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Culture at COC needs healing

Posted: June 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Regarding the battle that is being fought on College of the Canyons’ campus, I would like to take the opportunity to explain what the full-time faculty is seeking: equity and respect.

At its core, the battle is less about the actual dollars and cents and more about the divisive culture that has developed at the college.

Instructors are generally feeling overworked and under-appreciated. Increased compensation is just one way administrators could show that faculty is valued.

As a group we have grown weary watching administrators receive repeated raises, attend expensive off-site team-building events, host lavish meetings and events on campus, and then turn around and tell the faculty that there’s not enough money in the budget to begin restoring our salaries to their 2007 equivalents.

Furthermore, not only do their salaries keep going up, but also the number of administrators has doubled since 2000.

Healing our culture is going to take much more than a contract agreement. It requires a paradigm shift in which the administrators and elected Board of Trustees begin to regard our educators with the respect we have earned.



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