MARICOPA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
FEBRUARY 26, 2008
An executive session and regular meeting of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the District Support Services Center, 2411 West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona, pursuant to A.R.S. Â§38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
Don Campbell, President
Colleen Clark, Secretary
Scott Crowley, Member
Linda Rosenthal, Member
Jerry Walker, Member
Steve Schenk for Steve Helfgot
Mary Kay Kickels
Sylvia Manlove Gene Giovannini
The regular meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.
The executive session was called to order by President Campbell at 5:30 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The assembly pledged their allegiance to the
The following citizens came forward.
Dr. Regi Munro, CGCC Faculty Member, read the following statement:
“ I am here tonight to address Governing Board Member Walker. My friend Kate has a seven year old daughter and one day, Aquinnah decided that she wanted to move classes because she did not like the way one girl acted. Kate answered that in this world she is part of a community and that in communities there are going to be people we like and don’t like. And, as members of a community we need to co-exist and respect people’s differences and commonalities. Mr. Walker it is time you show our students and employees some respect.
The continuous racist comments against our Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native-American, and other non-white students and employees need to stop. The comments against the religious beliefs of our students and employees need to stop. The homophobic statements against our gay and lesbian students and employees need to stop. The belittling comments to our students and employees about the socioeconomic status need to stop. The jokes about incest, rape, and other violent acts need to stop. The sexist statements against women need to stop.
Mr. Walker, enough is enough! It’s time to stop.”
The NAU CC580 class taught by Dr. Rebecca M. Osuna was in attendance, as was the EDU250 class taught by Pearl Williams. Both classes were asked to stand and be acknowledged.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Governing Board Member Scott Crowley announced he would not be seeking re-election at the end of the year and expressed his appreciation for all the support he had received these past three years.
Board Member Colleen Clark congratulated Darrel Huish , Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, and members of his division for the successful implementation of the District’s new Student Information System.
Board Member Jerry Walker called attention to his work honoring veterans and said he had begun a charitable organization to raise money for scholarships for veterans returning from the war. He also displayed a commemorative coin presented to him by Marine Commandant James T. Conway.
Mrs. Rosenthal reported that three members of the Governing Board had recently travelled to Washington D.C. where they met with members of the national legislative staff. She commended members of the Student Public Policy Forum for the excellent job they did in presenting their issues of concern as student lobbyists.
Chancellor Glasper reported he had attended the recent ACCT National Legislative Summit with students from the Student Public Policy Forum and congratulated the organization’s leaders on a successful trip. He next introduced Dr. Ken Atwater, President of South Mountain Community College, who spoke about the nomination of Jose A. “Tony” Bracamonte for Faculty Emeritus status.
There was no report.
Faculty Executive Council President Reyes Medrano announced there was no report this evening.
EMPLOYEE GROUP REPORTS
Conrad Mills, the District’s apprenticeship coordinator, presented state and federal apprenticeship certificates to Donald Smith, carpenter, South Mountain Community College, and Martin Franco, electrician, Paradise Valley Community College. Dr. Art DeCabooter, President of Scottsdale Community College, thanked Mills for his work on the apprenticeship program.
Rory Gilbert, the District’s Manager of Diversity Initiatives, spoke on behalf of the Diversity Advisory Council. She read the following statement regarding comments reportedly made by Board Member Jerry Walker.:
“Maricopa’s Diversity Advisory Council consists of representatives of all ten colleges and the district office, all policy groups, all constituency groups and employees whose work focuses on diversity and inclusion issues at Maricopa. As a group, we are concerned with the possible implications of a statement attributed to Governing Board Member Jerry Walker in the Arizona Republic (January 16, 2008) in which he is quoted as saying in reference to fewer Hispanic students, “It could be viewed as a positive."
While recognizing that attributions can be misquoted, taken out of context, or misconstrued, we of the Diversity Advisory Council are concerned about the potential message that could be taken from that statement. Any implication that we are better off with fewer Hispanic students would be shameful and contrary to Maricopa’s vision, mission and values.
The Maricopa Community Colleges have and will continue to abide by the law that addresses the level of tuition that students must pay based upon their residency status. The Diversity Advisory Council wishes to strongly affirm Maricopa’s commitment to a diverse student and employee population representing all of our Maricopa communities.
