[ Inaudible Discussion]>>Let’s call to order please,
the Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Pasadena
City College. Roll call please, Ms. Thomson. [ Pause ]>>Excuse me [ Laughter ]>>Mr. Thomson?>>Here.>>Mr. Baum?>>Here.>>Mr. Martin?>>Here.>>Ms. Brown?>>Here.>>Dr. Fellow?>>Here.>>Dr. Mann?>>Present.>>Ms. Wah?>>Present.>>Mr. Pack?>>Here. [ Inaudible Remark ] [ Laughter ]>>Okay. Is there anyone who
wishes to address the board on any of the close
agenda items? Any public comment on
any of those items? [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Okay. First, I have
[inaudible] Glenda Waterson– [ Inaudible Discussion ]>>Dear Board of Trustees,
my name is Glenda Waterson, and I’m speaking you– to
you tonight under the guides of past precedent of issue. During the four years
I was president, I was visited numerous
times by many staff members from a particular area. They came to me with serious
issues concerning their manager. They were issues of harassment,
mostly of a sexual nature. I will spare you from
the horrific details, but I will tell you that
no PCC employee classified or otherwise should be
subjected to such treatment, often on a daily basis. This was a well-known
problem in the area. In fact, so many people on
campus knew there was a problem, it was almost a joke,
only it wasn’t very funny. This manager’s harassment
was a catalyst for so many people quitting,
retiring early, transferring out to other areas, or
just plain getting fired. It shouldn’t have taken HR
or the VP so long to realize and address this problem. I believe that this manager’s
intimidating ways was key to employees not wanting to come
forward with a formal grievance. Issue was finally able
to convince a portion of the affected employees
to band together and file a formal grievance. When the investigation began and
the improprieties started coming to light, the district can see that this was indeed
a serious matter. So measures were taken on
the part of the district to distance this person
from the employees. One cannot but think–
help but think, should a classified
member have acted so illegally towards their
coworkers or other employees, swift action would
have been taken to protect those being targeted. Not so in this area. These employees, many
of them here for decades with wonderful work
ethics and reputations, had to tolerate the
intolerable for years. The district is still
fussing around this. There’s been no closure or
resolution for the employees who I am telling you have
been traumatized by the events over the past few years. Just the fact that this
person is no longer in campus is not enough. Our understanding is this
manager will now be offered the retirement incentive. A year off with full pay
and retirement incentive? Nothing punitive at all? That’s sends a message of,
“We don’t care about you!” to the employees. What a sad state of affairs. I am solely disappointed in the
management of this situation by the district, and this is
a district that I’ve loved and been loyal to for 35 years. Do your job!>>Okay. The next
is Anna Mae Jones.>>Thank you, President Thomson,
board members, Dr. Rocha. My name is Anna Mae Jones. I am the secretary in
college [inaudible]. I’m also the current
president of issue. I have some written remarks
I’d like to read at this time. It is with a heavy heart
that I am compelled to stand before you this evening
and ask for your assistance in bringing a very troubling
matter involving the allegations of sexual harassment
to a resolution which not only recognizes
the gravity of the situation, but also the enormity of the harm our unit
members have suffered. Last evening, after
absolutely no communication from district council on
this matter since April 3, the issues council received two
emails in the span of 6 hours. Tonight, I want to
focus my remarks on the second of these emails. First district council stated, “The complainant received an
administrative determination on March 10 and did
not appeal from it.” That statement is false. On March 16th, in the absence of both administrative
support personnel in the president’s
office, I hand-delivered to Dr. Van Pelt’s administrative
assistant letters of appeal from each of the affected
issue unit members. They were time-stamped
with a copy return to me. Thereafter, I personally
saw them placed in a file of pending matters which I was
informed would subsequently be given to staff in the
president’s office. I hope you will concur with me that there should be no question
whether our unit members’ appeals were timely–
received by the district. Second district council
went on to state, “The complainants have received
all the relief they ever sought. In fact, to the complainants, as
opposed to the issue leadership, appear to be quite satisfied.” Councilor, I want to ask you. Whom did you speak to in order
to arrive at that conclusion? I think I can safely say
the answer is not any of our grieved unit members. This afternoon, I
personally spoke with six of the seven grievants;
one is out of the office, and can inform you with no
equivocation that to a person, they are not satisfied with
the district’s response. The egregious and unlawful
behavior issue herein was suffered by our issue
unit members for several years
before last summer. During that same
preceding timeframe, multiple attempts asking for
the district’s intervention to compel a cessation in the unlawful behavior
were also made. For various reasons, each of
this cries for help were ignored or disregarded by the district. It was only after all of our
unit members with the guidance of my predecessor’s issue,
President Glenda Waterson, they courageously
banded together, and as a collective group, simultaneously filed
their grievances that the district
finally realized that perhaps there was
credence to the complaints and began a course of
purported corrective action that remains unfinished
to this day. To know that the alleged
perpetrator has continued to be fully paid for the
past 11 months, does not, I can assure you, bring
comfort or closure or to use district
council’s choice of words, satisfaction to our
unit members. As the duly elected president
of this bargaining unit, I take particular exception to
district council’s intimation that the issue leadership is
the only dissatisfied party. Despite that suggestion,
I and my colleagues on the issue board
remain firm in our resolve and distinctly undeterred
in vigorously representing and protecting our members
at every opportunity. Issue considers this
matter to be one of the most important
it has faced in its 20 year history
of existence. Thus, Board of Trustee
members, I now stand before you as Issue President,
and respectfully, but with all due urgency, ask that you direct
the administration and your legal council to
forthwith bring this matter to a conclusion which
acknowledges and fully respects the
issue bargaining unit, as well as the enormous
harm suffered by our affected unit members. Thank you.>>Anyone else to
address the board on the closed session items? Ms. Dow, would you
have response?>>Not in public
session, thank you.>>Okay. Then, no one else
appearing, we will adjourn to close session to have a– address government code
section 54956.9 B 1, conference legal council
regarding anticipated litigation on one case, government
code section 54957, employee discipline, dismissal,
release five employees, government code section 54957.6, collective bargaining
PCC FA CSCA 777 ISSU POA, designated negotiator,
Mr. Engeldinger, government code section 54957.6, negotiation with unrepresented
employees, confidentials, management association. Begin the designated
negotiator, Mr. Engeldinger, and we shall return after the
closed session at 6 o’clock. [ Silence ]>>The board is back
in open session. There is no reportable action
from the close session, so we will now begin with
the pledge of allegiance. Dr. Douglas, would you lead
that [inaudible], please?>>My pleasure.>>I pledge allegiance to
the flag of the United States of America and to the
republic for which it stands, one nation under
God, indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all.>>First item we have on
the agenda is the approval of minutes, the meeting
number 8, the joint meeting of the associate of
students on April 6th, 2011. Also, number 9, the study
session in Temple City, April 20th, 2011, and meeting
number 10, joint meeting with the Pas Unified
School District on May the 3rd of this year. Other questions, corrections
on this, about– Mr. Pack?>>Just one change to the
April 6th minutes on page 3 under item E number 1, the Vice
President for Public Relations, her name is listed
as Chelsea Pack. It’s actually Cheslea,
C-H-E-S-L-E-A Pack.>>Okay. Other corrections? [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Questions or comments? Dr. Mann?>>I think it would
be– just a second. The– I wasn’t–
where’s the joint meeting with the school board? You say those minutes were here?>>Yeah.>>I didn’t see the
minutes either. I was gonna raise the same point
’cause was the agenda was there, but–>>It’s right here.>>Where?>>It’s the fourth page,
and it says call to order, the meeting was called to order
at 6:12 PM by Renatta Cooper.>>The fourth page?>>The back. So go to the very back.>>Okay.>>Oh, I see. Okay.>>And it says meeting
number 10.>>Yeah. Oh.>>Okay.>>Who prepared the minutes?>>You? Okay [laughter]. A little different format. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>I still have the
same comment. I think since Dr. Rosser
was there and stayed through the whole meeting
and did make a comment, that we might want to
make the comment on that.>>You should add that to– [ Simultaneous Talking ]>>I would like to make
that as a– under– maybe under audience
participation, Dr. Jim Rosser, President CalState
LA, commented on the– commented very favorably
on the 2+2 program and pledged his support to making sure the students
had the programs and– for the final two years,
something to that effect.>>Any objection to
adding that to the minutes? Okay. Other comments,
questions, or motion to approve?>>They’ll move.>>All three [inaudible]?>>Yes.>>Okay. Is there a second?>>I second.>>And moved and seconded,
to approve the minutes of all three meetings. All– student advisory vote?>>Aye.>>All in favor, say aye.>>Aye [simultaneous].>>I’ll close. Okay. Motion carries. Now, back to introduction
of guest. Are there any guest
to be introduced?>>I think we’re okay.>>Okay. Announcements
and recognitions, the Board of Trustees,
any comments?>>No.>>Mr. Baum?>>Just a couple of quick ones. The– first off, in the
community, both Trustee Brown and I attended the annual
celebration for the program at– out of Muir High School,
the mentoring program for youth development, and it
was a community wide celebration of the work that is being done to support young
men in our district. And I was proud to
be a part of that. I also wanna thank Dr. Rocha
for joining me Monday night at a community meeting
in La Canada for the La Canada
Republican Community to talk about Pasadena City
College and the service that PCC is providing
the community. We also signed up a few high
school and college students to attend PCC this
summer and in the fall. Finally, we had a
Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting
last Monday. It was an extensive agenda, and
Dr. Mann was up in Sacramento to represent the
community college league. We– it was– there was a lot
of discussion about legislation that we’ll get into later,
but there is a movement to provide districts some
flexibility with rates for credit courses
and the bills going through the legislature on that. We have not taken
a position on that, but it’s about extension
programs, or continuing ed
programs being able to charge marker rates
for credit courses. And we’re listening
to feedback on how– what we should do about that. And obviously, the other big
issue that we have to think about is the budget and
the government– governor– past presenters may revise in
how the systemwide we’re going to handle that, and I know we’re
getting a presentation on that for PCC specifically later. But if anybody has any questions
about what happened to the board of governors meeting,
I’m happy to share.>>Other– Ms. Wah?>>Yeah. I just wanted to
comment that Trustee Brown and I had a chance
to attend the Latino and the Black scholarship
breakfast, and it was really great to hear
the awardees and their stories. The other thing is I had
a chance earlier this week to attend or to see the– I guess visit the [inaudible]
ed construction program and the Rich Wheeler, and
that was really great. And I think that it– gives us
a– it was really great to see, not only there are
women in the program which I thought was great, but– and it gives us an
opportunity I think when we look at how we focus our
students on what’s available on the industry, but also the
integration of what we have in academics, such as
architecture, engineering, CAD into that program. So, great program.>>Dr. Fellow?>>Yeah. Thank you,
Mr. President. I just want to mention
that I was very impressed with the PCC foundation
reception last Friday in the– and the instructors that– and teachers, professors who won
grants, and that was attended by the– President Thomson
and Trustees Wah and Brown and myself, and I think Dr.
