Friday, May 26, 2017

IVC Commencement 2017

     It was an overcast afternoon but the usual high spirits of the happy graduates and their proud families carried the day despite the expected gaffes ("graduates of extinction") and usual casual insults from the podium ("Irvine Valley College was probably not your first or even fifth choice..." Ouch!) With trustees like that who needs Betsy DeVos?

     Rebel Girl was on her own today with her Nikon.  She did what she could.

Getting ready.

O Canada!

Runner-up for favorite pic of the day. Dig that Mexican flag in the grad's hand.  "It's a beautiful flag, " Rebel Girl told her.  The grad agreed. 


Off to Cal State Fullerton to become a guidance counselor. 

 A festive atmosphere in the lounge where retirees like Steve Rochford were the subject of much affection.

Steve and Ted's excellent adventure.

Brenda says goodbye - with Rebecca.

Steve and Roy, retirees both. 


Everyone should have a bull horn.

Steve Lee dropped by to make sure all was well.

UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. When he spoke, everyone playing Commencement Bingo 
got to circle "reference to current political situation."



Rebel Girl's favorite photo of the day

Our annual pic of Mark McNeill.

Professor Emily Liu with student. 

Father and son. 

Congratulations everyone!

Irvine Valley College Commencement, 2016

Huh? Kushner did WHAT?

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret channel with Kremlin
(Wash Post)
By Ellen Nakashima, Adam Entous and Greg Miller
     Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in December that Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, asked him about setting up a communications channel between the transition team and the Kremlin using Russian facilities in the United States, an apparent move to shield pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports….

Foul Pond: the Trumpist conspiracy mongers

The Demented Detectives on Seth Rich’s Case
Anna Merlan

     ...The biggest fish in this foul pond … is Sean Hannity of Fox News, who recently latched onto the Rich story, promoting it on his popular prime-time show and on social media. Mr. Hannity, a fierce Trump partisan, seemed aware that his speculation about Mr. Rich’s death could deflect attention away from the multitude of disasters dogging the White House and at his own scandal-plagued network. And he surely knew that the story would play well with his audience, which was eager to see the news about the Trump team’s Russia connections as a mainstream media smoke screen and Mr. Rich’s murder as the real fire.
     After vigorous public shaming — including a Washington Post op-ed essay by Mr. Rich’s parents — and pressure from his show’s advertisers, Mr. Hannity announced that he would stop discussing the murder (“for now,” he added). Fox even retracted a story from its website. He’s still tweeting, though, pledging that he’s close to finding “the truth.”....

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bullet Dodged

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:55 PM

This announcement arrived in all our email boxes this afternoon and word has it the SOCCCD (which has suffered enough) has dodged a bullet. 

• Sent districtwide to all employees

• Chancellor’s Search Update    
• The SOCCCD Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, May 23 in a closed session meeting to discuss items related to its search for and selection of the District’s next Chancellor. The board recently interviewed several candidates that were forwarded from the initial search committee.    
• After a thorough review, the board concluded not to pursue further consideration of these candidates. The current search will be closed and the board will consider an extension of the current Interim Chancellor at its June 26 board meeting.    
• SOCCCD Board President Tim Jemal stated, “The board of trustees appreciates the work of the initial search committee. This is a critically important position with an immense amount of responsibility. We will restart the search with the expectation of finding the best possible Chancellor for our District. It’s a priority for the Board to have an Interim Chancellor in place who can continue to make important and positive changes until a permanent Chancellor is selected.”

8-14: do you regret all the lying?

✅ Trump Encourages Racist Conspiracy Theory on Kamala Harris’s Eligibility to Be Vice President NYT ✅ Orange County Sees Overall Coronavirus...

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