SEPTEMBER 28, 2004
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. §38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
Linda Rosenthal, President
Don Campbell, Secretary
Ed Contreras, Member
Nancy Stein, Member
Scott Crowley, Member
Jane Saldana-Talley for Mary Kickels
Jean Ann Abel for Phil Randolph
CALL TO ORDER
The regular meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.
The executive session was called to order by President Rosenthal at 5:30 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The assembly pledged their allegiance to the United States of America led by Governing Board Member Ed Contreras.
The following citizens came forward:
Dr. Debra Duvall, Superintendent of Mesa Public Schools and Chairperson of the Mesa Community College Commission on Excellence in Education, came forward to report on the activities of the Commission and presented a packet of information which included a document entitled "Focus on Learning." (Copy of detailed comments is located at the back of the meeting packet.)
Carol Kratz, President of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, came forward to announce the awarding of two awards to Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College to be used for developing "Purpose of Life Option Centers" for older adults as they enter retirement years.
Mike Turner, Member of the Scottsdale Charros, came forward and provided a brief history on their organization and its purpose of raising funds which are then donated to surrounding communities. Their focus is centered on education related activities for both students and teachers. He announced that their organization was donating two checks to be used for the Maricopa Community College Bond Election and also for student scholarships at Scottsdale Community College.
Four students (Gabriel Cruz, Jim Lugo, David Pena, and Gerardo Valdez) from Glendale Community College came forward to express concern that the student/faculty ratio was not in balance with the African-American, Native American, and Mexican-American population and it was their hope that the Maricopa Community College District would recruit more minority faculty. They also expressed a desire that students be allowed to be part of the search committee for the next President of Glendale Community College upon the retirement of the current president.
Chancellor Glasper commented that at this point no committee had been appointed but would work with student leaders at Glendale Community College on this process when it was started.
Dr. G. B. Brooks expressed that as he listened to the students he heard that there was a need for more diversity in the faculty at the Maricopa Community College District and he was supportive of this effort and encouraged as openings occur that there would be great effort to include African Americans and other minorities in the groups that are selected.
Charles Townsell representing the Arizona Citizens Group for Justice and Equality in Education and Employment commented that in 1995 he served as Chairperson of the Maricopa NAACP and was a member of the Arizona African American Coalition. During that year he met with Chancellor Elsner and some College Presidents present this evening to express the need to hire African Americans in President and Dean positions. He stated that it was recommended at that time that MCCCD should immediately hire minorities for all levels and the Student Development Center at South Mountain. He commented that nine years later those concerns still plague the African American community and through files he has acquired from MCCCD, it appears that those promoted appear to be less qualified. Patterns of behavior and exclusion are discriminatory. He demanded that the Governing Board immediately look at discrimination taking place. He stated that he speaks for employees who have concerns and feel defeated and lack moral fortitude to put an end to this and create an environment free of fear and retaliation.
Dr. Joeseph Parham, retired MCCCD employee, expressed that he was formerly employed at Glendale Community College and was not rehired because of budgetary problems. He has been seeking a 49% position for the last 5-6 years but has not had any success.
The presence of ASU HED533 Class taught by Dr. Alfredo de los Santos was acknowledged.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Dr. Campbell spoke briefly about the study tour that traveled in China during the summer and commented that the ten year relationship with Wuyi University was strong and positive. He introduced Ida Mansourian and Harold Cranswick from Mesa Community College who showed a powerpoint presentation on the activities they participated in while in Hong Kong and at Wuyi University. They also met with students from Mesa Community College and received very positive comments about their learning.
President Rosenthal congratulated Chancellor Glasper on his outstanding presentation on articulating the vision for MCCD the previous week at the Orpheum Theatre which was sponsored by the Center for Civic Participation.
Chancellor Glasper introduced Jack Pfister who was present this evening to speak on behalf of Maricopa Regional Arts and Culture Task Force. Mr. Pfister provided copies of their recent report, Vibrant Culture - Thriving Economy. Mr. Pfister presented statistical charts and information proposing a need for an investment in arts and culture in an effort to draw new industry and tourists to the Valley of the Sun. He indicated that the publication provided a compelling case for investing in arts and culture. He stated that he would be back to explain how the Maricopa Community Colleges could participate in a partnership with their organization.
