FEBRUARY 27, 2003
A regular meeting of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. 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.
Ed Contreras, President
Linda Rosenthal, Secretary
Don Campbell, Member
Nancy Stein, Member
Gene Eastin, Member
Rufus Glasper for Fred Gaskin
Debra Thompson for Rufus Glasper
Mary Vanis for Anna Solley
Nick Balich, Absent
CALL TO ORDER
The regular meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by President Ed Contreras.
No executive session was held.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The assembly pledged their allegiance to the United States of America led by Governing Board Member Nancy Stein.
President Contreras recognized the presence of students from Dr. Margaret Hogan's HED533 Community College Class at ASU.
No citizens came forward.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
No reports were given by Gene Eastin and Linda Rosenthal.
Dr. Don Campbell congratulated President Contreras and everyone at Glendale Community College on the very successful Community Listening Session held last week. He stated that these are excellent occasions to hear the public.
Mrs. Nancy Stein concurred with Dr. Campbell. Excellent presentations were given by everyone and she appreciated hearing students express what was important to them.
President Contreras reported he had attended the League for Innovation Meeting in Hawaii. The conference brought together the League colleges around the nation, including Toronto. He commented that he felt very fortunate to be part of the Maricopa Community College District, a system well ahead of many others.
In the absence of Chancellor Gaskin, Acting Chancellor Rufus Glasper recognized Dr. Linda Thor on being the recipient of the 2003 Paul Elsner Excellence in Leadership Award from the Chair Academy. The award was presented at the International Conference for Community College Organizational Leaders in Anaheim, California. Dr. Thor was specifically recognized for her demonstrated foresight in educational leadership, as well as for modeling transformational leadership qualities at Rio Salado College for community colleges throughout North America and abroad.
There was no report.
There was no report.
EMPLOYEE GROUP REPORTS
There was no report.
Rio Salado College President Linda Thor recognized Rio student Chris Burton, First Team Winner of the All Arizona Academic Team, as being the recipient of the New Century Scholar $2,000 scholarship award and the All U.S.A. First Team $2,500 scholarship award. Chris, who will graduate in May, 2003, will be honored at the AACC Conference in April.
EMC President Homero Lopez, introduced Joyce Jackson, who spoke about their Scholarship Endowment Program, specifically their Fourth Annual New Car Raffle. This joint effort with the West Valley Rotary and four car dealers is being utilized to raise $1 million by 2007. Last year's proceeds were used to fund 27 scholarships to West Valley high schools and 17 college scholarships to EMC students, in addition to holding $25,000 in reserve. Scholarships totaled $39,000.
Phoenix College President Dr. Corina Gardea highlighted two students in the Health Information Technology Program who received their passing results of 100% on the National Certification Exam for Registered Health Information Technologists. She reported that sixteen students and staff from the Theatre Department participated in Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Regional Festivities in Logan, Utah. In addition, Dr. Larry Soller, an active Phoenix College retiree, was honored with an excellence in education award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his outstanding contributions to Phoenix College's Theatre Program. Lastly, four fall sports, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Women's Cross Country and Volleyball were recognized for eligibility for Academic Team of the Year Honors.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT REPORT
Student Government Representatives from PVC and GCC were present to make reports on their activities.
Students present from PVC were Elba Boe (SLC Public Relations Chairperson), Miriam Igene, (SLC Senator), and Cecilia Poneoma (SLC Senator). Elections are currently being held at Paradise Valley Community College and their group will be participating in a hunger and homelessness campaign during the month of March. This campaign will include bringing awareness to this issue through the use of posters, serving at St. Vincent de Paul, and holding a fasting and sleep out night.
Glendale Community College students, Robert Gaytan, Nicholas Darus, and Stacey Schacher reported that the van crisis from last year was resolved and for this they were most appreciative. With reference to the tuition increase, they have been busy collecting signatures against the increase. Thus far they have collected 3,764 signatures. Although they understand that increases are necessary, they are concerned as to where they will stop. They asked that non-mainstream students not be forgotten but taken into account.
Eleven students from the Student Public Policy Forum, under the directorship of Kristin Bennes, were present to speak about their recent experiences in Washington D.C. at the ACCT National Legislative Seminar. These students were Benjamin Alteneder, Kelley Bradbury, and Brenda Dever from Estrella Mountain Community College, Michelle Mismash, Magdalenda Szypulski, and Jacob Romero from Glendale Community College, Alyssa Yingling, Kathryn Robinson, and Krystal Greeson from Mesa Community College, Patricka Fletcher and Alan Heckman from Phoenix College. They recounted that this had been a wonderful opportunity and they appreciated the ability to lobby, speak to their congressmen, and learn about the legislative process.
STATE BOARD REPORT
There was no report.
