Friday, May 2, 2014

English dept. [CORRECTION]

     At a colleague’s request, I viewed the streaming video of the April 28 meeting of the SOCCCD Board of Trustees, and I noted the “closed session actions” read out, at the start of the open session, by board Clerk, Marcia Milchiker:
“On a 7 to 0 vote, the board voted to rescind the board’s decision to non-renew a probationary faculty member’s contract and in lieu except the faculty member’s resignation.” [See here and here (Feb. 24) for original decision.]
     The faculty member in question is (I believe) a member of IVC’s English Department. (In February, the board voted not to renew the contract of a SC and an IVC probationary faculty.) We wish him well. NOPE, GOT THIS WRONG. IT WAS THE SC INSTRUCTOR.
     Very recently, the IVC English Department hired two new full-time faculty.

Saddleback's Burnett seeks Riverside Chancellor gig

Three finalists named for chancellor job (The Press-Enterprise, May 1)

     The presidents of three colleges are finalists for chancellor of Riverside Community College District after a national search, officials said Thursday, May 1.
     Saddleback College President Tod A. Burnett, Sacramento City College President Kathryn E. Jeffery and Milwaukee Area Technical College President Michael L. Burke have been invited to speak in public forums and candidate interviews in the district, which includes Riverside City, Moreno Valley and Norco colleges.
. . .
     Burnett, an Irvine resident, has been president of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo since 2008. He was previously vice chancellor for California Community Colleges. His experience includes an appointment in 2003 as deputy appointments secretary for the governor and work with the Environmental Protection Agency. He has a doctorate in education....

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Successful Trustee "Listening Sessions"!

Only Prendergast and Wright were unable to attend
Our readers weigh in:

Batch 3:

Anonymous - 9:08 AM, May 02, 2014
     I hope the trustees understand just how unresponsive the college president has been to the complaints we made at IVC. Glenn knows what's going on but refuses to address it in a real way.

Anonymous - 9:36 AM, May 02, 2014
     I encourage everyone who attended and those who wanted to but could not to write a brief email of thanks to the trustees in attendance. Take the time to remind them of your issue(s) that concern you -and invite them back again. Let's keep the momentum going.

Nancy Padberg:
Tim Jemal:
Marcia Milchiker:
Bill Jay : no email
David Lang:

And pass the word to your colleagues who might not read this on the blog. This is easy. Let's do it.

Anonymous - 9:42 AM, May 02, 2014
     Fantastic Idea..I will do it today.

Anonymous - 10:10 AM, May 02, 2014
     The CSEA [local] President just sent an email to the entire board requesting a listening session for classfied only. I am classified (we were copyied on the email) and I am dissapointed and sad. I am greatful for my CSEA team and I support my CSEA President; however, I strongly do not agree with this. I feel our session with faculty particpation was collegial, uplifting, productive and effective. Together faculty and staff share a vision of a world class IVC. I feel supported by faculty. I dont want the BOT be put in a postion where these turn into complaining sessions. These are busy people and they only have so much time.This is not a bargining table. I don't want them to dread these sessions. I dont want the "home run" format to change. Faculty and staff work togather for a better college. I dont want this postive direction to go south. But I am afraid the horse is out of the gate. They have received the email. Hopefully my concerns are unfounded.

Anonymous - 10:19 AM, May 02, 2014
     I too thought the united front of faculty and classified was powerful. I don't know if that is risked by the request for the a Classified-only session. Perhaps a classified-only session could emphasize the Classified perspective -- it doesn't mean faculty "bashing." I would like one for faculty only as well -- not to "bash" classified, but to highlight issues that affect faculty primarily. Does that make sense? Let's stay together.

Anonymous - 10:45 AM, May 02, 2014
     Thanks 10:19am. I feel better. I appreciate your reassuring words. Yes, no matter the format, lets stay together.

Anonymous - 10:51 AM, May 02, 2014
     I think people are feeling good about the show of respect and concern -- so refreshing! I wish our own managers and administrators would treat us the way the trustees did! Let's stay together -- like the great old Al Green song.

Anonymous - 10:56 AM, May 02, 2014
     100% Agree. Great comment.

Anonymous - 12:34 PM, May 02, 2014
     What IVC folks may not realize is that at the Saddleback session, classified were only recognized to speak in the last 15 minutes out of 1 1/2 hours. Splitting the meetings will give everyone a chance to be heard equally. The BOT obviously found a better way to balance the flow of comments by the time they got to IVC.

Anonymous - 2:59 PM, May 02, 2014
     Thanks for the clarification 12:34. We didn't know that. How did that happen -- only 15 minutes out of 1.5 hours? Who made that call?

Anonymous - 3:38 PM, May 02, 2014
     12:34 we appreciate the clarification and had no idea this occurred. It seemed to work out in the second session at IVC Classified even spoke out on behalf faculty regarding changes that will positively impact students.

Anonymous - 5:18 PM, May 02, 2014
     Now we get why the CSEA Pres sent the email to the BOT. Of course classified would like air time too. I think we just got lucky at IVC that it happened to work out. Folks left wanting to say more but time was up.

Batch 2:

Anonymous - 11:12 AM, May 01, 2014
     I wish I could have attended but I teach at that time. I hear there was a pad of paper that they passed around for people to write out their concerns. Perhaps those of us who could not attend could forward our concerns to the trustees in some manner?

