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The Advisory Council of Faculty (ACF) was established by West Virginia Code §18B-6-2, as an advisory body of Higher Education faculty:
• to serve as a resource to the legislature and advise the legislature on
• to provide advice to the Higher Education Policy Commission and the
Council for Community and Technical College Education in the development of policies and matters pertaining to Higher Education;
• to report to and advise local boards of governors and faculty
constituents on issues pertaining to Higher Education;
• to provide a voice for 4,189 full-time and 1,961 part-time HEPC faculty and 558 full-time and 1,082 part-time CTCS faculty.
SB 330 update.....
Faculty Concerns about SB330: There are many long-overdue issues that will finally be addressed in the new system rule or series that implements SB330, consistency among personnel practices for classified staff, for example. Faculty strongly support these changes. Likewise, the old 2001 Classified Staff Salary Schedule for Classified Staff was grossly out of date. However, faculty are concerned about aspects of the apparent methodology used by Fox Lawson, the firm charged to produce the relative market equity report that will serve the system in determining salary raises. The complexity of the issue is challenging, including the classifications that will be necessary for each of the constituent groups (non-classified staff, classified staff, and faculty)—in particular the complexity of faculty classifications with the differentials in traditional disciplines, faculty ranks, and institutions. Perhaps most important is that the philosophy underpinning higher education in the state is in conflict with the charge of SB330—specifically that our central mission is the education of students, with faculty inarguably at the center of that mission (as teachers, advisors, program managers, accreditation overseers, researchers, MDs, and extension agents to name a few). The real crux of the problem with SB330 then lies in the specific mandate that the 5% differential allowed between the three constituent groups is unattainable, since, according to Mark Toor, there is a plus or minus10% margin of error built into any report such as the one Fox Lawson will create for us. Fears that Classified Staff may actually lose ground in the unrealistic and over-simplified formula have been expressed. Likewise, since WV faculty are already in the lowest salary rankings among SREB institutions, we are concerned we will lose the ability to hire and to retain qualified faculty with the implementation of SB330 as currently drafted. Thus we advocate that SB330 be refined and strengthened so that it accomplishes its original intent, specifically by changing the unrealistic 5% salary differential goal between constituent groups (non-classified staff, classified staff, and faculty) to a more realistic average salary relationship, in order to accommodate the margin of error.
On October 17, 2013 a forum relating to SB330 was co-sponsored by the Advisiroy Council of Faculty, Bridgemont CTC and WVU Tech. The forum's panel included Mark Toor, HEPC Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, West Liberty President Robin Capehart, Professor Sylvia Shurbutt, Shepard University, representing the Advisory Council of Faculty, and Barbara Boyd, ACCE Representative, WVU Tech.
A video of the forum is available at https://bridgemontctc.webex.com/bridgemontctc/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=38311527&rKey=80d6614f7de58285 "