Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rocky Roquemore, spilled onto the floor, only to find Gideon's Bible

     Somebody forwarded me this "media release," dated yesterday. It was sent out by Glenn Roquemore's office:

     OK. I may have modified the graphic a little bit. But nothing else!
     Hey Rocky! Any chance this could be turned into a full-time gig? Do check out the possibility, will you? Carpe diem, my boy, carpe diem!

'An Open Letter to Professor Michael Sandel From the Philosophy Department at San Jose State U.' (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Excerpt:
Sandel
...We believe the purchasing of online and blended courses is not driven by concerns about pedagogy, but by an effort to restructure the U.S. university system in general, and our own California State University system in particular. If the concern were pedagogically motivated, we would expect faculty to be consulted and to monitor quality control. On the other hand, when change is financially driven and involves a compromise of quality it is done quickly, without consulting faculty or curriculum committees, and behind closed doors. This is essentially what happened with SJSU's contract with edX. At a press conference (April 10, 2013 at SJSU) announcing the signing of the contract with edX, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom acknowledged as much: "The old education financing model, frankly, is no longer sustainable." This is the crux of the problem. It is time to stop masking the real issue of MOOCs and blended courses behind empty rhetoric about a new generation and a new world. The purchasing of MOOCs and blended courses from outside vendors is the first step toward restructuring the CSU....
California teachers sue unions to stop dues (KPCC)
     Ten California teachers — several of them from Orange County — are suing in federal court to stop mandatory union dues. The lawsuit seeks to expand last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision involving union activity in a California special election.
 
California law allows public employees to decide whether to have union representation for collective bargaining, which requires members to pay dues. The dues are used to finance union activities, which sometimes includes political lobbying....

Academic Senate of LBCC Calls for Vote of No Confidence Against Shady Administration (OC Weekly; Navel Gazing)
     …In a poll conducted for the report 85 percent of professors directly impacted by the cuts said they had problems with the cuts, with at least 75 percent saying the problems were moderately or extremely serious. The Academic Senate also asked the faculty about whether they had experienced intimidation by the administration: 40 percent of full time faculty and 75 percent of those affected by the discontinuance said yes….



Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
One More Cup of Coffee

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The IVC Foundation: situation normal, all f*cked up

     A while back, the IVC Foundation—i.e., Executive Foundation Dir. Richard Morley—informed financial aid that the Foundation would be awarding six $1,000 scholarships, as they had in past years, from the “Learning Excellence” Scholarship.
     Oh good.
     The scholarship was posted on Stars and a number of students applied. A scholarship committee was formed to review and score all the applications. Students were chosen to receive the scholarships.
     Excellent!
     Um, one thing though: evidently, Herr Morley failed to confirm the funding for the scholarship, i.e., whether it would be renewed by the donor.
     Nope. (He made this mistake last year with a number of scholarships.)
     And so, after the selections were made and students chosen, go-to faculty Kurt Meyer and Kay Ryals were notified by Morley that the scholarships would not be awarded after all.
     There were sparks, gnashing of teeth—dark, dark mutterings.
     Before Mr. Morley came on board a couple of years ago, all the funding was confirmed before the scholarships were announced.
     No longer, evidently.
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     Gosh, what's it like for a student to enter IVC's wacky Scholarship World?
     I went to the IVC website, clicked on “Student Services,” then clicked on “Financial Aid,” then clicked on “IVC Scholarship Program.” That brought me to a page entitled,

“Irvine Valley College Scholarship Program
Instructions for 2012 - 2013 Application
DEADLINE: February 22, 2013.”

     Underneath that, this appeared:


     I clicked on the “here” link. Nothing happened.
     I tried another browser. Still nothing.
     SNAFU.

From the 2012 IVC "Report to the Community" (aka “Advancing Student Success”),  p. 10

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Long Beach City College Students to Protest Program Discontinuance and Crappy Administration on May Day (OC Weekly; Navel Gazing)
     Last week, student trustee Jason Troia anhiliated LBCC's Board of Trustees for their incredibly shady behavior surrounding the school's program discontinuence. Tomorrow, Troia, LBCC students, faculty, and trade organizations will march to protest against the inanities.

The Morning Matinee: Serious Funnies



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Monday, April 29, 2013

April meeting of the SOCCCD BOT: part-timer and veteran all up in trustee grill

IVC's Model UN crew (Stu Frame not pictured)
PRE-MEETING RUMINATIONS
Will Trustee Jemal start addressing other board members as “Gramps” and “Granny”?

     (See the district's Board Meeting Highlights)

     So, what’s on tap for tonight’s meeting?
     Is the turf war between IVC’s Glenn Roquemore and SC’s Tod Burnett still raging? Has leadership acknowledged—and accounted for—our district’s relatively abysmal Full-time/Part-time ratio (51%) as revealed in the recent state “student success scorecard”? And how account for IVC's stellar 74% English/remedial score while SC and other colleges are in the basement? Can anyone explain why the French and Germans are nuts about white asparagus?
     Yeah, plus:
     Will the board approve $1.35 million just to demolish more stuff at ATEP? And what’s with the increased legal spending by the district? And how come SC is requesting one further full-time faculty hire while IVC is sticking with its super-reduced hiring plan?
     Finally, while we’re waiting:
     Tonight, will Trustee Jemal start addressing other board members as “Gramps” and “Granny”? Will Nancy finally roll her eyes so hard that they just keep on rollin’? How often will Bill Jay snort himself into consciousness? Will Dave Lang finally show us his contract with Beelzebub?....

Trustees Wright, Jay, Jemal, Prendergast, Padberg, Lang, Milchiker
     THE MEETING BEGINS. 6:00: looks like we could start at any time. All the trustees (save the student trustee) are present.

     Called to order: clerk reads out actions taken in closed session: 7/0 vote rescind decision, accept faculty member's resignation; 7/0 vote termination full-time classified employee; 7/0 deny appeal full-time faculty member appeal; 7/0 extend benefits to classified manger; 7/0 request extended leave custodian; 7/0 reject claim William Simpson against district.

9 RESOLUTIONS
A Hollywood moment

     Nancy: these resolutions honor faculty and others. Chancellor and Presidents come down to the podium. Blah, blah, blah.

Scott Fier
     6:05 - Marcia Milchiker reads "classified employee" resolution. Dennis Gordon speaks on behalf of those employees. Photo op. Snap.
     Next: SC prof of the year, etc. Scott Fier, chemistry instructor. How chemistry explores the world around us (and produces meth). Etc. Seems like a nice guy. Nice suit and tie. No meth. Has a funny story. Marcia says something funny. Laughter.
     Now the part-timer, I think. She's got an Eastern European name, and I can't make it out nohow. Tough on students when necessary. Farida Gabdrakhmanova, that's it. Lovely Transylvanian accent.
     SC Emeritus Prof of Year, Melinda Smith, fashion design instructor. Passion for clothing, wearable art. "She's always prepared." Roll call vote (as always). Half the room stood up to indicate they were there to support MS. Loves her students, she says.
Diana Hurlbut
     Next, IVC's professor of the year, Diana Hurlbut. She's funny, unusual, positive influence. Applause. Diana says IVC has always been her favorite among all the colleges she has taught at over the years.
     Mercedes Julian is part-time prof of the year. Highly respected by her colleagues. "I had dark hair when I started to teach at IVC" says the white-haired prof. Laughter. It's an honor, she says.
     Emeritus prof of the year, Annette Hernandez. A professional artist. Encourages students to exhibit, they receive awards. Patient, prepared, stimulating. (Looks like an (attractive) deer in the headlights.) Thanks Dave Anderson for "hiring me." Gracious remarks.
     Model UN team, IVC. Each member introduces self. 2012-3 Model UN took top honors. IVC the most decorated school this year. Competed against 2 and 4 year schools. Zillions of 'em.
     Two advisors. Huge support from IVC campus. Did well in research awards. Great students.
     Student trustee Heather Park. Represented 32,000 students. (For some reason, she's absent.) Roquemore accepts her, um, prize. Suddenly, Heather arrives, breathless, flustered. A Hollywood moment. She's about to break into tears. Photo op. Nice kid.

