Department Chair Course Survey

Class Information Form

November 25, 2003

Dear Chair/Coordinator:


While the shift to the new transformed curriculum appears to work smoothly in regards to calculating FWH’s of normal, lecture courses, computing faculty load for lecture/lab and other non-traditional courses is a more complex process.

Our Agreement defines how faculty load is to be determined for courses which meet for more hours per week than the number of student credit hours associated with the course. ( item 4.c.3 below ). There are factors which impact the number of FWH assigned to classes of these types among which are the number of students in the class and the number of sections which might be combined for a mass lecture and broken out into each separate section for labs or seminars.

The CFA Conference committee is meeting now to develop a model of how these types of courses should weighted and is supposed to submit its report by mid-December. Recently the Local learned that a few departments have been told that the FWH load for some courses they have taught might be reduced under the transformed system. This was supposedly told to deans by the Provost but I have not been able to confirm this yet.

Since the number of FWHs associated with any course is clearly a “term and condition of employment” the Local intends to insure that “past practice” is not ignored in this review process and something new imposed unilaterally by the Administration. We will not permit this to happen even if someone might be willing to agree to a change which reduces a course’s FWH, no matter the rationale presented for such a change.

I have prepared the attached table which you may use to provide the requested information. If there is anything important that you feel has been omitted, please feel free to include it. It is very important that we have as much information as possible if we are to develop a proposal concerning faculty load for non-traditional courses which can be successfully negotiated with the Administration.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this request or other matters related to this topic. In order to move this process along, I would like to have your response no later that Wednesday, December 10. If that is not possible please let me know when you will be able to provide the information. The sooner we get the info the better!

Feel free to provide any additional information which you think might be helpful in understanding unique aspects of these special courses in your discipline.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

In solidarity:

Ralph Edelbach, President, TCNJ, Local 2364, AFT


Contract Language Related to Class Meeting Times and FWH –   
( Red-cover Contract, page 17 )


Article XII – Faculty Responsibilities  –

4. Definitions

a. Student credit hours are defined as: the number of credit hours earned by a student successfully completing a given course.

b. Average weekly class hours are the total number of regularly scheduled class meeting hours for a course divided by the number of weeks in the program.

c. Teaching credit hours are defined as:

(1) When the number of regularly scheduled average weekly class hours equals the number of student credit hours, teaching credit hours shall equal student credit hours.

(2) When the number of regularly scheduled average weekly class hours is greater than the number of student credit hours, those class meetings typically designated as "laboratories" or "studios" shall be equated on the basis of two-thirds (2/3) of a teaching credit hour for each such class hour.

(3) When the number of average regularly scheduled weekly class hours is less than the number of student credit hours, teaching credit hours shall not be less than the number of average weekly class hours; and additional teaching credit hours may be granted, provided that the total does not exceed the number of student credit hours.

(4) The above provisions apply to normal sixteen (16) week semesters. For semesters of different lengths, the above formulae shall be applied on a pro rata basis.

5. Faculty members assigned duties involving modes of instruction other than classroom, such as, but not limited to, independent study, supervision of internships or practice teaching, or assigned to teach regularly scheduled courses for which collegiate credit is not granted, shall receive teaching credit hours for such activities according to the policies and practices currently in force at the respective Colleges/Universities unless specified otherwise in this Agreement.