Friday, December 18, 2015

     Carlos Bustamante, a former Orange County executive and one-time rising star in the local GOP, pled guilty late Friday morning to multiple sex crimes and theft of public funds, according to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney's Office....
‘The Big Short,’ Housing Bubbles and Retold Lies
Paul Krugman DEC. 18, 2015
     …Sure enough, “The Big Short” has already been the subject of vitriolic attacks in Murdoch-controlled newspapers; if the movie is a commercial success and/or wins awards, expect to see much more.
     The thing to remember, when you see such attacks, is why they’re taking place. The truth is that the people who made “The Big Short” should consider the attacks a kind of compliment: The attackers obviously worry that the film is entertaining enough that it will expose a large audience to the truth. Let’s hope that their fears are justified.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Board Meeting Highlights: Jemal is Prez

     Please see Tere’s Board Meeting Highlights
     Here are two interesting factoids therein:
     The board of trustees conducted their annual organizational meeting and facilities corporation meeting. The new board leadership positions are Tim Jemal, President; Jim Wright, Vice President; and Dave Lang, Clerk.
. . .
     Employment contract for Gary L. Poertner as Chancellor, SOCCCD, effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.
     Jemal as President: that's likely a good thing.
It can be fixed, some say
(the "CEO perspective")
     The extension of Poertner's contract, insiders tell me, does not reflect a desire to extend Poertner's service into the future. Rather, the new contract is, I'm told, an inducement for him to retire asap.
     I'm also told that, when Gary P steps down, which will be soon, "big changes" will occur throughout the district, leadershipwise.
     Let's hope the BOT gets an outsider for Chance (and for other roles). We need to get away from this sorry crowd.
     Am I right?
     Re upcoming trustee races: near as I can figure, these four seats are up (for 2016): Jemal, Wright, Lang, Jay. As I recall, Jay promised not to run for office next time around. Yeah.
     Prendergast, Whitt, and Milchiker are up in 2018, I believe. Did Whitt make a promise similar to Jay's?
     Promises, promises.

P.S.: [12/23] A wanted to watch the streaming video of Burnett/Roquemore's report on the accreditor's (ACCJC) recent troubles, but I couldn't get the streaming video page (at the district website) to open (it's mostly blank). So I emailed Tere, who said she was off to a vacation or something, and she dropped the matter in someone else's lap. But I still can't get the "streaming video" page to open.
     What's up with that?

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