A lot has been made in various circles of a video clip of CCSF Trustee Steve Ngo (see below) at the April 2012 Board of Trustees meeting — but Trustee Ngo’s comments have taken on a new meaning in light of CCSF’s accreditation issues.
The accreditation commission has made it clear that the Board’s role is to represent the public and hold the college accountable for results (see “Accreditation Presentation July 11, 2012”, p. 13 & 14). The Board also has “ultimate responsibility for educational quality, legal matters, and financial integrity” (see “Accreditation Standards”, p. 17). But, the accreditation evaluation calls out the faculty for resisting Board authority (see “Accrediting Commission Visiting Team Evaluation Report”, p. 62)
I was at the meeting in the video: Trustee Ngo was holding the college accountable in the face of resistance from faculty.
Ngo was speaking to a department chair and a department that has little or no other public accountability — as he said, faculty will continue to have jobs as long there is a college.
Ngo was trying to hold a department accountable that had two years to make the changes that they agreed were better for students, but still hadn’t done it.
Ngo was talking about education and justice.
Ngo was holding the college accountable in the only court he could at that point — the court of public opinion.
Ngo was representing students and the community.
Ngo was doing his job.