ASTRA is a computerized instructional resource management tool used to record classes and special tasks assigned to:
Miami Dade College uses a “points system” to regulate payment and ensure that faculty fulfill the load requirement and/or limitations based on Contract guidelines. The Kendall Campus is in charge of overseeing all ASTRA related issues pertaining to the School of Business, School of Architecture & Interior Design, and the School of Continuing Education and Professional Development, regardless of their campus location.
Each Campus has an individual assigned the duties of ASTRA Coordinator; Mr. Peter A. Davila is the ASTRA Coordinator for the Kendall Campus. He will be able to assist you with any ASTRA questions or problems you may have. Although training for the ASTRA System is available from CT&D, we may also be able to provide training on an individual basis, by calling Peter Davila at 7-2039, to arrange for a training session.
A full-time faculty load is as follows:
Note: Any assignment after 60 points in either Fall/Spring Term or 24 points in Sessions A/B is considered an overload for full-time faculty.
An adjunct faculty assignment is as follows, and CANNOT go over 108 points for the whole academic year combined; there are NO exceptions or overrides for this limitation.
Note: Adjunct faculty do not qualify for overload.
ASTRA also maintains limits set for points assigned to employees based on the contract signed between UFMDC and MDC for full-time faculty, and decisions made by the Executive Counsel for administrators and staff. The Human Resources Operations area routinely reviews ASTRA assignments and point distributions and notifies campuses of short loads, missing assignments, etc. (Refer to the Point Limitations Document). The Campus is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of information in ASTRA.
ASTRA works in conjunction with Odyssey to pay for adjunct faculty assignments, and/or additional assignments to administrators or selected staff. Full-time faculty are paid their full-time salary whether the load is complete in ASTRA or not.
Note: Overloads (L-1) and part-time (P-1) payments only occur when:
Security access to the ASTRA System requires an Access/Pin Number. To obtain a Pin number, the budget manager of an academic area needs to request access by completing the ASTRA Access Request form. The form must be forwarded to the ASTRA coordinator in the Administrative Services Department in room 8215. Please be advised that per College Procedure 7922, access will not be granted until the employee has completed the Security Awareness Training.
ASTRA is accessed in the Linux System menu by selecting "A" (ASTRA) at the main screen. Once in the ASTRA System, you will always need to identify the year and term you want to view. After you get to the screen you want to view, the default will appear at the bottom of the screen for the current year and term. You will need to enter the year and term if you want to view a year and term other than the default. The year and term is entered in the following format: 2XXX-1 – Fall Term; 2XXX-2 – Spring Term; 2XXX-3 for Session A and 2XXX-4 for Session 4.
Additional information about ASTRA can be found by going to the Human Resources Web page.