[inaudible] did a very good job, and certainly, with your
leadership, we were able to give these grants to
these deserving faculty. Thank you.>>Dr. Mann?>>Yes. I just wanted
to say I am on the student success task
force, and we met at the same– actually, the same day. It’s the second day of the
board of governors meeting, and one of the things that
was discussed the board of governors first reading
was reducing the number of times a student
can repeat a course. And one of the things that the
student success task force is looking at is these very
issues of reducing the number of times students
can pass a course, requiring students
go to orientation. There is a– 20 colleges
called the Golden Triangle– pardon me– 20 states
called the Golden Triangle, all of whom have very
high completion rates in community college students. And they’re– we were
given an analysis of what characteristics
they all share in common, and that was– that
was one of them. So there’s about
20 characteristics of the Golden Triangle. California as a community– you
know, as a state is so far away from any of them that we would
never make the Golden Triangle. But individual campuses could
look at some of these things.>>Good. Are there
comments on the– I’m sorry.>>I forgot. The one thing I wanted to
add is that PCC is the talk of Sacramento right now,
because this was on the heels of our gift announcement,
and everybody on the systemwide is taking
notice of that and excited for Pasadena City College and
what it means for this system to see such major philanthropic
focus on community colleges. And also, there’s a lot of buzz about all the positions we have
open and some people inquiring about if they can apply for
jobs at Pasadena City College. I’m very excited about that.>>And of course you said yes?>>Absolutely. [ Laughter ]>>Anybody can apply.>>I just wanted to– in the
May-June 2011, the issue of Pas and arts council folio. There is a recognition of
Dean Alex Kritselis, and also, a person named Joe
[inaudible], a film maker, and they have received
an award proposed– Picasso’s Dilemma
Public Art Installation, and quite a nice article about Dean Kritselis
and Ms. [inaudible]. And so, I encourage all
of you to read that, and we should make sure that he
receives appropriate recognition from us and everything. So Mr. Superintendent
President Rocha?>>Thank you, President Thomson. I just have, you know, a couple
of quick ones before I go on to the three that
are listed there. There are two really significant
events that had to do with raising money for scholarships
besides the Westerbeke. Last Thursday was– and
I see Dean Olivo here– had a wonderful– the president’s Latino advisory
group sponsors the Latino scholarship awards, and we
had a wonderful event there and gave out– how many
scholarships did we give out?>>12 1,000 dollars.>>12 1,000 dollar scholarships. And so, the– I really
wanna thank Cynthia and all the wonderful
people who are on the Latino advisory committee
that make that possible. And then this morning, wanted thank Trustee
Wah and Trustee Brown. We had a wonderful event by the
Association of Black Employees and their annual
scholarship breakfast– although it was starting to
get to be a scholarship lunch. [ Laughter ]>>And again, I say– and I’m
gonna have the program in front of me, but we awarded about
15 scholarships to both CEC and workforce and
regular transfer students, and it was a wonderful
event, and again, I want to thank the president’s
African-American Advisory Committee for– and the
TAEB, The Association of Black Employees, for
making that possible.>>It’s a great event,
great speakers. Let me move on, if I may, to
three recognitions I wanted to briefly call out, and I’ll
ask Vice President van Pelt to explain these two
sustainability awards we recently won.>>Thank you. Last week, we were notified that the California higher
education sustainability conference which
will be held on July. PCC is going to receive
two best practice awards. The first one is an
innovation waste reduction, which is basically our
recycling program and diversion from landfill, and
the other winners in that category were
UC Davis and CSU Chico. And the second award
is for the Campus and Community Partnership
Award which will be highlighted in the social equity
tract, and that deals with the I-Pass program of providing alternative
transportation through social equity. The third one actually is that,
while we didn’t win the award for water conservation, they
do want us to do a presentation because our efforts are
still leading the field. And so, we’re– we’ll be
doing three presentations at the CalState Long
Beach campus July 10th through the 14th.>>And we won in two categories, and this included not
just community colleges, but the other public colleges.>>They awarded in each category
to the University of California, to CSU, and to a
community college.>>Alright. Great. Congratulations. Very Good. And thank you to all the staff–
students who have been working on the sustainability
goal for the campus. And okay, let’s see, we have
some great fashion students that we wanted to shout
out to– let me see. So our fashion– what come on?>>They’re not here.>>Oh, okay.>>They thought the
meeting started at 7. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Okay. Well, we’ll
dub tell them then, but I do see our
architecture people. So come on up, and if you would
just briefly tell the board the great, great program,
great awards the– our architecture students
won this past weekend.>>Thank you very much. It’s an honor to be
here to speak with you. We had a kind of a– [ Simultaneous Talking ]>>Oh, I’m sorry. My name is Coleman
Griffith [phonetic]. I’m the coordinator of the
architecture department at Pasadena City College, and this is Gabriella
Cominares [phonetic]. Gabriella is the recipient of a
second place scholarship award by the American Institute
of Architects. She was in a juried competition
by architects in Los Angeles who awarded her this place. Her field of competition
were university students and graduate students
in architecture. She competed against fifth year
professional degree program students and graduate students. The first place went to
two students who were with the master’s
project from UCLA, Gabriella from architecture 20B at Pasadena City
College came in second. [ Applause ]>>The– this is not the
first time this has happened, so this is not just luck. This is the second year–
second time in two years, and to be honest with you, I think we should have
won last year as well. [ Laughter ]>>This is Gabriella’s board. The project that was
submitted this year by Gabriella is what we
call Places of Performance. It is a– it was a project,
a hypothetical project that proposes the introduction
of performance bases, chamber music performance bases within the Los Angeles
Grand Central Market. The idea– the challenge
that I gave my students in the second year was to
reinvent the relationship between the orchestra
and the community. And so, by doing– by having
this particular sort of scheme at the market, they were able to
sort of juxtapose two very sort of unlikely activities,
but in a way that provoked a rather
interesting synergy between the two programs. So I’d like to turn this over
to Gabriella for a moment, and maybe she can talk about it.>>Hi. I’m Gabriella. So basically, the whole
process started really simply by promoting classical
music into the community, especially in downtown LA, and
it was a beautiful experience. And the whole exhibition,
it was– I mean, a– definitely a prestigious
exhibition, and I was so glad that I was part of it
in the first place. But I was even more excited
when I got the second place. So yeah, the whole process,
it was unbelievable, yeah. Thank you so much.>>Yeah, well, congratulations
to you. Thank you.>>Thank you.>>Gabriella’s success
will continue. She has a scholarship to go to
Woodberry University where her– the remaining three
years of her education for her professional degree
in architecture will be– half of that will be paid
for by the scholarship. So– of her total expense, which
is a significant sum today. So we’re very proud of her, and
honored to be here before you to talk about this,
because you know, this is what we were
trying to do– to help– to contribute to the success of what makes a global
community college. It’s the efforts
of these students that will project
beyond our borders to other places and so forth. So thank you very much.>>Mr. Baum?>>I have a question for Gab. Did you come to PCC– with a
goal to study architecture? How did that come about?>>I did have in mind. Architecture has always
been in the back of my head. I did take graphic design in
engineering classes as well, and it wasn’t until I took the
first class of introduction of architecture when
I decided, okay, yeah, this is what I want to do. And I knew from the beginning
that Pasadena City College is so popular with their
architectural design program, it’s supposed to be one of the
best in LA, even in California. So– and this is one other
reasons why I came over here, ’cause everybody talks
about it all the time so.>>Congratulations.>>Yeah, thank you.>>Mr. Martin?>>Did you receive
any inspiration on– from your work from
the common areas of our parking structures
where we play– [ Laughter ]>>Parking structures?>>Yeah. It was all about that. [ Laughter ]>>You just made my day. [ Inaudible Discussion ] [ Laughter ]>>Thank you.>>[Inaudible] great educational
experience you’ve had at Pasadena City College. [ Laughter ]>>That’s right.>>Okay. Well, congratulations
to you, and thank you very much for– [ Inaudible Remark ]>>– wonderful contribution. So we really appreciate that. Good luck to you.>>Thank you. [ Applause ]>>In closing, this
is an example of– this, for PCC, is
a common example. It is– Gabriella
is exceptional, but we have many
exceptional students with exceptional outcomes. That’s one of the
reasons why we say that excellence is
an equity issue. We’re one of the few
community college’s left that has retained this. And I remember the first day I
walked in to Coleman’s class, he invited me into his
class, and Coleman is– leads a group of faculties– you see their work and
you see there’s students working together. It’s absolutely at the state
of the art, and we’re very, very proud and grateful,
and congratulations, so–>>Good.>>Okay. We’re at the point
of shared governance reports.>>Your fashion people are here. [ Simultaneous Talking ] [ Laughter ]>>Very good.>>Right on cue. [ Simultaneous Talking ]>>You are on– we are
so delighted to have you so that you can tell us about
this great, great award.>>Excellent. My name is Sunny
Canon [phonetic]. I am the newest faculty in the
Fashion Design Department here at PCC, and I wanted to tell you
about some really exciting news that we’ve had lately. On April 16th, at the
California Market Center down– in downtown LA, the California
Community Colleges Family and Consumer’s Sciences
Organization hosted a fashion symposium where students from
across the state gathered to meet industry
professionals to learn about combining their
talents and created– creativity with sustainable
fashion practices. So at this symposium,
our students at PCC had the opportunity
to compete statewide against 37 other
community colleges that offer fashion programs. There were more than a
hundred semifinalist garments that were showcased
in a fashion show that was the capstone
of this symposium.>>The– it was a combination
of this gigantic event. So I’m really happy
to announce that four of our students were
chosen as semifinalists, and not only that, but
we won a best in show, we won first place, second
place, and an honorable mention. So I’d like to introduce them
to you now ’cause we just were so excited and we absolutely
want to show them off to you. Okay. So Lawrence
Wu, right here. Where is your model? Come on. Okay. So Lawrence won an
honorable mention in the sportswear category
for his lace short.>>Come to a catwalk for us. [ Inaudible Remark ] [ Laughter ]>>These are all student models, and they didn’t know
they’d be walking, so– so he won an honorable
mention for this lace shorts and sweatshirt ensemble. He won– okay, sorry. He’ll be completing his fashion
design certificate this fall, and he plans on transferring
to Woodberry. He had a wonderful internship
opportunity last year, and they loved him so much
they hired him the second his internship was over. So he’s now, not an intern,
but he’s an associate designer at a great big juniors company, and some of his designs
are gonna be shown to a store called BB
[phonetic] this week. So we’re pulling for him to get
his designs actually in a store. Next up, Nancy Kwan [phonetic]. Nancy won second place for
her convertible trench coat. Wear your tench coat. [ Laughter ] [ Inaudible Remark ]>>She won second place for her
convertible trench coat dress in the sportswear category.>>Nice.>>She also have some other
honorable mention dresses– come on. Take the walk. She won 200 dollars and
some online classes. Nancy will be earning her
fashionist certificate this fall. She already has a
BA in Communications from UC San Diego, and she
was working at LA Unified as a supplies buyer, I
guess, when the layoffs hit. So she decided to just take a
totally different career path, and she said since
changing her goals, she has never felt more
purposeful and fulfilled. Okay, Ekshel [phonetic]? There is Ixchel. She was a semifinalist
in both the sportswear and a project redesign category. She ended up winning first
place for her redesign project, and this dress is
actually repurposed out of several men’s
basic dress shirts, which is just really exciting. She won 250 dollars and
a professional dress form and some online classes as well. Ekshel is shooting for the
stars, and she’s planning on finishing next
fall with, not one, but all of our certificates
that we’re offering. She has a BA in Fine
Arts already, but when she had the opportunity
for several freelance jobs, she knew she needed some
more design experience. And so, she decided
to come to PCC. Not only does she create
the designs by drawing them and creating lined sheets, but
she’s also doing some freelance for other people
recreating things– her more recent project is
trying to remake a wedding dress that somebody chopped up when
she got mad at her husband. [ Laughter ]>>She’s got her hands full. So on top of her amazing
work as a student at PCC, she also runs a local fine
arts school called Art Lyceum. So we are really excited and
happy to have her with us. Okay. Last but not the
least, Nancy Dipp [phonetic]. She won Best in Show
and 500 dollars for her presentation board. There were several
presentation board categories. People had to research
historical and cultural design
influences and custom history and quality comparison
and design, but hers was best
out of all of them. So she got a special award for
her design presentation boards. So she not only made the
clothes, photographed them, illustrated them, the
technical design specifications, and definitely deserved
her best in show award. So we are super proud of her. I would just like to say how
excited I am for these students, and I wanted to [inaudible]–
congratulate them and ask you to join us in congratulating
them. [ Applause ] [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Thank you so much
for your time, and I hope than you’re
shopping, someday, you’ll see their beautiful
work, and hopefully, you’ll be buying it too. So thank you so much.>>Thanks so much.>>Thank you very much.>>Congratulations.>>Very well done. [ Applause ]>>Shared governance
reports now, I believe. Ms. Hammond?>>AS elections are
underway right now until midnight tonight. And so, as of Friday,
you should know who the incoming executive
board will be, but you’ll hear about them at the next meeting.>>Okay. Ms. Albright?>>Yesterday was classified day. I would like to thank Dr.
Rocha for doing his little– numbers that he did
in the morning session and in the afternoon session. I also would like to
thank the academic senate and human resources for giving
of their– we had giveaways, and the academic senate and HR were just absolutely
wonderful in donating. I also wanna thank Dr. Douglas
and Lynn Wright [phonetic] for their contribute– they contributed to
the leadership speaker which was Peter Pars–
oh, I’m sorry– Garnand [phonetic]
from the PARS group. And it was very well-received,
all classified that joined. We had I think a total
of 97, 47 in the morning and the rest in the afternoon. We had yoga session, and
it was very well-received. I think it was the first
classified senate– classified day that was–
had nothing but positive. There is hardly any
negativity whatsoever. It was very well-received. June 1st also is the general
session for the classified where we will be giving out
the student scholarship. And also, a classified
scholarship for the employees that are continuing
their education, and our election are also
coming up for June 1st.>>Good. Thank you.>>Thank you.>>Mr. Martinez?>>I have a copy of the senate
nanoseconds in front of you, so I just want to
point out a few items. The very first one we have some
good news coming to you soon. We are on the verge of approving
a distance education policy. This has been in the works
for a couple of years now, but we want to make
sure that all of the various constituencies
have had their input and that the issues
have been aired and that we have a
good viable document to present to you very soon. The other items that I want to mention are the
SASI innovation awards, the student access, and student
initiative innovation awards. We had a presentation by Lynn
Wright this past week just announcing to the faculty the
nature of the various awards that have been made
and the amounts, and just to give you a– you may
be receiving more information about this later, but just to
give you sort of an overview. There was an award
to Salomon Davila and Deborah Bird [phonetic]
from engineering architecture on design technology pathway, a
pre-health sciences pathway led by Paul Jarrell [phonetic] and
Katie Rodriguez [phonetic], a Lecture Capture technology led
by Leslie Tirapelle [phonetic], related to distance
education, and a number of other mini-grant awards that
were announced by Lynn Wright. And she, as the chair of the senate’s Professional
Development Committee, will coordinate the
dissemination of information about these projects to make
sure that this is indeed– that there is indeed
ongoing innovation and that faculty have the
opportunity to share their ideas and engage in innovation. And then the third thing
that I want to bring to your attention– you have a
copy of this announcement also. Tomorrow we have the annual
faculty lecturer/performance award, a presentation by
Dr. “Tooktook” Thongthiraj, an associate professor
of English. She will be talking about
pop culture in the classroom onto the title Gaga Garnett
and Gucci in the classroom. So I’ll have to find what
that’s about tomorrow. But you’re invited
at 12 noon in C333, and the reception
following in C217.>>Thank you. Dr. Douglas?>>Yeah. I just like to remind
everyone we’re gonna have our annual retirement breakfast on
June 16th at 7 AM at Brookside, and I’d like to invite
any of the board members who would like to come. We expect a good
turnout this year, so– [ Laughter ]>>Ms. Kollross?>>No report.>>Mr. Miller?>>Just to echo a little bit
of what President Martinez said in that the next board meeting,
we’ll have a full report on the SASI allocations
in the funding. This– tonight’s agenda
generally was very full, so we decided to put it off
to the June 1st meeting.>>Okay. Mr. Pack?>>No reports.>>Ms. Chapman?>>Thank you. No report this evening.>>Mr. Engeldinger?>>No report.>>Dr. Sugimoto?>>Just to thank
the board members who attended the academic
excellence mini-grants and grants receptions, really
appreciate your presence and the congratulations
to the faculty. I also wanted to
recognize Shirley Burt who’s in the audience, and was one of our Stalwart Foundation board
members and is always present. So thank you, Shirley,
for being here.>>Mr– Dr. Wilcox.>>Just two items–
just to let you know that tomorrow evening is the
spring general scholarship awards dinner, and the following
evening is the flea market scholarship awards center.>>Where will those be held? [ Laughter ]>>Right here.>>Dr. van Pelt?>>No report.>>Okay. Then I guess
we are at the point of public comment
on non-agenda items. We have request to speak
from first, Nicholas Smith. [ Pause ]>>Hello. My name
is Nicholas Smith. As Edward Martinez kind of
pointed out, this past Monday, one of the topics
that was discussed at the Academic Senate was
time, place, and manner. It’s on the nanoseconds,
I believe. But I went to discussion
to the entire board, and in that discussion,
it was brought up that there’s some confusion
over the original document that was– that this piece
of litigation has been– being debated over I guess. I guess it was– some people
think it’s a mandate by court, other people say that
it’s not a mandate. After everything was
discussed and it was decided to once again take a look
at time, place, and manner, I approached Edward
Martinez after the meeting, and I asked him if
it was possible if I can get a copy
of this document. He said that he wasn’t
able to provide it for me, but he did say that possibly, the Board of Trustees was
able to get it for me. So I’m here tonight to
officially request a copy of the document under the
California Public Records Act.>>By document, you mean what?>>Well, it’s– I’m sure no
one really knows what it is. Some people say that
it was a court order, some people say that it wasn’t. [ Simultaneous Talking ]>>Just returning to accounts,
I appreciate your comment. Maybe general council can
be helpful because we– council has perhaps some context
that would be helpful here, ’cause there has been
this issue that you raised about court order,
no court order.>>Yeah, exactly.>>And I think council might
be able to help us out here.>>I wanna try to be as succinct
as possible, Mr. Thompson, members of the board, Dr.
