Faculty Association Political Action Committee (FACPAC)
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“I came to Maricopa in the late 70s. ... My work to create a strong Maricopa system with Faculty and staff was most important. When Dr. John Waltrip (former GCC President) was a faculty member, he wrote and edited the original Residential Faculty Policy (RFP) handbook with a faculty team close to four (4) decades ago. This document was intended to define the roles, responsibilities, privileges, and expectations of full-time faculty members, including the Meet-and-Confer as a collaborative and continuous improvement process. During my tenure as Chancellor, I respected and trusted the professional integrity of our residential faculty and the RFP. The RFP guided my administrative staff and me while I was chancellor.”
Why was Meet and Confer eliminated?
Meet and Confer was a key element of our shared governance structure at the Maricopa Community Colleges. Our system of shared governance structure is described in this video about the Faculty Association.
On Feb 27, 2018 a simple majority of the governing board members voted to abolish Meet and Confer, a process that had been in place and working well with faculty and administration for nearly 40 years. The timeline for abolishing Meet and Confer transpired in under two weeks. The governing board video and the resolution pertaining to this action are below.
Link to the passed resolution on February 27, 2018: Governing Board Resolution to eliminate Meet and Confer
Link to video: Regular Governing Board Meeting February 27, 2018: Meet and Confer - The Vote
As for why the four board members voted to eliminate Meet and Confer, some research on these members' past history and current aspirations will illuminate the motivations behind these actions.
The Faculty Association Political Action Committee is committed to fighting for a non-partisan governing board that puts teaching and learning first in all its decisions. Faculty teaching conditions are student learning conditions.
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