Revise the community college Faculty Obligation Number to include noncredit instruction
March 25, 2018


Whereas, we, the Adult and Career Technical Education Committee, made up of K-12 adult schools, noncredit community colleges, and community technical education programs, are concerned with the Faculty Obligation Number (FON) being limited to only credit full-time faculty; and

Whereas, both credit and noncredit full-time faculty benefit students and colleges by providing critical services such as academic advising and ongoing curriculum development, and by participating in institutional planning and shared governance; and

Whereas, the community college’s apportionment is primarily driven by the Full‐Time Equivalent Student (FTES) workload measure; and

Whereas, the state apportionment funding rate for most noncredit FTES is increased to match that of credit FTES; and

Whereas, community college districts are required to maintain their base number of full-time faculty in proportion only to the amount of credit FTES [California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 51025]; and

Therefore, be it resolved that, the Adult and Career Technical Education Committee recommends including noncredit full-time faculty in the description of Full‐Time Equivalent Faculty (FTEF) [California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 53309], thus adding the descriptive word “noncredit” ahead of credit FTES and credit FTEF when describing and defining Faculty Obligation Number; and

Be it further resolved, that the California Federation of Teachers call upon the Legislature to include noncredit instruction (noncredit FTES and FTEF) in the calculation of the FON.

Be it further resolved, that the CFT advocate in support of this resolution; and

Be it finally resolved, that the CFT publicize this position via its website, its publications, and the press.