Remarks to Budget Subcommittee April 18, 2017

Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2 on Education Finance

McCarty, Chair

9:00 AM – State Capitol, Room 447

  •  My name is Mark James Miller, President of Allan Hancock College Part-Time Faculty Association. I have been teaching English Part-Time since 1995. I have been president of my association since 2001. In 2015 I was honored to be chosen as Allan Hancock College’s Instructor of the Year. I represent approximately 700 part-time or adjunct faculty.
  • Allan Hancock College Part Time Faculty Association is strongly supportive of the Governor’s January proposal to fund $7.172 million for Part-Time Faculty Office Hours. For student success and efficiency in California Higher Education, few items are more important than that.
  • To help students succeed, an instructor needs the tools. Office hours are one of the most important tools an instructor can have. Office hours enable the instructor and the student to sit down face to face and examine what that student truly needs in order to succeed in college.
  • As a writing instructor, I cannot tell you how important it is to have an opportunity to go over a student’s essay line by line with them. I am always telling my students that in order to write well, you must go over what you have written again and again, and to be able to do that one on one and make suggestions is simply invaluable.
  • Study after study has shown that office hours are an amazingly effective tool for instructors and students in higher education. They provide an invaluable means for students to interact with faculty outside of the classroom and/or lecture hall.
  • For some students, writing is a difficult skill to master, and the encouragement and support office hours can provide to such students is tremendous.
  •  In my experience, I have in many cases encouraged students who were struggling in a class to stay and stick it out, and they have done so and gone on to successfully complete the course.
  • So for the sake of student success I urge you to fully fund part-time faculty office hours.