In September, I start my first full term as Secretary of my faculty union. One of my responsibilities is to write and manage the union blog, which has been very interesting, both because I have been given more or less free rein in how I do so and because of the ways in which I am constrained by the fact that it’s a union blog, written in a corporate voice (all posts go out as authored by the NCCFT Executive Committee), which is has till now been used primarily to talk to the membership about campus-related matters. I am slowly trying to introduce more outward-facing, issues oriented posts, and below are two that I thought might be of interest to people on this blog, based on conversations we’ve had before. They are framed in terms of their relevance to the college where I teach, but the issues they address are not relevant only to my campus:
- How Do You Measure a Community College’s Success?
- Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be
You are of course welcome to post comments on either of the posts themselves, just be aware of two things:
- Your first comment will need to be approved by me, which might take some time if I am not near a device that I can use to approve it.
- I will not be able to participate in the conversation as myself, since it is the executive committee’s policy to maintain only a corporate presence on the blog. (We want to avoid the confusion that inevitably results because people tend to assume that we are always expressing “the union’s position speaking” even when we make clear we are speaking only for ourselves.)
Therefore, if you’d like to engage me as part of any conversation these pieces might engender, please bring the comments back here to Alas.