In this instance, we want to reaffirm to our Hispanic community and to our African American, Asian Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, Women, Native American and all our communities that we are committed to creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment for all.“
VICE CHANCELLOR REPORTS
There were no reports.nce in operational and strategic planning, policy and procedure development and disaster recovery and preparedness.
EMC President Dr. Ernie Lara introduced Dr. Maria Reyes, Director of Institutional Development and Corporate Relations who provided information pertaining to the 9th Annual New Carl Raffle which they coordinate each year in partnership with the West Valley Auto Alliance and the Estrella Rotary Foundation. The project was created in 1999 and the funds from this project have been awarded to more than 350 West Valley students. The project is on target to reach their $1 million endowment goal by the end of 2008.
STUDENT LIFE REPORTS
Students from the PVCC Leadership Group were present to provide a report on their year-to-date activities. In attendance were Ana Terminel-Iberri, Scott Mason, BG Sims, Dan Rush, Mike Bouey, Jake Wagner, Kellyn Mosher, and Vaughn Walker.
Reporting on the recent trip to the ACCT National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. were students Pedro Rodriguez from RSC, Daniel Denge from GWC, and Kellyn Mosher from PVCC. All three expressed appreciation for the Student Public Policy Forum program and the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to lobby for student initiatives. Students were introduced by Student Public Policy Forum Co-Director, Chad Douwstra who expressed his appreciation to co-director Herschel Jackson from EMCC, incoming director Buddy Cheeks from SMC, Charlie Free from the Center for Civic Participation, Janine Adkins from RSC, Tonya Drake and Brian Dille from MCC and Albert Celoza from Phoenix College.
STRATEGIC CONVERSATION FOLLOW-UP REPORT
Vice Chancellor Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick introduced Dr. Nora Amavisca-Reyes, a member of the February 5 Strategic Conversation Planning Team, who provided the following summary report:
“The Strategic Conversation, Where Have All the Teachers Gone, and How Can We Bring Them Back? was held on Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at Rio Salado Conference Center. Approximately 90 individuals participated in the activities and discussion.
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick organized a planning committee that included the following members:
Pete Turner, Faculty, Estrella Mountain Community College
Janet Johnson, Chair of Education, Rio Salado College
Tawn Hauptli, Faculty, Mesa Community College
Eufemia Amavisca, Education Faculty, South Mountain Community College
Ray Ostos, Interim Director, National Center for Teacher Education
Staff of the National Center for Teacher Education
A white paper titled Where Have All the Teachers Gone, and How Can We Bring Them Back? was developed by the National Center for Teacher Education for the Strategic Conversation. This paper discussed the following:
• the need for quality teachers nationally and in Arizona,
• recruitment and retention efforts nationally and in Arizona,
• current Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) teacher education initiatives,
• recommendations made by the Teacher Education Partnership Commission to address the need for a coordinated statewide
teacher recruitment and retention plan, and
• possible next steps for the District.
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick welcomed participants to the Where Have All the Teachers Gone, and How Can We Bring Them Back? Strategic Conversation.
Tawn Hauptli facilitated an ice breaking activity in which participants introduced themselves to each other and talked about why they were in attendance.
The Need for Quality Teachers
Pete Turner discussed the need for quality teachers nationally and in Arizona. To emphasize the importance of a quality teacher in every classroom, Mr. Turner facilitated a partner prediction activity in which participants predicted the effect of a quality teacher on identical twins equal in family environment, age, socioeconomic status, race, and percentile. Partners reported their guesses, and Mr. Turner unveiled research-based statistics.
Teacher Education at Maricopa Community Colleges
Tawn Hauptli facilitated an activity in which participants discussed what they already knew about MCCCD teacher education offerings. Tawn Hauptli, Janet Johnson, and Nora Reyes then reviewed detailed information about what MCCCD offers in the areas of undergraduate, post baccalaureate teacher education, and professional development for licensed teachers and education para-professionals.
