Raise community college part-time faculty workload to 80 percent

Resolution

Whereas, existing California law (Assembly Bill 951, 2008) establishes that the contingent, part-time faculty workload is capped at 67 percent, amounting to no more than 10 units, or approximately two to three classes; and

Whereas, existing California law (Assembly Bill 951, 2008) establishes that the contingent, part-time faculty workload is capped at 67 percent, amounting to no more than 10 units, or approximately two to three classes; and

Whereas, 68.9 percent of faculty at California community colleges are non-tenure, part-time positions and teach the majority of courses for the majority of the student population at these colleges, according to a 2013 report conducted by the University Professional & Technical Employees (Communications Workers of America, Local 9119, AFL-CIO); and

Whereas, many part-time faculty acquire teaching positions at several campuses to “make ends meet,” leaving them little to no time to spend at any one campus, beyond the time they spend in the classroom; and

Whereas, little to no access to part-time instructors may result in lower student success and completion rates; and

Whereas, the more time adjunct faculty spend on one campus, the better the chances will be that they can offer time to students to address their concerns, thus helping raise student success and completion rates, overall; and

Whereas, the more time adjunct faculty spend on one campus, the better the chance adjuncts will be able to collaborate with their fellow colleagues, attend campus-provided professional development, and learn about their campus student services, in order to guide their students to these important services if and when they are needed; and

Whereas, Assembly Bill 705 (Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks) requires that all California community colleges maximize the probability that students complete their transfer level coursework in basic English and basic math, and that many community colleges are responding by creating co-requisite courses that add an additional 0.5 to 2 units to transfer level English, amounting to transfer level courses with the total number of units ranging from 4.5 to 6 units.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the California Federation of Teachers supports changing the workload cap to 80 percent FTE (Full-Time Equivalent); and

Be it finally resolved, that the CFT work to change the California Education Code to state that part- time, contingent faculty teach a coursework load of up to 80 percent.
 

  • Passed as Resolution 15 on March 25, 2018
  • Submitted by the Cerritos College Faculty Federation, Local 6215