Saturday, January 28, 2017

How will Trump's refugee and seven-country Muslim ban affect our students?

The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Colleges Scramble After Trump’s Executive Order Bans Citizens of 7 Muslim Countries

The main message was one many institutions had been spreading well before Friday: Students and scholars, if you might be affected by such an executive order, don’t leave the country...
...An official with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities told The New York Times that the association knew of an undergraduate student in Iran who had been stopped from boarding a flight to the United States. It is estimated that more than 15,000 international students could be affected by the ban, roughly 12,000 from Iran alone....
...Chapman University on Friday sent an email to the campus urging people outside the United States who might be affected by the order to return “as soon as possible.” (According to the Times, people seeking to enter the United States on Friday night were already being stopped at airports, including refugees who were in the air when the order was signed.)
A copy of the email sent out by Chapman University to its community:  Note the use of the phrase "could become indefinite."

This article from Pro Publica offers more insight:
Trump Executive Order Could Block 500,000 Legal U.S. Residents From Returning to America From Trips

The order bans the “entry” of foreigners from those countries and specifically exempts from the ban those who hold certain diplomatic visas.
Not included in the exemption, however, are those who hold long-term temporary visas — such as students or employees — who have the right to live in the United States for years at a time, as well as to travel abroad and back as they please....
...Citizens of Iran and Iraq far outnumber those from the other five countries among green card and visa holders. In the past 10 years, Iranian and Iraqi citizens have received over 250,000 green cards.
Iran also has the 11th most students in the U.S. among foreign nations, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, which tracks the demographics of international students.
“We are inundated with calls and questions of how this is going to affect people,” said Jamal Abdi, policy director for the National Iranian American Council, an organization that advocates for better relations between Iranian and American people.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kellyanne Conway offers "alternative facts" while refusing to answer questions

Rainy Rally at UCI on Inauguration Day

Demonstrators walk under umbrellas in a downpour as they protest newly elected
President Donald Trump at UC Irvine on Friday. Photo by Don Leach. 
Friday's noontime rally on Inauguration Day gets some ink in the LA Times. One of the students interviewed is Jordan Hoiberg of Irvine Valley College and Rebel Girl knows that Red Emma is in one of the photos somewhere. He came home soaked.

UCI marchers protest as Trump begins his presidency

A few hours after Donald Trump was sworn in Friday as the nation’s 45th president, a line of more than 100 UC Irvine faculty members and students took to the campus in pouring rain to demonstrate their opposition to his policies on immigration and other issues and urge other opponents to keep organizing during Trump’s presidency.
Some shouted “Education, not deportation” and held signs reading “Black lives matter” and “Immigrants welcome.”
“We need to show that Trump’s policy on mass deportation [of undocumented immigrants] is not acceptable to our communities,” said Jordan Hoiberg, 22, an Irvine Valley College student who marched at the front of the line.
To read the rest and see more photos, click 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