Disciplines List

In February, the process for formally reviewing the Disciplines List, which establishes the minimum qualifications for the faculty of California community colleges, was initiated. This letter serves as a notification that the ASCCC is currently accepting proposals to revise the Disciplines List for the 2019-2020 cycle. As a reminder, the review process is now an annual process. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 30, 2019. Proposals received after the deadline may be held for the 2020-2021 cycle.

Such a review was completed in fall 2018 for Homeland Security, which is now headed for a second hearing, before presentation for final approval by the delegates at the Spring 2019 Plenary Session.

The following resource materials are provided to assist you with developing and submitting proposed changes to the Disciplines List.

  • Enclosure 1—Discipline List Proposal Process:  This document provides you with a guide to the discipline review process.
  • Enclosure 2—Discipline List Review Timeline:  This timeline provides information about key deadlines.  Please pay attention to the hearing dates, as each proposal must be heard in at least one hearing.  Please note that the final day to accept proposals is September 30, 2019.
  • Enclosure 3—Revisions to the Discipline List Form:  This form is used to submit revisions. 
  • Enclosure 4 –FAQs on Minimum Qualifications: This FAQs document clarifies some common misunderstandings about minimum qualifications.

If you have any questions, please contact us at disciplineslist [at] asccc.org. Please indicate Disciplines List on the subject line of the email.


Every year the Academic Senate for California Community College conducts a review of the Disciplines List, which establishes the minimum qualifications for the faculty of California community colleges. The annual process was implemented following the adoption of Resolution 10.01 F16. Disciplines List revision proposals received by September 30 that meet all the required criteria will undergo a first hearing at the fall plenary session immediately following the submission deadline, and may be considered for approval by the delegates at the following spring plenary session. The annual review cycle begins each February. The forms and timeline are listed below. 

Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges

This 13th edition of Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges is an update of the disciplines lists including those noticed to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (Board of Governors) at the March 19-20, 2018 meeting. The handbook incorporates changes that resulted from recommendations from the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and its delegates, and a comprehensive review of regulations regarding the minimum qualifications and disciplines lists. This edition amends the previous edition and is effective immediately to be employed as appropriate in each community college district.

Considering a Disciplines List Revision? Please review the Disciplines List Revision Handbook for important information about the Disciplines List Revision process. Check out the FAQs to learn if a change is actually necessary.  If you read the FAQ document and are still unsure if a change is necessary, please contact the chair of the Senate's Standards and Practices Committee. Current information can be found here.

Archived editions of the Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges is available on this website here.

For more information or to submit input about the discipline proposals currently being vetted please send to the following: disciplineslist [at] asccc.org