Eighty-nine golden handshakes
Oct09

Eighty-nine golden handshakes

Palomar’s early retirement initiative has saved the college money, but the mass exodus has also had other effects on the campus. “I do know that some departments have lost a lot of full-time faculty and the people that are left are really struggling to manage their programs,” Faculty Federation co-president Shannon Lienhart said. Twenty-eight, full-time faculty members retired as part of the initiative, with the...

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Retirement bonus postponed again
May11

Retirement bonus postponed again

A decision on whether to grant an early retirement bonus program for employees has been postponed a second time, with the faculty union alleging a conflict of interest. The Governing Board’s decision whether or not to approve the Supplementary Early Retirement Plan, also known as the SERP, is now set for May 12 after its members review the union’s documents. The faculty union members said they sought legal counsel the day before the...

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Retirement incentive delayed for employees, needs further analysis
Apr20

Retirement incentive delayed for employees, needs further analysis

Many faculty, staff and administrators at Palomar College were looking forward to getting a hefty bonus for retiring early at the end of the semester. This may not be the case any longer. During the April 13 Governing Board meeting, the board decided to postpone the approval of the Supplementary Early Retirement Plan, also referred to as the SERP because it might not save the college money. The board will make its final decision...

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Palomar seeking diversity through consulting firm for next president
Mar12

Palomar seeking diversity through consulting firm for next president

Palomar officials have been talking about increasing diversity on campus and now there is the chance to make that happen with the top job. To achieve this goal, the Palomar College Governing Board members said they want to hire a consulting firm that can bring in a diverse pool of applicants to choose from to fill the college president’s seat. Many faculty and staff will be taking part of an early retirement package, which means...

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Forum informs audience of the happenings on campus
Feb24

Forum informs audience of the happenings on campus

Accreditation, retirement plans and Palomar College’s budget were the three big topics discussed during an All College Forum Monday afternoon. Palomar President Robert Deegan led the discussion to a packed room of students, faculty and staff. Deegan turned the discussion over halfway through to Vice President of Instruction Berta Cuaron to talk about accreditation. The college will be visited by an accreditation team next week...

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Retirement causing campus conflict
Feb02

Retirement causing campus conflict

Key officials at Palomar have announced plans to retire at the end of the Spring 2015 semester, which has caused faculty members to draft a plan to ease the transition of the potential vacated seats. Faculty and staff who retire early are being offered a monetary incentive, often referred to as the Golden Handshake. Palomar College President Robert Deegan was the first to announce his retirement early last semester. Vice President of...

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