MIAMI-DADE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MEDICAL CENTER CAMPUS
September 24, 2001
PRESENT: Frances Aronovitz, Annette Baker, Darlene Berger, Matha Bryan, Terrance Davis, Arcie Ewell, Hernan Febres, Orlando Fernandez, Virginia Fuillerat, Diann Gregory, Caridad Gutierrez, Raquel Hardie, Susan Kah, Lillie Martinez, Joan McLaughlin, Miguel Menendez, Carol Miller, Carlos Pedemonte, Richard Prentiss, Lessie Pryor, Pam Singer, Eric Weaver, Mary Worsley, Lisa Velasco, Lenora Yates
ABSENT: Charles Jean-Charles (absent from work)
GUESTS: Ellyn Biggs, Carol Petrozella, Dixie Lemons
The minutes from 5/21/01, 6/25/01, and 7/23/01 were approved.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW CAMPUS CASSC MEMBERS
Introductions of all 2001-2002 Campus CASSC members were made.
Susan Kah informed CASSC members that they should contact Debra Shannon ahead of time if they are unable to attend CASSC meetings.
Susan Kah also discussed the need for a special Campus CASSC election in the Vision Care, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Histologic Technology areas to replace Mark McKay, who is no longer employed at M-DCC. The election will take place before the October 22, 2001 Campus CASSC meeting.
Ellyn Biggs and Carol Petrozella announced that a new Lab Technician by the name of Neil Domingo has been hired to work for C T & D. Ellyn and Carol also discussed the workshops listed on the tentative C T & D calendar for the 2001-1 term.
Carol reported that the new employee orientation that was held on August 24, 2001 was also successful. Carol Petrozella also reported that the Medical Center Campus was number one in attendance for the C T & D Open House that was held on September 17, 2001.
Susan Kah reported that the new Honors College at Miami-Dade Community College is currently trying to increase its visibility and she would like for us to do more with Honors courses on the Medical Center Campus. One approach is to offer honors options in existing courses.
Susan Kah reported that there is currently an opportunity for a faculty member to receive release points as the Honors Coordinator for the Medical Center Campus. This assignment would begin in January, 2002.
Susan Kah reported that information about this available assignment was announced to all
full-time Medical Center Campus faculty several weeks ago via e-mail, but as of today, no one has expressed any interest. Duties for this assignment were included in the e-mail as well. Susan inquired how interest in this assignment could be increased.
Pam Singer stated that she thinks that this assignment is one that faculty would be interested in and that they might just be busy right now because the new term just started.
Student Campus CASSC members Lillie Martinez and Lisa Velasco, both members of the Student Government Association, agreed that the idea of Honors courses on the Medical Center Campus is a good one.
Eric Weaver inquired if students would receive elective credits for taking separate honors courses, instead of incorporating honors courses into the current programs. He also inquired about the opportunity for students to complete a special research project for honors credit.
Fran Aronovitz inquired about the process for applying for the assignment and stated that perhaps Campus CASSC members can think of someone and recommend him or her to Susan Kah. Susan stated that the candidate for this assignment should be someone who has the desire to work across disciplines and feels that they should self-identify if they are interested.
Susan Kah also stated that this assignment would not have to be forever and could be done on a yearly basis. In an effort to recruit applicants for the assignment, Susan Kah will announce this opportunity again through e-mail and phone mail and feels that having an honors program on the Medical Center Campus can be a good student recruitment tool.
Susan Kah reported that because there is a new math requirement for education majors in Florida that is effective this fall term (2001-1), students majoring in education will be required to complete 9 credits of college level math. In order to keep Miami-Dade Community College in compliance with this new requirement, the math department has proposed that education majors take one of the following options:
Option 1- MAC 1105-College Algebra (3 credits), MAC 1105L-College Algebra Laboratory (1 credit), MTG 2204-Geometry for Educators (3 credits), MTG 2204L- Geometry for Educators Lab (1 credit), and MGF XXXX- Basic Probability (1 credit), which includes probability and basic statistics.
Option 2- Students can take any combination of college-level mathematics courses (excluding MAT 1033) that totals at least nine credits and includes MAC 1105(or a substitute course higher in the algebra/ calculus sequence) and MTG 2204.
MAC 1105, MGF XXXX, and MTG 2204 all satisfy the general education math requirement and are also available for the CLAST alternative. MAC 1105L does not satisfy the general education math requirement and is not available for the CLAST alternative.
Richard Prentiss asked why the math laboratory courses are required under option 1 if they don’t satisfy the general education math requirement. Susan Kah explained that the laboratory courses are meant to be support courses.
Pam Singer stated that the new math proposal only seems to be meeting only part of the new requirement and feels that the state will question it.
Also, many CASSC members expressed concerns about the possibility of the math labs not actually being taught by faculty and believe that they need to be.
CASSC members endorsed this new math proposal.
NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2001, AT 12:00PM IN ROOM 2304.
Submitted by Debra A. Shannon