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Faculty and Staff Federation of CCP

Since 1970, the Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia (FSFCCP) has helped to make CCP a good place to work.  Thanks to the steady participation of its members in union activities, FSFCCP has been able to secure and defend some of the best community college employee contracts in the country.  Our members are divided into three bargaining units: Full-Time Faculty; Classified Employees; and Adjunct and Visiting Lecturer Faculty.  We are proud of our history of working together for three contracts.  We are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, AFT-Pennsylvania, and the AFL-CIO.

Faculty: General Education Assessment Request

Update: If you are a faculty member who was asked to do Gen Ed assessment, you are invited to attend a meeting this Thursday, September 22 in B1-07 from 3:30-5:00 to discuss the ways that withholding assessment data or not participating in assessment can be a part of our ongoing campaign to win fair contracts.  If you plan on attending this meeting, please let us know by writing the union office at aft2026@gmail.com.   

 

Dear Faculty:

Many of us learned on August 28th that the administration planned to carry out a new assessment of competencies related to General Education this semester, and that our participation would be expected.  In August Faculty were randomly selected to assess Gen Ed outcomes this semester, and a hastily planned program of workshops was presented during Professional Development Week by the Office of Academic Assessment and Evaluation. Those of us who attended those workshops noted that the administration’s planning effort seemed rushed.

Now faculty have been asked to participate in further Gen Ed competency assessment workshops in September.

Federation leaders plan to request a meeting with the administration to address some of the unanswered questions about this assessment effort, including the following:

- Where does the requirement for assessment of General Education competency come from?

- How was it/ will it be decided which Gen Ed objectives are to be studied?

- What faculty leaders were consulted in setting up the current assessment? Were faculty on the Curriculum Assessment Team consulted?
- How was the timeline for completing the study determined?
- How were faculty or sections selected to be part of the assessment?

In the meantime, we suggest that faculty not attend training workshops or attempt to carry out this voluntary work at least until we have met with the administration and report back to you the results of our discussions. Faculty who are being compensated for this work should obviously continue to do it.

We think it is important to note the context of this request to participate in yet another task that goes beyond our contractual duties:  At the bargaining table the administration forcefully insists that our normal mandated full-time workload should be 15 credits, and not 12 as it has been for decades.  This is in a setting of increasing, not decreasing, demands that we do various kinds of extra work to prove that our teaching brings results. At the same time, the administration scoffs at our insistence that faculty leaders such as Curriculum Coordinators and Program Supervisors need guaranteed time off to lead their programs.  This new assessment effort, matched with the administration’s stance in negotiations, is symptomatic of a gulf that has developed between our respective understandings of a sustainable workload.

If you are one of the faculty members who have been asked to assess Gen Ed outcomes, please write to the union office at aft2026@gmail.com.  Please tell us that you have been asked to do the Gen Ed assessment and let us know if you are complying with the Federation's request that for the time being you will not be attending training workshops or carrying out this voluntary work. 

Thank you for your support in solidifying our union's insistence on faculty input on all matters of educational quality, including the preservation of our 12-credit workload.