PCC students are heading to neighboring community colleges in order to complete credits they would have taken during the now eliminated winter intersession. The decision to get rid of winter intersession was made to help students in the summer and is now causing trouble for students looking to transfer.
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.
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.
The Calendar Standing Committee voted to recommend a Fall 2014 calendar, fearing that recommending a full year calendar would overstep its boundaries as the District awaits a decision on its appeal of a legal ruling requiring it to bring back winter intersession.
“Based on the foregoing findings of fact and conclusions of law, and the entire record in this case, it is found that the Pasadena Area Community College District violated the Education Employment Relations Act…by unilaterally implementing a trimester calendar.” This was the finding last week by administrative law judge Alicia Clement from the State of California Public Employment Relations Board. In other words the judge found that cancelling winter intersession was illegal. Almost everyone on campus warned the administration and the District not to cancel …
The college scrambled for more than two weeks trying to make good on a promise administrators made to students that the classes they took in Extended Spring would be transferable for Fall 2013.
Although there was no priority registration for Extended Spring, this disaster shouldn’t be incredibly surprising to students.
The registration fiasco could have been avoided if the calendar had been left alone. The Board and administrators tried to fix something that was never broken.
The quickest and least painful way for the administration to defuse this crisis of confidence would be for it to immediately propose an official 2013-14 college calendar that includes a winter session. We urge it to do so without delay.
The Associated Students Board voted unanimously on Wednesday that it has no confidence in the administration of President Mark Rocha.
At the same three-hour marathon session in the Creveling Lounge, the AS also voted unanimously to censure the administration.