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About Shoreline

 

VISION – Our Goal

We will be a world-class leader in student success and community engagement.

 

MISSION – Our Purpose

 

We are dedicated to serving the educational, workforce and cultural needs of our diverse community.

 

CORE THEMES – Our Focus

 

The core themes focus directly on the College's educational mission. Our vision, mission and core themes help the College meet the needs and interests of our students, the many communities we serve and our partners.

 

Core Theme 1: Educational Attainment and Student Success

 

Core Theme 2: Program Excellence

 

Core Theme 3: Community Engagement

 

Core Theme 4: Access and Diversity

 

Core Theme 5: College Stewardship

 

Key Points for Faculty

 

Shoreline is committed to maintaining academic excellence: Faculty challenge students to meet rigorous academic standards in order to prepare them well for the workforce and academic transfer; faculty access necessary resources to help students meet high academic standards without lowering those standards.

 

Shoreline faculty are professionals: Faculty assume professional responsibilities for developing and maintaining professional relationships with their fellow College employees and with students, and they enjoy professional status through the faculty contract (collective bargaining agreement).

 

Professionalism includes adherence on the part of both the administration and the faculty to provisions of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement and to College Policies and Procedures:

 

Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)—an agreement between the administration and the faculty union (SCCFT Local 1950) containing a legally-binding set of mutual rights and responsibilities

 

College Policies and Procedures —an approved set of formal guidelines and procedures for how to address a variety of common institutional situations and processes

 

Faculty Benefits

 

Full-time faculty are entitled as state employees to insurance, leave, and retirement benefits.

 

Part-time faculty who work over 50 percent of a full-time load for more than two consecutive quarters are entitled to the same benefits. Work may be averaged over the calendar year, and work at more than one campus in the state community and technical college system may be combined to reach the 50-percent load.

 

Contact the Office of Human Resources for details.

 

Professional Work Expectations for Faculty

 

In addition to planning curriculum, teaching courses, holding office hours, advising and counseling students, and/or providing student support in the library and other learning centers, faculty are expected to meet additional professional responsibilities, with full-time faculty and senior associate faculty responsible to meet more of these expectations than part-time faculty.

The faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) specifies “Terms and Conditions of Employment” for full-time and associate faculty. College Policies and Procedures provide additional guidance. Below is a review of some important CBA provisions and College policies that affect faculty work.

  • Faculty Contract Days and Attendance at Campus Events and Meetings
    • Full-time faculty have a 172-day contract that includes Opening Week, Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters (including prep days and finals week for each quarter), and six (6) undesignated days
    • Full-time faculty and senior associate faculty are responsible for being present on campus to attend Opening Week events and participate in Opening Week activities
    • Full-time faculty and senior associate faculty are responsible for attending all-campus, division, program, and department meetings
    • Full-time faculty are responsible for serving on department, divisional, program, advisory, professional, and campus-wide committees
    • Senior associate and associate faculty who are appointed to serve on committees will be compensated for attending meetings
    • Faculty who are unable to participate in events, activities, and meetings that they are responsible for attending should notify their unit administrators (deans) in advance that they will be absent
  • Faculty are required to meet classes at the times and in the places published in the online class schedule (CBA, Article VII, Section C)
  • Final exams must be given during finals week, not during the final instructional week of the quarter (see 2014-15 Academic Calendar)
  • Final exams must be given at the times and in the places scheduled
  • Instructors who are unable to meet office hours, classes, or exams due to illness or emergency should call their division offices as soon as they know they will be absent
  • Absent instructors must submit written report of leave forms after they return to work (see CBA, Article III. Section B)
  • Written requests for approval of planned professional leaves to attend off-campus events such as conferences or workshops should be made to unit administrators in advance of planned absences (see CBA, Article XIII, Section C)
  • Travel requisition forms must be completed in advance of any travel in order to receive reimbursement of travel costs through professional development funds (available to both FT and PT faculty)

Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act

  • College employees, including faculty, must comply with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Information about FERPA is available in a PowerPoint prepared by Registrar Chris Melton FERPA PowerPoint
  • Under FERPA, faculty should not disclose the following information about students except to other College faculty or officials whose work provides legitimate reasons to have access to student records:
    • Any personal identifier, such as student identification number or social security number
    • Any personal traits or characteristics that would make the student’s identity easily traceable
    • Student’s name, address, phone number
    • Citizenship, gender, marital status
    • Grades, exam/test scores, progress reports
    • Any other information that would make the student’s identity traceable
  • Legally, all students enrolled at the College are considered adults for purposes of FERPA compliance, and instructors should not discuss student information with a student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) unless the student has provided express written permission for the faculty member to do so by completing and signing an Authorization to Release Student Record Information. 
  • An online Instructor Briefcase provides faculty with secure electronic access to class rosters and allows for secure electronic submission of final course grades
  • Faculty should be careful not to leave unsecured information about students in public or in shared office space, especially when printing class rosters and student grade sheets on shared printers
  • Faculty should not post student grades outside classrooms or faculty offices
  • Faculty and students should use Shoreline email addresses to communicate electronically
    • Using Shoreline email accounts meets FERPA compliance standards because it helps faculty and students verify the sender’s identity and avoid breaches of privacy in electronic communications
    • Per Policy 5050, Official Student Email Communication, students will receive official College communications via their Shoreline email accounts and should communicate with faculty using Shoreline email
    • In addition to meeting FERPA requirements, using Shoreline email makes it less likely that faculty and student messages will be sent to the College’s SPAM files
  • The College asks faculty to read and sign a FERPA information form prior to accessing student records through Advisor Data Portal

Standards of Ethical Conduct

  • College employees, including faculty, must comply with the Washington State 1994 Ethics in Public Service law, RCW 42.52
  • Policy 4125, Standards of Ethical Conduct

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • College employees, including faculty, must comply with Title VI, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

  • College employees, including faculty, must comply with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federation financial assistance
  • Policy 4113, Sexual Harassment

 

 

 

 

 

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