Pete Turner asked participants to think about what initiatives and programs were currently being offered in MCCCD, and to discuss, “What else can MCCCD do to recruit, develop and retain quality teachers?” Representatives from each table then reported their ideas. Ideas that emerged included:
• Recruit teachers with certificates who are not in the classroom to return to the profession
• Strengthen and expand the partnership with the Education Professions program
• Communicate our teacher education “success stories” to the community
• Advocate for tax breaks for teachers/educators
• Advocate for teacher loan forgiveness programs to include community college students
• Raise exposure and awareness of the teacher shortage by coordinating public forums
• Create alumni mentoring programs for pre-service teachers Development
• Develop clear education pathways for secondary education students
• Provide class schedules that are flexible
• Work more closely with the Teacher Prep Charter High School
• Have common programs at all colleges
• Develop better articulation arrangements between community colleges and universities
• Provide stronger advisement focused on education
• Develop grants proposals for professional development programs
• Share best practices for how education students can succeed in first year of teaching
• Develop a Principal’s academy
• Streamline advisement to ensure education majors take maximum credits/courses of interest i.e. education and education-focused general education courses.
• Develop articulation fact sheets that explain what the community college can do and what the university offers.
The complete list is available in the summary sheet. The information from this session will be shared and utilized at the Teacher Education Dialogue Day organized by the Education Instructional Council. NCTE will utilize the information to serve and support the college teacher education programs.
After the reports, participants were asked to move into groups (by college, governing board, district office and partners) to discuss the question, “Specifically within your college/institution/working group, what else can you do to support MCCCD in the recruitment, development, and retention of quality teachers?” The planning committee included this portion of the agenda hoping that these discussions may serve to jump start some innovative outreach activities on the part of each group.
To conclude the Strategic Conversation, MCCCD students and one first-year teacher, presented why they chose teacher education as a career, and why they chose to attend an MCCCD college.
Participants expressed their appreciation for the structure of the conversation and for the opportunity to have thoughtful conversations about the need and importance of quality teachers. Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick thanked everyone for attending the session.
Mrs. Rosenthal reported that meetings had been held on January 23 and 24 at Phoenix College. AADGB had discussed holding another fall conference in 2009, however, they could need to improve the attendance. The state budget and legislative issues were discussed at the ACCA meeting, including a report on HB2496.
Chad Douwstra provided the following legislative report:
“I am here tonight to provide an update from the Office of Government Relations on the current status of proposed legislation and budget at the Arizona Legislature. Today is day 44 of what we always hope is a 100 day session. Unfortunately, it is very likely that session will go far beyond the 100 day mark again this year. The legislature has introduced over 1300 bills, of which we are monitoring nearly 300 dealing with higher education, k-12 education, political subdivisions, etc. Of these there are approximately 40 that are a high priority that we are in discussion with staff and legislators regarding.
I will not delve into the minutia of all these proposed bills but rather highlight key issues that impact the district and colleges. Proposed legislation includes bills & resolutions that would create a property tax similar to California’s Prop. 13. Other bills dealing with Tuition waivers, requiring secure and verifiable identification, and Joint Technological Ed. Districts are also in discussion at the legislature.
More recently SB 1214 dealing with concealed weapons being permitted on our campuses made progress yesterday, passing out of the Senate Judiciary committee on a swing vote after an amendment removing K-12 institutions was passed. This is in response to the recent shootings that have occurred at higher education campuses across the country. There are obvious concerns with this bill and how it might impact the potential for greater violence and fear on campuses. Law enforcement agencies, the community colleges and universities are opposed to this proposed legislation and will continue to work to stop this bill from moving further in the process.
HB 2496 dealing with a new state board for community colleges passed the House Higher Education committee today. This legislation would create an 11 member board with specific duties, including monitoring college compliance with adopted policies and procedures. There is currently no funding tied to this proposed legislation and some other lingering concerns that we will continue to work with members and staff regarding.
Finally, the House and Senate have taken budget bills through the Appropriations committees. These bills would rectify the growing budget shortfall for the current ’08 fiscal year. Fortunately, the community colleges aren’t being directly impacted by these cuts at this time as the legislature is using some accounting tricks and rainy day funds to make up for the majority of this year’s shortfall. The Governor’s proposed fiscal year ’09 budget also protects us, but as the revenue picture continues to remain grim and appears to be worsening there are concerns about what may happen as budget discussions for ’09 begin.”
