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					          california legislature—2009–10 regular session

Assembly Concurrent Resolution                                    No. 31


             Introduced by Assembly Member Ruskin


                           February 23, 2009



  Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 31—Relative to the California
Community Colleges.

                     legislative counsel’s digest
   ACR 31, as introduced, Ruskin. California Community Colleges:
faculty.
  This measure would express the intent of the Legislature that the
California Community Colleges increase the number of full-time tenured
and tenure-track faculty and increase salaries and specified benefits for
part-time and nontenure-track faculty.
   Fiscal committee: yes.

 1      WHEREAS, An increasing percentage of the courses offered
 2   in public colleges and universities in California are being taught
 3   by part-time and other nontenure-track faculty; and
 4      WHEREAS, The system of higher education within the
 5   California Community Colleges has become dependent upon a
 6   contingent workforce that is poorly compensated and too often
 7   lacks basic supports, including health insurance; and
 8      WHEREAS, These twin developments, the economic
 9   exploitation of part-time and other contingent faculty and the
10   shrinking of the ranks of full-time tenured faculty, limit the ability
11   of the state’s public higher education system to provide
12   high-quality education, research, and support for economic
13   development; and


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ACR 31                           —2—

 1      WHEREAS, Providing sufficient numbers of faculty with
 2   full-time tenured and tenure-track employment and improving the
 3   conditions under which part-time and other nontenure-track faculty
 4   work will result in better service for students, communities, and
 5   the economy; and
 6      WHEREAS, Fair tax policies are the financial foundation of a
 7   modern society; and
 8      WHEREAS, Property taxes are the most reliable revenue source
 9   for public services; and
10      WHEREAS, Proposition 13, an initiative measure approved by
11   voters at the June 6, 1978, direct primary election, moved education
12   decisionmaking to the state level and created difficulties in funding
13   education; and
14      WHEREAS, Federal tax breaks have caused cuts in federal
15   support for higher education programs; and
16      WHEREAS, Funds have been provided through the annual
17   Budget Act to assist community college districts; and
18      WHEREAS, Many community college districts have made
19   substantial progress in increasing the number of full-time tenured
20   faculty, but too many districts have not; and
21      WHEREAS, The principle of equal pay for equal work requires
22   that part-time faculty be provided with compensation that is directly
23   proportional to the compensation of full-time faculty; now,
24   therefore, be it
25      Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
26   thereof concurring, That it is the intent of the Legislature that at
27   least 75 percent of the full-time equivalent faculty on each campus
28   of the California Community Colleges be tenured or tenure-track;
29   and be it further
30      Resolved, That it is further the intent of the Legislature that all
31   part-time and temporary faculty receive pay and benefits that are
32   equal to those of tenured and tenure-track faculty of comparable
33   qualifications doing comparable work, as determined on a pro rata
34   basis; and be it further
35      Resolved, That each community college district should determine
36   the number of undergraduate courses that will be taught by
37   part-time, temporary, nontenured, tenure-track, and tenured faculty;
38   and be it further
39      Resolved, That the longstanding policy of the Board of
40   Governors of the California Community Colleges that at least 75

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 1   percent of the hours of credit instruction in the colleges be taught
 2   by full-time instructors should be advanced; and be it further
 3      Resolved, That commencing in the fall term of the 2010–11
 4   academic year, and continuing each academic term thereafter, each
 5   campus of a community college district with less than 75 percent
 6   of its full-time equivalent faculty being tenured and tenure-track
 7   faculty, should increase the percentage of full-time tenured and
 8   tenure-track faculty so that the 75 percent minimum is
 9   accomplished no later than the fall term of the 2017–18 academic
10   year; and be it further
11      Resolved, That commencing with the fall term of the 2010–11
12   academic year, each campus of a community college district should
13   reduce the gap between 75 percent and the current percentage of
14   full-time equivalent faculty who are tenured or tenure-track by at
15   least 10 percent each academic year; and be it further
16      Resolved, That each community college district should develop
17   and adopt plans to meet the requirements related to increasing the
18   percentage of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty; and be it
19   further
20      Resolved, That the development and adoption of plans related
21   to increasing the percentage of full-time tenured and tenure-track
22   faculty should be subject to a collective bargaining process that
23   includes the exclusive representatives of the full-time and part-time
24   faculty serving at that institution; and be it further
25      Resolved, That each community college district should determine
26   a minimum salary goal for part-time and temporary faculty
27   employed on each campus that is prorated to the salaries of
28   full-time tenured faculty who have comparable qualifications and
29   do comparable work; and be it further
30      Resolved, That commencing with the fall term of the 2010–11
31   academic year, each community college district should increase
32   part-time and nontenure-track faculty salary by an amount
33   sufficient to close any gap between the pro rata salaries of part-time
34   faculty and full-time faculty no later than the fall term of the
35   2017–18 academic year; and be it further
36      Resolved, That the determination of the method of prorating
37   salaries should be subject to a collective bargaining process that
38   includes the exclusive representatives of faculty serving at that
39   institution; and be it further


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ACR 31                           —4—

 1      Resolved, That a community college district should reduce the
 2   gap between the salaries of part-time and temporary faculty and
 3   full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty by at least 15 percent
 4   each academic year; and be it further
 5      Resolved, That if, during a calendar year, a part-time or other
 6   nontenure-track faculty member of a community college district
 7   teaches at least 40 percent of the number of hours per week that
 8   is considered to be a full-time assignment for tenured and
 9   tenure-track faculty, that part-time faculty member should be
10   eligible for the same health care benefits that are received by
11   tenured and tenure-track faculty at that campus; and be it further
12      Resolved, That each community college district should establish
13   a process under which part-time and other nontenure-track faculty
14   may, after successful completion of a probationary period, receive
15   timely notice of, and priority consideration for, appropriate teaching
16   assignments in future academic terms and preferential consideration
17   for attaining a tenure-track position when one becomes available;
18   and be it further
19      Resolved, That the process should ensure that part-time and
20   other nontenure-track faculty receive the accumulation of seniority,
21   notification about job openings at that institution prior to the
22   publication of announcements of those openings outside of that
23   institution, and preferential consideration for appointments to
24   tenure-track positions; and be it further
25      Resolved, That the implementation of these requirements should
26   be subject to a collective bargaining process that includes the
27   exclusive representatives of the full-time and part-time faculty
28   serving at that institution; and be it further
29      Resolved, That each community college district should make
30   progress toward the goals described in this measure; and be it
31   further
32      Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
33   of this resolution to the governing board of each district of the
34   California Community Colleges and to the author for distribution.




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