Meeting Minutes for November 1, 2017


The Academic Senate Committee on Academic Development/Elective Academic Programs met on November 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm in S-224

Committee Members in Attendance:

Tirandai Hemraj-Benny (Chairperson); Neera Mohess (Secretary); Rezan Akpinar (Faculty); Vazgen Shekoyan (Faculty); Anuradha Srivastava (Faculty); Manachanallur Ravi (Faculty); Merlinda Drini (Faculty), Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson (Faculty)

Liaisons in Attendance:

Kathleen Landy (CETL)


The meeting was called to order at 2:00 pm

  1. The minutes of the last meeting were approved.
  2. The progress of the various sub-groups was discussed:

        CETL Events & Promotion

  • Anuradha Srivastava discussed the following ideas: going over the CETL calendar and deciding what to promote which would be sent to Tirandai and/or Kathleen, copies will be made of the selected event (or the calendar) and put into faculty mailboxes. Dean Landy suggested that a verbal reminder (e.g. at a departmental meeting) might be a better strategy.
  • Another idea was for ADC committee members to go to departments not represented in the committee and outreach to them, reminding them of upcoming events for the rest of the semester and in the Spring and/or to email the CETL’s calendar to one’s department ahead of departmental meetings.

        Faculty Survey

  • One hundred and thirty-seven responses from faculty were reported. Rezan noted that some of the questions from this previous faculty survey were worded ambiguously and it was suggested that once this survey was organized and analyzed a subsequent survey should be sent out with the aim of getting more specific responses.
  • A suggestion was made to utilize backward design – designing the survey with the goals of the survey in mind. A suggestion was made to change some of the responses to a satisfied/not-satisfied response instead of Likert-type questions.
  • It was suggested to send the Academic Senate the data and get comments on whether there was a need to revise and resend the survey.
  • The question arose as to what kinds of data would be useful or relevant for improving the student experience.

        Reviewing and editing the Bylaws of the ADC committee

  • Based on a previous suggestion to consider removing items b – e on the Bylaws charge, it was questioned what the core functions of the committee should be if this happened.
  • Dean Landy suggested inviting a member of the steering committee to an ADC meeting to discuss how best this committee could be of service to the college.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Neera Mohess
Committee on Academic Development/Elective Academic Programs, Secretary

Minutes typed on 11-1-17

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