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Core Requirement 2.8
Faculty

1. The number of full-time faculty members is adequate to support the mission of the institution and to ensure the quality and integrity of each of its academic programs.

Judgment of Compliance:

Compliance

Narrative/Justification for Judgment of Compliance:

Florida Gateway College (FGC) employs an adequate number of full-time faculty members to support its mission and to ensure the quality and integrity of its academic programs.

The mission of FGC is to provide superior instruction, nurture individual development, and enrich the community through quality higher education programs and lifelong learning opportunities. The college achieves its mission by providing an adequate number of qualified full-time faculty to fulfill basic faculty functions and to provide direction and oversight of academic programs.

Full-time Instructor

FGC District Board of Trustees (DBOT) Policy 6Hx12:4-05, Instructional Work Schedule [1] defines instructor positions, work schedules and duties required. Full-time instructors are defined as those assigned college credit classes in associate of arts, associate of science, and college credit certificate programs. They occupy a board approved, budgeted position and are on a normal forty hour per week contract.

A full-time instructor’s [2] primary responsibility is to perform the essential activities that ensure a successful learning experience for the student in the classroom. The instructor is expected to provide scheduled classroom hours and office hours during which the students have access to them. All faculty are required to submit an instructor class schedule form each semester, which outlines classroom and office hours [3]. The schedule is placed on the faculty member’s office door and is also retained in the supervisor’s office.

Full-time instructors are expected to be engaged in all aspects of college operations, providing direction and oversight of the college’s academic programs and community services. They perform academic advising, participate in faculty meetings, aid in student recruitment, serve on college committees, and attend college related functions.

This information is available in the Faculty Handbook [4].

Full-time Instructor/Coordinator

Instructor/coordinators [5] are full-time faculty with additional responsibilities that support a department or program. The instructor/coordinator performs these duties under a separate contract provided on a term basis. Instructor/coordinator duties and terms vary by department and program to meet the diverse needs of the college.

Part-time Faculty

Part-time faculty are defined as employees who work less than eight hours a day or forty hours a week. Part-time faculty are responsible for meeting all scheduled classes and scheduling office hours to meet students’ needs according to college policy. Part-time faculty are not required to participate in activities in addition to teaching.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty members are contracted for each course taught. They are appointed according to the needs of the college, and there is no guarantee for future employment. Adjunct faculty are not required to participate in activities in addition to teaching.

Faculty are credentialed according to DBOT Policy 6Hx12:7-02 [6], Employment of Instructional Personnel, and the college’s faculty credentialing process [7].

Staff and Program Development

The college provides resources for Staff and Program Development (SPD) [8]. Full-time instructors use SPD resources to participate in meetings, conferences and workshops that update their knowledge and skills and promote their continued growth and development [9]. Resources are also provided for initiatives to develop new programs and evaluate and improve existing programs.

Faculty Loads

Full-time instructors are given a choice of teaching in the following two categories: Category A (25 hours on campus) – Eighteen (18) contact hours in classes (six classes or equivalent), seven (7) hours of on-campus office hours, with 15 hours scheduled for professional responsibility, with a minimum of 164 duty days as outlined in the school calendar.
Category B (33 hours on campus) – Fifteen (15) contact hours in classes (five classes or equivalent), seven (7) hours of on-campus office hours, eleven (11) hours scheduled on campus for student support and other work, and seven (7) hours for professional responsibility, with a minimum of 164 duty days as outlined in the school calendar.

A full teaching load is determined according to the instructor’s chosen contract. Instructors may request overload classes in addition to their normal load. Overload classes may be assigned as deemed necessary by the director and approved by the vice president based on course enrollment. Instructors teaching overload classes must schedule additional office time. Faculty load reports [10] and class enrollment is monitored each semester to determine the need for hiring additional full-time faculty.

The Number of Full-time vs. Part-time Faculty

The following table shows the number of full-time faculty vs. part-time faculty by discipline and programs for spring, 2015.