Rocha, members of the audience. First of all, to my knowledge, there has never been
a court order issued that required the Board
of Trustees or the college to revise its time, place,
and manner regulations. I think that misconception arose
because a number of years ago, in response to some
complaints that were raised by students and staff. An investigation
occurred which led to some recommendations
being forwarded to the Board of Trustees by a retired
superior court judge, who at that time and still
is a professional mediator and alternative dispute
resolution expert. And one of the recommendations
that he made to the board was that they revisit and
update their time, place, and manner regulations. But because he is a retired
judge, he was referred to quite often as the judge, and I think that’s how
the misconception arose that there was some
kind of judicial order.>>Would it be possible
for my self to get a copy of that recommendation then?>>I am honestly not sure that
there’s a written recommendation that could be produced. But I do know that he made the
recommendation to the board. If there’s a disclosable
document in existence still that could be produced,
then we can look for it and look at that. It may well be that there is
not, but we can look for that.>>Well [inaudible]
something though that goes back and disclose–>>No, there’ll be some record
in the board’s records for sure.>>Yes, and I think that’s
what he would like to have, and I think we certainly
should provide it to him.>>If nothing else, we
will be find something in the board’s minutes.>>Can you take about 2 minutes
and give us the background of this, how do we get
a mediator involved and what led to this?>>Well, there may
be people in the room who can tell the story better
than I can, but to the best of my recollection, and there
will be a few board members still I think who
will recall it– and at the time that
the Iraq War began, there were some protests and
demonstrations on campus, and they spilled into the
administration building from the areas outside where
great many people were engaged in expressive activity
in opposition to the war. Once this got into the
interior of the building, the campus police
became involved, and there were later allegations
of misconduct by the police. And it was in the course
of doing investigations of those allegations of
misconduct by the police, which were personnel
investigations, they were protected– the
police were all provided by the protections under the
peace officers bill of rights and they were very
carefully done. But the judge was asked
to review the results of that personnel
investigation in order to assure that there was a very neutral
individual involved in it. And so, it was in the course of
then reporting back to the board after that personnel
investigation that these recommendations
were made.>>Mr. Baum, you
were– sorry, go ahead.>>No, in just– in
my understanding then, because the police
allegedly conducted– or were misconducting
themselves, the students were
then therefore– or the campus was therefore
then decided that they needed to have stronger time,
place, and manner.>>The recommendation was that
there be clearer time, place, and manner regulations. Yes. And I know that Mr.
Martin and Dr. Mann were on the board at the time.>>I think you did a great
a job in summing it up. I think in the context of the– there were several
subsets to this. One is when the riot’s
moved indoors and you have students
in classrooms–>>I know the history, yeah.>>Yeah. Oh, okay. I thought you’re asking
for the history, so–>>No, no–>>So the point I was trying to make is I think the judge was
saying you needed time, place, and manner so there
was a way to express– for people to express themselves so that other students
still felt safe.>>Yeah. That’s right.>>And I think that in part
was the impetus behind it to carefully balance both
the academic expression with academic safety.>>Okay. Alright. Well, I still would like to see
the– original [inaudible]–>>If we– I mean,
the– at this point, I can’t see for certain what
disclosable documents they may be that we could produce,
but we certainly can.>>Well, [inaudible]
there has to be something that has the recommendations,
and– [ Simultaneous Talking ]>>Alright, thank you very much.>>Thank you. The next request we have is
from Ahmad Kasfy, K-A-S-F-Y. I apologize if I’m not
pronouncing your name correctly. [ Pause ]>>Hello. It’s pronounced
Ahmad Kasfy.>>Ahmad Kasfy. Okay. Thank you.>>Alright. I come to speak to you
this evening in order to inform a cruel
brand of injustice that is developing on campus. Yesterday at about 4 o’clock, an anonymous individual
torched the Holy Koran and threw it off the R
building here on campus. I was on the other
side of the R building when this event took place,
and I did not see the burning of the Holy Koran
with my own eyes, but I saw where campus police
put out the burning book as students gathered
discussing the event. A week ago today in
the early morning, I personally found a
partially burnt holy– copy of the holy Koran
in between the walkway of the C and R building. These events continue
to reoccur. These events are a cause
for concern for the Arab and Muslim Communities on
campus, but not limiting to even the extent to
other minority group. This act of intolerance cannot
be ignored and shunned away. It must be fought and
understood in order to prevent further intolerance
among religious cultural or sexual differences
that seem to separate us. I come to you as an
Arab-American, born in Beirut, Lebanon and a product of
Pasadena City College. I’m transferring
to the University of California at Berkeley. Pasadena has cultivated
me into an academic and well-rounded individual,
and I am truly thankful and would certainly miss the
three years I’ve had here at PCC. But to get back to my
point, there is a lot of diversity among PCC students, and there are various events
throughout the year that relate and acknowledge the
adversities being faced within those various
minority communities, whether it’s Latino,
Black, or Asian. However, personally,
I am deeply saddened that throughout my
years here at PCC, not one event has
taken place in regards to understanding
the Arab-American or Muslim community
that could have provided for contemporary educational
case to combat this type of discrimination
and intolerance.>>I understand that
there is not as much Arab or Muslim students as the
aforementioned minority groups, but I still– but it should
still be discussed and examined. There is injustice
within all communities, and I believe 9/11
truly changed our lives. Today, there are many words
of hate and misconceptions within our TV stations, radio
stations, and politics that– within our day to day lives. There’s– this is a current
issues facing our country and nation, and this brand of discrimination is
relevant to today. Therefore, I believe
that this institution of education has a duty
in educating its students on these misconceptions by acknowledging
adversities currently faced– being faced by the Muslim
or Arab-American community, and continuing to battle against
all forms of intolerance or hate through understanding and love.>>Dr. Rocha, do we have a– [ Applause ]>>– a report on this that
you could [inaudible]–>>Yes. We take it
very serious to that. I received a report today
from Dean Scott Thayer that this occurred, and we
have launched a criminal investigation and are leaving
no stone unturned to see if we can find the
individual responsible for it. And then I completely agree with
your feelings and the sentiment that we do– we’ll need to
create some opportunities in the very short term future to educate the community
about these issues. I’m deeply disturbed by it, and
it’s just simply not acceptable. Scott, is that– is there
any other information that you have on this? [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Can you come up to
the microphone please? [ Pause ]>>Yes. Carrie Afuso
[phonetic] in my office, she was the cross-cultural
senate coordinator, is working with our– some
of our student leaders to put together a teach-in, maybe an interfaith
breakfast event to publicize and get the dialog
started so that that we won’t have this type
of intolerance on campus. Once we received the report, we
try to get to a group together as quickly as possible, and so,
we’re working on that right now.>>Okay. Are there questions,
Mr. Thayer, or Dr. Rocha– Mr. Baum?>>I just wanna thank Ahmad. I know you’ve been a student
leader for a couple of years, and thank you for bringing
this to our attention, because this is a very
disturbing report, and this is not what the
Pasadena City College Community represents or stands for,
and I know you know that. It’s very bothersome
to hear about this. It’s not only an act
of vandalism, but then, it also crosses the
line into a hate crime, and we’d react the same way if somebody a found
a burning cross on– in the quad or something
like that. And so, I hope by saying
something and hearing from president and hearing
from our administration that this is– the administration in this
institution embrace our Arab-American students,
our students of faith from the Muslim community, and that does not represent
nor will it be tolerated.>>Anything else?>>I just wanted to–
because I am leaving, to kind of just set
the precedents that further continued
events in the future, maybe next year, can take place. And this wouldn’t
just be ignored or just be a certain issue,
you know, addressed this year. But I think you guys are
gonna be fine and more than capable on doing that. So I thank you very
much for listening to me today, and thank you.>>Well, thank you for
bringing it to our attention. And as Dr. Rocha has said,
it’s not being forgotten or overlooked or ignored. And so, we will have a report
back to you in our next meeting as to what we have discovered. But certainly, we do not
want anyone burning the Koran to any place, period,
certainly not on our own campus. The next request we
have is from Vlad Viski. [ Inaudible Remark ] [ Pause ]>>Hello. So I looked over the
board packet, and at pages 92 and 101, consent item number
117B and consent item 118B, in the first one, you see
expenses for advertising for the new vice-president,
15,000 dollars, 2,000 dollars, 1, 000 dollars. The second document, the
118B is even more outrageous because it’s 35,000 dollars
to provide meeting rooms and food services for
search communities for confidential
interviews of candidates for executive positions
at the Westin Pasadena. So 35,000 dollars in–
for the Westin Hotel in Pasadena being spent
for the operation VPs. So how is this possible? That’s someone’s
salary for a whole year. This is a waste of
tax payer’s money, and the community
should know about it. And this could actually save 7
sections for students at PCC. And what is the Westin
offering that’s so special that Pasadena City College
campus cannot offer? And in these economic
times, is it smart– the smart thing to do to spend
35,000 dollars paying the hotel for renting– provide
meeting rooms. And it is outrageous, and I
think the board should look over it and not to throw
money out of the window. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Dr. Rocha do you
want to comment on this?>>No. No, thank you.>>Okay. It will be [inaudible]
item, and we will take it up as a board at that time. I believe that’s all we
have on non-agenda items. I have a request from David
Crouse [phonetic] to– I actually has a request
from a couple others to address Simon Fraser and item
E and item H, and David Crouse to address item R. So
we’ll get to those. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Oh, okay. Simon Fraser then, non-agendas. [ Pause ]>>Good evening. It is really unfortunate that
we’ll have to talk about time, place, and manner
at this time when– as Ahmad Kasfy pointed out, there has been essentially
what is a hate crime on campus. Originally, I was gonna come
to you guys today to talk about time, place, and manner, and the way that currently
it’s being pursued at PCC. And I think there may be
some talk that time, place, and manner is not
necessary, isn’t required. I have a sort of a moderated
view on this, and I wanted to let the Board of
Trustees know what my view on time, place, and manner is. The policy document which
was, as currently presented, it had a few flaws in it. But essentially, the policy
itself was generally sound and then it tried to prohibit
speech that should not generally and is already protect–
prohibited under, you know, first amendment laws
and so on and so forth. And a lot of the concern that
you will hear about the time, place, and manner policy, at least in it’s
current incarnation– of course, it may
change in the future– is gonna be about
the procedures itself and how the procedures
implement the time place and manner policy. Given the last few years, and I
really thought very difficultly about this, because
free speech is a big– I appreciate the
value of free speech. I’m always talking about
whether it’s Brown Act, whether it’s anything else. Free speech is kind of
important to this campus. But making sure that speech
doesn’t go too far like– as you saw with the burning
of the holy Koran book, there is a limit, and I think that there are constitutionally
defined limits as well that allow for where free
speech should be prohibited. The current incarnation
of the time, place, and manner policy I do
believe goes too far, and an academic senate meeting,
I expressed the same view, and so, did I believe
the academic senate, although I’m sure they’ll–
they will speak for themselves in the issue if and
when it comes up. I would like the Board of
Trustees to just be aware that time, place,
and manner policy of some form will most
likely be required, because it will give
you a framework that will allow what can be
done and what cannot be done. I would suggest that when this
board look at such as policy, it consider– and it will do
probably pretty soon hopefully– that the board look at–
rather than limiting speech and restricting it, that the
board consider actually taking a position that protects free
speech that we should allow, rather than limiting to
what we shouldn’t allow. There is a distinction,
which– definitely, in Britain, some legal scholars would
say as positive rights or negative freedoms, and I
believe that the time, place, and manner policy should
generally work on a policy of positive rights with a
combination of negative freedom so that you don’t
restrict too much, but that you allow the general
what would be considered reasonable free speech to occur
without promoting hate speech. It is a very fine line, and I would like to draw
the board’s attention to an issue that’s
gonna be coming up before you, hopefully
very soon.>>But when you do so, you consider this two varying
opposing conceptual must that you have to
consider whether or not speech is just
protected at all cost and what shouldn’t be allowed. And while the current time, place and manner policy I
do believe it has some flaws that should be addressed and I believe this is generally
a consensus here at the campus. I would say that unlike a couple
of people that I’ve heard, not necessarily [inaudible]
but other places, a time place and manner policy is necessary
but one that is more protective of free speech rather than limiting what speech can
it go away so I would just hope that the Board of
Trustees consider this when the issue come back.>>Okay.>>Thank you.>>Ms. [inaudible] takes about
two minutes to explain time, place the manner and
the freedom of speech.>>With all due respect Mr.
Thomson, I think since this that it’s not before
the board tonight, there is probably a better
forum for me to have that kind–>>Okay.>>Of conversation
provide assistance to the college on that. And as I was listening
to Mr. Fraser’s remarks, I want to request the
opportunity to work with Dr. Rocha to set up
a meeting of some kind where I can have
conversations with some of the campus constituency
members to talk about not only what I
understand a lot of people– what their issues actually are.>>Yeah. Okay that– .>>That’s what I’d
like to suggest that the Board allow me to do.>>Dr. Mann.>>I would just like to first
of all ask for clarification that the college has a time, place and manner
speech right now. Does is not? The recommendation was
that we should revise it.>>Yeah.>>And secondly, the board
does not approved procedures. The board only approves policy. So, concerns that you have about procedures should be
addressed administratively.>>I think what Ms.
Dallas [phonetic] is saying that she wants to
work with Dr. Rocha and develop the policy
statement on time, place and manner and also–>>Oh both the policy and
to respond to concerns about the proposed procedure.>>Yes.>>And examine what
those requested changes or concerns might be and
maybe we can solve some of the problems.>>Okay, other comments on that? Good. Thank you. I think those or anybody else to address the board
on a non-agenda item? If not, we’ll move
back to the agenda item that with approval
of consent items. Are there any the need
to be address separately?>>No.>>If not, motion to approve.>>Second.>>Okay, any questions,
comments? No. Mr. Pack, advisory vote.>>Aye. [ Laughter ]>>Okay, all in favor say aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed. The motion carries. Appointment G, Appointment to Measure P Citizen’s
Oversight Committee: Discussion with Possible Action. Mr. Baum. I think this is your–>>Yeah, I like to first
move the nomination of the appointment
of Michael Davitt to the Measure P Committee.>>Is there a second?>>Second.>>And move and seconded.>>And just a 15-second
background. My districts appointee Laura
Olhasso serve with distinction and she also serves on the
City Council of the City of La Canada Flintridge as– informed me that she wishes to
step down from the committee and in her place I am please to nominate the new city
council member from the City of La Canada Flintridge,
Michael Davitt. Mike is the Head of Real Estate
for the Archdiocese for the City of Los– for the Catholic
Church of Los Angeles area and he also is an active
support of community colleges. He serves on the Board of the Glendale Committee
College Foundation and he also serves on the– a Bond Oversight Committee
for Glendale College because his last name maybe
familiar to many folks. He is the son of John Davitt
the long time President of Glendale College
and Mike is a great guy and I’m delighted he
is willing to serve if the board will
approve his nomination.>>Okay, move. I play there was– was there
a second to that motion?>>I second.>>Ms. Brown seconded
and any discussion? Advisory vote?>>Aye.>>All in favor say aye.>>Aye.>>All right, motion carries.>>President Thomson.>>Yeah.>>My I ask Trustee Baum. Would you have us invite Mr.
