Firm rebuttal? Hardly. Your comments are, so far, the most inflammatory of any posted here. You are expressing hatred and resentment, full of personal attacks, and invoking stereotypes. If you spoke this way about a person of color, we'd call it racism. Your comments reveal a combination of ignorance regarding the nature of faculty, the work that they do and how they are compensated for it, that are also typical of most racists as regards the racial groups that they hate so much.
I think it's time we moved beyond arguing over past actions. We need to start planning how to meet the ACCJC most recent recommendations. We can't fix the past, but we can work on today, which builds our future. I really find it hard to imagine how anyone, like comment 24 above, can resolve that hatred into a positive working relationship. Let it go. Don't be a hater. it only hurts you more than anyone else.
I wish somebody would follow the money. I know that is supposed to be Marsee's area of expertise, but I am really worried. I am hearing that departments still have no budget, I mean ZERO money, while at the same time I see him making proposals to spend hundreds of thousands, and yet another consultant was hired, this time to survey voters on a possible new bond issue. And, I've heard rumors of misuse of funds in some areas. I suspect Marsee was counting on enrollment growth for an infusion of "growth money" from the state, but that has now been frozen. CCs statewide are canceling classes because of the "no-growth" funding and other cuts. He's saying our budget is fine now, but I think we will hear differently when we need the money for something that he personally doesn't support or care about. Like staff salaries, filling vacancies at the lower levels, maintenance and security, all those boring operational expenses. Most of our staff were already overloaded, due to Casey Crabill's policy of shrinking the number of support staff, she was very open about that, stating that we had about 25-30 unfilled staff positions that she had no intention of filling, ever. Now Marsee creates more work for fewer staff with no pay increases. How long can that go on? Our budget is supposed to be set based on our program reviews in an open process. Well, sure, that happens, but then it goes into the "black box" of upper magmt and never comes back out.
Here's a simplistic outline. There are two ways to run a large unwieldy institution. One, you can pull everybody together, get them working together for a common cause, with common goals. You can encourage innovation and creativity in striving for excellence. You can (what a concept!) ask the people who do the work what they think would make things work better for the client or customer (ie, student, community member). Two, you can force people to implement your ideas through threats and/or rewards. You can cut your way through any existing processes that would involve considering pesky other opinions. You can direct everyone to just do their job, not question anything, and do what they're told and everything will be fine. You can point out, as examples, those who do question things. Tell me which institution you'd rather work for.
Well, Mendo, you folks should be checking the Board minutes and agendas regularly. Measure Q monies have, and are being proposed, to be spent all over the place but not at Mendo. This Aug 4th the Board will discuss, in closed session, the purchase of the Garberville site using Measure Q funds. Earthequake needs? Hey, maybe, I don't know, but sounds like a line. Here's how priorities are arrived at: Marsee says, Marsee does. The Board smiles and says, "Yay!"
I'ts too bad Marsee didn't spend as much time with the faculty as he did with the Board. He could have won faculty support very easily from the beginning. Faculty were ready and willing to support him. Instead, he shut them out, threw out all their ideas and insulted them, forced "his vision" and "his plan" on them, denigrated all of their previous hard work on getting the college off probation, pursued vengefull attacks against specific faculty he was personally angry with, and I'm sure there's more that I don't know about. Trust needs more than enhancement. Trust level is at a negative 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. Respect? He might gain some if he showed some. Honestly, with the Board in his pocket, I don't think he has any interest in actually gaining faculty trust or respect. He doesn't need it- he just wants to "trowel on the Maybelline" to get a pass from ACCJC. I think he is right now lobbying for a favorable consultant to lead the upcoming mediation. That's how untrustful I am.
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vol XXIV issue 49
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