Professional Standards Type A and B Leaves

Committee Purpose

Receives and reviews the applications of faculty members desiring professional development leaves.  Makes recommendations to approve proposals for professional development leaves to the president. 

For Example and Reference Only - The Following Sections Are Not a Live Form

Professional Standards Type A & B Leave Proposal

In addition to the application form on pages 2-4, there are additional requirements that are explained on pages 5-7 of this document. A checklist has been included to assist you in submission of a comprehensive proposal.

Faculty members who complete Type A or B leaves must submit a 3-5 page report to the Professional Standards/Type A & B Leaves Committee.

Sabbatical / Professional Development Leave Application

Los Rios Community College District
Sabbatical / Professional Development Leave Application

 Name:                                                                                                

Empl ID:

Work Location:  ☐ ARC     ☐ CRC     ☐ FLC     ☐ SCC     ☐ Other:

Present Assignment:                                                           

Division:

  Type A and B leaves are intended to provide release time from regular duties to enable unit members to respond to changing educational conditions and student needs.  These leaves allow time for unit members to engage in studies, projects, or other beneficial activities which do not fall within their regular responsibilities.  For additional information (i.e., duration, eligibility, criteria, application procedures, etc.) on Type A and B leaves, please consult with Section 11.6 of the LRCFT collective bargaining agreement.

Type of Leave Requested

  1. ☐ Type A: ☐ Fall Semester     ☐ Spring Semester     
  2. ☐ Entire Year

Have you completed a sequence of seven full years of service with the District?    ☐ Yes     ☐ No

  1. ☐ Type B: Fall ______%     Spring ______%

Have you completed a sequence of three full years of service with the District?    ☐ Yes     ☐ No

Proposal Information

Proposal Title:

Brief Description of Proposal:

What are your qualifications to undertake and complete your proposed project?

Explain in detail how the accomplishment of your proposal will promote the objectives of serving students within the Los Rios District: 

Please submit the following on separate sheets:

  1. A narrative on your planned program containing a statement of purpose and objectives, a detailed description of the proposed activities, and budget or resources support.
  2. An appropriate method of evaluation.
  3. A plan for sharing the results of the project.

If awarded this leave, I agree to comply with all requirements stipulated in the faculty contract.

___________________________________
Applicant’s Signature                    
 
___________________________________
Date

Immediate / Appropriate Supervisor Approval / Endorsement

I have reviewed this proposal and ☐ believe ☐ do not believe that it is an appropriate project/activity which will promote the objectives of the college/district.

Comments:
___________________________________
Supervisor’s Signature
___________________________________
Date


Sabbatical / Professional Development Leave Application

Remuneration Information

Name:                                                                                                            

Empl ID

Work Location:  ☐ ARC     ☐ CRC     ☐ FLC     ☐ SCC    

☐ Other _________________________________

Present Assignment:                                                           

Division:

Will you be receiving any outside remuneration (income, stipend, expenses, book advance, etc.) for the proposed activity(ies) during your requested leave?

☐ Yes     ☐ No     If yes, please provide a detailed explanation.

Do you anticipate receiving any commercial benefit from your project or product through future sales?

☐ Yes     ☐ No     If yes, please provide a detailed explanation.

Please provide a detailed explanation:

___________________________________
Applicant’s Signature
 
___________________________________
Date

District Office Approval:  ☐ Approved     ☐ Not Approved

___________________________________
Deputy Chancellor’s Signature
___________________________________
Date

Funding Criteria

Purpose

To provide release time from regular duties in order for unit members to respond to changing educational conditions and student needs. These leaves allow time to unit members to engage in studies, projects, or other beneficial activities, which do not fall within their regular responsibilities.

Duration

Type A is leave of one semester at full pay or one year at half pay (see criteria 11.6.9). 
Type B is leave at full pay of up to 100% reassigned time for up to one year in duration. Leaves shall normally commence at the beginning of a semester.

Approximate equivalent FTE leave time to project hours (652.5xFTE formula)

.1 FTE

65 hours

.2 FTE

131 hours

.3 FTE

196 hours

.4 FTE

261 hours

.5 FTE

326 hours

.6 FTE

392 hours

.7 FTE

457 hours

.8 FTE

522 hours

.9 FTE

587 hours

1.0 FTE

653 hours

Eligibility

  • Any tenured faculty member with 7 years of service is eligible for a type A leave.
    In addition, there must be 7 years of satisfactory service between Type A leaves granted to one individual.
  • Any tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has satisfactorily completed a sequence of three full years of service with the District is eligible for a type B leave. 
    There is no service requirement between Type B leaves.

Criteria 

In addition to the criteria listed below, the ARC Professional Standards Committee requires two additional components.