Davitt to the next meeting?>>I would like to do
that and I expect that– as I mentioned to now
that we’ve approved that I hope an announcement
goes out into the local papers of the– of his appointment
especially the La Canada Flintridge Outlook
in the Valley Sun.>>Right.>>So I’ll ask Vice President
van Pelt to get the contact info and do all the details so.>>And also, I hope a
letter of appreciation goes from the college to Lura
Olhasso for her service.>>The next item is H. The
Student Activity Fee Report: Discussion with Possible Action. We have request Mr. Fraser
to address us on this. Is there gonna be any
type of presentation first to set the background?>>Yes.>>Okay, let’s do
that and have– .>>I would invite Dean
Thayer back to the podium and Dean Thayer is
going to offer a report. You’ll see it on your screen
and we will go from there. Thanks, Scott.>>All right, thank you Board
President Thompson, Dr. Rocha, members of the Board, the
Campus Community, good evening. My name is Scott Thayer. I’m the Assistant Dean
for Student Affairs. In your Board packet you should
have already received a report on the student activity fee. I’m just gonna go
over some items to– and after that I’ll take
questions regarding, any questions you may have
about the activity fee. Student service fund is a policy which the student activity
fee falls underneath. Its Board Policy
4643, excuse me, a little history of the policy. It was first chartered
in May of ’72 and last year during
the joint meeting with the Associate
Students it was amended and that was at the
May 6 meeting. It was about a year ago
today– few weeks ago. And at that meeting, a
request was made to come back to give an overview and
update of accounting of the student activity fee. So it is Procedure No. 4630. The purpose of the
activity fee is to fund, programs and activities
that benefit students of Pasadena City College. It is administered by the
Student Service Fund Board of Directors which
is representative by all constituent
groups on campus. I just listed the different
folks that are involved in this. It’s also in your
packet as well. So, it’s a nine-member board
that has four students, myself, administrative representative
students, faculty and staff. And the disposition of funds to
be expanded upon the approval of the majority of the board
so the Board of Directors, Student Service Fund we meet and based upon are majority
vote that’s how the programs activities and events
are funded. The different things
that can be funded through the student activity
fee, educational services, campus services, co-curricular
services and programs, student activities, college
recognition and awards, student program operational
expenses and this all listed
in the actual policy. An overview of the activity
fee for this past year, being– and this was our first
year of implementation, we were conservative in
our allocation of funds but you can see the breakdown
of what we’ve collected and what we have allocated. So we collected 575,000
approximately and allocated about 453,000 and we had about 60 refund requests
from students. The students– the Student
Service Fund had allocated funds to the clubs with the activity
fee and the Associated Students of Pasadena City College
require that any club that receives funds
must do service hours. So there’s a minimum requirement
of five hours of service that the students are
required to do if their club or organization receives funding
and a maximum of 125 hours and it’s a scale based upon
how much money is allocated. And I believe anything over
2000 dollars a 125 service hour requirement. So, the funding equates to
service hour so basically, our students that receive
funding they’re gonna have to go out and do volunteer
work on and off campus. So there is a benefit
to this as well that our students are getting
involved in doing service. [Inaudible] we have
about 2200 service hours that have taken place and
will take place this year for our student clubs. So that is just a
brief quick overview of the student activity fee. The accounting of
the activity fee and the breakdown
is in your report. It’s itemized through
Student Business Services. Each account has been set up and monitored using the district
standard operating procedures and we get a monthly
report on the accounts.>>So, with that, that
is my brief overview if you have any questions.>>Before we get the Board
and to questions, let’s– Simon Fraser has to address
the Board on this items so let’s ask him if he would
mind coming forward and–>>I would.>>Raising his points and then
we’ll have his prospective and mine or his questions
and mine as we get into the discussion.>>You may often hear me
complaining or criticizing or suggesting a course
of action. In this case, it’s one of the
fortunate times where I get say that this is fantastic
thing the PCC has done and I am beyond impress
with the way that it’s actually
being [inaudible].>>Did Mr. Thayer
take you outside and have a conversation before. [ Laughter]>>Believe it or not we– and Dr. Thayer and I had many
discussions on a lot of topics. [ Laughter ]>>And this is one
where we both agree. The student activity fee
has done a heck of a lot of good for this college. Unfortunately, you
were all treated to me on the screen during a video where I look terrible
unfortunately talking about how wonderful the
student activity fee was. So I’m gonna reiterate
in person. The student activity fee
has allowed the clubs, the AS and various bodies
directly related to students to be able to really improve
the service and the experience that students have
on this campus. It is one thing I first came to
this college in winter of 2010 and I was generally,
like everyone else, I thought you just came
to the class and you left and then I [inaudible] slowly
and I realized just how much of an experience to rival
a four-year institution. I’ve come from a three-year
Institution in Britain. I came to a four-year
institution and I really didn’t believe that a community college
could offer the same kind of experience and now I’ve
learned that it’s absolutely can and it is really
especially this year. Thanks to the student
activity fee. As the officer of
the [inaudible] club which is an LGBT Club on
campus, we were able to put on a fantastic flow of events
and more events yet to come, thanks to student activity fee. There are probably
about 60 out clubs that could say the exact same
thing ranging from everything from religion to social
justice to sustainability and it’s all really thanks
to the student activity fee. When you guys approved this
fee for a pilot program, you opened up a fantastic
opportunity for the students on this campus to
really get involved. And I would say that
it’s such a shame if the student activity fee went
away because the amount of good that we’ve been able
to do with it. And I have to commend the AS and
OSA for doing a fantastic job of both allocating it,
using it and making sure that the student activity fee
is stretched as far as it can be because even with frugality
of assigning the fee, we have been able to put on some
fantastic events for students. And community college
has to be more than you take your
class and you leave. It has to provide opportunities
for students to lead, to grow, to actually find the
person within themselves. That it’s so important
to whatever they gonna do in their major and it’s
helped me find that and it’s helped probably
thousands of students as well like it. So I would urge the Board
if it takes action tonight to continue the student activity
fee because of the amazing and positive impact that it has
had on Pasadena City College. That is the extent
of my comment.>>Thank you very much. [ Applause ]>>Very good. Mr. Baum?>>I have a few question but
I wanna get to the [inaudible] on what’s on the table too. As I recall, our– is this
being brought back to us because I believe– I think–
I know I supported it last year and was the intention that it
would be brought back to us after a year and that
we have to take action to then renew it for next year. Is that the understanding
because I’m looking at the policy and it
doesn’t look like that. We would have to actually
take action to not renew it. And so, I’m not sure. What is the understanding
of the administration?>>I would go back to Dean
Thayer since I, you know, to be frank with Trustee Baum. I was not here to receive
that recommendation last year. So, what is your recollection?>>My understanding is, it is an
approved policy that with the– in the motion it was revealing
the minutes from last year that you requested that
there be an accounting of the activity fee fund to be
presented within a year and so–>>So we would have to
actually take action for it, not to be imposed.>>That’s my understanding.>>On students next year.>>Yes.>>Because– the policy–
I just put up on my iPod. I have the policy. This states a very
general policy. It’s actually in the procedures that the activity
fee is imposed. So the policy just says that there should be a
student services fund. So, as I understand,
we would actually have to take action not to–
to not renew it but then– so, I just wanna be clear that. Number two, I have
a couple questions for you then I have a couple
questions for the students. The student activity
fee is one part of the student service fund.>>Yes.>>And the activity fee as I read it collected
575,000 dollars. These were funds that
were not available before. So, we tax our students
to 575,000 dollars to create this fee–
to create this fund. Is that correct?>>Well, actually the students
voted if you recall– .>>Yes.>>Last year, two third has
voted to approved the fee.>>Yes.>>And so they contribute
to this fee.>>But this comes
from the student.>>This is an activity fee so
this new for this year, yes.>>The other sources of
student services fund as I understand it are
revenues from the book store, food service and other
places on campus.>>Yes, that’s correct.>>What was the amount
of that revenue?>>The total of that was
about 360,000 dollars.>>So 360,000 dollars. So that’s on top of
the 575,000 dollars.>>Yes.>>And the student services fund
funds a number of things the– that are not just
club support but who– what other types
of organizations and activities get supported through the student
services fund?>>Well, basically,
what we did as a group in the band would
be when I just–>>Right.>>Our marching band
is [inaudible] athletics programming. I mean, I have a
list here as well. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>But we try to do art gallery,
CEC high school graduation, commencement, Dance Department,
[inaudible] Forensic, Health Science graduation.>>So these are things
separate from–>>These are separate
from the operation.>>But also there’s some
discretionary funds that go to various departments,
right, that– to support certain activities
in various departments.>>Yeah, basically, the
process of what we have is in the fall of each year. We put out a request
if anyone is interested and requesting funds from
the student service fund. We’ll put it out to the Campus
Community and then they apply.>>Sure.>>And so what’s happened is– I mean, even these programs like
the band that’s been going on and marching in our roads
for years, they applied for additional funds to
support their activities. So they come and
do a presentation, saw the opportunity to request
an amount based upon what they feel they need for the year.>>Sure.>>The group will discuss
it and allocate it. Our discussion had been really
to focus the activity fee money for on campus events that directly impact students
whereas our students service fund had been allowed us to really enhanced the
co-curricular programming and within the instructional
divisions so they can do creative
things as well as the clubs and the campus events. So, what we try to do
is separate the two. Use the activity fee money
more for the clubs and things that happen on campus whereas
student service fund really was more of the traditional things that have been funded
to that somehow.>>So, let me ask you
something before we go into actually the allocations
for the student activities fee. So, we collected
575 from students and we have also 360,000 from
the other sources of revenue from the student services fund. And one of the things I had
advocated for is saying if we– if the student activities fee
generated sufficient revenue, we can actually no longer
have to depend on bookstore or food services for
additional funds to support because it’s get
200,000 more than that and therefore we could actually
reduced bookstore prices to our students because
we could replace that. What would be an argument
to them say, okay, we’ll set that money aside
and lower the bookstore prices for our students
instead of– and then– and all the funds we need
are more than enough covered by the student activity fees?>>Well, the bookstore falls
under administrative services. I know they have something that
would fall into play with that. But in regards to textbooks
which is a big thing that the bookstore itself, the margin on that is minimal
considering there’s not a large profit margin on that so
to reduce textbook prices– which is a big issue
for students, what they have to
pay for textbooks. The students right
now have the option. They go online and they shop. And so, basically, our bookstore
has to maintain, they have to be in the block every year and
they’ve done a lot of things to enhance the experience
for students on campus. Also, money that is generated
through the bookstore, food service, vending is
recycled back so it’s– we’ll allocate funds to groups.>>They’ll spend the money
on campus, in our bookstore, in our cafeteria so it’s a cycle
of money being recycled whereas if they take that
money off campus, then there is no
opportunity for those dollars to be circulating on campus.>>That’s what I’m saying. They’re get in– they’re going– things will cancel as for
the bookstores and more that money will stay on
the campus but that’s–>>Procedure.>>That’s– yeah. That’s what I–>>I think Mr. Pack may
wanna comment on that–>>You wanna comment on that
specifically ’cause I will repeat the questions for you.>>On the bookstore, yes. I think– I’m not
necessarily opposed to lowering the prices
on the bookstore. I do think though
that high prices in bookstores are
something that we see across the higher education
system and I think it’s– it would take a much more
concerted effort among many colleges to lower the price
of books because really we are at the mercy of the
distributors of the books.>>Well, I’m not talking about– but I just know right off the
top we’re charging students such a couple 100,000 dollars
of revenue from the bookstore that we might be
able to put back in their pockets
by lowering prices.>>Sure, and so– but I’m– what I’m suggesting is that
to make any really meaningful impact on the cost
of books really, it would take a much
larger effort than just lowering the prices of
the PCC bookstore because I mean in minor setting, the
bookstore also is that much of the revenue comes from the
sales of non-book things so, I mean really the
bookstore, I think the prices that we’re changing for books
are not outrageous compared to what you experience
at other colleges.>>So, if I could still put
300,000 back in the pockets of students or customers
of the bookstore. Well, let’s go–>>If you want the
administration to look into that and investigate that–>>Oh no, I think
philosophically if we’re gonna raise funds
for student activities through a fee, we
should then subsequently in turn lower prices
at the bookstore or– because the fee is
actually a clear fund that you can identify
instead of I don’t know if I’m paying an extra 5 dollars
a book or an extra dollar a book or an extra 5 dollars a cap or–>>But what I’m asking is do you
want the administration to look into that suggestion
and come back to us with some reporters
and recommendation.>>I don’t wanna direct the
administration for anything yet until we have a board
kind of agreement on it so, I wanna get to the–
cracks of that but that’s an issue
for me as well.>>Okay.>>And then I wanna go through
this– how the fees were out– the funds were allocated
but I see Ms. Wah has–>>I just wanted to echo
on Trustee Baum’s concern because I had heard a lot of
discussion also about the cost of textbooks and I don’t wanna
direct the administration to do anything in particular
other than when we look at the cost of textbooks
to the students and– you know, maybe one of the
things that we could look for is the offering of
text through e-books or some partnership with
the resale, you know, just something to
help the students. So I do agree that if
they’re paying the extra fee and we have enough
money, I’d certainly like to see the students
able to benefit in some way.>>So, that’s– so then
I wanna go to the issue and I presume the fee is– the activity fee expenditure the
allocations are made primarily with the direction of
the student government and the rest of the committee. Correct?>>Yeah.>>Yeah.>>The student service fund, the
9 member group and then the– they’ve allocated
funds to the clubs and the then clubs
have a process. Two other questions for
you indicated that you– the allocations are made that, I’d been interested how you
track how those funds are actually used and then how
you’re actually checking the– you said that there’s
2200 service hours that have been generated for
what types of service does that do for– how
is that account?>>Well, basically the– Nolan is intimate about
this ’cause his the part of the service hours committee
or has been in the past but generically, the
clubs will allocate through their funding committee
X amount of dollars to a club, say it’s 2000 dollars, so
that club is now required to complete 125 service hours. That committee has a
service committee as well. They have a funding committee
and a service committee. So, each club has to submit to the service hours committee
their completed hours prior to being eligible to
receive additional funding. So, what they do is they’ll
track that and what is it about on campus events, anytime
students participate on campus with volunteering for
example the job fair. Those students were
receiving service hour credit. Welcome day is another event,
those are on campus events. Then we have some students go
into the community and volunteer and they’ll get a letter,
they’ll bring that back, say I did 20 hours of
volunteer service for my club. Those hours are tallied and
then those clubs are informed that they’ve met
their requirements.>>So, I’m manning a booth
for my club at welcome day, is that also volunteer
service hours?>>No, no. The volunteer hours don’t count
for representing your own club. Actually, I don’t think clubs
get any hours during welcome week and club– club
week because club week is when clubs advertise
for themselves so they do not get a volunteer
hours staffing their own event. It’s for events that Associated
Students or the Office of Student Affairs or different
parts of the college host and also– I just
also wanna stress that students do often
go off campus to get– collect their service hours in various organizations
in the community. So, it really is getting
students to branch out and experience many different
components of our community.>>And then lastly,
how are you auditing? How the people are
using the funds?>>Well, basically, they’ll
submit their proposed at the beginning, the
allocated funds and then if they wanna use those
funds, we have a process where the adviser,
the club president has to sign a requisition
attached in invoice that goes to my office, we verify that
that they have the money and then I’ll sign it,
