Money talks – stipends, salaries and reassigned time

Good morning, boys and girls!

Please take out your notebooks and turn off your cell phones. Today’s blog is about money money money.

Reassigned time — and more!

Most instructors, counselors or librarians (aka: faculty) do the job they were hired to do: counsel or teach students, grade student work, prepare for classes, meet with students, etc. Also part of a full-time professor salary is 88 hours each Fall/Spring semester ( 5.5 hours/week) of other duties, whether that’s professional development, attending meetings, or communicating with others regarding campus or course needs. For 2015-16, there are 378 full-time professors, librarians and counselors, but the majority of our professors are part-time faculty (close to 1000).  They are paid at a lower hourly rate for their classroom time only. They receive no health benefits whatsoever and do not need to be as available for students in office hours.

Some full-time professors also do administrative work instead of, or in addition to, part of their regular duties. This is called “reassigned time”, and can range from 10-100%.  For the academic year 2015-16, of the 378, there are 34 professors taking reassigned time.  With the exception of 3-4 of these positions, there was no application process, and they were hand-picked by deans or other administrators to do this. It’s neither uncommon nor unreasonable for faculty to have 10-20% reassigned time (that is equivalent to around 4-8 hours a week); they still fulfill at least 80% of their original faculty role.

What is unusual is when the administration appoints faculty to have 80-100% administrative reassigned duties year in and year out (taking them out of the classroom and replacing them with part-time temporary faculty) and on top of that the Board of Trustees approves stipends for them, too.

For the administration of the accreditation effort among other things, last year for example, one faculty member made over $62,000 in ‘other pay’ (reassigned time), in addition to her 2014 annual salary. Plus stipends:

  • So far this semester, she has received $9000 to be faculty coordinator of Pathways.
  • Spring 2015, in addition to 50% reassigned time to do accreditation,  she received $20,000 in stipends for developing Second Year Experience curriculum.
  • From June-July 2014, she received $18,000 in stipends for accreditation report revision.

Another faculty member, on 100% reassigned time,  got these stipends:

  • May-Dec. 2014: $20,500 in stipends for College 1 development, Second Year Pathway, new faculty orientations
  • Spring 2015:  $12,000  for College 1 summer work and $1500 for International Student Pathway
  • Fall 2015:  $3000 new faculty orientations and $1500 for International Student pathway over summer

Yet another 100% reassigned professor got $24,500 in stipends between May -Dec. 2014 for project management of a Pathway and as is slated to get approved $19,600 for the Design Tech Pathway grant management on the Oct. 7, 2015 board report.  This is in addition to her regular salary.  (Source: Board Packets, final pages; or send Public Records Request to Board of Trustees for a sorted list of names.)

The bottom line is these faculty administrators are removed from their classroom duties, part-time faculty are assigned to teach students instead, and a select few faculty favorites continue getting the bulk of stipends.

(And then there are some professors still considered faculty at PCC but are also at the same time deans at other colleges! Go figure!)


  • Gail Cooper’s (school attorney) income was $206,000 in 2014, and ex-Prez Mark Rocha made $436,000 just in “other pay”. See more here.
  • There are currently 73 administrators at PCC as of Aug. 24, 2015, which includes academic managers (30), classified managers and supervisors. Last year, there were 69. See breakdown of staffing categories and budget: Sept.2, 2015 Board packet.
  • The 30 academic managers made $4,556,507 last year, an average of $152,000 each annually.
  • The 329 full-time teaching faculty, counselors and librarians made $32,147,269 in 2014-2015. In addition, 36 full-time reassigned faculty were paid $2.8 million.
  • Last year’s stipends were originally budgeted at $405,777, but went over by $169,179 (actual total for 2014-15 was $574,956)
  • See administrative salaries from 2010-2014 taken from Board reports.

 2015-2016 Budget Bits:

PCC Board will vote on the 2015-2016 Budget this Wednesday. See the Oct. 7, 2015 Board packet.

  • “Instructional Administration and Governance” allotted almost $9 million (doesn’t include Classified/Faculty senates)
  • The Learning Center under Brock Klein: $2.3 million (but all of Instructional Support Services is only slated to get $946,000.)
  • Brock Klein is also requesting $2.6 million to develop Second Year Pathway. Other than fancy videos, what has been presented to the Board in terms of First Year Pathway success rates of students once outside of their First Year Experience?

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Board directly

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PCC Board of Trustees Election:

Let’s hit the polls on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, and get much needed, brand new leadership for our school! Register to vote online, if you’ve moved or if this is your first time voting. You can check if you’re already registered in the Pasadena voting area here. The deadline to register or re-register to vote for this election is 11:59:59 p.m. on the 15th calendar day before Nov. 3.

There are two candidate forums coming up Oct. 6-7 at PCC and in Altadena. Read more about them here.

