Professional Association members:
Professional Association members:
Of the hundreds of amendments that have been submitted to the Ways and Means Committee, some address funding gaps for education, providing resources for early childhood education and care and literacy programs in Gateway Cities.
Thanks to all who participated in the Public Higher Ed. Advocacy Day last week. More than 600 students, faculty, staff, and administrators met with legislators to highlight the key challenges faced by colleges and universities across this state. Educators and students shared their concerns regarding affordability, access, and the related resources needed for student success. They spoke out against the chronic and substantial underfunding that has plagued our campuses for more than a decade. Now, it’s time for all educators to communicate a similar message to their State Representatives.
Governor Deval Patrick will speak at the 10 a.m. rally in Gardner Auditorium. After the rally, meet with your own legislators to let them know how chronic underfunding of public higher education has affected your work and your students.
|9-10 a.m. MTA members please come to the fifth floor of the MTA building at 20 Ashburton Place to pick up materials.10 a.m. Gardner Auditorium followed by legislative meetings|
To register, visit:
We invite you to consider submitting a proposal for the 2013 Teaching, Learning Student Development Conference. This year’s theme is:
Community Colleges: Preparing Socially Responsible Learners and Leaders.
If you have a an innovative curricular or co-curricular practice, program or initiatives that you would like to share with other community college colleagues from across Massachusetts in the following areas:
Track 1: Social Responsibility – This track will present curriculum, programs and activities aimed at engaging students in their local and global communities and a focus on social change. Sample topics include service learning projects and programs; internship, externship, and experiential learning opportunities within the curriculum; international programs, social and restorative justice work in and out of the classroom, efforts to engage students in active citizenship, conduct protocol as it relates to education, community standards, and civility, and co-curricular activities designed to increase students’ levels of social awareness and participation.
Track 2: Democratic and Inclusive Pedagogies – This track will showcase pedagogies and programs seeking to make higher education more inclusive and engaging for all students. Sample topics may be inclusive teaching strategies aimed at specific populations such as Universal Design, best practices for including student voice in administration and policy decisions, curricular and engagement activities recognizing the importance of multiple world views, and student learning outcomes that focus on participation in a public democracy in both curricular and co-curricular contexts.
Track 3: Developing Leaders – Sessions offered in this track will highlight effective programs and activities that place students in leadership roles on campus and within the community. Sample topics include leadership development theory and practice, peer mentoring and supplemental instruction programs, conduits for student leadership such as particular experiences or curriculum, as well as programs that promote student leaders within specific academic programs
If you are interested in advancing our community college work in any of the three tracks and want to share your expertise with colleagues please visit TLSD 2013 www.middlesex.mass.edu/
Submissions of proposals are now open however the deadline is December 13, 2012.
Please bookmark the conference web site at: www.middlesex.mass.edu/
2013 Massachusetts Community College Teaching, Learning and Student Development Conference Committee members:
Phil Sisson, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, MCC, Co-chair TLSD13
Pam Flaherty, Chief Student Affairs Officer/ Dean of Students, MCC, Co-chair TLSD13
A tentative appointment for one course shall be assigned first to those unit members with the longest seniority. You should, under normal circumstances, be notified of your assignment at least five weeks prior to the beginning of classes. You should be given a contract indicating the course(s) and salary to which you have been assigned. If you have reappointment rights, your course must run in the event that an administrator who hires, fires, or evaluates DCE faculty is teaching a course in DCE.
The DCE Collective bargaining agreement and other relevant documents are available on the MCCC website http://mccc-union.org/
MCCC Fall Conference information and materials are available online at
For planning purposes, it is important that you register online by
Monday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. Our planning committee has worked hard to
organize workshops with something of interest for every full- and
part-time faculty and professional staff member. I hope you will be
able to join us for a good time with friends and colleagues from Cape
Cod to the Berkshires, not to mention the always popular raffle
drawing with five $100 cash prizes.
I look forward to seeing you on Oct. 24.
Accordingly, a polling station and ballot box will be located in the lobby of Building 13 and in operation from 8:30AM to 4:30PM on Wednesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 4th. Provisions are being made for absentee ballots. Again, the referendum is open to all non-administrative employees, whether full-time or part-time.
Thanks for keeping me in the loop. I don’t view your comments as a dispaly of distempter; they reflect the frustrations of many on campus.
A statement hobbled by equivocations might soothe those with more sensitive souls but, given the seriousness of the matters at hand, a timorous message would be a disservice to the campus community. The administration should be told bluntly why Shared Governance failed to retain the confidence of many whose interests it was supposed to represent.
There are times when frankness is far more valuable than diplomacy when striving to secure the common good. I commend you for having the strength of character to address these painful issues in a forthright manner. I’m quite certain I am not alone in my admiration for you and your efforts to develop a body which encourages the administration to become more open, responsive and accountable to all who work at STCC.
You can be certain that salient points rasied in your draft will be considered by the members of the Professional Association during our September 26 meeting.
Shared Governance is dissolved and will not be revived at this time.
The committee to restructure SG has arrived at the decision that this form of governance is not tenable on this campus in the current climate. In order for SG to thrive, it is essential that the Administration, especially the Office of the President, support and uphold the decisions made by the committees.
Following the NEASC accreditation process, we received instructions from the commission to look at how SG is not working on this campus and to fix it. To begin this process, the Coordinator of SG (Pamelyn “PJ” Jongbloed) met with President Rubenzahl to discuss how to approach this process and how to address the needs from the NEASC response.
A committee to restructure SG was convened through the coordinating committee. At our first meeting, we discussed what we saw as the problems of SG and how we should proceed. The resounding sentiment from this group, which surprised none of us, was that there was no support of SG from the Administration on campus. The committee decided that we needed to get a clear statement from President Rubenzahl on how the Administration would support any form of SG. The three most recent Coordinators of SG (PJ , Joe Maciaszek, and Brandon Poe) met with President Rubenzahl to discuss what SG means on this campus and to express that he and his Administration had to do to share in this governance for it to be affective.
So, President Rubenzahl attended meetings of the restructuring committee and we started a discussion about what needed to be done. The committee felt that a contract needed to be established outlining the role the Administration would play in this new iteration of Shared Governance. President Rubenzahl agreed to compose a draft of this agreement that we would discuss at the next meeting. That draft was bland and non-committal and was not accepted by the committee. Brandon Poe, with the agreement of the committee, drafted a new statement.
At the next meeting of this committee, with the President’s input, we worked through the points in that new draft and decided on language that was agreeable to all. The result of that exercise is the Agreement which was presented to the campus through the Forum at the end of the Spring. At that same Forum, we all voted to dissolve Shared Governance while voting to have the committee to restructure meet again to present options, or models, of how Governance can continue on our campus.
The result of that meeting is just this: There appears to be no model of Shared Governance that can hope to work on this campus. The morale on campus is abysmal and the mood seems cynical that the Administration would honor, much less participate in, any governance structure which does not allow for carte blanche. It is the strong recommendation from this committee that SG not be restructured and our response to the NEASC letter state as much.
Chair of the Committee to Restructure Shared Governance
President of STCCPA
The membership unanimously approved the suggestion that PA President Camerota co-sign Dr. Poe’s letter
Unanimously endorse at the STCCPA chapter meeting.