GCC President Dr. Velvie Green introduced Dr. Steve Williams, former Chair of GCC’s Biology Department, who in turn introduced Dr. Jeffrey Pommerville. Dr. Pommerville was the recent recipient of the prestigious Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2008 sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology.
CGCC President Dr. Maria Hesse announced that on February 11, 528 colleges and universities were named to the President’s 2007 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for their community service and service learning activities during the 2006-2007 academic year. Of the 68 community colleges receiving this year’s honor, two were Maricopa Community Colleges, specifically Mesa Community and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
President Campbelll requested a motion to approve the agenda.
MOTION NO. 9469
Linda Rosenthal moved that the Governing Board agenda be approved. Motion approved 5-0.
President Campbell requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
The following items were included on the Consent Agenda:
A.1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Approve the minutes of the January 22, 2008 Regular Governing Board Meeting and February 5, 2008 Strategic Conversation
B.1. APPROVAL OF FACULTY EMERITUS DISTINCTION – SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE – JOSE A. “TONY” BRACAMONTE – award Emeritus Distinction to Jose A. “Tony” Bracamonte for his meritorious contributions to students and quality of instruction and service to the Maricopa County Community College District.
B.2. APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE MARICOPA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION – approve a memorandum between The Maricopa County Community College Foundation confirming the cooperative relationship between the parties and the benefits to each of that relationship.
C.1. CONSIDERATION OF EMPLOYMENTS, RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS AND TERMINATIONS - Approve the proposed employments, resignations, retirements and terminations as submitted with noted addendum..
D.1. APPROVAL OF CURRICULUM PROGRAMS AND COURSES - approve the curriculum programs and courses as submitted
D.2. APPROVAL OF CURRICULUM CATALOG COMMON PAGES – approve the curriculum catalog common pages as submitted.
D.3. APPROVAL OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND COCONINO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT- approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between Mesa Community College (CATC) and Coconino County Community College District for the 2007-2008 fiscal years. This agreement is for training and support services for the SC* curriculum to be provided to Coconino County Community College as a Cisco Regional Academy for an annual participation fee of $500.00.
D.4. APPROVAL OF STRUCTURED ENGLISH IMMERSION MODELS FOR GROUPINGS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AT GATEWAY EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL - approve the following Structured English Immersion Models for GateWay Early College High School:
• Proficiency sub-level within grade
• Proficiency sub-level within grade band
• Overall proficiency level within grade
• Overall proficiency level within grade band
• Overall proficiency level band within grade band
D.5. APPROVAL OF PROPOSITION 301 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND JOB TRAINING PLAN FOR FY 2008-09 - approve the Proposition 301 Workforce Development and Job Training Plan. The plan has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the amended Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 15-1472. In accordance with the amended statute, a plan for spending funds must be submitted annually for information to the Arizona Department of Commerce.
D.6. APPROVAL OF 2008 MATH AND SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP GRANT – SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - accept up to $146,475 for the participation of Scottsdale Community College as a partner in the 2008 -2009 Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant with Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA). The nineteen month grant to YCESA was approved January 28, 2008 by the Arizona Board of Education.
E.1. APPROVAL OF BUDGETED EXPENDITURE AMENDMENT FOR FY 06-07 - Approve the amendment to budgeted expenditures (shown below) to match what was actually expended in each fund, as per the audited financial statements.
E.2. APPROVAL OF CONTRACT AWARD TO SKY ENGINEERING FOR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT AT GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE NORTH - award a contract to Sky Engineering (under its Spirit contract) for the purchase and installation of video surveillance cameras for expanded surveillance coverage and security at the Glendale Community College North site. Contract award is in the amount of $220,684.00. This is the same vendor that is currently used at GCC.
E.3. APPROVAL OF UTILITIES EASEMENT FOR RIO SALADO COLLEGE AT AVONDALE - approve granting an easement to Arizona Public Service (APS) for electrical services for the New Rio Salado College at Avondale location.
E.4. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE OF NEW DOOR LOCKS AT MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - approve a purchase in the amount of Three Hundred Forty-One Thousand Seven Hundred Forty-Three and 11/100ths Dollars ($341,743.11) to Stanley Security Solutions for the purchase of new door security locks at Mesa Community College.
