A winter intersession will be reinstated in the 2016-2017 academic calendar following the July decision by the Public Employment Relations Board that the district violated the law when eliminating the winter intersession in the 2012-2013 academic year.
The PCC 2015 fall semester study abroad program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity that allows students to take in the sights and culture of picturesque Florence, Italy while they complete their required college coursework.
Despite discord among committee members, student groups and faculty over the proposed reinstatement of winter intersession—culminating in the Associated Students formally agreeing to support winter and voting to censure English professor Roger Marheine—the Calendar Committee will submit an academic calendar including a winter term to the College Council.
Faculty members also remain opposed to the realignment of the college into six divisions, arguing that it gets rid of the current deans and places more management work on the new department chairs.
The faculty union opposes an early retirement plan being offered by the district and insists that the plan is a “negotiations ploy” designed to get faculty back to the bargaining table, a union official said.
A proposal for new contract terms from the Faculty Association (FA) was presented at its meeting on Oct. 10, where the FA also called out the Pasadena Area Community College District for not meeting with FA leaders since May 30.