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Community Colleges

CTA believes that community colleges should provide all students with access to a high quality, free postsecondary education taught primarily by full-time instructors with a part-time complement.

BA/BS Degrees
Postsecondary BA/BS programs do not fit the traditional mission of community colleges. Prior to creating or expanding BA/BA programs, a policy and fiscal evaluation needs to be considered. No Prop. 98 funds should be used for these programs.

Fees: Community Colleges
California’s community colleges should offer "open enrollment" without fees or tuition for instruction. All students who meet California residency requirements should have free access.

Funding: Community Colleges
Statute – rather than the governor’s annual budget proposal – should provide community colleges with adequate, stable and predictable funding that is adjusted for inflation. Community colleges should receive the same level of instructional funding for courses taught by full-time and part-time faculty.

Part-Time Faculty: Higher Education
Part-time faculty should be hired only when an educational program requires specialized training or expertise not available and when the need does not justify more than half-time employment. The percentage of full-time faculty must not fall below 75%. Part-time positions must not be used to reduce instructional spending or save funds. Part-time faculty should receive pro-rata pay and benefits and compensation for professional activities and faculty development. Part-time faculty must have paid office hours; office and storage space; health benefits; computer and e-mail access, and full due process/reassignment rights.

Quality Indicators: Community Colleges
CTA believes community colleges must provide salaries, benefits and working conditions that will attract and retain quality faculty and staff.

Student Affirmative Action: Community Colleges
Community colleges must increase the number of minority student transferring to four-year institutions. Colleges should actively and aggressively recruit students, beginning in their junior high and middle school years. A comprehensive approach should include assessment; counseling and placement, support services and retention; remediation; English as a second language; and other services including expanded financial aid and outreach.

Student Support Services: Higher Education
Colleges should feature clear admission and graduation standards; available student counseling, tutorial and other support services; and a thoughtfully articulated curriculum to help students succeed. Students have the right to complete course work missed due to documented extended illness.

Tenured Faculty: Higher Education
Tenure plays a vital role in maintaining academic freedom, continuity in academic and vocational programs, and a faculty committed to the institutions’ long-term success. 

(May 2017)

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