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Minutes 11-8-2006

Degrees and Certificates Committee

November 8, 2006
Sylvania Campus, 2 pm
Conference Rooms B

DAC Committee Members:

DAC committee members
X Susanne Christopher X Linda Gettmann Mark Hagen
Eriks Puris Nancy Wilder X Tony Zable
X Jennifer Bowers X Lucinda Eshleman X Dave Stout

Committee Support:

Committee support
X Amy Alday-Murray Veronica Garcia X Rick Aman
X Scott Huff X Stacey Timmins


Linda Bruss Karen Jolly Steve Smith
Karen Jolly John McKee Art Schneider
Ron Bekey Scott Quinn Dr. Preston Pulliams
Laurie Chadwick Andrea Pace Andrew Roessler


Approval of June and October 06 Minutes – Committee Approved June and October 06 minutes

Old Business:

2:15 p New AAS: Website Development and Design

Ron Bekey gave an overview of his phone conversation with the State about this degree. Also, during the past month, the CAS SAC met to review and re-discuss the new degree proposal. They affirmed that the format of one degree with a split emphasis served their students better than two separate degrees in web development and web design.

The Committee recommended they move CIS 120 and CIS 121 to the Design and Development Requirements, instead of suggesting them as General Education courses. The Committee also made the recommendation to use more consistent language about General Education and Electives.

Dave moved to recommend approval of AAS Website Development and Design with above mentioned changes. Lucinda seconded the motion to recommend. Motion to recommend approval passed (see Revised paperwork attached)

New Business:

2:30 p Revised One Year Certificate: Computer Information Systems

Scott Quinn shared some background and reasoning for the revision. After discussion its was agreed that Amy and he would meet to clarify certificate course work and outcomes. The CIS SAC will be re-submitting new paperwork.

3 p Other Business:

  • High School Diploma Task Force Report – Linda Gettmann

The Task Force met in October and outlined the process for high school credit conversion. They identified 5 courses (WR 121, MTH 111, BI 101, ENG 104, and HST 201) to take to each SAC and ask them to compare their curriculum and outcomes to the high school courses curriculum and see how they match up. The next step is to gather material from Karen Jones (PAVTEC) and present it to the SAC’s for review.

  • AAS Degree and Certificate Outcomes Guidelines

The Committee reviewed the AAS Degree and Certificate Outcomes web address and was in agreement that the page was accurate. The Committee also reviewed and approved AAS Degree and Certificate Outcomes Guidelines document. Susanne will present them in November EAC.

  • Program Award Guidelines (see attached)

Scott, Dave, and Susanne presented the Program Award Guidelines draft to committee members. Committee discussed and suggested a couple of revisions before approving the document. Susanne will present this item at the November EAC.

  • ASOT in Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Scott Huff

Scott shared that this degree doesn’t exist.

AAS: Web Site Development and Design (Pending State Approval)
Computer Applications and Office Systems (CAS/OS) Department, PCC

93 credit hours minimum. Students must meet college graduation requirements including General Education, math and English competencies. This includes Math 65 (not required if students have passed the math competency exam). All CAS/OS courses/programs of study require placement in WR 115 & MTH 20 and keyboarding by touch or CAS 121.

All students must complete “General Education” and “Design and Development Requirements”. Students will choose either the “Development Emphasis” or the “Design Emphasis”. Students must take all courses listed under “Requirements” for the chosen emphasis. They must also choose sufficient credits from the Electives section to make up the rest of the 93 credits for the degree.

General Education (16 credits)
Must have 16 credit hours to include at least one course from each Gen. Ed. category shown in the PCC catalog (Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics) and no more than 8 credits from any one category. No more than 2 courses may come from program prerequisites or requirements.
Design & Development Requirements:
51-53 credits

