Bill Evaluating Adjuncts Gets Signed Into Law in Florida!
While we have had such rigid & unfair evaluations in Texas for some time now, it seems that other states are following suit. This is what an anonymous Floridian sent me, with the new contract language below:
"I just got a group email that it’s a law for florida adjuncts to be
evaluated with classroom visits by the chair.
After he will hold a meeting with each of us, and then we sign a form
that goes into our file.
How degrading is that? I feel like a mcdonalds minimum wage earner
going through a meeting with the boss.
They don’t do that to tenured faculty and some of them are horrible!
NEW law passed last year.
Oh, and new adjuncts need to be done their first semester.
(I was terrible my first semester 10 years ago!)
It just gets worse.”
MANUAL OF PROCEDURE
PROCEDURE NUMBER: 2360
PAGE 1 or 2
PROCEDURE TITLE: STATUTORY REFERENCE:
BASED ON POLICY: EFFECTIVE DATE: LAST REVISION DATE: LAST REVIEW DATE:
Adjunct Instructor Review
FLORIDA STATUTES 1001.64 AND 1012.855 II-2: All Personnel: Personnel Actions and Levels of Appeal
August 22, 2013 N/A N/A
To provide for a compliance review of all adjunct faculty on a scheduled basis. To assist in gathering information regarding the consistency of adjunct instructors in meeting institutional goals and objectives relative to their duties and responsibilities in the education of students.
- Adjunct instructors serve the College on a term-by-term basis. Such assignments are subject to change contingent upon enrollment, course cancellations, full-time faculty reassignment requests, department needs, and/or other programmatic considerations and needs of the College.
- All part-time (adjunct) instructors in compliance with College standards will be reviewed on a scheduled basis on a schedule to be determined by the College, but not less than once every three (3) years or 9 semesters of teaching. Adjunct faculty classroom observation must be completed during the first semester taught by any and all first time part-time instructors.
- The Adjunct Instructor Review Packet will consist of the following documents:
- Adjunct Faculty Compliance Checklist, located at the following Human Resources link: http://www.mdc.edu/hr/OnlineForms/Adjunct_Faculty_Compliance_Checklist.pdf
- Adjunct Faculty Classroom Observation Form, as required by the discipline, located at the following Human Resources link: http://www.mdc.edu/hr/OnlineForms/Adjunct_Classroom_Observation_Form.pdf
Manual of Procedures – Procedure 2360 Page 2 of 2
3. Student Feedback, located in the Faculty Resources menu of the MDC Employee Portal:
- The Adjunct Instructor Review Packet shall be discussed with the employee and the employee shall be asked to sign the form as acknowledgement of having discussed the review.
- Once the employee’s signature is affixed to the completed Adjunct Instructor Review Documents, no changes, additions or deletions shall be made without the knowledge of the employee. If the employee refuses to sign the form, the supervisor should so note on the form and forward for processing.
- The department shall provide the employee with a final copy of the review documents and the original form will be forwarded through administrative channels to the Division of Human Resources for placement in the employee’s personnel file.
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"The Annunciation" by Oskar Kokoshchka, 1911
Corinthian Colleges’ 2014 Parthenon to be held at George Washington’s plantation? An oppressively appropriate place…
By Dahn ShaulisEvery year, for-profit Corinthian Colleges (Everest, Heald, and Wyotech brands) recruit tens of thousands of vulnerable working people (vets, women, people of color, the underemployed), selling them a dream that in many cases won’t materialize—and in worst cases, ties them up in a lifetime of debt peonage. In the process, Corinthian Colleges takes in hundreds of millions of tax dollars meant for the betterment of these people, for programs that are overpriced and undervalued.How ironic (and oppressively appropriate) that the event was held last year at George Washington’s plantation.
Corinthian Colleges also uses some of these funds for an annual event, the lavish multi-day Parthenon. This year’s Parthenon will be held in Washington, DC, from August 6-9.
Here’s what one former employee told me about Parthenon (other anonymous sources have said there was much more debauchery):
"I attended 6 Parthenons while employed at CCI. One in Las Vegas we all stayed at Cesar’s palace, one in New Orleans, one in south Beach Florida, one in Canada, and my last one in Washington DC. They are all extravagant events.
The first day there is a huge dinner and entertainment; in DC this took place at George Washington’s plantation. The following day there is always a short meeting about where the company is and going; it’s never more than a couple of hours. Then you are free to sign up for one of the many events offered. There is free flowing alcohol at EVERY event.
Each attendee was given a Visa card for him or herself and guest, to spend the following day: $50 each.
The next day is usually that stupid game… if I remember, it’s a family feud time thing, with expensive prizes given to the winners. The final night is the Parthenon ball, which is always formal, with a huge dinner, dancing, drinks. At each Parthenon there is a DVD made, showing highlights of all the events. I probably still have a couple lying around. There is always one guest speaker at one of the day time events… guess they were supposed to motivate everyone. There are gifts in the room each night when you return for you and your guest.
The employee pays for nothing other than guest’s airfare. All meals, alcohol, hotel, transportation to Parthenon, and all events, spending money, gifts, and activities you can participate in are taken care of, including tips.
The location varies year to year. One of the first years it took place in the Bahamas, a couple of years in Mexico. At one of the Parthenons, I won two round trip tickets on American Airlines to anywhere in the continental United States. I can honestly say hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent. You are even given custom luggage tags for all your bags.
In all my years with CCI, I must admit I loved going to Parthenon. You are treated like royalty. The one that took place in D.C — for the awards night — the room looked as if it had been decorated by Hollywood professionals. It was that spectacular! I had never seen anything like it except in movies.”