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Re: “College in Revolt

Outsider looking in Pt.2: An example of Pres. Marsee's authoritarian tactics that you may or may not agree with: the so-called 'Summer Surprise' that was referred to in an earlier post was the change from BlackBoard to the Sakai system. It was done with little or no input from anyone concerned, and unilaterally, just before the Fall semester started. Instructors and students had to ramp up to a brand new system with no lead time - it was a real problem. Many changes need to be discussed with faculty and staff before they are implemented - Pres. Marsee regularly uses the tactic of implementing changes without collegial input and then cites interpretive differences of legal and contractual obligations. This forces the faculty or staff to appeal the decisions - a lengthy process. Meanwhile, his implementation becomes de facto, the new interpretation. Given some of his recent statements and moves, I have some predictions: watch for a move back toward a quarter system with no extra pay for the instructors. Watch for instructors who are hired to teach only basic skills. They would be a scheduling nightmare for the departments.(in fact, this one is dangerously close: the wording on a recent call for submission brochure for a Mathematics Instructor calls for A Basic Skills instructor - implying that this should be the narrow extent of the applicant's workload.) Watch for him to try implementing 'legacy' type projects: big ticket projects he can point to in future employment placements as huge accomplishments. (regardless of the economic and academic quagmire he leaves behind surrounding them.) Just my predictions....we'll see.... Oh, and has anyone asked about the whereabouts of the artwork by a certain legendary Ferndale resident?(or failing that, the $20,000 to purchase it?)

Posted by Just a bystander in a war on 04/12/2010 at 9:46 PM

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