AirTalk for April 1, 2013

Tensions mounting between faculty and administration at Pasadena City College

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PCC President Mark Rocha is under fire for his decision to cancel winter quarter. How should the college proceed?

Pasadena City College President Mark Rocha has come under fire recently for backing the decision to cancel the college’s winter intersession on short notice. Students and professors were upset about the cancelled winter classes, which offered students the option to take a course for credit in only six weeks.

Rocha defended the cancellation, saying that removing this year’s winter intersession ensured that PCC could offer more courses than any other community college, but many students, teachers and administrators don’t see it that way and found the choice to cancel winter classes disadvantageous.

A no-confidence vote amongst faculty found that 92 percent of teachers are unhappy with Rocha, and outcry from students has been vocal as well – the student paper, the Courier, published several scathing articles about the incidents.  The paper’s faculty advisor has since been put on administrative leave pending investigation into an undisclosed misconduct allegation.  Meanwhile, PCC’s trustees have expressed their support of Rocha – his contract was recently extended through 2016.

How should PCC students, faculty, and administrators handle these problems? Is it Rocha’s responsibility to maintain a yearly schedule?  Will the decision to cancel the winter intersession continue to have serious repercussions?

Guests:
Mark Rocha, Superintendent-President of Pasadena City College

Simon Fraser, president of Associated Students at Pasadena City College


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