The Word - 2006/11/15



The Word from CSEA

Columbus State Education Association Newsletter of November 15, 2006


With public meetings of a committee of faculty, staff and administrators set to begin tomorrow, the AQIP Committee has not yet released important material related to the AQIP survey process.

The results of the Constellation Survey that employees completed in September submitted by participants in Conversation Day (October 25) have not been released to the campus community. However, we were able to locate the "Quick Fixes" submitted at the end of Conversation Day at (You must be on campus to access this intranet site).

According to Frankie Hale, CSEA representative on the committee, the only concern about the Constellation Survey and "Quick Fix" documents was that the names of individual employees mentioned in survey responses be deleted from the documents before they were made available for review. It is unclear why the responses to the Constellation Survey have not been released.

There were also problems when employees tried to select their preferred 10 possible "action items" from the 122 suggestions submitted on Conversation Day. Instructions for completing the online voting were incomplete, and the program used to record employees' votes was so poorly designed that many employees had difficulty getting their votes registered and had to request paper ballots in order to participate.

The vast majority of faculty, staff and administrators have engaged in the AQIP process in good faith, and faculty and staff members of the committee have done an excellent job of representing College employees. Given the tight deadlines that administrators in charge of the process have set, it is essential that the process remain transparent if we are all to have confidence in the outcomes.

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 on Thursday, November 16 (2 p.m.-6 p.m.) and Friday, November 17 (8 a.m.-noon) in Eibling 003. Any employee may observe this process (and participate as long as s/he is present when discussion of a specific item begins). We encourage faculty to be present. Actual discussions should begin at about 3 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday.


CSEA has agreed to participate in WOSU-TV's annual fund-raising telethon on Tuesday, December 5, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. We're seeking 12-15 volunteers to staff phones and take pledges that evening. Join your colleagues from CSEA in providing service to an important community cultural resource. To volunteer, contact Steve Abbott at x5096.


Mark your calendar now for the CSEA member meeting on Wednesday, November 29, at 3 p.m. in a room to be announced. The agenda will include installation of newly elected officers and a vote on a proposed amendment to the by-laws that will allow absentee voting on Association issues.


Although most of us do not incur out-of-pocket expenses for teaching-related supplies, some of us (and many more elementary and secondary teachers) do. Past tax law has allowed a deduction of up to $250 annually for teachers who spend their own money in support of their teaching activities. Congress has not yet renewed this deduction. We encourage you to call, write or email your Senator or Congressional Representative NOW to urge them to renew this deduction and not penalize educators for subsidizing public education.


CSEA has distributed this year's comprehensive directory of full-time faculty to all bargaining unit members. There is one correction: Sandra Arrighi was listed in the Sports & Fitness Management program; she is actually in Medical Laboratory Technology. We regret the error.


We congratulate CSEA Treasurer-elect Phil MacLean on his nomination for an outstanding teaching award from the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (OATYC).


The Board of Trustees will conduct a Board Work Session Thursday to discuss the roles, responsibilities, and self-assessment of the Board and the goals and evaluation process of the President. The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the 4th floor Board Room of the Center for Workforce Development from noon-5 p.m.

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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