Last year, with your help, AFT Higher Education was able to have over 3,000 contingent academic workers participate in our 2019 Contingent Faculty Survey, providing us with an in-depth snapshot of their work and personal experiences.
The responses, summarized in our recent report, An Army of Temps, paint a disturbing picture of how our system of higher education is failing the majority of the workforce who provide that education.
We believe that on its own, this report provides a compelling case for reforming our system of public higher education. However, the intervening months have found us in an unprecedented global health crisis, the consequences of which we are only beginning to understand but which will likely underscore the need for reform. To better understand how the global pandemic and associated disruptions are affecting contingent faculty, we have decided to put our Contingent Faculty Survey back into the field for 2020.
Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey so that we can understand your current work and personal life experiences against the backdrop of uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus.
Rally for Federal Education Funding TODAY--Friday, May 29
While so much about the near future remains uncertain, one thing could not be more clear: Going forward our schools and our students will need more support – not drastic funding cuts.
To get the help our students need, it’s time to raise our voices together in a virtual rally this Friday at 5 p.m.
Click here to RSVP for the event!
Without federal aid, public schools in Michigan and across the country could see sharp reductions in funding because of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Our state legislators also need to feel the pressure to do the right thing—they must lobby for federal aid to states as well!
We have to join together in a collective push to get our students the help they need in this time of shared trauma and dramatic challenges in our society. Big businesses have received aid—our children deserve no less.
Join U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, State Rep. Sheryl Kennedy, and other special guests for this virtual rally for Our Children, Our Future via Facebook Live on Friday, May 29, at 5 p.m.
RSVP here today.
First of all, thank you to all of you who completed the AAFMCC Member Experience Survey last week. In just two days, we collected 111 responses! Your feedback was very useful in helping us understand the magnitude of the problem and prepare for our meeting with The College.
In update #1 (see email from April 24), we outlined the training-related issues that we needed to address with The College. In update #2 (see email from April 30) we informed you that we had scheduled a meeting with The College to address these issues.
Here is a summary of the meeting outcomes, as well as some commentary pertaining to the issues that AAFMCC will continue to address. Please take some time to carefully read this post in its entirety as it is vital that you understand these conditions and procedures as we move forward.
Clarity of Course Classifications and Training Procedures
Due to the suspension of the on-ground course format, MCC has established 3 different classifications of courses (see below), as well as different levels of required training to teach those courses.
The different levels of training for online instruction in any capacity include:
CANVAS Orientation, MOFT Part 1 and MOFT Part 2.
AAFMCC has been informed by HR and the Provost that EVERY DEPARTMENT, with exception to the health department, will be assigning the following 3 types of courses and that each type will be aligned with specific training requirements:
1. HYBRID - For courses that are normally taught on-ground but need to utilize enhanced online instruction
Training Requirement: CANVAS Orientation
HYBRID courses will be assigned to adjunct faculty who typically teach on-ground courses, and these assignments will be made based on seniority and availability.
2. ONLINE - Pre-made course shells utilized for courses that are created for online teaching
Training Requirement: MOFT Part 1 (2-week training)
3. ONLINE - Fully repurposed on-ground course strictly for creation of and teaching online instruction
Training Requirement: MOFT Part 2 (8-week intense training)
Health Department--Additional Course Classification
WEB-ENHANCED ON-GROUND - Offered currently for HEALTH courses
Training Requirement: CANVAS Orientation
Unfortunately, since COVID-19 orders are still in place, Spring-Summer 2020 courses are to be taught strictly online, and an instructor must be MOFT Part 1 (2-week training) certified to be considered for instruction.
Fall Semester 2020
MCC is taking steps to prepare for the Fall 2020 Semester:
This “playbook” will be a live document to stay in accordance with the CDC/government guidelines. It will be updated daily and made available on MCC’s website COVID-19 section on the home page.
Lastly, AAFMCC discussed unemployment filing for adjunct instructors, and we provided the college with the process that has been put in place by the Department of Education.
Please know that you have the right to unemployment: It has been federal law since 2016.
If the college denies your claim, contact AAFMCC and let us know. Many higher education institutions deny and many union affiliates have fought and won.
AAFMCC will continue to update everyone with any news we receive. Please be safe and healthy out there this summer.