Contract Administration Tip – Office Hours

OFFICE HOURS

Full-time Faculty Office Hours

1) All faculty are required to submit their preferred office hour schedule at the beginning of the semester and post their office hour schedule by the end of the first week of classes.

2) Office hours are required on campus unless a faculty member is approved to hold office hours at an off campus instructional site or if the faculty member teaches an online course.

3) If a faculty member is assigned one (1) or more online course(s) as part of the faculty member’s day unit workload, the faculty member may, at his or her discretion, conduct one (1) weekly office hour online. Notwithstanding the above, faculty members may be allowed to conduct more than one office hour online upon the approval of the College President or President’s designee in his or her sole discretion.

4) Faculty are required to maintain four (4) office hours per week over four (4) days unless a faculty member has a reduced instructional workload.

5) For faculty with reduced instructional workloads, one (1) office hour is reduced for each three (3) credit hour course reduction.  This means that the number of days required for office hours is reduced by one (1) day for each office hour reduced.

6) Faculty can advise students during their office hours.

Adjunct Day Unit Faculty Office Hours

Adjunct faculty are not required to submit and/or post office hours under the day contract and/or the DCE Contract.  If you are a day/unit part time faculty member, then there is no requirement to post/ hold/provide office hours.  If you are a DCE unit member (day or evening), there is no requirement to post and hold set office hours, but there is language in the DCE contract that states you are obligated to be available to students by appointment when mutually convenient.

Contract Administration Tip – Day Unit Course

FULL-TIME FACULTY COURSE ENROLLMENTS

The workload article of the MCCC day unit contract defines the number of students that are allowed in each class per semester depending on the type of course.  These calculations are made at the end of the add/drop period. If a faculty member exceeds the total number of students, then there shall be a proportional adjustment in the succeeding semester.

The average number of students in each course is:1) 32 students per semester except in the following courses:

2) 28 students for writing and/or critical thinking intensive courses (see Critical Intensive Courses Requirements Below).

3) 22 students for English Composition, English as a Second Language, introductory foreign language courses, remedial and/or developmental courses.

All of the above student enrollments are based on average for all classes assigned. Therefore, for example, it is permissible to have 5 classes in category #1 above with enrollments of 34, 30, 32, 33, & 31 because the average number of students is 32 that is within the contractual limit.

Writing and Critical Thinking Intensive Courses – There must be mutual agreement between the unit member and the immediate supervisor to reduce the number of students from 32 to 28 in intensive courses. For writing courses, the course description and the syllabus should be sufficient to show that course is a writing intensive course.

Distance Ed Courses – For the first 2 times taught, the maximum is 25 students.  Thereafter, the above-referenced day contract numbers apply.

Limited Space Courses – Limited and available physical space will mandate the number of students especially for safety concerns. There is no language regarding class size for labs, but in accordance with the facilities article (3) and the safety article (2), the employer must make reasonable efforts to provide space and necessary equipment to carry out assigned responsibilities.   For example, if there are only 24 workstations, then the employer could not assign more than 24 students.

If you believe that your course is one of the above-referenced courses and you exceed the maximum student enrollment, contact your immediate supervisor to resolve the matter.  If no resolution is reached, contact your chapter grievance coordinator or me.

PART-TIME DAY UNIT FACULTY ENROLLMENTS

Part-time faculty members shall not be expected to teach more than thirty-two (32) students per course in each class, except that this may be reduced by mutual agreement between the unit member and immediate supervisor to twenty-eight (28) students per course for writing intensive and/or critical thinking intensive courses, or more than twenty-two (22) students per course for the instruction of English Composition, English as a Second Language, Introductory Foreign Languages, and remedial and/or developmental courses; to be determined by the number of students enrolled at the end of the add/drop period. The President of the College or the President’s designee reserves the right to exceed these limits if the assistance of teacher aides is provided, in non-traditional/learning modes or with the consent of the unit member.

CRITICAL THINKING INTENSIVE COURSES

(Maximum – 28 Students)

 

Definition: Critical thinking is the process of purposeful, self-directed judgment. This process improves the quality of thinking and decision-making through reasoned, systematic consideration of context, concepts, methods and evidence.