Public comments:
"We ask that you create the safe haven that you promised."

The Bugster
     Paula Jacobs: Prez of Faculty Association (union). It's part-time faculty appreciation month, according to the CCA (I think). We need to offer competitive salaries, benefits. (Some lonely applause in this big, dumb room.)

     Jason Vespia: former Sgt. Marine Corps, student. You can't imagine the problems vets face going to college after their service, he says. Coming to Saddleback and seeing all the support--never expected all that. So proud and thankful for everyone's efforts. Please listen to the veterans' opinions. Thank you for your time.

     Kyle S: Veteran at SC. Troubling issues. Student Veterans Center is being downsized. We've not been consulted. Students use this space all the time. No room to stand in the office. We've been left out of the planning process for the new center. We've asked to participate. We need more room. This year, we've had two student veterans take their lives. We ask that you create the safe haven that you promised. Thank you.
     Whoa!
     Nancy: "we appreciate your bringing that to our attention."

Board reports:
"Attended district-wide forums.
Wish there was better attendance"

Annette Hernandez
     Bill Jay: some of us went to the Foundation event recently. People don't realize the tremendous job the Foundation does. (Annoyingly, when he refers to "the foundation," he seems to be referring to Saddleback College's Foundation.) We've won three national (football?) championships, but we have no stadium. The Foundation is working on that. We'll have a stadium.
     Tim Jemal: was interviewed by the Faculty Association. Appreciated talking to them. Attended IVC Foundation workshop. The IVC Foundation is also very important. With a little effort and focus we can get this foundation to the next level. Attended district-wide forums. Wish there was better attendance. Enjoyed them. Trustees were willing to deal with hard questions.
     Marcia Milchiker: was on Laguna Woods TV, which she likes, she says. Attended the Cali-bug conference (?), sponsored by Blackboard. Free all-day conference. Explained work involved being an online professor. Demonstration of "really good" online courses. Attended IVC British Farce, "Noises Off." "Legally Blonde" (?) at SC. Attended symposium at UCI, literature in Mexico. An interesting and intellectual month for me.
     TJ Prendergast: "Feeling woefully uninvolved; no report." (Groans, laughter)
     Nancy Padberg: attended two board forums. We enjoy them. Would like to have more give and take, participation.
     Jim Wright: Tour of Science/Math building. "It's not in the best of shape." Attended Senior Day for "a half hour." Spoke with Don Bushe. (My eyelids are getting heavier.) Attended a gala, OC School Board. Wants to thank all the outstanding instructors. I know several of them very well, he says. (I think I'm dreaming now.) Enjoyed reading the reports on the veterans.
     Dave Lang: April is always a busy month. Attended forums. Attended lunch for IVC Foundation meeting. Wonderful keynote speaker (unidentified). Congrats to all teachers who have been recognized for their excellence.
Heather Park
     Heather Park: sorry for being "fashionably late." Says her thank-yous, gets all tearful. Amazing experiences, she says, earnestly. I'll truly miss being up here, being a part of this. (Wipes away tears.)

     Chancellor (Gary Poertner's) report: continuing discussion with the board Student Taskforce. #6, professional development. Congrats to Teachers of the Year, and Heather Park. (You've gotta love Gary's minimalism, his refusal to play politics.)

     IVC President Glenn Roquemore: Thanks Heather Park, professors. Yammers about his Greek club. Very proud. On Saturday May 4, we'll have our Jazz picnic. A fundraiser. "The music is always incredible." IVC Bees Garden opened. People got a chance to tour that. Outdoor teaching site for Biology Program.
     SC Prez Todd Burnett: Congrats to all teachers of the year. Good luck to Heather Park. Thanks Dean Nelson and Darryl Cox--job done on veterans report. Fantastic job. Alum of the year: Richard Crawford, who teaches plays for the Washington Redskins. (Uh-oh, football.) Had a special visitor via video: Howie Long, sportscasting legend. Provided a televised welcome. NFL draft: Saddleback College had two top pics. Kyle Long (#20). M. Watson (#42). Fantastic work of SC athletics. This is the time of the year for events. Scholarship ceremony, May 17. Commencement speaker: Dr. Michael Drake, Chance of UCI.
Bugsy, cat
Request for reports? None.

Discussion item: Student Task Force, recommendation 6.
Everyone, not just faculty, will be involved in "professional development."

Farida Gabdrakhmanova
     Kathy Schmeidler, IVC Ac. Senate Prez introduces Kevin O'Connor, Dean of Liberal Arts at SC. Also Roopa Mathur, prof of Business Science/CIM.
     Roopa starts. 6.1, recommendation. Everyone, not just faculty, will be involved in "professional development." 6.2 Will help with blah, blah, blah, basic skills.
     O'Connor: relates his efforts, member of state Chancellor's Committee. Thinking outside the box. Concluded in March. Produced 8 recommendations. (Good Lord, more of 'em!)
     Roopa: reads recs. Gotta promote learning culture etc. Adopt a vision statement. Change name (yeah, that'll do it). Require all colleges to participate for five days of flex. Include all employees, not just faculty. Establish Prof Dev Fund. Establish system-wide advisory comittee. (Not another committee!) Establish strong leadership role for Academic Senate. Establish resource center. Must provide high quality resources.
     What we're doing at the colleges: held joint student success "summits." More summits to come. Some highlights.
Mercedes Julian
     IVC 2 IVC: lecture series by IVC faculty, very successful. Distinguished Academic Lecture Series. Famous social scientist Phillip Zimbardo gave address. How each of us can "become heroes." (Really? Good Lord.) NASA chief historian presentation: "Is that it?" One more: skeptic Michael Shermer: "the believing brain," Thurs., May 9.
     This is mostly Roopa's show. Does a good job.
     O'Connor: the importance of rec 6. Prof devel't is ongoing. It's about every person on a college campus recognizing their role in student success....from a "student success framework." (Is he running for office?Sheesh.) It's important for Prof Dev to have a home and a place. English Dept. at SC has done great work: high school English instructors, SC instructors, together discussed common core standards, skills, curriculum alignment. The read student essays, using rubrics. The recs will go to board of govs next month. Adopted at July meeting. They'll create a legislative packet, presenting it in Nov. Feb 2014: legislation. Perhaps passed, Sept. 2014. Becomes law maybe in January 2015. [I'm doing an excellent job suppressing my cynicism tonight.]

Consent Calendar: pull 5.12. Correction to minutes. Nancy reads Sept 24: funding for "unfunded....liability." Board voted on option 5. Will be entered. Motion, etc. Unanimous.
     Anything else to pull? 5.10 correction (says Deb F). Unanimous vote.
     5.12: they skip this item.

