Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Administrative Conference Room, Central Campus


PRESENT: Margie Huerta, Margaret Lovelace, Andy Burke, Fred Lillibridge, Mary Beth Worley, John Walker, Bernie Piρa, Lydia Bagwell, Evelyn Hobbs, Rebecca Kongs, Jackie Kiefer, Bill Glenn, Meg Haines, Susana Rodriguez, Mozella Garcia, Luly Valencia-Glenn, Vickie Galindo, Mack Adams, Lori Allen, Kathy Reddington, Nancy Ritter, Ben Altamirano, Michael Banegas, Gerri Martinez, Brad Mazdra, Becky Orduρez, Rosa DeLaTorre-Burmeister, Rosalina Contreras, Anthony Gordon, and Irene Montoya (recorder)

ABSENT: John Paulman, Jaylene McIntosh, Tammy Powers, Fred Owensby, Ike Ledesma, Gladys Chairez


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Meeting Start Time

10:07 a.m.


Dr. Huerta noted a good morning to everyone. 

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1 – Approval of the Minutes of July 11, 2012, and July 31, 2012 – Dr. Huerta

Dr. Huerta noted the minutes were just handed out with the agenda and she is asking the group to read over and get changes to Irene by Friday.

The Group will look over and get changes to Irene by Friday.

2 – NMSU Regents October 1, 2012, Meeting – Dr. Huerta

Dr. Huerta noted there were questions regarding the October 1 Regents meeting.  President Couture and the Regents mutually agreed to part ways.  The Regents will appoint an interim president by mid-October.  Provost Wilkins will take on additional responsibilities but will not be the interim.  The Regents indicated they will start the search for a new president immediately.  The Regents expect us to work and go forward. 

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3 – Nursing Program Update – Dr. Huerta

Dr. Huerta noted the college received word from NLNAC that we are deemed eligible for candidacy and have been assigned a mentor.  This is the first step to get reaccredited.  The next step will be the candidacy presentation (a mini self-study).  The NM Board of Nursing (BON) will be conducting a regularly scheduled site visit in January 2013.  We will submit the candidacy presentation in the spring and hopefully have a site visit in fall.  Those students in the program during the site visit who graduate will be considered graduates of an accredited program if the college is approved for reaccreditation.  Ms. Galindo asked if the December and May graduates will they be grandfathered in.  She is getting questions from the community.  Ms. Hobbs answered there is no mechanism for grandfathering those students.  Currently the students do have options.  Ms. Hobbs noted the Nursing Program has BON.  With this approval, our students are eligible to sit for the RN.  Another option is the LPN to RN program.  Dr. Huerta noted the newspaper is saying there are no jobs for the students.  This is not true.  We are getting the word out there are jobs.  Mr. Altamirano noted one of the reasons for losing accreditation was lack of MSN faculty.  What is the college doing about this?  Dr. Huerta answered the program had all full-time faculty on board with MSNs.  Our part-time pool were not all MSN credentialed. Ms Hobbs noted 51% of the part-time pool needed to be MSN credentialed.  Dr. Huerta added three of our part-time faculty are working on their MSNs.  Ms. Hobbs noted our recruitment has been through the typical newspapers and professional magazines.  We will now be adding Dallas, Phoenix, Tucson, etc.  Dr. Huerta showed the group the BON website where DACC has program approval. 

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4 – Program Accreditation Update – Dr. Huerta

Dr. Huerta noted she had Ms. Vicki Buckley work on a list of DACC accredited programs and their standings.  The academic office will be keeping a list of all accredited and certified programs.  We also will be keeping accreditation status letters and pass rates.  All this information will be used to keep track of where we are at.  This is being shared in case you get questions.  Ms. Kongs noted the Construction Program was fully accredited.  Dr. Huerta added the Welding Program will be applying for accreditation and are hoping to become a training/testing program.  Business and Information Systems Division also is accredited (excluding Library Science).  Dr. Huerta noted if there are any we are missing, please let Irene know.  Dr. Lillibridge asked about drafting.  Ms. Kongs noted they just submitted the information to get certification.  Dr. Huerta asked that anything in writing from accrediting bodies, please make sure Irene gets a copy.  This information is also good for advisors as they talk to students.  Dr. Lillibridge noted this information should be on SharePoint. 

