The Senate reviews the minimum qualifications for faculty annually.
Whereas, The current minimum qualifications for disciplines in which a master’s degree is not generally expected or available have, as minimum qualifications, a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience or an associate’s degree and six years of experience;
Whereas, When an applicant for a faculty position does not possess the minimum qualifications for that discipline, the applicant may be hired as a faculty member if he or she is judged to possess “qualifications that are at least equivalent to the minimum qualifications” as determined by faculty in the discipline in question;
Whereas, The ability of college districts to hire faculty, especially in career and technical education (CTE) disciplines and programs, would be adversely affected by removing the local academic senate’s ability to determine if a faculty member has qualifications that are at least equivalent to the minimum qualifications; and
Whereas, One of the major missions of the California Community College System is to provide career and work force training, and the achievement of this mission would be adversely affected if equivalency to an associate’s degree were not allowed;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work to change Title 5 language to explicitly state that equivalencies are allowed to the associate degree; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges develop and disseminate best practices in developing equivalencies for non-master’s disciplines.
MSR Disposition: Referred to the Executive Committee to reconsider and return in Fall 2010.