General action items.
Student health fee increase by $1. Unanimous. 
No discussion.

     6.1: Deb F: Student health fee increase by $1. Unanimous. No discussion.
     6.2: district ac. calendar. No comments, questions. Then Wright asks question, wondering about an apparent lack of parallel between semesters. Craig Justice (IVC VPI) emerges, stands at podium. We count finals week (for instruction), he says. So no issue. Nancy: that explains it. Wright: you could have done blah. Craig: that was considered, rejected. Schmeidler: explains preference for approach taken. Counting Mondays. Seems to satisfy Wright. Or no?
     Wright votes "no." All others yes.
. . .
     6.4: One further full-time hire, for speech instructor. Reason: we have a vacancy in forensics program. Important to replace. Approved unanimously.
. . .
     6.6: More board policy review. For review and study. Unanimous.
     6.7: Sabbatical project revision. Change from "book" to "website" (product of sabbatical). Carries unanimously.
. . .
     6.9: Academic personnel actions. Slam, bam, thank-you ma'm.
     6.10: Classified personnel actions. Ditto. Wright asks question about one employee. Carries unanimously.


REPORTS:
Other districts do better, moving toward "equal pay for equal work."

     7.1....
     7.2: Wait, we have a speaker. Dr. Susan (Bliss?). Conditions that negatively impact part-time faculty, affect students. According to figures published by state chancellor's office, part-timers teach nearly 74% of classes. (I didn't get the figure exactly; that was the ballpark.) Part-timers paid at much lower pay schedule. Get less than half of full-time pay. Other districts do better, moving toward "equal pay for equal work." Part-timers are hired again and again, for decades. Can be pulled at any time, last minute. Uncertain of reemployment rights. Students should have "full access to their professors," as Prez Burnett recently stated. Of course. In reality, however, students in half of classes have no access--part-timers have no offices, office hours, etc. I've met with students at the library, picnic tables, coffee shop, etc. Many adjuncts cannot meet with students because they dash from college to college. Adjuncts are excluded from decision-making in the departments, schools/divisions. These conditions erode quality of education for our students. Students are the biggest losers. Things must change. We want to increase student success rates. Thank you.

Melinda Smith
     Trustee Prendergast: adjunct position as you desscribe it has been around for a very long time. Will continue to erode? I don't know if I buy that argument. Other districts going to equal pay for equal work? Which ones? Could we see a list? I agree there's a plight. Want to make sure we do it right. (Susan B not allowed to answer, it seems. She attempts to respond, but that doesn't happen.)
     Wright joins the defensive chorus.
     Jemal: I quick quip, then: 73.8% part-time? Wants verification of that figure. In general, there's a recognized need for data. Union Prez Jacobs and Cosgrove make comments. Would love to have clear questions to answer. Will then answer them.
    Cosgrove: speaks to support speaker's complaint: adjuncts don't have keys, etc. Nancy seeks to appease Susan B: will pursue this, look for data.
     [It seems to me that the board was remarkably defensive and testy re the speaker's comment on behalf of part-timers. Not particularly thoughtful, revealing little sympathy. I suspect that we've not heard the last of this.]
     7.3: report on veterans services. Wright "enjoyed" reading report. Very impressive, he says.
     Padberg asks Burnett for response to veteran complaint about space for vet's office. Burnett seems to say he hasn't heard of this. Yes, there are space issues. Long-term solution: wonderful space plan for veterans. I'm surprised to hear that the space has been reduced, he says. It's been increased. I'll ask Dean Nelson to meet with students. Find out what the concerns are. I would hope this process is on the way.
     Jemal: 1,600 veterans? Number mentioned in report. Terrence Nelson comes up. "We use many different figures." So much variance in the data. the gist: available data seems to be hinky. In a given term, 6-700 receiving benefits. Is it possible that the numbers are higher than reflected in this report? Answer: yes.
     7.4: speakers. No comments/questions
     7.5: Fiscal accountability. VC Deb Fitz refers to ed code. District takes responsibility for blah, blah, blah. A slide appears: why be fiscally accountable (a technical notion, it seems, having to do with paying vendors)? Better customer service. Assists smaller vendors. Take full responsibility for issuing non-payroll (vendor) checks. (Good Lord, I have no idea what this means.) Slide: typical check process timeline comparison. Currently takes 8-9 days. Too slow. We need to create implementation plan. Etc. (This is some serious inside-baseball, fiscal-wise.) Shows timeline to do this thing (be "fiscally accountable," new process). "That's all I have." (I think I'm beginning to understand this.)
Gordo
     Lang: why haven't we pursued this in the past? Asks about any additional costs. Deb: will not create any new staff. Poertner: we haven't had people in our accounting staff interested in doing this. But now we have a person from Coast who used this process. She questioned why we don't do this (getting "fiscal accountability" designation). Prendergast: wouldn't staff person get pay upgrade? Nope. We'd hire an audit firm. Work with accounting staff. Right thing to do (so vendors don't have to wait so long). Some of us think we've "stepped back in time a little bit" joining the district, using old system. Gotta get up to speed.
     Jemal: would eliminate occd audit (?). More inside baseball for bean counters. Another gal comes up and explains that they already do much of this stuff. Jemal: improved timeliness, cost efficiency? Guess so. These gals are all over this stuff. Nuff said. Fitz: we cannot take advantage of vendor discounts under current system. Fitz seems to mean business. Lang: have districts that have used this system run into problems with fraud, etc.? Fitz: not that I'm aware of. Marcia: OC Board of Ed, do they support this change? Yes they do. (This seems to generate mirth.) Only Rancho Santiago is not on board with this in the county. (And us.)
     Nancy: sounds like a great plan. We'll support you. "Not an action item." Will be brought back.
. . .
     Nancy goes through all the reports on the agenda: generally, no comments.

Item 8: reports from governance groups
We would love to engage in a conversation with you about part-timers and their working conditions.

     Bob Cosgrove (Ac Sen, SC): Ac Sen election results. Praises faculties at both colleges. Was there for opening of Bee Garden. "Talked to the queen." (Laughter.) During your trustees forum, we had a forum. Ian Walton (he of the exotic accent) and another speaker came. Communications between deans and faculties. Last Wednesday. Workshops, etc. Will pull together themes, pass on to deans. Important for student success.  Effects students. Golly, Bob sure does go on tonight.
     Paula Jacobs: would love to engage in a conversation with you about part-timers and their working conditions. Very appreciative that we will have permanent facility for FA. Former "faculty club," quips Bob.
     Kathy Schmeidler: Congrats to faculty of the year. "I recommend all of us to you." Kathy Werle will be sorely missed. Kathy S and Urell reelected. We accomplished a great deal this year.
     Peebles: no report
     VC Tech: blah, blah, blah. Bob B. "keynoted" somewhere. Keynoted?
     VC HR: he will "keynote" something tomorrow. Some kinda joke. Laughter. Discussed "transparency" of HR.
     VC BS: May's meeting will be "jam packed."
     IVC Classified Employees senate: Gordo makes Kathy Werle stand up. Applause. Vince Cooper will be new Prez. "It's been fun."
     That was about it.

     Re part-timer complaint: see What the speaker said was true (subsequent board meeting).