Development Emphasis
Requirements: 28 credits

Design Emphasis
Requirements: 27 credits

Design & Development Electives: Choose classes to make 93 credits total
CAS 111D Dreamweaver I (3) CAS 213 JavaScript (4)
or CIS 233S (4)
CAS 175 Flash (3) CIS 275 Data Modeling (4)
CAS 112D Dreamweaver II (3) CAS 214 ColdFusion (4)
or CIS 234S ASP.NET (4)
or CIS 195P PHP (4)**
ART 115 Basic Design I (3)* CIS 276 Adv SQL (4)
CAS 206 XHTML (4) CIS 122 SW Design (4) ART 116 Basic Design II (3)* CIS 233B VB.NET II (4)
or CIS 233J Java II (4)
CIS 120 (4)* CIS 133B VB.NET (4)
or CIS 133J Java (4)
MM 130 MM Graphic
Video Audio (3)
or CIS 234J Java III (4)
CIS 121 (4)* CIS 125D Database (4) MM 140 MM Auth (3) ART 140 Digital Photography (3)
CIS 178 Applied Internet Concepts (4) CIS 287I Web Server
Admin (4)
MM 160 Marketing Yourself as a MM Professional (2) ART 197 Artists Skills/ Practical Issues (3)
MM 120
MM Design (2)
CIS 179 Data Comm (4) MM 220 MM Des II (3) MM 235 Dig Video (3)
CAS 208 PhotoShop (3) MM 230 Graphics MM (4) MM 236 Internet Delivery Digital Video & Audio (3)
BA 207 E-Comm (4)
or CIS 243 E-Com (4)
MM 231 Vector Graph Anim WWW (3) MM 245 Internet Delivery Methods (3)
BA 223 Marketing (3) Any other course in either emphasis area
BA 205 Solving Comm Probs with Tech (4)
or MM270 Writ MM (3)
or WR 227 Tech Writ (3)
BA 101 Int Business (4)
CAS 280W Co-Op (4)
MSD 279 Proj Mgt (3)
WR 121 (3-4)

* Up to 2 of these classes may be used toward General Education requirements.

PCC Program Awards Overview

A program award is recognition of a student’s achievement in a particular lower division collegiate interest area. Program awards are a way for students to deepen their knowledge of a particular subject area. Students take courses that address a topic, theme, or geographical area from different perspectives. Such a cluster of courses can also demonstrate a student’s area of interest to a transfer institution. The program award may give transfer students a head start on a major. Program awards boost retention by encouraging students to develop relationships with faculty in the interest area that extend beyond a single course.

Program awards do not have the profile or the official sanction of the state. They are not processed through the graduation office and do not appear on a student’s transcript. They do, however, enhance a student’s learning and demonstrate an interest and commitment on the part of the student. Faculty find that they can write much stronger letters of recommendation for students who have completed a program award. Currently, there are program awards in Peace and Conflict Studies, Creative Writing, Service Learning, Journalism, Women’s Studies and Asian Studies.

Development of New Program Awards

Program Award development is a faculty-driven process and has three broad developmental phases. In the initial phase, interested faculty gather and examine the relationship of their courses to one another. If there is a critical mass of courses, they consider defining one or more clusters of courses students could complete to earn program award.

  • In the next phase, faculty seek administrative support for the program award. Administrative support includes, but is not limited to: administering the logistics of the Program Award (when students are ready to have their work recognized, they go to the division office. Their transcript is reviewed. A student who has met the requirements is then given a Program Award proclamation, documenting their accomplishment), assisting faculty in addressing the guidelines listed below, and providing financial support for brochures or other advertising/marketing ideas.
  • In the final phase, the faculty group presents the Program Award to the EAC Degrees and Certificates Committee. Upon successful completion of the internal review process, the Program Award is placed in the following year’s catalog.

Program Award Guidelines

  1. Program Awards are developed and maintained by full-time faculty. Faculty identify courses addressing a theme or geographical area and lay out possible combinations of courses students can complete to earn the award. Faculty take the lead in advising students pursuing the award, as well as meeting on a regular basis to review courses to be used for meeting award requirements, and review requests to add or delete courses to the list.
  2. Program Awards range from 12 to 16 credits
  3. Required courses should complement AAOT, AS, and/or OTM criteria.
  4. Discussions and agreements must be secured between PCC and one or more of PCC’s transfer institutions as to the purpose and function of the program award. The program award needs to connect with a major at one or more of PCC’s transfer institutions. Ideally, students would have specific contact information at the transfer institution where they could pursue their interest. PCC faculty should not only review course requirements with 4-year colleagues but should also explore ways in which students can be “handed off” to the major program there and seek specific scholarship opportunities
  5. Courses required may be taken at more than one PCC location and/or are offered by several modalities.
  6. Written material describing the program award must clearly state that this is not a certificate or degree and is thus not officially sanctioned by the state. It also identifies an Administrative office (s) for student contact, program award tracking and conferring.
  7. Proposals for new Program Awards are submitted to the Degrees and Certificates Committee of the EAC for review.