Chancellor Glasper called on Vice Chancellor Ron Bleed who introduced the new Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technologies Darren Huish.
There was no report.
Faculty Executive Council was represented by GCC Senate Faculty President Carmela Arnoldt. Ms. Arnoldt reported the following:
- GCC Math Faculty and Principal Investigator Frank Rivera, working with three math department colleagues Robert Hooter, Chris Miller and Sarah South, have garnered a Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics Scholarship (CSEMS) Grant which is to be approved on this evening's agenda. Awarded by the National Science Foundation, it will grant $1500 per semester to 30 students beginning Fall 2004 through Spring 2008 to full-time GCC students with a GPA of 3.0, eligible for financial aid and majoring in the four areas can apply for this scholarship. An important goals of the grant is to have 50% or more of scholarship recipients from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in these areas.
- Business Faculty Sheryl Benavides, John Gibson, and Communication Education employee Suzanne Smelser have been instrumental in the growth of the Adult Lifelong Learner program which began with the idea of adding sections of beginning computer classes to the schedule for senior adult learners. This program which won a GCC Innovation of the Year Award now offers over 50 courses tailored for seniors.
- During the past spring semester GCC participated as the first and only community college in a nationwide pilot project to develop a valid instrument to assess student information literacy skills in higher education. Under the direction of library faculty Charlotte Cohen, and former chair David Rodriguez, this endeavor, known as Project SAILS, Standardized assessment of Information Literacy Skills, showed that GCC's students' scores on average matched those of students at four-year colleges and universities. Further participation in Project SAILS will take place by CGCC, GCC, PC, and Rio.
EMPLOYEE GROUP REPORTS
Conrad Mills, President of the MCCCD Crafts Employee Group, came forward to present a check to Mesa Community College's general scholarship fund in appreciation for recognizing the importance of skilled crafts journeymen workers.
CGCC President Maria Hesse reported their Marketing and Public Relations Department had received 6 Medallion Awards from District VI of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for their marketing excellence. Awards were acknowledged for a viewbook, Teacher Education Program brochure, Strategic Plan 2002-2007 brochure, International Student Services folder, Summer 2004 Recruitment postcard, and their Advisement video program. She also reported that their Student Center and Performing Arts Center will both be acknowledged for representing the best examples of architectural excellence and will each receive a 2004 City of Chandler Architectural Award on October 19.
EMC President Homero Lopez recognized the presence of two individuals representing the Valle del Sol and the City Council of Avondale who spoke about the new Hispanic Leadership Institute-West, a ten week leadership development program.
Jean Ann Abel, representing President Phil Randolph, reported that one of their graphic design students, Crystal Holiday, was the winner of National Organization for Women's poster design contest. Crystal was also the recipient of a $1,000 grand prize award.
Scott Geddis came forward on behalf of the District Athletic Committee to present the end of year report for all of the athletic programs at the Maricopa Community Colleges. (Detailed remarks can be found at the back of this meeting's official packet.)
SMC Director of Athletics, Chris Haines, introduced the fourteen members of their Men's Golf Team which won the National Tournament and was also part of the academic team in 2003. A list of their roster can be found at the back of this meeting's packet.) President Ken Atwater called attention to SMCC's community report which was provided to members of the Board and the Chancellor's Executive Council.
Vice Chancellor Anna Solley introduced two members of the faculty team that attended the Salzburg Seminar on Global Education in Austria. Shereen Lerner and Paul Harasha presented on their experiences on the seminar which focused on the concept of globalization and the role of faculty and administrators in creating a comprehensive approach to global education within the community colleges. They both encouraged the Board to work with faculty and staff in leading the discussion of global citizenship and through strategic conversations and initiatives help create a coherent message and program of MCCCD's role in a global world. Four recommendations were made with regard to globalization:
1. That each college self-evaluate about programs that teach about globalization.
2. Have an internal review at the District and each college about how they are related to student learning.
3. Have a dialogue that looks at globalization.
4. Consider programs that teach globalization.
(Complete comments can be found at the back of this meeting's packet.)