Every vote counts, so take the few minutes to register, and another few minutes to vote! If you don’t live in Pasadena, send this to your classmates and colleagues that do! It’ll make a world of difference for PCC’s current 40,923 full-and part-time students and PCC’s approximately 1700 employees – not only this year but years to come (not to mention a difference on how the 2015-16 local taxpayer property taxes of $21 million will be spent! See PCC Budget 2015-16).


What is the School Board of San Fran. City College Thinking?!?

Yes, folks, our own Mark Rocha, after three years of not being employed at a college, just got hired to be chancellor of SF City College.

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We are speechless, and we hope the SF board is wiser than PCC’s board, who kept him on for what seemed like an eternity, rewarding him with an extended contract and higher salary despite faculty and student votes of no confidence.

Read more about City College’s decision.

Ready for Memory Lane? Read about the Rocha Years at PCC. 





Accreditation in the Air

‘Tis accreditation season, but what’s it all about, anyway? Are students and faculty responsible for getting the college put on warning? Certainly we’re actively helping getting us OFF warning.  But do you know how PCC actually violated the ACCJC’s standards?

Here’s the down-low on the 9 violations:
#1: PCC’s planning processes; need to integrate program review for allocation of resources 
Status: Committees have been working on this since last semester and it continues this year. There’s now a timeline and a revision to PCC’s convoluted planning process. 
#2: PCC needs regular evaluation of all employees at regular intervals (because a random sample of 12 files of admin, faulty,classified, adjunct showed 75% of them were missing evaluation documents)
Status: Oops! HR should get this under control.
#3: Standardize performance eval proces for adjunct faculty
Status: Oops! HR should get this under control.
#4: Follow approved code of ethics in each area; ethics policies are being disregarded or not enforced.
Status: A new committee has been formed on campus to deal with ACCJC ethics review, and for some reason they are in the process of writing another code of ethics. PCC already has ethics policies for each group (Board of Trusteesfaculty ,  classified staffmanagement) and there is nothing wrong with those according to the ACCJC. It’s that, like many polices at PCC, they were not being followed or adhered to. 
#5: PCC needs to stabilize administrative structure. 
Status: Ya think?! The faculty senate wrote a resolution on a desire to revert back to divisions. The new president of the college has always been amenable to having a structure that works best for the school. This is underway. 
#6: Develop, implement and assess prof. dev. program. 
Status: The ACCJC commented that at the time we didn’t have an approved Professional Development policy, but back in May 2015, a Professional Development policy was created and sent to the Board of Trustees.  There continues to be problems with professional development on campus, though. An ad hoc group developed Flex Day activities for the college, deciding to remove EEO training from the morning session and spending thousands of dollars on their pet project theme “growth mindset”; the new faculty orientations continue to be conducted, ignoring the faculty Senate’s previous voted-on recommendations, and there’s an empty classroom that was formerly for APL (Academy of Professional Learning) that is just sitting there when space is at a premium on campus.
#7: Board policies need to be followed in getting input from all constituent groups; transparency is needed, along with collegial communication with Board/President/Senate.
Status:  The Board of Trustees needs to follow their policies, get (and this time listen to!) input from the campus (can anyone say ‘Winter Intersession’?), be transparent and be collegial.  This is one of the main reasons students had to figure out other ways for them to pay attention and host rallies and protests. Because they were not listening, were not transparent and were not collegial, the students and faculty gave the Board of Trustees Votes of No Confidence last semester, and the Board lost a lawsuit for violating the Brown Act. 
(Finally, Pasadena has gotten two new members to the Board of Trustees! Two down, a few more to go!)
#8: Evaluate organization structures and processes (integrated planning for institutional development)
Status: This is underway within the administration.
#9: Student Affairs and Student Services need to assess its outcomes.
Status: Pathways, eStem, MathPath, are you doing assessment like the rest of the college?
And let’s not forget the issue of “enhanced monitoring”. Two reasons:
1. The college is being asked to provide information concerning job placement rates and how job placements are being tracked once students finish their career tech programs. Curious, doesn’t the Office of Institutional Effectiveness take care of this?
2. More than half of PCC’s courses were assessed, but the other 46% or so weren’t. No benchmark was given.

So what’s happened over the summer?

When we last left off, the faculty and student governments formally announced they have No Confidence in the PCC Board of Trustees. And why should they?

Over the summer, we learned:

1. PCC Board of Trustees were sued for violating the Brown Act, and they were found guilty. (Why do they listen to their lawyers, including Gail Cooper?)

2. Rocha gets to keep his $419k severance package. (Courier) It sure helps to threaten the Board for slander.

3. PCC gets put on probation by the ACCJC accrediting body.(Pasadena Star News)

ACCJC found flaws in the college’s program review, in its adherence to its own ethics policy, in its planning and in its communication between administrators and staff.

