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The purpose of this blog is to provide almost-real-time reporting from College of DuPage Board of Trustees meetings. The next meeting will be May 22, 2014. Posts from previous meetings, going back to December 2013, appear below. To suggest a correction of any error in these posts, please email codfaboardblog@gmail.com.

We encourage anyone who has questions or comments about the meetings to direct them to COD’s Trustees, elected representatives who oversee the College of DuPage on behalf of the citizens of the district. More information about the BOT and the trustees can be found here: http://www.cod.edu/about/board_of_trustees/

More information about the College of DuPage Faculty Association can be found at our website, codfaculty.org. CODFA is composed of the members of the full-time faculty and elects its own officers and Senate. This blog is a project of the Communications Committee of the Faculty Senate.

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April 17, 2017 – Post 4

The Consent Agenda

No items were pulled from the Consent Agenda. Secretary O’Donnell read the agenda.

New Business

Trustee Svoboda commented that she has been working with President Breuder on the policy about historical preservation.

All board policy motions were approved unanimously without discussion, except that Trustee Savage commented on the new policy language about gender expression and thanked Brad Sitter for speaking.

The board raced through the remaining business items with fast roll call votes. Trustee McGuire commented positively on our participation in the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund.

Announcements

The various trustees reported on their travels and projects. Trustee Hamilton noted that she had distributed copies of a presentation on four-year programs and that she has learned more about the pros and cons. Trustee McGuire pointed to an opinion piece in a local paper raising questions. Hamilton noted that programs in Florida are funded differently from a different tax base.

Trustee McGuire commented about the number of articles coming through ICCTA about the role of adjunct faculty and newer trends in how their contracts are being written. She asked if we are aware of this conversation and mentioned a new approach at the U of I.

Trustee Savage reported on a recent visit to the Waterleaf and asked President Breuder to describe the Easter weekend program. He commented that the restaurant is fully booked for several days in a row.

Next regular meeting Thursday, May 22, at 7pm.

April 17, 2014 – Post 3

Comments from COD Employees

Glenn Hansen, President of the Faculty Association

Good evening, Trustees,

I am Glenn Hansen, Professor of Photography, President of the CODFA and Faculty Senate. I am one of 300 and we are 300 who are one.

As I speak, you are hearing the voices of the 300 full-time faculty members who change the lives of thousands. We believe in our students. We believe in what we do. We believe in an open exchange of ideas. We believe in integrity and honesty. We believe in each other. We believe in College of DuPage.

We know that meeting student needs can only happen when all groups respect each other. We know that we cannot reach our goals without each group acknowledging and valuing each other. Our hope is that someday there will be an understanding that TEAM WORK solves problems. We are not in a team competition where someone, other than the students, needs to win every time.

Earlier, you recognized the Outstanding Faculty members who have demonstrated the best of our capabilities during the past year. To them, on behalf of their colleagues, congratulations! We are proud that you are each one of the 300.

We want to say “best wishes” to our colleagues who are leaving the 300 earlier than expected due to Springfield’s attempt to fix the pensions of public employees. Thank you for your part in making College of DuPage. We’re going to miss you.

Now, that it is official and on your agenda, thank you, Trustees, for approving this retirement date change. To Mia Igyarto, who I have thanked several times since we suggested the retirement date problem was fixable, thank you again. I know that you have also been thanked by the retirees and other CoDFA representatives. I would like it reflected in the minutes that you helped all employees at a time of need. I know it wasn’t easy, and that is understood.

To the new faculty who are being hired tonight, welcome. I think you’ll like working with us. There is no better group I could imagine working with.

Tonight, you are being presented with a resolution that will change the College, its mission, and Higher Education in Illinois. As I have said to the press, the Faculty Association has no further comment at this time and will take no position until we have data and have had a thorough discussion. All I can say is “we have not been part of the conversation about the future”. Therefore, we will start our own conversation. Faculty Senate has formed a task force to gather input that will drive the Senate’s decisions. We will listen to our many committees through our well defined decision making structure. Good decisions are based on reason and data. Any data that you’d like to share would always be appreciated. Who knows, we could agree.

In closing, on April 29th the faculty vote on the TA’d contract extension. The decision is in 300 hands. Their decision will based on their assessment of its merits without listening to the static. If approved, you will be able to sign it on May 22.

We can then move on to other important discussions about College of DuPage.

Thank you.

Richard Jarman, Vice President of the Faculty Association

Good evening. I would first like to echo the words of Glenn Hansen in congratulating the Outstanding Faculty that were recognized earlier this evening. Not that I am biased, but I take particular pleasure in noting that chemistry has scored in successive years, this time with the College-wide Outstanding Faculty, Lubna Haque. I knew her in those days when she was an adjunct and I was happy when she too joined the full-time faculty a few years later. I can attest to the fact that she is fully deserving of this award, as are all the other winners.

