing the textbooks used. The difference of time spent in the college classroom versus the time spent in the high school classroom was discussed. Vernon Smith provided a view that the community is in support of the dual enrollment program.There are committees formed that are looking at finance and quality issues. It is important that it be faculty driven. If the program is done correctly, while maintaining quality, it may also improve some enrollment issues. It was noted that faculty would not have a problem with the program if the classes were taught on campus - and taught and controlled by college faculty. Mr. Eastin summarized the conversation - the problem is not the dual enrollment concept, but the implementation of the program. Dr. Cardenas discussed the formation of the committees that are dealing with financial models and quality. The goal is to come up with a model that will be used districtwide. Willie Minor noted that he had not heard from faculty the desire to get rid of the dual enrollment program, but had heard concerns regarding the quality and consistency of the program.
The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
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