As one who taught at PCC for 40 years, I was personally involved in the establishment of state-mandated shared government procedures (AB 1725) which require that faculty, staff and students be significantly involved in matters that affect them, including the presidential hiring process — and that presents a “problem” for the Board of Trustees.
The Board adheres to shared-governance law by creating a search committee representing a cross-section of the college as well as the community, but then entirely ignores the recommendations. Why? Because the board does not want as president someone who is responsive to constituents. Such an individual is too “soft.” They want a top-down decision-maker and a fiscal policy that results in large budget surpluses rather than qualitative service to the community. This explains their (and president Rocha’s) emphasis upon “large-group instruction” and online courses with high student-teacher ratios and assembly-line methods of instruction. It also explains the increasing use of part-timers (violating the state-mandated rule that 75% of classes must be taught by full-timers), since adjunct faculty receive relatively low wages, no fringe benefits and are easier to control because they do not have tenure.