 

Criteria: A critical thinking course will have (A) components of formally-stated

assessments and strategies specifically designed to promote at least two (2) of the

following objectives and (B) a process by which the course’s critical thinking

components will be assessed by the instructor and factored into the students course grade.

 

Objectives:

(The following are process objectives, which reflect thinking processes, as distinguished from content objectives.)

 

At the completion of the course students will be better able to:

 

  • Evaluate and interpret the meaning of the textual material.
  • Support a thesis with evidence appropriate to position and audience.
  • Organize and connect ideas.
  • View situations from different perspectives.
  • Compare and contrast source material so that analysis can be made and theories can be proved or disproved.
  • Draw inferences, suppositions, and conclusions from source materials.
  • Perform a medley of solutions to a possible problem and present those solutions in a logical, coherent manner.
  • Differentiate between fact and fiction, concrete and abstract, theory and practice.
  • Make estimates and approximations and judge the reasonableness of the result.
  • Apply quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, tools, formulas and theories in the solution of real-life problems and recognize when to apply those techniques, tools, formulas, and theories.
  • Interpret data presented in tabular and graphical form and utilize that data to draw conclusions.
  • Use quantitative relationships to describe results obtained by observation and experimentation.
  • Interpret in non-quantitative language relationships presented in quantitative form.
  • Apply the scientific method including methods of validating the results of scientific inquiry.

Crtcl Thnkng Intnsv Crss.doc                                                           December, 2001

Contract Administration Tip – Workload

Workload Computation Forms – At the end of the drop/add period, workload computation forms are developed and faculty instructional and non-instructional workloads are determined.

The President or the president’s designee shall at the end of  the “add/drop” period of each semester compute the actual instructional workload for each full-time faculty member according to the workload formulas. The President or the President’s designee will on basis of the faculty member’s instructional and reassigned workload:

  1. Reduce the non-instructional workload in writing proportionately for any faculty member whose instructional and reassigned hours per week exceeds thirty-one (31) instructional and reassigned hours for faculty teaching only didactic courses or thirty-four (34) or more instructional and reassigned hours for faculty teaching other than only didactic courses; OR
  2. Determine in writing after discussing alternativeswith the affected faculty members whose load is below the twenty-nine (29) instructional and reassigned hour minimum (see alternatives – p. 4 of attachment).

Since preparation time and contact time have changed to give faculty more instructional hours under the 2015-2018, faculty should request their Workload Computation Form and review the pdf document attached for compliance. The Workload Computation Form is due at the end of the drop/add period each semester.

The 2015-2108 Workload Computation Form is also attached.

 

2013-2015 Contract Clarifications_Corrections

2015-2018-1 Workload Computation Form copy (1)

 

Summary Evaluations for Faculty and 1st Year Professional Staff

Summary Evaluations were due on  February 1 for:
FT faculty who are in their first through sixth year of FT employment,
FT Professional Staff in their 1st year of employment, and
Tenured faculty in their evaluation year (Not evaluated in the year tenure is received and evaluated every 3rd year from last evaluation).
Unit members are required to sign the Summary Evaluation acknowledging that the unit member has read and received a copy of the evaluation.  Signing the Summary Evaluation does not mean that the unit member agrees with the evaluation. Unit members have the right to request  the reasons for the evaluation.  Unit members have seven working days to respond to the evaluation and have the right to file a grievance.
Professional staff may request a post evaluation meeting to discuss the evaluation. If requested, the supervisor shall meet and confer with the professional staff unit member within 14 days of the evaluation.
 
FACULTY SUMMARY EVALUATION
Faculty  Summary Evaluations include student evaluations (due January 23), a course materials evaluation, a classroom observation evaluation, a student advisement evaluation, a college service evaluation, and a review of the personnel file since the last summary evaluation.
Below are the weights for each component.
 
