Monday, October 26, 2015

October meeting of the SOCCCD board of trustees: tedium and nit-pickery—Plus cool radio interference (and, maybe, a future Big Broadcast)!

     See HERE for Natalie's Board Meeting Highlights.
     It's 6:25, and it looks like everyone's waiting for 6:30 and the start of the open session. Earlier today, at 4:00, the board met to review the Chancellor's performance. Wonder how that went? Pretty well, judging by Gary's demeanor. He seems untroubled.
     I see at least six trustees. Where's Marcia?
     They'll start soon, I'm sure.
     Right now, Pendergast, Poertner and Whitt are huddling about something, I know not what. I've spotted Marcia. Immediately to my right, trustee Jemal is speaking with students; they all seem pretty chummy, which is good, I guess. Wright is jawing with Brenda way to the left. Now Marcia's finding her way to her seat.
     6:29 - the room seems pretty full: excitement, I guess, about the new faculty contract, to be approved tonight. (Item 6.16)

     Here we go:
     6:30 - Reading of actions in closed session: no actions taken in closed session.
     Invocation: Milchiker.  Ends with, "...we pray for peace, Amen."
     The pledge is recited. Good grief.

     Next: some recognitions
     IVC's Prez Roquemore comes up. Dean Doughty (Dean Of Instruction, Economic And Workforce Development) comes up next: recognition for achievement re C-STEM RoboPlay Competition. IVC doesn't have a team, yet they "placed." (2nd, statewide, robotics) Blah, blah, blah. RoboPlay video challenge. 1st in state for best overall video. Mary Kim is director. Etc. Professor Chandos, evidently, was involved. (Good Lord.) Blah blah. Congrats. Nine students participated. Five here today. Photo op.
     Next: Saddleback's Tod Burnett: medallion awards at National Council on Marketing and Public relations. Evidently, SC has a "marketing team." Radio ad, etc.
     ALSO: Cal Comm Colleges Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Bill Kelly, et al. Big applause. The board members stand! Good freakin' grief. They don't stand for anything academic. They stand for football.

Myers
     Public comments:
     Charles Myers: (Communication Arts Instructor.) We are strongly in agreement with proposed collaboration with Cal State campus (I forgot which). Thanks for your support!

     Board Reports:
     Terri Whitt: attended several events. Something was "amazing," she said. Attended 30th Anniversary ceremony at IVC. "You've gone a long way," she says (of IVC), patronizingly.
     Marcia Milchiker: attended many events, including SC homecoming. (God, they love that sports shit.) 6 of the 7 trustees "were there." Gosh, what a "hands-on board"! Visited the Casa Del Sol, blah blah blah, Solar Decathlon. Our house (done by IVC with UCI, Chapman) was best. House that conserves energy, etc. Makes a difference in "keeping our environment sound."
     James Wright: also attended several events. There was a national moment of silence re the shooting at Oregon conducted at both campuses. (Natch, he didn't notice the special installation at IVC.) Mentions Solar Decathlon. We took 9th place. Blah blah blah. OC School Board Association dinner/event was "very well received." Attended conference in San Diego of national trustees. "We had a White House official" speak to us. Discussed the notion of free tuition in some states. Attended the homecoming at SC, the 30 year celebration at IVC.
     Tim Jemal: mentioned the shooting in Oregon. An attack against one community college is an attack on "all of us." Homecoming, etc. Solar Decathlon was fantastic. Impressed with use of grey water in Orange house. Missed the 30th Anniversary at IVC. I wasn't there when Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to the President. (Har har. In fact, everyone in the room warbled "Happy Birthday" to TJ. I rolled my eyes and imagined being at a real college.)
     TJ Prendergast: was very impressed by the Solar Decathlon houses. "Everybody had such great ideas."  These students weren't even majoring in engineering. OC School Board Association dinner was good, etc. Trustee conference in San Diego was good; valuable information. Homecoming, IVC's 30th, well put together.
     Barbara Jay: I left for a cruise on the Panama Canal right after the last meeting (she said), so I've missed much of this. Attended IVC's 30th. "Glenn Roquemore, you did a great job on that." (No, you didn't.) I can't believe it's been 30 years. Impressed with support from City of Irvine. Attended "partnership breakfast" put on by SC. It was "great." Very informative for K-12 leaders. Mentioned newspaper article about Saddleback College, nearing 50 years. (She's running way over time. A timer appears on the screen.)
     Dave Lang: I'll be brief since others covered my ground. Homecoming game--Saddleback was victorious. Congrats. Made it to Solar Decathlon. That was "a lot of fun. Interesting." Surprising, the talent. Couldn't make the 30th Anniversary event. It's been a busy time.
     Student trustee: everything he attended was "well done," including the meat at the BBQ.

