The Academic Senate unanimously approved a resolution to send the results of the president’s evaluation to the Board of Trustees at a special meeting Monday.
The vote also postponed a decision on whether to make the information public. That issue will be decided at the senate’s next meeting.
The separation of the two issues, making the evaluation results public and sending the results to the Board of Trustees, allowed the resolution to pass.
Two earlier motions tying the issues together in the same vote were narrowly defeated after long discussions. Kathleen Uyekawa moved to keep the results private and share them only with the board and the president. It failed in a 16 to 11 vote.
Treasurer Dan Haley was one of the dissenting voices stating the result should be made public.
“I don’t think giving them the results of this is going to do anything,” Haley said. “And I don’t think giving it to President Rocha is going to do anything. I think if anything we should make it public.”
Senator Kris Pilon joined him in voting against the motion.
“I see six large instructional areas that voted to make this information public,” Pilon said. “I feel like it’s a betrayal of the interest of the faculty members on this campus that we represent if we let our personal feelings overwhelm us.”
Pilon proposed a motion to make only the statistical data available on the Academic Senate website and that they provide the Board of Trustees the full report.
Her motion failed 13-12 with four abstentions.
“Just as when our students fill out evaluations,” said Senator Matthew Henes, “we ask them to do it and keep it private between management and faculty members.”
Once the third motion was approved, sending the results to the Board and postponing the decision to make the evaluation public, Academic Senate President Eduardo Cairo suggested that senators for the next meeting ask their constituents to vote on one of three options.
“Ask them if they want everything made public, ask them if they only want statistics, or they don’t want anything at all (made public),” he said.
During discussion of the third motion, Senator Kaitzer Puglia expressed her concerns about the multiple votes.
“We were given directions (last week) to go to our divisions and to find out what the divisions wanted,” she said. “Wasn’t that the initial direction and vote that should have gone through?”
No one answered her question and now the senate will continue the discussion at the next Academic Senate meeting.