Assemblymember Medina Introduces Bill to Increase Percentage of Hours Part-Time Community College Faculty May Teach

Thursday, February 21, 2019

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 897, which will increase the percentage of hours a part-time, temporary employee may teach.

Existing law, known as the "67% law" limits the teaching load of part-time temporary faculty to 67% of the hours that constitute a full-time faculty assignment. A full-time teaching load is practically defined as the number of in-class hours that a full-time faculty member must fulfill in order to earn a full salary, benefits, and tenure.  These required teaching hours vary according to the teaching discipline. A full-time teaching load for each discipline is negotiated by the local community college district; however, on average a full-time load is 15 units.

AB 897 would change the percentage of the full-time equivalent load to the range of 80% to 85%, for any new agreement, or upon expiration of any negotiated agreement in effect on January 1, 2020.

“Under the 67% threshold, many faculty members teach in multiple community college districts simultaneously in order to piece together a full-time schedule,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “This not only puts additional financial stress on the part-time faculty member, but also limits their ability to participate in the campus community and be a present resource to students. Faculty, both full- and part-time are instrumental in creating a college environment that fosters student success. Increasing the hours part-time faculty members are permitted to work helps ensure students have better access to their professors.”

This bill will next be referred to an Assembly policy committee by the Assembly Rules Committee. 

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