     Chancellor (Poertner's) report: item on agenda: Accreditation. Everybody's goal for this year and next: working on accreditation. We're expecting the whole thing to be "quite positive." Also tonight: proposal for joint partnership, SC radio and Cal State Northridge radio station (both stations are 88.5). There's a problem with interference between the two stations. We'll turn the problem into something positive. This will be of "great interest to you."
     President Roquemore (IVC): Tragic events at the Oregon CC, our hearts go out, etc. Both colleges have "excellent emergency environments." (No they don't.) We've been working on this since "Virginia Tech." We've been meeting to step things up. Mentions something about "blue lights" around campus and "innovative door locks." (The cops have the keys.) We've been stepping up training, trying to involve faculty, students. The situation is being taken "very seriously." Solar Decathlon: 1st time that an American CC was involved in this kind of event. Tod and I worked together closely, blah blah. "Absolutely incredible." Held our "Golf Classic." We raised money. Be sure to see "Hairspray." It's a "blockbuster," people are enjoying it. Blah blah blah blah blah.
     President Burnett (SC): Blah, blah. Homecoming was successful. "Overwhelming victory." (He swells, yet further, with pride.) This Saturday, we beat OCC, the bastards. 14th time. Blah blah blah. Solar Decathlon: we're very proud of what our students and faculty did. Glenn championed this. Golly, thanks. Nov 10: at Disneyland Hotel: our own bio instructor Karah Street. Street will be honored, among others. Family night is coming up. Mark your calendar: OC (something) showcase. Thoughts and prayers to SC student who was killed in a hit-and-run accident recently.
     IVC student government: nice report. (I love how students refer to trustees as 'you guys.' Who can explain it?) Mentions "Million Student March" demanding free tuition. This kid seems to support that. He seems to assume the trustees are with 'im. Not so sure.

     No board requests for reports.
     We will advance 6.16: employee master agreement
     Rec: board should approve contract. 
     UNANIMOUS "YES" VOTE.
     We take a break.
     There's an outbreak of applause re contract. It's an absurd moment. I yawn. Half the audience trails out, into the night. They got what they wanted.

Item 4.1 - Update on accreditation
     [Break ends:] 7:14: Craig Justice comes up to give report
     Blah, blah, blah. Explains the basics of accreditation, how the ACCJC gives us standards, how we write a report in relation to standards. [He doesn't mention that the Accreds are fascists and morons.] Explains 4 basic standards. A new one: "integrity." Blah blah blah. There've been "overall changes" to simplify the format. It's now a 7-year cycle (not 6). An effort to be "more pro-active." Turns it over to Bob C:
     New Accred standards: standard 4 especially. This one has popped up (as a problem) in the past. New standards perhaps have brought clarification to the process, and that's good. I just returned from Greece: cradle of all things academic (I guess). He tells a Cosgrovian joke. I cringe.
     Decision-making roles, processes are important. Several trustees will be asked to be interviewed--so that we have documentation that we are complying with ACCJC standards. Etc. (Trustees look concerned.) A closer look at Standard IV: blah blah blah. When we talk about the Brown Act and the Ed Code, says Bob, this means nothing to ACCJC, which is not a California agency. Mentions a standard: once the board makes a decision, every board member must support it, etc. Mentions "delineations of district and college functions." Blah blah blah.
     Next: Kathy S: Would like to point out: every college approaches its self-evaluation differently. IVC and SC are similar but not identical in this regard. Mentions Accred workgroups, following standards. We have a broad, inclusive group, SPAC (Strategic Planning and Accred Council). Also AOWG: Accred Oversight Work Group. 16 Workgroups, 72 members. 96 Tears. These numbers will change over time. Reps from all groups on campus. On Sharepoint, we have all the documentation, work. Events: during Flex Week, mini-retreats, etc.
     Juan Avalos (VP for SS): blah, blah, blah. And I mean that. Standard 2 is the megastandard of Accred, he said, I think. More blah blah blah. This guy speaks like a tiny, chintzy needle gun. Boink boink boink. Ting.
     Kathy S: Now, the Accred timeline. "Not greatly detailed." More blah.
     Bob C: we're pretty much parallel with IVC. (It's a theme. Parallelism and collaborationism.)
     Kathy S: a huge amount of collaboration in reports. Served us well, this collaboratin'. We're working together well and will continue to do so. Lots of sharing. Lots of hugs. It's best for all, the more we work together, hug. Yadda yadda.
     QUESTIONS?
     Wright: when will reports be handed in to ACCJC? Avalos: must arrive at ACCJC in Feb or March for their meeting.
     Bob C, quoting those dang Greeks again: "all life is uncertain." Hope we'll be less uncertain about this process than in past.


