Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has long upheld and pursued the 75:25 ratio of full-time to part-time faculty, a goal articulated in AB 1725 as affording students academic excellence;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has long resisted efforts by others to fragment the faculty ranks by applying false dichotomies, such as full-time/part-time, librarians and counselors/discipline faculty;
Whereas, Currently, the Education Code and Title 5 permit districts to judiciously hire part-time faculty in career and technical areas, balancing those faculty with full-time faculty who bring a singular commitment to the college, on-going program development, participation in governance and availability to students; and
Whereas, The California Performance Review, in recommendation ETV27, advocates excluding career and technical faculty from the 75:25 calculations by encouraging "legislation to modify Education Code 87482.6 to exclude career/technical courses from the 75:25 calculation," thereby potentially creating a "second-class" teaching cadre, jeopardizing minimum qualifications standards and removing from local control the ability to determine its methodology for achieving that hiring goal, and, if implemented, will have devastating effects on the academic integrity and continued viability of occupational/technical programs in California community colleges, and may likely expand into other disciplines;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose the exclusion of career and technical faculty from the calculation of 75:25 ratios; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose any modifications to the Education Code that reduce the existing 75:25 full-time faculty obligation.MSC Disposition: Board of Governors, Consultation Council, Local Senates
Our repeated arguments were echoed by other groups, and this proposal to exclude career and technical faculty was not pursued or adopted. 72:25 ratio remains an issue.