Friday, September 19, 2008

Holga "Hell" at IVC, by Jason

Our pal Jason, with his odd Chinese Holga camera, took some pics this week of that weird "Hell" guy discussed in a post earlier today (Lana Lang's Repent or Hell):

Does anybody know what this gal was doing?









A couple of details:



REPENT OR HELL—reported by intrepid Girl Reporter Lana Lang

[—No, not Rebel Girl. Lana Lang!] The IVC campus quite recently became the lucky recipient of a chance visit by a wandering theological scholar, who held an impromptu guest lecture in the large quad. Eschewing the trendy but overused power point presentation, the visiting professor wrote his notes on a board, spoke in stentorian tones, and finally managed to en”rapture” a somewhat sizeable audience (see plate I and II), albeit consisting of only one individual (who was observed to take no notes.)

The topic of the thesis? Satan’s Children—who they are, and what to do about ‘em. In case you don’t have your reading glasses, here’s the list of those in desperate need of salvation. (Ahem!): “Hypocrite Christians, Lost Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and all other false religions.”

But wait, there’s more: “Sodomites, Pornographers, Pedophiles, Fornicators, Cross-dressers, Lesbians, Adulterers, Transvestites [author’s note: see “Cross-dressers, above] and all other weirdo Sex Perverts.”

PLATE I

Well, sure, that’s obvious. I mean—who can argue? Likewise Hellbound: “Scoffers, The Prideful, Atheists, Agnostics, Idolators, and all other Clueless Fools.”

Hmmm . . . is there such a thing as a clued-in fool?

And—lest we forget—the term “Satan’s Children” also encompasses: “Murderers/Babykillers, Liars, Thieves, Corrupt Politicians, and Covetous Moneygrubbers; Boozers, Dopers, Revelers, Mouthy Women, Girlie-men, and all Sin-loving Heathen.”

—In short: 99.99% of the population. The only people escaping God’s imminent though long-delayed wrath, apparently, would be: Jews who are not lost; Murderers and Babykillers who are clearly only one or the other; plus all non-weirdo sex perverts. Other recipients of the get-out-of jail-free card, judging by their absence on the picket sign: war mongers, racists, homophobes, misogynists, genocidists, morons and the embarrassingly smug and self-righteous. 

Well, Dick Cheney can relax now—except that he undoubtedly hits on at least one of the enumerated categories.

As for intrepid girl-reporter Lois Lane – she finds herself specifically called-out three or four times on God’s Official Enemies List. Alas.

The solution? Simple. REPENT OR HELL

“You know,” the lone member of the (snicker, snicker) “massive” viewing public was overheard to say, “You tell people these things . . . and they get offended!”

PLATE II

Photos submitted by IVC student Mehran Khamnehipour

IN OTHER NEWS – scientists have a discovered a strange ant species in the Amazon:

Friday Matinee: Anyone can be president. Anyone.

Reception for Burnett

From yesterday’s OC Register:

Saddleback College introduces new president:

President Tod Burnett received a warm welcome from the Orange County education community during a reception held in his honor at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club on Wednesday night.

Burnett, 45, was appointed president of Saddleback College by trustees of the South Orange County Community College District in August after outgoing president Rich McCullough retired last school year.

More than 100 people, including Burnett's family and friends who traveled from Sacramento, enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and heard officials in the community welcome him.

Chancellor Raghu Mathur told the crowd he knew Burnett was a leader right after he had interviewed him for the position. "He brings a breath of fresh air as he examines assumptions in the district," said Mathur.

Burnett was greeted with a standing ovation. He recognized his mother, Dottie Burnett, who was sitting with other family members.

Dottie approached the front of the room, gave Burnett a hug, and took the microphone from his hand. "And you thought he was the boss," she told the crowd. "I'm so proud of my son. Who would've thought he would be standing up here."

Burnett started to tear up and smiled….

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Viva Zapatero! We all look and sound alike, don't we?

Ah, we at the SOCCCD have a special relationship with Spain as loyal readers may remember. After all, we were the first college district to break off diplomatic relationships with the country, recall our ambassador and sever our study abroad program when Spain deserted us on the bloody field of battle.

So, Tom Fuentes' little Iberian heart must have gone pitter-pat when he heard McCain also hold the line against the Spanish in a recent interview with Radio Caracol in Miami, suggesting that, as President, he may not invite the Prime Minister to the White House unless he played nice. The implication was, of course, that Zapatero was a bad boy, a very bad boy.

