The Shared Governance Calendar Committee has yet to start on the Fall 2014 academic calendar as the future of the winter intersession remains unclear.

Senate1_CGonzalez_01242014“Currently, we are operating under an imposed calendar that is in violation of the law,” said Krista Walter, co-chair of the Calendar Committee.

On November 27, 2013, the California Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) found that the District violated the Educational Employment Relations Act by eliminating the winter intersession and unilaterally implementing a trimester calendar.

“The District has, unfortunately, chosen to appeal the decision of PERB,” said the Pasadena City College Faculty Association in an ad on January 7, 2014.

Dr. Robert Bell, the other co-chair of the Calendar Committee, represents the administration and has not convened a meeting this year, Walter said.

The Academic Senate addressed the issue at its regular meeting Monday. Senator Martha House said the failure to plan now for the potential upholding of that ruling means the Calendar Committee will be stuck working on the calendar at the last minute.

“Can Krista and Bell’s committee legitimately think of something in three or four weeks when they are (supposed to have) the whole year?” asked Senator Melissa Michelson.

“We just can’t give up,” said Senator Matthew Henes.

“I agree with Matt,” Walter said. “We have to continue to put forward what it is that we want and what we think is best for the students and our academic programs. (It) is going to be very damaging to the college and its programs if we don’t get that calendar organized.”

The Academic Senate passed a motion for the executive committee to write a resolution to be voted on at the body’s next meeting asking for the Calendar Committee to be reconvened as soon as possible.

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