Equivalency Subcommittee


AB 1725


Academic Senate


The Equivalency Committee is a standing subcommittee of the Academic Senate established to fulfill the requirement of Education Code Section 87359, which states that the equivalency process "shall include reasonable procedures to ensure that the Governing Board relies primarily upon the advice and judgment of the Academic Senate to determine that each individual employed under the authority granted by the regulations possesses qualifications that are at least equivalent to the applicable minimum qualifications..."


  • Review equivalency applications for all new full time and part time faculty candidates an interview committee wishes to interview and determine whether the applicant meets the equivalency requirements.

  • Review applications from existing College of the Desert faculty wishing to serve in an additional discipline and determine whether the applicant meets the equivalency requirements.

Meeting Schedule

2nd  and 4th Wednesdays, when submissions are pending

Reporting Relationship

Educational Policies and Practices Committee


One full time faculty appointed by the Senate President to serve a 2-year term. No term limits.


Members are appointed by the Senate President in consultation with chair of the Equivalency Committee and the chair of Educational Policies and Practices. Whenever possible, no more than 1/3 of the non-temporary faculty members should change in an academic year. 

  • At least four (4), and at most six (6), voting faculty trained in determining MQs and Equivalency.

  • At least two (2) from disciplines in which a master’s degree is generally expected. When possible, it is preferred that one member come from the counseling area. 

  • At least one (1) from disciplines in which a master’s degree is not generally expected or required.

  • At least one (1) voting faculty representative from the discispline in question or, if no disicipline faculty are available, the Department Chair representing that discipline will temporarily serve on the committee for the pertinent equivalency application.
  • One (1) HR Representative shall serve as a non-voting ex-officio member.

Date Last Revised

Senate Approved November 12, 2020