Endorse Funding for Full-Time Faculty and Addressing Issues with the Faculty Obligation Number (FON)

Spring
2014
Resolution Number: 
05.02
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Budget and Finance
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Full-time faculty, both in the classroom and in student services, are essential to delivering a quality educational experience and to promoting student success;

Whereas, Positive budget forecasts indicate the expectation that additional funding will be available for community colleges in the May revision of the California State budget, and this additional funding could best be used to promote the hiring of full-time faculty throughout the system;

Whereas, The full-time Faculty Obligation Number (FON) currently utilized by the California Community College System has not led to a significant increase in the percentage of full-time faculty hires because it was intended to maintain the status quo in faculty hiring rather than to promote progress toward the 75% full-time faculty goal and is based on 1988 faculty hiring data that does not accurately or fairly represent current system hiring needs; and

Whereas, On March 20, 2014, the California Community Colleges Consultation Council agreed to form a task force to explore ways to address inequities in the FON for various districts and to encourage hiring of full-time faculty in districts with lower percentages of full-time faculty;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges endorse the inclusion of dedicated funding for the hiring of full-time faculty in the May 2014 revision of the California state budget as well as in future budget years; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges endorse the concept of revising or weighting the faculty obligation number (FON) to address in an equitable way full-time hiring of faculty among colleges throughout the California Community College System and to increase the hiring of full-time faculty statewide.

MSC

Status Report: 

First part was specific to that year's budget.  Second part is a part of the Sacred Cows discussion, but we have certainly endorsed the idea.