Friday, October 19, 2018

suckage obtains

     Yes, at yesterday's IVC Academic Senate, one senator reported witnessing someone (I believe) drawing a Swastika on a bathroom door or some such. There was much discussion about that and about other somewhat related security issues on campus.
     All seemed to agree that Prez Glenn Roquemore is an idiot.
     The general impression left by the meeting is that no one is in charge of the college, many people are angry or disgruntled, and, well, suckage generally obtains.

Anonymous said...
What Roy said.
     --8:51 PM, October 19, 2018

Anonymous said...
Not only is there no way to communicate to the college at large and especially the students in any effective way (I had a counselor come into my class the other day and he acknowledged to the students that he knows they don't read the avalanche of emails they receive: "I know," he said, "I see it when you're in my office and we open up your MySite and your email - nothing has been read." - they all laughed) but they don't even know WHO the president is. He has the office but he lack the authority. Why would they listen to him even if he cared enough to say anything to anyone ever? Swastikas!
     --9:02 PM, October 19, 2018


Anonymous said...
They don't respond not only because there is no practical way for them to respond but also because they don't care. They will use the excuse that they don't want to bring attention to such behavior and attitudes but truly, the failure to speak out emboldens those to do such things and the failure to speak out hurts further the people these actions target. It tells them they don't matter.
     --7:20 PM, October 20, 2018

Anonymous said...
Glenn is an idiot but somehow stays in his job. Discouraging! Imagine what the college would be like with someone good in that seat.
     --6:44 PM, October 22, 2018

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What Roy said.

Anonymous said...

Not only is there no way to communicate to the college at large and especially the students in any effective way (I had a counselor come into my class the other day and he acknowledged to the students that he knows they don't read the avalanche of emails they receive: "I know," he said, "I see it when you're in my office and we open up your MySite and your email - nothing has been read." - they all laughed) but they don't even know WHO the president is. He has the office but he lack the authority. Why would they listen to him even if he cared enough to say anything to anyone ever? Swastikas!

Anonymous said...

They don't respond not only because there is no practical way for them to respond but also because they don't care. They will use the excuse that they don't want to bring attention to such behavior and attitudes but truly, the failure to speak out emboldens those to do such things and the failure to speak out hurts further the people these actions target. It tells them they don't matter.

Anonymous said...

Glenn is an idiot but somehow stays in his job. Discouraging! Imagine what the college would be like with someone good in that seat.

Anonymous said...

This generation prefers texts or messenger.

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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