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jason Troia, Long Beach City College Student Trustee, Declares War on Board of Trustees With Recall Petition, Charges of Corruption (OC Weekly; Navel Gazing)
     Jason Troia is the Long Beach City College administration's worst nightmare. "I just really like doing research," the student trustee says with a little laugh that accompanies most stories when he talks about LBCC. Troia began poring over reams of documents he's compiled in the months since hearing that 11 of the school's vocational programs had been cut due to budget problems….

Heads up: tomorrow’s BOT meeting

     I’ve listed some possible items of note that appear on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the SOCCCD Board of Trustees

2.4 Resolutions/Commendations Resolutions
1. Heather Park, Student Trustee
2. Classified Employees Week
3. Scott Fier, Professor of the Year, Saddleback College
4. Farida Gabdrakhmanova, Associate Professor of the Year, Saddleback College
5. Melinda Smith, Emeritus Professor of the Year, Saddleback College
6. Diana Hurlbut, Professor of the Year, Irvine Valley College
7. Mercedes Julian, Associate Professor of the Year, Irvine Valley College
8. Annette Hernandez, Emeritus Professor of the Year, Irvine Valley College
9. Model UN Team, Irvine Valley College
DISCUSSION ITEMS
4.1 Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College: Student Success Task Force Recommendation 6 – “Revitalize and Re-Envision Professional Development”
   A presentation on Recommendation 6 of the California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force
CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS
5.16 ATEP: Award of Bid No. 14, Site Foundation and Infrastructure Demolition
   Approve the agreement with U.S. Demolition, Inc., in the amount of $1,350,006.
5.19 SOCCCD: Legal Services: Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
   Approve increase in spending limit to $440,000 for Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo contracts for FY 2012-2013.
5.20 SOCCCD: Professional Services for Irvine Valley College A-400 Design-Build, Design and Construction Phase
   Approve the agreement with Alternative Delivery Solutions, LLC for an hourly fee of $185.00 per hour not to exceed $130,240.
GENERAL ACTION ITEMS
6.2 SOCCCD: 2014-2015 Academic Calendar
   Approve the proposed Academic Calendar for 2013-2014
6.4 Saddleback College: 2013-14 Additional Faculty Hiring Request
   Approve the announcement of the position and recruitment of a full-time speech faculty replacement position, contingent upon funding, at Saddleback College for the 2013-2014 academic year.
REPORTS
7.3 Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College: Veterans Services
   A written report outlining the veterans services provided at Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College (report request made by Trustee Jim Wright at the February Board of Trustees meeting).

Not so fast! Rethinking fall opening

Today's report  — up again USC reverses robust fall reopening plans, asks students to stay home for online classes LA Times  ...

Invited to IVC—this time a notorious admitted HOMOPHOBE

—Conservative radio host, Michael Reagan


Here at IVC, natch, we have an Accounting Department. It happens to support something called the Guaranteed Accounting Program: GAP4+1.

According to the department website,

This unique pathway program — a partnership between Irvine Valley College (IVC) and Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) — will enable you to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years and a master’s degree with one more additional year (thus GAP4+1).

Among the Master's degrees available through the program, we're told, are "Accountancy and Finance; Taxation; or Accountancy."


We're also told that "The number of students accepted into this program in any one year is limited so be sure to apply early."


Great. The early bird gets the worm.


Evidently, the good people of the GAP4+1 program have recently seen fit to invite someone to speak at Irvine Valley College (in late April): Michael Reagan.




The Republican Party of OC just loves IVC (from their website)

That's right. They've invited Reagan family embarrassment Michael, a man of, let's face it, little or no distinction.


He was expelled from his High School and he washed-out of college. Eventually, he went into clothing sales.


In those early years, he made some curious friends:

In 1965, the FBI warned Ronald Reagan that in the course of an organized crime investigation it had discovered his son Michael was associating with the son of crime boss Joseph Bonanno, which would have become a campaign issue had it been publicly known. Reagan thanked the FBI and said he would phone his son to discreetly discontinue the association. (From Wikipedia's Michael Reagan.)

[“F.B.I. agents in Phoenix made an unexpected discovery: According to records, ‘the son of Ronald Reagan was associating with the son of Joe Bonnano [sic].’ That is, Michael Reagan, the adopted son of Reagan and Ms. Wyman, was consorting with Bonanno’s son, Joseph Jr. The teenagers had bonded over their shared love of fast cars and acting tough.” ... "Joseph Jr. was not involved in organized crime, but he was spending time at his father’s home... [I]n October 1964, he had been arrested in connection with the beating of a Scottsdale, Ariz., coffee shop manager. ... Following routine procedure, F.B.I. agents in Phoenix asked agents in Los Angeles to interview Ronald Reagan for any information he might have gleaned from his son. The investigation, after all, was a top priority. But Hoover blocked them from questioning Reagan, thus sparing him potentially unfavorable publicity. Declaring it 'unlikely that Ronald Reagan would have any information of significance,' Hoover instead ordered agents to warn him about his son’s worrisome friendship." - New York Times]

Later, there were legal problems:

In 1981 Reagan was accused, but later cleared of felony violations of California securities laws in court documents. The Los Angeles County District Attorney alleged that Reagan had baited investors into unlawful stock arrangements, and selling stocks despite the fact that he was not legally permitted to do so. The D.A.'s office investigated allegations that Reagan improperly spent money invested by others in a company, Agricultural Energy Resources, he operated out of his house in a venture to develop the potential of gasohol, a combination of alcohol and gasoline. Investigators said they were also checking whether he had spent up to $17,500 of investors' money for his living expenses. The district attorney's office cleared Reagan of both charges later that year. [“The investigators said they became interested in Michael Reagan after being informed that he had steered customers to Mr. Carey {Richard Francis Carey, who "was selling worthless stock,"} had accepted a $4,000 check from one investor, and that, in at least one meeting of potential investors, his relationship to Ronald Reagan had apparently been exploited as a promotional tool for the stock.” - New York Times]
On September 20, 2012, Reagan and two associates were sued by Elias Chavando, a fellow partner, for allegedly withholding Chavando's interest in an e-mail business built around the Reagan.com domain name. In 2015, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Reagan liable for conversion and breach of fiduciary duty. Reagan and his business partners were ordered to pay $662,500 in damages.
(From Wikipedia's Michael Reagan.)

Michael tended to smash things (cars, etc.) in his youth. Well into his 40s, he tells us, he was full of "rage" (owing, he explains, to having been molested) and he treated his family badly.


Then, natch, he found the Lord.


Plus, owing to his relationship to his pop, President Ronald Reagan, Michael grabbed the brass ring and became a talk-show host on one or two right-wing radio networks. Blah, blah, blah, he said.


In his latter-day career as mediocre right-wing bloviater and Pious Christian, Michael Reagan has said some unfortunate things:

In April 2013, in a syndicated column, Reagan accused American churches of not fighting hard enough to block same-sex marriage. He wrote that, in regards to arguments supporting gay marriage, similar arguments could be used to support polygamy, bestiality, and murder.

. . . In June 2008, conspiracy theorist Mark Dice launched a campaign urging people to send letters and DVDs to troops stationed in Iraq which support the theory that the September 11 attacks were an "inside job". "Operation Inform the Soldiers", as Dice has called it, prompted Reagan to comment that Dice should be executed for treason. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a liberal/progressive media criticism organization, asked Radio America at the time to explain whether it permits "its hosts to call for murder on the air".

. . . He spoke out in support of profiling in October 2014. In a piece called Profile or Die, he wrote that it would be left to citizens to defend themselves if there were an attack against them by terrorists such as the Islamic State. (Wikipedia)

Golly. It's pretty clear that Michael Reagan is just another "former total fuck-up, now reborn and pious."


