Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Important Meeting Thursday May 26, 2011

Say NO to the corporate takeover of the City Colleges of Chicago!

Say NO to the dismantling of public sector unions!

Say NO to layoffs of 1708 and 1600 staff and the cuts to programs and services for students and our communities!

Defend union rights and civil rights! Join  coalition efforts to halt the assault on the City Colleges of Chicago.

             May 26 6:00pm Meeting
Malcolm X College - 1900 W. Van Buren St.
on the "reinvention" of the 7 City Colleges

Monday, May 16, 2011

CCC Announces First Presidential Replacement. Is This What Our Colleges Have to Look Forward To?

On Friday the City Colleges of Chicago released a special announcement indicating that the replacement for Kennedy-King Colleges departing President John H. Dozier would be none other than Mr. Derrick Harden.  While we understand the District’s March 21st appointment of Mr. Donald Laackman at Harold Washington College based on his connection to the Civic Consulting Alliance and other notable high profile connections that would lead to a Presidential appointment with no experience in higher education, all are perplexed at this recent appointment.

When the Chancellor made the decision to require all President’s (except Don Laackman) to reapply for their positions it was clear that she wanted to rid herself of all experienced leadership. The City Colleges allegedly paid a firm over $330,000 to conduct a National Presidential Search.   

So why the push for another inexperienced Presidential Seat Filler?  Mr. Derrick Harden began his tenure at CCC under former Chancellor Wayne Watson as an Internal Auditor. Receiving vigorous support from Chancellor Hyman’s Chief of Staff Mr. Ron Anderson, Mr. Harden was promoted to Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Staff Development on December 6, 2010.  Being woefully ill-prepared for the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources position, on January 12, 2011 Mr. Harden was moved to yet another position, Managing Director of Special Projects (whatever that means).

On April 7, 2011 Mr. Harden was then moved to Kennedy-King College as Interim President. With no higher education administration experience and the very transient nature of Mr. Harden’s work history, it is clear that the Chancellor and her Chief of Staff are working very hard to find a place for Mr. Harden. This appears to be just another case of “Positions for the Friends of Cheryl”.  During the recent Presidential search process the committee selected by Chancellor Hyman and charged with selecting candidates to move to the second round of interviews with the Chancellor; did not think very highly of Mr. Harden, in fact of the multiple committee members voting, Mr. Harden only received one vote.

Again to the rescue, the Chancellor’s Chief of Staff Mr. Ron Anderson who insisted that Mr. Harden be sent to the next round interviews despite the fact that he received only one vote.

It is clear that the Presidential search process was merely a sham, a way for the Chancellor to continue her patronage hiring.  It is also clear that there have been numerous CCC ethics violations and CCC Board Rule violations. What is not clear is who will throw whom under the bus once the subpoenas and Freedom of Information Act requests are issued.  The new Presidents should be announced in June. If this appointment is indicative of what the colleges have to look forward to; we are all in very serious trouble. Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Stop CCC Fraud, Patronage Hiring, Academic and Fiscal Mismanagement!

Join the Protest
Monday May 16, 2011

Join faculty, students, CCC staff and members of the City Colleges of Chicago community on Monday May 16th at 9:00 a.m. we will meet at Roosevelt University
430 South Michigan Avenue. 
At 9:30 a.m. we will march to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Join us in letting Mayor Emanuel, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Vice President Joe Biden know that we are collectively taking a stand to

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Labor Beat: Stop Chicago City Colleges New District Policies

Please watch on Labor Beat (url below) the video of the press conference held at City Hall last Friday protesting the Reinvention policies. We need more events like these and more students, faculty, staff, and community supporters organized to expose and oppose the Reinvention.

You can watch the video at

Thanks to the Labor Beat crew for covering the event.

Top 10 Questions to Ponder Before CCC Mass Graduation

  1. Will the traditional graduation march song be played at graduation or a top 40 show song be played instead?  Not the black eyed peas song again…a college graduation is not a marathon or a trade show.
  2. Will the Chancellor wear a doctorate gown at graduation?  Will CCC administrators wear gowns like uniforms or will they display the education institutions or degrees they actually earned?
  3. Will the President’s sit in the front and pass out the degree’s to the students.  The same student’s they served or will the new Vice Chancellors sit in the front with Cheryl and be given the honor the President’s deserve?
  4. Will Mayor Daley be presented with an honorary President status or has the President’s role been so disrespected at CCC he would rather be presented with an honorary degree instead?
  5. Will the new “college branch” logos be presented at the mass graduation?  Is this the Reinvention way to obtain the input from each college?  First Cheryl copied ComEd’s logo now St. Louis Community College logo.
  6. Will the cost of the mass graduation be published in the board’s meeting minutes or is it buried in the cost of a vendor contract?
  7. Will students respect a Chancellor that rather host a mass graduation at UIC vs. holding it at the local colleges so more family and community members could attend?
  8. Will the old Board Members be attending the mass graduation or will they be disrespected like our Presidents?
  9. Will Cheryl actually speak at the graduation without reading a speech?  “Now all the children that earned a nursing Bachelorette degree please stand.”
  10. Will Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel continue to allow Cheryl Hyman make these decisions to put her in the spot light and not honor the hard working students at City Colleges of Chicago at graduation?