E.5. APPROVAL OF UTILITIES EASEMENT NEW LIFE SCIENCES BUILDING AT GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - grant an easement to Salt River Project (SRP) for electrical services for the new Life Sciences Building at Glendale Community College.
E.6. APPROVAL OF CMAR SELECTION FOR BUSINESS BUILDING REMODELING AT GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - approve the selection of Jokake Construction to provide Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) services for remodeling of the Business Building at Glendale Community College. The preconstruction phase fee is not to exceed is $28,410.
E.7. APPROVAL OF CONSULTANT SELECTION FOR BUSINESS BUILDING REMODELING AT GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - approve the selection of RNL Design to provide design and engineering services to remodel the Business Building at Glendale Community College, with a not to exceed design fee budget of $435,323.
E.8. APPROVAL OF PVCC GEORGE CAMPBELL LIBRARY (Q BUILDING) MECHANICAL UPGRADE - approve a contract award to: Parsons in conjunction with Job Order Construction contract number 2007-15628, to upgrade the mechanical system and associated energy management controls within the Maricopa County Library and Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center Charter School areas of the George Campbell Library (Q Building). Unoccupied areas are not included in the contract. The cost of the project is $243,544.
E.9. APPROVAL OF GMP AWARD FOR NEW PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDING AND LIFE SCIENCES REMODEL AT SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - approve a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) amendment not to exceed $17.6 million to Barton Malow for the construction of a New Physical Science and Life Science Building and Remodeling of the existing PS building into classrooms at Scottsdale Community College.
E.10. APPROVAL OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY OF PHOENIX AND MCCCD (SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A JOINT COMMUNITY LIBRARY – approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Phoenix and the Maricopa County Community College District, on behalf of South Mountain Community College, for the construction of a jointly constructed and operated South Mountain Community Library.
E.11. APPROVAL OF RATIFICATION OF CHANGE ORDER FOR EMERALD POINT REMODELING AT DISTRICT OFFICE - ratify a change order for an amount not to exceed $160,000 to SD Crane Builders for remodeling in the Emerald Point Building at District Office.
MOTION NO. 9470
Linda Rosenthal moved for approval of the Consent Agenda be approved. Motion approved 5-0.
VI.A. PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO BOARD PLANNING CALENDAR – adopt the proposed changes to its Annual Planning Calendar. The changes are considered to be housekeeping in nature and are necessary to bring the item up to date for the 2008 calendar year.
VI.B. PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO JURY DUTY LANGUAGE – review and adopt the proposed amendment to policy language for jury duty service by employees. As this language rests in the All Employee Policy Manual, changes require approval by the Governing Board. The purpose of the change is to make a clarification on how jury duty summons are actually processed by the Human Resources Division. In order for the time absent from work to be processed appropriately, verification of actual attendance at jury duty should be submitted by employees for documentation purposes; not just receipt of a summons.
VI.C. PROPOSED TUITION & FEES FISCAL YEAR 2008-09 BUDGET - After several months of review of potential resources and budget needs, recommendations on budget priorities and tuition and fees have been developed through the District’s budget development process. Attached is the proposed Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Tuition and Fees schedule, submitted for Governing Board review. The schedule will be submitted for Governing Board action on March 25, 2008.
County Resident Tuition & Fees:
$6.00 (9%) increase to tuition rate per credit hour
The annual cost to full-time students taking 30 credit hours per year will be $2,130.00, an increase of $180.00
The proposed tuition & fee rate would rise to $71.00 per credit hour ($69.00 in tuition and a $2.00 Student Activity Fee).
(VII.A.) MONITORING REPORTS
BUDGET ANALYSIS REPORT SUMMARY
FUND 1 - GENERAL UNRESTRICTED FUND
FOR THE SEVENTH MONTH ENDED JANUARY 31, 2008
Expenditure analysis indicates 50.7% of the budget has been expended this year as compared to 50.9% expended at this same point in time last year. 21.9% of the budget remains unexpended or unencumbered compared to 22.2% in the prior year. Revenue analysis indicates that $373.7M of the budget has been recognized. The projected fund balance will increase by $0.5 million this fiscal year and the projected ending fund balance for June 2008 is $89.0M.
President Campbell announced that the next Governing Board Meetings would be a systemic dialogue on March 11 and a regular board meeting March 25.
The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.
Governing Board Secretary