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Re: “Mutiny looms at the ineptly run Metropolitan Community College

Don't forget that Walter Mack came to MCC under the IWI umbrella thought up between James/Boyd/Tunis/Friedmann/Johnston.

IWI is the place that houses more Level 7 or higher coordinators per capita then any other college department and yet noone can say exactly what they actually do other then charge thousands of dollars to the urban core for GED prep classes.

I feel compelled to remind those of my colleagues not using anonymity that there is a social media policy and I've heard that it will be enforced to those making coments. Yet, another example of Walter James intimidation.

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Posted by MCCpride on 04/29/2015 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Mutiny looms at the ineptly run Metropolitan Community College

Follow the Money. Programs that benefit students are being cut. Money is being spent on more administrators and consultants with a business background. Also, there have been many expensive remodeling projects. There is an emphasis on looking good and building a resume than actually doing what is best for the students.

MCCstaff

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Posted by I care on 04/29/2015 at 3:28 PM

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Note a Lone Dissenter--are you a different person or did you just change your name from Not a Lone Dissenter? Just curious.

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Posted by I'm done on 04/29/2015 at 2:51 PM

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To MCC Staff:

It's not my job to add a dissenting voice to this thread. Nobody is paying me to do it. I feel it needs to be said because if it didn't, the people reading all of this would assume all of us that work here are nuts.

I think the number of complainers might be 100 in an organization of more than 1,000 employees. The AAUP surveys quoted in the article had lower participation in 2014. That tells me fewer employees even care enough to gripe in the anonymous surveys.

The faculty don't support me. They boss me. If they cared about me, or other staffers, they wouldn't create a caste system where they get away with things staff could never try. Look it up in our policies. It's easy to fire a staffer. Faculty keep their jobs for as long as they want.

What do I have to fear from faculty? Plenty! Mark and Kathy are going to leave MCC sometime. But many of us staffers will retire from here and have to work with the complainers who have a history of holding grudges. If I spoke out that I think things aren't as bad as these folk says or maybe we don't need to involve faculty in EVERY STINKING DECISION, I'd be cast as a narc for the administration. I'd be ostracized and excluded from committees. I certainly wouldn't be allowed to participate in shared governance.

The faculty can't even quantify their problems with leadership. To them, it's all about feelings. They don't feel valued. They don't feel they have a voice. They don't feel loved. Blech! This is a job where nobody is preventing you from making it a vocation. You want to play Dead Poets' Society in your classroom - what's stopping you? There are teachers in K-12 who have to work a lot harder than our faculty for less money. There are university tenure track professors who make a lot less and have to work harder.

You asked why I am a dissenter. It's simple. I think the people who spend their time complaining about this place are a cancer.

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Posted by Note a Lone Dissenter on 04/29/2015 at 2:22 PM

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Actually, many of us who teach at MCC DO have non-academic experience. Many of us are veterans, myself included. Many of us who are adjunct instructors also have jobs outside of the institution.

Finally, it is always good to have someone who can do yet can't seem to get that knowledge out of their head and pass it on to someone else. Why, people must learn by osmosis rather than through expert instruction.

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Posted by Adjunct Instructor-Army Veteran on 04/29/2015 at 2:06 PM

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To the extent that there are coddled egg head faculty - they are at research institutions, not public, urban community colleges with huge CTE programs. Basic fact. Another basic fact: the article relied on top administrators, not faculty. And staff, faculty, and administrators are all about 80% unified on these matters; faculty can simply say more for reasons of job security. The chancellor and chief of staff have proven themselves willing to fire people who disagree.

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Posted by cassandra on 04/29/2015 at 2:06 PM

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In keeping with the same line of thought - That those who can't do - TEACH. They obviously make inane statements - anonymously!

So much for being transparent. Coddled, Academia, eggheads - who wouldn't last a week in the real world and I'm quite sure have no idea how to balance a Check Book!

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Posted by charlieboy on 04/29/2015 at 1:26 PM

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Here's all you need to know about Professors!

Those that do - Do!! Those that can't do - TEACH!!!!!!!!

That's all you need to know!

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Posted by Charlieboy on 04/29/2015 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Mutiny looms at the ineptly run Metropolitan Community College

I've worked at MCC as staff for ten years at both the AC and PV campus. I have watched this situation deteriorate on both sides of Penn Drive. Staff at the AC have no voice and no way to affect change when they see something in dire need of changing - the staff association is a pale shadow of what we have on campus. I once brought a pressing issue (that would help MCC comply with Federal guidelines) to my supervisor's supervisor, and was told, with a sad chuckle, "This isn't something we can get changed. They're not interested even in /my/ opinion." He reported to a Vice Chancellor. If someone two seats away from the Chancellor can't affect change... well, I think you see my point.

On the campus side of things, it's still top-heavy when it comes to "leadership". I can't even begin to number the many times I've been volun-told to do something, the number of times leadership thinks up new ways for my department to function, and the level of scrutiny my department receives (which makes me believe that nearly everything I do is me trying to defend my job - who wants to work under that kind of pressure?).

For the past two years that I've been on campus, I've received e-mail after e-mail about how our enrollment is dropping and that's terrible and the undercurrent and tone of these e-mails shifts the blame and responsibility to STAFF. As if it's our fault we don't have nearly enough coverage to aid with enrollment, that our set-up is not intuitive or convenient, that we're using software products that hinder rather than help students.

All the while, MCC leadership runs a parade of consultants through, who get paid 5 times what I make for 1/5th the effort to tell them what they want to hear, rather than listening to those of us actually in the trenches, serving students and the community.

