School of Health Sciences

School Meeting

Monday, August 13, 2007




Updates from the Dean: Oliver Borden

š  Recent surveys have shown a significant lack communication among the schools. In an effort to improve communications, the Learning Leadership Team, members including the Deans, Mike Tacha and Al Buyok, have put together a shared message for all the schools.

§  AQIP: Oliver began by explaining AQIP initiatives and the outcome of SJC's recent Quick-check Visit. During the LLT retreat it was decided to focus on specific Learning Initiatives (L#) to make our goals more attainable. The focus this year will be on:

·         L1

·         L2(+L5 & L7)

·         L3

·         L6

·         L12 –Note:L12 is the communication initiative - To better improve communications, the minutes from each school’s meeting will be posted on the WEB page.

§  School Specific Initiatives: (1) CNA program increase. The lab at the SJC West Campus is progressing nicely. (2)The LPN – RN Bridge. (3) X-ray for Dental Assistants. (4) The Addition of three new majors, Medical Laboratory Technology, Surgical Technology, and EMT/Paramedic.

§  Workload Appropriations

§  Enrollment

·         Performance Funding – SJC is facing a cut of $700,000 due to low enrollment.

·         Enrollment Band

·         Head Count

·         Enrollment Management Task Force – Jon Betz serves on this task force. He shared some information with the group from his most recent meeting. Due to high enrollment numbers in the past, SJC has not invested much in student recruitment. Now that numbers are shrinking, the task force has been given the job to consider different options to bring up enrollment. It was found that SJC only spends $237.00 per student for recruitment. The national average per student recruitment cost for community colleges is $747.00. This is just one of many areas the task force will be looking at to help SJC increase enrollment by 3.5% per semester.

·         Dual Credit

·         Baseline Tend Data for High Schools

·         Academic Year 2007-08 Enrollment which funds 2009-10 Academic Year.

·         Travel – Travel is one of the areas that has been zeroed in on to help cut costs. Health Sciences has had less affects due to the requirements placed on faculty and staff by their respective licensing boards. Travel is essential in maintaining ones continuing education credits.

·         Rocky Mountain Rendezvous for Master teachers – This retreat has proved very resourceful for those who have attended in the past. Oliver stated that two faculty members might be able to go if there was room.


š  HHPC Discount Rate Update: It has been requested that a recommendation be brought to Administration to create a special rate for Health Science students who are taking courses that make them a full-time student in their major, but are taking less than 12 hrs. This is due to time they are in class/clinicals, not how many credit hours they are registered for. When the proposal was brought to the group, the following points were brought out.

§  Jon Betz discussed the negative impact this would have on the rest of the student body as well as the staff at the HHPC. Any special treatment of one particular student body would not only cause controversy among the schools, but would put his staff in the position of explaining why certain groups were passed over.  It was the suggested that the recommendation be extended to included students in programs like Aviation and Carpentry. Several in the group asked that no rate changes be made. Diana Lang brought suggested offering the Group Enrolment Rate to students. This would allow students to register as an employee of a business that is a Chamber of Commerce member. They would receive a 20% discount ($180.00 instead of $225.00). It would require them to sign up for an entire year, register between August 15 and Sept. 14, and pay the entire fee at once.

The group decided to put the different options in an e-mail ballot to vote. Mari was asked to create and distribute the e-mail vote.


š  Committee Assignments Update: We are currently trying to locate an updated list of all committees on campus. A request has been sent to the Office of Learning to assist in the search. Until one can be located, Oliver asked that everyone who serves on a committee please e-mail Mari with the information.

§  Residence Criteria for Student Selection: Ann Clark asked that the school consider creating a committee to address student residency criteria. The departments with in the school need to establish a consistent approach to student residency criteria. Approval was given to form a committee. Oliver asked for a volunteer form each department to serve.

§  Curriculum Committee: Nisa Bruce will continue to serve on this vital committee with the addition of Dr. Carroll Schnabel.


š  Budget: The budget has not been finalized yet. Oliver received some updates a few days before our meeting. He will be sharing those with the department heads during their regularly scheduled meetings.


š  Health Sciences Task Force – Cultural Competency Curriculum.

