Washington’s Faculty Association of Community and Technical Colleges (FACTC) is a statewide network charged with reflecting faculty perspective on critical instructional issues. As an organization, it maintains a neutral posture on political issues and concerns that are appropriately the province of professional negotiating faculty organizations.
- Addressing instructional issues that cross campus boundaries, aiming to improve teaching & learning in WA two-year colleges through system-wide sharing and collaborative problem-solving.
- Enhancing communication among colleges and state organizations dealing with issues relevant to community & technical college faculty.
- Monitoring and reporting on the activities of key decision-making and policy organizations in Washington State, including the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC), the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), and the Washington State Legislature.
- Improving the flow of information between faculty and various key two-year college system groups, including the presidents (WACTC), the trustees (TACTC), and the chief academic officers (Instruction Commission).
FACTC has in the past published an annual journal called FACTC Focus intended to address key themes relevant to faculty across the system.
- Are there issues you would like FACTC to address?
- Is your campus not represented on FACTC? Help us get your campus involved!
- Do you have suggestions for a FACTC Focus topic or a Tools for Teaching theme?
FACTC meetings include discussions of major system issues and concerns; these and other business are summarized in the minutes. The representatives (and invited guests) meet three times a year, in the fall, winter, and spring. Meetings are held for two days (usually Thursday/Friday) at various member colleges. The spring meeting is planned to follow the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) conference.
How to Join
Each college in the Washington two-year college system is entitled to representation on FACTC, and each college defines its own process for selecting and replacing its representative.
The overall strength and system influence of FACTC depends critically on the active participation of ALL colleges in the system, as well as on campus faculty effectively utilizing their FACTC representatives to stay current with key instructional issues facing Washington higher education.
Check the FACTC website for a list of current representatives, and let your rep know you’re interested in supporting the organization and staying informed. If there’s no current representative, we encourage you to get involved; check with your local faculty association or chief academic officer for more information on the selection process on your campus.