Key: FT = Full-time Faculty; HC = Student Headcount (dup); FTE = Student Full-time Equivalency; PT = Part-time Faculty
Full-time vs. Part-time Faculty by Discipline and Program Spring 2015
All Course Delivery Methods
Discipline/Program FT HC FTE PT HC FTE % FTE Taught by FT Faculty
Communications 6 558 56 12 247 25 69%
Humanities 4 387 37 8 227 22 63%
Mathematics 5 664 68 11 361 36 65%
Science 8 1210 97 5 96 11 90%
Social Science 5 605 61 16 526 53 54%
Foreign Language 1 59 8 0 0 0 100%
Accounting Technology CER* 0 0 0 2 51 6 0%
Criminal Justice Technology AS 1 51 5 2 21 2 71%
Environmental Science Tech AS 1 36 3 3 38 5 38%
Water Resource Management BAS 1 7 1 0 0 0 100%
Business Administration AS 1 2 2 2 57 6 3%
Supply Chain Management AS 1 29 3 0 0 0 100%
Cosmetology 2 125 16 1 23 2 89%
Engineering Process Technology 1 30 2 0 0 0 100%
Horticulture 1 15 2 1 21 2 50%
HVAC 1 75 10 0 0 0 100%
Welding 1 46 11 0 0 0 100%
BS Degree Nursing 1 60 6 0 0 0 100%
Patient Care Technician 1 36 3 3 41 5 38%
Physical Therapist Assistant 2 142 14 0 0 0 100%
Practical Nursing 2 27 8 0 0 0 100%
Registered Nursing AS 8 273 56 1 102 10 85%
Law Enforcement/Corrections Programs* 0 0 0 52 505 22 0%
Fire Science 0 0 0 1 7 1 0%
Emergency Medical Services 2 98 17 20 11 4 100%
Computer Science 1 37 4 2 77 8 33%
Early Childhood Education 1 50 5 4 51 5 50%
BS Early Childhood Education 1 24 2 1 2 2 91%
Education 1 82 8 0 0 0 100%
Educator Preparation Institute 1 40 3 1 3 3 91%
Gaming and Graphics Design 1 39 4 1 16 2 67%
Health Information Technology AS* 0 0 0 5 164 16 0%
Totals 62 4807 510.2 154 2647 239.5 68%

 

Distance Learning

The college offers internet and hybrid course sections within most programs and disciplines. Distance learning courses may be part of the faculty member’s work load each semester. A full-time instructor/coordinator is responsible for assisting with instructional design principles to support faculty in developing distance learning courses that meet the college standards and maximize student learning. The Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness/Distance Learning provides support for students and faculty in the use of the learning management system and teaching and learning in the online environment. Faculty members teaching online and hybrid courses are required to complete the FGC faculty certification course through Blackboard. The course covers the following topics: Learn about FGC, Technology at FGC, Building Interaction and Communication with Students, Developing and Managing the Online Classroom and Blackboard Basics. [11]

The following table shows the number of full-time faculty vs. part-time faculty by discipline and programs offered teaching internet and hybrid courses during spring, 2015.

Key: FT = Full-time Faculty; HC = Student Headcount (dup); FTE = Student Full-time Equivalency; PT = Part-time Faculty
Full-time vs. Part-time Faculty by Distance Learning Spring 2015
Internet and Hybrid Courses
Discipline/Program FT HC FTE PT HC FTE % FTE Taught by FT Faculty
Communications 5 314 31 4 79 8 79%
Humanities 3 250 25 4 127 13 66%
Mathematics 3 169 17 3 22 2 89%
Science 6 313 29 3 74 8 78%
Social Science 5 429 43 12 412 42 51%
Foreign Language 1 34 5 0 0 0 100%
Accounting Technology CER* 0 0 0 2 51 6 0%
Criminal Justice Technology AS 1 34 3 1 15 2 60%
Environmental Science Tech AS 1 36 3 3 38 5 38%
Water Resource Management BAS 1 7 1 0 0 0 100%
Business Administration 1 2 .2 2 57 6 3%
Supply Chain Management AS 1 9 1 0 0 0 100%
Engineering Process Technology 1 11 1 0 0 0 100%
Horticulture 1 15 2 1 21 2 50%
BS Degree Nursing 1 60 6 0 0 0 100%
Physical Therapist Assistant 1 61 5 0 0 0 100%
Registered Nursing AS 1 21 1 1 102 10 9%
Emergency Medical Services 1 4 4 0 0 0 100%
Computer Science 1 9 1 1 23 2 33%
Early Childhood Education 1 50 5 4 51 5 50%
BS Early Childhood Education 1 24 2 1 2 0.2 91%
Education 1 69 7 0 0 0 100%
Educator Preparation Institute 1 26 2 1 3 0.3 87%
Health Information/Medical Coder Biller 0 0 0 2 94 9 0%
Totals 39 1947 191 45 1171 121 61%

 

Off Campus Instruction

The college offers instruction for the basic corrections and law enforcement programs, and the emergency medical services programs at the FGC Public Service Training Center in Olustee. The Public Service Training Center is under the management of the director of public service training programs. One full-time coordinator of law enforcement and corrections training, supports, schedules, and oversees instruction for all corrections and law enforcement training programs. One full-time instructor/coordinator and one full-time instructor support the emergency medical services programs.

