I want to bring to your attention some recommendations for individuals at the college who run into similar problems with their administrators. They can be found at http://www.katzvpcc.com/pimacc-page-2.html
I'm printing them here to make it easier to disseminate them to all your faculty representatives. (Note: My website www.katzvpcc
is still alive.)
What does Judge Jorgenson’s ruling do for employees at Pima Community College?
If you have any disciplinary or employment related hearing, first, read the College Employee Policy Statement. Make sure that all the steps in the procedure are followed.
For any complaint procedure/meeting, bring a representative from your representative group. If a representative is not available, reschedule the meeting.
To protect your 14th Amendment rights to due process, at the initial meeting, insist that it be chaired by an impartial individual. Also, insist that the proceedings of the meeting be transcribed, again, by an impartial individual. If those individuals are not provided, reschedule the meeting and leave. (Based on my experience, and that of others, an HR representative is not an impartial individual.)
You have a right to be provided with a copy of the complaint. That must be a written, detailed description of the complaint with appropriate documentation including names, time, and date. It must be delivered personally or by certified mail.
If the complaint is delivered personally, at the meeting, ask for time to read that complaint and schedule a meeting to discuss and respond to the complaint.
Do not accept any hearsay information.
You must be permitted to respond to the complaint in the timeline outlined in the Employee Policy Statement.
For those of you who supported me in my fight against the college administration, Thank you! You now have some guidelines to prevent this from happing to others.
Throughout the year, there are various concerns brought to PCCEA that are resolved with management. We've decided to provide you with regular updates on some of these topics so you can stay informed and also to encourage you to continue to advise us on the issues that impact your working conditions so that we can best advocate for you.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Board Meeting last night. PCCEA presented after 8 pm.
Below is a copy of our presentaion
And here is an overview of this year's Meet and Confer
1. Meet and Confer Update (Matej & Ana)
2. Faculty Performance Evaluation Update (Julia)
3. Benefits Update (Julia)
4. PCCEA Elections Update (Julia)
5. Personnel Governance Task Force Update (Ana)
6. Q & A
(Click for summary/highlights embedded into presentation PowerPoint)
Below is a list of questions and answers from the Faculty Forum. The first 16 questions were asked and answered during the actual forum. Because we ran out of time, the remaining questions were sent to the Chancellor's Office for a response.
In addition to answering those remaining questions, the Chancellor's Office also provided additional information to the questions answered in the forum.
List of Questions are below. Click here for responses.
- What is Pima doing to recruit local students?
- Please tell us what is happening with the reorg of administrators.
- What are key impediments to enrollment growth and what is the solution?
- How does dual enrollment work here? This needs to be a part of the enrollment conversation.
- Seems sometimes in responding to HLC and AZ funding issues, PCC is running scared and reacting.
- What can faculty do to support outreach to high schools and other organizations?
- Quality instruction is key to student success and employability.
- What is Pima doing to recruit local students?
- Please speak to job security and budget.
- Three years ago, you informed us that a lot of administrators will be retiring nation-wide and there will be channels for people to move up. What has happened to the leadership channels?
- What are Pima’s plans for district-wide centralized scheduling?
- What happened to training for procedures to follow if a shooter is on campus?
- Could you speak about what plans are in place to help the sophomores who are also close to finishing their program and degree?
- Why have we said 100% of faculty and classes will be assessed for SLos when this percentage does not align with recommendations from research or best practice? Why don’t we adjust the percentage?
- You have explained the cut in campus-based administrators. Will there be a similar cut at district? There seem to be new positions there.
- Why has the PCCEA committee and you allowed an administrator to enter a faculty member’s classroom, sit there and evaluate when the DEAN has little to no teaching experience at a community college?
- What changes are projected to take place due to the lack of funding?
- Who do you consider as the “most at risk” student? What happened to guaranteed schedules?
- Are you aware of how new financial aid standards are affecting students? FOr example, pulling approved Financial Aid appeals from previous years this semester? Students who were previously approved for FA are now being told, sometimes a year later, that due to new standards put in place this semester they have no FA. Students were told this there weeks after classes started and then were dropped from their classes overnight w/ 24 hours notice, Do you feel we are genuinely serving these students?
- My concern is when you say things like “I work for Pima full time” implies you don’t know we are grading papers on weekends and preparing classes or “enrollment is down because faculty are rude to students”. I’ve got evaluations that say different! Blanket statements like that based on anecdotal cases, not data are just insulting.
The results for the special election of PCCEA campus representatives are as follows:
Downtown Campus Rep: José María Menéndez
East Campus Rep: Theresa Riel
Their terms run from now until August 31st. Thanks to both for being willing to serve!