  1. The proposal must include a description of how the project meets one or more of the college’s goals and focus areas, and/or the state’s professional development guidelines. Information on the college goals can be found on the Resources tab.
  2. Letters of support for the proposal from both the applicant’s Dean or Supervisor and at least one colleague.

Candidate applications for leaves are reviewed and selected based on one or more of the following categories as set by Los Rios Community College District Agreement with Los Rios College Federation of Teachers Section 11.6.4 & 11.6.6:

11.6.4 Criteria

11.6.4.1 Retraining of applicant to allow for future new assignment(s) in a needed area as determined by college and District priorities.

11.6.4.2 Studies, projects or activities that provide staff with opportunities to upgrade academic, technical and vocational skills and knowledge for current or future assignments.

11.6.4.3 Studies, projects, or activities for the improvement of curriculum, educational delivery systems, student personnel services, or other support services.

11.6.4.4 Studies, projects or activities for development or revision of certificate or degree programs.

11.6.4.5 Studies, projects or activities related to feasibility or revision of new or existing programs.

11.6.4.6 Studies, projects or activities for the enhancement of student access and success at the course, program or institutional levels.

 

11.6.6   Selection of Candidates

11.6.6.1 The Professional Standards Committee (which includes LRCFT representation) will review all faculty applications and submit its recommendation to the College President. President's recommendations will be sent to the Chancellor for presentation to the Board each semester. Should the College President disagree with the committee's selection, the reasons shall be given in writing and forwarded to the committee within two (2) weeks after submission. Any faculty member who is recommended for a leave by the college Professional Standards Committee and is not recommended by the College President or the Chancellor shall have the right to appeal to the Board.

11.6.6.2 The primary factors to be considered in evaluating a request for leave will be:

11.6.6.2.1 The relative potential benefit to the students, college programs, the institution and/or the faculty member making the request.

11.6.6.2.2 The applicant's high level of performance of duties.

11.6.6.3 The final selection among recommended candidates shall rest with the Board.

11.6.9 Service Agreement with the District for Type A Leaves

11.6.9.1 The applicant shall agree in writing to serve the District for a period of time which is equal to twice the period of the leave immediately after the completion of the leave.

11.6.9.1.1 If this agreement is not fulfilled, the applicant shall be required to repay to the District an amount which bears the same proportion to the total compensation received as the amount of time which was not served bears to the total amount of time agreed upon.

11.6.9.1.2 This obligation shall be canceled if death or permanent disability prevents fulfilling the terms of the contract.

Application & Proposal

Any faculty applying with another faculty on a joint proposal must submit a separate application to the committee. 

Eligible faculty's completed application must include the following components: 

 

1. Sabbatical/Professional Development Leave Application (pg. 2-4)

 

2. A description of the applicant’s qualifications to undertake and complete the proposed project.

 

3. An explanation of how the accomplishment of the proposal will benefit students, college programs, the institution, and/or the faculty member. Include a description of how the project meets one or more of the college’s goals and focus areas, and/or the state’s professional development guidelines. 

 

4. Provide a narrative of the project addressing each of these components:

 

a. Statement of purpose

 

b. Objective(s) for the project

 

c. Detailed description of the proposed activities

 

d. Tentative timeline showing the organization of release time to specific activities – list the expected time to accomplish each activity and the total amount of time for the project

 

f. Budget or other support resources needed

 

g. Method of evaluation – how will the applicant determine project success?

 

h. Plan for sharing the results of the project

 

5. Letters of support for the project from both the applicant’s Dean or Supervisor and at least one colleague.

 

Scan the application, proposal, and support documents into one PDF document and email before 4:00 pm on the date of deadline to: ARC-PD-TypeAorBLeave@arc.losrios.edu .

Title the single document file using your last name and the type of leave you are requesting e.g. Smith_TypeB_Leave_Proposal

Selection of Candidates

The Professional Development Leave Committee (which includes LRCFT representation) will review all applications and submit recommendations for approval to the college President. The president's recommendations will be sent to the Chancellor for presentation to the Board of Trustee each semester.

  • Should the president disagree with the committee's selection, the reason shall be given in writing and forwarded to the committee within two weeks after submission.

Any faculty member who is recommended for a leave by the college Professional Development Leave Committee and is not recommended by the college president or the Chancellor shall have the right to appeal to the Board.

Final Reports

Faculty members who complete Type A or B leaves must submit a 3-5 page report to the Professional Standards/Type A & B Leaves Committee. Supporting documents may also be included. The committee will review the report and recommend approval or disapproval to the college President. Upon approval of the President, the report will be forwarded to the LRCCD Human Resources Office. Digital copies, with any supporting documents, of approved final reports will be posted on the committee website. 

