Whereas, One original intent of AB 1725 was to provide funds for faculty development and the improvement of classroom instruction;
Whereas, Funds for professional development are now used for faculty, staff, and administrators;
Whereas, Funding for professional development has remained the same since its implementation in 1989 under AB 1725; and
Whereas, The number of faculty in the California Community College System has increased, as have faculty development needs in the areas of technology, diversity issues, and pedagogy;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate affirm the primacy of faculty in the planning of all campus and district professional development programs;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate support local senates in their effort to ensure that professional development funds are appropriately used for instructional and program improvement; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate continue to work with Consultation Council groups to increase state funding for professional development.
The governor did not include the BCP in the January 2006 budget; the May Revise (2006) also did not include Faculty Development funding. Final budget June 06 did include funding on a one time basis. This is an ongoing task for permanent line in budget. BOG did ask for unused growth funds to possibly be used for faculty development.