FACULTY SUMMARY EVALUATION WEIGHTS
Student Evaluations = 25%
Course Materials = 15%
Classroom Observation = 25%
Student Advisement = 10%
College Service = 10%
Personnel File = 15%
PROFESSIONAL STAFF EVALUATION
Professional staff evaluations have 3 components:  Work performance, college service, and the personnel file.
 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF EVALUATION WEIGHTS
Work Performance = 75%
College Service = 10
Personnel File = 15%
RATINGS – The only component in the summary evaluation process that has a rating is the student evaluation component (excellent, very good, good, fair, poor, or very poor). There are no overall ratings for any of the components on the summary evaluation and there is no overall performance rating. The evaluator must state “unsatisfactory” if a component or the overall performance is unsatisfactory.  Overall ratings such as satisfactory, excellent, very satisfactory, good, etc. for any component or for the overall performance are not acceptable and are in violation of the contract and a 1986 arbitration decision. If a unit member is “other than unsatisfactory”, then the evaluator’s comments should be in the form of a narrative. The evaluator may use adjectives in the narrative, but may not, for example, state the overall classroom observation was satisfactory, or very satisfactory, or good, or excellent. The same is true for the professional staff summary evaluation and its components.

HEALTH INSURANCE INCREASES

 TIME SENSITIVE:  GIC Public Hearing – Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library (700 Boylston Street, Boston).  
Almost every Higher Education unit will be represented, and some K-12 and retired members will also be present.  VP Jeff Seideman and I will both be attending to speak for MCCC.  However, the power to persuade the GIC (Group Insurance Commission) commissioners will come from the number of people who show up.  QUANTITY is important.  Our STORIES are also important.  Our collective voices will carry far more weight than just my and Jeff’s voice.
Please RSVP to me if you will be able to attend in person.  If you cannot attend in person, please send personal stories about how the proposed policy changes will impact you.  Stories are powerful persuaders.  Jeff and I will deliver your stories if you cannot personally appear at the public hearing.
The proposed provisional policy change proposals shift the full burden for increased healthcare costs onto employees…..employers incur no cost.  This is unacceptable!
  1. GIC commissioners have given provisional approval to the following changes for non-Medicare plans:
    1. Increase deductibles from $300 to $500 for individuals and from $900 to $1,000 for families; eliminate the lower deductibles for two-member families.  Deductibles for Fallon Health Direct Care rise to $550 for individual plans ad $1,100 for family plans.
    2. Add a prescription drug deductible of $100 for an individual and $200 for a family.
    3. Freeze enrollment in the Tufts Navigator and Fallon Health Select Care plans and continue to freeze enrollment in the Harvard Pilgrim Independence Plan.
    4. Increase co-pays for visits to primary-care physicians.
  2. We need STORIES and TESTIMONY that reflect these messages:
    1. Cost increases are being unfairly shifted to employees and retirees.
    2. These increases will have a big impact on early-career educators who are at the lower end of pay scales, etc.
    3. Retirees are on fixed incomes.
    4. Increasing out-of-pocket costs may discourage some from seeking care when necessary.
While these changes affect members who currently receive health care benefits, we are ONE union.  As we work to keep health care costs down for full-time and qualified part-time members, we should be working assertively to get equitable healthcare coverage for all part-time and all adjunct members who need health insurance.
Please let your voice be heard–either in person or by sending a story to me or to MTA Consultant Donna Sirutis at:
In solidarity,
Diana
P.S.  For members on the GIC Indemnity Plan, it hasn’t been that long since co-pays for specialist office visits changed from $25/$35/$45 to $30/$60/$90 – double the amount at tier 3!  Premiums have increased and deductibles have increased.  The Commonwealth has an obligation to provide affordable and quality health insurance to public employees, setting the example to be followed by all employers.  If you do not want to see your income further reduced, speak up!  We are already working more for less.

Contract Administration Tip – Student Evaluations

NON-TENURED AND TENURED FACULTY IN AN EVALUATION YEAR – The tabulated data from the Fall 2016 student evaluations for full-time faculty in an evaluation year should have been distributed to faculty by January 23 and these student evaluations will be evaluated by the immediate supervisor in the summary evaluations on February 1.   The student evaluation process is a stand alone evaluation and no decile rankings, department averages, division averages, and college averages are allowed.  If your summary evaluation and/or student evaluation comments include any comparative analysis, please contact your chapter leadership so they can pursue an individual or chapter grievance.

TENURED FACULTY IN NON-EVALUATION YEAR – Although student evaluations were administered to tenured faculty in a non-evaluation year, the tabulated data from these evaluations shall be sent only to the tenured faculty member and they are NOT part of any summary evaluation.

Attached is an outline of the Student Evaluation and Summary Evaluation Process.