SAC ALERT: Budget Action Request ASAP – ONE IMPORTANT PHONE CALL to your State Representative – NOTE: no increase to the GIC split

Dear Colleagues,

Quick action is needed on the proposed House Ways & Means Committee Budget. Make one simple phone call to your State Representative ASAP.

The budget debate on the proposed Committee Budget begins tomorrow, Tuesday, 2/28/15 in the House Chamber. The proposal level funds our community colleges from the 9 C cuts they struggled with last fall. Please make calls by noon tomorrow, if possible, to support increases in college budgets, special programs, and student scholarships.

Ask your representative to support these four amendments:

#921 to provide additional funds for each community colleges in order to restore the CC base line item to pre-9C cut levels
#571 to support a $1.5 million Community College Workforce Training Incentive Grant Program
#927 to increase the MassGrant student scholarship program by $2.2 million\
#240 to increase the Dual Enrollment Program by $750,000, to allow for a DHE career pathway grant

Contacting your Rep.:
To find out who your Representative is, go to this website:

Call the main State House phone number (617-722-2000) and ask to be connected to your Representative.

Out of state faculty and professional staff at Bristol, you may contact any one of the following Fall River/Westport Representatives: Carole Fiola, Paul Schmid, or Alan Silvia. Call the State House number above, and identify yourself as a faculty or professional staff member at Bristol CC. Should the staff ask if you are a constituent, let them know that you are not. Simply tell them that you are a concerned educator at the college who wants to be sure that community colleges and student programs receive more funds, so that colleges can effectively serve their communities and students will be less burdened with debt.

Thank you,

Donnie McGee

MCCC Vice President

Change in Rank

Change in Rank – By April 15, 2015, the president of your college should have announced the president’s decision regarding who will receive a change in rank to assistant professor, associate professor, and professor.   If you were eligible to be considered for a change in rank this year and did not receive a change in rank, I recommend that you request a copy of  the dean’s and the president’s recommendations and the reasons why you were not promoted.   Except for criterion C below (student evaluations), these decisions are professional judgment decisions and subject to the reasonable standard and the grievance procedure.  Please note that eligible faculty who  fall in the top 20% for two successive student evaluations automatically receive a change in rank.
If you are not satisfied with the reasons for denial of a change in rank, you have until May 15, 2015, to file a grievance.
In accordance with the Contract, one of the following criteria has to be met to receive a change in rank:
Contract Language
14.04   Additional Qualifications
Eligible unit members who also meet at least one of the following four criteria since the last change in rank or date of hire, whichever is later:
  1. Evidence of significant relevant professional development;
  2. Significant contribution to the College or community service;
  3. Falling in the top 20% of the College faculty in that unit member’s most recent two successive student evaluations;
  4. Highly effective instructional performance of a faculty member in the professional judgment of the President of the College; shall be accorded a change in rank.
No Funding – At the present time, there is no funding for the 20 points earned for changes in rank.
Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952email
tel   978-255-2798
fax  978-255-2896