AND HOPE CONTINUES TO DIMINISH AT PIMA COLLEGEby Lyn Olsen on Jun. 22, 2012, under Education
It is never ending…..
From the recent newspaper article about the College acquiring mentors for newly hired/promoted administrators because these people are not adequately qualified, this echoes the discouragement of many years for qualified employees who have suffered under this practice with many leaving the College because of it. Their suffering is, therefore, doubled, for not only were they not hired, but additionally someone less than qualified than they were.
Examples of this including the hiring/promoting of people with no teaching experience over employees with more than 10 years of excellent teaching experience; people with bachelor degrees hired/promoted over employees with masters and doctorates; and people with less than one year’s college experience hired over employees with more than 10 years experience – to the employees this has clearly and repeatedly reinforced that a job well done is not appreciated at Pima College.
And amongst all of the rhetoric said about this, it has been demonstrated by those who were promoted over more highly qualified employees that a lack of sympathy is easy for them because they have reaped the benefits from the misfortunes of more highly qualified employees.
The saddest part to this story is that people, students in particular, are being hurt because the best qualified people are not being hired/promoted as evidenced in the failings of programs and services, high employee turnover, and declining enrollment.
It is told that administrators and the Board have expressed that they knew about the bad behavior of Flores’ towards employees, yet did nothing because they too were mistreated — that is unacceptable — because their first and foremost responsibility was to ensure the well-being of their employees and students — not Flores’.