Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Our AFT Negotiating Team is preparing to bargain a new MOU for Spring 2021. By filling out this anonymous faculty survey by Tuesday, October 27th, you’ll provide AFT with valuable information to help improve the new MOU so that its provisions will better support you and your students.

We would especially like to know if there are specific issues you have faced since the pandemic began. Examples of significant concerns we are aware of include: excessive workload in online instruction due to technological issues or to excessive class size; extra time required to address individual students’ technical, socio-economic or emotional issues; lack of adequate work time due to dependent care and schooling responsibilities; and the impact of virtual learning on student engagement.  

We want to hear how these and other pandemic-related issues have affected you, and to gather your suggestions for addressing these issues as we create the new Spring 2021 MOU. Your participation will allow AFT to present an accurate, detailed and timely picture of faculty working conditions during Covid-19 to our district negotiators.

To review the Summer-Fall 2020 MOU, click here.

Almost all the questions below can be answered with yes or no. We have also offered space to provide further explanation if you want to. Please feel free to provide explanations for some questions and not others, or to skip the explanations.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this survey. 

In solidarity,
The AFT Contract Action Team
I. For all faculty:

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* 1. Are you...

Leaves (See Summer-Fall MOU Article 3)

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* 2. Did you apply for a paid medical or family leave of any type, such as those covered by FMLA or FFCRA?

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* 3. Did you encounter any issues claiming or taking your leave?

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* 4. How could the leave you received be improved? (optional)

Transition to DE Modalities

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* 5. Was the technical support you received adequate?

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* 6. Was the technical support your students received adequate?

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* 7. If you were required to complete DE training, were you compensated for it? (See Summer-Fall MOU Article 4D&E)

II. For instructional faculty:
Class Size

[Note: We believe reducing class size can be a very effective way to improve student success and equity for underperforming students, especially during the pandemic period in which students are forced to take online classes and are often study under unusually stressful conditions. Class size, however, was not included in the Summer-Fall MOU because the administration said that they agreed with the Academic Senate’s proposal that faculty should informally negotiate the size of their own classes with their deans. We’d like to hear if this worked successfully for all faculty. To read published articles on the impact of class size on online instruction, click here.]

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* 8. Were your classes capped at a manageable size?

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* 9. Did you attempt to work out lower class caps with your Dean? 

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* 10. If "yes," were your class caps reduced?

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* 11. Would smaller classes improve student learning and success rates as well as your overall ability to facilitate learning?

Workload

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* 12. Was the 6 hours paid at the Special Rate per course conversion adequate? (See Summer-Fall MOU Article 5A) 

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* 13. Have you experienced any difficulties facilitating synchronous instruction due to technical issues, family concerns, childcare obligations, space issues or other reasons? (See Summer-Fall MOU Article 5D)

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* 14. If you taught face-to-face courses, did you receive adequate protection and support in terms of safety and health protocols? (See Summer-Fall MOU Article 5I&J)

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* 15. If you taught larger classes for which AFT negotiated extra pay (over 45 students at census or over 40 students on the last day to withdraw), did you receive the appropriate added compensation? (See Summer-Fall MOU Article 5Q)

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* 16. If you received added compensation, was it adequate for the amount of extra work that was required?

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* 17. If you are a part-time faculty member who had face-to-face classes that were cancelled or suspended, were you paid appropriately and given the right of first refusal to teach any rescheduled portion, according to the Summer-Fall MOU Articles 3B4 and 5R?

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* 18. Were your professional duties limited to two or less “high-volume/high-demand” tasks, such as serving on Curriculum Committee, etc. during Fall 2020? (See Summer-Fall MOU Article 5F)

III. For faculty teaching dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment courses:

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* 19. Has your supervisor required that the majority of your high school class sessions be taught synchronously?

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* 20. If you had to teach the majority of classes synchronously, did you receive sufficient notice prior to the beginning of the semester that this would be the case?

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* 21. Are you able to choose the time of your office hours?

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* 22. Have you been required to hold office hours on a day you do not teach?

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* 23. Have you been required to work additional days or hours compared to last year?

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* 24. Have you seen the contract between your college and your high school that governs the terms of your work?

IV. For counselors:

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* 25. Do you feel the MOU was sufficiently flexible with counseling time this semester?

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* 26. Were the 4 extra hours of prof time adequate for following up with students in the current circumstances?

V. For librarians:

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* 27. As a librarian, did you find the provisions of the Summer-Fall MOU (including but not limited to the provisions for librarian evaluation in Article 6B) adequate to your work during the pandemic?

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* 28. Please use this space to offer comments and suggestions about how the Covid MOU could better serve librarians.

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* 29. For all faculty: Please add any other comments or suggestions about how the Covid MOU could be improved:

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