Whereas, The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) is gathering input on revisions to the Accrediting Standards, with an expected adoption in June 2014;
Whereas, As of November 7, 2013, II.A.8 reads, “Responsibilities of all teaching faculty include instruction, assessment, and the systematic understanding of effective teaching/learning processes and outcomes in courses and programs for which they share responsibility”; and
Whereas, Part-time faculty are increasingly held responsible for achieving student learning outcomes even when they are denied the resources which California Education Code §87482.8(d) indicates that colleges should provide to them:
(d) Part-time faculty should be considered to be an integral part of their departments and given all the rights normally afforded to full-time faculty in the areas of book selection, participation in department activities, and the use of college resources, including but not necessarily limited to telephones, copy machines, supplies, office space, mail boxes, clerical staff, library, and professional development;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community recommend that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges add to II.A.8, or another appropriate location in the accreditation standards, language that reflects the expectation that colleges will provide equitable access to college infrastructure and resources to all faculty members so that the teaching mission of the college may be more effectively attained.
Letter to ACCJC