Academic Senate of Hawai`i Community College

October 27, 2006

Agenda and Supporting Documents

  1. Agenda
  2. Curricular actions
  3. Ad Hoc DE proposals
  4. Academic Senate Priorities 2006-2007
  5. Memorandum of Agreement: UHPA&FS 1976
  6. Draft Revisions to Faculty Classification Plan




Academic Senate of Hawai`i Community College

October 27, 2006   12:00-1:30 p.m.

Bldg 388, Room 102



1.  Ascertain Quorum

2.  Review and approve minutes

3.  Chair’s Report

a. Meeting with Governor’s East Hawai‘i Liaison

b. Meeting with Accreditation team

            c. System meetings 


4.  Committee Reports

a.  Education Policy - No report

b.  Faculty Policy - No report

c.  Curriculum Review - Curriculum proposals

d.  DE - proposals for peer and student evaluations

e.  Campus Planning -no report

f.   Writing Intensive - no report

g.  Budget Committee – Report


5.  Unfinished Business

a.  Faculty Handbook           


6.  New Business

a.  Faculty Classification Plan    



7.  For the Good of the Order



Curriculum Review Committee:


Hawai`i Community College

Academic Senate 10/27/2006 Curriculum Actions


Program / Course






Early Childhood Education

Delete ED 252 or ED 255 as a General Education requirement.

9/29/06 ↑



Early Childhood Education

Change program course requirements from Eng 21 to Eng 21, Eng 102 or higher; Eng 22 to Eng 22 or Eng 100; and Math 22 to Math 22 or higher.

9/29/06 ↑



Forest TEAM

Change program course requirement from Chem 100 to Chem 100 or higher.

9/29/06 ↑



Electrical Installation and Maintenance Technology

Change program math requirements so that Students who enroll must have take MATH 22 and passed with a “C” or higher OR must place in MATH 51 or higher.

9/29/06 ↑



Interior Wiring

Modify to require MATH 51 as a co-requisite.

9/29/06 ↑


MATH 104

Pre-Calculus Mathematics

Delete course. MATH 104 is an intensive Pre-Calculus course which covers the content of MATH 135 and MATH 140 in one semester. It has not been offered as part of the mathematics curriculum in years due to lack of demand from students and faculty.

9/29/06 ↑


MATH 205

Calculus I

Modify prerequisites to “C” or better in Math 140 or placement in Math 205.

9/29/06 ↑



Careers in Building and Construction

New course: This course introduces students to construction and construction careers using the Contextual Model. Students will be asked to think and solve problems related to construction projects from the origination of the idea through the actual completion of the construction process. Students will be required to sequence the project; identify by career the people involved with the project; and identify the permits, licenses, and organization with jurisdiction over the various aspects of the project including the relevant city, county, state and national codes and regulations that apply to the project. Students will be introduced to safety, common materials, hand and limited power tool applications, current construction techniques and blueprint reading.


Prerequisite: none.

10/13/06 ↑



Business Technology

Modify program to require only major (BUSN) courses to have a “C” or higher grade for graduation.

9/29/06 ↑


ICS 100

Computing Literacy and Application

Modify course description and content to align with the UH System articulation agreement dated November 2005. Modify the General Education requirement for the AAS and AS degrees from Natural Environment to Social Environment.

10/13/06 ↑


ICS 101

Microcomputer Applications

Modify course title, description and content to align with the UH System articulation agreement dated November 2005. New course title – Digital Tools for the Information World

10/13/06 ↑






Ad hoc Distance Education Committee Instruction Subcommittee




Proposed policy statement regarding conducting student evaluations for

DE courses: 


For the student evaluation component of Hawaii Community College’s distance education courses, the same anonymous evaluations that are used in face-to-face courses (specific to department and/or division) will be used, with these modifications:


1.       if necessary, some wording will be adjusted so that evaluation questions are appropriate to the mode of distance delivery, and


2.       student evaluations will be available online. 






Proposed policy statement regarding conducting peer evaluations for DE courses: 


When distance education courses have a face-to-face component, peer evaluations will be conducted in the same way as a traditional face-to-face course. In courses delivered completely online, the same face-to-face peer assessment tools (specific to department and/or division) will be used.  However, wording may be modified and items added to reflect the online mode of delivery.