It's clear to some listeners that of course, McCain doesn't recognize WHO Zapatero is and can't tell the difference between him and, say, Hugo Chavez, or sweater-wearing coca-leaf advocate Evo Morales - even after the stunned correspondent kept trying to help him out. Check it out below.

As Chunk suggests, few in America will care about this or it may even do Mccain some good to be seen dissing those elite Europeans. After all, isn't Spain close to France? Don't they share a border? Why don't you ask John McCain?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tom Fuentes demagogues it

Gosh, I stop reading OC Blog for two days, and what happens? I miss something!

On Sunday, “Jubal” (aka Matt Cunningham) posted an interview with trustee Tom Fuentes: Fuentes interview, part 1.

Jubal asks Fuentes why he is seeking reelection. In part, Fuentes answers,

…[T]here is … a small element of liberal union bosses leading our local CTA-affiliated faculty labor union who want control of the public checkbook to enhance their salaries and eliminate responsible public oversight. They have attempted to macro-manage affairs at the colleges but we have worked hard on the board to stop these efforts. Unfortunately, we have only a one vote margin. So it is important that Dave Lang, John Williams, and I remain on the board. If any one of us loses, we will give control of the district purse strings to a CTA union leadership that does not have the public interest and our students in mind and will not exercise fiscal restraint or who will govern in a manner consistent with our community's values.

We have the obligation - and have been successful - to plan, save, and utilize the fiscal resources of the district to build and renovate on all of our three campuses. We have implemented advanced technology and improved facilities to better serve our students. This is the kind of prudent use of district funds that cannot be abandoned to the whims of liberal union bosses.


I wrote a response:
Naturally, the quality of a college cannot exceed the quality of its faculty. Hiring the best possible faculty is crucial to maintain a college's excellence.

There was a time when faculty salaries in the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) were relatively high. Offering high salaries was defended by, for instance, Tom Fuentes' pal, John Williams, on the grounds that high salaries attract the best instructors.

Further, in case you haven't noticed, living in South Orange County is expensive.

But the era of high SOCCCD faculty salaries is long past. These days, faculty salaries do not compare well with those of other districts in the area, and this means that the SOCCCD is headed for decline.

Tom Fuentes speaks of "liberal union bosses." I've known the current President of the Faculty Association for many years, and I don't even know what his politics are. Is he liberal? Who knows? His job has little or nothing to do with politics. The primary job of the Faculty Association is to represent faculty in contract negotiations. That is its role, determined by law. Nothing nefarious is afoot.

What is supposed to be a union "boss" anyway? Do "bosses" smoke big cigars and engage in unfettered cronyism? Trust me. The President of our little union is not the type. No cigars. No cronyism.

But there is plenty of cronyism in the SOCCCD, and it flows from the cigar-chomping Mr. Tom Fuentes. He has arranged for friends to get high-paying jobs. His political cronies—Mike Carona, DA Tony Rackaukcas, et al.—come and go, receiving prizes, taking bows. Many district functions looks like meetings of the OC Republican Central Committee.

Gosh, Jubal, why don't you ask Tom why it is that the two colleges of the SOCCCD are now threatened with the possibility of losing accreditation? The accreditors were pretty clear about what is wrong with our district and its colleges. They have no complaint with instruction. On the contrary.

They did carp, however, that the "Board of Trustees [must] cease involvement in college and district operations." Yes, folks, the meddling of Tom and his friends is threatening Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College's accreditation.

But didn't Tom say something about "macro-management" by the "bosses"? That's funny. The accreditors didn't mentioned anything about "macro-management" by anyone.

Boy, that Tom sure can spin 'em.

To see the Accrediting Commission's letter to IVC, go to
http://www.ivc.edu/accreditation/pages/default.aspx
Part 2 of Jubal’s interview appeared yesterday: See. Here's part of it:

MC: What can you tell us about your opponent?

TF: My opponent [Bob Bliss] is a long time CTA-affiliated faculty labor union member, now in retirement. I suspect that he has obtained the union's backing by promising to do its bidding. He has promised to be the one vote the union needs to undo all the good work Dave Lang and I and our conservative colleagues have accomplished over the last several years.

MC: Why is the faculty union so determined to defeat you?

