Talkback: Express-News editorial calls for ‘better dialogue’

The editorial board at the Express-News needs a little straightening out.

We encourage you to leave comments under this weak attempt to label Chancellor Bruce Leslie’s reckless actions as mere “squabbles” with faculty and students who “feel” left out:

Alamo Colleges needs better dialogue

The very real issue of each college’s accreditation – put directly in the line of fire by Leslie’s reckless actions – is still a thing. It cannot be swept under the rug.

SAC AAUP endorses Pulido, Kingsbery, Grieder

In the upcoming Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees election, the membership of the SAC AAUP has voted to endorse Lorraine Pulido for District 4, Clint Kingsbery in District 8, and Felix Grieder in District 9.

We believe that if elected these three “clean slate” candidates will work to restore shared governance, support open and transparent communication and processes, and hold Chancellor Leslie accountable for decisions which directly threaten each college’s accreditation.

District 4 – Lorraine Pulido

District 8 – Clint Kingsbery
District 9 – Felix Grieder

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you are interested in block walking or phone banking over the next few weeks or would like to volunteer at the polls on election day, please reach out to the candidates through their websites. In these May elections early voting makes a big difference and EVERY SINGLE VOTE COUNTS. When SAC AAUP last supported a candidate (Ramiro Nava v. Roberto Zarate) we won the day of the election thanks to volunteers who showed up to work the polling locations, but lost by 191 votes in early voting. We can’t let this happen again.

Early voting begins April 28 and runs through May 6. May 10 is election day.

Not sure which district you live in? Type in your zip code here. San Antonio College is an early voting location this year. See all early voting locations here.

Let’s work together to put community back into our community colleges.

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The Ranger profiles Board candidates

Today’s issue of The Ranger contains profiles of all the Board candidates:

Early voting begins April 28 and runs through May 6. May 10 is election day.

Not sure which district you live in? Type in your zip code here. San Antonio College is an early voting location this year. See all early voting locations here.

Still on the hook with SACS

4 years ago, an article was published in the May-June issue of AAUP’s Academe about Chancellor Bruce Leslie:

Texas Hold Him

Members of the San Antonio community college system’s board of trustees ignore faculty concerns and reward their chancellor with a generous contract.
By Robert J. Pohl
 
Give it a read through and you’ll see not a lot has changed since this article was published. Issues of college independence, administrative bloat, accreditation, shared governance, and faculty ratios are all still concerns.
 
And speaking of accreditation, even though Chancellor Leslie backed down on plans to implement EDUC 1300 for Fall 2014, the colleges still have to answer to the SACS accrediting agency on issues of autonomy and our curriculum approval process. Our college catalogs are also in disarray mere weeks from the start of Fall 2014 registration. Chancellor Leslie’s gross failure of leadership is hurting the students of the Alamo Colleges. But Board elections are coming up. And Chancellor Leslie serves at the pleasure of the Board.
 
Time for new Board members.

Fire Chancellor Leslie

At the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees District 8 candidate forum held at Northwest Vista College on April 9, both Clint Kingsbery and Steven Gonzales were asked by someone in the audience, “If you could only do one thing if elected, what would it be?” Both candidates answered unequivocally: “Fire Chancellor Leslie.”

District 8 incumbent Gary Beitzel was invited to the forum, but was unable to attend due to a previous commitment.

Texas Week with Rick Casey: video available

Alamo Colleges is about to replace a humanities course with a learning framework focusing on leadership strategies, including those outlined in Stephen R. Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The presidents of all five colleges in the system oppose the change, but the chancellor says it is part of a broader effort to align students’ education with workforce needs.

SAC AAUP president Celita DeArmond and NVC humanities professor Craig Coroneos sat down with Rick Casey to discuss EDUC 1300:

http://video.klrn.org/video/2365217907/