and then we’ll move it to the Vice President
Administrative Services offices so that we know that we
have the balance intact, the invoices are attached, so we know exactly what the
funds are being utilized.>>Do those come through
us at some point to?>>No.>>No. I don’t recall that. So, and let– I’ll take one
more minute and then just like– what– I’m concerned about
some of these expenditures or allocations that
I’ve been seen so what– some of them I just don’t know
what’s [inaudible] the students. What’s the BAMN Club?>>BAMN.>>The BAMN Club. [ Laughter ]>>Yeah.>>I don’t know what
the acronym stands for.>>BAMN.>>The acronym stands for
By Any Means Necessary.>>What is that?>>They are a part of the
Defend Affirmative Action Party. They– we have a chapter here on
this campus that’s manned by 1– a student and a number
of students here and their main purpose is
to foster social justice and to defend affirmative
action and also to work towards the passing
of the dream act in California and also in the United States.>>Okay, and then what is
Campus Crusade for Cthulu?>>That one actually
is– it’s a gaming club. It arose out of– sort of– there’re lots of
campus crusaders for blank, you know, insert–>>Alright.>>Whatever here and so Cthulhu
is sort of just lighthearted way of naming the club that does
sort of board games, card games, online gaming, and video games.>>Okay, what is CHDV?>>Child Development.>>Child development.>>Perhaps we can
shortcut to say if you can make a
list of things–>>Well, okay.>>You’d like to answers to.>>Well, I would like to
know what is– this says– this makes it sound like work
funding an entire position. It says cross cultural position. Is this a full time ongoing
staff position funded by the student activities
fund and was that an intention of the fund.>>Well, that was a discussion
that came up this year. We have a part time Cross
Cultural Center coordinator. We have had that position funded out to flea market
for almost 20 years. We heard tonight some incidents
that have occurred on campus. The Cross Cultural
Center has been a hub for where our cultural
program has occurred. The funding has been
inconsistent. It’s been up and down. We’ve been able to do a lot with
the minimum things that we do so the proposal was the
cross cultural position also as the volunteer center
position which means with all these new services–>>And Simon, but
answer my question, is this to fund the
staff position?>>This would be to
fund the position.>>Does the procedure
on the policy allow for the student activity
fee to fund positions? I’m just not sure.>>I asked that question to
myself when I first heard about this and I– the policy
as far as I understand it says that it can cover
operational expenses and various other things
for programs and so if we consider the Cross
Cultural Center a program in which students are
direct participants which is the language
of the policy, then I think technically
it would be allowed within the language
that we’ve set for it.>>So, this is another
way that to do a hiring– is this position hired by the
district and then by the board because we actually
approve on hiring.>>Just a– basically our flea
market coordinator positions similar– is funded
by the flea markets, not its auxiliary dollars but the process is the same
process any employee would go through, through
the issue contract. So basically, what we stipulate
is the position is in place or if the funding is
in place and the person in the position understands
that. So, for example in this position
was in place and we stated this in the initial recommendation
was it’d be reviewed annually to see if this is something
that would continue.>>So, what you’re
saying is that it’s kinda like what Dr. Sugimoto we’re
able to supplement the funding for her position
through the contributions from the foundation so we’re
able to supplement funding for this position through
the student activity fund.>>Yes, ’cause currently
it’s flea market-funded so it’s non-district
funded at this time.>>What’s the inner club
council spring funding for 30,000 dollars?>>That’s an additional
amount allocated to the clubs to receive funding
for the spring.>>Okay.>>Then lastly, I guess I’ll
go back to Ahmad’s point and this will seem hardhearted but if we could find
5700 dollars to fund a student gender-bender
day, how do we use that? Why didn’t we fund anything that
increased cultural awareness or appreciation for
the Arab-American or the Muslim Community?>>Well, we have– we look at all proposals
that are submitted. And during that process, people are given the
opportunity to do presentations. If we don’t receive a
proposal we don’t fund per se a specific event. Now, the Cross Cultural Center
historically has been able to do a lot of those
things but because of the limited staff time–>>Well, it sounds like the
ones who are the closest to the process get the first
pick of the money and the folks who maybe haven’t been
invited to be part of the process get
left out in the cold.>>And we have 70 clubs on
campus and they’re all informed about the funding
process in their meetings. And so each of our clubs are
chartered and in good standing. So we try to make a conscious
effort to get the word out to make sure everyone
is– has an opportunity.>>Mr. Pack first
and then Ahmad–>>Yeah, I think
a couple of things that I just wanna say on that. I think that the clubs
and organizations closest to the money getting the most I
think is definitely something I want to address because
I think it’s– that’s– it’s not an accurate
perception at all as someone who’s
participated in all levels of the student activity
fee funding from–>>Data says otherwise
no one, the data– the allocation say otherwise.>>Right, right, right.>>Who gets the most money are
the people that are closest to you and Jamie and whoever–
others as I look at this, so–>>Well, I think one
of the issues though is that we can’t fund an
event that wasn’t proposed like the Student
Service Fund Committee and ICC’s Funding Committee,
we don’t make events happen. We just approve proposals
that are coming to us. So if there’s not a proposal
for something, there’s no way for us to give them money.>>I’ll let Ahmad–>>It’s a process.>>I wouldn’t technically
appreciate if my call would be used in
the political matters on– and the difference
within this conversation. I guess no one was kinda looting
to that there is no, you know, Arab or Muslim club here on
campus even though we have, you know, a significant
amount of ’em. For various reasons,
I have no idea, maybe fear of some–
or something else. Who knows? There could be hundred
different reasons why exactly. But– so those events can’t– or
probably wouldn’t come through. I think the cultural diversity I
guess position does entail a lot of work and would probably
need to be adequately funded if those– if we do expect an
even broader form of events or cultural activities
to take place. So it’s not really like, why
is it that the gay alliance– or the Queer Alliance on
campus is being funded events and not Middle Eastern events. I think that both of them
definitely need to be funded. And I think the student
activity fee could just brought and provide more
money and more funds for even more events
to take place. And that could be
all inclusive on that and not actually
restricting and–>>Nobody’s agitating this–>>I think we’re raising issues
here and we’re so not gonna be in position to answer all of
the questions this evening but I think legitimate issues, it think Ms. Brown
wanna say something or Dr. Mann and then Dr. Rocha.>>Yes, I was opposed to
the student activity fee. Those of you who were here
remember because I thought that this was not a good
time to put additional demand on students but I see only
60 students ask for waiver. And I don’t know that means
they didn’t know how to or not. I was very impressed but
the test went to student of the improvement of the
quality of student life. So I think that is a legitimate
use but I would like to point out that the money
that was collected for the student activity fee
would have funded 96 sections of courses if it had been
gone to that purpose. And I guess my point in pointing
that out is there’s a lot– the campus is very
complex and there’s lot of different needs for funds. And I don’t know if the
students were aware of that if they would not think it’s
more important to fund the clubs as opposed to funding
96 classes.>>Okay, Dr. Rocha.>>Yeah, well maybe I can
be helpful in wrapping this up for tonight since
it’s my item, you know. First of all, I say,
I take very seriously and deeply respect Trustee
Baum’s helpful questions which I take as helping
the report to be better. And so towards the end,
a couple of comments and then I want the
board to know that I’m not bringing anything. This is a discussion. I’m not bringing anything for
action to the board tonight. But I will give a
signal here of where– you know, based on
this discussion where I think we ought to go. First of all, I would say
that out of the questions and all questions are fair
that as we develop this report, you will notice in Vice
President van Pelt’s report that now he puts a line or
2 of explication under items that is explanatory items. And I think it would
be helpful since many of us are not familiar with– you know, to have a thumbnail
description of each one of these items and
I’m sure you have it. And that would make the
report longer but I think that it would be helpful
with some of the questions. The other thing and– you know, and again I’m speaking
entirely for myself. I brought this forward
because it’s a required report. You know, we need to discuss
this out in the open, right. And then the administration
will bring back to the board a recommendation
and of course, you know, work with Associated
Students on this. I would note and here’s
one of the questions. I am supportive of the
student fee and I want to work my way towards making
a recommendation towards that and at a subsequent meeting. I would note and the
primary reason for that– Simon if you will,
we’re gonna move on here and we’ve had public comment. And so, it is kind of
distracting to be talking and you have your hand up so–>>I can wait until like–>>Well, that will be–>>I think what we’re saying is that we had a good
public discussion. We’re not taking
actions this evening. So when Dr. Rocha’s [inaudible],
I think we’re gonna move on to the next agenda item, so–>>Thank you.>>I appreciate it. If you look for example at the
fall of 2010, 274,700 dollars and the fee is 10 dollars, okay. So If I’m doing my
math correctly okay and so you math people out
there check me on this. That means that 27,470 students
or registrations if you will, opted to pay the
fee or if you will, opted not to request the refund.>>Right.>>My experience is that’s a
very high rate of subscription. And that you could, not
conclusively but you could take that as a very high rate of support among the
students for the student fee. The thing that I would ask
Scott and Associated Students and the reason– and I
will probably work with you so that we can develop a
recommendation to continue this for at least another
year, is that I think that I take Trustee Baum’s
questions at least for me and this is only my own– I don’t wanna speak for
Trustee Baum is that we want to make sure that this high rate of subscription does
represent the will of the students if
you will, okay. And it seems to on the numbers,
one thing we might do is to make sure that
it’s clear to students that they haven’t
opted out, okay. Because I take again
the trustees comments as being not oppositional to
the fee but to the process that allocates what is
a significant amount of money by anyone’s measure. The– you know, looking at ed
th Academic Senate does not get this much money for
its activities.>>Right.>>And I think– and if I
can speak my own concern but I’m sure that we
can reconcile this with Trustee Baum’s very
fair concerns is that the– we wanna make sure that
all 27,470 students who paid the fee
have an opportunity to know how they access
the benefits of the fees because whether it’s
a more broad religious and educational program,
it is not yet clear after 1 year what the
breadth of the service is. But that’s also why I
would say my own view that we should probably continue because that needs
to be clarified. Some of the other
questions again I think ought to be gotten answers
to and move on.>>I would say finally
though that when we have this and a fee is a fee
is a fee, okay. Whether it’s a student
fee for tuition or a fee is a fee is a fee. And I think all of us need to
be concerned that where students who charge to fee that
it is a, you know, something that benefits
the greatest number for the greatest good. But I think that we
can work this out. So therefore I– forgive me
trustees for having this longer than I would have wished for. But the report is required and
so I’d ask for time to work with the dean and work
with Associated Students to develop a recommendation for
next year on which you can vote.>>How much time will you
think you need to do that?>>If– I think we have the
June 1st meeting but let’s do it at the second June
meeting, okay.>>Just a reminder. We’re leading up to commence. I only say that just because
it’s really busy time. But we can–>>We’ll have to burn
some midnight oil.>>Okay.>>Well, I am then for the June
16th or 15th, I guess 15th.>>And that will give me time
to fully consult the trustees and make sure that I have
their feedback and can feedback that back and get a bill that will move forward
’cause I do think we need to move forward. One point I notice
is that, you know, the largest expenditures
is almost 100,000 dollars for the I-Pass. And– which we were just
awarded for and I think under any circumstances,
you know, I think that’s a good thing.>>Well, Mr. Martin
and then Dr. Fellow.>>Well, I wanna
ask you a question. So we’ve been beating this
on this topic for a long time but there hasn’t really
been any chance for the rest of the trustees to
comment at all. If you as president are
saying this is coming back for discussion and you wanna
hear my comments whenever it comes back for the first time,
that’s fine with me I’ll hold.>>No, I think–>>Or I’m happy to make ’em now
so you can hear them then now.>>Well, I think the better–>>What you as the
president– superintended want.>>Well, the better approach
would be for you to bring them out now and then we can– they
can be considered as Dr. Rocha and the administration
deliberate on this. I just–>>Well then, I’ll make mine
succinctly if you let me.>>Please, thank you.>>Number 1, I oppose the fee
and I’m still against the fee. We have a lot of students with
a lot of [inaudible] needs here. Certainly, it’s great that many
students wanna take advantage of social service and
that social interaction but it’s a diverse thing. There’re other campuses. There’re people taking
just one class, so I still oppose
attacks on out students. I wanna commend the students for the way you have the
service hours as a method for collecting the
fees to the clubs. I think that’s extremely
complimentary. I think that was a great plan. I love it. So, kudos there. It was my understanding when
we were implementing the stats, one of the arguments in favor
of it was that in addition to the social component which many people find the
social component very rewarding and that’s great,
and that’s important. I also thought there were
longer library hours proposed. Additional tutoring labs
and other academic benefits to students besides just social
club benefits to students. And I don’t see and didn’t hear
one academic piece of benefit in everything that was
reported here tonight. So maybe there is and
it just didn’t come out. But I thought that
was part of the sell and that would be something
that would be important to me where students can see
the benefit of this fee in an academic way
if that’s their goal, not just in a social club
way, so those are comments.>>Good, thank you. Dr. Fellow?>>My comments follow with
Trustee Martin just said is, can academic units
apply for this? At the university, we apply, for instance the
journalism program applies because they bring students
to Vietnam for 2 weeks as part of reporting public affairs. I applied for the
Florence program. Is it open to academic units?>>Yes, and that’s what the
fall proposes are about. We come together as a group. We solicit proposals
and then we review ’em. This was a first year we
went through this process. We can go into the process
with the student service but with the activity
views is our first year. So we– you know we’re working
out the kinks in this process, but yes, academic areas
do apply and can apply.>>Other questions or
comments this evening? [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Ms. Brown?>>No, I’m, okay. I was just checking what–>>Okay.>>Mr. Martin said.>>Just as we’re directing the
administration, I would welcome as part of the followup is a
report on the student service, the entire team of the
student services fund. Dr. Wilcox.>>Just to point out. In some of the consent
items you approved tonight, a number of them
were partially funded by the student service fund. And some of those instructional
trips just as was described.>>Okay, thank you. Okay, we have a report back
then on June 15th meeting then.>>Yup.>>And I think you’ve gotten
lots of questions and lots of suggestions for things to be
looked at and report back to us. So let’s then move on the next
item of the agenda if we can. Item I which is the
annual board review of student trustee privileges,
discussion with possible action. [Inaudible] Mr. Pack
to lead this offer.>>No, actually knowing Will,
this is an item for the trustees for discussion and
possible action. It is already a bylaw
that provides for the student trustee, okay. And we review this
today with council. What is in front of you
is the entire policy but on the second page of
the policy are the Item 5 of the Student Trustee
Privileges. These privileges each
year are discretionary on the part of the board. And these were the
privileges that the trustees by vote granted to
current Trustee Pack. So it is time since I also
learned today ’cause I asked that Trustee Pack’s
term officially ends on May 31st, okay. And although as ceremonially, he will of course
participate in commencement. And then of course the students
are doing an election right now for student trustee. So the issue before the board
that I’m putting in front of you is the discussion of
this policy and the approval of the current trustee– student
trustee privileges and/or any changes that the trustees
wish to entertain.>>Great, perhaps start with
Mr. Pack and let him tell us.>>I like to make a
motion that we approve ’em.>>Second.>>Okay, but I–>>Okay, you have a motion.>>That’s fine, as Nolan
say, has it worked well or are the things that
[inaudible] in it or not to be in it, et cetera so.>>You wanna ask me if taking
the money out is gonna help?>>No. I’d like to have
some comment on it. That’s okay. Well I think– I mean I’ve
been really honored to be able to participate with the Board
of Trustees to the degree that I’ve had in he last year,
board retreats and so forth. I think that the policies
that we have definitely allow for a very lively and an engaging discussion
including the student trustee. So I’ve been completely
satisfied with the policies as they exist. I know that one question
that floats around is should the student
trustee have an actual vote or not and I don’t necessarily
have a position on that myself. But I think that the
student trustee privileges as they’re listed in the
current policy are great.>>Okay.>>Mr. Mann.>>Yes. I would like to comment. I’m– and I will Mr.
