Meeting Minutes for February 13, 2019


The Academic Senate Committee on Academic Development/Elective Academic Programs met on February 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm in S-416

Committee Members in Attendance:

 Tirandai Hemraj-Benny (Chairperson); Rezan Akpinar (Co-chair); David Pham (Faculty); Susan Riekert (Faculty); Ilse Schrynemakers (Faculty); Anuradha Srivastava (Faculty); Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson (Faculty); Renee Rhodd (HEO, Secretary); Merlinda Drini Prelvukaj (Faculty)

Liaisons in Attendance:

Dean Michael Pullin


The meeting was called to order at 12:30 pm

1. The minutes of the last meeting were approved.

2. Faculty Development Programs/Workshops Survey: 48% of responses on the survey indicated an interest in workshops on increasing student motivation in the classroom. 

3. Dean Pullin volunteered to facilitate a workshop on student success.  Dean Pullin will send the title of the workshop to Anuradha. Anuradha will contact marketing to promote the March 20th event. The lecture will be 1.5 hours with activities.  Will inquire to see if CETL is interested in co-sponsoring.

4. Tirandai asked how ADC can assist Dean Pullin in his charge and position as Dean for Academics. Dean Pullin elaborated on his role and of his work in developing articulation agreements that align with QCC degree programs. He also defined articulation agreements.

5. Bylaws: write a brief paragraph as to why we are changing the By-laws.

6. The survey was administered in 2017. 137 faculty replied to the survey. 77% said they were satisfied with the student evaluations (inconclusive). Re-evaluating the survey would send another updated with 2 to 3 questions. The members of ADC are satisfied with the current structure. The survey will be due March 31, 2019.

7. The ADC is not charged with changing the Faculty Evaluations. We are charged with evaluating the survey, writing up and submitting to the Academic Senate for a vote. Who decides what is on the Faculty Student Evaluations? Dean Pullin recommended that marketing send out the survey with an intro explaining the charge. Dean Pullin will email marketing about the logistics of sending out the evaluations. 

8. The committee discussed ways to evaluate teaching other than surveying faculty for tenure or promotion. Anuradha shared with the members that her department has created guidelines for evaluating teaching observations.

9. No Honors Conference is being planned for this year.  A new format is in the planning stages. Every department will be highlighting and promoting their top students. Information will be sent out in the near future.

10. Public Health Week will be held on April 3rd. A student panel on Public Health is being planned. The following colleges will have representatives participate in a panel discussion: York College and Hunter College. Student posters will be displayed. The ADC will be a co-sponsor with advertising. Flyers will be sent to the ADC members.

11. Dean Pullin recommended that the committee reach out to the Academies for support of events. He will also share the Academy Coordinators names and contact information.

Next meeting will be April 17, 2019, from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 2 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Renée Rhodd
Committee on Academic Development/Elective Academic Programs, Secretary

Minutes typed on 2-13-2018

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