Intellectually, he's a low-rent Limbaugh, and that's pretty low.


I mean, when he gets here, just what is he gonna say? That liberals are evil? That his dad was a saint? That freedom and democracy are good? That you oughta put your life in the hands of the Lord? That you don't need to go to college? That homosexuality is a sin?


Only in Bizarro World would Michael Reagan be judged a good speaker to invite to a college.


* * *

Meanwhile, IVC's Guaranteed Accounting Program folks have only wonderful things to say about the fellow:


Michael Reagan

The eldest son of former President Ronald Reagan and one of the most dynamic and sought-after public speakers, Michael Reagan’s commitments to public service and the conservative vision his father championed are second to none, making him the natural heir to the Reagan conservative legacy. Michael serves as chairman and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, which seeks to advance the causes President Reagan held dear and to memorialize the accomplishments of his presidency. Michael’s career includes hosting a national conservative radio talk show syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, championing his father’s values and principles in the public policy forum, commentating and appearing on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Good Day LA, CNN, and Fox News, and contributing to Newsmax Television. Also an accomplished author, Michael has many successful books including On the Outside Looking In, Twice Adopted, and his latest book, Lessons My Father Taught Me.

Well, sure. But he's also the worst kind of insubstantial, opportunistic "celebrity." And he's not an intellectual; he's a propagandist. He's a minor player in our sad era of noisy and loutish conservative anti-intellectualism and demagoguery.


—And he's a homophobe, among other things. Or so he says.


WAY TO GO, GLENN


IVC Prez Roquemore shares Reagan's enthusiasm for the Pussy-grabber-in-chief.

Recent columns by Michael Reagan


ALL IS FAIR IN THE WAR ON TRUMP (Cagle.com) - by Michael Reagan, December 13, 2018

…Hillary continues to skate free, unbothered by the FBI or any federal agency for the dirty things she and the Obama administration’s injustice department did during the 2016 election to try to defeat Donald Trump.

But not General Flynn.

His life was ruined by the FBI bosses who set out to nail him – and did….

TRUMP VS THE CRAZIES (Cagle.com) - by Michael Reagan, January 11, 2019

…Some of the country’s most desperate liberals in the media actually argued that the president’s televised pitch to the country for congressional funding for a stronger border fence should not be carried live by the networks.

Why? Because they said the president lies too much and they wanted to be able to fact-check his speech beforehand….

TRUMP SAYS ‘ADIOS’ TO BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP (Cagle.com) - by Michael Reagan, November 1, 2018

…Ending birthright citizenship, better known as dropping the anchor baby, is the most significant illegal immigration reform the President Trump has announced. With a single executive order, he unplugs a beacon that attracts scammers from the world over. He also attacks a visible manifestation of the “foreigners first” mindset that has infected the State Department, and the rest of the federal bureaucracy, since the 1960s….

THE PARTY OF EVIL (Cagle.com) - by Michael Reagan, October 11, 2018

…Now, thanks to the Democrats’ ugly smear campaign against Judge Kavanaugh, Republican senators like Susan Collins and Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders need security guards 24/7.

It’s not the new Supreme Court Justice who’s evil.

It’s the Democrat Party and the nasty “progressives” who’ve taken it over and are willing to say or do anything or destroy anyone to bring down President Trump.

Maybe this is not something new. Maybe the Democrats have always been this evil….

About Michael Reagan:


A separate peace* (LA Times, August 31, 2004) – by Anne-Marie O'Connor

For years, Michael Reagan, the older son of Ronald Reagan, felt unloved and unwanted. His parents divorced when he was 3. Two years later he was packed off to a boarding school where, he says, he was so lonely he cried himself to sleep. Sexually abused at age 7, he felt shame and self-loathing, compounded by Bible passages that convinced him he would never go to heaven.

He grew up so angry he smashed a childhood bicycle and later took a sledgehammer to his new car. Well into his 40s, his "rage came to a full boil," and he often yelled at his wife and young son.

Then, he says, he found salvation through the love of his family and his "adoption" by God. He embraced conservative values and became a syndicated talk-radio host who today tells listeners: "I am homophobic."….

Roquemore and U of Phoenix

From Clueless IVC Prez Glenn Roquemore smiles as he makes nice with the enemy DtB, 8-26-14

Vice President, Western Region, Workforce Solutions/University of Phoenix, Chuck Parker, President, Irvine Valley College, Dr. Glenn R. Roquemore

Members of the Irvine Valley College community just received this gushing email from the President:

Irvine Valley College Signs Memorandum of Understanding with University of Phoenix

Irvine – Irvine Valley College (IVC) administration, faculty and staff held a formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Phoenix, Inc. (University) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore said, “This partnership will expand the many transfer opportunities available to the IVC students and staff. One of the major benefits of the MOU is the tuition discount."

Irvine Valley College students transferring to University of Phoenix into an undergraduate baccalaureate degree program … will be considered as having satisfied the general education requirements for the breadth of the liberal arts degree program….

IVC students get 10% off Phoenix tuition, which is way pricey.

Evidently, President Roquemore is not aware that entities such as the U of Phoenix exist to make huge profits by taking advantage of students who typically receive federally insured loans, putting them in serious debt. Those students, upon graduating, typically fail to find the work they were expecting and often default on their loans, forcing the taxpayer to pay. (It's a massive bubble that, one day, will pop.)

You’re fine with all that, are you Glenn? You're a Republican, aren't you? Yeah. I see you smiling with those vets you claim to love!

Alas, the "predatory for-profits" problem is especially egregious in the case of Vets, who pay their way via the new GI Bill:


GI Bill funds failing for-profit California colleges

(Desert Sun)

The ever-clueless Glenn R

Over the last five years, more than $600 million in college assistance for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has been spent on California schools so substandard that they have failed to qualify for state financial aid.

As a result, the GI Bill — designed to help veterans live the American dream — is supporting for-profit companies that spend lavishly on marketing but can leave veterans with worthless degrees and few job prospects, The Center for Investigative Reporting found.

. . .

Financial records analyzed by CIR show that California is the national epicenter of this problem, with nearly 2 out of every 3 GI Bill dollars going to for-profit colleges.

The University of Phoenix in San Diego outdistances its peers. Since 2009, the campus has received $95 million in GI Bill funds. That's more than any brick-and-mortar campus in America, more than the entire 10-campus University of California system and all UC extension programs combined.

. . .

The school's large share of GI Bill funding reflects more than just the number of veterans enrolling. The programs are expensive. An associate degree costs $395 a credit, for instance — nearly 10 times the cost at a public community college.

The University of Phoenix won't say how many of its veterans graduate or find jobs, but the overall graduation rate at its San Diego campus is less than 15 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and more than a quarter of students default on their loans within three years of leaving school.

Those figures fall short of the minimum standards set by the California Student Aid Commission, which dispenses state financial aid. The commission considers either a graduation rate lower than 30 percent or a loan default rate of more than 15.5 percent clear indicators of a substandard education.

No such restrictions govern GI Bill funds. And nearly 300 California schools that received GI Bill money either were barred from receiving state financial aid at least once in the past four years or operated without accreditation, CIR has found.

. . .

Of the $1.5 billion in GI Bill funds spent on tuition and fees in California since 2009, CIR found that more than 40 percent — $638 million —went to schools that have failed the state financial aid standard at least once in the past four years.