TF: The union bosses oppose me because they know I will not ever sign on to their fiscally irresponsible and socially liberal agenda. I insist on representing the values of our community, not the labor bosses. They have publicly threatened to put hundreds of thousands of dollars, an astounding amount of money for a simple college district race, into the fight against Dave Lang and me because they know that so much more taxpayer money is theirs to control if they win. By defeating us, the union bosses can finally get control of the district's finances to enhance salary and benefits of an already very well paid union faculty who enjoys tenure, marvelous benefits and very comfortable working conditions.


I wrote a letter in response to Part 2 as well. Check it out.

Open forum at Saddleback College

Today, the Saddleback College Accreditation Task Force held an "open forum" in the Student Services Building. The meeting started at 1:30 and ended about 45 minutes later.

Since I teach until 1:45, I couldn't get to the meeting until about 2:05, at which point Carmen D. seemed to be wrapping up her account of the contents of the group's report draft.

Saddleback College's new President, Todd Burnett, was on hand. He alluded, cheerfully, to the absence of questions from the meager audience of twenty or thirty.

I decided to ask what apparently was the only question of the meeting: was any mention made in the report of the strange "consultant" episode?

Yes.


P. 81 of the group’s Accreditation Progress Report draft does indeed include a section that describes the consultant episode. According to the draft, early in September, the community was informed that the task force and various other groups would be meeting with the consultant, Bill Vega, on Sept. 9 and 10. At that point, task force members felt they lacked “clarity about the purpose of the visit.” Who had hired the consultant? What was his charge? To whom would he submit his report?

According to the draft, the task force learned that the consultant had been hired at Chancellor Mathur's direction to “facilitate the clarification of the decision-making processes at selected district locations.” Supposedly, Vega's work was a continuation of the technical assistance visits of 2 ½ years ago.

Those visits were arranged in consultation with all involved groups.

But then, on Sept. 3, the Chancellor sent an email, which stated:

Dr. Vega began his work yesterday at IVC. Today he reported to me that, based on his interviews with many faculty and staff members, it is his observation that the decision-making process seems to be working well and any further assessment work is not necessary at this time. Therefore, I’ve decided to discontinue the work of the consultant, Dr. Bill Vega, effective immediately....

All remaining meetings with Vega were cancelled, including the meetings at Saddleback College.

The draft then notes that “the decision to engage the services of a consultant to ‘continue the dialog’ [of the long-ago technical assistance visits] was made solely by the Chancellor and bypassed the consultation process.” (My emphasis.)

Readers of DtB will recall that, on Sept. 3, I forwarded Mathur’s email to Bill Vega. Vega immediately responded, explaining that he (not Mathur) had recommended discontinuance.

Given his public comments during his visit to IVC on Sept. 2, it is highly doubtful that Vega offered the rosy assessment of decision-making that Mathur attributed to him in his Sept. 3 email.


AT IVC:

This afternoon, the IVC's Accreditation task force (which is called a "focus group") met mostly to discuss whether to include language concerning the odd consultant episode. I’ve been told that the group has decided to make a brief mention of it, quoting the part of Mathur’s memo in which Mathur attributes to Vega a positive assessment about decision-making processes.

Gosh, I wonder what Bill Vega thinks of all this? (These days, he teaches at CSLB. Drop him a line. Say hello.)

David Brooks: Why Experience Matters

from today's New York Times, columnist David Brooks on Palin's qualifications:

Philosophical debates arise at the oddest times, and in the heat of this election season, one is now rising in Republican ranks. The narrow question is this: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be vice president? ...

There was a time when conservatives did not argue about this. Conservatism was once a frankly elitist movement. Conservatives stood against radical egalitarianism and the destruction of rigorous standards. They stood up for classical education, hard-earned knowledge, experience and prudence. Wisdom was acquired through immersion in the best that has been thought and said.

But, especially in America, there has always been a separate, populist, strain. For those in this school, book knowledge is suspect but practical knowledge is respected. The city is corrupting and the universities are kindergartens for overeducated fools.

The elitists favor sophistication, but the common-sense folk favor simplicity. The elitists favor deliberation, but the populists favor instinct.

This populist tendency produced the term-limits movement based on the belief that time in government destroys character but contact with grass-roots America gives one grounding in real life. And now it has produced Sarah Palin...


For the rest, click here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Rebel Girl's Poetry Corner: "express happiness and expel scorpions"

Rebel Girl doesn't understand the so-called "dismal science" of economics but she knows something's happening and it doesn't look good. The president just said it was going to be "painful." Ouch!

