Disciplines List

Adopt the Discipline List Handbook

Whereas, The body adopted resolution 10.07 S13[1] that directed the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges to consolidate information related to the disciplines list process to ensure that all pertinent information to the process is consistent, housed in one place, and can be used by both the Standards and Practice Committee and the field;

Adding Currency Requirements in the Disciplines List

Whereas, The Community College Reform Act of 1988 (AB 1725) sought to professionalize the community college faculty policies and procedures on the model of the four year institutions rather than K-12 institutions;

Whereas, In this effort, the act eliminated any further granting of lifelong community college credentials on the expectation that currency (recency) in the area of expertise would be the expected and required standard for the qualification to teach at a California community college, not just the possession of a degree, however old and outdated;

Amend Resolution 10.05 S10

Add second resolve:


Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend to the Board of Governors that, effective Fall 2014, standards must include course work equivalent to general education.


MSR Disposition: Referred to the Executive Committee to reconsider and return in Fall 2010.

Amend Resolution 10.05 S10

Add second resolve:


Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend to the Board of Governors that local academic senates consider accepting the successful completion of 60 units of higher education coursework, including those units representative of a general education, as equivalent to an associate degree.


MSR Disposition: Referred to the Executive Committee to reconsider and return in Fall 2010.

Maintaining the Current Minimum Qualifications

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;


Disciplines List Motion

Whereas, The Disciplines List Process sometimes culminates in a situation in which the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges submits a resolution to recommend not forwarding the discipline to the Board of Governors for adoption, leading to a great deal of confusion about the true meaning and consequences of an Aye or Nay vote to a negatively stated resolution;

Improvements to the Disciplines List Process

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges reviews the Disciplines List in the Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges1 every two years to recommend additions and changes to the Board of Governors;

Whereas, During every two-year cycle the Academic Senate evaluates the process used to revise the disciplines list and makes modifications as necessary (e.g., recommending a new category requiring a “Specific Bachelor’s degree or Associate Degree List” during the last review);

Disciplines List – Pharmacy Technology

Whereas, Oral testimony given through the consultation process used for the review of minimum qualifications for faculty in the California community colleges, known as the “Disciplines List,” both supported and opposed adding the following new discipline to the non-Master’s list called Pharmacy Technology;

Any bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience, or any associate degree and six years of professional experience, or any associate degree, and an accredited Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT), and four years of professional experience.

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