§  Oliver received an e-mail from Seth Abramson regarding the NM Articulation Task Force meeting he had attended. The task force is going to form another task force to address Cultural Competency Curriculum for Allied Health Programs. They asked that each institution nominate someone to serve. After discussing this with the group Oliver nominated Dr. Osbert Rodriguez from the HIT department.


OTS – Printing and Password Changes – Shelley Mulligan

š  In an effort to reduce paper and toner waste, SJC is implementing a new print management system this fall.  The print management software program, called Pharos, is integrated with our “One Card” Blackboard system that produces the SJC ID cards. 

The price for printing will be $.10 for each black and white single-sided page.  Students will receive an allocation (“Free Print”) of $3 per credit hour resulting in $36 for 12 credit hours which equates to 360 pages for the semester.  This allocation will be removed at the end of each semester and only currently enrolled students will see funds in their “Free Print” fund.  When the “Free Print” funds are gone, the student will need to add money into their account for printing.  Money can be added in the Business Office or the soon to be installed PHIL, a reverse ATM machine that will be located in the 1901 Humanities Commons.

š  To improve computer security, all faculty and staff will be required to change their computer password two times per year. You will be required to change you password at the time you log on. Once this is complete the change will be applied to all applications that require your password such as WebCT, the SJC Portal, DATATEL, etc.


Department Updates

š  Dental: Paula Spaight has resigned to relocate to Santa Fe, NM; the interim director will be announced in the coming weeks. Kathy Hunter has been hired as the 2nd Year Dental Hygiene Coordinator. Kari King has been hired as the Administrative Assistant for the Dental Clinic.

š  HHPC: Jon Betz asked all in attendance to please contact him or Diana Lang with any major concerns regarding the noise level coming form the temporary kitchen in the nutrition lab, and to please be as patient as possible with the increased noise and traffic. He then introduced all staff members present with special emphasis on the following new employees: Chris Johnson – Member Services Manager, James Pinckard – Administrative Assistant, and Marcel Bieg – Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation

š  HIT: Dr. Carroll Schnabel introduced HIT staff present and announced Sandra Johnson has been promoted to Instructor. HIT is working on adding more certificates including an Infomatics certificate.

š  Nursing: Ann Clark started by announcing that Nursing is now 100% staffed. Nursing will be adding a LPN-RN Cohort within the year. Ann then introduced the staff present with special emphasis on the following new employees: Laura Cotes-Student Support Instructor, Heather Morehead-Student Support Instructor, Phyllis Aguilera-Administrative Assistant, Georgia Romero-TEC/CNA Instructor, Lisa Wehe-Instructor, and Beth Carter-Instructor.

š  PTA: Therese Millis introduced PTA staff present with special emphasis one new employee Todd Thomas, On-line Instructor. The PTA program will be graduating their first set of on-line students this December. PTA is scheduled for an accreditation check-up visit in September. PTA has posted an advertisement for adjunct faculty to join the team.


Roundtable Discussion – Open Forum

š  Ann Clark asked if October 19th has been confirmed as an inservice day. Al Buyok was present at this time and was able to confirm it as such. Al asked that any suggestions for training sessions on that day be sent to Mike Tacha through Oliver.

š  As there were no more questions, Oliver shared a few items from the Developmental Education Charrette held on August 8 & 9.


Oliver dismissed all non-academic staff, as the following agenda items did not apply to their areas.


Academic Honesty Policy Changes – Ann Clark

š  Ann proposed that the following change be made to ensure the enforcement of each department’s honesty policies. The departments do not have “accreditation specific policies”


For: All Allied Health Programs

         All Allied Health Programs have a responsibility to ensure enrolled students and graduates are safe, ethical and competent practitioners. To ensure professionalism, students and faculty must uphold and abide by college and program accreditation specific policies.


All present voted in favor of presenting the change to the LLT. 


Criminal Background Checks: Updates as Effects Health Sciences – Ann Clark

š  In response to the State of New Mexico enforcing stronger requirements for students who preform clinicals off campus, it has been suggested that that the programs within Allied Health work on standardizing the requirements our students. This would make it the student’s responsibility to gather all of their information and making it available not only to SJC, but the entity allowing the students to work in their facilities.