MIAMI-DADE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MEDICAL CENTER CAMPUS
November 26, 2001
PRESENT: Frances Aronovitz, Annette Baker, Darlene Berger, Martha Bryan, Carl
Jean-Charles, Terrence Davis, Arcie Ewell, Diann Gregory, Caridad Gutierrez, Raquel Hardie, Susan Kah, Lillie Martinez, Joan McLaughlin, Miguel Menendez, Carol Miller, Carlos Pedemonte, Richard Prentiss, Lessie Pryor, Silvia Romero, Pam Singer, Eric Weaver, Mary Worsley, Lenora Yates
ABSENT: Hernan Febres, Orlando Fernandez (on duty at fire dept.), Virginia Fuillerat (sick), GUESTS: Carol Petrozella
The minutes from 10/22/01 were approved, provided that the spelling of “Diann” and “Martha” is corrected. Silvia Romero must also be added as present on 10/22/01.
COLLEGE WIDE CASSC REPORT
Susan Kah announced that the proposed elective course, Exploration of Alternative Medicine and Complimentary Therapies, formerly Introduction to Alternative Medicine and Complimentary Therapies, was approved at the 11/06/01 College-wide CASSC meeting. The actual course number will be different from the one originally proposed (HSC 1130). There was a lively discussion about the review process and several faculty members indicated they were not given the opportunity to provide enough input and believed that the proposed course was not scientific enough.
Susan Kah reported that Josh Young also coordinated a service learning presentation at the College wide CASSC meeting.
Susan Kah announced the 11/29/01 visit of Edward Zlotkowski to the Medical Center Campus. He will be discussing service learning in the healthcare education environment from 8:30am-9:45 am.
Susan Kah discussed the guidelines for students and faculty in off-campus clinical sites during an emergency. She stated that these guidelines were previously sent to MCC faculty and that faculty should share these guidelines with their students. This information was also distributed to CASSC members. Susan stated that these guidelines stem from a recent incident at the Veterans Administration Hospital, when some of the Medical Center Campus students were detained after an anthrax scare. The importance of maintaining current and up to date class rolls was also stressed so that the whereabouts of all students are known at all times.
Susan Kah asked CASSC members if they had any feedback on the Medical Center Campus Open House, which was held on October 25, 2001. Joan McLaughlin suggested that in the future, we should use Open House as a recruitment tool by busing school kids to the Medical Center Campus during the daytime, before the actual Open House begins. Diann Gregory commented that this might interfere with classes.
Susan Kah thanked all CASSC members who participated with Open House and remarked that we should target those who wouldn’t normally attend our Open House.
Susan Kah presented the proposed curriculum changes to the Radiography Program. The proposal is to delete RTE 1111L- Radiographic Nursing Procedures from the radiography curriculum because it includes the same competencies as HSC 0001- Introduction to Healthcare, which is a required course. The proposal is to replace RTE 1111L with RTE XXXX- Orientation to Radiographic Clinic. The new course would allow for the application of the patient care competencies presented in HSC 0001.
Campus CASSC endorsed the deletion of RTE 1111L- Radiographic Nursing Procedures and the addition of RTE XXXX- Orientation to Radiographic Clinic.
Susan Kah also presented the proposed curriculum changes to the Veterinary Technology Program. The proposal is to change the Veterinary Clinical Experience I to one credit. It was originally assigned two credits, but the amount of time suitable to observe and demonstrate these tasks is only compatible with the time requirement for a one-credit course. The proposal is to increase Veterinary Clinical Experience III to two credits. This course was originally assigned one credit, but the competencies are related to more technical skills that need more hands on time. The competencies for Veterinary Clinical Experience III have been developed to show the exact skills that students will learn. These proposed curriculum changes do not cause any changes in the total number of veterinary program credits.
Eric Weaver inquired as to whether or not these proposed changes have to go before the accrediting agencies. Carol Miller responded that it depends on the agency.
Campus CASSC endorsed the proposal to decrease Veterinary Clinical Experience I to one credit and increase Veterinary Clinical Experience III to two credits.
Fran Aronovitz presented the proposed curriculum changes for the transitional option in nursing. The proposal is to add two new courses to the transitional option program in nursing. They are: Transition to Professional Nursing- NUR XXXX (6 credits) and Transition to Professional Nursing Clinical Lab- NUR XXXX (4 credits). These two proposed courses take into consideration the prior knowledge and clinical skills that students in the transitional option are supposed to have before starting the AS degree program in nursing. These changes would be effective for January, 2002 and most of the competencies have been selected from the existing new curriculum for the Generic option in nursing. Other competencies have also been added.
Richard Prentiss inquired about how these changes relate to the original way the transitional option program was set up. He wanted to know if these proposed changes would increase or decrease the required number of semesters. Fran responded that these new courses would not change the number of semesters and do not change any of the entrance requirements.
Annette Baker asked whether physician assistant students could enter the transitional option nursing program. Fran responded that is not usually the situation and the physician assistant field is different from nursing. She added that the faculty would have to determine the acceptance of these applicants.
