High Tech Center Training Unit

Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Friday, February 7, 1997, 10:00 AM


Laurie Vasquez, Carolyn Fiori, Tina Andersen-Wahlberg, Rebecca
Stone, Bill Ponder, Carol Toppel, Steve Sellitti, Ellen Cutler, Judith
Schwartz, Carl Brown


Kaylene Hallberg

10:00 AM Meeting Opened

Approve minutes from previous meeting:

A copy of the last Advisory Committee minutes for the November 15, 1996 meeting was given to each member for approval. No adjustments were made.

The AC is concerned with the lack of representation from the Chancellor's Office on the Board and requests that Kaylene Hallberg send another representative if she is not able to attend.

Status of HTCTU Performance Review:

The performance review process will be reinstated by the end of this month. The Chancellor's Office hopes to have the process completed by spring to initiate the RFP. The HTCTU has a one-year extension on its current grant which will fund the HTCTU through June 30, 1998.

Questions for the Chancellor's Office:

Status of HTCTU COLA for 97-98:

Carl believes a precedent was established last year for the HTCTU to receive COLAs and that the HTCTU will receive 3.78% in the 97-98 budget. This needs to be confirmed with Patrick Conklin.

Carl put forward a proposal to the Chancellor's Office that adjusts the allocation of the 1.2 million to be folded into the DSP&S budgets beginning July 1, 1997 such that existing HTC sites which were not eligible for extended funding receive an adjusted allocation for the 2 or so years that it would take to reach funding equity. This would allow every site to have a more evenly distributed share of the funds. No response was received from Kaylene regarding this proposal or the disposition of BCP funds which may not have been allocated to HTC sites.

The AC requests that any unspent, unallocated funds from the 1.2 million be redirected to the HTCTU budget in order to purchase equipment needed by HTC sites.

New HTCTU Trainings:

The HTCTU has a new one-day training for low vision and blind access that reviews the kinds of assistive technologies available, including screen readers, large print display systems, CCTV, scanners, and Braille printers. The target audience is general faculty and staff from DSP&S as well as other campus programs.

A new variation on the ACT for the Internet training will focus on library access (a precursor to a new library access training to be offered in the summer). The primary focus will be on Windows 95 access tools.

Update from Last Meeting:

Dee Konczal from Ventura College is trying, for her sabbatical project, to provide Braille formats for students in around 6 college areas in Southern California. There is a need for a similar service in Northern California and, if her project is successful, fiscal support from the Chancellor's Office will be necessary.

The AC is concerned about the production of alternative print formats. In response to the OCR survey, how will the Chancellor's Office help community colleges meet this challenge? There needs to be a discussion about what is realistic and practical for regional document production centers, what kinds of documents will be produced, what costs are involved, what hardware/software is needed, what maintenance is required, and what is a reasonable turnaround time. Representatives from CAPED, the Chancellor's Office, vendors such as Humanware and
TSI, as well as HTC Specialists and DSP&S Directors would make a good panel for discussion.

Laurie's impression is that OCR's Sarah Hawthorne is reasonable with her expectations of community colleges and the technology that's available to provide accommodations. Sarah said any and every college should have a fast appeal process if students are not receiving the accommodation they request, no matter what the disability, and that there needs to be a system in place, beyond the professors, to get things done. OCR wants anything they present to the Chancellor's Office to be accurate and reasonable.

Rick Plescia of Humanware is available as a consultant for institutions of higher education in California to help bring
assistive technology to libraries and other mainstream computer labs. He is available at no charge.

The AC would like the HTCTU to attach a page to its mailings, publicizing new information that is available on its web site. For example, library access, minutes, and blind access.

New HTCTU Web Resources:

The HTCTU has a new Library Access web page. The page is designed to take individuals from knowing nothing to building a foundation for what accessible libraries are. It contains guidelines on what libraries need to do and how to do it, and includes the whole campus planning process. There are links to training guides and a list of providers for library access systems.

Laurie is working on the Case Studies page. A Library Access training is planned for this summer.

Other new HTCTU Web Page features:

There is a new web resource that provides students with a free email account. It provides voice mail and can read email. If colleges provide the web access, students can have email access. This service can be found at www.collegeclub.com.

Meeting Adjourned at 1:45 PM