January Report 

As the new year begins, Payroll and Human Resources continue to iron out the wrinkles of the "Salary Increase Distribution Errors" and we await answers to information requests from Mercer for the Staff Compensation Study in Spring of 2015. Human Resources stated, "We know that this study has taken much longer than expected and that many of your jobs have changed since the study began. We want to reassure you that there will be a process that allows you to review the job family and job grade assigned to your position to ensure that it reflects your current position accurately." Once our requests have been answered we will work will the college to begin moving forward with the next steps. 

Breakfast Brief 

On December 2nd, the staff had the opportunity to talk to the new Vice Provost for Digital Learning at Columbia College Chicago, Robert Green. Some topics discussed:  
  • Team is moving off of moodle to canvas. Managing Canvas is not their primary mission however they will be using Canvas as the tool to create online courses.
  • Developing on LMS system (Canvas) to
    • create new stream of revenue (i.e. adult continuing education)
    • online classes: will start with individual classes not programs and move from there.
    • offer online training for faculty and staff (CITE)
  • Open to suggestions from faculty regarding online courses  but they are looking to hire marketing researcher to make sure classes are viable on the online platform.
  • Compensation for faculty to help create online courses. 
  • Staff suggestions: 
    • create faculty buy in ( review faculty during and after)
    • have at risk reporting for students before withdrawal
    • have classes be affordable --> create incentive


The IEA will sponsor members to go to the NEA Higher Education Organizing Conference   

When: March 17 – 19 
Where: Dallas, Texas


The deadline for the application is January 13. Members are encouraged to apply for the grant. It is opportunity to draw national attention to educational issues For more information on the conference itself, please visit:

The Chicago
What: Chinatown Lunar NY Parade
When: Feburary 5, 2017 @1pm
Where: Wentworth Ave and Cermak

Columbia Mix
What: Viviane Sassen- Art Exhibition
When: Janurary 26-April 1, 2017
Where: MOCP


President: Nick Hoeppner X8876 (Radio)
Vice President: Tanya Harasym x8129 (Learning Studio)
Secretary: Marija Kovacevic x6534 (Science & Mathematics)
Treasurer: Kristin Taylor x7740 (MoCP)
Membership Chair: Oscar Valdez x7690 (HHSS)
Negotiations Committee: Mary Badger x6105 (Theater)
Grievance Committee Chair: Craig Sigele x6843 (Communications and Media Innovation )
Communications Chair: Marsha Sanchez x7572 (IAM)
IEA Region 67 Representatives:  Joan McGrath, Cole Robertson and Mike Bright
IEA Special Higher Ed Organizer: Bill Silver 312-404-3967 /

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