Strong opposition to the process by which the new three-semester calendar was adopted was expressed in a survey of faculty by the Academic Senate.

At the Nov. 19 Academic Senate meeting the results of the survey, which was sent to all faculty two weeks earlier, were presented by Nancy Rutzen on behalf of the Academic Senate Election Committee. The survey asked if faculty members agreed with the process by which the new calendar -which omitted winter intersession- was adopted.

Out of the 341 faculty votes received, 259 opposed the process, 31 faculty supported it,   and 51 said they had no opinion on the new calendar. The Academic Senate plans to present the results to the Board of Trustees at the Dec. 12 meeting. The survey received responses from around 30 percent on the entire faculty.

One hundred seventy two of the anonymous ballots had comments from faculty. The Academic Senate voted to have the comments transcribed and presented to the public on its website.

Several of the anonymous comments were read to the meeting “It is time to take back our college from rogue leaders,” said one commenter.  Another faculty member wrote, “I support any decision that benefits our students.”

“There is a lot of truth in this survey that needs to be read by many people,” Rutzen said during public comment, before presenting the results. Rutzen and the rest of the Senate Election Committee strongly believed that the ballots should be kept private until the Academic Senate decides how to present the information to the Board of Trustees.

“We do not want to give [the results] until the Academic Senate decides [in] what format to expose the survey,” said Rutzen on behalf of the Senate Election Committee. Academic Senate President Dustin Hanvey agreed that the information needs to be compiled properly before being presented to the board.Â

“It would be a good idea to bring the results to the Board of Trustees,” said Hanvey.

Associated Student President Simon Fraser questioned the motives of the survey. “What was the Academic Senate’s original intention with this survey?” Fraser asked.

Hanvey said that the Senate wanted the Board to know where the faculty stands on the process of adopting the new calendar. “We wanted to see how they faculty felt,” said Hanvey. “The plan was to present the results to the Board.”

 

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