Veteran journalist Marc Cooper offers his assessment at his blog:

...These seem like perfect times to renew tax cuts for billionaires and big corporations—provided there are any left in solvency by the end of the month. These seem a great time to cut back the safety net and other federal entitlements and let the masses figure their own way out of the coming crash. Who needs Big Government when you have the right economic and political leadership at the helm, right? I say we do away with unemployment insurance altogether while we're at it. Give the American People the chance to show their real grit and gumption. Maybe they can each sell off one of their nine houses. Or marry an alcohol distributor heiress, right?

Anyway, I don't know about you...but these worsening conditions seem to DEMAND the election of a team like McCain-Palin. Anybody who professes to know as little about the economy as Mac does couldn't possibly do worse than the current crew, right? And Phil Gramm for Treasury Secretary! Let's get this sucker over right away.

And if ever there was a need for someone with the vast executive experience of the likes of Sarah Palin wouldn't it be right now? Isn't there some constitutional way or another to advance the election so we don't have to wait 50 more days? I would certainly sleep better through the coming economic winter knowing that at McCain's right hand is someone accustomed to living half the year in the frozen, barren darkness. A perfect fit!

And don't forget, when Palin was Mayor of Wasilla, she had to meet a payroll (of dozens!), oversee a budget for THOUSANDS of people (about 7,000 to be exact!) and she masterfully supervised the building of an ice rink. You try that—once you're out of the soup line.

Go ahead, you weak-kneed panty twisters. Go ahead with your panic sell-off. Go play pattycake with Greenspan. Me? I'm giving orders tomorrow to my broker to buy, buy, buy as I just know we're gonna be in great hands very, very soon.

Buy, baby, buy!

For the rest, click here.

But of course, Rebel Girl consults the poets as well, those unacknowleged legislators.

From C.D. Wright's poem "Like Hearing Your Name Called in a Language You Don't Understand," from the book, "Rising, Falling, Hovering":

Though I have worn the medal of the old town with forlorn pleasure
I say unto you:

Comrades, be not in mourning for your being


to express happiness and expel scorpions is the best job on earth.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

OCC Accred issues

Our colleges aren't the only ones with accreditation and governance issues these days. As we reported several months ago, OCC is on the ACCJC's "warning" list over SLOs and program review.

You'll recall that, during an Accred site visit back in April, some OCC faculty charged the administration with an attempt to sweep faculty "shared governance" issues under the rug. I think the administration was hiding secret papers in some pumpkin or something. Not sure.

You can read all about it in an old Coast Report article (from last April): Faculty hands over complaints: Teachers give notebook of grievances to state accreditation team

The OCC crowd sound like they just fell off the turnip wagon. You can judge for yourself.

And think of it: boot enthusiast Armando "double dip" Ruiz is the leader of their district's conservative (?) Board Majority!

What if you could trade trustees: Fuentes for Ruiz? Would you do it? That's a tough one. Ruiz is stupid, so I'd have to say Yep.

Last Wednesday, OCC’s Coast Report (Senate Seeks Transparency) explained that the Academic Senate President is proposing a new process that would route the college's Accred reports through the Senate.

Gosh, is this the first time they thought of that? Sheesh. I wonder if they have indoor plumbing yet over there.

The fellow is quoted as saying, “I want to make sure the report to the ACCJC is accurate, transparent and reflects what is."

—As opposed to what is not, I guess.

Typewriters, baby, typewriters!

Did you read Thomas Friedman’s op-ed yesterday in the New York Times? (Making America Stupid.)

You know Friedman. He’s one of Chancellor Raghu Mathur’s favorite authors. Remember Raghu’s endless references to The World is Flat a couple of years ago? Yeah, Friedman wrote that.

Yesterday, Friedman smacked the Republican Party, and especially its Presidential candidate, John McCain, upside the head. He describes that special moment during the GOP convention when the crowd chanted “drill, baby, drill!” That is an America, says Friedman, that wants to feed its disastrous oil habit. Plus it's an America that is stuck in the past:
Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology — fossil fuels — rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology — renewable energy? …[I]t reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution … is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. “Typewriters, baby, typewriters.”
This ruinous lunacy, he says, is symbolic of Senator McCain’s Presidential campaign:
It’s a campaign now built on turning everything possible into a cultural wedge issue — including even energy policy, no matter how stupid it makes the voters and no matter how much it might weaken America.
“Stupid.” That is the unofficial theme of the Republican Presidential campaign. Lacking in pizzazz? No problem! We’ll just put a minor, gun-toting, moose-shooting, lie-spouting Alaskan governor on the ticket! Who cares that, in truth, she’s clueless and to the right of Bush? So what that Her Cluelessness could easily end up with her finger on the button? We’ve gotta get elected!

