Friday, November 8, 2013

The Administration's Lies: Here is What Transparency, Accountabilty, Responsility and the Committment to Academic Rigor Really Look Like at Wayne Watson's Chicago State University

Here are policies relevant to the hiring of employees at Chicago State University.

"Integrity
The University expects all employees to act with integrity at all times in the workplace, or when representing the company. The following list gives examples of lack of integrity, although it should not be considered an exhaustive list:
• falsification of employment application, official academic transcripts, degrees or other records"
Page 9 of the Chicago State University Human Resources Policy Manual, available here: http://www.csu.edu/results.htm?cref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.csu.edu%2Fcref_cse.xml&cof=FORID%3A9&q=Human+Resources+policy&sa=Go).

"Background Checks
All job offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of the University’s background check process, including employment history, education, references, criminal record, a motor vehicle record (MVR) when driving is a requirement, and any other data that may be necessary to analyze a candidate’s qualifications for a position at Chicago State University.
Background checks are required for all employees in full-time, part-time, and temporary positions. Background checks must be run on all candidates prior to beginning employment, regardless of whether they have previously been employed by Chicago State University or are transferring from another State University."
(Page 7 of the Chicago State University Human Resources Policy Manual)

Here is the statement on the CSU application that addresses untruthfulness by applicants. The consequences for lying on an application are clear: termination when the lies are discovered:



At Wednesday's PEC meeting, Wayne Watson apparently reiterated his commitment to transparency, a platitude he has continuously articulated. Of course, since the truest indicator of how a person feels is behavior not rhetoric, Watson's actions often contradict his stated belief in "transparency." Watson has also frequently pontificated about "responsibility" and "accountability." In the past four years, the Chicago State community has seen various examples of how much Watson values these ideas. Even before he began at CSU he criticized its faculty publicly, soon after assuming the presidency he began meddling in curriculum and imposed his re-organization scheme on two of the school's colleges. He and his administration have subsequently attempted to stifle expression on campus and dictate academic standards to faculty. He has created extra-contractual statuses for tenure-track faculty, violated the CSU-UPI contract on various and sundry occasions and is now involving himself in the hiring of faculty. He apparently expressed the belief (I'm paraphrasing here) at the PEC meeting that he needed to interview faculty members to ascertain whether or not they were "afraid" to teach here. What that says about his perception of both CSU students and faculty, I will leave for the reader to decide. Watson has also taken it upon himself to uphold the highest standards of the academy by weighing in on degrees and the quality of schools attended by CSU faculty applicants (across disciplines, it seems like he has a Ph.D. in everything). He has apparently decided that no one without a Ph.D. in hand should be hired at Chicago State and has often expressed the notion that CSU faculty should be able to "transfer" to Harvard.

As I demonstrated in previous posts, Watson has apparently failed to apply the same stringent standards to some of the members of his administrative "team." In the case of Cheri Sidney, lying on her resume has resulted in promotions and raises. Angela Henderson's untruthful omissions and exaggerations on her resume have similarly resulted in promotions and raises. I will soon be discussing the case of Tyra Austin, another administrator who has falsified her resume and application. Although Human Resources has policies in place to deal with academic misrepresentations, the administration has not terminated any of the individuals who have included demonstrable lies on their resumes and applications. Rather, Watson concerns himself with the "incivility" of the faculty blog and the fact that the exposure of (public information) portions of someone's personnel file makes them feel bad. Clearly, his administration has demonstrated no will to address these serious issues of untruthfulness. Fortunately, the Freedom of Information Act exists to enable citizens to access public information that will allow them to assess how public agencies operate. Combined with other public records, the disclosures under FOIA make it possible to obtain a clear picture of how the Watson administration operates in both its hiring practices and its adherence to university policies and procedures.

This information raises troubling questions about the integrity of Chicago State's administration. In fact, the Watson administration has engaged in a series of untruthful representations regarding the educational qualifications of Angela Henderson. These include falsehoods about her degree status on the university's website and extend to the official records of the Chicago State University Board of Trustees. The following documents demonstrate:

This is the material from the University website under the title of the "President's Operations Team." The information on Angela Henderson has been updated to reflect the recent award of her Ph.D. However, for several months prior to her receipt of the degree, the Chicago State website listed her as "Angela Henderson, Ph.D," the Vice President of Enrollment Management. Of course, based on the chronology of events surrounding the award of her degree, Angela Henderson never held a Ph.D. while she was the Vice President of Enrollment Management. She received her Ph.D. some six weeks after (August 11, 2013) her appointment as interim provost on July 1, 2013. Nonetheless, the university claimed for several months that she held the Ph.D., although the text clearly contradicts that claim. The material below I downloaded from the university website on July 8, 2013:



The below material is the earliest reference I have found on the CSU website to Angela Henderson as "Dr. Angela Henderson." This is a portion of the Enrollment Management Organizational Chart dated November 27, 2012, nearly nine months before Henderson received her Ph.D. (The organizational chart is available here: www.csu.edu/enrollmentmanagement/pdf/EMOrgChart_002.pdf):


