The Dean Is Wrong!

February 2, 2010

I received a response from Ron McFarland, Dean of the Business and CIS Division. Unfortunately, the Dean is wrong in his interpretation of what he quoted from the agreement (which I do not have access to).  His response is quoted in its entirety below. And I do note the word “selected” that he pointed out. The Dean is wrong because the word “selected” applies to the software, NOT to the class!  The text from the agreement clearly means that ANY CIS class is eligible for access. But the access is to only a limited (“selected”) number of software packages. So because of this misinterpretation of the agreement, CIS students at DeAnza have been losing out. They should have had access to the software that the school has been paying Microsoft for all these years. This is why this is worth my fight! DeAnza has been wasting money all these years. Please get the college counsel to read the agreement if you disagree with me.

And what is worse for DeAnza, because of this terrible mistake, instead of being able to benefit a larger number of DeAnza students, instead of being able to promote its CIS department by letting students know about the MSDN advantage right here at DeAnza, its CIS department is driving people like me to take computer and technology classes elsewhere! Just incredible!

A few spots where the Dean is confused:

  • MSDN requires us to limit access, unless we pay additionally for broader access to the campus-wide community. You are already limit MSDN access to the CIS department! I am enrolled in a CIS course. Nobody is talking about campus-wide access here.
  • So, from this additional detail, we (DeAnza) need to limit our distribution based on which course the student is enrolled in. Which course is already clearly spelled out in the agreement: ANY CIS course. You misunderstand Microsoft’s intention of distinguishing CIS from Philosophy or History courses, etc. It is nonsensical to distinguish between CIS courses (some reasons already mentioned in my previous post.)
  • keeping the budget limited in regards to downloads by course helps us maintain the economic viability of what we’re faced with at DeAnza. Keeping the budget limited doesn’t mean not using what the college already paid for. In fact, wasting resources already paid for is precisely how to become economically unviable.

Full text of the Dean’s response:

Thanks for the clarification on what you’re disappointed about.

I can appreciate what you’re speaking of. Let me add a bit of information to your note that may help to clarify things from DeAnza’s perspective. As noted from the agreement: “students enrolled in any CTIS class can acquire selected Microsoft software” (note on the “selected”). The software is selected by each individual course and the agreement with MSDN is written up based on the licenses needed for each class. MSDN requires us to limit access, unless we pay additionally for broader access to the campus-wide community. So, from this additional detail, we (DeAnza) need to limit our distribution based on which course the student is enrolled in. It boils down to a budget issue where we need to narrow down the licensing agreement based on dollars available. As I’m sure you’ve seen in the newspapers, the budget squeeze is hitting all of California’s community colleges hard. At DeAnza, we’ve had to undergo lay-offs, so keeping the budget limited in regards to downloads by course helps us maintain the economic viability of what we’re faced with at DeAnza. I hope this extra element adds a bit more clarification as to why the MSDN access is limited by course. Please let me know if you have any further questions regarding this. Thanks, Ron

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