Issues and Resources

English Education During Budget Cuts

English Education in Times of Budget Cuts, an ECCTYC Resolution (pdf)
15 April 2011

WHEREAS, Budget cuts to the California Community Colleges have the potential to compromise the system’s ability to meet the educational mission, deny state residents access to education, and/or adversely affect students enrolled in the Community College system; and …

Adjunct Faculty and Employment Resources

The New Faculty Majority

“NFM is dedicated to achieving professional equity and advancing academic freedom for all adjunct and contingent faculty in American colleges and universities through advocacy, education and litigation. NFM seeks the greatest possible degree of economic justice and academic freedom for all faculty and is committed to creating equitable, stable, non-exploitative academic environments that improve the quality of American higher education.”

“The Adjunct’s Moment of Truth” by Maria Maisto in Inside Higher Ed.

“Like most of us who work in higher education, I really don’t have the time, or the courage, to be an activist for adjunct faculty rights. But I’m making the time and I’m summoning the courage because I’m not only an adjunct; I’m a parent and a citizen who is concerned — indeed, afraid — for the future of higher education.”

“Professional Employment Practices for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members” by The MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession

“The MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession has just released a self-study document that offers departments a framework for identifying and implementing fair and equitable policies and practices for the hiring, review, compensation, and advancement of non-tenure-track faculty members. The PDF is now available as part of the Academic Workforce Advocacy Kit.”

Early Assessment Program

“Information Regarding the California Community Colleges Early Assessment Program (CCC-EAP)” by ECCTYC

“In Spring 2010, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office sent out surveys to all community colleges to identify those institutions that will be accepting student Early Assessment Program (EAP) test results as a waiver to assessment for placement of students demonstrating college readiness into transfer-level Freshman Composition. As less than half of our system’s campuses have responded to date and in accord with the ECCTYC’s mission, we offer you – collected in one document – information and resources related to the EAP to inform your campus’s discussion regarding this statewide initiative.”

Graduate Studies in English

“Rethinking the Master’s Degree in English for a New Century” by the Association of Departments of English.

“OUR understanding of the master’s degree in English has changed significantly in recent years. Over the last three decades, the number of master’s degree programs has grown significantly, especially in creative writing and rhetoric or composition. Today, nearly half of faculty members teaching English in colleges and universities hold the master’s as their highest degree. While the profession shares a well-developed sense of doctoral programs as preparation for postsecondary teaching, there is far less awareness of the role master’s programs have played in supplying candidates for postsecondary faculty positions, especially the already large and still growing cadre of full- and part-time teachers holding non-tenure-track appointments.”