Pam Singer questioned why physician assistant students would want to enter the transitional option nursing program. Lenora Yates commented that it may be due to job opportunities.
Campus CASSC endorsed the addition of two new courses for the transitional option in nursing.
Susan Kah presented the proposed curriculum change to the Crossover to Law Enforcement (COLE) Academy. The proposal is to eliminate the firearms training element of the COLE program at Miami-Dade Community College. The Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission requirements do not include firearms training. When the COLE program was established a few years ago, the 32 hour firearms training requirement was added to the already established Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission program. Since the Commission does not require this course, the COLE Academy is currently forcing trainees to pay for this extra course. Because of this added expense, the COLE Academy may be losing students to the Broward Community College program.
CASSC members endorsed the proposal of the COLE Academy to eliminate the firearms training element of their program.
Susan Kah presented the proposal to increase the fees for Miami-Dade Community College’s flight training courses. When students begin flight courses, they make an initial deposit to cover the average cost of the training required to obtain the flight certificate they are pursuing. The deposit goes into an escrow account and is used to cover the airplane rental, flight instruction, simulator instruction, flight briefings and practical tests. The student can get their money back if they decide not to go through with flight training. Susan also noted that these fees have not been increased in four years.
CASSC members endorsed the proposal to increase the fees for flight training courses.
Miguel Menendez, Associate Dean of Learning Resources, discussed the media reorganization plan for the Medical Center Campus. Miguel stated that the plan is to employ two additional employees to develop the production center for the campus. He would like to provide faculty some additional assistance with graphics and media.
Susan Kah discussed the development of the student feedback agreement form. Since there have previously been questions as to whether students have been delivering the student feedback packets, this form was developed to provide faculty members the verification that student feedback was completed.
Carol Petrozella questioned whether or not this form would take the place of feedback forms that were not delivered by students. Susan Kah stated that department chairpersons should accept this form as an indicator that a student agreed to collect and deliver feedback.
Richard Prentiss stated that this will become a tracking nightmare and thinks that we should look at another way of getting the student feedback delivered. He pointed out that student feedback is a faculty responsibility, not a student responsibility.
Lillie Martinez commented that as a student, she would resent signing the student feedback agreement form. Pam Singer stated that students should not agree to deliver student feedback packets if they do not want to be held responsible.
Martha Bryan stated that if she were a student, she would not sign this form either. Annette Baker remarked that she does not agree with the entire student feedback process. She said that sometimes only eight out of forty students will complete the feedback.
According to Diann Gregory, Nova University does not release students’ grades until they go
on-line and complete student feedback. Susan Kah agreed that this is a good process. Eric Weaver stated that students might complete the feedback forms negatively if they are forced to complete them.
Pam Singer indicated that the student feedback agreement form should be simplified. Arcie stated that more input is needed from students about this form. She also thinks that the idea of students somehow receiving a receipt from the black box after turning in student feedback is a good idea.
Susan Kah commented that she did not expect the student feedback form to be so controversial. Carol Petrozella thinks that this form is an issue for the student government association. The Student Deans will be asked to review this form.
4 Faculty (2 AHT, 2 Nur)
2 academic administrators (1 AHT, 1 Nur)
2 student services assistants (1 AHT, 1 Nur)
4 faculty (2 AHT, 2 Nur)
2 academic administrators (1 AHT, 1 Nur)
RESPONSE TO OPERATION PAYCHECK
Susan Kah reported that college wide, there has not been significant enrollment associated with Operation Paycheck.
Carol Petrozella reported that not many Medical Center Campus faculty are taking workshops for maintenance in rank, but that it may just mean that they are taking graduate courses instead. Carol reported that she sent out a survey to faculty to inquire about this, but has only received five responses.
Carol also reported that CT & D workshops are still being cancelled due to low enrollment. Pam Singer questioned why workshops couldn’t be held even when enrollment is low. She stated that the staff member has to be at work anyway; so low enrollment shouldn’t cause workshops to be cancelled.
Carol also announced that Ellyn Biggs was approved to work on Saturdays and will offer Power Point on Saturdays, but there will be no food or drinks provided.
Carol announced that the Partners Program for student assistants was successful and will be coordinated by financial aid directors. She also reported that next semester, the graduate course, EDG 5325, which is a required course for new faculty, will be offered on the Medical Center Campus. Interested faculty must sign up with Greg Sharp.
Pam Singer raised the issue of how time-consuming it is for CASSC members to print out materials to bring to the CASSC meetings. Many CASSC members agreed, and Susan Kah decided that we would continue e-mailing CASSC documents to CASSC members, but we will duplicate materials for CASSC meetings and submit the hard copies to CASSC members ahead of time.
Pam Singer announced that Pat Lassiter was elected as the Medical Center Campus faculty member to sit on the Learning Agenda Advisory Committee. She will be a liaison between the Learning Agenda Advisory Committee and the faculty.
NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2002, AT 12:00PM IN ROOM 2304.
Submitted by Debra A. Shannon