The following statement was sent to all SAC employees on Monday, April 22. We offer up the entire text without comment.
San Antonio College Executive Team
Professional Protocol Statement
The San Antonio College Executive Team wishes to take the lead to help create a clear and coherent pathway of access allowing all diverse groups and perspectives of the college to be heard in the policy-making arena. We think that in too many instances, for too many groups addressing too many issues, the Alamo Colleges’ Board of Trustees “Citizens to be Heard” agenda item has been utilized. Not only is this approach counterproductive and ineffective, it is inappropriate.
The College Executive Team recognizes the stresses and legitimate concerns caused by rapid change, decisions made and/or implemented hastily, and failure to always communicate with clarity and accuracy. The team also recognizes that the district has a responsibility to more clearly articulate a preferred communication model to incorporate all the voices of our institution. As we address these issues, we must recognize that established protocol, professional courtesy, and common sense mandate a shift away from the “Citizens to be Heard” forum. Concerns should first be brought to the college administrators. If the issue is not addressed or resolved, the next appropriate step is to approach the chancellor directly or through his designated contact for that issue. If resolution is not achieved, and the issue is of sufficient weight, the Board of Trustees becomes the forum of last resort. The board’s duties are of a policy making nature. Policy implementation is the role of the administration at the college and at the district.
The College Executive Team is fully confident that through collaborative, conscientious, and collegial effort we can determine and construct a process for all groups to present issues to the board through a method that is more appropriate, more systemic and ultimately more effective.