Mrs. Rosenthal reported that AADGB had further discussed the possibility of holding a Fall Conference. She also spoke about the collaboration agreement, which had been endorsed by all community college CEO's in the state. The agreement provided for support of the Arizona Community College Association, to speak with one voice, to service areas of the districts and new programs, to accept transfer credits, to inform staff about the agreement and agree to abide by the agreement. Mrs. Rosenthal reported on the success of ACCA Day at the Legislature on February 26, the Small Business Reception of February 25, and the All Arizona Academic Team Luncheon at MCC.
Dr. Campbell voiced that the collaboration agreement needs to be agreed upon and Dr. Glasper responded that he would share this with the Chancellor.
Dr. Steve Helfgot spoke about the excellent job done by Jack Lunsford in making the arrangements to visit with legislators in Washington D.C. during the recent trip by Governing Board Members and members of the Student Public Policy Forum.
Jack Lunsford spoke about the wonderful opportunity to spend time with the students visiting the nation's capital. He also spoke about federal funds totaling $800,000 received for the National Center for Teacher Preparation and Bilingual Nursing Fellows Program.
Dr. Chris Bustamante reported on state legislative activity including funding of $4.6 million for student enrollment growth, minimizing budget cuts to community colleges, and convincing legislators to avoid funding cuts to programs such as dual enrollment, adult basic education and family literacy programs. He reported that HB2409 which would have eliminated funding for dual enrollment programs, failed in the House Education Committee. Although the Governor recommended no more cuts to community colleges this year, it was reported there will be a $1 billion deficit for 2004.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Dr. Linda Thor reported on the very successful 2002 United Way Campaign which she chaired. The ten colleges and district office of the Maricopa Community College District raised $268,052.22. 136 employees qualified as pacesetter donors and 72 employees qualified as leadership leaders. Individual colleges which reflected increased giving over 2002 were: SCC - 69.5%; GWC - 55%; Rio - 38%; EMC - 33%; District - 26%, and PC - 69%. The following campaign leaders were recognized:
Chandler-Gilbert: Carlene Weberg, Janet McBroom & Regi Munro
District Office: Ron Bleed & Lisa Haar
Estrella Mountain: Ralph Campbell & Angie Kroll
GWC: Robert Jeffers & Marie Fenske
GCC : Jeanette Stewart & Don Jensen-Bobadilla
MSC : Mary Parker & Reta Wattenbarger
MCC: Janet Felton & Lyseth Mitchell
Phoenix College: Jesse Mireles & Bruce Stevens
PVC: Sue Isackson
RIO: Melanie Huber, Ginger Martindale, Erma Abeyta
SCC: Karen Chalmers
SMC: Ann Lindner
Dr. Corina Gardea spoke on behalf of the Special Recognition plaque presented to the Maricopa Community College District on behalf of the 2003 International Chair Academy Conference. She presented this plaque to President Contreras.
Dr. Mary Vanis, Acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, recognized the following MCCD finalists for the Bellwether Awards, sponsored by Community College Futures Assembly. They were Mary Briden, Carol Scarafiotti, and Janet Johnson for the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation; Dr. Anna Solley and Maria Harper-Marinick for the Faculty in Progress Program: Growing Our Own at Maricopa; and John Barnes and John Neibling for The Center for Native and Urban Wildlife.
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
President Contreras requested a motion to approve the agenda.
MOTION NO. 9145
CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT AGENDA
Linda Rosenthal moved that the Governing Board agenda be approved. Motion carried 5-0.
President Contreras asked for any requests to remove items from the Consent Agenda. Dr. Phil Randolph requested that item B-1 be removed from the Consent Agenda. Dr. Rufus Glasper requested that item C-2 be removed for explanation and called attention to the revision of item C-4. Dr. Steve Helfgot requested that item E-6 be pulled completely and called attention to the revision of items E-4 and E-5. Mrs. Rosenthal requested that item C-5 be discussed further.
The following items are included in the Consent Agenda:
(A-1) Approval of Minutes of the January 21, 2003 Governing Board Retreat, January 23, 2003 Special Board Meeting and Community Listening Session, January 28, 2003 Regular Governing Board Meeting, and January 29, 2003 Governing Board Retreat.
(C-1) Approval of the Recommended Employments, Resignations, Retirements and Terminations as presented
(C-3) Approval of the Ratification of Settlement of Claim - Archer and Leibold v. MCCCD
(C-4) Approval of the Budgeted Expenditure Reduction for Fiscal Year 2001-2002 (Revised)
(D-1) Approval of the Curriculum as submitted
(D-2) Approval of the Parent Education for Prevention Project (PEP) Interagency Governmental Agreement (IGA) between MCCD/National Center for Teacher Education and the Governor's Community Policy Office
(D-3) Approval of Proposition 301 Workforce Development and Job Training Plan for FY 2003-2004
(D-4) Approval of the New Clinical Nursing Faculty Hiring Qualifications as Recommended by the Nursing Instructional Council and the Deans of Instruction
(D-5) Approval of the Educational Services Agreement Between Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Honeywell for Job Skills Training.
