Brief history of district decision-making

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Fall 2011 – Core change replaces sophomore literature with Humanities (41), allowing a broader range of classes from foreign language to culture and philosophy.

Fall 2012 – Core change removes one-hour lab from sciences and two hours of kinesiology credit.

April 2— Board approves two-phase, $8 million retirement incentive for district employees. Those who submit election by May 31 and retire by Aug 31 will receive a 75 percent of annual pay bonus. Those who submit election by Jan. 4 and retire by July 28 will receive a 50 percent of annual pay bonus.

April 18, 2011 — Employees begin lining up before 4 a.m. for a 7 a.m. human resources opening to submit election forms. 123 submit forms by 11 a.m.

Oct. 18, 2011 — Math Professor Gerald Busald, president of the Alamo Colleges Faculty Legal Association Inc., questions the board’s motive, morality and intent in requiring a gag order he characterized as illegal in the contract for the retirement incentive. Board counsel insists on its legality and the clause remains.

November 2012 — District explores ways to embed materials based on Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Principled Leadership.”

October 5, 2011 — Board approves retirement package for college presidents, four of whom are eligible to retire. Election must be submitted by Feb. 31, 2013.

Feb. 2012 — Dr. Anna “Cha” Guzman of Palo Alto submits her intent to retire.

March 2013 — Dr. Eric Reno of Northeast Lakeview announces retirement. In six years, he has been unable to achieve accreditation for the district’s fifth college, which continues to operate under the San Antonio College accreditation.

April 2013 — Audit, Budget and Finance Committee approves forwarding FranklinCovey contract to full board for training, licensing and instructional materials estimated at $689,539.

August 2013 — Effective date for FranklinCovey contract. Training for student development faculty begins.

September/October — Student Academic Success Council tasked with designing SLOs for a hypothetical course. During the process, FranklinCovey consultants available to help. Members were not told it was for fall implementation.

Early December — The PVC — five college presidents and six vice chancellors —votes on implementing EDUC 1300. Though the vote count is confidential, emails confirm the presidents voted against the course but were outvoted.

Mid-December — District curriculum Coordinator Christa Emig, at Leslie’s instruction, sends the core change request to THECB, asking that EDUC 1300 replace one of two humanities courses

Jan. 14 — Dr. Robert Zeigler of this college announces at spring convocation his intent to retire.

Jan. 27 — Emig informs Across Colleges Curriculum Committee of EDUC 1300, SLOs and the plan to implement in fall core. ACCD members ask to vote. According to Feb. 8 email Emig sent Leslie, she told them she didn’t see what good it would do as the PVC had already approved.

January 29 — Dr. Jaqueline Claunch delivers faculty concerns to Leslie in morning and her retirement announcement to trustees that evening.

Jan. 29 — Northwest Vista petitions THECB to reject the core change request and complains faculty was left out of process in violation of SACS/COC rules, and THECB, this letter was signed by 131, including Claunch and Faculty Senate.

Feb. 5 — Leslie responds with an 11-page letter explaining the importance of EDUC 1300, offering faculty a chance to embrace changes, and chiding faculty for not adhering to his plan for synergy.

Feb. 6 — Dr. Rex Peebles from THECB says he approved the core change “a couple of weeks ago.”

Feb. 6 — THECB says official approval will be announced sometime in March.

Feb. 10 — In response, the Super Senate requests Leslie rescind the change to the core. Leslie does not respond, so Super Senate forwards letter to THECB.

March 4 — Faculty Legal Association files a Texas Open Records request for all correspondence, meeting notes or minutes, and financial or creative agreements between the district, FranklinCovey Co. and Pearson Publishing.

March 5 — THECB approves EDUC 1300 to replace one humanities course in core curriculum.

March 5 — Jo-Carol Fabianke meets with NVC Faculty Senate, with EDUC 1300 on the agenda, but has to leave early and doesn’t speak about it.

March 7 — Students protest outside Leslie’s meeting with Northwest Vista faculty.

March 7 — St. Philip’s receives notice of informal inquiry concerning EDUC 1300’s course content and complaints about the process for the change to core curriculum. College collects requested materials and president, Dr. Adena Loston, forwards letter to chancellor who prepares response.

March 11 — Claunch receives notice of formal investigation by SACS/COC regarding EDUC 1300 course content and process used to implement it.

March 20 — Palo Alto students demand answers and complain the chancellor is not providing any in a town hall meeting to discuss plans for EDUC 1300, district selling instructional materials to students and billing with tuition, standardization of texts for all courses across the district and a switch to e-textbooks.

March 20 — Zeigler receives email notice of informal inquiry by SACS/COC and a letter announcing a formal investigation. President says the letter was addressed to him so he will prepare a response.

March 21 — Confirmation Northeast Lakeview, Palo Alto and St. Philip’s also receive formal notices of investigation.

March 25 — Board approves retirement incentive of 50 percent of base salary if election submitted by June 1 and retirement is by Aug. 31 or election submitted by July 1 and retirement is Jan. 9. Estimate $6.5 million will extend to about 200 of 300 eligible. This college employs about 150 of the eligible.

April 2 — Confirmation FranklinCovey will customize materials for EDUC 1300.

April 3 — Colleges prepare recommendations to chancellor for implementation of EDUC 1300 to show SACS/COC the autonomy of the colleges. Preparation for implementation of core change stalls.

April 4 — Rick Casey of KLRN’s “Texas Week” interviews Librarian Celita DeArmond, president of this college’s chapter of American Association of University Professors, and humanities Professor Craig Coroneos of Northwest Vista about continuing controversy.

10:40 a.m. April 8 — Leslie announces via email district is taking a step back and not insisting on implementing EDUC 1300 or instructional materials in the fall.


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