Members of the Calendar Standing Committee asked the Board of Trustees on Wednesday to reinstate winter session during the next year.
A formal statement was presented to the Board discussing the significance of a winter session after the committee voted unanimously on a model calendar including winter at a special Calendar Committee meeting March 12.
â€œBased on our charge, the Calendar Committee is recommending to the Board of Trustees that the configuration of the calendar for the 2013-14 includes the winter session,â€ said Calendar Committee member and math Instructor Matthew Henes.
Henes supported the request with data that showed the need for a winter term.
â€œOn average about 5,000 more students actually enrolled in winter and summer sessions combined than enrolled in summer when there was no winter,â€ he said. â€œFrom Fall 1992 through summer 2012, average retention and success rates for fall, spring and summer terms are significantly higher since the first year we scheduled a winter session [in 2004].â€
Prior to the Board meeting, Senior Vice President and Calendar Committee Co-Chair Robert Bell sent out an email to the committee indicating that the committee needs to complete its mission, and that â€œthe Board of Trustees has acted and approved the Fall/Spring/Summer calendar for 2013-14. It is upon this calendar that the district must now move forward.â€
Henes questioned this claim.
â€œThe Calendar Committee would like to know when that occurred,â€ said Henes. â€œThe Board imposed its own calendar without consultation of any shared governance committee in violation of AB 1725.â€
There have been no minutes from any meeting since the approval of a 2012-13 calendar that reference a 2013-14 calendar, according to Henes.
â€œWe are in a pedagogical and operational crisis here at this college due at least in part to the mismanagement of the calendar,â€ said Henes. â€œThe current imposed calendar without winter is not a calendar for student successâ€¦[and] is not within the framework of negotiated agreements.â€
Bell did not attend Tuesdayâ€™s special committee meeting, as well as the previous meeting on Feb. 28, which was held anyway after he cancelled it.
Bell indicated to Co-Chair Krista Walter that he cancelled the Feb. 28 meeting because the committee was unable to complete the urgent task of approving the Boardâ€™s 2013-2014 calendar due to the number of concerned public comments regarding the pedagogical and practical merits of winter and the blatant violation of shared governance, according to Henes.
â€œIn other words, we couldnâ€™t meet to do our work because we hadnâ€™t done enough work,â€ said Henes.
The committeeâ€™s statement specified the importance of a calendar that supports the needs of students, faculty and staff within negotiated agreements between collective bargaining units and the district. That is, a calendar with winter.