ERIC Number: ED432337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Equivalence to the Minimum Qualifications.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
The purpose of this paper is to review the meaning of equivalency in the context of faculty hiring guidelines, re-examine state law on the subject, present some ideas that are intended to help faculty and administrators in local districts, and address some questions about equivalency which have consistently arisen. This paper was prepared by the Standards and Practices Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges in response to Assembly Bill 1725, which provides for the hiring of faculty who do not meet the precise letter of the minimum qualifications, as long as the governing board determines that the applicant possesses qualifications that are at least equivalent. Local governing boards and academic senates were given the responsibility for determining equivalency. The paper addresses the historical context within which equivalency was established, the precise meaning of the term, and how districts address the issue of equivalence through the published minimum qualifications for hire. It stresses the importance of faculty judgement in determining equivalency. This report reviews what constitutes appropriate criteria for determining equivalent qualifications and suggests ways of defining a process for determining equivalent qualifications. A separate section contains information on statutory and regulatory authority for equivalency. The paper identifies and addresses faculty responsibilities and comments on the issue of single-course equivalency. A proposed model of an equivalency policy is appended. (JJL)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Governing Councils, Community Colleges, Employment Practices, Faculty Recruitment, Minimum Competencies, State Legislation, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications, Two Year Colleges
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, 910 K Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814; Tel: 916-445-4753; Web site: http://www.academicsenate.cc.ca.us
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.