CC faculty are educators, too
- Put taxpayers back to work in better careers.
- Close the skills gap for employers by creating opportunities for job creation and retention.
- Save North Carolina families money by providing a great educational value.
And you, community college faculty members, provide the education and training that leads to these critially important results for our individual students as well as for our colleges and communities.
We need to keep our legislators in the loop about what we know so well but may not communicate. The NCCCS office has released its budget priorities for the 2014 "short" session, and here is a key priority:
"Support Faculty and Staff Salary Increases: Community college faculty and staff – the keys to successful student outcomes – continue to be paid significantly less than national and regional averages. North Carolina’s average faculty salary ranks 11th in the 16-state Southeast Regional Education Board (SREB) area and 41st nationally. The public, two-year college average faculty salary for the nation and the SREB region are 30 percent and 10 percent greater, respectively, than the North Carolina average. We ask the General Assembly to provide the funds to support all educators in North Carolina being paid a salary that reflects the value they bring to our students and our State."
Add President Scott Rall's recent op-ed piece on community colleges, "Recognizing the Crucial Role of the Community College Teacher," and you see that North Carolina's Community College leadership is working to ensure legislators don't forget us when they are looking at teacher pay:
While we appreciate Dr. Rall's support, we need to show that appreciation by helping him our other supporters. Take a moment this week or next week - during Spring Break - by communicating with our elected representatives in our own districts. We can do this in person, in our hometowns; by email; or by letter. The legislators will not be in session until May, but they frequently meet in committee - including higher education and finance committees. Under thhe Hot Topics buttons you'll find links to the NCCCS priorities and talking points, as well as a graphic that shows our abysmal pay ranking in our region and in the nation. You might want to share that graphic with your elected officials. Note our lists of Legislative Committee Members, and contact those leaders, as well as your own representatives. Remember to contact your legislator from your home address/computer; do not use work time, equipment, or stationary to contact her or him!If you need assistance with wording your message, one of our founding members, Don Wildman, has volunteered to assist you - he served as NCCCFA's VP Extenal and President, is a retired English faculty member, and knows how to communicate effetively with legislators. You may contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.) We also have sample letters under the "legislative" heading of this site.
Benita Budd, President, NCCCFA