Whereas, The Academic Senate's paper, "Sabbatical Rights", was written to respond to a specific resolution (19.01 F06 Support for Sabbatical Leave), and to specific survey data generated in response to that resolution;
Whereas, The paper, "Sabbatical Rights" introduces a variety of significant issues regarding the state of sabbatical leaves within the California Community Colleges, including:
wide disparities between districts in the number of sabbatical leaves that are funded
wide disparities between districts in the percentage of a full-time salary paid to faculty taking sabbatical leaves
varied perceptions among faculty and boards of trustees about the purpose of sabbatical leaves
differences in how sabbatical policies are developed, whether by academic senates, bargaining agents or administrations
the fact that, according to the survey, 60% of all sabbaticals offered go unused
Whereas, These issues and the recommendations of the paper need further research;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges should develop a position paper to further address sabbatical leave related issues introduced in the paper "Sabbatical Rights"; and
Resolved, That this paper should include best practices and recommendations to local academic senates.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates
The position paper Sabbaticals: Effective Practices for proposals, Implementation and Follow-Up was adopted Spring Session 2008.