|The miracle of hot air|
|From the SOCCCD "master plan"|
Am I too harsh? Consider our district’s “goals,” which inform our district’s “strategic plan”:
District-wide Goal 1. SOCCCD will create a district-wide culture which is characterized by mutual respect and collaboration and which celebrates the uniqueness of each institution. [Utter bullshit. And how do you create Lollipop Land when bullies are afoot? Here's a goal: no bullies and tyrants.]
District-wide Goal 2. SOCCCD will support innovations that result in quantifiable improvement in student preparedness and success and will facilitate the institutionalization of those innovations across the district. [“Facilitate the institutionalization of … innovations”? Who writes this crap? And why must our efforts be “innovations”? What if something tried and true will do the job? Buzz, buzz, buzz. Here's a goal: hire competent managers and deans.]
District-wide Goal 3. SOCCCD will maintain its technological leadership and will make future advancements which enhance student access and success. [Techno “advancements which enhance…success.” Vague buzzwordian horseshit.]
District-wide Goal 4. SOCCCD will increase the effective use of all resources by developing and implementing a cycle of integrated district-wide planning. [Yeah, we should plan. Say that. Note the assumption: that resources will be used effectively if we adopt a labyrinthine planning process. Don’t think so.]
District-wide Goal 5. SOCCCD will develop, document and implement data-driven district-wide decision-making processes that are collaborative, transparent, efficient and effective. [Utterly promiscuous and shameless buzzworditude. Note the assumption: data-driven is good! Yeah, but what about the quality of the data?]
District-wide Goal 6. SOCCCD will assess the educational needs of the communities within the district boundaries and will pursue joint venture partnerships with educational institutions and business/industry. [I got nothin'. Fair enough, I guess.]
*Those with Ed.D. degrees.
Essentially, the ACCJC adopted MSLOs [measurable student learning outcomes] 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)