Improvements to the Disciplines List Process

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Standards and Practices Committee
Disciplines List
Status Report

The revised disciplines list process was adopted with the passage of resolution 10.01 S14.  The revised process was used during 2014-15 for the adoption of four new/revised disciplines.

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges reviews the Disciplines List in the Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges1 every two years to recommend additions and changes to the Board of Governors;

Whereas, During every two-year cycle the Academic Senate evaluates the process used to revise the disciplines list and makes modifications as necessary (e.g., recommending a new category requiring a “Specific Bachelor’s degree or Associate Degree List” during the last review);

Whereas, Transparency, awareness, participation, and a thorough understanding of the Disciplines List review process is difficult since the process only occurs every two years; and

Whereas, While the current Discipline List Revision Process provides directions and timelines to the field, there is limited information about the entire process including the roles and responsibilities of Senate committees and how the Executive Committee makes determinations;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges consolidate the information in the three Disciplines List Process documents, and pertinent information from the paper, Disciplines List Review Process (Academic Senate Standards and Practices Committee, 2004) to create a Disciplines List Process Faculty Handbook to ensure all pertinent information to the process is consistent, housed in one place, and can be used by both faculty at large and the Standards, Equity, Access, and Practice Committee to ensure clarity and effectiveness of the process; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work to perfect the Disciplines List Process so that it is more inclusive and thorough to ensure that recommendations to the Board of Governors are based on the perspective of a broad group of faculty and not the voices of a few.