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5 – VP for Academic Affairs Search Process – Dr. Huerta

Dr. Huerta noted the VP for Academic Affairs search will be underway soon.  Dr. Huerta and Mr. Adams met with the committee.  Dr. Huerta noted the last search had five years of progressive experience on the job announcement.  NMSU is now requiring 10 years.   Mr. Adams noted he had talked to HR and they are recommending the 10 year requirement wording be reworded.  Take out progressive and add related to the field.  Dr. Huerta would like the announcement to be posted as soon as possible and have interviews in December, January.  She would like to hire someone a few months before Dr. Lovelace leaves to have a smooth transition.  Dr. Huerta thanked Dr. Lovelace for taking on the position.

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6 – Achieving the Dream Report – DR. Huerta

Dr. Huerta noted some of the group may have already heard this at ALT.  The college received a report from AtD coaches Trudy Byer and Frank Renz.  There were recommendations but they also had some very nice things to say about DACC.   They noted some do not do well with learning communities but DACC does this well.  They would like the college to convene faculty conversations across the disciplines; explore feasibility to support an increase in the mill levy; make college success courses mandatory for first time students; and annualize course schedule and mapping student success initiatives.  Dr. Lovelace noted they will assign a classroom to learning communities in the new building at East Mesa.  One will be assigned at central campus.  Dr. Huerta noted this all relates to our Strategic Plan and the HLC Self-Study.  Dr. Lillibridge sent an email for volunteers for the committees.  Get involved.  Dr. Lillibridge noted the AtD Funding the Dream Team will be turned into the SP2 committee.  This is a four year initiative which has goals and will need action plans.  Dr. Lillibridge noted volunteers were needed.  Dr. Huerta noted help is needed.  There are a lot of things for both credit and non-credit (fast track students out of ABE to credit).

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7 – DACC Facilities Master Plan Survey – Dr. Huerta/Mr. Burke

Dr. Huerta noted Mr. Burke emailed everyone regarding a survey for the DACC Facilities Master Plan.  The college is not done planning and we would like to know what the needs of the college are, new programs, and things you would like to see.  The survey is not long but it is meaningful.  Mr. Burke noted there were seven questions.  Some programs will be moving to East Mesa and this frees up space at central campus and an opportunity to renovate or improve central campus.  The research consultants will pull all information together.  There will be meetings to communicate results and the planners may be sent directly to people.  The meeting will be held before finalizing.  Dr. Lillibridge asked about timing.  Mr. Burke answered there was no deadline as we are no longer on a short time frame.  There will be a link on SharePoint.  Dr. Huerta asked Mr. Gordon to pass this on to.  She strongly encouraged everyone to complete the survey.

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8 – Dr. Vince Tinto w/ Admin Council and ALT – Dr. Huerta

Dr. Huerta noted Dr. Vince Tinto will give the keynote at the Community College Roundup on Friday, October 5 at 1:00 p.m.  Ms. Denise Chavez will be the dinner speaker.  Dr. Tinto will be meeting with both Administrative Council and ALT on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in DAAR 106 at East Mesa.  Please make plans to attend and bring your questions.

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9 – NMSU Community College Round Up – Dr. Huerta

The NMSU Community College Roundup has 240 registered to attend.  The cost is $65.  Dr. Walker noted an invite was also sent to LCPS, EPCC, and WNMU.

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10 – Announcements

Dr. Lillibridge noted the PRIP reports are due at the end of the month.  It is important that we keep doing.

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Ms. Reddington noted Sam Steel Way will be blocked off for construction beginning October 8.  Vehicles will be towed if illegally parked.

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Ms. Kongs noted the welcome back festival at the Workforce Center will be tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the commons area.

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Ms. Martin noted the Golf Tournament will be held on October 19, 2012.  She has 30 confirmed teams.  Dr. Huerta noted she was sponsoring a team if anyone wanted to golf.

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Dr. Huerta noted the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon will be held on October 27 at 11:30 a.m. at East Mesa.  She thanked those who submitted nominations. 

*      Manual Medrano, B&I

*      Rachel Courtney, T&I

*      Maia Sideris-Dorame, Health

*      Sylvia Caraveo, General Studies

*      Jim Edwin, Jacobs Technology, Customized Training

*      Kelly Coffeen, Mesilla Valley Kitchen – Community Education

*      The Smith Codes, Kevin and Wesley Smith – Small Business Development Center

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Ms. Contreras noted the Automotive Club started up again and will be raising funds for state competition.  They will be doing minor work on vehicles for a donation on Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They will be supervised and would appreciate you calling in advance for an appointment.

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Meeting End Time

11:16 a.m.


Next Meeting

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:00 a.m., ACR