Whereas, In order to be assigned duties as faculty, individuals must meet the minimum qualifications for disciplines stated in the Disciplines List and those defined in other sections of Title 5;
Whereas, The rapidly evolving needs of industry and the workforce often put pressure on colleges to develop new career and technical education curriculum to respond to such needs;
Whereas, The creation of new curriculum in emerging career and technical fields may be hindered by difficulties in determining which disciplines on the Disciplines List to assign new courses to because existing, specific disciplines may not align well with the emerging fields; and
Whereas, The existence of a discipline on the list of disciplines for which a master’s degree is not expected or generally available and which requires any bachelor’s degree or associates degree and requisite professional experience may provide colleges the ability to respond more readily to industry and workforce needs in the development and delivery of new curriculum in emerging career and technical fields;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges explore establishing a discipline on the list of disciplines for which a master’s degree is not expected or generally available and which requires a bachelor’s degree or associates degree and requisite professional experience to provide colleges flexibility in creating curriculum in emerging career and technical education fields and report its findings and any recommendations by Spring 2017.