Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a longstanding policy of promoting reliance on a core of full-time faculty as one of the most important methods of providing quality instruction and institutional excellence, yet the full- to part-time faculty ratio in noncredit instruction continues to be particularly abysmal with a statewide ratio of less than 5:95, with some noncredit programs still having no full-time faculty at all;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a history of support for increasing the number of noncredit full-time faculty, including resolutions in Spring 1990 and Fall 1998, and most recently in the 2006 Academic Senate paper "The Role of Noncredit in the California Community Colleges" recommendations; and
Whereas, New resources are now available to support noncredit instruction, including $30 million that was allocated by the state in 2006-2007 for an enhanced funded apportionment rate for targeted areas of noncredit instruction that meet certain criteria; and there is a hope that further funds will be made available for another augmentation for 2007-2008;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to educate their faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees who may not be familiar with this issue, about the need for an appropriate number of full-time noncredit faculty and how their college and students benefit. MSC Disposition: Local Senates
Update 6/25/2015: At Fall 2014 Plenary, the body passed the resolution, "Restructure the FON to Include Noncredit Faculty."