Friday, September 15, 2017

OCC: "We Stand with Our Dreamers"; IVC, not so much. But we have lots of blue tents!

From Orange Coast College's website
from their website:
​Orange Coast College welcomes and supports students from ALL walks of life, regardless of immigration status. In accordance with California law AB 540 and the California Dream Act, undocumented students at OCC will be afforded the same rights and resources as their peers, including access to resident tuition fees and financial aid.
OCC's website includes the following information:

About the End of DACA
Rescission Resources for DACA
Know Your Rights

Qualifying for Resident Tuition Fees under AB 540
Applying for Finanical Aid under the California Dream Act

Safety Plan for Youth & Children
Immigrant Rights Advocates in/near Orange County


What is DACA?
How do I apply for DACA?
Should I renew my DACA?
What is the difference between DACA, AB 540, and the California Dream Act?
What is Advance Parole?

Upcoming Events

DACA Information Session
Thursday, Sept 14 @ 3:30 p.m.
Location: Multicultural Center
In partnership with UCI Dreamers Center

DACA Renewal Clinic
Wednesday, Sept. 20 @ 5-9 p.m.
Location: Student Center Lounge
In partnership with OC Immigrant Youth United

Constitution Day
Wednesday, Sept. 20 @ 11 a.m.
Location: Robert B. Moore Theatre

Campus Announcements

DACA Students Eligible for Scholarships to Be Used Toward Renewal
President Dennis Harkins' message to DACA Students
President Dennis Harkins' message about DACA Rescission

Contacts Information:

For general questions about DACA
Global Engagement Center
Phone: (714) 432-6810

For questions about DACA resources on campus
Student Equity
Location: Watson Hall, 2nd floor
Phone: (714) 432-6847

For questions about AB 540 status
Enrollment Center
Location: Watson Hall, 1st floor
Phone: (714) 432-0202 ext. 26379
For questions about Financial Aid under California Dream Act
Financial Aid
Location: Watson Hall, 4th floor
Phone: (714) 432-5508

In contrast, the IVC website dedicated to this topic, filed for inexplicable reasons under the auspices of Ofiice of Marketing and creative Services,  leads with a curiously remote image of blue tents from IVC's 2015 preview day and the title: Statement on Rescission of DACA

followed by this statement:
Upon learning of the Trump administration’s decision to phase out and rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the South Orange County Community College District reaffirms its commitment to upholding the constitutional rights of everyone in the United States, regardless of their citizenship or visa status.

We are steadfast in our commitment to our students’ rights and are dedicated to ensuring that all students have full access to our colleges and are protected from actions that would disrupt their education. Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College provide a safe learning environment for a diverse population of students, including immigrants who are pursuing a better life for themselves and their families. We will continue to be in full compliance of the District’s policies and procedures and will follow federal and state laws and regulations.
Our district is working closely with the California Community Colleges State Chancellor’s Office to advocate with Congress on a permanent resolution to help students who are impacted by the president’s decision. If you are interested in lending your support for this effort, please click here to contact your representatives.
To access resources for undocumented students, please visit the State Chancellor’s Office website at:
Thank you to our dedicated students, faculty, staff, and administrators for your support of all of our students. 
Timothy Jemal
Board President
Dr. Debra L. Fitzsimons
Interim Chancellor
Denise Whittaker
Interim President, Saddleback College
Dr. Glenn R. Roquemore
President, Irvine Valley College
Nary a local contact or on-campus reference.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

To Boldly Go

From UC Irvine's website.
Our corporate overlord at Workday sent employees this missive today through the ether:

Sent to all employees
Workday Update – AB 1887 Restricts Travel to Certain States
With the passage of AB 1887, the California Legislature announced that our state “must take action to avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.” AB 1887 prohibits state agencies from requiring state employees and officers to travel to a state that has enacted a law that discriminates against the LGBT community.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office supports the out-of-state travel restrictions and will not approve travel to an AB1887 restricted state, regardless of the funding source for the travel.
On August 21, 2017 the SOCCCD board approved the Chancellor’s recommendation to support State Chancellor Oakley's adoption of AB 1887 out-of-state travel restrictions for all SOCCCD travel to the following states:  Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas.

To assist you, we have changed the Workday Spend Authorization process to display a warning if you select a restricted state in the destination for your airfare.

Any exceptions to the restrictions due to extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Vice Chancellor of Business Services.

The state currently subject to this policy:

1. Alabama
2. Kansas
3. Kentucky
4. Mississippi
5. North Carolina
6. South Dakota
7. Tennessee
8. Texas

A little local background.  AB 1887 originally appeared as Item 5.13 on the consent calendar of the August 21 SOCCCD board meeting. Prendergast and Jemal pulled item 5.13 from the consent calendar. Prendergast, who identified himself as an ally of the LBGTQ community, wanted to be assured that exceptions existed to address the possible impact on students. The chancellor reassured him there were.  The motion passed unanimously.  Move by Prendergast, second by Lang. 

Here's the complete text of AB 1887.

Here's the UCI fact page for their employees. 


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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