Board meeting on faculty concerns April 16 at this college

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The meeting is open to the public.

By Cynthia M. Herrera

The Student Success Committee of the district board will host an open forum at 6 p.m. April 16 in Room 218 of the nursing complex at this college.

The entire board of trustees is expected to attend.

District 7 trustee Joe Alderete, who came up with the idea, helped plan it with Dawn Elmore, Faculty Senate president.

The meeting was suggested to the board to allow the colleges to speak on their individual issues and concerns.

Amanda Salinas, accounting professor and vice president of the Palo Alto College Faculty Senate, will discuss communication and majors.

“Mainly, we’re talking about communication between faculty and district and trying to encourage better communication,” Patrick Lee, PAC Faculty Senate president, said.

The PAC senate wants to continue to offer and acknowledge majors on transcripts and degrees, Lee said.

This college’s Amy Whitworth, chair of the language, philosophy and culture department, will present on transfer and assessment.

A representative of Faculty Senate at St. Phillip College will address shared governance.

Denise Menchaca, Northeast Lakeview College Faculty Senate vice president, and Dianna Torres-Lee, NLC Faculty Senate president, will address faculty roles.

“Our faculty senate decided to present on this topic because we have been having a lot of discussions on our campus regarding how to best prioritize our time to better serve our students,” Torres-Lee said in an email to The Ranger.

Two presentations are on the district website under board of trustees meeting agendas.

Other items on the agenda include administrative accountability and faculty morale.

Northwest Vista Faculty Senate president Viviane Marioneaux did not return phone calls or an email from The Ranger.

The meeting is open to the public, and seating may be limited. More than 100 faculty members are expected to attend, according to the home page of the college chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Overflow seating and viewing is in Room 213 of the nursing complex.

Following the meeting, the AAUP will post the recording version on its home page at


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