By Gustavo Buenrostro
Faculty, staff and students had a chance to air their grievances with the Los Angeles Community College District last Wednesday during the Ad Hoc Committee on information technology meeting at East Los Angeles College.
IT becoming a stabilized resource will serve as a launching point to address other issues and will take up to seven years to complete.
“We need to provide services in our campuses before you reach that seven year goal you have for 2025,” said Fernando Oleas, a Pierce College modern language professor.
That was the sentiment shared by everyone who decided to speak up in the microphone. Oleas said that faculty, staff, and students cannot wait for the plan to be ready.
The Ad Hoc Committee meeting was meant to let the faculty, staff and students of the LACCD colleges know about the Strategic Planning Process as well as go over the information technology assessment and how to move forward with it.
The plan is to revamp existing IT services and make IT more reliable by filling vacancies and determining district-wide funding.
Randall Adsit, a geology professor at ELAC, said that the student information system is also something that the district needs to look into because it is causing problems for not only students but also professors as well.
Ben Borowitz, a senior programmer at the district office, asked how the board will approve faculty, staff and students to give feedback to the planning process.
Yung Kim, an IT supervisor at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, said that the district was planning on centralizing the network for IT but asked if they have a plan if it breaks.
Many of the concerns that were brought up by the committee were acknowledged by the board, but were not answered.
Robert Miller, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Resource department, said that what he got from the meeting was that the district must be proactive and address issues that each college is dealing with and to also be more transparent in the proceedings involving the campuses.
Gabriel Buelna, member of the Board of Trustees, said that they will give out surveys so the board can understand what each college needs. Buelna said that people need to be patient so that a plan of action can take place. The sentiment shared by the faculty and staff was that they have been patient, yet nothing has been done.
Scott J. Svonkin, Board of Trustee member, said that the board was told that everything was working well and that they didn’t know the full scope of problems the colleges were facing. He said that this committee brought attention to that, making it a productive meeting.
Bryan Walsh, a history professor at LA Pierce College, said the meeting was only partially productive.
“They (the board) did not provide answers. I don’t feel good looking down the road when they have not addressed any issues that the campuses have,” said Walsh.