The Sabbatical Leave Policy in the CBA indicates that year-long (half-pay) sabbaticals "...shall be granted unless the University Administration has determined that the conditions set forth in this Section have not been met or that departmental/unit staffing considerations preclude such sabbatical from being granted." This language seems to indicate that the criteria for faculty accessing a year-long (half-pay) sabbatical is determined by approval of the Department Chair and Dean.
Alternatively, one-semester (full-pay) sabbaticals often require a committee review, given that more applications are submitted than are offered. Could the Provost's Office provide a report of how many applications have been received and now many applications have been awarded over the past 10 years for the one-semester (full-pay) sabbaticals, including the total number of eligible faculty each year?
Given that sabbatical leave applications for a one-semester (full-pay) option often require additional review steps (by way of a review committee) and that the applications for a one-year (half-pay) option require only the approval of the Chair and Dean, what is the rationale for having these applications due on the same day? Could the due dates be separated so as to provide faculty the option of submitting for both with full attention given to each?