ERIC Number: ED284610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: 0
Retraining Faculty at the Community College.
With declining enrollments projected for the next decade and program discontinuance and retrenchment already a reality at many campuses, the retraining of tenured faculty to teach in a new discipline has been a critical issue for both faculty and administrators. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the courts offer different interpretations of what constitutes fiscal exigency as the grounds for the dismissal of tenured faculty, and slightly different positions on whether a tenured faculty member is entitled to retraining. The AAUP suggests that retraining take place when program discontinuance occurs for educational considerations and not because of financial necessity, while the courts have not considered retraining a right under any circumstances. Several factors support these policies: (1) the discontinuance of particular programs may have less negative consequences than the more generalized loss of vitality that could occur from across-the-board dismissals of junior faculty; (2) retraining a faculty member for one or two semesters cannot give the instructor the discipline expertise of a novice instructor training for years in that field; (3) a faculty member teaching out of his/her area of expertise out of necessity may suffer a lack of motivation; (4) the academic vitality of a college depends on a mix of younger and older, junior and senior faculty and the teaching qualifications of instructors; and (5) sabbatical leaves are being alloted more and more frequently for retraining, rather than the equally important scholarly growth and development. Dealing effectively with retraining and retrenchment requires strong leadership on the part of the college president and equally strong leadership and participation by the college faculty in academic program review, budget analysis, and, ultimately, declaring a state of fiscal exigency. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Note: One of a series of "Essays by Fellows" on "Policy Issues at the Community College."