Recently the began a major credential review for all faculty. In many instances faculty were told to resubmit transcripts and to prove that they were qualified to teach the classes that they have been teaching for years. Some faculty were informed that now, all of the sudden they are not qualified to teach a particular course as a result of this district-wide credential review.
While we agree that credentials are extremely important in maintaining the academic integrity of our institutions, we believe that this requirement holds true for those who are given leadership positions at the District Office.
On July 14, 2010 the Chancellor announced that the CCC Board of Trustees had approved a change of title for Mr. Michael A. Mutz from Vice-Chancellor of Development (fundraising) to Vice-Chancellor of Client Services & .
Board Chairman and Trustees our question is simple. Who is conducting the credential reviews for the leadership at the District Office? Recently campuses were informed that the Student Services Departments would now be required to report directly to Mr. Mutz. The is the most integral facet in each college for the success of our students. Board members, as you are aware the Student Services Departments at the colleges includes the areas ofacademic advising, tutoring, registration, financial aid, disability access, veteran’s affairs and student government.
Why has the Board of Trustees made the decision to entrust such vital components for the success of our 120,000 students to Mr. Mutz? What in Mr. Mutz’s credential review demonstrates his ability to ensure student success in these critical areas? As a director of fundraising for the City Colleges of Chicago was Mr. Mutz involved with student success on any level? Prior to his employment with the City Colleges of Chicago Mr. Mutz’s career included stints with TiVo(the company that sold video recording equipment), US Cellular, and AT&T. How does this prior work history make Mr. Mutz qualified to make decisions on important issues like tutoring, academic advising, retention, and remediation for the students of the City Colleges of Chicago?
Our students are not products to be sold or marketed. Our students are PEOPLE! People who rely on those with the power to make decisions to do so using sound judgment. We call on the Board of Trustees District 508 to articulate the rationale for placing Mr. Mutz in this most important role.
Is Mr. Mutz’s appointment to this critical position based on his relationship with a powerful person at City Hall?