Title: AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGE IN FACULTY INFLUENCE OVER ACADEMIC
ISSUES IN THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS OF SELECTED
WASHINGTON STATE COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES Author(s): TEMTE,
ANNE KRISTIN Degree: PH.D. Year: 1997 Pages: 00135 Institution: OREGON STATE
UNIVERSITY; 0172 Source: DAI, 59, no. 05A, (1997): 1440 Abstract: The intent of the study was to
determine if the language related to twenty academic variables in the faculty collective bargaining
agreements at selected community and technical colleges in Washington State had shifted to favor faculty
influence during the decade from 1985 to 1995. Additionally, speculation on the reasons for observed
patterns of change in language in both individual academic variables and at individual colleges was
sought. Longitudinal content analysis and interviews with individuals possessing long-term state-wide
perspectives and knowledge of the colleges were employed as research methodologies.
Contract language did change toward greater levels of faculty influence. Those issues related to faculty
employment and security increased the most; while issues related to teaching load increased negligibly.
Five issues not reported in earlier content analysis research were prominent in these contracts. These
issues were post-tenure evaluation, remediation of faculty performance, selection of part-time faculty,
lecture/lab/credit equivalence, and academic calendar.
The degree of change was found to be dependent on circumstances both external and internal to the
colleges. Statutory change relative to employment decisions (tenure, post-tenure evaluation, and
remediation of faculty performance) resulted in overall increases in faculty influence. The level of increase,
however, was not uniform for all colleges. It appears that the variable levels of change were due to internal
political, social, and historic factors.
Stability in the level of faculty influence in contract language was found in colleges that had both high and
low levels of faculty influence in 1985. These colleges were generally described as having well-respected
presidents who were at the colleges for a long time. Colleges where there was dramatic change toward
faculty influence were generally described as having experienced turmoil, instability or negative
faculty/administrative relations over the decade. Overall, the picture emerges that administrative style or
the relationship between the administration and faculty over time influences the language that is
negotiated for inclusion in collective bargaining contracts.