Final report due dates:

  1. The recipient’s final report for a spring leave is due on October 31st. The recipient’s final report for a fall leave is due on March 31st.
  2. However , if the recipient plans to apply for back-to-back leaves, a one-page preliminary report on the first leave must be submitted at the same time as the new application. This one-page report should briefly explain what part of the project or activity has been completed to date.

The recipient's final report should address each of the following:

 

1. Describe the focus of the work proposed and completed during your leave. 

 

2. What was accomplished as a result of your leave?

 

3. Explain how the work completed during your leave relates to ARC's goals and focus areas, and to the state's professional development guidelines.

 

4. As a result of your leave, what will you take back with you to your current assignments and/or to the college as a whole?

 

5. How did you, or do you plan to share the results of your study, project, or activity with colleagues, the college, and the community, where appropriate?

 

The final report, and any supporting documents, must be scanned into one PDF document and emailed to

 ARC-PD-TypeAorBLeave@arc.losrios.edu. Title the single document file using your last name e.g. Smith_TypeB_Leave_Final_Report

Easy Reference for State PD Guidelines, ARC Institutional SLO’s, and ARC Strategic Goals

Easy Reference for State PD Guidelines, ARC Institutional SLO’s, and ARC Strategic Goals

(list updated Su19)

State Professional Development Guidelines

Guideline A: Course instruction and evaluation.

Guideline B: Staff development, in-service training, and instructional improvement.

Guideline C: Program and course curriculum or learning resource development and evaluation. Guideline D: Student personnel services.

Guideline E: Learning resource services.

Guideline F: Related activities, such as student advising, guidance, orientation, matriculation services, and student, faculty, and staff diversity.

Guideline G: Departmental or division meetings, conferences, and workshops, and institutional research.

Guideline H: Other duties as assigned by the district.

 

American River College Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Upon achievement of his or her intended educational goal (degree, certificate, or set of courses) at American River College, a student will be able to:

ISLO 1: Demonstrate personal and professional readiness for career and/or academic advancement.

ISLO 2: Demonstrate skills and behaviors which contribute to inclusive and respectful communication of diverse ideas and beliefs.

ISLO 3: Utilize a variety of methods to communicate effectively.

ISLO 4: Work cooperatively and effectively with others.

ISLO 5: Use various technologies to collect information and solve problems.

ISLO 6: Critically evaluate information to develop informed perspectives on a variety of issues, problems, and challenges.

ISLO 7: Contribute to society using personal knowledge, resources, and skills.

ISLO 8: For students earning degrees, demonstrate an understanding of the basic content and methodology for the major areas of knowledge: arts and humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences.

 

American River College’s Strategic Goals

  1. Students First - The College engages and connects students early and often to people, programs, and services as an integrated educational experience. By providing personalized, proactive support, the College fosters relationships that ensure all students, particularly the historically underserved and marginalized, persist, learn, and succeed.
  2. Clear and Effective Paths - The College provides easily recognizable pathways to, through, and beyond ARC. Offering well defined and supported pathways provides a foundation for success as students enter the College, make timely progress toward achieving their informed educational goals, and seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities or find employment in their chosen career.
  3. Exemplary Teaching, Learning & Working Environment - The College ensures an equitable, safe, and inclusive teaching, learning, and working environment. Culturally relevant curriculum, innovative, high- quality instructional methods and technologies, exemplary academic and student support services, and comprehensive and integrated professional development create the best conditions for teaching and learning. The College promotes liberation and honors the dignity, humanity, and contributions of all members of our community.
  4. Vibrancy and Resiliency - The College promotes a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and transparent communication. Proactive, effective, and efficient operational systems and governance and data-informed approaches to planning, decision-making, and resource allocation provide a high level of service to our students, community, and to one another.

 

Professional Standards Type A and B Leaves

Chair(s)

Debra Aucoin-Ratcliff
Daniel Slutsky


Membership Composition = Total of 17 members

3 Managers + 1 ex-officio

14 Faculty (1 member from each instructional area, plus Learning Resources and Counseling)

Quorum: For voting purposes, a quorum is defined as a minimum of 50% plus one, or 9 members, either physically or by proxy for action.

Professional Standards Committee Type A and B Leaves Application Form

Approved Leave Final Reports

Leave Application Deadline
Fall 2020
Monday, September 21st by 5:30pm


Committee Meetings Dates
First Meeting - Friday September 11th, 2020

Voting Meeting - Friday September 25th, 2020

Final Meeting - (tentatively) Friday November 13th, 2020

All Meeting Times 
10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Meeting Location 
Via Zoom

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