Status of Innovative Cluster Program; Allocation of Part-time Position for Coordination of Instructional Innovation; Tentative Announcement of Administrative Vacancy
In accord with earlier recommendations of the Academic Senate and the President's Commission on the Future of Humboldt State College, as well as the recommendation of the College Curriculum Committee, Dr. Richard Day was assigned a part-time position as Director of the Innovative Cluster Program for 1970-71. The current version of the Governor's proposed budget, if adopted by the Legislature, will provide some additional administrative time which can appropriately be used to increase to a fulltime administrative position the assignment for the work of coordinating instructional innovation. Although both the Senate and the President's Commission recommended the useof a faculty position to stimulate and guide such innovation, it is my view that administrative funds would be best used to carryout the spirit of these recommendations given the duties which must be performedand the restrictive conditions which have affected the instructional faculty budget.
On the assumption that authorization for the additional administrative position will take place, I anticipate assigning one half of itto a coordinatorof programs for instructional innovation. Since the College Curriculum Committee has recommended continuation of the Cluster Program experience for a second yearfor purposesof adequate evaluation which will be the basisfor decisions relativeto continuationof the program or variations of it, I have asked Dr. Day to continue as Director of the Cluster Program for a second year.He will work closely withthe additional half-time coordinator in the stimulation and evaluationof instructional innovation within available college resources. The authorization to continue the Cluster Program must regrettably carry a reduction of faculty staffing support for the program as a consequence of the general reduction which it is anticipated the college will suffer as the result of the Governor's proposed budget.
Dr. Day has indicated that he does not wish to continue in an administrative assignment beyond the end of the 19 71-72 academic year. Although I am most reluctant to lose his invaluable services, I have agreed to his return to full-time teaching. his request also is in accord with my conviction that the direction of innovative programs should be a short term assignment so that the college can have the benefit of as much original thinking as possible in the conception and direction of new approaches to instruction.
I am now inviting any faculty who may be interested in serving on a half-time basis as coordinator of instruction innovative programs for 1971-72 to indicate such interest to me together with a brief statement of the basis of their interest. Although we will not know until the State budget is adopted what the funding basis for such half-time assignment will be, I anticipate that some means of interim support can be developed for work which will necessarily begin at the end of the spring quarter. For this reason, I need to hear from those faculty interested in such an assignment no later than June 2, 1971.