|"I am at a loss for what to do about it."|
These days, the BOT meetings tend to be uneventful and even boring, but minor fireworks do occur. I’m told that, at last Monday’s meeting, which I did not attend, some trustees got pissed off that the Chancellor failed to provide them a copy of the Student Equity Plan Reports.
Here’s the item:
6.1 Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College: Student Equity Plan Report Approve 2015-2016 Student Equity Plans for Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College. There may also be a presentation included with this item.Student Equity. You know what that’s about. Some groups are underrepresented in taking courses, achieving degrees and such, and the district has been told to address the problem.
Which groups are underrepresented? Well, mostly, they're the usual suspects:
The poor (i.e., the “economically disadvantaged”)Predictably, a few of the folks who present about this initiative—especially administrators—enjoy eschewing sensible English in favor of such verbal monstrosities as “disproportionally impacted.” Some groups ("Hispanics"*) are said to be “severely disproportionally impacted.” That’s any group that is below a .7 in the “proportionality index.” Hispanics are at .649. [I should clarify. Underrepresentation means different things in different cases. E.g., the African-American demographic is underrepresented in Writing courses, not necessarily in Math or whatever. A group might be underrepresented in achieving certificates or transferring to four-year institutions, etc. while otherwise being well represented, e.g., as a portion of the student population.]
Hispanic (Latino) students
Some age groups (e.g., 35 and older)
|We actually read this stuff|
The IVC crew noted that they had hired a “mental wellness counselor,” and that seemed to raise some trustee eyebrows. The veterans are suicide prone, said the worker bees. So there you go.
Where’s all the money for this folderal coming from? asked trustees. Answer: grants, etc.
Prendergast seemed especially peeved that the trustees were being asked to approve a report that they had not had the chance to read! "We’re not like Congress," complained Jemal; we actually read this stuff. “For future reference,” Jemal and Prendergast intoned, we’ll expect you to provide the actual reports! Harrumph!
|Poertner, class of '61|
Such remarks did not seem to diminish the boardular harrumphitude, peevitude, and 'tude generally.
Well, in the end, despite all of the expressions of boardular discomfort, the board approved the colleges' reports unanimously.
If you’re interested in seeing all this in glorious Myopiascope, video is readily available, I think. Just go here, the page for streaming video (for the Nov. 16 meeting), and use the menu that appears immediately below the video to jump to items.
Item 6.1 comes up at 1:21:18. The Q&A—that’s the fun part—comes up at 1:40:58.
*The term "Hispanic" is a Nixonian innovation.