Vice President of Academic Affairs Interview

The following is a 2016 interview with the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs for Cerritos College Mr. Rick Miranda. Transcription is available below to read:

RF: Good morning and welcome to Falcon Spotlight I’m your host Rob Flores and I’d like my guest to introduce himself.

RM: Hi Good morning thank you for inviting me my name is Rick Miranda and I am the acting Vice President of Academic Affairs here at Cerritos College.

RF: what are the duties?

RM: 95 percent of the duties of our last Vice President probably came through my office in some form the mechanics how do we put this in place we have this initiate how I can handle all this mechanics. but that last 5 percent that I didn’t know what Dr. Schilling did at the time now consumes 95 percent of my time. The duties are broad but it truly is a management position and I don’t like the word manage as much as it  implies I tell people what to do. Because it is a team effort I am learning to build a team for more of a participatory governance type of approach. so duties are working with budgets work with the individual divisions on budgets.Scheduling initiatives for adding classes how do we do it.with the faculty roles working with the Senate President and how do we support the faculties needs yet stay within the frame work of compliance. so its pretty varying, you know in a nutshell I tell people who ask me this I tell people I help manage a campus I help run a campus

RF: and you know unless a student is active on the campus they may not know that faculty and administration actually have a ton of meetings that play a vital role to the campus tell us about shared governance .

RM: yeah you know uh Shared Governance is complex its a simple concept but it is complex it is where all constituent groups should come together and play a role. you sun shine any issues you bring it through the systems they move up from recommending bodies  to decision making bodies and eventually to the president and to the board where every body has input and was part of the decision making . That is easy to say but real hard to do . what’s very hard to do, part of the shared or participatory governance process includes human beings and everyone has an opinion and every body has a personality . the challenge is for every body to listen and afford everybody the opportunity to bring forth the issues that are needed and weave all of these concerns together into something that would work its a challenge its huge. its not always making sure you hand a piece of paper or a concept or a policy from one group to the next its building that document building that process that’s where the challenge is . the exclusivity you know including everybody . you know I make mistakes I’ve made mistakes I’m sure I’m going to make mistakes I’m trying to get better in making sure that I bring  everybody in nobody in any of these groups can make the decision on their own they shouldn’t and that’s the challenge to get out of your own way and listen to everybody else.

RF: yeah I found it quite fascinating because you know its like this interesting web like there’s two different categories of shared governance faculty senate ones and then theres Institutional Committees. Whats the difference between the two?

RM: There’s something called ten plus one where the senate and the faculty have a say and they should in many of the campus policies and procedures . so they have their rules that govern both of us so we govern both of us but they also have rules within themselves to maintain the high rigor of being a professional . You know and they are look at our transfer rates where do they go how many students . We’re really doing a lot here at Cerritos our faculty should be commended every day. the leadership of the faculty though has to be equally commended . It is tough to be a leader to have to hear all the comments spend the time to bring it back to the shared governance process.so they have one world thats kind of the eyes and ears of whats happening on the campus  and administration has another role of how to we meet and comply with federal regulations and try to find a balance between the two.

RF: and tell us the role of the Trustees

RM: the role of the Trustees is to help govern and support the initiatives of the campus so that they can ultimately execute something not kill it and execute but execute  as in put something into play

RF: cool thank you for taking the time to be here

RM: my honor thank you for inviting me anytime you have any questions or follow up please give me a call

RF: Perfect until next time folks

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