(D-6) Approval of the Use of Proposition 301 Funds for a Bioindustry Workforce Needs Assessment to be conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute
(D-7) Approval of the Intergovernmental Agreement Between Chandler-Gilbert Community College and ASU East for Support of the Learning Center at the Williams Campus
(E-1) Approval of the Intergovernmental Agreement Between Chandler Gilbert Community College and the Town of Gilbert in Support of The Leadership Centre for the period May 29, 2002 to June 30, 2003
(E-2) Approval of the Contract Award for Central Plan Improvements for Buildings 470, 480, 481 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College - Williams Campus
(E-3) Approval of the Contract Award for New Emergency Generator at the District Support Services Center
(E-4) Approval of the Contract Award for new Auxiliary Building at Rio Salado College (Revised)
(E-5) Approval of the Contract Award for HVAC Replacement in the Performing Arts Center at Scottsdale Community College (Revised)
(E-6) Catalina Property Purchase (Phoenix College) PULLED
MOTION NO. 9146
Linda Rosenthal moved that the Consent Agenda be approved with the exception of item B-1, C-2, C-5, AND E-6. Motion carried 5-0.
(B-1) Approval Of Emeritus Status Distinction Award - Dr. Ruby D. Gordon and Mr. James A. Smith, former Glendale Community College Residential Faculty
Dr. Phil Randolph called attention to Dr. Gordon's service as faculty in the Counseling Department at GCC and also at Phoenix College. Mr. Smith was a faculty member in the Health, Physical, Education/Recreation Department.
MOTION NO. 9147
Linda Rosenthal moved for the approval of the Emeritus Status Distinction Award for Dr. Ruby D. Gordon and Mr. James A. Smith, former Glendale Community College Residential Faculty be approved. Motion carried 5-0.
(C-2) Adoption Of Changes To The Recommended Board Auxiliary Special Services Employments Policy
Dr. Rufus Glasper called attention to the need for permitting written delegation of the approvals that are required in order to expedite the processing of the special services contracts.
MOTION NO. 9148
Linda Rosenthal moved that adoption of changes to the recommended board auxiliary special services employments policy be approved. Motion carried 5-0
(C-5) Approval and Ratification of Contract with Withey, Anderson & Morris, P.L.C. for Implementation of Diversity Initiative
Mrs. Rosenthal stated that this contract has not had sufficient discussion and that she cannot see contracting the proposed $155,000 without more detail on the proposed work to be done and final outcome. Mrs. Stein, Mr. Eastin, and Dr. Campbell concurred with Mrs. Rosenthal. They were interested in knowing what planning will be done and how it will be measured. Mrs. Stein expressed that she hoped this sizable amount would be spent wisely and that there would be a measurable outcome. Board Members requested that this item be tabled for further discussion at an executive session.
MOTION NO. 9149
Linda Rosenthal moved that approval and ratification of the Contract with Withey, Anderson & Morris, P.L.C. for Implementation of Diversity Initiative be tabled for further discussion. Motion carried 5-0
(VI.A) Proposed Tuition and Fees for Fiscal Year 2003-2004
Associate Vice Chancellor Debra Thompson explained the proposed Fiscal year 2003-2004 Tuition and Fee schedule to be submitted for action by the Governing Board on March 25, 2003. The major proposed change is in the basic tuition and fee charged paid by all students taking credit course. There would be a $5.00 increase to tuition and fee rate per credit hour, i.e. increasing from $46.00 to $51.00 per credit hour.
Mr. Eastin suggested a need for further discussion on this increase. He understands the need for money to be generated but has a concern about the $5 fee for financially needy students. Mrs. Rosenthal expressed concern about raising the scholarship amount to $1 million and stated that she does not agree with students paying for other students. Dr. Campbell indicated he would like to see a study session on this item and a need to see all sides of this issue. He suggested a $3 or $4 increase since this has been a hard year with double digit increases in many areas. Mrs. Stein indicated she would reserve comment on this issue until next month. President Contreras indicated that he has struggled with this issue. He does not want to see the scholarship portion cut and was surprised that the two board members opposed to the increase in scholarship funding are opposed to it. Mrs. Rosenthal and Mr. Eastin responded they never saw this section detailed as it has been presented.
(VI.B) Executive Duties and Responsibilities of Non-Credit Course Charges
This proposed policy is intended to establish a methodology for setting non-credit course charges in order to align processes among the District colleges and to provide guidance to the public about how these charges are established. Adoption of this policy will benefit the District and community in that it will allow for regular development of non-credit courses as needs arise without specific approval of each charge.
(VII.A.) Budget Analysis Report Summary
Fund 1 - General Unrestricted Fund
For the Seven Months Ended January 31, 2003
50.3% of the budget has been expended as of January 31, 2003 compared to 51.2% at this point in time last year. Financial condition analysis show the District's projected fund balance will increase by about $215 thousand during this fiscal year.
NEXT BOARD MEETING
The next Governing Board meeting will be a Community Listening Session on Thursday, March 13, 2003 at Scottsdale Community College.
The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
Linda B. Rosenthal
Governing Board Secretary