The Word - 2006/11/08



The Word from CSEA

Columbus State Education Association Newsletter of November 8, 2006


Several faculty have reported problems with completing the AQIP survey. Although these problems have been reported, at this writing employees have not received any new guidelines or alternatives that will remedy the problems or caution them about pitfalls in the technical process.

The survey, available through the Intranet, provides "pages" listing the 122 issues developed by employees during Conversation Day. You are allowed to select up to 10 of these as your preferences for action. To move forward through the survey, you must click on a "Submit" key (more appropriately a "Next" key) to move to the next page. However, people paging through the survey to review and compare issues that are clearly identical or substantially similar cannot return to previous pages. Worse, upon clicking the "Submit" arrow that appears to move you to a new page after Issue 122, the survey is instead "completed," you can not review and confirm your selections, and you receive a "Thank You!" screen that prevents you from actually completing the survey process.

We are confident that anyone who has been closed out of the process will be given the opportunity to complete the survey.


Many of the 122 issues listed in the survey are identical or essentially the same. Three important issues emerged from roundtable discussions on Conversation Day: the ratio of full-time to part-time employees, the governance/decision-making structure, and employee morale. To ensure that these issues of critical concern to faculty (and, in fact, staff) are addressed in our accreditation planning, we urge you to select "Yes" on the following 10 items:

48, 62, 65, 67, 71, 76, 87, 108, 115, and 120.

We believe that these items will ensure that these issues, which have remained unresolved since our last accreditation in 200, will set the course for much-needed improvements for the entire College.

The current deadline is Monday, November 13. This date may be adjusted to accommodate those who have had problems with the technical design of the survey process, but we urge you to complete the survey as soon as possible.


Please mark your calendars to ensure that your voice is heard during these upcoming events:

November 6-13: Online voting for issues. A complete list of ideas generated by participants in Conversation Day is located on the Columbus State Community College's (CSCC) AQIP website

To open the survey click on the following link and follow the instructions:

(Beware of the pitfalls noted above.)

November 16 (1 p.m.-5 p.m.) and November 17 (8 a.m.-noon) in Franklin 104: Using tabulations from the November 6-13 online voting, a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators will distill the top suggestions to 3 action projects. Any employee may observe this process, and we encourage faculty to be present.

The Word is produced by the Communications Committee of the Columbus State Education Association. We welcome your comments, news, and insights.

Steve Abbott, President / x5096
Darrell Minor, Vice President / x5310
Amy Brubaker, Secretary and Association Representative / x5068
Greg Goodhart, Treasurer / x5431
Dr. Jane McDowell, Association Representative / x2656 
Dave Busch, Association Representative / x5079
Susan Moran, Association Representative / x5453
Dr. Charlie Gallucci, Association Representative / x5499
Gil Feiertag, Association Representative / x5861 
Cindy Evans, Association Representative / x2435 
Leslie Smith, Association Representative / x5302
Dr. Wendy McCullen-Vermillion, Association Representative / x2693

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