ERIC Number: ED315139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Equivalence to the Minimum Qualifications.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Academic Senate.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1725 provides for the hiring of faculty who do not meet the precise letter of the minimum qualifications, provided that the governing board of an institution determines that an applicant possesses qualifications that are at least equivalent. In order to make these determinations, each district must have and use an equivalency process. Criteria for determining equivalent qualifications include having the appropriate courses for a relevant degree but lacking a diploma, having a degree in another area, or having a degree with a different title. The more difficult case arises when experience or independent learning is proposed as the equivalent of academic work. The problem in this case is obtaining evidence to establish that a candidate really does have enough background to be judged as knowledgeable as someone with a degree. The candidate should be expected to provide the evidence, and the evidence must be as reliable and objective as a transcript. Faculty in the discipline will have to carry most of the responsibility of determining equivalency. In order to get relevant information to the discipline committee, applications should contain an opportunity for candidates to indicate whether they possess the minimum qualifications or, if not, why they think they possess equivalent qualifications. Regarding the difficulties of hiring part-time faculty, the funds provided under AB 1725 can provide for an increased number of classes taught by full-time faculty rather than part-time faculty. Where part-time faculty will be needed, a good hiring process should be used to prescreen a pool of candidates who can be hired when needed. In addition, each district can determine acceptable hiring procedures when time does not permit a full search for qualified applicants, and at what point it is best to cancel a class and reschedule in order to permit a fair and careful hiring. A proposed model of these equivalency procedures is attached. (JCM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Academic Senate.
Identifiers - Location: California