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Should the 67% part-time teaching load limit be increased?
Part-time or adjunct faculty in the California Community College system were originally limited to teaching 60% of a full-time load of 15 units.
In 2007, CPFA succeeded in passing legislation with Assemblymember Mervyn Dymally which increased that load from 60% to 67%. The original goal had been 80%, which would have allowed a part-timer to teach four 3-unit courses in one college, instead of teaching two courses in one college and having to drive to another district to teach two more classes (as a far too common “freeway-flier”). Sadly, the 80% language was killed by one of the faculty unions and CPFA was obliged to settle for the 67% load limit, which was better but not ideal.
CPFA is currently working with other faculty associations and unions to increase the limit to 80%, or possibly 100%, which is the load limit for lecturers in the California State University system.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Please answer the three multiple choice questions in the survey and feel free to add any comments you would like to clarify your position. It will take less than 5 minutes of your time, and will make a difference. Take it now: Survey
Many thanks for your time and interest in part-time faculty issues!
The California Part-time Faculty Association, CPFA
Read more about the 67% workload cap and find out how others answered the survey in the latest CPFA Journal, Fall Edition, or go to CPFA.org/educating/journal for free online viewing of all past CPFA Journal issues!
Articles in this fall’s edition include:
Everything You Need to Know About How the 67% Law (AB 591) Came About But Were Afraid to Ask, by John Martin, CPFA Chair
CFT Conference Resolution – 67% Workload Cap
Report (with some personal commentary) on the CFT 80% Resolution, By John Govsky