The Disciplines List Revision Process is Now Annual and Starts Now

February
2017
John Freitas, ASCCC Standards and Practices Committee Chair

At its Fall 2016 Plenary Session, the ASCCC approved Resolution 10.01 F16 which changed the process to revise the Disciplines List from a biennial to an annual process.  This important process has now begun again: faculty can propose new disciplines or make revisions to those that exist. Proposed revisions to the Disciplines List can be submitted to the ASCCC Office for possible consideration by the delegates at the Spring 2018 Plenary Session.

Information about the Disciplines List revision process, including timelines, required forms, and an FAQ document, can be found on the ASCCC website at http://www.asccc.org/disciplines-list. All submissions require a completed form that includes the approval of a local academic senate or professional discipline organization, evidence of statewide need for the proposed change, documentation that the degrees to satisfy the proposed minimum qualifications are available, and an explanation of the impact of the proposed revision delineated as a list of pros and cons.  While the support of a local senate is sufficient for submission, having the support of one or more professional organizations may strengthen a proposal.  Local senates must also ensure that proposals to change the Disciplines List originate from the affected discipline faculty.

The following are some important reminders about the Disciplines List revision process:

  • Each proposal must be seconded by an academic senate from a different district than the initiating academic senate;
  • The initiator or an informed designee is required to be present for both hearings where the proposed revision is presented; and
  • If the ASCCC plenary delegates have previously rejected the proposal, it may be resubmitted for consideration if it has changed significantly, such as the inclusion of a new rationale and new evidence.

In order to be considered during the 2017-2018 cycle, completed proposals with all required paperwork must be submitted to the ASCCC Office and received by September 30, 2017.  Proposals submitted after the deadline may be held until the 2018-2019 cycle. For assistance in completing a proposal, please contact the ASCCC office at disciplineslist [at] asccc.org or the Standards and Practices Committee Chair at freitaje [at] lacitycollege.edu.

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