2003 - 2006 Café Program Report


Updated June, 2006


  • The Café program was created as one outgrowth of informal interviews focused on the needs of adjunct faculty. These interviews were conducted prior to Summer 2000 by Dr. Maria Harper Marinick of the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction. Participants in the interviews included Associate Deans of Instruction, the Chair of Chairs, the Faculty Developer, and members of the Residential and Adjunct Faculty populations.
  • Café, which stands for Colloquy for Adjunct Faculty Experience, was conceptualized during the spring and fall of 2002 with the first offering for adjunct faculty during spring 2003.
  • The goal of the Café program is to provide professional development opportunities for adjunct faculty which will further integrate them into the college community and academic culture at Mesa Community College. In addition, the program will encourage adjunct faculty to contribute to the academic life of the college.
  • At the time of this report, the program has now been in effect for 5 consecutive academic semesters (not including summer sessions).
  • The program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Coordination of the CTL responsibilities is shared by the Faculty Developer and the Instructional Technologist.

STRUCTURE (details )

  • The Café program is based upon the accumulation of Café credits.
  • Café credits may be earned through attendance at Café approved events or through completion of a curriculum development project. The events/workshops are offered through the CTL. Non-CTL offered or sponsored events are not eligible for credit.
  • When the program began, 25 credits was the maximum that could be earned in an academic year (spring and fall combined). This was reduced to 15 starting 2005/2006.
  • Credits accumulate during a major academic semester (fall or spring but not summer). For the spring 2006 term, credit accumulation was extended until the beginning of June to allow for early summer workshop credit. Fall 2006 accumulation will begin the first week in August to allow late summer credit.
  • Adjunct track their Café hours for a given semester and submit them to the CTL by the advertised deadline.
  • Credits are verified in the CTL online registration system, hours are forwarded to the VP’s office for final approval, then contracts are cut and monies are dispensed.

DATA (see charts and tables below and on subsequent pages)

  • The initial semesters of the program (spring 2003, fall 2003, spring 2004) saw a fairly flat level of participation (10, 9, and 10 participants respectively) with a decrease of total hours earned during the first semester (129.5, 76, and 111.5 respectively).
  • The program made significant participation gains from spring to fall 2004 (10 to 24 participants) and a slight gain from fall 2004 to spring 2005 (24 to 30). This may be the result of increased awareness of the program among the adjunct faculty.
  • A drop in participation is noted from spring 2005 to fall 2005 (30 to 28) with a significant increase in spring 2006 (28 to 44). This increase is reflected in dollars earned as well (fall 2005 = $2440 and spring 2006 = 5770)
  • Patterns show that fall participation and dollars are less than spring participation and dollars each year:
  • Fall: Participants = 61, $ = $6866.50
  • Spring: (excluding Spring 2003) Participants = 84, $ = 12,526.75
  • Overall, since the beginning of the program, 155 adjunct total (110 of whom were unique) have participated in 1114 hours of development for a total of $21,918.50
  • All monies earned have been through event/workshop attendance. No hours have been earned through curriculum development projects. See graphs below for term-by-term breakdown.
Semester Hours Dollars # Participants
Spring 2003 129.5 2525.25 10
Fall 2003 76 1482 9
Spring 2004 111.5 2174.25 10
Fall 2004 151 2944.5 24
Spring 2005 235 4582.5 30
Fall 2005 122 2440 28
Spring 2006 288.5 5770 44
Totals 1114 21918.5 *155
Averages 7.187 141.41  

*110 of the participants are unique (45 repeaters)

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  • Accumulation by academic years is as follows (see graphs below):
  • 2002/2003 (Spring only) – $2525.25 and 10 participants
  • 2003/2004 - $3656.25 and 19 participants
  • 2004/2005 - $7527 and 54 participants
  • 2005/2006 - $8210 and 72 participants
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PROGRAM PROJECTIONS (Academic Year 2006/2007) – Computed based on a linear projection model using data from 2004/2005 to 2005/2006 and extending it to 2006/2007.

  • Fall Participants = 32
  • Fall $ = 3357.28 (Note that $ for fall was computed as an average of the number of credits earned for Fall 04 and Fall 05 times the number of participants.)
  • Spring Participants = 58
  • Spring $ = 6957.50
  • Total Participants = 90
  • Total $ = 10,314.78


  • Comparing growth from year to year and also from semester to semester (beginning in spring 2004), an estimated budget of 12K would be needed to cover the 2005/2006 school year.
  • Recommendation: Assign a budget amount of at least 12K to the program for each academic year. This will allow for financial planning from an administrative perspective as well as bring some formalization to the program and funding expectations for each year.


  • Data show that the 12K allotted for the program should be enough to cover 2006/2007. However, recommend implementing a yearly, formal program review involving the CTL Director, VPAA, CTL Faculty Developer, and CTL Instructional Technologist for the purposes of budget and/or program adjustments.
  • Adjustments have already been made to extend accumulation of hours for early and late summer workshops.
  • Adjustments have been made to the explanation of payment process (see page 6) so the timeline is more clear for the participants.
  • Recommend moving to an electronic tracking system (MyCTL?) to lesson data entry errors and/or submission errors on the part of participants.
  • Recommend working with HR to insert language per program eligibility of those who are already full-time MCCD employees (in MAT or PSA roles at MC or elsewhere) and also are adjunct.

Adjunct Faculty – Café Credits Payment Process

Mesa Community College

Spring, 2006

Application Deadline: June 1, 2006

Congratulations on your professional development efforts this semester and thank you for your Café Credit application. Receipt of Café credits is based upon the following factors:

1. You must be teaching for MCC during the semester credits are earned.

2. Events you completed must be eligible for Café credit.

3. Events you completed can only earn Café credits once.

4. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

5. First-time Café participants have highest funding priority.

6. Your maximum Café credits in one academic year cannot exceed 15.

After the due date for Café Credit application forms has passed, each form is reviewed and credits earned are determined. You should receive the following items as part of this process:

1. One week after application deadline…

  • An email or letter from the CTL informing you of the number of credits that you earned. This communication should be received the week following the application deadline. If you do not receive this communication in the indicated timeline, please contact the CTL at (480) 461-7331.

2. No more than four weeks after application deadline…

  • Contact from the MCC Human Resources department (if credits were accepted) informing you that a contract is ready for you. You will be asked if you would like to have the contract mailed to you or if you would like to come in and sign it. This contact will be initiated through the phone number on file for you at the college and should be received within 4 weeks following the application deadline. If you are not contacted within this timeframe, please call (480) 654-7783 to check the status of your contract.

3. No more than three weeks after contract signing…

  • You will be paid on your MCC paycheck within 3 weeks after your contract is signed. This payment will be delivered in the same way as your teaching payments. So, if you receive direct deposit, then you will receive your monies that way. If your teaching checks go to your department, this one will as well. If you are teaching in the payment semester, the funds will be added to your regular check.

If you have questions over any part of this process, please contact the CTL at (480) 461-7331. Have a great summer, and we hope to see you again in the fall.

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