Four of those schools were University of Phoenix campuses, which together took in $225 million….

An Enemy In Common? The Case Against For-Profit Colleges

(Cognoscenti [NPR Boston])

… As Americans, we should all be concerned that veterans are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous profiteers. As taxpayers, we should be aware that we are paying for this disservice. Approximately 85-95 percent of the for-profits’ revenue comes from taxpayer-supported benefits….

For-Profit College Investigation--Is the New GI Bill Working?: Questionable For-Profit Colleges Increasingly Dominate the Program

([Senator] Harkin newsletter)


…Senator Harkin's HELP Committee investigation found:

. . .

  • Most for-profit colleges charge much higher tuition than comparable programs at community colleges and flagship State public universities. The investigation found Associate degree and certificate programs averaged four times the cost of degree programs at comparable community colleges. Bachelor's degree programs averaged 20 percent more than the cost of analogous programs at flagship public universities despite the credits being largely non-transferrable.
  • Because 96 percent of students starting a for-profit college take federal student loans to attend a for-profit college (compared to 13 percent at community colleges), nearly all students who leave have student loan debt, even when they don't have a degree or diploma or increased earning power.
  • Students who attended a for-profit college accounted for 47 percent of all Federal student loan defaults in 2008 and 2009. More than 1 in 5 students enrolling in a for-profit college-22 percent-default within 3 years of entering repayment on their student loans....

Hey-Diddly-Ho, Neighbor!

Oldie but Goodie [2012]: See Senator Harkin’s For-Profit College Investigation: U of Phoenix

Glenn Roquemore, the Pacifica Institute & women's "primordial nature"

Glenn Roquemore, the Pacifica Institute & women's "primordial nature" May 21, 2013

Delivering factoids for

Turkish anti-feminists

Here’s a curious factoid. I came across the following press release, evidently dating back to April of 2008. It was posted by the “Pacifica Institute,” which has a dozen or so offices, including one in Orange County (Irvine):


Glenn R. Roquemore-Irvine Valley College President Speaks at PI - Orange County

Today Pacifica Institute hosted Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore. Before this luncheon forum in Irvine , New Zealand Consul General Rob Taylor and Irvine Mayor Beth Krom were the keynote speakers. Consul General Rob Taylor spoke about Welcoming Diversity as a Path to Peace and Mayor Beth Krom’s topic was How to Create a Balanced Community. Dr Glenn Roquemore’s topic is the Role of Community Colleges in Higher Education.

Dr. Glenn Roquemore is President of Irvine Valley College….

Dr Roquemore gave very important statistics of the Community Colleges in California….

You’ll recall that, in the past, we’ve kidded Roquemore over his tendency to approach speaking always as an occasion to dispense the merest of statistics as though they were astonishing jewels. "Two percent of our students," he'll say, "sport a vestigial tail." Huh?

What’s the matter with ‘im? Dunno.

But just who are these “Pacifica Institute” people?

According to PI’s website,

Pacifica Institute was established in 2003 as a non-profit organization by a group of Turkish-Americans. Pacifica Institute designs and executes projects covering social welfare, education, poverty, and conflict resolution issues in collaboration with scholars, activists, artists, politicians, and religious leaders-communities….

. . .

The Institute seeks to …[engage] in a variety of civic activities and [seeks to invite] others to generate and share insights, thereby removing barriers to confidence-building and trust….

Gosh, it sounds as though that illiterate pseudo-educator, Raghu Mathur, may have had a hand in writing this stuff.

Elsewhere, PI presents “Frequently Asked Questions about Pacifica Institute and Fethullah Gülen.”

One naturally assumes, then, that Mr. Fethullah Gülen and his ideas are important to PI. Sure enough, in the Q&A, Gülen and his movement are central:

Fethullah Gülen

Q: How is the Pacifica Institute involved with the Gülen movement?

A: Some of the founders and donors of Pacifica Institute are participants of the so-called Gülen, or Hizmet movement. Pacifica Institute was inspired by the movement’s philosophy and goals….

. . .

The Gülen/Hizmet movement is a values-driven social movement and following a philosophy that advances interfaith dialog, education and community service as tools to build a better and more harmonious society. The movement was inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish scholar, author and advocate….

. . .

Q: Who is Fethullah Gülen?

A: Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish scholar, preacher, thinker, author, opinion leader, education activist, and peace advocate who is considered by many to be one of the world’s most influential religious thinkers. He is regarded as the initiator and inspirer of the worldwide civil society movement, the Gülen Movement, which is committed to education, dialogue, peace, social justice, and social harmony….

Well, I’ve done a little looking, and this Gülen fella is mighty controversial, in some circles at least.

I skimmed a couple of sites, which suggested that Gulen is, among other things, a conservative and a vocal opponent of feminism (although I ask that readers judge for themselves based on his writings--and the writings of his mouthpieces).

So I went to the Fethullah Gülen website. There, I searched the term “feminism” and that brought me to a page with links to various relevant essays, evidently by Mr. Gülen, including The Gülen Movement: Gender and Practice.

I clicked on that. That essay includes this passage:

Although he promotes equality between the sexes, Fethullah Gülen's views on gender can indeed be described as complementary. He sees women and men as having equal value but inheriting different roles and characteristics due to physical and psychological differences. He classifies men as "physically stronger and apt to bear hardship" and women as "more compassionate, more delicate, more self sacrificing" (Gülen 2006: 1). Although he does state that women can be involved in any field of work he idealizes the mother as the pure educator (Gülen 2006: 2) implicitly implying that the man should be the family provider. This may open up for critique on behalf of Western feminists or scholars of religion and gender. According to this relatively new academic discipline[,] gender is a social construction. Human beings are born with different sexes, but social roles and expectations of fulfillment of these are constructed and emphasized by the norms that prevail in society.

Another link takes one to an essay entitled Women Confined and Mistreated. Here are some excerpts:

As a reaction to all the injustice done to women … a movement to claim women's rights emerged, particularly in the West. Even though this movement is considered an awakening of women, it occurred as a reaction and was doomed to imbalance like all other reactionary movements and ended up in extremism. Although the starting point was to defend women, in time it deviated from the original aim to the degree of being full of hatred towards men and to feeling a grudge against them. The movement named feminism, which was born from the idea of protecting women and providing them with rights equal to those of men, has only left behind longing, sorrow, and wreckage as a movement of discontentment….

. . .

According to Islam, women's role in this world is not only restricted to doing the housework and raising children. In fact, as long as it does not conflict with her primordial nature or with observing religious requirements, she is responsible for carrying out the duties that befall her in every area of society and making up for shortcomings where men fall short in social life. However, this reality was ignored in time, even among Muslims; rough understandings and crude thinking upset this system based on women and men's mutual assistance. After this upset, both family life and the social order were also upset. Different peoples' perception of their own historical heritage as a part of Islam, their seeing and reflecting their folklore and traditions as essentials of religion, and making judgments pertaining to this issue at certain periods all resulted in the usurpation of women's rights; they were pushed into a more restricted area day by day, and in some places they were totally isolated from life without consideration of where this issue leads. However, the source of mistaken thoughts and deviations in this matter is not Islam whatsoever. The mistakes belong to those who misinterpret and misapply the religion. Such mistakes in practice must definitely be corrected.

