Chapter 1: Academic Year 2012-2013

  • August 29, 2012 – The PACCD Board of Trustee’s unilaterally cancelled Winter intersession WITHOUT
    • 1) the approval of ANY shared governance body, or
    • 2) any academic research or statistical data related to the college to prove the pedagogical appropriateness of the new “student calendar.”
    • Read some of the relevant transcript here.
  • November 2012 – Prop 30 passed, granting PCC $6.7 Million per year for the next 7 years, but the premature imposition of the three-term Student Calendar negated the possibility of reinstating Winter. Santa Monica College, on the other hand, retained its academic calendar and was able to restore its winter intersession.[15]
  • November 2012, the Academic Senate conducted a survey of faculty and gave 16 bound copies of the results to the the PCC Board of Trustees on December 12, 2012.  Of 341 respondents: 259 faculty opposed the process, 31 supported the process and 51 had no opinion.  The results, as well as the comments, echo the general discontent and lack of confidence in the current administration that was apparent in the results and comments from the FA faculty survey of about a month earlier.[1]
  • December 21, 2013 to early January: Two weeks before class was to start, Enrollment Management closed online registration for the new Spring semester set to start January 7.   decides to open up new classes and seats for F1 students.  Enrollment Management waited until Dec 21 to open up new classes for F1 international students but closed registration for 2 weeks before class started, opening up again on January. Result: last-minute cancellation of  under-enrolled classes for Spring 2013.
  • January 7, 2013 – Spring semester begins for thousands of students and faculty/staff, over a month earlier than originally scheduled.
  • January 10, 2013: The Coalition organized a protest and rally in front of the Mirror Pools. This was the first  statement to the administration that students and faculty stand united against the poor decision making and blatant disregard to shared governance and student success.  The rally also paved the way for the community and outside public awareness of what was happening at PCC. Press from local newspapers and radio were present.
  • January 27, 2013 – PCC Transfer Center send an email to UC applicants: “Do NOT ASSUME” your Summer 2013 classes will transfer and that students themselves should contact the UC campus about their policies of accepting PCC’s Summer coursework for transfer.  The following week, Humbolt State University sends an email to PCC students letting them know that Summer session course work would not satisfy transfer requirements this year.
  • February 2013 – The PCC administration revealed that due to low student enrollment for Spring 2013, the college was in danger of NOT meeting state funding requirements and thus putting in jeopardy Proposition 30 funds.[17]
    • February 2013 – an Ad Hoc Faculty Committee, not aligned with either the PCC Faculty Association nor the Academic Senate, initiated its own vote of no confidence proceedings against PCC President Mark Rocha [1]. Of the 200+ full-time faculty that participated in the ballot initiative, 92% supported a vote of no confidence on PCC President Mark Rocha for among the following grievances:

Hindering of student success and access, Violation of shared governance Disruption of efficiency and collegiality Violation of faculty and student trust Mismanagement of PCC resources Creating a general atmosphere of intimidation.

  • Late February 2013, it became apparent that Summer 2013 classes WOULD NOT be accepted for Fall 2013 transfer by University of California (UC) and most California State universities (CSU).
  • March 13, 2013   Video of students and faculty  speaking at public comment during Board Meeting, making the case to reinstate winter.
  • April 8, 2013  – Registration for “Spring 2” (technically Summer 1) causes the system to crash because priority enrollment couldn’t be accommodated. The PCC server experienced 4000 hits per second, students are angry and staff feel threatened. Read the Courier article here.
  • April 11, 2013 –  The Calendar Committee recommended a 2013-2014 calendar with Winter based on success/retention data and other factors.  After a year of careful deliberations and stymying attempts by the administration to prevent the shared governance process from occurring, the Calendar Committee agreed that a roll-over of the last year’s calendar would not benefit students.
  • April 15, 2013 – The faculty Senate approved the Calendar Committee’s calendar with Winter. They also pass a Vote of No Confidence on the PCC President.
  • May 3, 2013 – End of Spring semester

continue to Chapter 2: Academic Year 2013-2014

Data about Winter 


 

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