ERIC Number: ED370620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of Faculty Equivalency Policies.
Klein, Charlie; And Others
Employment of community college faculty who do not meet California statewide minimum qualifications, but whose qualifications are locally determined to be "equivalent" is authorized by Assembly Bill 1725. The process and criteria to determine equivalency must be agreed upon by the local academic senate and governing board. As of October 1, 1992, 65 districts had adopted equivalency policies. Extreme variation exists as to the length, completeness, and type of these policies. With respect to the process of determining equivalency, 35% of the policies indicate that all equivalency determinations are made by a special committee; 29% indicate that screening committees make determinations which are then reviewed by a special committee; and 23% indicate screening committees make determinations without review. Equivalency determinations are made by 31% of the colleges before initial application screening, while 23% indicate that initial screening occurs first, and equivalency is only determined for candidates chosen for interview. The mean number of members on an equivalency committee is five. Fewer than two-thirds of the policies mention documentation. Among multicampus districts, 48% have policies ensuring districtwide applicability of determinations. As recommended by a 1989 position paper by the statewide Academic Senate, equivalency to a degree requires equivalency to both general education and major coursework, and equivalent experience requires skills mastery and knowledge of the working environment. The Senate also provided a list of "evidence" of equivalency, which appears, often with changes, in more than half of the policies. Twelve policies describe different determination processes for part-time faculty. Sample policies are included. (ECC)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Degrees (Academic), Educational Policy, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation Criteria, Intellectual Disciplines, Multicampus Districts, School Policy, State Standards, State Surveys, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Selection, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers: California; Minimum Faculty Qualifications