Whereas, The California Community Colleges Student Success Scorecard reports that in 2017 the gulf in completion rates for degree, certificate, or transfer within six years of entering community college was 30.1 percentage points between the group with the highest completion rate and the group with the lowest rate;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges 2016 paper Equivalence to the Minimum Qualifications  concludes that “Faculty equivalency to the minimum qualifications should be an uncommon occurrence, but it is an important mechanism to ensure a diverse group of qualified applicants is considered to engage and enhance student learning,” and at some districts equivalence is seldom or never granted or is framed in a manner that discourages applicants who might demonstrate equivalence from applying despite the mention of equivalence in California Education Code § 87359; and
Whereas, The Career Technical Education Faculty Minimum Qualifications Toolkit (2019) provides means to document equivalence to the associate’s degree and is intended “to maximize the flexibility currently allowed in the use of equivalency, thus creating a deep, diverse, and qualified pool of industry-expert candidates”;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopt and broadly disseminate the revised and updated paper Equivalence to the Minimum Qualifications (2020),  which now clarifies that equivalence is not only legally
permissible but necessary to broadening hiring pools as a means of promoting faculty diversification.