Can someone please point to a vote ever having been taken by the board that publicly and unanimously supported Jeff Marsee? I don't recall one.
I agree, Gina Marie. This was a personality clash of No Calif and the So Calif Marsee. He has progressive ideas that we just weren't ready for.
What never ceases to amaze me is how the culture at CR never seems to change. The faculty strongly opposed the administration of Cedric Sampson. Then when that entire administration dissolved and by 1999 every administrator from the Human Resources Director on up had been there less than two years, there continued to be strife between the faculty and the administration. Once again, nearly every administrator is new, yet the faculty and the administrators can not get along. Although it would be easy to point the finger at the faculty as the common denominator, don't forget the board. Despite a few new faces, it seems the board continues to nod approval rather than take a critical look at whatever is presented to them. The administration and board want the faculty to nod approval as well, yet the very reason ACCJC doesn't approve of CR goes back to the original accreditation process back in 1999. Jeff Bobbitt, and perhaps a few others, essentially wrote the Self-Study without examining much of anything and allowed no input from other administrators and just a few nodding faculty. Well, nice job, we thought when we received ACCJC approval, but apparently they didn't think it was quite so nice 5 years later when Jeff wrote our mid-term report AGAIN without input from the college as a whole. No wonder ACCJC put the college back on Probation Status. History has repeated itself, AGAIN. And now it appears CR did it again--submitted a report without extensive college-wide input. And now we are again on Warning Status. Accreditation is supposed to involve extensive self-examination and concerted effort to improve. Therein lies my advice to all facets--Faculty, Administration, and Board. Do a good self-examination rather than finger pointing. Then resolve to resolve the problems. There is a whole lot at stake here. We can't get ourselves a new accredited college; only you can do that for us. You can retire or move on to other colleges. Our students cannot. Please do the hard work once again to get CR back on track. You did a miraculous job once. Please do it again.
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Dec 12, 2013
vol XXIV issue 50
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