Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SOCCCD CHRONICLES: Trustee Jemal takes the tour

     Earlier today, new trustee Tim Jemal was spotted touring Irvine Valley College, speaking with various personnel. I gather that IVC Prez Glenn Roquemore was showing him around.
     We at DtB have always valued and encouraged that sort of thing. We've advocated more and regular visits to the campuses by the governing board. Based on the reports I received (I did not encounter Jemal myself), it sounds as though he was asking good questions, trying to learn the lay of the land. Great!
     Last night, Jemal stirred things up a bit at the monthly Board of Trustees meeting, for he boldly requested three reports: concerning (1) the adequacy of mental health services and facilities for students, (2) the kind and degree of business partnerships at the colleges/campuses, and (3) the effectiveness of CTE programs (Career Technical Education) across the district. Nancy—who, as I recall, endorsed Jemal's trustee candidacy (as did Marcia Milchiker and the likes of Carolyn Inmon)—seemed miffed and sought to have Jemal simply meet with staff and get up to speed. But, largely, Jemal prevailed, and the reports will be generated, though the request for the last and the largest report hasn't yet received a green light. (It seemed to receive Chancellor Gary Poertner's support.) It awaits some estimation of how long producing the thing will take.
     It's kinda nice to see somebody showing up and stirring things up—likely in a very positive way. We'll see, I guess.
     Today, Rebel Girl reminded me how different things are now compared to the days of Tom Fuentes and John Williams. The board is free of such retrograde characters now. It will be interesting to see what kind of trustee Mr. Jemal will turn out to be.
     I have high hopes.

Mathur canned, Communications Padberged


• 96 Tears in the Closet - Nancy can't deal with a documentary about an elderly lesbian
• Tomorrow's board meeting, part 3: Saddleback College to be rated "PG" - Gutting a program at SC
• The Student Film/Channel 39 issue (tonight's hot issue)
• Mathur's out - The night they fired his ass
• Chancellor Mathur makes an announcement - Yeah, you decided to retire


Anonymous said...

It's nice to have a trustee show a direct and real interest in the working and learning conditions at IVC.

Anonymous said...

I love the shot of Mathur's white face. He obviously wasn't a happy camper that night. Six months later, he was gone, gone, gone.

Anonymous said...

I wish the trustees visited more regularly to see our classrooms and facilities. That might help them understand us better. I am glad Trustee Jemal seems to understand that - it's one thing to sit in the board room and read the reports people give you - it's another to see it for yourself. Sometimes there is a difference. Perhaps someone can study why IVC's A-100 gets a facelift every two-three years and what that has cost.

Anonymous said...

I remember when Nancy Padberg came to visit and stood int eh A-200 "faculty lounge" expressing her measured shock and dismay about, uh, the size and conditions of the so-called "lounge" and offices. That was years ago. I don't know if she visited classrooms. She should have. That's what the students see. And not the brand new ones either.

Anonymous said...

I have a good feeling about this one.

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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