Hawai`i Community College

Academic Senate

Minutes of the Meeting of 1/25/2008


Present: Sandy Claveria, Marilyn Bader, Annie Brown, John Cole, Bob Duley, Mary Goya, Joyce Hamasaki, Pam Hudson, Leialoha Ilae-Kaleimamahu, Donnalyn Kalei, Kent Killam, Gwen Kimura, Clyde Kojiro,  Kathy Kotecki (vid con), Karen Leialoha,  Annie Maeda, Eric  Mecklenburg, Trina Nahm-Mijo, Kihei Nahale-a, Caroline Naguwa, Ellen Okuma,  Jennie Padilla, Noelie Rodrigues, Pamela, Scheffler, Jackie Stradtman-Carvalho,  Francis-Dean Uchima,  Jill Savage (Chair), Jane Sherwood (recorder), Jack Minassian(guest), Joni Onishi(guest).




1.                  A quorum was determined and the meeting was called to order at 1210 hours. 


2.                  The minutes of 11/30/07 were reviewed and approved as read.


3.                  Chair’s Report

a          ACCFSC - system is working on expediting first pay checks for new hires; There is a revised travel plan as of January, 2008 which requires that travelers save all receipts and meeting agendas; the authority of ACCFSC  to act on behalf of the Senates without consultation was discussed; Linda Johnsrud discussed the revisiting of non-resident caps for enrollment.


b          CCFSC - the authority of CCFSC  to act on behalf of the Senates without consultation was discussed; concern that SLO’s need system-wide coordination.


4.                  Standing and Other Committee Reports

No reports


5.                  New Business

a          Fire Science - Jack Minassian presented the three courses Fire 101, Fire 151 and Fire 156 in the context of the whole program which is being developed.  These three courses can be taken by fire fighters in the community for national certification (red card) which allows them to help fight fires for the national government.  Future developments in the fire department here include the need for a degree in order to be promoted and the requirement for the chief to have a baccalaureate degree. In this case the fire fighter will need an AS degree or BS degree and the prerequesites will be in place.  Because of the rural nature of this island the fire department wants a program separate from Honolulu CC.   There are national qualifications for fire fighting.  There is a plan to have a proposal for the program ready for BOR approval in May.

It was moved, seconded and unanimously accepted that the courses be approved for Fall, 2008.

 Summary of FIRE 101, FIRE 151, FIRE 156

b          Earth Day - Noelie Rodriguez was asked to be on the agenda to speak about her request to have the Earth Day Committee become a standing committee of the College. She wanted to present her rationale for the Earth Fair becoming a signature event for the college.   This year is HawCC’s 20th year of putting on the Fair. Noelie has been involved in Earth Day for 20 years and is hoping to pass the responsibility to other faculty.  During her sabbatical, she prepared 9 binders of instructions to guide the next committee.  A motion was made to recommend to the College Council that Earth Day be a standing college committee.  The motion was seconded.  There were objections voiced because the College Council had already made its decision in Fall 2007 that the Committee should not be a standing committee. The process is that requests for committee status be presented to the Committee on Committees, which reports to the College Council. The Chair asked if there would be objections to voting on the measure with paper ballots.   Hearing none, paper ballots were distributed; voting by West Hawai‘i was accomplished by telephone.   The motion was not carried - 14 opposed, 13 approved. 


c          e-café - The Exec Committee recommends the formation of an Ad Hoc committee to address issues around the administration of the faculty surveys.  Faculty members have raised concerns about the tool and how this might affect data needed for dossiers related to reappointment, promotion and tenure.  It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved to approve the formation of an Ad Hoc committee.  Jane Sherwood will be chair.


d          Achieving the Dream - Jill presented an update on the 8 subgroups that  are reviewing the data surrounding student success or lack of success.


e          Policy related to Children of Students on Campus - deferred because policy is being reviewed by UH legal counsel.


f           ISO - The VCAA’s office has been renamed the Instructional Services Office.   Joni Onishi provided some background on the change and collected questions for the VCAA regarding the rationale and the comprehensive review of three programs without review of the function of the office as a whole.


g          UHCC strategic plan – The Chair had sent Senators a form prepared by Ellen Okuma to request feedback on the 5 draft UHCC strategic outcomes. Ellen shared that the wording had been changed as recently as yesterday and asked the Senate how feedback should be gathered. Several Senators suggested a survey, which Ellen had come prepared to distribute. Concern was expressed that the statements were not goal statements and outcomes would be difficult to measure.  The survey was passed out with a request to indicate YES or NO next to each of the 5 strategic outcomes; surveying West Hawai‘i was accomplished by telephone.


The meeting was adjourned at 1345 hours.