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2.17.1 Procedure for Requesting Salary Class Advancement

a)     Advancement from one class to the next, after initial placement, is based upon plans of advancement developed by the Academic Policies Committee and approved by the Committee and the District.  Salary Class Advancements are made only once each academic year, effective Fall Semester.

b)     Applications for Salary Class advancement are made available in the Human Resources Office.

c)      Applications for Salary Class Advancement shall be completed and submitted to the Academic Policies Committee on or before March 15th for any plan which is to be completed and recognized by the following college year.

d)     An official transcript or grade cards must be presented to verify each course used for Salary Class Advancement.

e)     Verification (transcripts) shall be filed with Human Resources at least one week prior to the first working day of the Fall semester for a Salary Class Advancement to be effective during that college year.

f)      Verification of the doctorate to qualify for the doctoral bonus shall be filed with Human Resources at least one week prior to the first working day of the Fall semester for the doctoral bonus to be effective during that college year.


2.17.2 Course Work Applicable to Salary Class Advancement

a)     Upper division and graduate units and courses may be applied to Salary Class Advancement under the following categories:

b)     All units in one's major field will be counted; no duplication is allowed.

c)      All units taken toward obtaining an educational credential may be counted.

d)     All units outside one's major field but directly related to one's teaching field.

e)     All units outside one's major field but required for a Master's or Doctor's Degree.

f)      One-third of the allowable units per class advancement may be in general education elective courses.

g)     Other courses must be approved by the Academic Policies Committee.  Prior approval on courses in which a unit member plans to enroll should be obtained in order that s/he be assured his/her units will be applicable for advancement on the salary schedule.

h)     Six units of lower division coursework are permitted one time during a faculty member’s District career if directly applicable to applicant’s major or emerging trends in pedagogy that are directly related to the faculty member’s primary assignment, and if approved by the Academic Policies Committee according to 2.17.2(a) of this Contract. These six (6) lower division coursework units are applicable only for class advancement.  


2.17.3 Non-Course Professional Work and Activity

This is a measuring instrument for determining semester unit equivalents for non-course professional work and activity.  The purpose of the instrument is essentially to provide more options to faculty members at Santa Barbara City College for their own enrichment and advancement along professional growth lines.

The areas that constitute officially recognized professional development and growth are Education, Research and Creative Activity and Professional Activities.  Other areas for professional development are available, but these are approved as those translatable for salary advancements.

a)     The measuring instrument may be used for advancement to Class II, III, IV and V on the current salary schedule.  The measuring instrument is also to apply only to credit regular certificated employees.

b)     To avoid misunderstandings, prior discussion of non-course work and activity shall be held with the Academic Policies Committee as to the suitability of proposed work and activity with respect to actual professional growth.

c)      Non-course work shall apply for class advancement only and not for initial salary placement at the time of hiring.

d)     Applications for class advancements as a result of approved non-course credit shall be made in accordance with the District's Salary Class Advancement Policy and Procedures (Section 2.17.2), and must first be approved by the applicant's department, Division Dean and Vice President prior to submission to the Academic Policies Committee.

e)     Recommendations regarding the suitability and approval of non-course work shall be made by the Academic Policies Committee to the Executive Vice President, Educational Programs.  Decisions made under this policy are final and shall not be subject to employee appeal or the grievance procedures of this agreement.

f)      Non-Course Measuring Instrument.  In the areas to follow, all items are to be documented by the applicant:


Research and Creative Activity

1)     An original article in the faculty member's present teaching field that is published in a professional journal is given .5 to 1.5 units, depending upon scope.  The journal must have an editorial board that reviews and selects articles for publication and be listed in a reputable publication's directory, e.g., Magazines for Libraries, Katz and Katz.  Limit:  6 units career maximum.

2)     An original published textbook, workbook, or manual for classroom use is given 1 to 5 units, depending upon scope.  Limit: 6 unit’s career maximum.

3)     A book or text in the faculty member's present field is given 1 to 5 units, depending upon scope.  Self-published books shall not be considered, except where they have been of evident use and benefit to students in the classroom.


Professional Activities

1)     The presentation of a scholarly paper or other original professional material at a conference, workshop or seminar, which shows evident research and is not merely extemporaneous in nature and is directly related to the applicant's teaching field, is given 1/2 unit.  Limit: 3 unit’s career maximum. 

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