The following table shows the number of full-time faculty vs. part-time faculty by discipline and programs offered at off campus locations during spring, 2015.

Key: FT = Full-time Faculty; HC = Student Headcount (dup); FTE = Student Full-time Equivalency; PT = Part-time Faculty
Off Campus Instruction
Public Service Training Center
Program FT HC FTE PT HC FTE
Corrections/Law Enforcement 0 0 0 50 473 20.3
Emergency Medical Services 2 107 17.5 0 0 0

 

Off Campus Instruction
Dixie County Service Center
Program FT HC FTE PT HC FTE
Emergency Medical Services 1 19 3.7 0 0 0

 

Dual Enrollment Instruction

The college offers dual enrollment instruction at the district area high schools. Instruction is managed by the director of academic programs and the instructor /coordinators assigned to the discipline area. Based on enrollment in these locations the number of part-time instructors is adequate to ensure the quality of instruction.

The following table shows the number of full-time faculty vs. part-time faculty by discipline and programs offered teaching dual enrollment courses at district area high schools during spring, 2015.

Off Campus - High School Dual Enrollment Instruction
Location FT HC FTE PT HC FTE
Trenton High School
Humanities 0 0 0 1 11 1
Baker County High School
Communications 0 0 0 2 45 5
Humanities 1 9 0.3 0 0 0
Mathematics 0 0 0 1 55 6
Science 0 0 0 1 12 2
Health Information Technology 0 0 0 1 12 1
Dixie County High School
Humanities 0 0 0 1 7 1
Mathematics 0 0 0 1 57 6
Bell High School
Humanities 0 0 0 1 10 1
Mathematics 0 0 0 1 43 4
Union County High School
Mathematics 0 0 0 1 13 1
Total 1 9 0.3 12 278 29

 

Ratio

In fall 2014, the 1:45 ratio of the FGC student headcount to full-time instructors (employed as of fall 2013 survey) compares favorably to the other small colleges (under 5,000 fall term headcount) in the Florida College System. The 28 college system average full-time faculty to student headcount ratio is 1:77.

College Fall 2014 Enrollment Headcount Fall 2014 Full-time Faculty Full-Time Instructors/ Student Ratio
Chipola 2080 43 1:48
Florida Keys 1033 25 1:41
Florida Gateway 2912 65 1:45
Lake Sumter 4470 81 1:55
North Florida 1289 32 1:40
South Florida 2780 67 1:41
System 460912 5974 1:77
Source: 2015 Florida College System Fact Book

FGC’s full-time faculty to student ratio of 1:45 is above the state average and is adequate to ensure the quality and integrity of academic programs and to support the mission of the college.

Analysis

The number of full-time instructors is adequate to support the college’s mission. The college recognizes the value of highly qualified part-time/adjunct instructors to complement the full-time instructors. Part-time and adjunct instructors also complement the delivery of specific workforce training courses. All of the college’s programs and departments listed in the tables above, are supported by at least one full-time instructor, with three exceptions which are explained in the following paragraphs.

The Corrections and Law Enforcement programs are overseen by the coordinator of law enforcement and corrections training. The coordinator supports, schedules, and oversees instruction for all basic and advanced corrections and law enforcement training programs. Due to the specialized content of these programs, a number of highly qualified, active corrections and law enforcement officers are contracted on an adjunct basis to provide instruction. This ensures students receive the most up to date instruction available.

Health Information Technology AS and Medical/Coder Biller Certificate programs are coordinated by the Health Information Specialist. The Health Information Specialist is responsible for developing schedules, recruiting and advising students, planning and budgeting, and hiring adjunct faculty. Enrollment has increased in these programs and the college has hired a full-time instructor that will begin fall 2015.

The Accounting Technology Certificate program is coordinated by the instructor/coordinator of the social sciences department. The instructor/coordinator is responsible for developing course schedules and hiring adjunct faculty. There are currently two adjunct instructors teaching program courses. The college monitors enrollment in this program to determine the need for a full-time faculty position.

[1] DBOT Policy 6Hx12:4-05, Instructional Work Schedule
[2] Instructor Job Description
[3] Sample Instructor Schedule Forms
[4] Faculty Handbook
[5] Instructor/Coordinators Description
[6] DBOT Policy 6Hx12:7-02, Employment of Instructional Personnel
[7] FGC Faculty Credentialing Process
[8] Staff and Program Development Manual
[9] List Faculty Development
[10] Sample Faculty Load Report
[11] Bb Faculty Certification Course Screenshot
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