Gateway employees represented by GTEA (Gateway Technical Education Assoc),
WTCS, through your union, is asking you to fill out an important survey to feed into the dicussion about Performance-Based Funding (PBF). You may only complete the survey one time; please make sure you have the time to complete it once you enter. Surveys must be completed by Thursday, October 31. [http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WI_PBFsurvey]
The new WTCS Performance-Based Funding (PBF) plan introduced by the Walker administration will be one of the most important academic and employment issues in the next few years. As such, it is extremely important that faculty and academic support staff maintain a strong voice in the development of this process–a voice that we will have to fight for, together, to be heard. We hold a perspective that no other “stakeholders” can offer: we are on the front lines of education; faculty and staff need to lead the conversation on what success means for our students and community–and how we can fairly and accurately measure that success.
All of us must 1) have the opportunity and 2) take the opportunity to become actively involved in the process. We have heard that the only way that faculty and staff may have their voices heard on PBF is through the Provost on Campus sessions; many individuals, however, are not able to attend due to class conflicts. Therefore, we believe an alternate means to secure input from all is needed.
Unfortunately, with No Child Left Behind, we’ve all seen what poorly-conceived bureaucratic measurement systems can do to decimate schools, funding, and the working conditions of faculty and staff.
Over the upcoming weeks and months, GTEA will be sharing up-to-date information and resources about PBF, as well as holding forums for all of us to bring our voices together. GTEA, with the assistance of the United Technical College Council, has started that process, and all Gateway faculty and staff are invited to participate, as we are in this fight together, as colleagues.
We encourage you to add your voice to this process by participating in this initial WTCS performance based funding survey.
All of us have important, valid perspectives about what goes on at Gateway – and we need to maintain our strong voice in shaping the future of the WTCS.
The WTCS state office is asking “stakeholders” for input. We are definitely important stakeholders, whatever position or title you individually hold in our college. We are the front line workers who make our college strong. No one else sees our workplace from our individual perspectives; no one else knows exactly what we know, so please participate in this important survey.
BACKGROUND (from UTCC)
Starting July 2014, the WTCS state office will be mandated to distribute a portion of state aid funding back to each of technical college based on the college’s performance in nine specific, statutorily-defined areas. Each year, the percentage of state funding distributed by this method will increase.
The WTCS state office is seeking input via a web-based survey to understand stakeholders’ priorities and to get input into what would be the best way to measure each of the nine areas.
Before you take the survey, here’s a list of the 9 performance areas that have been passed by the WI state legislature to use to channel some of tech college funding:
1. Placement rate of students in jobs related to students’ programs of study
2. Number of degrees and certificates awarded in high?demand fields [The board and the Department of Workforce Development will jointly determine what constitutes high?demand fields and revise the determination as necessary.]
3. Number of programs or courses with industry?validated curriculum [Industry-validated curriculum" means a curriculum that is developed with business or industry input and that is based on competencies and assessments that reflect the skills and knowledge necessary for a specific job or jobs within a specific type of business or industry.]
4. Transition of adult students from basic education to skills training
5. Number of adults served by basic education courses, adult high school, or English language learning courses, courses that combine basic skills and occupational training as a means of expediting basic skills remediation, and the success rate of adults completing such courses
6. Participation in dual enrollment programs [For the purposes of the new performance-based funding formula, dual enrollment programs means programs or courses of study designed to provide high school students the opportunity to gain credits in both technical college and high school, including transcripted credit programs or other educational services provided by contract between a school district and a technical college.]
7. Workforce training provided to businesses and individuals
8. Participation in statewide or regional collaboration or efficiency initiatives
9. Training or other services provided to special populations or demographic groups that can be considered unique to the district
What do you think of these 9 areas? If you work in admissions or registration, I’m sure you have views about some of these. If you are a counselor or advisor, you have ideas about many of these. Maybe your position gives you knowledge about regional collaboration or efficiency initiatives. Instructors, you surely have views about programs, mix, or curriculum.
You can also add comments – an opportunity, perhaps, to raise questions about the credentials and standards of our tech colleges, or the move to no longer require WTCS certification for college administrators and presidents.
Please take this WTCS survey now. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.
Also, feel free to share the survey link with any others who care about the future of our technical colleges. [https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WI_PBFsurvey]
We all need to be involved to make our valid views and voices heard! Thanks for participating!
Linda Spaulding, GTEA President
Jay Johnson, GTEA President Elect
Ken Haling, GTEA Past President