Faculty Senate opposes $31,300 cost for new ID badges

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Amy Whitworth, chair of the language, philosophy and culture department, addresses the Faculty Senate March 4 in the visual arts center. The Senate proposed topics such as Covey training for the upcoming Academic Success Committee meeting. Faculty Senate also discussed the $31,300 spent on new ID badges with “value statements,” the library budget and 4DX.  Photo by Anthony B. Botello

Amy Whitworth, chair of the language, philosophy and culture department, addresses the Faculty Senate March 4 in the visual arts center. The Senate proposed topics such as Covey training for the upcoming Academic Success Committee meeting. Faculty Senate also discussed the $31,300 spent on new ID badges with “value statements,” the library budget and 4DX. Photo by Anthony B. Botello

Academic Success Committee sets April 16 meeting at this college.

By Cynthia M. Herrera

cherrera151@student.alamo.edu 

Faculty Senate questioned the $31,300 price tag of Alamo Colleges’ new employee ID badges at a meeting March 4 in the visual arts center.

The new badges are horizontal and have a barcode on the front instead of a magnetic strip on the back.

The IDs have the Alamo Colleges’ mission statement and six values on the back. Employees selected one of the six values to be printed on the front of the card.

In a Jan. 30 email to Alamo Colleges officials, Deb Morgan, director of strategic initiatives and performance excellence, said the decision for new badges was made in January 2014, and the purpose was to print the values for the Alamo Colleges on the back of the ID.

She told The Ranger the IDs would serve as a reminder to employees about how to treat each other and students.

Dawn Elmore, English professor and president of Faculty Senate, said she would provide senators with Morgan’s email, which was originally sent to Diane Snyder, vice chancellor for finance and administration; Michael W. Nemcic, deputy chief of emergency services; and Chief of Police Don Adams.

The Alamo Colleges Leadership Academy for Success recommended the new badges because of the confusion about values, mission statements and vision statements across the colleges and district support operations, according to the email.

Morgan said in a phone interview that ALAS collaborated with human resources and wanted to put something on the badge from each department because of the “simply wasted space” on the back of the badge.

During the meeting, Elmore said all 5,000 employees are expected to have their new ID by fall.

Early childhood studies Professor Linda Lowman expressed concern about the cost.

Lowman said she uses her ID to only turn on the copy machine, and the rest of the time it sits in her desk.

“That is absurd, but that’s the kind of thing that happens around here with the money,” she said. “We could be hiring somebody else.”

The strategic planning team borrowed ideas from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Rackspace Inc., Texas A&M University-San Antonio and USAA.

The team partnered with James Searles, Alamo Colleges suggestion plan manager; Rose Reyes, project coordinator of the college facilities department; and Nemcic.

Of the $31,300 expense, $25,000 budgeted for a visit from the Texas Award for Performance Excellence was used for the IDs after the vice chancellors and chancellors of Alamo Colleges decided not to turn in an application in fall 2013 because they wanted to have an extra year on the application to work on their principles.

The police department contributed $6,300 from its budget to pay the remaining costs.

In other news, Faculty Senate discussed a special meeting April 16 at this college for the Academic Success Committee of the board of trustees.

District 1 trustee Joe Alderete Jr. recommended the meeting.

The special meeting will be coordinated by Elmore to address issues concerning 4DX, Four Disciplines of Execution; training for Franklin-Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”; and other unresolved issues. Elmore relayed Alderete’s call for the meeting to be “faculty-designed” and “faculty-driven.”

Six groups, featuring at least 50 individuals from each of the colleges, and 10 members of the American Association of University Professors chapter at this college, will present concerns for five minutes each.

The meeting will be 6-9 p.m. The location has not been decided.

Elmore said the meeting was scheduled for a Thursday night because the fewest classes are offered that night.

The meeting is open to the public.

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