     Consent Calendar. 5.7, 5.8. 5.12, etc.They vote on balance. Unanimous.

     5.1 - Lang had some nit-picky point about the minutes, a "unanimous" vote that was not. Fix the record, goddamit.
     5.7 - Wright: two courses with the same title. The need for a correction is noted. Also: no labs for certain courses. How can that be? Schmeidler answers. One course has labs included already. (Bio 94, I think.) Wright is being his occasionally nit-picky and stubborn self. It became a war of Chem vs. Bio. Good grief. Prendergast joins: shouldn't it be clear from the title that a course includes a lab? (I think this is called "micromanagement." Yep, I'm sure of it.) KS tries to explain that we do things that way in part owing to articulation concerns. That's what some of the other systems want. Wright is a dog with a bone. He is unmoved; he as that look. He won't let it go; this is no way to run Bio classes (he implies, with eyebrows and the slight tilt of his old head). But he eventually relents. They vote. Unanimous yes.
     5.8 - Wright: more nit-pickery. They vote. Unanimous yes.
     5.11 - Lang: wants to mention, Audit committee met earlier this afternoon. Also Foundation officers were present. We agreed in principle with district's recommendation on this item. Didn't like some of the wording. With that change, moved approval. Fitz: we'll make that change. Vote: unanimous yes.
     5.12 - Pulled on behalf of Chancellor. Fitz: authorized signature list, blah blah blah. Too tedious to listen to. I'm feeling faint. Unanimous yes.
    5.14 - Transfer of Budget Appropriations. Wants clarification. Fitz answers. None of this is out of reserve. Blah blah. (This may be interesting, but I sure don't know about it.) Vote: unanimous yes.

General Action items:

     Item 6.1: letter of intent to establish collaborative operating agreements for radio stations, blah blah blah.
     What is proposed is syncing of signals between two radio stations with same number. Proposed partnership. Speaker notes main players, people in the room, etc. Familiar faces, I guess.
     Terry Somebody (Terry Wedel, now-retired Director of Broadcast Services for KSBR Radio) now speaks. He explains: in old days, cities surrounded by rural areas, broadcasted outward to rural oblivion. KSBR/KCSN--our station and Northridge's. He shows "contours" for KSBR and KCSN. There's much overlap. KCSN contours are bigger (wider), more powerful signal. There's an area where the signal of our station just won't get picked up. 40% of the population intended to receive signal can't listen to KSBR. There's a lot of "radio no-man's land." It's a mess. Peculiarities. First twenty-one years, we were adversarial (the two stations, institutions), and that didn't work. About 15 years ago, we tried to finesse things. Any way to fix this (interference) snafu? Expert said: "you're screwed." But expert added: you can combine signals, might be great. Northridge said: no way, Jose. But somebody new (and good) got hired up at Northridge and things changed. A long conversation commenced. Went forward with study about feasibility of combining station. (Showed slide, showing coverage after combining stations.) Looks good! Syncing the two signals, one giant station. We can get to 11 million people! Imagine! Right now, we get to half a million. Ultimately, a group met at CalState Northridge Prez's office. Realized big pluses.
Jim Rondeau
      So now we have a "letter of intent." An authorization to begin negotiations of issues that have to be worked out. Intent: to create a very equal partnership -- interference-free signal, etc. Sync signals. Adopt the best format to build audience. (We're in the #2 market in the nation; New York is #1.) Huge coverage: 11 and a half million people. Co-branded as a joint service, etc. A rare opportunity.
     Will cover all of OC and LA counties. Right now, we use general fund. We could be raising up to $5 million a year. If you approve this letter, we can begin negotiating. Blah blah blah.
     Fitz: asking tonight: approval. Move to next stage, negotiation. Will come back to board with agreement (operating agreement included). Joint powers authority created. Will involve legal counsel. Very specialized people necessary (legally).


