Monday, February 22, 2016

Part 2 of the DCCFA Climate Survey Now Available - with Updated Link

Dear Colleagues,

Every two years the District Faculty Association gathers feedback from members through a Climate Survey. Many of you took Part 1 of the Climate Survey in Fall 2015 to convey attitudes on controversial issues such as compensation and handguns on campus. We thank you for your input, as it has helped inform and shape our ongoing conversations with our college and district leadership in our shared governance model.

Now we are conducting Part 2 of the Climate Survey, which includes the ongoing questions that are asked every two years, in the Spring semester of even numbered years. The questions are adapted from the American Association of Community Colleges “Competencies for Community College Leaders.” The 23 questions (numbered 36-58) should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Your participation helps us represent your interests. The survey is housed on a web server owned and operated by a DCCCD faculty member, and only the cumulative results are shared, so your responses are anonymous.

As has been practice for each previous administration of the climate survey, your faculty association president will share the quantitative results with you and your College President, and the council will share the results with the Chancellor.

Please take the time to provide your feedback by clicking on the link below to complete the survey before Friday, March 11, 2016:

Monday, February 8, 2016

DCCCD colleges to host Board of Trustees candidate forums

The DCCCD will experience significant change in the composition of its Board of Trustees, as three incumbents are leaving office and their seats will be up for election on May 7, 2016.

Representing District 2, which includes portions of downtown and North Dallas, and the northwest corner of Dallas County, Trustee Bob Ferguson is retiring after 12 years of service.

Representing District 3, which includes much of northeast Dallas County, Trustee Jerry Prater is retiring after 19 years of service.

Representing District 4, which includes much of east and southeast Dallas County, Trustee Bill Metzger is stepping down after six years of service.

This map shows all seven DCCCD trustee districts. Trustees are elected to six year terms. Terms for Districts 1 and 7 expire in 2018. Terms for Districts 5 and 6 expire in 2020. Trustees represent the community in the oversight and governance of the DCCCD.

Numerous candidates already have declared for the open trustee seats. Additional candidates may file for election through Friday, Feb. 19.

Given three new trustees will be elected, the 2016 election assumes additional importance in the present and future of the DCCCD. Consequently, efforts are underway to send questionnaires to all candidates in order to gauge their opinions of a variety of issues. Their answers will be published on the DCCFA Advance Blog for all faculty to peruse.

In addition, candidates will be invited to a series of candidate forums at several DCCCD colleges.

Eastfield College will host a candidates forum at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Performance Hall.

Brookhaven College will host a candidates forum at 12 noon Thursday, April 14, in the Performance Hall.

Richland College will host a candidates forum at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Performance Hall.

North Lake College is expected to host a candidates forum at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in Room G401.

Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited and encouraged to attend the candidate forums. Please feel free to invite students to attend the candidate forum at, or nearest, your college. Also, if you reside in a voting district other than where you work, please feel free to attend the candidate forum at the college nearest your residence.