Friday, May 29, 2020

   Santiago Canyon College President John Hernandez is moving his office 10 miles south to be the president of Irvine Valley College.
   South Orange County Community College District Chancellor Kathleen Burke has recommended her board of trustees appoint Hernandez after a nationwide search to replace Glenn Roquemore, who left the job in October 2019 and is now the president of California Southern University in Costa Mesa. If the board approves his contract, Hernandez will start his new job on Aug.1.
   “We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. John Hernandez and have all the confidence that he will lead Irvine Valley College in the next wave of progress and development,” Burke said in the district’s May 28 press release.
   No details about Hernandez’s contract were available Thursday, May 28, as it is subject to change by the board, district spokeswoman Letitia Clark said.
   Hernandez has been the president of Santiago Canyon College in Orange since July 2016. Before that, he had worked as the college’s vice president for student services for 11 years.
   Hernandez couldn’t be reached for comment. But before his public candidate forum on May 7, he said Irvine Valley College’s “commitment to student equity in both access and achievement” matches his values and record.
   As president of Santiago Canyon College, Hernandez has grown the school’s enrollment, especially among international students, said Marvin Martinez, chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.
   “He has made the campus not just into a local campus that meets the need of the community, but also an international campus,” Martinez said.
   Martinez said he’s happy for Hernandez as he moves forward in his career. He expects to have a national search to fill Hernandez’s position by July 2021, just as the district is doing for the Santa Ana College president position, Martinez said.
   Current Santa Ana College President Linda Rose has announced she will retire July 1 after four years in her position. Santiago Canyon College Vice President of Academic Affairs Marilyn Flores has been chosen to fill Rose’s position in the interim.
   For both president positions, Martinez said he hopes to find leaders who can be flexible as they steer colleges during the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath.


Anonymous said...

Do well President Hernandez: after the last president's lack of work for students, faculty, staff, and administrators, much repair must be put into place--not over night but steadily and with the advice of all concerned.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations IVC! You got a good one.

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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