Anonymous - 11:42 AM, May 01, 2014
     Wow! This is the first really positive thing to happen on this campus for years. Let's hope for follow-through.

Anonymous - 2:00 p.m. May 01, 2014
     Yesterday’s forum brought back to me the Golden Days at IVC, days when dissent was not only tolerated, but prized. The atmosphere of trust, respect, and intellectual inquiry that characterized the session was a refreshing change from the painstaking silence that has characterized previous forums. I was honored to be in the room.
     I hope the Trustees know how much it means to us to be able to speak honestly; how much we love our college; how hard we work to make things go here, despite the difficulties we face; and how much we appreciate their support, their time, and their obvious involvement in the discussion.
     You might want to change "painstaking" to "painful." Or another adjective of your choice.

Chancellor's ears not to scale
Anonymous - 8:37 PM, May 01, 2014
     I was there. It was great. As a classified I had a very strong feeling that if I experienced any retailation for sharing my feelings, I could go to the board, tell them and they be on top of it. I cannot express enough how much I felt their interest and respect. It felt like the way real discourse about making things even better should be. We all wanted to be sure they also felt our appreciation for all they do to make IVC better. Now maybe they can get the real story at our college and I super excited that maybe these will continue. This college could really reach new heights with the BOT getting the real information! If you missed it, be sure to attend the next time. I hope there is another session. Very collegial.

Anonymous - 12:03 AM, May 02, 2014
     I started at IVC after the Golden Days. Yesterdays meeting was the best in my 16 year Career. Who idea was it to do these meetings without administrators/fear? More please with the same atmosphere.

Batch 1:

Anonymous - 5:31 AM, May 01, 2014
     Saddleback's Listening session was quite frank without finger pointing: topics included additional FT faculty, Calendar Issues, Nursing start dates and a request to offer a BS degree, issues concerning Veterans, on-line programs.

Anonymous - 6:29 AM, May 01, 2014
     IVC's was standing room only and could have probably gone on for another hour. Nancy said it was the "best session ever." People were blunt -- but not everything was covered still. I was pleased to see people speak up, especially classified. I thought it was funny how the trustees acknowledged the "school boy pissing contest" between the two college presidents -- though why they put up with any of it, I don't know.

Anonymous - 7:04 AM, May 01, 2014
     As usual, classified were willing to speak up about issues, but only a few (where are all those brave, tenured faculty who write so eloquently here about problems on campus?) faculty aired concerns. It could have gone another hour for sure. Seriously, is that the best room we can offer on campus for an open discussion? What would have been done if 20-25 more people showed up?

[I'm told that, early Wednesday, the Chancellor discovered that the listening session was scheduled to occur in the admin building, and so he scrambled to make other arrangements--not a smaller room, but a room away from administrators and managers. The only available room happened to be rather small. --RB]

Anonymous - 7:30 AM, May 01, 2014
     They seemed to be listening -- though I was shocked at what they did not seem to know despite their good intentions, especially about hiring.

Anonymous - 8:17 AM, May 01, 2014
     Full-time to part-time ratios both faculty and classified, review of administrators from staff, safety video cameras in common areas, respect, budget allocation model, college service areas, bonds, we're some of the subjects at IVC. Many people did thank the Board for the opportunity to speak and said they cared about the students and loved working at IVC.

Anonymous - 9:46 AM, May 01, 2014
     The glacial pace of committee process and structure was also addressed. And yes, the childish behavior of both college presidents was acknowledged in public (!). And the money pit that is ATEP was at least admitted ("sordid history" indeed.) ATEP -- a monument to Raghu's lack of vision.
     Yes, the room was problematic. Perhaps they were not counting on a successful turn-out? Part of me wished it had been set not only in a bigger space but one that is more like where I teach most of the time -- dirty and charmless with poor air quality. Maybe next time.

Anonymous - 10:26 AM, May 01, 2014
     I am feeling optimistic that they heard us, especially about poor treatment and poor leadership.

Anonymous - 10:30 AM, May 01, 2014
     I think the point was well made that the traditional allocation of resources -- 2/3rd to Saddleback, 1/3 to IVC -- needed to be adjusted for growth and reality. They seemed to be listening.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

     Earlier today, first at Saddleback College and then at IVC, the SOCCCD BOT held a "Trustee Listening Session." 

I was unable to attend any of these sessions, but I have heard reports of IVC's meeting. Evidently, many faculty and classified spoke and had much criticism of college administration/managers to offer.
More tomorrow.

More on Mikel...


Over at the OC Weekly, Matt Coker has the latest on the Mikel Anthony Williams case:

The second of two men charged in the murder of a popular Irvine Valley College student pleaded guilty Friday not to murder but, under a deal with a court, voluntary manslaughter. Heriberto Erick Vergara Calvillo, 27, is expected to be sentenced to 22 years in state prison on June 27....

To read the rest, click here

And here's the OC Register's coverage:  Man pleads guilty to manslaughter


Monday, April 28, 2014

April meeting of the SOCCCD BOT

     Sorry, there'll be no coverage of the board meeting tonight. I'm at home sick with a cold.
     Check out Tere's Board Meeting Highlights
     Streaming video of the April meeting can be found here

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