While this winter’s polar vortices are still burnt deeply into the retinas of our collective memory, climate change may seem a far-flung or irrelevant concern, and yet, even as it snows in April, evidence points to an increasing need to take action. In this context, the practice and education of sustainability become even more important. I quote from the Loyola University brochure that describes SustainLoyola:

“Sustainability isn’t a buzzword or a fad. It’s a new way of solving problems…from the courses we offer to the buildings we construct…”

At the last board meeting we heard several eloquent, impassioned, and thoughtful comments made in support of the community education farm. Three faculty members from three different disciplines spoke, illustrating the multidisciplinary nature of this project. The response from the college, as noted in the Tribune at that time, was that there was no room on the campus, and there was concern about it “not fitting into an academic program.” In light of this recent announcement, I am happy, I think, to learn of this recent announcement of an agreement with Forest Preserve. I hope that the agreement will move forward.

Thank you.

Student speaker Brad Sitter spoke eloquently about his experiences coming out as gay in the Marines under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. He asked that the college pass the new policy on gender identity and expression.

Student Leadership Council President Sam Ortega-Guerrero talked about successful experiences in Springfield. He told a story about persuading Rep Duncan, chair of appropriations, to take seriously a proposal to set aside a large MAPP grant fund to apply directly to community college students. He also spoke enthusiastically about meeting with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth here at COD. He also announced the new SLC officers.

April 17, 2014 – Post 2

Recognition of Outstanding Faculty

Jean Kartje, Vice President of Academic Affairs, introduced each outstanding faculty member. There were no surprises but the applause was enthusiastic. Several faculty were absent because they were in class!

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Outstanding Faculty

Recognition of Jack Kent Cook Scholar

Earl Dowling, VP of Student Affairs, explained the significance of this scholarship. It is a very competitive national scholarship program that provides extensive support to a student transferring from a two-year to a four-year college. The student may pursue any area of study. A video was shown of Christian O’Kelly receiving the news of his award when President Breuder visited his music theory class.

President’s Report

President Breuder called on Joe Collins to provide details of a tentative agreement with the Forest Preserve District to relocate the Community Farm to a one-acre plot at Danada, two miles from campus. There is an existing “model farm” on this site already. Savage and Svoboda asked whether the current supporters of the Farm have been involved in the process. Breuder said there has been no process. The Forest Preserve approached the college and Breuder and Collins visited the site several times to assess its appropriateness. There is extensive space for the Farm at this location, and there is water and infrastructure already in place.

April 17, 2014 – Post 1

Opening Acts

The roll call proceeded and the agenda was approved.

Recognition of the outgoing Student Trustee, Stephanie Torres, by Chair Erin Birt. She has two books dedicated in her name in the college library and received a gift. A resolution was passed acknowledging her dedication and spirit. Torres has been elected president of the student body and has received numerous other recognitions for her involvement and service.

Installation of new Student Trustee, Omar Escamilla. He repeated a pledge of service as directed by Secretary O’Donnell. Photos were taken. He exchanged seats with Torres.

Trustee Svoboda invited Torres to speak. She did so briefly and eloquently.

The roll call was done again to include Escamilla.

The board reorganization proceeded with Breuder presiding as chair pro tem. O’Donnell proposed the slate of current officers to continue in their roles. They were voted in, although Savage, Svoboda, and McGuire each voted “abstain” in emphatic tones.

Regular board meeting dates for the coming year were announced, all on 3rd or 4th Thursdays of the months. These were confirmed. (Note: these should be posted under Notices on the Trustees webpage on the college website.)

April 17, 2014 Meeting Preview

Tonight’s board packet can be downloaded in full from this link:
http://www.cod.edu/about/board_of_trustees/pdf/packets/2014apr17packet.pdf

To make the packet easier to review, save it to your computer and open it in Adobe Reader. Under the View menu, select Navigation Panels, then select Bookmarks. An outline of the full document will appear on the left side of the pdf.

Items of note from the agenda:

  • The new Student Trustee, Omar Escamilla, will be sworn in.
  • Tonight’s meeting includes the Board’s annual “reorganization.” Officers will be elected or re-elected.
  • Outstanding Faculty and Jack Kent Cook Scholar (award to outstanding transfer student) will be presented to the Trustees.
  • First read of Historical Preservation policy. This appears to be a response to the PE mural issue discussed at previous meetings.
  • First read of policy in support of baccalaureate degrees. (Read the rationale provided in 10.A.2 of this month’s packet.)
  • Approval of policy for an unrestricted fund balance that matches 50% of the college’s operating budget.
  • Approval of compensation increases for various constituency groups (excluding full-time faculty) at 4.15%.