In the fall, Chancellor Leon
Richards unilaterally issued a memorandum stating a new policy for Kapiolani Community
College regarding summer session workload and teaching assignments. UHPA has been addressing individual issues
and complaints with respect to the stated imposition by the administration that
those with 11-month appointments be required to teach Summer Session without
compensation, the arbitrary limit on the number of hours of Summer Session
courses that those on 9-month appointments would be allowed to teach, and the
unilateral increase in the number of students in web based courses.
Management’s action this academic
year reflect a more aggressive attitude toward these issues and an attempt to
change working conditions of faculty members on 11-month contracts and 9-month
faculty members choosing to teach during the summer without addressing either
the substance of the collective bargaining agreement or the academic
considerations of the Faculty Senate.
The following is an update on the
status of actions being taken by UHPA, which includes the filing of a class
action grievance. We hope this communication is helpful—if you individually have requested a summer teaching load and have been
denied as a result of the Chancellor’s recent actions, we need to know the
details—a grievance will ensure your right to appropriate compensation.
Re: 11-month work assignments
Status: On March 14, 2008 the Chancellor notified
Faculty Senate Chair Harry Davis, that “the
September 17, 2007 memorandum dealing in part with summer work assignment for
11-month faculty has been rescinded per our discussion around February 7, 2008”.
Re: September 21, 2007 Chancellor’s “Guidelines
for Summer Workload Assignment”
Status: Under the 2003-2009 CBA between the UH BOR
and UHPA, Article XXIV, Grievance Procedures, C2, the Union filed a Step 1
grievance with the Office of the Chancellor (waived by Kapiolani CC) and
subsequently a second grievance–Step 2, Office of the President, on March 7,
2008. The President’s designee, Edward
Yuen, held a preliminary meeting with the Chancellor in early April. Documentation from faculty members illustrate
that the Chancellor continues to selectively approve teaching load assignments
for totals more than 8 credits.
Management’s position is that
there will be established a maximum of 12 credits over the two summer sessions,
which is the limit teaching load. The
reasoning behind this policy shift seems to be their belief of past approval of
inappropriate overloads of 15 and 18 credits.
The shift is to 8 credits in one session plus 4 credits in a second
session—exceptions may be considered for ESOL courses or similar subject
area. This new campus based view of
workload was discussed in the Division Chair/Dean’s Advisor Council meetings.
Re: Increases in the number of students allowed
to enroll in web based courses.
Most enrollment numbers now vary
from 30 to 35 students (WI courses have maximum enrollments set at 20). Some faculty members argue that a maximum of
25 students for their courses will significantly contribute to the quality of
services to students and make Kapiolani Community College more competitive.
On March 29th the VCAA
and Deans sent out a reminder to departments that maximum enrollment for online classes should mirror face to face
classes. The administration’s
position is that this standard has always existed and that academic units have
unilaterally adjusted to a lower class size without curriculum approval through
the Faculty Senate. Exceptions are to be
determined by the program dean.