On the other hand, while correcting these mistakes, approaching the issue from a feminist standpoint will upset the balance again and an opposite extremism will replace the former. For instance, just as it is very ugly to see women as merely child-bearing objects and is insolence towards them, it is equally unbecoming and unnatural to build a society where women are unable to bear and bring up the children they wish for, or for a woman to feel a need to rebel against marrying and to avoid bearing children in order to show that she is not a machine. As a woman is not a dirty dish, her place at home is not confined to the kitchen with the dirty dishes. However, a woman who claims to have no household responsibilities and thereby turns her home to a quarters for eating and sleeping is far from being a good mother, a good teacher, and a good spiritual guide to her children.

Besides all this, it is another form of oppression to make women work under difficult conditions, such as mining and road-building. It contradicts human nature to push women into heavy tasks like agricultural manual labor, or military field operations, and other harsh pursuits, just for the sake of proving their equality with men; it is nothing but cruel torture. It shows ignorance of women's qualities and conflicts with their primordial nature. Therefore, just as an understanding which imprisons women at home and takes them completely away from social life is absolutely incorrect according to Islam, likewise, depriving women of financial support, preventing them from bearing and raising children in security, and forcing women into the labor force to do uncongenial work is also oppressive. A woman, like a man, can have a certain job as far as her (and his) physiology and psychology are taken into consideration; but both women and men should know that a good life consists of sharing and division of labor. Each should assist the other by doing tasks in compliance with their nature.

Yikes.

I’m in no position to judge this “take” on feminism relative to the various Muslim communities (e.g., in Turkey) and the possibility of discourse within them. But it’s pretty plain that Gülen’s philosophy, as expressed here, is antithetical to some of the core tenets of Western feminism, broadly understood. It seems clear that Gülen is not likely to gain many adherents or followers among contemporary Westerners, with their commitment to the ideal of equality, as they understand it at least, between the sexes.

The Wikipedia article on Gülen is alarming—if, that is, it can be trusted. It asserts that

...Gülen's views are vulnerable to the charge of misogyny. As noted by Berna Turam, Gülen has argued:

"the man is used to more demanding jobs . . . but a woman must be excluded during certain days during the month. After giving birth, she sometimes cannot be active for two months. She cannot take part in different segments of the society all the time. She cannot travel without her husband, father, or brother . . . the superiority of men compared to women cannot be denied." [35]

Berna Turam, Northeastern

Wikipedia is quoting Berna Turam, a serious academic at Northeastern U. She herself seems to cite a work from 1996 entitled Fethullah Gulen Hocaefendi ile ufuk turu (Aktuel kitaplar dizisi). It is written in Turkish.

One should be careful to note that the superiority that Gülen is discussing is physical, not moral, or at least that's how I read it. Even so, his remarks are mighty offensive, at least to these Western ears.


Gosh Glenn, you really oughta be more careful who you hang out with. Philosophically, these Gülenites are a problem, at least relative to most of our community on these shores.

I'll see if I can shed more light on the Pacifica Institute and what it means for the likes of Glenn Roquemore and Beth Krom (a Democrat) to be hanging out with 'em.

Votes of "no confidence" - 1999

from the Dissenter's Dictionary, Dec. 3, 1999


MATHUR, RAGHU P.



In April of 1997, in an action later judged a violation of the Open Meetings law, the Board Majority appointed chemistry teacher and campus joke Raghu P. Mathur as Interim President of Irvine Valley College. At the time, Mathur had no experience as a full-time administrator. Five months later, through a process that violated board policy, and amid strong faculty opposition, the BM appointed Mathur permanent president. That action, too, was later voided owing to violations of the Brown Act. Two years later, despite his miserable record, which included a vote of no confidence and the palpable contempt of nearly all IVC faculty and staff, the board majority renewed Mathur's contract, giving him a raise and a $200 a month "security stipend."

Mathur was hired as an instructor in 1979, and he quickly established a reputation as a schemer and liar who would stoop to anything in order to secure an administrative position. Owing to his manifest unsavoriness, however, that ambition was consistently thwarted both inside and outside the district.

His intrigues soon gained him the hatred of Ed Hart, IVC's first president. In 1986, Hart retired, and the college adopted a "faculty chair" model, partly for fiscal reasons. Soon, Mathur "ruled" the tiny school of Physical Sciences as its chair. During the "chair" era, he was, without doubt, the chief abuser of that office, engaging in endless machinations while arranging a lucrative schedule that netted him a salary far in excess of the college president's ($124,000 in 1996-7).

During this period, Mathur continued to seek administrative positions. When he was passed over, he played the race card, charging everyone in sight with "discrimination," apparently on the sole grounds that he had not been selected.

Mathur's habit, as chair, of circumventing the governance process eventually yielded an official censure of him by IVC's "Instructional Council' in April of 1994. Earlier, the IC membership had all agreed not to go outside the process--particularly with regard to the selection of the IVC presidential search committee chair. During an IC meeting in March (of 94), Mathur was asked whether, despite the agreement, he had presented a petition, urging the selection of a particular faculty member, to the chancellor. He answered that he had "not forwarded" a petition to the chancellor or anyone. In fact, he had and, apparently on that basis, the chancellor did appoint the faculty member as (co)chair.

When this came to light in April, Mathur was censured. According to the minutes of the April 5 meeting, "Instructional Council had agreed that no one will work outside of the IVC governance structure and agreed-upon processes. They felt that Raghu had lied to the Council...[One member] made a motion to censur Raghu Mathur for lying to the Instructional Council regarding the petition and the presidential search process and for misrepresenting not only Instructional Council, but also the faculty...Raghu Mathur stated that he did not lie to the Instructional Council. He said that he was asked if he had forwarded the petition to the Chancellor and he said he had not. He did admit, however, that he had shown the petition to Chancellor Lombardi...Raghu felt that the members of Instructional Council were making too big of a deal out of the situation...The question was called and the motion passed with 8 ayes, 3 noes, and 4 abstentions."

Classified employees, too, have at times found it necessary to complain about of Mathur's conduct. For instance, in August of 1995, IVC administration received a letter from Leann Cribb, Executive Secretary (and formerly secretary for the School of Physical Sciences), in which she wrote: "Mr. Mathur routinely revises facts and manufactures innuendo to suit his objectives." During the January '98 Board meeting, classified employee Julie Ben-Yeoshua explained that Mathur was the reason she was seeking employment elsewhere: "Since you first appointed Raghu Mathur as the interim president, the atmosphere at IVC has changed drastically; morale is in the gutter...[Mathur's] inability to tell the truth is so natural that I have come to gauge everything he says and writes by believing the complete opposite...."

By the mid-90s, Mathur had come to regard Terry Burgess, then-VP of Instruction, as his nemesis, and, in 1996, he tried to discredit Burgess with the board. In the spring of '96, a student sought to enroll in a chemistry course without enrolling in the concurrent lab, and the matter came before the chair--Mathur. Though the student provided documentation proving that she had done the equivalent work at UCI, Mathur denied the request, whereupon the student asked for a review of the decision by the Office of Instruction. Mathur agreed to go along with the Office's decision.

Later, however, he accused Burgess of signing the student's admittance card despite non-approval by the instructor. Mathur convinced his school to send a resolution of complaint to the board (and also to the senate and the union), appending the student's transcripts, without her permission, an action that violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and district policies. When then-IVC president Dan Larios learned of this, he requested an opinion from the district's attorneys regarding the legality of Mathur's action. The opinion, dated March 18, 1996, indicates that Mathur acted improperly, violating FERPA and board policy 5619. Larios was fed up.

