Disciplines List

Noncredit Minimum Qualifications

Whereas, Noncredit education is an integral component of the California community colleges and is essential to the colleges’ mission and role in serving California;

Whereas, The allowed noncredit offerings in the California community colleges serve areas such as access, equity, adult educational advancement, vocational training, citizenship, and the health and well being of many communities, including the disabled, new parents and older adults, and immigrants;

Equivalency Standards Guidelines

Whereas, There are significant problems with equivalency across the state;

Whereas, Single course equivalency, eminence, equivalence to coursework, and other issues continue to be serious issues;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges produce a process of consultation with local senate and discipline organizations leading to guidelines for establishing standards and suitable criteria for equivalencies; and

Minimum Qualifications for Learning Assistance Coordinators and Instructors

Whereas, The Disciplines List includes the minimum qualifications for Learning Assistance or Learning Skills Coordinators or Instructors (Title 5 53415): The minimum qualifications for service as a learning assistance or learning skills coordinator or instructor, or tutoring coordinator, shall be either (a) or (b) below:

(a) the minimum qualifications to teach any master's level discipline in which learning assistance or tutoring is provided at the college where the coordinator is employed; or

No Equivalent to the Associate Degree for Minimum Qualifications

Whereas, Section 53410 of Title 5 requires that 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 degree and six years of experience;

Eliminate Eminence as the Sole Criterion for Meeting Minimum Qualifications

Whereas, Title 5 52270 was repealed several years ago and eminence is no longer specified in current regulations for community college faculty;

Whereas, Resolution 10.06 S07 called for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges to "conduct a survey on local practices for assessing `eminence' and develop guidelines for local senates to consider when determining `eminence,'" and the survey illustrated that there is no consistent definition and usage of eminence;

Employment Retention after Minimum Qualification Changes

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges follows a regular cycle of modifying and adding new disciplines to the “Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges,” more commonly known as the Disciplines List;

Whereas, Title 5 §53403 provides that “a governing board … may continue to employ a person to teach in a discipline” after a change to the minimum qualifications for that discipline; and

Reformatting of the Disciplines List

Whereas, The Disciplines List establishes the minimum qualifications for faculty and administrators in the California Community Colleges and consists of two lists, referenced in Title 5 53407, and entitled "Disciplines Requiring the Master's Degree" and "Disciplines in Which the Master's Degree is Not Generally Expected or Available (commonly known as the non-Master's list),"

Non-Master's Degrees in the Disciplines List

Whereas, The Disciplines List establishes the minimum qualifications for faculty and administrators in the California community colleges and consists of two lists, entitled "Disciplines Requiring the Master's Degree" and "Disciplines in Which the Master's Degree is Not Generally Expected or Available (commonly known as the non-Master's list);"

Whereas, The wording in Title 5 53410 for non-Master's disciplines currently allows any bachelor's (or associate) degree, plus the requisite years of professional experience;

Career Technical Education Minimum Qualifications

Whereas, New career technical education programs are being developed to allow our colleges to maintain a competitive edge and to stimulate the local economy with a well-prepared workforce; and

Whereas, Many of the professionals in these emerging industries do not meet minimum qualifications to teach credit courses in the California community colleges;

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