Evidently, of late, key faculty leaders (reps from the Academic Senate) have not been invited to EC meetings. Why? Whatever happened to collaboration and openness and communication and all the rest?
Upon learning of this, the aforementioned senate prez blew her top. No, she said, faculty will not be informed after the fact; faculty will participate in these deliberations.
And then came the latest outrage. To make a long story short, the college has defined a process for resource allocations—including room usage. Library staff/faculty have come to depend on a particular room in the library behind the circulation desk. It is crucial to their operation. But, last Friday, without warning, noisy construction workers showed up and eliminated a door to that room; it was drywalled in. (I went to look at it yesterday; it is now as though a door had never been there.)
Nobody was notified or consulted. Not even the Vice President of Instruction, Craig Justice. He had no idea what was happening.
Evidently, the VPSS had decided to reallocate the room to DSPS without providing the library folks with a new space. It would be DSPS’s. She had brought this project to the attention of the college president, Glenn Roquemore. He gave it his blessing. No doubt the two were smiling. Silence pervaded the scene.
The problem was presented at yesterday’s senate meeting. Senators couldn’t believe their ears. It turned out to be one of the most spirited and impressive senate meetings in memory. The Senate wants the responsible parties to be held to account; they want an apology. They want assurances that this sort of thing will not continue.
Want details? Lemme know.