One of the critical factors to increasing student success in the California Community Colleges is ensuring faculty-student interaction. But nearly 70 percent of community college faculty are temporary, part-time instructors, who are largely paid only for their time in the classroom.
Increasing student-teacher interaction can be done, in part, by hiring more full-time instructors. Another way is to increase paid office hour funding for part-time faculty.
Please ask Gov. Newsom to increase the allocation of funding in his January budget proposal for these important programs:
1) $150 million in ongoing funding for more full-time faculty positions;
2) $150 million in ongoing funding for paid office hours for part-time faculty.
Faculty working conditions affect our students’ learning conditions. We can and must do better.