4.  A new President started at PCC See. PCC President Promises Harmony & Transparency (Pasadena Star News)

5. The race has begun for PCC Board of Trustees. ( J. Mann is stepping down after 32 years – Courier)   A must-read about PCC’s state of affairs:No More Business As Usual at PCC (SG Valley Tribune)

What PCC really needs is a major shake-up in regard to institutional culture. Bureaucracies get used to doing things the same ways as in the past.

The true test of making PCC great again will be on who gets elected to be on the PCC Board of Trustees. They are the ones who set policy and leadership at the top level. The problem is that over 90 percent of community members probably do not even know who are the current board members.

6.  The faculty Senate executive board attempted to institute new senator election procedures, without faculty-wide vetting, without senate consultation, without committee research.  An impromptu email was sent to all faculty over the vacation announcing a 3-day nomination period right after school begins. This was met with the following legal letter on behalf of concerned faculty and students: (Aug.14, 2015) LETTER TO ACADEMIC SENATE  and followed by notice from the statewide Academic Senate, saying that a vetted process should be followed instead. Departments in each area are maintaining the status quo in terms of how elections are conducted this year.

7. Congratulations to the new Associated Students Executive Board, lead by Irving Morales. All students and faculty are encouraged to attend their bi-weekly meetings and share perspectives every other Wednesday in CC212 @ noon.

8. And last but not least –  after 3 years of chaos, digging in their heels, uncounted students who left the college for a school with a more standard calendar, uncounted students whose ed plans suffered and were delayed in graduating: The PCC Board found guilty of illegally eliminating winter. Read all about it here!

Finally, if anyone reading this can explain WHY  Gail Cooper is still on payroll, please reply below – much appreciated!

2 Votes of No Confidence on PCC Board + overall poor admin. planning = PCC’s Accreditation at Risk

The Associated Student government voted No Confidence in the PCC Board of Trustees

The PCC faculty also voted no confidence in the Board of Trustees several weeks prior.  Last year the former president of the college got the same (votes of no confidence from the students and faculty), and the students formally censured his administration, most of which are still running the college.

It’s no wonder PCC got put on probation by the accrediting body of California colleges (ACCJC)!  PCC has 2 years to shape up or they lose accreditation! 

It’s time for NEW TRUSTEES and 3 seats are up in November!


PCC Board of Trustees gets a Vote of No Confidence from PCC Faculty

April 27, Pasadena

The Pasadena City College Board of Trustees got a vote of no confidence from the Academic Senate. It was unanimous, with 2 abstentions. Three board members (Mann, Fellow and Martin) are up for election in November, 2015.

Below are two related documents that we have acquired:

 Aril 20_resolution to senate

Facts and data (addendum) related to Vote of No Confidence on PCC Board of Trustees

Two new videos: Board of Trustee Anthony Fellow ‘loves’ students and teachers

“I hope the FA (faculty association) appreciate what this Board has done.” – Anthony Fellow

“Students had too much of a voice.”(on whom they invited for their commencement last year) – Anthony Fellow

Read more about the 2014 Commencement Fiasco involving Dustin Lance Black, as well as The Courier’s poignant editorial.

Calendar Committee votes for Winter – again

Maybe this is yesterday’s news, but the shared governance Calendar Committee voted for a calendar that includes winter session in 2016. This week they will go over the details of the calendar. The ball again is in the administration and Board of Trustees’ court.

Accreditation is in the air!

Hark, are those accreditation bells we hear? The ACCJC accreditation team will be on campus the first week of March to make sure things are legit. But what’s a school to do when the faculty senate voted not to approve the shared-governance-written, admin-massaged self-evaluation report? On Dec. 8, 2014, the faculty senate held a special meeting in which they voted not to recommend that the senate president, Eduardo Cairo, sign it. A signature signifies that broad participation has occurred and that the document is accurate. Look at the Senate’s minutes from that date, watch the video footage of the board meetings,  and/or watch this video of the Senate vice president summarizing the issue to the Board on Dec. 10, and prior to that on Nov. 6 the Senate president warned them of problems to come – but yet, several trustees claimed to have no idea there was ever an issue with the report. Does this mean PCC will lose its accreditation? Not according to the accreditation liaison administrator Matt Jordan, who has explained it merely highlights the problems that PCC is having in shared governance. Well, anyone could’ve told them that! A lack of signature on the report will not put PCC on warning with accreditation. The problems of the past 6 years might, however. The ACCJC will read the 500+ page report that PCC wrote on itself, listen to campus constituents and members of the public about PCC at several hearings and help PCC “move forward.” So if you have something to say, don’t talk to the hand – tell it to the ACCJC! Board Follies #294

Read Pasadena Weekly article of Jan. 29, 2015 “Bad Report Card: PCC Academic Senate Refuses to Sign Accreditation Form.”

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