Oh, and Christina's statement about "cost savings"? That's a common refrain around here. About how expensive it is to run the schools. It'd be cheaper if we weren't paying consultants every 3 months AND didn't have to shell out 6 and 7 figure digit salaries to leadership that doesn't listen to us.

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Posted by Exhausted on 04/29/2015 at 1:02 PM

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What about staff? What about the students? No one cares about what the Staff and students at MCC thinks, it is always about Faculty. What about including the survey results for the staff AND the students? Once again, MCC does NOT stand united and ALL voices do not get heard. The majority of Favulty memebers seem to only care about what affects them, not the students, and others employed with MCC. Practice what you preach aka complain about. The bottom line here is serving students.

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Posted by Stand United on 04/29/2015 at 12:52 PM

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Not a Lone Dissenter--

You are doing your job well. The problem is, why? I understand your job is to add a dissenting voice to this thread. But why do you talk about a small group of complainers. It numbers in the hundreds. And what would you have to fear from faculty who actually are supporting you, the staff, as well as the faculty. "Faculty thug squad?" Really?

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Posted by mccstaff on 04/29/2015 at 12:42 PM

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I work at MCC and can say that there is a small, but vocal, group of employees who need to focus on serving students and stop complaining. Students need a safe place to learn, so doesn't it make sense that there's a police department on campus to protect them and employees?

There's a rumor that people have lost their jobs for speaking against leadership. But I've seen people be rude, disrespectful and accusatory to their colleagues in public settings and they still have their jobs. Truth is, I'm more afraid of reprisals from the faculty thug squad for voicing a dissenting opinion than telling the chancellor he needs to do a better job.

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Posted by Not A Lone Dissenter on 04/29/2015 at 12:30 PM

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The Mark James Administration has been disastrous for MCC. The unthinking removal of "Best Practices" and "Exemplary Programs" is a mile long. The latest, The ABLE program at Longview. A highly effective, student centered program with double the retention rate of MCC, President Nooks and Mark James cut it without consulting anyone - students or employees- of the program. Neither even know what the program is or how critical it is to student achievement. A GIANT step backward in addressing Diversity issues and student success - clearly sending the message to students, "We want your money, but we don't care whether you are successful or not." Past administration was genuinely concerned about student success. This change has so disoriented faculty and staff, they feel like traitors to their students and either give up or get out (sometimes because the stress of operating in this upside-down world makes them literally sick). What happened to the ABLE students is unforgivable - what is happening to all students is inconceivable.

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Posted by Professional Educator on 04/29/2015 at 12:28 PM

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This goes back to the question: What about the students? An institution where the employee morale is lower than Blue Bell stock equals an institution where employees are just doing there jobs and nothing more. However, most of MCC employees are doing outstanding work. The reward? Half price tickets to MCC's 100 year Gala. The students and our community should be concerned about what is taking place at MCC.

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Posted by beconcerned on 04/29/2015 at 12:11 PM

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Look the fact of the matter is that Mark James is not competent to lead or run an academic institution. In addition, is primary legal adviser serves as his head of HR, which isn't even accessible to tall MCC employees due to new rules and regulations instituted during James' tenure. If the chief adviser and gatekeeper to the head of the institution is also the head of the Human Resources department, how could that not be a MASSIVE conflict of interest? In addition, how is it possible to have confidence that HR is even able to do its job in that circumstance. The police department has clearly become the priority, but itself has been so poorly run that the initial traunch of officers hired have either been forced out or are leaving in droves. The number of officers reported in the article isn't even accurate, as many have quit just in recent weeks. There is no area of MCC that is actually being run well under James' supposed leadership, even though the police angle has clearly been given a priority. The only way to fix that circumstance is for the leadership (i.e. James, Walter-Mack, and PD leadership) to resign en masse. Even a vacuous hole in the area of leadership would be better than being led incompetently and in the wrong direction. Why pretend that we are an educational institution any longer when education and students are sitting on the back bumper and not even afforded a seat in the back of the bus?

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Posted by Multi-Decade MCC Employee on 04/29/2015 at 12:01 PM

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Explain why this doesn't boil down to people just not liking their boss? Explain how MCC is making choices to sustain itself during a rough period in order to thrive during a good one?

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Posted by MCC Staff Member on 04/29/2015 at 12:00 PM

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To No Tenure--

It is interesting that tenure was not mentioned in the article, and it was stated that the issues cross employee groups, including staff, administrators and police officers, all of whom are not eligible for tenure. Although you sound like you are trying to be an outsider, it is clear you are writing from your office at the AC.

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Posted by mccstaff on 04/29/2015 at 11:58 AM

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The situation at MCC is actually somewhat worse than what was portrayed in the article, but there isn't much that anyone can actually say unless they've already quit their jobs or retired. Otherwise, they'll spend thousands of dollars trying to search you out and drive you out of the institution for daring to tell anyone the truth about how MCC is currently run.

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Posted by Multi-Decade MCC Employee on 04/29/2015 at 11:46 AM

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As an adjunct, most of this means very little to me but I support my fellow faculty members. I've also noticed all of the recent long time employees leaving. Paul Long seemed like a really wonderful guy and it's a shame that it came to that, but clearly there are some issues with leadership here. If James does go to Park U, he'll fit right in. The only school that's a bigger mess than MCC is Park, which I can tell you from experience.

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Posted by YungAdjuncta on 04/29/2015 at 11:38 AM

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MCC has so much potential, so many resources, so many great programs and dedicated employees. Let's get rid of these two and move forward. Let's allow the employees to nominate and elect the new leadership. Leadership should not be an "appointed", political move.

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Posted by Awake on 04/29/2015 at 11:23 AM

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