Another case in point: ATEP (the district's Advanced Technology and Educational Park), a campus at which, supposedly, IVC will have a large building, brimming with instruction. (The Solomonic district Chancellor has decided that our sister college, Saddleback, will get a similar building at that site.) By law, faculty are supposed to be primary authorities on the development of instructional programs and such. (“…[T]he district governing board shall develop policies on academic and professional matters [including “educational program development”]… relying primarily upon the advice and judgment of the academic senate….” –Title 5, § 53200) But ATEP and its educational direction has been developed, it seems, off campus somewhere–or, at any rate, far from IVC faculty. I dare say that faculty generally have no idea what we'll be teaching at the site (when the building is completed in a year or so). By no means have they been involved, via their organized voice, the Academic Senate, in deliberately considering possible programs for the site. When, at senate meetings, I ask what, if anything, is happening with ATEP (the site has been mired in start-up difficulty for ten or fifteen years!), the answer always sounds like, "Don't worry about it. College administration is on top of it." Yeah, like they're on top of the Early College Program.
If programs are being developed for ATEP, just where is that happening? Just who's involved?
Here's an interesting factoid: maybe not IVC faculty, but the local Chamber of Commerce, that bastion of business boosterism and corporate worship, seems to be very much in the loop as far as instructional development of ATEP is concerned:
I found this at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce website:
ATEP Takes Center Stage
Friday, September 26th, 2014
At a recent Irvine Chamber Economic Vitality Council “Power Meeting”, the combined strengths of the business community and education community came together to begin the design of the next stage learning and business model.
The South Orange County Community College District’s Advanced Technology Education Park (Irvine Valley College) in partnership with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce is working to create a unique, integrated urban community that supports the “learn and earn” model.
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ATEP’s goal is to create a Regional Hub for Global Innovation that is fully integrated in the local culture, community, business, educational institutions, residential neighborhood, transportation corridors, retail, and hospitality establishments. ATEP is and will continue to be a sustainable community that is nimble, flexible, fully integrated and designed for the next generation of innovators and students.
With 17 institutions of higher learning and Advanced Manufacturing and Bio-Medical Sciences thriving both internationally and in Orange County, ATEP is poised to be an essential component for education and employment. The core principle underlying ATEP is a belief that businesses will be successful and profitable because employees will love coming to work and school to attain practical and real world experience in an engaging and vital community.
Dr. Glenn Roquemore, President of Irvine Valley College and Chair of the Chamber’s Economic & Workforce Development Committee, Co-Chair Cynthia Lenahan with Edwards Lifesciences, David Anduri, Chair of the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council and the Chamber’s ED team agree that businesses can enhance their competitive positioning by strengthening their workforce pipeline and ability to attract and retain well-prepared employees. Identifying education and corporate synergies encourages a long term, integrated and effective approach to workforce development.
“Our mission is to leverage the expertise of the private sector and the education community to a common purpose: better preparing our current and future employees so that businesses are poised to compete more effectively in the 21st century global economy," said Linda DiMario, Senior Director, Irvine Chamber Economic Development & Tourism.
For more information about this project or to post comments, suggestions or ideas, please visit www.irvineecondev.com/survey.
Allow me to suggest that, thanks to Roquemore's "leadership" in the last dozen years, IVC really should replace it's "laser" mascot with Calvin Coolidge, who once said that America's business is, well, business. –That and having young people ask no questions and fight foolish wars.
I don't think Roquemore understands what a college is.