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Maricopa Community College Faculty, Workers Criticize Provision Changes
The Maricopa County Community College District is in the midst of massive change. Early this year, the District’s Governing Board eliminated the “meet and confer” provision.
That departure was criticized by a number of faculty members, who said it would keep them from being able to work with administrators on items including wages, governance and benefits.
Faculty members expressed other concerns as well. And this week, the Higher Learning Commission — the district’s accrediting body — sent the district a letter stating that it wasn’t taking any immediate further action at this time. But, the HLC did say it would continue to monitor some of the issues during its next evaluation of a district college next fall.
To hear a reaction to that letter, The Show was joined by Dr. Karla Fisher, Provost of the district.
The concerns were largely brought by district faculty members. So to talk about what they think of the HLC’s response, The Show spoke with John Schampel, a biology professor at Phoenix College and the current faculty association president for MCCCD.
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