Membership (CAC)

Members of the committee contribute their insight, knowledge, and common sense to the curriculum process.

They provide feedback and support which helps develop courses and programs that meet student needs and maintains the standards of excellence and diversity for which Seattle Central is known.

A balance of representatives from each instructional division encourages wide participation and provides opportunities for communication and collaboration across disciplines. Committee work requires some time outside of meetings to review course and program information.
Members review course information submitted by their peers and discuss it at a quarterly CAC meeting devoted to new and revised courses.

They consider whether and how the course meets Seattle Central Mission and Values and Learning Outcomes, whether the course outline will lead to the stated course objectives, and whether the course meets the requirements for course designations (tags) the instructor is requesting


The CAC chair is appointed by the Vice President. The chair receives one third (1/3) release time or other arrangements as agreed upon to carry out CAC responsibilities. The chair serves a three-year term.


Faculty representatives from each academic division recommended by the Dean or administrator. CAC members serve a three-year term. Representation includes at least:

  • Humanities/Social Sciences – one from each
  • Science and Math – one from each
  • Library – one
  • Business, Information Technologies, and Creative Arts – two
  • Basic and transitional studies  – one each from ABE and ESL
  • Allied Health-- one
  • Counselors – one (two preferred)


  • Establishes meeting schedule, develop agenda items, and conduct meetings
  • Ensures the development and acceptance of short-range objectives and long-range goals for the committee
  • Makes provisions for recording and distributing minutes for each meeting
  • Facilitates course establishment by maintaining forms, assisting faculty proposing courses, conveying information between committee members and proposing faculty, and ensuring that course information is routed as required
  • Informs faculty and administrators of the CAC process and provides training or guidance as needed; informs the Vice President for Instruction of policies recommended by the CAC
  • Maintains or delegates responsibility for maintaining a CAC Web site, including schedule, forms, instructions, and other information
  • Maintains a records of CAC activities, including courses evaluated, policies and procedures, and other activities
  • Communicates with the other two curriculum committee chairs in the district
  • Provides an annual review of committee activities to the Vice President for Instruction
  • Serves on the Curriculum Coordinating Council
  • Works closely with the other curriculum committee chairs


Roster 2017-2018

CAC Chair 

Jaime Cardenas 



Allied Health
Marilyn Tonon
Basic and Transitional Studies Division

Carolina Forero

Seattle Vocational Institute

Bryan Rullan

Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences Division

Erin Steinke

International Education Programs 


Instructional Resource Services (Library)

Dave Ellenwood

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Division

Daniel Gong

Steve Conger

Josh Whorley

Danielle Mallare Dani

Anna Jacobs


  • Attend all meetings
  • Review all courses submitted to the committee and provide feedback
  • Take on projects that facilitate CAC operation

Missed Meetings

After a member has missed two consecutive meetings, the chair will contact the member to discuss whether a replacement should be sought


A quorum consists of 50% (rounded up) plus one of the current CAC membership

Actions Requiring a Vote

The following actions by CAC require approval by a simple majority of the quorum:

  • Approving a course application
  • Establishing a CAC policy

E-mail Discussion

In the interest of expediency, some decisions can be made by e-mail. In this case, at least 50% plus one member must respond to the e-mail vote. For example:

  • Minor changes to course proposals submitted to the committee
  • Issues discussed at a meeting that required additional information before a vote