Imperial Valley College employs approximately 250 individuals as part-time faculty (teachers, counselors, and librarians). The part-time faculty are paid an hourly wage for time they are actually in class, counseling or in the library. No additional compensation is paid for time spent preparing for classes or grading papers and tests between classes.
They have no contract, no due process, no grievance procedures, no protection from arbitrary administrators. Oh, and that hourly wage they receive it's the lowest among California's 71 community college districts. Part-time employees at the local fast-food restaurant have a better employment situation than the part-time faculty, who may be helping them reach their educational goals.
This summer, Gov. Gray Davis signed the budget, which included $57 million for raising part-time faculty salaries. This money is restricted to increasing part-time faculty hourly wages and will be included in the base monies provided to community college districts in coming years. The approximate amount for IVC is $258,000.