Martin make the motion. I think we’ve been
fortunate here in having extraordinarily
outstanding trustees. Each year– well we can
possibly get a better one and then we you know we do. It is my understanding that
this is all we legally can do for the students. We cannot actually give
the student the right to have their vote
count to make decorum. And, you know, we first
of all made the student– gave the student the right to
speak and then to make motions and the second motions
then have their vote. Didn’t used to have that. So I think that this
has worked very well and if we legally could do
more, I would be in favor of it but I think councils right here that this is the
maximum that we can–>>Now, your policy goes as far
as the law allows you to go.>>Yeah.>>So that’s why we’d
haven’t gone father.>>Mr. Baum?>>I just also wanna take this
as an opportunity to recognize if a former student
trustee Nick Szamet.>>He was the student trustee
when I was the board president and he’s the one that
first got us on this path to where we are today. And as John said, we’ve been
fortunate by the distinct– how distinguished our
trustees have been and have added considerably
toward deliberation and we wanna continue
to empower the trustee and the student voice
here on campus.>>Other comments?>>Mr. Martin I think
made the motion. I don’t believe it was seconded?>>And I’ll second it.>>Ms. Brown, seconded. Moved and seconded that we
continue with the policy as is. Student trustee advisory vote.>>Aye.>>All in favor say aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed, motion carries. I’d also like to just
briefly echo the comments, the complimentary
comments about Mr. Pack and the work he has done as student trustee
and 4 years nearly. I’ve been on this before we’ve
had excellent student trustees and we’re very fortunate
and privilege to have that. So thank you very much. I’m gonna do one thing
and take one thing out of order ’cause I see
Mr. Krause has been sitting patiently there in the
[inaudible] and he’s asked to speak on Item R. So if we
might take that one which is to adopt a resolution number 474 for classified school
employee week, discussion with possible
action, Mr. Krause welcome.>>Thank you. President Thomson,
members of the Board of Trustees and guests. My name is David
Krause and President of Chapter 777 in facilities. I wanna thank the
administration and board for having this on the agenda. I think any, you know, recognition for classified
employees is appreciated. I do have a short film if
you don’t mind seeing it. It’s only 3 minutes long.>>Good.>>And it’s made by Mount Sac and unfortunately one mistake
there’s 112 community colleges not 110.>>Okay. Alright.>>For when it was
made, maybe it was 110>>Is there audio?>>It will in a minute. [ Noise] [ Silence ] [ Cough ] [ Silence ] [ Background Music ]>>25,000 regular
classified employees serving over 2.6 million students
across 110 community colleges and the communities in
which these colleges serve. This is a well-trained
classified workforce that has embraced the
concept of lifelong learning. Many classified employees
have become community college students themselves in pursuit of an associate degree
or higher. Many others already
hold a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree. Other classified professionals
are adjunct faculty or community education
instructors. California’s Community
College System is a machine that does not stop running. There are classified
professionals on campus 24/7 including
holidays. Many of whom students or other
campus members never see. Security officers, carpenters,
food service workers, lighting technicians, research
analysts, educational advisors, teaching assistance, groundkeepers, they
are all here. Classified professionals are
the bedrock of the institution. When you think about it, classified employees are
generally the first college employees that perspective
students experience, the ones that support the
students’ effort throughout their college stay and the
last one students experience when they leave. What an honor, classified
professionals have in creating a campus
environment that is conducive to learning and student success. We all share a common goal. One student success is
the result of hundreds of individuals working very
diligently and quite honestly without ever crossing paths. Whether it is through
student services, clean and safe campuses,
teaching and learning or providing technical
support to name a few. In the end it all
comes back to the fact that when each student
graduates, transfers or has a successful college
and educational experience, it is because it took a
dedicated and dynamic village to raise that student. Could you imagine a day without
a classified professional? [ Music ] [ Applause ]>>Thank you very
much, is there a motion to approve the resolution?>>Approval of the resolution–
move approval of resolution 474.>>Second>>Dr. Mann has moved. I think Mr. Martin
seconded, advisory vote?>>Aye.>>All in favor say aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed? Motion carries. Okay, now let’s go back to our
regular order on the agenda. Item J under college
administration reports and recommendations, fiscal
services, authorization to transmit third quarterly
financial status report, discussion with possible action.>>Move authorization
to transmit.>>Second.>>We don’t wanna discuss it.>>Vice President van Pelt
is on for Items J and Item K.>>K first.>>Well, under Tabs J and K
are the 2 reports and obviously that the numbers are tracking
according to what we expected. And rather than go
through the numbers, if there are any questions
I’d be pleased to answer them.>>We are– we’re doing
this 2 separately, should we do ’em as apackage?>>Well sorry, what I,
meant was that under item– Tab K is actually the
second part of Item J.>>Okay.>>I would suggest that we
continue with any discussion and the action on J, okay.>>A motion made and
seconded, is there any– are there any questions
or discussion? Advisory vote?>>Aye.>>All in favor say Aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed? Motion carries. Item K, we do that one request
from member of the audience to address us on this. Dr. van Pelt, you
wanna do the overview?>>So the governor came out
with his May revise on Monday and essentially they found
about 6 billion dollars that they had unexpected. Unfortunately, they cannot come
up with a reasonable explanation for how that happened which leaves people wondering
whether there’d be a reversal on that. The governor’s plan for that,
however, is that he would like to as he calls
it, buy back some of the deferred apportionment
that has been [inaudible] on the districts, in this
case 350 million dollars total which would amount to about
7 million dollars for PCC. Now what that means is that it
would help us with our cash flow but it has no impact
on the budget because it’s just
money that they owe us. They would just catch up
in the payment process so it’s not additional money
for general apportionment. Now, in order to come
up with the next draft of the budget plan
for the Budget and Resource Allocation
Committee, I’ve passed out the
colored revision of the chart that’s
previously been distributed. And there are some
significant changes particularly on the first column retirement
incentive, 3.14 million dollars. And I know that this
is on the agenda next. But this is a one time
saving so it only applies to 2011-12, thereafter. It does not change the
base of the budget. Nonfilling of positions has
been increased to 2.5 million. Optimized sections
remained at 1.5. And then I put in numbers
for proposal purposes for revenue enhancement
at a million dollars and efficiencies at 1.46. Together, that tallies up to the
goal which is in the upper left which is 9.6 million dollars. That is still the goal
that we’re shooting for. It is possible that through
the budget development process in Sacramento that
that number can change. At this moment, it’s
seems unlikely that that number would increase. And– but that’s the
most realistic number that we currently have and
therefore, that’s the number that we’re working toward. It’s also important to recognize
that this is the next step in the budget for 2012 and 13 which we are still anticipating
being a difficult year. So as we develop the
budget, we’re looking for a 2-year plan still so that
we can ensure the district’s finances are in order
through 2013.>>Okay, let’s– we have a
request from Victor Interiano and again if I’m not pronouncing
your name correctly I apologize, to address the board
on this issue.>>Good evening. I would like to direct all of
you to this very shiny document that Dr. van Pelt
has just produced. At the very last column, it
talks about efficiencies. There’s one thing
that’s missing from there and it’s reduction
of wasteful spending. So as Mr. Viski pointed
out a little while ago, 35,000 dollars is being
apportioned for use of the Pasadena West
End for VP interviews. Now my question is, what does
the West End Pasadena have that Pasadena City
College does not offer? We have beautiful faculties. We have top notch food.>>And yet it’s being taken
away at a different area. Now, the thing I would like
to bring up is that all of you passed it
without a single question or even discussing it. But yet we’re concerned at
the student activity fee, all of you have questions,
particularly you Mr. Baum. You wanna go through all
the documents and look– nitpick on every
single thing but yet where it concerns this
particular issue, nothing. So my concern here is
that when a student brings up a concern and, you know,
you don’t really discuss it, it’s one of two things,
you either don’t care or you’re just not
paying attention. Thank you.>>Are there questions
about Item J on– or K excuse me on the agenda, the fiscal services
college budget update? Mr. Pack.>>I just have a clarification
question or I guess on the comment, is
it not customary that we provide accommodations
for candidates that are flown in from various places and the
in floating 6-digit positions, wouldn’t we have to possibly
provide accommodations for many candidates. I mean like a speech and
debate tournament is not substantially less–>>When you provide
accommodations, you also place off campus
provide confidentiality of the applicants, that’s a
standard procedure in the city, standard procedures in PCC
and probably every place, every public agency
or doing interviews. So it’s not unusual.>>I just wanted to like
articulate that for the record.>>Okay, thank you. Other questions of comments? Okay.>>Well, here’s the– I’m sorry.>>Go ahead, please. Go ahead. [ Simultaneous Talking ]>>Well, here’s a– you know,
I’ll introduce Lyle Engeldinger, the Dean of Human Resources. This is the big–>>We act on–>>I’m sorry.>>We have to act
on K or there’s no– [ Simultaneous Talking ]>>Okay, good. Alright, thank you. I’m sorry.>>I apologize. Item L, human resources,
PARS SERP report and action to approve SERP.>>Yeah. Dean Engeldinger
will give a report of the SERP subscription
and I’ll turn it over to him and in doing so, I’ll say
that this is an action item. It comes with the recommendation
of the administration to move forward and to
authorize moving forward with the final approval of the
SERP and I do want to also point out that in doing so, I want
to especially commend Lyle and everyone in Human Resources who really have been burning
the midnight oil since last fall when we first presented this
and worked with the PCCFA to get this done and extend– and then extend it
to all employees. So I’m very, very appreciative
of the board for its support but especially there was so
much detail and hard work and information that had
to go into this very, very, very good result that
we’re reporting tonight. And so with that, I commend
you Lyle and congratulate you and all your staff and
I turn it over to you.>>Thank you Dr. Rocha. I’d like to introduce to
you, if you’re still awake, [laughter] Eric O’Leary. He’s a Senior Vice President with the Public Agency
Retirement Services. He’s here to help us with
responding to questions. Before we go forward, I’d like to make a very
brief set of comments. I think you have a one-sheet
document which we handed it out to you earlier
which gives the results of the enrollment period. And I’d like to go through those
numbers you just very briefly. The enrollment period ended last
Monday, May 16th and we ended with 87 actual retirement
seats during that period. It breaks down as follows, 42
faculty, 10 academic management, 27 CSCA represented employees,
20 issue represented employees, 3 confidential employees and 4 classified
management supervisors. The projected net savings,
now this is using actual data from these potential retirees
as Dr. van Pelt reported, is 3,138,161 dollars
for first year. And I should also mention that that number is
probably understated. Now, we would very much welcome
any questions you may have about this and we’re prepared
to go in great detail with you if that’s what you would like. We would, as Dr. Rocha said,
present to you that this– this program for approval.>>Are there questions? Mr. Martin, you–>>Well, I have a comment.>>Okay.>>I’d like to commend Dr. Rocha
for his tenacity in working through the retirement
incentive and in no less part, we need also commend the
units that you negotiated with who works through this
part to enable this to happen. So this was a large
collective unit– you know, part of a lot
of work and a lot of time where on again off again
and between the units and some vision by our
administrative team and I’m just thrilled
it worked out as well as it did what appears
to be for everybody. And especially in
the end our students because that cost savings
ultimately means we’re gonna be able to offer more classes than we otherwise would
not be able to allow. So, I’m thrilled of the success. I’m appreciative to the
units and the administration for working through it. I’m just elated because I think
our students our gonna come up ahead.>>Other comments or questions? Mr. Baum?>>Again, just a piggyback on what Mr. Martin said
that’s compliment to both Lyle and Dr. Rocha and the team. This as Mr. Martin said,
going back to the last item, we’re gonna minimize the
number of course reductions in the coming year even though
we’re facing severe budget cuts based on this budget and this
is the largest part of that and I don’t know if we
really underscored the fact that compared to the other
districts up and down the state, our plan takes very few
courses off the schedule. It actually maintains
our ability to serve as many students as possible.>>Can I also mention
Linda Magee and Ms. Polo who were really outstanding
participants starting over 2 years ago with
this particular project. So they deserve I think
great [inaudible].>>Other questions or comments? Okay is there a motion
to approve.>>So moved.>>Second.>>Thank you Eric.>>Moved by Dr. Fellow,
seconded by Dr. Mann. Comments, Dr. Rocha?>>I would just again and
thank our PARS rep for staying so long and– but good work
to PARS ’cause everything that they– when they made their
original presentation to us and you accepted
them as the agency– as the company that
would handle this for us, everything that they said
would happen happened in terms of their projection. So very, very appreciative
of the PARS. I did want to say that in
reporting what Lyle has reported that we have– are
reporting the numbers only. We are not releasing the
names of the retirees until we can speak
to the managers and– so that inform the managers
first of who’s retiring in their units but the
approval that you made– just made is not contingent. The 87 retirees are moving
forward and just wanted to mention that and
thank you again.>>And then just to speak
to your plans, Dr. Rocha. A lot of managers are retiring,
are you planning to fill each and every one of
those positions?>>No.>>So we’re actually
gonna have a much leaner administrative leadership.>>As I’ve been saying
all along, we will have a smaller
administration and staff next year and it significantly reduced
administration and staff expense and an increased
expense in instruction.>>The projected
savings in year 1– excuse me, is 3,138,161 dollars, that said to be a
conservative estimate. So if that’s the case,
that will be wonderful and certainly that’s the
premise upon which I think as we’ve proceeded on with this
plan and it seems to be working out as projected
and as desired so– and, have we voted the motion? We have not yet voted,
I don’t think.>>No.>>Advisory vote?>>Aye.>>All in favor say aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed? Motion carries. Thank you very much. Item M.>>Mr. President?>>Yes.>>You slipped off
of K faster than I– I wish we could just
briefly go back to K.>>Okay, sure.>>And I’m sorry– I can’t
see everybody out there and I hope Vlad is still
here but there’s been a lot of discussion about the
vice presidential names and I made a comment when
we approved this search for the vice presidential
positions that I conceptually understood
those who were concerned about the number of names of
vice presidents but what we see on our budget layout in Item
K is nonfilling up positions and when you look down the
list, you see where the brunt of that reduction in force is
coming from administrators, managers, and supervisors,
2.5 million dollars and what I think we
us trustees trying to grasp the bigger picture
have to recognize is– and appreciate is
that Dr. Rocha has a– a streamline administrative
system. And quite frankly, as long as the administrative costs are
going down and they’re going down significantly in