STUDENT LIFE REPORT
GCC Associated Student Government President Thomas Gerloff was present to provide a recap of on their campus' activities which included submission of a petition opposing the tuition increase, an end-of-year BBQ for networking, a new constitution as a result of the day and evening student governments merging, First Annual Knowledge Bowl, and the remodeling of their club room. They have been celebrating Hispanic Hertitage Month, have added two new clubs (Karate Club and Martial Arts Club), have elected new officers, and have been promoting voter registration.
STRATEGIC CONVERSATION FOLLOW-UP REPORT
Dr. Anna Solley, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs summarized the Strategic Conversation of September 14 pertaining to Workforce Development and exploring whether the Maricopa Community colleges were positioned to respond to future emerging and changing workforce needs of our business community. Dr. Solley explained that the strategic conversation provided an opportunity to convene our internal audience of college leadership and faculty and our external audience of industry and business employers for a discussion regarding our colleges' capacity to successfully meet the region's future needs. The conversation was planned in such a manner that four community experts had agreed to serve on the Workforce Development Panel to highlight changes in the economy, growth industries, changes in the high tech/aerospace industry, and the continuously increasing demands on homeland security. Each panel member was provided time to address questions on workforce development trends, knowledge and skill sets needed, and how the Maricopa Community College could help address those workforce needs Dr. Solley stated that the occupational faculty had been assigned the responsibility of preparing recommendations resulting from the comments provided at the conversation.
Mrs. Rosenthal reported on the September 23 annual legislative retreat where members discussed possible legislative agenda themes and strategies. They also reviewed the outcome of the primary election and held discussion on the upcoming legislative session.
There was no report.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Vice Chancellor Steve Helfgot announced the recipients of the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations Regional Awards which included 4 gold, silver, and 2 bronze to the District; 2 silver and 3 bronze to CGCC; 4 gold and 3 silver to Rio; gold to EMCC; 2 gold and bronze to GWCC; gold and 2 bronze to the Maricopa Skill Center, and silver and bronze to MCC.
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
President Rosenthal requested a motion to approve the agenda.
MOTION NO. 9269
Dr. Campbell moved that the Governing Board agenda be approved. Motion carried 5-0.
CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT AGENDA
President Rosenthal asked for any requests to remove items from the Consent Agenda. It was noted by Dr. Leyba that Action Item V.C.1 had an addendum, however, Mrs. Stein requested that it be pulled for comment. The following items are included in the Consent Agenda:
(A-1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES of the August 10, 2004 Special Joint Meeting with Mesa City Council, Special Meeting of the MCCCD Governing Board, and Strategic Conversation, August 24, 2004 Regular Governing Board Meeting, and August 26, 2004 Governing Board Retreat.
(C-2) APPROVAL OF RECOMMENDATION FOR EMERITUS DISTRINCTION- Approve the recommendation for Emeritus Distinction for Carol J. Scarafiotti.
(C-3) APPROVAL OF SKILL CENTER INSTRUCTOR STIPEND POLICY - Approve the proposed Skill Center Instructor Stipend Policy as presented.
(D-1) APPROVAL OF CURRICULUM COURSE AND PROGRAM PROPOSALS - Approve the curriculum proposals as submitted.
(D-2) APPROVAL OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND ROUND VALLEY USD #10 - CCNA CURRICULUM - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between Mesa Community College (Regional Academy) and Round Valley USD #10 on behalf of Round Valley High School.
(D-3) APPROVAL OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND ROUND VALLEY USD #10 - SC CURRICULUM - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between Mesa Community College (Regional Academy) and Round Valley USD #10 on behalf of Round Valley High School.
(D-4) APPROVAL OF MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND VAIL SCHOOL DISTRICT #20 - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between Mesa Community College (Regional Academy) and Vail School District #20 on behalf of Cienega High School (SC Curriculum).
