Winter Conference workshops address common issues
Whether it was a discussion on equity for part-time faculty, keeping at-risk students on track, or exploring how to better engage members, sessions in CCA’s Winter Conference focused on problem-solving and steps to take action.
Participants heard from CTA and NEA staff specialists and shared winning strategies with their colleagues during the three-day conference at the Maya Hotel in Long Beach. Among other activities, members analyzed real case studies and reported out on possible solutions. What was clear was that in spite of a rosier financial outlook, California’s community colleges continue to provide abundant opportunities for faculty union organizing on campus. Reports from faculty representatives revealed news that some colleges are hoarding reserves while denying salary increases; continuing to violate the 50 percent law requiring that half the budget go toward faculty; and entering “subcontracting” instruction outside their service area to boost enrollment numbers.
CCA, however, continues to provide approaches for its members through its three yearly conferences. In addition, its Building Strong Locals Academy continues to provide a pipeline for new leadership. Focused on strengthening local chapters, the primary goal of the academy is to educate members to serve effectively at the local chapter level with confidence and a working knowledge of their rights and responsibilities. The academy graduated its ninth class during the Winter Conference.
CCA’s Spring Conference and WHO Awards Dinner takes place April 11-13 at the Marriott Hotel in Manhattan Beach. CCA’s “Book Club” discussion of The Fall of the Faculty will be among the sessions offered.