     QUESTIONS?
Wedel
     Jemal: say more about fundraising, etc.
     "More."
     No, really.
     Stations of this size: are able to fundraise to larger audience. KUSC, for instance. Large amounts of money. They're flush, those bastards.
     Jemal: We're talking about a brand new business model for this operation. Sounds like our station's content will dramatically change.
     We have wide content now. We'll be making changes to meet the audience in any case. Always evolving. Nature of the beast, I guess. Fundraising "is a game of percentages." The numbers will be much larger, thus the funds raised will be larger. Student enthusiasm will grow if we do this. Right now, very little student involvement.
     Jemal: will this meet FCC approval?
     Fitz: yes. (She elaborates. I don't care.)
     Prendergast: transfer pathways between our students and Cal State N?
     Yes. The station will "be a big recruitment tool." Will attract professionals. (Jim broke in to say: really, each college will produce its own programs, independently. Still, really, two different stations.)
     Lang: yes, as you acknowledge, you won't be able to raise lots of funds immediately. So will there be big upfront costs?
     Terry (former SC radio guy): he seemed to say that its time to reconsider the kind of radio station we want to be. (My brain is cutting out; long day.)
     Other guy: Currently, our college is spending $341K a year. I think there will be a cost savings going forward.
     Faculty guy (Myers) steps up: perfect timing to do this, from a cost standpoint.
     Other guy: there's a lot of enthusiasm over build-out.
     Fitz: notes all the things that will be covered in negotiations. If you approve this tonight, we can always back out.
     Jim: lays it on pretty thick: other great opportunities here. Blah blah blah. It all sounds pretty exciting. As it is now, our station is a volunteer operation, so.... We're talking about something much better for students. Look at KUSC, KPCC, KCRW(I think), etc. Branding opportunity, marketing opportunity.
     The ability to inform both counties: the courses we offer. Very exciting.
     Whitt: you said we will target a larger audience. That's not "content." Etc. (God, she's earnest.)
     Jim: seemed to answer her issues well. We won't be diluting the content. There will be some different content. Change can be difficult. We'll be able to produce higher quality content. Change will occur in any case. Going from an market covering 372,000 to over 11 million. Meyers steps in again: the content will increase in quantity and quality, ten-fold. Greater depth.
    Whitt: her concern is with "faithful listeners." (WTF?)
    Milchiker: Terry shouldn't have been allowed to retire (laughter). Talks about student DJs, etc. Won't this new reality be daunting for our students? Maybe their heads will pop.
    We won't put on the air a first-timer (something like that). Marcia: I wish you well in the negotiations.
     Student trustee: wouldn't KCSN's programing dilute our own? (I never understand this kid.)
     Programing will be fully integrated. Blah blah blah.
     Prendergast: has the Cal State Northridge board already acted on this?
     Fitz: they don't need to. Blah.
     Call for vote:
     No, Jemal: if you pull this off, it will be a very significant achievement. Kudos for moving forward with this.
     Vote: unanimous yes.