Next is an undated press release that appeared in early 2013, most likely in late January or early February. Again, this is several months prior to Henderson earning her degree. Nevertheless, the press release refers to her as "Dr. Angela Henderson," with her title (the press release is available here: www.csu.edu/news/winsaccolades.htm):


Up to this point, the university's falsehoods had been confined to its website. However, in March, the false information about "Dr. Angela Henderson" began appearing in the agendas and minutes of the Chicago State Board of Trustees. Altogether, Henderson is referred to erroneously as "Dr. Angela Henderson" in five official Board of Trustees documents. The next three items show "Dr. Angela Henderson" appearing on the agenda of the March 8, 2013 meeting(document 1) and in the March 8 minutes (documents 2 and 3):




The next three documents show Henderson listed as "Dr. Angela Henderson" on the agenda for the May 17, 2013 meeting (document 1), a correction to "Ms. Angela Henderson in document 2, then another reference to "Dr. Angela Henderson" in document 3:




The appearance of these misrepresentations in the official agendas and minutes of the Board of Trustees raise the question of why these records have never been corrected. Equally troubling, the misrepresentation of Henderson's academic credentials is not an isolated incident. The university website currently lists "Renee Mitchell, Ph.D." as the Director of Human Resources. However, according to Mitchell's resume, her degree is actually a Doctorate of Management from the University of Phoenix. While Mitchell possesses a doctorate, it is not a Ph.D. and should not be listed as such anyplace in official university records or on a website accessible to the public. The brief biographical sketch also contributes to the misrepresentation as it describes her degree as simply "a doctorate in organizational leadership."




These various falsehoods and misrepresentations stand in counterpoint to the basic values of truthfulness and academic integrity that must undergird the culture of any university. I try not to speculate as to motive and I will not do so here. However, the "why" of these falsehoods is an intriguing question. Indeed, how do these kinds of misrepresentations appear without someone correcting them? The argument that no one in the administration knew about these falsehoods is hardly credible. Is this the work of some clerk? Finally, are we going to continue to display this kind of inaccurate information on our website? Little wonder why our school's reputation is often under attack. Of course, this must be the fault of the faculty and I should certainly have not brought any of this to light in such an impolite manner. In subsequent posts, I plan to address the issue of civility so helpfully raised by Wayne Watson.

9 comments:

  1. Lies!! Is Ce Cole Dillon currently the CIO at CSU? she is representing herself as such. read this
    http://www.icstars.org/node/44228
    http://www.icstars.org/techbash/2013/cio

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  2. Page not found bruh. Check your link and resubmit before you yell lies!!.

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  3. Simply "Google" Ce Cole Dillon and you will find her LinkedIn profile, which lists her as CSU's CIO.

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  4. from the ic stars of this year's Tech Bash

    Ce Cole Dillon is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Chicago State University. In this role, she leads information and data integrity at Chicago State University for all groups and for all information technology functions at Chicago State University. This includes all data centers, technical service centers, production scheduling functions, help desks, communication networks (video, voice and data), computer program development, and computer systems operations.

    In the Silicon Valley, Ce worked over 25 years in technology in domestic and global positions. She has worked as a trial lawyer, corporate counsel, technical instructor and senior global business manager in technical education for leading firms, including Oracle Corporation.

    She has presented to audiences, large and small for customers as diverse as Accenture, HP, and Genentech. As a public speaker, Ce has presented as the keynote speaker for: Technology Summit, CSU, College of Education; Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Continuing education; Central Networks Scholarship luncheon; Bronzeville Scholastic Academy Graduation and Datacenter Dynamics Conference. Ce presented Social Networking to Northwestern University’s Council of 100, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Northwestern University Alumni Assn. Ce’s speaking requests include data center solutions; social networking; educational preparation for the digital age; diversity and the importance of men in communities.

    Ce also participates in Public Affairs Radio as a co-host on the Bridge Builder’s program. Bridge Builders broadcasts weekly (Sundays 4-5 pm CT) on WCGO AM 1590 or streams from http://www.wcgo1590.com. Upcoming guests are posted on the show’s website http://www.bridgebuildersradio.com.

    Ce holds a BS Ed from Northwestern University and a JD from Santa Clara University.

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  5. so Ce is attending tonight's event as the current CIO of CSU

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  6. Patrick Cage has been notified and has indicated that he will take the appropriate legal action.

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  7. Incredible! We thought the situation at CSU was dire under the leadership of Dr. Elnora Daniel, who retired with a golden parachute. She also participated in the coverup of a former white male library dean who pummeled a black female student.

    Now this: the audacity of Wayne Watson and his henchmen to try and silence the faculty! It's because of his ilk that we have a Freedom of Information Act. Who knew it would become necessary to employ the Act at CSU?

    Now all of this!

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