As Friedman notes, Senator McCain, “who would not sell his soul to win his party’s nomination, is ready to sell every piece of his soul to win the presidency.”

John McCain, version .08, is an unmitigated disaster.

Meanwhile, Frank Rich (I don’t think Raghu reads him much) drew attention to the “real elephant in the room of this election”:
No longer able to remember his principles any better than he can distinguish between Sunnis and Shia, McCain stands revealed as a guy who can be easily rolled by anyone who sells him a plan for “victory,” whether in Iraq or in Michigan. A McCain victory on Election Day will usher in a Palin presidency, with McCain serving as a transitional front man, an even weaker Bush to her Cheney.
Rich focuses on Palin’s curious acceptance speech, in which she compared herself with Harry Truman—you know, the guy who became President when FDR died. (Get it?) You’ll recall that Palin offered a quotation from an author who, she said, had praised Truman.

The author has now been identified: he was Westbrook Pegler, who, says Rich, after Truman was elected in 1948, declared that America was now “done for.”

Gosh, I guess Sarah got that “praise” thing wrong.

According to Rich, “Pegler was a rabid Joe McCarthyite who loathed F.D.R. and Ike and tirelessly advanced the theory that American Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe (“geese,” he called them) were all likely Communists.”

No wonder Palin reads this guy! He was a culture warrior, like her!
… [T]he vitriolic animus of right-wing populism preached by Pegler and McCarthy and revived by the 1990s culture wars remains the same. The game is always to pit the good, patriotic real Americans against those subversive, probably gay “cosmopolitan” urbanites (as the sometime cross-dresser Rudy Giuliani has it) who threaten to take away everything that small-town folk hold dear.
On Friday, the Times’ Bob Herbert brought up the inevitable “stupid” theme:
…I’ve gotten the scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but that it might actually prevail.
Yeah, we’re hitting a new low. We’ve got millions of stupid people cheering for a stupid candidate:
With most candidates for high public office, the question is whether one agrees with them on the major issues of the day. With Ms. Palin, it’s not about agreeing or disagreeing. She doesn’t appear to understand some of the most important issues.

The Bush doctrine, which flung open the doors to the catastrophe in Iraq, was such a fundamental aspect of the administration’s foreign policy that it staggers the imagination that we could have someone no further than a whisper away from the White House who doesn’t even know what it is.
Herbert notes that the same fact-challenged spirit that got us into the Iraq quagmire (viz., Screw you, college boy!) is alive and well in Sarah Palin:
…[A]t Palin’s son’s deployment ceremony [to Iraq]…, she told the audience of soldiers that they would be fighting “the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.” ¶ Was she deliberately falsifying history, or does she still not know that Iraq and Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks?
Do you recall the polls back in 2004 that showed that those who voted for Bush believed that Saddam Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks? Many of them even believed that there were WMDs in Iraq!

Yeah, the stupid people.

They’re still around, and they’re getting excited.

Speaking of cynical and/or clueless cultural warriors, have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a member of the SOCCCD board of trustees? I’m thinking in particular of Don Wagner, a smart guy, but a guy who has done as much as anybody to impose the spirit-crushing, incompetent, and fear-inducing Raghu Mathur upon our colleges. 

It’s stunning, really. Here we have two of the best community colleges to be found anywhere, and, for years now, they’ve been running on three cylinders, with morale in the toilet.

Wagner is explicit about his enthusiasm for the “culture wars.” To people like Wagner, a real American, faculty are those “probably gay” atheistic communists that Rich was talking about and that Pegler hated.

Faculty are dispirited and thwarted, are they? Ha! Serves ‘em right, the subversive, anti-American bastards!

I wonder though. When you get up close to faculty—and Wagner’s been doing that for the last half-year—you can’t help but notice that they are no subversives. Mostly, they’re just ordinary people trying to teach and to do it well. 

