SP 3-20B – Program Areas and service credit

Colorado Community College System / System Procedure

SP 3-20b

APPROVED: June 12, 2024
EFFECTIVE: July 1, 2024

REFERENCE(S): Board Policy (BP) 3-20, Due Process for Faculty


/ Joseph A. Garcia /
Joseph A. Garcia, Chancellor


This procedure applies to all regular Faculty Members within the Colorado Community College System, including its Colleges (CCCS or System) as that term is defined in BP 3-10, Administration of Personnel.


This procedure establishes the processes for identifying program areas and calculating service credit for Faculty.


“Program Areas”: Units within a College which may provide the basis for determining which Faculty will be reduced when a reduction in force is necessary.

“Reduction in Force”: Termination of the contract of employment due to a decrease in the number of Faculty, based on grounds outlined in BP 3-20.

“Service Credit”: Years of service accrued by a Faculty Member in one or more designated program areas that are recognized for the purpose of making reduction in force decisions involving Faculty.


Program Areas:

  • Colleges shall establish Program Areas within which Faculty are assigned to teach.
  • The College shall give written notice to Faculty of the Program Area to which they are assigned at the time of employment as a Faculty Member.
  • Faculty shall be notified of any changes in their Program Area assignment.
  • Upon request, a Faculty Member shall be given a list of Faculty in their respective Program Area(s), with notation of Service Credit earned by each.

Service Credit:
In an effort to provide a fair and equitable determination of reduction in force and yet recognize the benefit of assignment flexibility, Service Credit shall be granted in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Faculty shall accrue Service Credit on the basis of each year’s assignment, as follows:
    • Assignment of greater than 50% of the workload in a given Program Area will result in one year’s Service Credit in that Program Area.
    • When a Faculty Member does not have more than 50% of the workload in any one Program Area, the President will determine the area in which the Faculty Member is to receive one year’s Service Credit.
    • In addition to the one year’s Service Credit, one quarter (.25) year’s Service Credit will be given in each additional Program Area where the work assignment is 50% or less.
    • Faculty who have been reassigned to another Program Area shall be allowed to carry to their new Program Area the Service Credit earned in their original Program Area.
    • Faculty who are appointed to an administrator position and subsequently return to a faculty position in the same Program Area shall have any Service Credit they earned in their previous Faculty assignment reinstated. Faculty who are on an interim assignment as an administrator shall continue to accrue Service Credit in their designated Program Area during the period of the interim assignment, up to a maximum of two years.
  • Part‑time Faculty shall receive Service Credit on the same basis as full‑time Faculty, prorated in terms of the percentage contract they hold.

Revising this Procedure

CCCS reserves the right, after consultation with the State Faculty Advisory Council, to change any provision or requirement of this procedure at any time and the change shall become effective immediately.