Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday #Adjunct Notes—#FairEmploymentWeek #NAWD #CCSF @MLASubcon @CFPB



I started a Tuesday Notes draft last night. As the day progressed and expected terrain shifted, I had to leave them behind to start over but saved the draft for a template. Call it optimistic recycling. Late as it is already, this will be an erratic dash against the clock, zigzagging and jumping about.

So as not to forget Fair Employment Week: Precarious campus work in the spotlight again, I'm opening with it and the CAUT graphic. Although an optional annual Campus Equity Week came up at COCAL XI, only the campuses in San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Districts are doing #CEW2014. Colorado Front Range CC has been doing CEW annually too, but I haven't seen any notices this year

The predictability of tabling makes me look forward all the more to National Adjunct Walkout Day as different and innovative. Rumblings that NAWD needs to be "professionally" organized, less grassroots...even rescheduled to fold into CEW2015 make me wince. Say it ain't so.

The big news of the day has to be the #CCSF trial ~ just follow the hashtag on Twitter. Margaret Hanzimanoulis shared SFGate's story of dramatic testimony shaking up City College of San Francisco trial and recommends following @FitzTheReporterRare is the higher ed story that can hold its own with a World Series.
The president of the commission trying to revoke accreditation from City College of San Francisco admitted in court Tuesday that she had edited out language in the report favorable to the college and that the college was denied a chance to defend itself as required. 
The surprising admissions by commission President Barbara Beno made for dramatic testimony in Day 2 of the trial to determine whether the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges broke the law when evaluating City College in 2012 and 2013 before voting to revoke its accreditation. The college remains accredited pending the outcome of the trial in San Francisco Superior Court. The question of whether the commission was unfair in the process that could shut down the college of 79,000 students is a key point in the trial. Lawyers for the city of San Francisco are trying to prove that the commission denied due process to the college and broke the California law barring illegal and unfair business practices. They argue its motives were political because students and faculty members opposed statewide college reforms supported by the commission.
The 2015 MLA Subconference, which has another 5 days to go on its IndieGoGo fundraising, announced panels and a preliminary list of panelists. Too late for our post, we were delighted to learn that our favorite adjunct activist, Keith Hoeller, will join Frank Cosco and Jack Longmate on the adjunct organizing panel.

From Chris Hicks at Jobs With Justice,
new report released today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reveals data that both federal and private student loan servicers are using illegal tactics to maximize their profits at the expense of borrowers. These illegal practices include charging unfair late fees and making harassing debt collection calls – many of the same practices utilized by mortgage servicers when the housing bubble burst.
There's been much more, including great ed blogging news, but this will do for now 

2 comments:

  1. Wow, what a lot of links about Keith Hoeller. I haven't been teaching as an adjunct that long and never realized how much he's done. Thanks for collecting them.

    At first this post looked too disconnected to make sense, but then I realized we're like that too -- disconnected and all over the place.

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  2. Connecting the disconnected ~ without sacrificing independence or personal voices is my goal here. Check out some of the blogs on the blogrolls and widgets.

    I'm always glad to see Keith getting appreciation too. Speaking out and sticking to principles can cost appreciate when it should be the opposite.

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