Thursday, September 21, 2017

Half-staff: ten days and counting.

The flags outside A-100 has been flying at half-staff for ten days now. Even the one of the regular Jehovah's Witness women noticed it and asked me about while waiting at the bus stop.

"I don't know why," I told her.  "It started on 9/11 and then just stayed that way."


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

California Guided Pathways Wankery

Institutional Effectiveness Toss Off

The first California Guided Pathways Project (CGPP) Institute was held this week in Costa Mesa. I had the pleasure of joining my AACC colleagues, Aspen Institute leaders, and the Bakersfield and Mt. San Antonio College presidents in making a presentation on our national AACC Guided Pathways Project experience. 20 California colleges were chosen to participate in the first round of CGPP Institutes. Out of the 20 colleges, a few have already done much of the work of setting Meta-majors (or a term of their own liking), and mapping courses leading to the Meta-majors. Mt. SAC (AACC National Guided Pathways Project College), has completed this process for over 70 programs and is moving to implementation. Other colleges are at the very beginning and are highly engaged in the process and the opportunity to increase student completion. CGPP will also go a long way toward supporting our underrepresented students that are often challenged by our existing system of application, matriculation, academic planning, enrollment, and the pathway to completion.

California Guided Pathways Project
In addition to the AACC National Guided Pathways Project and now the CGPP, the State Chancellor Office has established its own Guided Pathways Grant that will be administered by the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). The grant has been funded by the legislature up to $150M. It is anticipated that continued funding for SSSP, SEP, and Basic Skills, will be determined on a direct and measurable connection to the IEPI Guided Pathways under a performance-base model.

Oo! It's big and shiny!
I hope you will participate when the Pathways Pioneers come to your School or Department for an in-depth dialog regarding Guided Pathways.

Very Respectfully,

Glenn R. Roquemore, PhD
Irvine Valley College
     The California Guided Pathways Project will help 20 California community colleges implement an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success by creating structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and careers. 
     Excuse me while I switch hands 
Glenn ♡  Donald

Monday, September 18, 2017

California Community Colleges Board of Governors Calls on Congress to Preserve DACA

Santa Monica College students, accompanied by college administrators, staff and faculty , march to city hall.  (Photo by Telicia LaRue, of the SMC newspaper, The Corsair.) 
Meanwhile, across our county in Santa Ana today:

California Community Colleges Board of Governors Calls on Congress to Preserve DACA
Santa Ana, Calif. -- The California Community Colleges Board of Governors, in a resolution adopted by unanimous vote, today called on Congress to immediately and permanently preserve the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and further work toward comprehensive immigration reform. The board declared its unequivocal support for DACA recipients and other undocumented students in the California Community Colleges system. 
The action is the latest in a series of measures the system has taken following the Trump Administration’s announced plans to eliminate the DACA program after a six-month pause allowing Congress to address the issue. Unless Congress acts, DACA benefits held by tens of thousands of students in the California Community Colleges system will begin to expire in March of 2018.  
“Rescinding the DACA program punishes young people for actions over which they had no control,” said Board of Governors President Cecilia V. Estolano. “We all benefit from this program, which enables hardworking members of society to contribute to their communities, serve in our armed forces and make better lives for themselves and their families at our colleges. Congress must step up sooner, rather than later, and do the right thing.” The resolution unanimously adopted today at the Board of Governors meeting in Santa Ana cites studies showing that deporting all DACA recipients in the United States would cost the federal government $60 billion and cause $280 billion in economic losses over 10 years....
Meanwhile, in the OC Weekly, Matt Coker reports that an  IVC student objects to SOCCCD's letter about DACA whioch he sees as an "an educational institution try to indoctrinate me into a certain way of viewing the world." Check it out here: "Young Immigrant's Letter to College President Takes a Different DACA Tack. "


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