     6.2 - approved unanimously
     6.3 - approved unanimously
     6.4 - unanimous yes vote
     6.5 - Grant re Asian American/Native American/ Pacific Islanders. Lang: what percentage of students are in this category? Roquemore: he mentioned a surprisingly high figure--twenty-something percent. Jemal: congrats. Would like to learn more about activities of the grant. Vote: unanimous yes
     6.6 - Unanimous yes.
     6.7 - Liberal Arts Building Project, IVC. Unanimous yes.
     6.8 - Life Science Building Project, IVC. Unanimous yes.
     6.9 - Board policies, etc. Lang carps about paragraph D (5404). Wants some language change. Lang gives recommendations. Fitz: that doesn't change the meaning, so looks OK. Blah blah blah. They vote: unanimous yes.
     6.10 - More board policies--for review and study. Unanimous yes
     6.11 - Paying absent trustee. No discussion, unanimous yes, as usual. Good grief. A tiny monument of corruption, still standing
     6.12 - Police Officers Association, district initial proposal. Opportunity for public comment.
     Public hearing now open. Public comments? None, natch. Hearing now closed.
     Further discussion? No. Of course.
     6.13 - Academic Personnel Actions. Unanimous yes
     6.14 - Classified Personnel Actions. Bugay mentions some small changes. Unanimous yes
     6.15 - Full-time faculty hiring lists. Bugay: modifications, exhibit B. Blah blah. IVC: two additional positions. Guidance and counseling: generalist. Veteran. Lang: listed in priority order? Yes, realistically, how many expect to fill? For Saddleback: 4-8. For IVC: 10-14. Vote: unanimous yes.
 

Reports:

     7.1 - blah
     7.2 - blah
     7.3 - blah
     Etc.

Next up: reports from admin and governance groups.

--Hence, I'm outa here. (8:56)

SEE ALSO: SOCCCD's "$200K Club" (according to Transparent California, 2014)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Colleagues support chastised professor (LA Times, Oct 25, 2015)
Cal State Fullerton staffers call censure over textbook unfair.
By Carla Rivera
     Nearly 70 Cal State Fullerton faculty members signed a letter Friday supporting the efforts of a math professor who is appealing a reprimand for failing to use an assigned textbook in an advanced algebra class.
     The letter was presented to a three-member faculty committee considering a grievance filed by associate professor Alain Bourget, who in spring 2014 dropped the long-used textbook co-written by the department’s chairman and vice chairman. Bourget opted instead to use new — and cheaper — course materials he thought were more relevant.
     The letter was presented to a three-member faculty committee considering a grievance filed by associate professor Alain Bourget, who in spring 2014 dropped the long-used textbook co-written by the department’s chairman and vice chairman. Bourget opted instead to use new — and cheaper — course materials he thought were more relevant.
     Bourget received a written reprimand for failing to use the assigned book and not following department procedures. He has argued that there was no clear policy preventing him from using a different book.
     The case has sparked a national debate over academic freedom and the circumstances under which professors should assign their own books to students.
After the hearing, Bourget said he was disappointed that his case has caused so much dissension.
      “A lot of people are taking it personally and feel like I’m attacking the university,” he said.
     The hearing panel has 14 days to consider its findings and make a recommendation to university President Mildred Garcia on whether to revoke the reprimand.
     The faculty letter presented to the panel said that many other departments do not require a single textbook for all course sections and others have an explicit process for textbook selection. “But the vast, vast majority of departments resolve these questions amicably and according to well-documented processes,” it said.
      “There is a time and place for a censure action. That time is not when in good faith an expert in the field seeks to improve the quality of the curricula and the policy is unclear.”
     Campus officials would not directly comment on the hearing. But in an email, David Bowman, interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, defended the math department’s procedures.
      “In the case of courses with multiple class sections, textbook selection may be shared across multiple instructors,” said Bowman, who wrote the letter of reprimand. “Departments may elect to use a single textbook in such instances, particularly in courses where the subject matter is closely tied to the curriculum in subsequent coursework.”

SEE ALSO Gag Order Placed on Cal State Fullerton Faculty After Professor Blasts Textbook Price (Matt Coker)

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:

. . .

  • 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