Spirit-crushing and fear is the wrong atmosphere for that, you know.

Do you suppose that there is a corner of Don’s soul where he recognizes the evil he has done and that he continues to do? D’ya think?

DON WAGNER ON THE "CULTURE WAR":

"My side of the culture war thought that the first term of the Clinton Administration was … a disaster. There was nothing to like about his positions on gays in the military, nationalization of the health care industry, opposition to welfare reform that took a Republican Congress to finally achieve, …the incineration of children in Waco, …stonewalling on Vince Foster, missing Rose Law Firm billing records, … sale of the Lincoln Bedroom, ad nauseam.

…"Those on my side of the culture war believe that with rights come responsibilities, and that you have a right to build on your own property even if a snail darter or some such endangered vermin happens to live on it, a right to pack a gun, and the right to live free of an oppressive nanny state. You also have a responsibility to care for yourself and your family, and to exhaust every effort to do so before asking the government for a handout. Personal responsibility and self reliance [sic] are more highly regarded on my side of the culture war than are feelings and groupthink.

"My side of the culture war laughs at the hypocracy [sic!] of the left when it says we care about children only until they are born, when in fact it is our side that also opposes euthanasia, the left's creeping culture of death, the killing of Terry Schiavo….”

8-14: do you regret all the lying?

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Goals and Values and Twaddle

blather: long-winded talk with no real substance*
The whole concept of MSLOs [measurable student learning outcomes] as the latest fad in education is somewhat akin to the now discredited fad of the '90's, Total Quality Management, or TQM. Essentially, the ACCJC adopted MSLOs as the overarching basis for accrediting community colleges based on their faith in the theoretical treatises of a movement.... After repeated requests for research showing that such use of MSLOs is effective, none has been forthcoming from the ACCJC [accreditors]. Prior to large scale imposition of such a requirement at all institutions, research should be provided to establish that continuous monitoring of MSLOs has resulted in measurable improvements in student success at a given institution. No such research is forthcoming because there is none….
The Accountability Game…., Leon F. Marzillier (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, October, 2002)
In the summer of ’13, I offered a critique of the awkward verbiage by which the district and colleges explain their values, goals, and objectives —aka SOCCCD'S G&V (goals and values) blather.
I wrote a post each for the district, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College efforts. (See the links below.)
This verbiage—stated in terms of “values,” “missions,” “goals,” “visions,” and whatnot—is often badly written. It is sometimes embarrassingly trite.
It occasionally communicates something worthwhile.
No doubt you are familiar with the usual objections to jargon. Higher education, too, has its jargon—an irony, given typical college-level instruction in writing, which urges jargon eschewery.
Sure enough, SOCCCD G&V blather is riddled with jargon and with terms misused and abused. For instance, in the case of the district’s dubious blather, the so-called “vision” is actually a purpose. Why didn't they just call it that?
As one slogs through this prattle, one finds that "visions" tend to be awfully similar to “missions,” with which they are distinguished. The latter in turn are awfully similar to “goals,” which must be distinguished from “objectives.” But aren't goals and objectives pretty much the same thing?
These perverse word games will surely perplex or annoy anyone armed with a command of the English language. In fact, readers will be perplexed to the degree that they are thus armed. Illiterates, of course, will be untroubled.
Here's a simple point: the district and colleges’ G&V blather tends to eschew good, plain English in favor of technical terms and trendy words and phrases (i.e., it tends to be bullshitty and vague). Thus, one encounters such trendy terminological turds as “dynamic,” “diversity,” “student success,” and “student-centered.” Even meretricious neologisms such as ISLOs and “persistence rates” pop up, unexplained, undefended.
Does anyone see a transparency problem with all of this? Shouldn't the public, or at least the well educated public, be able to comprehend statements of the colleges' goals and values?
In the case of the district, to its credit, all it really seems to want to say is that it wants to teach well and it wants students to succeed. Admirable!
So why all the ugly, common-sense defying, buzzword-encrusted claptrap?

Districtular poppycock: our “vision” and our “mission” and our tolerance of twaddle - July 31, 2013

THEY BUZZ: Saddleback College's "Mission, Vision, and Values" - August 4, 2013

IVC’s vision, mission, and goals: nonsense on stilts - August 5, 2013

THE IRVINE VALLEY CHRONICLES: no ideas, just clichés & buzzwords - Sep 30, 2013

*From my Apple laptop's dictionary