Realizing that Larios now planned to deny approval of him as chair of his school, Mathur, as per usual, scrambled to lobby board members for support. On March 29, Larios met with Mathur; he explained that he had lost confidence in Mathur and that Mathur had better "change." In the end, Larios wrote a memo (May 14) expressing his serious reservations about Mathur's leadership, owing to his repeated circumventing of established processes and his violations of board policy, and placed him on probation. If there were any further violations of process, wrote Larios, Mathur would be removed as chair.

In the meantime, Mathur asked the senate to censure Burgess. It declined to do so, citing Mathur's misdescription of crucial facts. Larios, troubled by Mathur's misrepresentations, sent out a memo explaining that Burgess had in no sense acted improperly.

In December of '96, the Board Majority era began, and Larios sensed that it was time to move on. Normally, the VP of Instruction—Terry Burgess--would serve as interim president, but the BM blocked his selection, and, in March, Lombardi was chosen as a sort of compromise. But in April, Frogue presented another one of Mathur's petitions--this time, an “anonymous” petition urging Mathur's selection as president. On that basis, Mathur became IVC president.

Mathur's outrages while president are too numerous to recount here. Suffice it to say that in the early months of 1998, the IVC academic senate instituted a Special Inquiry into “abuses of power.” By April, it became necessary to abandon the investigation, owing to the number and the complexity of the charges against Mathur. Said the committee’s chair: “It’s like bailing water out of the Titanic with a tea cup…Every time we put an allegation to bed, another one jumps up” (Voice, 5/7/98). Soon thereafter, Mathur received a 74% vote of no confidence by his faculty.

Mathur has sought to rule through intimidation, punishing his critics in every way available to him. In early November of 1999, the IVC academic senate released the results of a survey of full-time faculty (78% participated). 90% disagreed with the statement, "I can express my opinion about issues at the college without fear of retribution or retaliation." The 90% figure will likely go up soon, for Mathur intends to fire an untenured instructor--a critic--for his involvement in the act of naming the plot of dirt next to the Life Sciences greenhouse. It was named the "Terry Burgess garden."


Huge Vote Against College Chief (LA Times, May 18, 2004 | Jeff Gottlieb)

Faculty in the South Orange County Community College District overwhelmingly voted no confidence Monday in Chancellor Raghu Mathur.
Of the full-time professors at Irvine Valley and Saddleback colleges who cast ballots, 93.5% voted in favor of no confidence, and 6% were against the union-sponsored measure. One person abstained.
Out of 318 faculty eligible, 246 -- 77% -- voted, according to the district faculty association….

Clueless IVC Prez Glenn Roquemore smiles as he makes nice with the enemy - August 26, 2014

Vice President, Western Region, Workforce Solutions/University of Phoenix, Chuck Parker, President, Irvine Valley College, Dr. Glenn R. Roquemore

○ Members of the Irvine Valley College community just received this gushing email from the President:

Irvine Valley College Signs Memorandum of Understanding with University of Phoenix

Irvine – Irvine Valley College (IVC) administration, faculty and staff held a formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Phoenix, Inc. (University) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore said, “This partnership will expand the many transfer opportunities available to the IVC students and staff. One of the major benefits of the MOU is the tuition discount."
Irvine Valley College students transferring to University of Phoenix into an undergraduate baccalaureate degree program … will be considered as having satisfied the general education requirements for the breadth of the liberal arts degree program….

○ IVC students get 10% off Phoenix tuition, which is way pricey.

○ Evidently, President Roquemore is not aware that entities such as the U of Phoenix exist to make huge profits by taking advantage of students who typically receive federally insured loans, putting them in serious debt. Those students, upon graduating, typically fail to find the work they were expecting and often default on their loans, forcing the taxpayer to pay. (It's a massive bubble that, one day, will pop.)

○ You’re fine with all that, are you Glenn? You're a Republican, aren't you? Yeah. I see you smiling with those vets you claim to love!

○ Alas, the "predatory for-profits" problem is especially egregious in the case of Vets, who pay their way via the new GI Bill:


GI Bill funds failing for-profit California colleges

(Desert Sun)

The ever-clueless Glenn R

Over the last five years, more than $600 million in college assistance for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has been spent on California schools so substandard that they have failed to qualify for state financial aid.
As a result, the GI Bill — designed to help veterans live the American dream — is supporting for-profit companies that spend lavishly on marketing but can leave veterans with worthless degrees and few job prospects, The Center for Investigative Reporting found.

. . .

Financial records analyzed by CIR show that California is the national epicenter of this problem, with nearly 2 out of every 3 GI Bill dollars going to for-profit colleges.
The University of Phoenix in San Diego outdistances its peers. Since 2009, the campus has received $95 million in GI Bill funds. That's more than any brick-and-mortar campus in America, more than the entire 10-campus University of California system and all UC extension programs combined.

. . .

The school's large share of GI Bill funding reflects more than just the number of veterans enrolling. The programs are expensive. An associate degree costs $395 a credit, for instance — nearly 10 times the cost at a public community college.
The University of Phoenix won't say how many of its veterans graduate or find jobs, but the overall graduation rate at its San Diego campus is less than 15 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and more than a quarter of students default on their loans within three years of leaving school.
Those figures fall short of the minimum standards set by the California Student Aid Commission, which dispenses state financial aid. The commission considers either a graduation rate lower than 30 percent or a loan default rate of more than 15.5 percent clear indicators of a substandard education.
No such restrictions govern GI Bill funds. And nearly 300 California schools that received GI Bill money either were barred from receiving state financial aid at least once in the past four years or operated without accreditation, CIR has found.

. . .

Of the $1.5 billion in GI Bill funds spent on tuition and fees in California since 2009, CIR found that more than 40 percent — $638 million —went to schools that have failed the state financial aid standard at least once in the past four years.
Four of those schools were University of Phoenix campuses, which together took in $225 million….

An Enemy In Common? The Case Against For-Profit Colleges

(Cognoscenti [NPR Boston])

… As Americans, we should all be concerned that veterans are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous profiteers. As taxpayers, we should be aware that we are paying for this disservice. Approximately 85-95 percent of the for-profits’ revenue comes from taxpayer-supported benefits….

For-Profit College Investigation--Is the New GI Bill Working?: Questionable For-Profit Colleges Increasingly Dominate the Program

([Senator] Harkin newsletter)


…Senator Harkin's HELP Committee investigation found:

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  • Most for-profit colleges charge much higher tuition than comparable programs at community colleges and flagship State public universities. The investigation found Associate degree and certificate programs averaged four times the cost of degree programs at comparable community colleges. Bachelor's degree programs averaged 20 percent more than the cost of analogous programs at flagship public universities despite the credits being largely non-transferrable.
  • Because 96 percent of students starting a for-profit college take federal student loans to attend a for-profit college (compared to 13 percent at community colleges), nearly all students who leave have student loan debt, even when they don't have a degree or diploma or increased earning power.
  • Students who attended a for-profit college accounted for 47 percent of all Federal student loan defaults in 2008 and 2009. More than 1 in 5 students enrolling in a for-profit college-22 percent-default within 3 years of entering repayment on their student loans....

Hey-Diddly-Ho, Neighbor!

Oldie but Goodie [2012]: See Senator Harkin’s For-Profit College Investigation: U of Phoenix