Friday, March 13, 2020

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey CSEA. Now is your moment to take action on something important for once. What will your response be to the District’s embarrassing policy on leave for parents whose children are out of school? It is devoid of compassion and understanding. Stand up to this. Demand better.

Bob said...

When Gary Poertner left, so did compassion and genuine concern for staff.

Anonymous said...

I can’t believe that staff is still required to go in and expose themselves. The district seems concerned with making sure students and faculty are as safe as possible, which a good thing. But why the double standard for staff members?

Bob said...

Agreed.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be mixed and changing messages about this matter plus tone-deaf missives from the district. Faculty and admin need to speak up on behalf of staff.

Anonymous said...

Roy, it's time to terminate this blog. You are wasting your life. Become part of the solution to what you think is wrong. As it is, you are part of the problem. Move on friend.

Bob said...

Roy, you have solved many problems and exposed others. You are not "part of the problem." Instead of 5:56 AM seeing Roy that way, perhaps 5:56 AM should move on OR just stop reading this blog.

Best of St. Pat's day.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Bob. Where else can employees engage in critical discussion without fear of retaliation from administrators? The comments above 5:56 AM aren't even toxic, just genuine concern for staff members who feel their health and safety isn't being equally considered. Thanks for this space Roy!

Anonymous said...

The blog has been essential all these years, part of the solution to a very big problem that is not quite resolved yet. Thanks Roy!

Anonymous said...

Roy, thank you for keeping us informed all these years. 5:56 AM is clueless.

Anonymous said...

Way to go, philosopher and ethicician. Like that word, Roy? Keep up the thought sharing.

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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