Our colleagues at PAC AAUP are on a roll! We’ve received permission to republish their latest email sent to PAC AAUP members and friends of PAC AAUP:
“Get people and inform them. The board can’t ignore 300 people. You need to stand united and know that you have allies on the board. You are not powerless.” (Trustee Clint Kinsgsbury)
Members of PAC AAUP and Friends of PAC AAUP, may I count on you to be there? There is a Board meeting on December 16th at the Alamo Colleges Building (Board Room 101) at 201 W. Sheridan.
This time faculty will be presenting to the Board of Trustees on the topic of the majors. The faculty senates from PAC, SAC, SPC and NVC are against the removal of the majors and so are the AAUP chapters from each college. We have allies on the Board. Let’s not let them down. They are working very hard to serve our students well and they fully acknowledge the importance of having faculty input on important decisions. They understand that many of us are coming forth to assert our conviction that District made a VERY poor decision in removing majors (AA and AS degrees in specific disciplines) from transcripts. This move devalues students’ AA and AS degrees and has an adverse effect on students’ employability and promotability.
Your presence at the Board meeting will be imperative to impress upon the Board that this action (removal of majors) is BAD for students, NOT what students want and DOES NOT have the support of faculty.
Bruce Leslie says he wants to open communication and allow for participatory leadership. Long overdue, but let’s see if he will put his written words into practice. To date, the following have said NO to the removal of majors:
No to the Removal of Majors from AA/AS Degrees:
- PAC Faculty Senate
- SAC Faculty Senate
- SPC Faculty Senate
- NVC Faculty Senate
- Community Leaders who spoke at the Oct 28th Board Meeting
- Student Leadership Coalition and C.O.P.S./Metro Alliance
- Student from SPC, NVC, SAC (who presented to the Board on Oct 28th)
- Nascent Student Leadership Coalitions from SPC and SAC prepared to speak out on Dec 16th
- Numerous Faculty Leads and Department Chairs across the Colleges
- Experienced Faculty Who Have Successfully Led Numerous SACSCOC Reaffirmation Efforts
Yes to the Removal of Majors from AA/AS Degrees:
- Chancellor Bruce Leslie
- Vice Chancellor Jo Carol Fabianke
Alamo Colleges Board of Directors?
- Never consulted and told it was “not in their jurisdiction”.
Best Practices? Let’s look at one of the best in the country – El Paso Community College
How good are they?
Out of 1,200 colleges EPCC was named one of the top ten community colleges in the country. This due to the college’s impact on student success.
EPCC and Serrata had a successful year. The college boasts of some of the nation’s top graduation and retention rates.
“We were selected as one of the top ten of the entire nation,” Serrata said. “With this should we be chosen as the aspen prize winner, that comes along with a million dollar prize, and so we’re certainly excited about that.” (Source: full article posted on Dec 2, 2014 – http://www.kvia.com/news/el-paso-community-college-board-renews-president-dr-william-serratas-contract/30031028)
Did El Paso “COMMUNITY” College get rid of their AA and AS Majors? NO!
AA in Accounting, Business and Economics
AA in Advertising
AA in Chicano Studies
AA in Computer Scince
AA in Criminal Justice
AA in Dance
AA in English
AA in Journalism
AA in Music
AA in Philosphy
AA in Psychology
AA in Radio and Television
AA in Speech Communication
AA in Teacher Preparation
AA in Theater
AS in Biological Science
AS in Chemistry
AS in Engineering – Civil
AS in Engineering – Electrical
AS in Engineering – Industrial
AS in Engineering – Materials
AS in Engineering – Physics
AS in Psychology
AS in Theater
They even have the “generic degree” option:
AS – General
AA – General
What does El Paso Community College say about the value of AA Majors?
[from their catalog]
The Associate of Arts Degree is composed of the Core Curriculum and 18 additional hours in an area of study selected by the student.
Students are encouraged to complete the requirements of a degree at El Paso Community College even if they are planning to transfer to another college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. One advantage of completing a degree is the fact that this action reflects commitment to a specific educational goal and success in meeting that goal. Earning an associate degree is evidence of taking one definable step beyond a high school diploma or the high school equivalency examination, and it is the minimum educational requirement for employment in certain positions in area businesses and industries.
Shouldn’t we be following in the footsteps of a national leader in student success (graduation and retention), one that has demonstrated success in serving a student demographic much like the Alamo Colleges? Sounds like they are demonstrating a “best practice” in keeping their majors. What do you think?
Bruce Leslie calls for Participatory Leadership? We shall see.
As for Speed of Trust? It’s not fast or slow … it’s simply earned! …at any rate!
Actually, it’s much more complicated than that. For a scientific perspective on the relationship between Trust and Leadership, see the following article published in the Journal of Applied Psychology: Trust in Leadership: Meta-Analytic Findings and Implications for Research and Practice. (Dirks, K.T., and Ferrin, D.L. 2002, Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol 87 No. 4, pp 611-628), American Psychological Association).
This is the stuff they have you read in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. (by the way, I didn’t see Stephen Covey cited in the references section of this article)
See you at the Board meeting on Dec 16th.