Instructional Improvement (Flex) Requirements

All faculty (contract, adjunct, overload) who have a 16-week classroom assignment must meet their Instructional Improvement (Flex) obligation.

There is no Instructional Improvement (Flex) obligation for short-term (less than 16 weeks) or long-term (more than 16 weeks) assignments.

All contract faculty must be on campus, or at a designated SDCCD location for the mandatory Instructional Improvement (Flex) days. Some of the 20 hours of Flex obligation can be fulfilled during these mandatory days.

Contract faculty with 1.00 FTE, will have a flex obligation of 10 hours per semester.  Adjunct faculty or contract overload assignments will have a flex obligation that is equal to the sum of the weekly classroom hours for all classes required.

The required Instructional Improvement (Flex) obligation for 2015 – 2016 is as follows:


Fall:10 hours
Spring:10 hours
Total:20 hours = 5 days

Partial contracts will be proportionate.

Adjunct/Overload/Pro Rata:

1 hour per semester for each weekly hour of classroom assignment


3 hour class = 3 hours Instructional Improvement (Flex) obligation for the semester.


Release time does not have an instructional Improvement (Flex) obligation.

Non-classroom assignments do not have an Instructional Improvement (Flex) obligation.

Since a person’s Instructional Improvement (Flex) obligation can be met by independent contract throughout the semester, faculty may not submit paid leave in lieu of Flex.

Faculty may not teach another class (short-term, weekend, overload, summer, etc.) to meet their Instructional Improvement (Flex) obligation.

If Flex activities are conducted during the semester, they must fall outside the 30 hour on-campus requirement for contact faculty.  Committee meetings are permissible flex activities for contract faculty if held during flex week.

Activity presenters will receive double the Instructional Improvement (Flex) credit for the workshop for preparation time and/or administrative responsibilities. The Flex coordinator or designee will be responsible to input the correct hours for presenters.
     Example: 2-hour workshop presenter will receive 4 hours Instructional Improvement (Flex) credit.

Banking refers to the carry over of time spent on activities appropriate for flexible calendar beyond the number required by the institution. Faculty hours are automatically carried over. Banking will not carry over to a new academic year.