(D-5) APPROVAL OF NASA CENTER - TITLE V - YEAR 4 - ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE - DEVELOPING HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTIONS PROGRAM BUILDING BRIDGES TO STUDENT SUCCESS- Accept the Title V - Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program Grant award of $449,856 funding the fourth of five years from the United States Department of Education.
(D-6) APPROVAL OF NSF COMPUTER SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS SCHOLARSHIP (CSEMS) PROJECT - GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Accept a $396,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for scholarships and mentoring for a cohort of Glendale Community College students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Technology, Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Mathematics.
(D-7) APPROVAL OF PHOENIX COLLEGE TITLE V - DEVELOPING HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTIONS GRANT - Accept the Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program Grant award of $372,000 funding for the fifth of five years from the United States Department of Education.
(E-1) APPROVAL OF PROPOSED FEE CHANGES - Approve the varied fee changes as detailed. These changes relate to course fees at colleges across the district, detailed by college, as well as Child Care Fees at Scottsdale Community College. A parking fine is proposed for elimination that is duplicative of another fine on the Fee Schedule.
(E-2) APPROVAL OF GATEWAY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003-2004 - Approve the 2003-2004 Annual Financial Report for GateWay Early College High School (formerly named GateWay Community High School
(F-1) APPROVAL OF CHILD & ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM RENEWAL - Continue participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
MOTION NO. 9270
Mr. Crowley moved for approval of the Consent Agenda with the exception of Item V.C.1. Motion approved 5-0.
(B-1) APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION SETTING A SPECIAL GOVERNING BOARD MEETING TO CANVASS THE NOVEMBER 2, 2004 ELECTION RESULTS FROM PROPOSITION 401 - Approve setting the date to canvass votes from Proposition 401 to November 16, 2004 instead of November 9, 2004. Proposition 401 is the voter referendum authorizing the Maricopa Community Colleges to enter into a new $951,359,000 capital development campaign.
MOTION NO. 9271
Mr. Crowley moved for approval of setting the date to canvass votes from Proposition 401 to November 16, 2004 instead of November 9, 2004. Proposition 401 is the voter referendum authorizing the Maricopa Community Colleges to enter into a new $951,359,000 capital development campaign. Motion approved 5-0.
(C-1) APPROVAL OF RECOMMENDED EMPLOYMENTS, RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS AND TERMINATIONS - Approve the recommended employments as presented with addendum.
Mrs. Stein commented that it was a pleasure to read the new hires and see more hiring of fulltime M&O personnel. She would like to see this trend continue.
MOTION NO. 9272
Dr. Campbell moved for approval of the recommended employments as presented with addendum. Motion approved 5-0.
(VI.A.) Budget Analysis Report Summary
Fund 1 - General Unrestricted Fund
For the Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2004 (Final)
Expenditure analysis indicates 92.5% of the budget has been expended so far this year as compared to 91.8% expended at this same point in time last year. 7.5% of the budget remains unexpended or unencumbered compared to 8.2% in the prior year. Revenue analysis indicates that 99.8% of the budget has been recognized to date. Projected fund balance increased by about $1.2 million during this fiscal year. 7.5% of budgeted expenditures were unexpended and projected ending fund balance for June 2004 is $70.5 million and equates to about 47 days of operating budget, or more than five payrolls
(VI.B.) Budget Analysis Report Summary
Fund 1 - General Unrestricted Fund
For the Two Months Ended August 31, 2004
Expenditure analysis indicates 10.2% of the budget has been expended so far this year as compared to 7.8% expended at this same point in time last year. 38.0% of the budget remains unexpended or unencumbered compared to 42.1% in the prior year. Revenue analysis indicates that 18.9% of the budget has been recognized to date. Projected fund balance will increase by about $130 thousand during this fiscal year. 6% of budgeted expenditures are projected to be unexpended and projected ending fund balance for June 2004 is $70.7 million and equates to about 43 days of operating budget, or more than five payrolls
NEXT BOARD MEETING
The next Governing Board Meetings will be a Strategic Conversation on October 12 at 6:30 p.m. and a Regular Board Meeting on October 26, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. at the District Office.
The meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.
Dr. Donald R. Campbell
Governing Board Secretary