improving efficiencies and administration
saving funds that allow us to offer more educational
opportunities, I really don’t care
what you call ’em. You can call ’em vice
presidents, it’s fine with me and if creating names that call
their vice presidents get the right people here for the
right efficiencies and allow us to reduce and streamline
administration, we’ll allow more courses, then
you have my enthusiastic support as part of the bigger picture. This budget Item K reemphasizes
exactly that streamline issue. And I– that to me
is really important. Now, there’s a lot of
details to come that has to support the numbers in
each of the colorful boxes but I’m appreciative of the
format and I’m appreciative of the priorities that this
budget reduction is emphasizing with the streamline of the administration taking
the first cut of it trying to preserve the academic
courses as much as possible.>>Good.>>I think that needs
to be stated.>>Thank you very
much for quite– stating it quite clearly. Moving on now to Item M.>>Yes.>>On the agenda.>>Yes. In calling
dean– oh, I’m sorry. You’re not facilities.>>Thank God. [ Laughter ]>>You’re facilities. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Okay, this is actually
a streamlined item. [ Laughter ]>>Yes.>>Because we were going to present the emergency
resolution today but we, just today, received information
from the county that advised us that we have to put
that out to bid. So in effect, this item is moot
today and we will be bringing at next meeting an authorization
to go out for a public bid. Rick, is that–>>That’s absolutely true.>>So, just one quick
question, as I read this, the recommendation had
been to purchase trailers and it would be less expensive than to rent them
for 3 or 4 years.>>Yes. So the county did advise
us today that we would have to go out to public bid and in
doing so, we will do the 2 steps that we did in the analysis
for lease versus purchase so that we can present
the option of whether we buy
or whether we lease. You’re absolutely correct that
a 3-year lease is equivalent to the purchase of the
units and therefore, years 4 and anything beyond that would
be free to us essentially but next time, we will have
the authorization to bid for the portable units.>>Good. Okay. Moving on then to Item N, IPRO
annual ARCC report, et cetera.>>Introducing Crystal, the ARCC
report actually, I asked Crystal to streamline this item and so we will be presenting
the Ed Master Plan degree and CTE information in
June or at a later date when we can do kind
of an annual wrap up ’cause there’s some more
crunching to do on that. But the ARCC report is
the countability report for the California Community
Colleges and it is a law that each year, we
present this report to you. And so I’m grateful to Crystal
for the work she’s done on this and she’s going to present ARCC.>>Thank you, Dr. Rocha. Board of Trustees, as
usual, I’m delighted to present this report to you. I provided just a few slides
tonight just to make this as simple as possible. A little background information, this is the fifth year
of the ARCC report. There are 8 performance
measures, all of which are
reported in percentages and as Dr. Rocha just mentioned,
it is legally required that I present it to you tonight
and then I will just report that back to the Chancellor’s
office that I did my job. First one I like to do is I like
to provide just a bit of context on all of the 8 indicators,
actually and you’re only gonna
see 7 up here because the eighth one is
the noncredit indicator. What I’ve put up here is
how PCC looks compared to the state overall. So the yellow column is PCC and that lovely navy blue
column is the state rate. And as you can see
in most cases, PCC is above the state rate
on each of the indicators. The next slide is really ugly
but we like to give this to you. It is a comparison of PCC to local community
college single districts. I do give you this every
year and it’s cumbersome but I know you’ll all
take it home tonight and read it carefully
and get back to me. Nod, that’s good. Okay. And then this
one I gave to you for the first time last year. It actually breaks out the
first indicator which just talks about transfer and our transfer to baccalaureate
granting institutions. The first dark indicator
is called SPAR and it actually include
just about everything that they could possibly
throw in it which is degrees, certificates, transfer, transfer
directed, transfer prepared, but I know that the
board likes to look at how we’re doing
transfer wise and I wanted to make sure I showed
you this one. As you could see in the 09-10,
we just took a [inaudible] deep in our transfer percentage rate. And that was expected
because in the spring of 2010, the CSU’s kind of stopped
accepting transfers. We’re not expecting
that to happen this year and we expect that
to go back up. And I said this was brief. [ Laughter ]>>It’s fine.>>So if you have any
questions, I’ll entertain them. [ Pause ]>>Well, I had a
question, so in past years, ARCC has been helpful in
identifying some trends that things were doing well
but also some areas in career and technical education
where our performance hasn’t, what are the lessons we’ve taken
from this year’s ARCC report as trends to be proud
of and trends to pay a little closer
attention to.>>Well, once again, our
success rate in career and technical education has gone
up and we’ve worked very hard on that rate and we’ve seen
continuous improvement. We are also probably one
of the best in this state in persistence, the fall default
persistence of our students, we do very well on that every
year and we continue to do well. Once again, I would
say that where we need to focus our attention is on the
basic skills improvement rate. We are not where we
need to be on that and I think we have some
really nice programs coming through some acceleration
programs, some modules, supplemental education programs that I think are gonna
help us address that.>>That’s what I was
looking for, thank you.>>Other questions? Dr. Mann?>>Yeah, I have a brief comment. I think that these numbers
look very, very good. And as I’m sure the
trustees, you know, this is on the chancellor’s
website, is that not correct, so if you want to, you can– then you can see all of
these numbers and as much. This is a very good
summary of what’s there. I am concerned though that if
our vocational course completion is going up, we still– that’s the only area where we
have consistently been below the state rate and also
we’re a little bit below on the ESL improvement. So this is the– you say
this is the fourth year for this data, fifth?>>This is actually the fifth
year and one thing I’ve noticed over the last 5 years is that every year, the
data gets better. In particularly with
the ESL rate and the credit basic skills,
I think we’re gonna see that even get better for us because they’ve been
doing some reworking of how we actually report that. It’s a new data element that
they’ve been really working hard on to kinda standardize
it across the state. It wasn’t before so–
one thing that I noticed when they do it every
year particularly in that table I showed you. You would think that all i would
have to do is add a new line and take out a line but
it’s never like that. I actually have to go through
and replace all the numbers because from year to
year for every college, all the numbers change
from the years before. So I think that it’s
getting better. It’s not perfect but I
do believe that they stay in the report this year. They expect by 2012. 2013 report, we’ll see far
more consistent numbers in basic skills improvement
and ESL improvement.>>Well, that’s very
good to know. I guess my comment is though
I– the first year it came out, then there’s these different
groups they’re compared, the first year, we were
like the best in our group in almost everything
again except vocational course completion.>>And even though we’re
improving we’re still– we’re still low there. So I would at some point
I’d like to have a report on what we’re doing to get
these– these numbers up. The other thing I would
like to say and this came out of the Student Success Task
Force it’s just a discussion but it was a public meeting. There is a proposal to have
performance based funding using the ARCC measurements so it’s
extremely important I think that we really concentrate
as you say in making sure that our numbers are
the best possible and identifying whatever
we can do to get these– get these numbers up, now the
existing proposal gets a phase in time and it may not
be funded but a lot of people were very
receptive to that because the data system
is already in place and people under–
understand it. As long as it’s kind of just
a picture of what we’re doing, I think it’s– people are
not really concerned about but if we suddenly have
partial funding risk because these numbers
are not moving one way or the other then I think it
becomes much more serious. So I know you have– are
doing everything you can to make sure we have the
best possible numbers but I would just like to
encourage you to do better– to do better [laughter] and I– and as I indicated I would
like to have a report some time in the future on– on what we’re
doing to continue improvement in vocational course and ESL and finally basic does
not have a K on it.>>Sorry.>>What?>>I’ll fix it.>>Okay. [ Laughter ]>>Thank you.>>Yes in fact, you
know, one of the things that Crystal is supervising now
is a ramped up program review and of course we now instituted
the institutional effectiveness committee which is developing
metrics for measuring exactly that where we are and, you
know, and where we’re going and we completely, you
know, take in your comment and you shall have
that report in detail.>>There’s no action we are to
take on this, I don’t think–>>No, it’s just a– it’s a– it’s an informative but it’s
required by legislation.>>Okay. Thanks Crystal.>>Item O instruction, additions and [inaudible] credit
curriculum and discussion of
possible action.>>This actually is a– is an important item but shouldn’t be a
controversial item. It comes from the– I think I
saw Joe here about a day ago.>>Yeah. [ Laughter ]>>Is Joe still here? Oh, there he is. And well Joe if– if you wouldn’t mind
taking half a second and just explaining
this item because it’s– it’s just courses but it
just gives us an opportunity to recognize you for the
work that you’re doing on the Curriculum and
Instruction Committee.>>May– may I just have a
quick introduction Dr. Rocha?>>Yeah.>>There’s– what’s really
important here is the– the Associates of Arts Transfer
and the Associates of Arts in Sciences degree that
are tied to the SB 1440 and this is what
both [inaudible] and Mr. Duran are gonna
speak to and it’s very, very exciting news and it’s
been led by the Academic Senate and that will be there. That’s a really quick
introduction.>>Thank you Bob, thank you
Dr. Rocha, President Thomas– Thomson and the members
of the board here and all visitors and attendees. This is a very exciting
opportunity and as chair of Curriculum Instruction
here faculty committee with the Academic
Senate, I’m very pleased to introduce my colleague
and the division of counseling area,
Armando Duran. And Armando had the
responsibility and did the good work of
shepherding forward not one, not two, not three but
four what are referred to as SB 1440 compliant degrees. The following and now
what Crystal is presenting and what Dr. Mann was discussing about student success rates I
think this is directly linked to the Vision 90
plan having to do with improving transfer rates. The nutshell of it is
before taking any fire is that what we have
made is a fast track. We have made a clear
plan for students working with the Cal State system,
working with faculty, with counseling and now
there’s an opportunity for them to present a degree that
will be directly transferable to a number of our
transfer institutions within the Cal State system. And I’m gonna let Armando
present the particulars of that SB 1440.>>Thank you. Again, good evening everyone,
again, we’re very excited for the simple reason as
a councilor especially that these degrees will
help students transfer to more timely fashion. Currently we have four. The first 4 that were proposed
by the Chancellor’s Office so our goal is to
keep pace with the– with the Chancellor’s Office
currently I believe four colleges have submitted
their degree and we hope to be the top percentile. That’s a promise. We will be. The degrees are Mathematics,
Communications, Psychology and Sociology. As previously mentioned
these degrees are– will also provide
guaranteed admissions to some of the local universities
CSUs and just to give you a background the– it’s a committee consisting
of councilors, faculty staff, we also– the articulation
officer and through the support of the CNI, the academic senate
so it’s a collaborative effort. So it’s not just
me putting these– these degrees together so our
hope that we again continue to keep pace with the degrees
that are being proposed by the Chancellor’s Office
and bring for– for approval.>>Alright, are there questions? Mr. Martin?>>I’m really delighted
with this. I have no question on this
and I’m happy to support and I wanna use the
opportunity to put a bug in the committee’s ear. Two things I’ve heard
in the last few months, one is the number–
one of the highest if not the highest
transfer vocation or transfer emphasis is business
and if that’s true it seems like the faster we can get
something in line for business, the more students
we’re helping sooner so I’m just putting
the bug in here.>>Sure.>>Number two that I heard
supporting that comment is that even in the 1440
alignment where you– you are guaranteed to spot,
you’re not always guaranteed to spot in the business school or the business curriculum
program of the Cal State that is legally has
to accept you and I– not knowing but surmising
that if we had such an associate degree that may help our
business students get some of the coveted spots
in the Cal States and other business schools that
they’re trying to transfer so, so I’m really– I know you got a
lot of other competing interest but I thought I gotta use
the opportunity to put a– the plug in for business.>>These TMCs transfer curricula
models are being put forward by the Chancellor’s Office and
working with different faculties so they’re still in the
process of rolling these out. These were the first
four that were developed. We already have a
studio and Art History for example that’s being put
forward it’s being vetted right now.>>You mean lobby
Geoff over here–>>That’s right.>>More than I need to lobby
you that maybe you could roll out business a little
sooner, okay.>>So this is– this is
an outgoing activity.>>Alright thank you.>>And if I can– if I may–
just I wanna read a paragraph from a letter that was presented to the Chancellor’s
Office on the 13th of May. This is signed by Lawrence
Pitts who is the Provost and Executive Vice
President of Academic Affairs and by Daniel Simmons who is
the Head of the Academic Council for the University
of California System. It’s a key player who was
not yet fully been moved into the 1440 compliant zone but
now I’d like you to read this. We would also like to
take this opportunity to reiterate our support
for the development of the associate degree pathway to the extent the students
complete the TMC based associate degrees, we anticipate better
prepared students applying to the university
especially in majors where some campuses do not
currently demand lower division major preparation as a
requirement for admission. Further more, to the extent that new community
college freshmen are unsure of this segment or campus
in which they will transfer. The associate degree
will provide an early and clear roadmap. While conversations are ongoing
at the university, we anticipate that we’ll respond to AS
bill– Assembly Bill 2302, which was related to 1440,
by identifying several areas where UC can guarantee
eligibility for a comprehensive
review of admission. As UC faculty committees
do their work, we will continue to update you. So this is a very positive
development and I think that we’ll be able to see
greater student success for transfer into degree
programs without wasting out time and money and
their time and money.>>Mr. Baum and Dr. Mann?>>Sure, first I’d like
to move the approval of the curricular
changes and that– and–>>Is there a second?>>Second.>>Then moved and seconded.>>And then number two just– I wanna just reemphasize that
this puts PCC at the head of the pack in the state. There’s only maybe one other
college that is actually moved so efficiently and
effectively [inaudible] that I believe is the–>>We– we have the
largest number.>>Oh! Oh we have the
largest number, oh okay.>>Yeah. We will have
the largest number.>>Yeah, they’re evidently–
most colleges are saying, we’re gonna do one
and see what happens. Our goal is to get off or whatever the Chancellor’s
Office submitted, we–>>Okay, I’ll brag
about it next time I’m at the Board of Governors
meeting. But this puts us really at
the head of the pack and it– and it’s gonna be such a
great service to students because they will be guaranteed. Our challenge now is going to
be making sure that CSUs live up to their commitment because
a lot of them are saying, you know, we’re impacted
in certain program so that even though we have the
students who’ve done everything they need to do there are
some challenges in ensuring that they have the
spots to transfer into.>>And so– and there’re several
CSUs that say they’re impacted in all fields, including the
