ERIC Number: ED453842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
California Community Colleges: Part-Time Faculty Are Compensated Less Than Full-Time Faculty for Teaching Activities.
California State Office of the Auditor General, Sacramento.
Over the past 5 years, the percentage of credit teaching in the California Community Colleges (CCC) system conducted by part-time faculty has grown from 40 to 47 percent. In fall 1999, two-thirds of teaching faculty were classified as part-time. Part-time faculty do not generally receive medical or retirement benefits and are paid significantly less for the same teaching duties as full-time faculty with similar education and experience. Most districts defend their extensive use of lower paid part-time faculty by citing their dependence on the State for the majority of their financial resources, stating that these funds are not sufficient to meet all their needs. Depending on one's policy perspective, unequal pay for part-time faculty either creates a fiscal incentive for using part-time faculty that may eventually harm the long-term quality of education or represents an appropriate balance of market conditions that should not be tampered with. Several options are presented should the Legislature choose to take action to eliminate existing pay differences between part-time and full-time faculty in the CCC system. Contains seven figures, a response to the audit by the CCC Chancellor's Office, and the California State Auditor's comments on the Chancellor's response. (PGS)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Compensation (Remuneration), Employment Level, Employment Practices, Full Time Faculty, Part Time Faculty, Salaries, Salary Wage Differentials, Two Year Colleges
California State Auditor, Bureau of State Audits, 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814 (first five copies are free; additional copies are $4 each). Tel: 916-445-0255. For full text: http://www.bsa.ca.gov/bsa/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Office of the Auditor General, Sacramento.