Academic Senate Priorities 2006-2007

Hawai‘i Community College

Academic Senate

Proposed  Priorities for 2006-2007



The following list of priorities will guide the Senate’s primary attention during this academic year with the understanding that unanticipated issues will come up for the Senate’s consideration that cannot be known/listed at this point. On September 22, the AS endorsed the first four priorities listed below as recommended by the Executive Committee.  The additional items listed have been included as business requiring the Senate’s ongoing attention.



  • Distance Education: Consider policies and recommendations concerning distance education matters recommended by the ad hoc committee so charged. Matters including methods for student evaluation, peer reviews, Student Services Support plan, DE program planning. 


  • Campus Planning: Ensure optimal feedback and dialogue regarding issues affecting the planning of the new campus through the ad hoc Campus Planning committee and assist Chancellor Freitas in the College’s efforts to secure the funds appropriated for the new campus sites. 


  • Budget:  Determine how the Senate is best suited to participate in the dialogue concerning the College budget and budget priorities.


  • Faculty Handbook:  review and update the faculty handbook, collect and consider best practices, dialogue with faculty and staff about needs for additional content; address access and distribution.




  • Complete the review of document guidelines and processes concerning promotion, including factors in faculty control, problems in the existing system, and possible desired changes, including greater emphasis on mentoring, by the FPC.


  • Complete the review of the Academic Bankruptcy and Placement Testing policies by the EPC.


  • Respond to system-level actions and policy initiatives by disseminating information to the Senate and formulating an appropriate response in the best interest of the College.


  • Carry out Senate’s review of designated programs/units with respect to Mission.  Review, refine and update template used to reflect new VMI statements.


  • Initiate preliminary plans to address Accreditation planning agenda that fall within the purview of the Academic Senate.





Memorandum of Agreement

Regarding Roles of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly and the UH Faculty Senate









1. General statement guiding UHPA-Faculty Senate relations


With the successful conclusion of an extended period or bargaining, the representatives of the State and UH Administration have agreed on a contract. As a consequence, the role of the Faculty Senates has been changed. Members of the faculty should keep in mind that the UHPA and the Faculty Senate both are agencies or the faculty which cooperate to provide the best ways to achieve the generally recognized professional and personal objectives of each member of the faculty. As can be seen from the statements of jurisdiction, UHPA is the agency through which members of the faculty can assure themselves of proper conditions of employment. The Faculty Senate is the organization through which the members of .ne faculty can develop educational programs of the highest quality possible and those aspects of their professional activities not covered by either the various aspects of the collective bargaining contract between UHPA and the University, or of the appropriate statutes.


2. Tenure and promotion


            Except as specified below, all matters involving tenure and promotions are to be handled by UHPA. Changes in the form or format of the tenure and promotion mechanism are the responsibility of UHPA.

            The criteria for promotion and tenure, drafted by academic departments, institutes, and other organizations within UH subject to provisions of the UHPA-UH contract, will be reviewed by representatives of the Faculty Senate. These representatives, in turn, will keep appropriate officials of UHPA informed.


3. Curricula, courses, graduation requirements and academic matters of this kind


            These will be the business of the Faculty Senate.


4. Salaries and fringe benefits


            UHPA will handle matters concerning these items.


5. Student relations


            The Faculty Senates will be responsible for actions under this heading unless a problem arises between a member of the faculty and a student involving union contract aspects of the status or activity of faculty members.


6. University budget


            UHPA and the Faculty Senates will work together on matters involving the budget. They could do this through a joint committee consisting of representatives of UHPA and the Faculty Senates.

            It should be noted that UHPA has a statutory right to consult on the formation of the university system budget.


7. Academic standards


            The Faculty Senates will be responsible for developing appropriate standards as they pertain to professional ethics, requirements for admission of students to courses of study, and systems of grading student performance.

            UHPA will be concerned with the application of the standards covering the above items to individual members of the faculty.


8. Grievances and faculty complaints


            UHPA has the exclusive responsibility in all complaints and subsequent grievances dealing with wages, hours, and conditions of employment.

            UHPA and the Faculty Senates will work together to develop procedures for handling faculty complaints falling outside the scope of the statement above.


9. Matters not covered by Agreement


            Should a matter not covered by this Agreement arise, representatives of UHPA and the Faculty Senate will meet to determine which agency shall have jurisdiction.



John A. Thompson, President,

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)


Wytze Gorter, Chairperson,

Manoa Senate Executive Committee


Elizabeth D'Argy, Convener,

 Council of Faculty Senate Chairpersons of the Community Colleges


Didrick Castberg, Chairperson,

Hilo College Senate


Draft Revisions to Faculty Classification Plan