ones that are mention here. So if you wanna go to CalState
Fullerton or CalState– San Diego State or
others, it will be a– it’s gonna take in
additional push forward to make sure our students
can this to [inaudible]–>>If I can just add to
that that this is an– this is truly ongoing
articulation game. We’re really pushing forward
on this, and we’re seeing where campuses are adapting it, what changes can be
made in the future. So this is the dynamic process,
and not simply a static set of degrees that we’ll
be offering.>>Absolutely.>>Dr. Mann, and
then Mr. Martinez.>>Yes. I have a question
about– it doesn’t have to– the transport curriculum,
it’s about one of the other curricular changes. Do you wanna wait until
that’s done [inaudible]– but I certainly wanna raise the
question before we vote on it, or should I [inaudible]–>>Go ahead and raise
the question.>>Okay. We are deleting
the program in performing and communication
arts, television, radio or television
operations technology. How does this affect the
interns that we have at KPCC? It says that this– there is
no longer an entry level jobs in this field, but as
[inaudible] we have 12, 14, 16 interns, and they do
work in technical radio. Are we cutting off
our nose here?>>I don’t if Dr. [inaudible] is
here, but if not, I can respond to that if you’d like. The– what they’ve done is–
through the [inaudible] process, they’ve gone back and
they’ve deleted this program, and they’ve modified the other
existing programs in order to provide for the
needs of the students.>>Okay.>>Which include the internships that you’re talking
about [inaudible]–>>Alright. As long as we aren’t, you
know, losing those interns.>>No, definitely not.>>Okay.>>Okay. Mr. Martinez?>>Just want to let you know
that from the prospective of the Academic Senate, we
really appreciate the work that Joe [inaudible] has done as
chair as– of the CNI Committee, and that Armando has done as the
chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the student transfer
reformat. These are just–
as you put it out, their first four degrees
businesses in the works, and this has been a long process
over the course of the year, and I just wanted to
acknowledge their hard work.>>Good. Thank you.>>Alright.>>Other questions or comments?>>The case have been moved and
seconded, that we approve this. Any further discussion? Advisory vote?>>Aye.>>All in favor, say aye.>>Aye.>>All oppose? Motion caries.>>Okay. We’re onto
information technology item P.>>Okay. We’ll call
Bob and Justin up. It’s a very, very brief report. You now– [ Laughter ]>>No, Justin. Justin Tsui who is our IT
project management leader. They’ve been deep into the
agenda for upgrading IT. These would be the deliverable
sheet that was presented to you some time ago, actually
two months ago, and they’ve been at work, and I asked them
to very, very briefly– since we started the
summer registration period and we’ll be heading into
the fall registration period, to give you an update which goes
to the idea that it’s working.>>Alright. Well, listen. It would be very short
because the computer just went down for some reason. [ Laughter ]>>But what I will do
is I will– yeah, yeah. I will– [ Simultaneous Talking ]>>I will bring to the
board’s attention two things. In your packets, you have
a stapled group of papers which includes a
two-page report in terms of where we are right now. It includes a list of our
certification stakeholders, a checklist in terms of
our certification checklist that we’ve used for the
summer registration process, and using that as we
go forward in the fall, and then the May 12 version
of the IT project tracker. In the PowerPoint presentation
that you’re looking at, it’s very short,
I’ll just briefly say that the project
leaders are the folks that are mentioned there just
continues to be the group that is leading this, assisted
by our consultant, Justin Tsui. And I also wanted to add the
certification stakeholder group because they are
actively engaged in everything that is happening. From our progress
[inaudible] point of view, our project tracker, ebbs
and flows, currently, we’re at 53 projects
of different things that are being worked on. We have developed the
certification process, we have this thing called
conference room pilots where we are actually
bringing all of the processes into a conference room
or a piloted place where both the end-users and our
technicians work side by side, we have a new preproduction
proof of a– proof of design and concept. Justin wanted me to point
out very specifically that the long awaited rollout
of schedule 25 and resource 25 in terms of the use of our
facilities is finally now on the docket to be
rolled out in August. That’s been like a five-year
process that we’re working on. We’re– and then we’re
rerouting a number of existing online faculty
services and prototypes and what have you as
we go forward here. Also, and the very
important, we’ve merged our MIS and structural computing
operations under a single information
technology arm. We’ve relocated all of those
personnel and facilities to the library building,
our LL building, and we now have a much greater
college commitment and resolve to improving all of our MIS and
academic computing services. As we go forward
into the future, we have several opportunities
and challenges, we’re gonna work hard to
sustain all these improvements, we’re gonna refine the processes
that we’ve develop thus far, we are going to remind
ourselves and bear in mind that this is a legacy system
that was developed in 1982, and therefore, there’s
only so much that we can do with the technology
before we move forward into a enterprise resource plan. We have to recognize that there
had been multiple developers over the years that have
worked in all these things, 70 plus will be called
[inaudible] onto this system. So my point is it’s
incredibly complex, it’s not necessarily easy. I’ve learned the great deal
in the last eight weeks as I’ve been heavily
engaged in this process. Finally, our business
process revision and implementation teams,
we are creating those teams, we are building those
teams in preparation for a new enterprise resource
plan, it’s a very integral part of who we are and what
we are as we move forward into our new technology future. And all this is about
delivering to the new VP of Information Technology a
working information technology infrastructure for
the 2011-2012 period. So he or she has the
time to really begin to explore what the best
enterprise resource planning process is for us,
and then move forward. And then of course,
all this in support of our technology master plan
that will support the EMP. So quickly, summer
registration, going very well, having a few bugs, but for
the most part going well, we are working towards a
smoother fall registration, trouble free registration,
and you can read [inaudible] in terms of some of
the key processes that we are working on. And so, I guess the
bottom line to all these is that the technology is as
ready as it possibly can be under the circumstances of
1982 technology and developers that worked on it
over the years, and we will experience these
challenges going forward, there’s absolutely
no doubt about that. But unequivocally, we are in the
best position that we have been in a long time in supportive
technology on this campus, and that’s with great thanks
to the Board of Trustees and Dr. Rocha for your
combined leadership.>>Thank you. Questions? Okay. So there’s no
action [inaudible]–>>No. Just wanted to, you
know, update you and make sure that you knew that we were
putting Justin to good use. I would just ask Justin
that just say a word or two to the trustees. Justin, today is–
what is it, May 18th. What is in place in May 18th? What is different
and better and– according to your assessment
that didn’t exist two months ago when you started this project?>>Yeah. Thank you for
the opportunity to speak, Trustees and every attendees. I think from our prospective
for the last two months, Bob has pointed out a lot
of things we have achieved, but really, at the bottom line on all these activity is
building a foundation, strengthening the foundations
and have the campus involved and integrated with the MIS
team of feeding the requirements and [inaudible] getting
the feedback. I think that level
of communication and integrator working as
[inaudible] I see a lot of people here that has
contributed to the process; Crystal, Cynthia, Dave, Stew
has been very integral part of this testing, inputs,
submission of issues. I think it’s a campus-wide
effort. It’s a very focused
and target effort. And also, kind of we buying the
MIS into a responsible to kind of turn around and provide
whatever this necessary on it.>>And I think Crystal’s reports
indicates how important data is to run organization like
this and I think only when the MIS is– have
a strong foundations and it can have a
process that have a– a fluent process that
everybody can work together, build the requirements, help them prioritize
their precious resources. I think that’s why we can
generate the greatest results for the campus.>>If I can just
add very quickly, Justin has been amazing
to work with. He has really helped
us quite a bit, so it was an excellent choice.>>Good. Well, thank
you very much.>>Thanks.>>Okay, let’s move on to item
Q, adopt resolution number 473 from method payment
and word limitation for candidate statements,
discussion of possible action.>>I think the resolution
speaks for itself–>>I’d like to move the motion–
I’d like to move resolution 473 which will provide
a 200-word limit and that the candidate
pays for it [inaudible]. [ Inaudible Remarks ]>>Moved and seconded, any
discussion on this item? Advisory vote?>>Aye.>>Aye.>>All in favor say aye.>>Aye.>>Aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed. Motion carries. Okay. We’ve done item R.
We’re now on then to item S, public hearing regarding
initial bargaining proposal for 2010-2011 on the Pasadena
City College Police Officers Association and the Pasadena
[inaudible] Community College District. This is the hearing. It’s therefore now open. Anybody wishing to
address the board with respect to this matter? It’s not appearing. None appearing, we will now
declare the hearing closed. [ Noise ] [ Inaudible Remarks ]>>That’s T– oh–>>Yes. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Yes, yes, yes. [ Noise ] [ Inaudible Discussion ]>>Now we’re on to–>>Okay, so we’re now on
to item T on the agenda, Association of Community
College Trustees nomination of Cathy Wei for faculty award. Discussion with possible action. Somebody wanna make a
presentation on this so we have a little
bit of a background?>>Yes. For this, I would
ask Trustee Wah to, you know, present the item and she
was very, very helpful in getting this and then of course Dean Young
[inaudible] is out there. I don’t think Cathy is here
but Cathy is in Ted’s division. He’s been on top of this.>>Thank you Dr. Rocha. When we were back in
Washington, I had a chance to attend the Asian
Pacific Islander Caucus and they mentioned the awards
that they have for ACCT but one of the things that they
said was they don’t get– they rarely get nominations
for any Asian Pacific Islander. So, what I did was
we had an Asian– the President’s Asian Advisory
Committee and so I presented it to them and then I turned it over to the Asian-American
faculty here at PCC, the faculty and staff. And they unanimously
nominated Cathy– Dr. Cathy Wei for this honor and
they wanted to keep it a secret from her until after tonight. Hope– you know for– hoping
for a good result here. But it did leak out but a lot
of the information they got had to be gotten under the
covers and it was really hard and in the end, we found out that she thought we’re
asking all these questions because the thought we’re trying
to get rid of her program. [ Laughter ]>>But I wanna point
out a few things. I have worked with Cathy quite
a lot and on community issues and she’s very well known in
the Chinese-American community for her work with the
Mandarin language programs and she’s been very instrumental
in involving the community and furthering the
language learning of Mandarin here in PCC. And one of the things– a
couple of things she used– she’s kind of put PCC on the
map in that we are, I believe, the only community college
that has an HSK certification which is the certification of
fluency with Mandarin language. So, we are an HSK testing site
because of Dr. Wei’s efforts. And as I was going through her
biography, two things were– well, one of the things
that was really most in– I think really impressive to
me was the outcome of alumni from PCC who because of
taking Mandarin language under Dr. Wei’s program went on to become very influential
business people in working in the Chinese community. So one actually working
in Mainland China and he is an Anglo-American
but he learned Chinese and another is an
African-American student who went on to become a very
successful businessman here in Pasadena and actually
is working in the foundation
with Dr. Sugimoto. But I wanted to see if Dr. Yang
who is Cathy Wei’s dean wanted to come up and add some things
since she was very instrumental in providing information.>>And as Ted is coming
to the podium, of course, I strongly support this and
Ted and Cathy have been really at the heart of an effort
on moving us forward as a truly global
community college. They’ve been working on the
new study abroad programs, ESL programs in China. So its, you know, it’s a
well deserve nomination. Ted.>>I will be very
brief and simply say that Cathy Wei is an
extraordinary person in terms of as an educator and as
a leader for her program. She has put us on the map. We have an incredibly
good reputation along with the Chinese community
in Southern California. She sees to it that
we get publicity for in a Chinese media. There have been numerous times
that we’ve had reporters coming on our campus because of the
[inaudible] of our program. It also relates to
our F1 Visa Students or international students. We have a lot coming
from China in part because of the great reputation
that we have and that comes back to all the PR that she does. And besides that,
she seems to the job about five different
people all at ones and I always say she
just makes me look good because she has all these
new proposals and new ideas and they all seem to
be pretty wonderful.>>Well, I think it’s very
timely that we do this too. When we’re back in
Washington, Linda Wah and I attended a program
in the State Department where they were promoting
exchange of students between the United
States and China so this is very timely
recommendation I think so. Is there a motion to approve?>>To move.>>Second.>>With enthusiasm, right?>>With great enthusiasm. [ Laughter ]>>Is there a second?>>Second.>>Okay, any further
comments or– Mr. Pack.>>Aye.>>All in favor to say Aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed. Motion carries.>>Can I add just one more thing
because of Dr. Wei there’s all– there is– PCC is going to
host an event in calligraphy and Tai Chi on Wednesday
in the quad– next Wednesday in the
quad at 12:00 o’clock. So we’re sending that
information out to the community and I hope everyone
enthusiastically supports that.>>Okay.>>We now are on to future
board meeting dates; Wednesday, June the 1st, regular
meeting at 7:00 o’clock, closed session beginning at
5:30, Wednesday, June 15th. We have listed a study session but it may be a combination
study session and some and some action at 6:00 p.m.
Where’s that one going to be?>>Here?>>Okay.>>Here, right?>>Yeah. Here.>>Okay. Now, the future agenda
items, I think Dr. Mann had one.>>Yes, I would like to put on
AB 684 as a future agenda items. Briefly, this is
legislation that was sponsored by the Community College
League and its being carried by a former San Diego trustee. What it would do is the
California voter right– Voting Right Act requires that
if members are elected at large that they’re– that
they be able to prove that they are not
disenfranchising any community. And it will– I think,
the feeling is that almost all the districts at
elect at large are going to have to go to what they call wards
where they are elected just to represent a part of that. This election if and
there’s a prior law that says that in order to change the– – from at large to a trustee area
election, you have to have a– it has to be approved
by the voters. This legislation would provide that the local boards could
switch from an at large to a trustee area election
or could change their number of trustees by requesting
permission from the Board of Governors and the Board of
Governors then could approve it. This, if this passes, this
will literally save millions of dollars when you realized
there are 73 districts and I think the majority of
them do not have local election by trustee area elections. So I would like to put it on
the agenda so we can discuss it and maybe take this
position [inaudible] because although it does not
affect us directly it does affect districts up
and down the state.>>And Mr. Martin was at
the redistricting session at the CCCT conference. Do you have anything
you wanna add now?>>Well, I think I agree that
it does make it definitely more efficient and a more
appropriate method than what is being
used currently.>>Okay, that would be on
the future agenda soon.>>Yeah, and the
sooner we get this one on the better ’cause
what they’re asking for is letters of support.>>Right.>>Other future agenda items,
anything else to be brought up? Then we are adjourned. [ Gavel Pounding ] [ Silence ]