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Iowa law establishes the process for community colleges to plan for the hiring and professional development of faculty and sets minimum qualifications for arts and sciences and career technical instructors. The following documents provide an overview of state standards for instructor qualifications and professional development.
Quality Faculty Plan Requirements and Minimum Faculty Standards Presentation – A presentation on changes to the QFP requirements and minimum faculty standards.
QFP Requirements and Minimum Faculty Standards Response to Questions – The Department of Education's response to questions raised by the Community College Human Resources Directors – released 8/21/08.
Quality Faculty Plans
Quality Faculty Plan Requirements – Community college institutional quality faculty plans guide the hiring and development of community college credit instructors and certain other employee classifications. Each plan is established by the college's quality faculty plan committee consisting of instructors and administrators and are approved by the institution's board of directors.
Quality Faculty Plan Overview (August 2004) – The purpose of the quality faculty plan process is for colleges to guide the hiring and professional development of faculty to ensure competence.
Quality Faculty Plan Committee Membership Requirements – Community college quality faculty plan committees consist of both faculty and administrators and must meet the requirements of Iowa code section 260C.36.
Higher Learning Commission Guidance on Determining Quality Faculty – The Higher Learning Commission's guidance to institutions of higher education on determining and evaluating faculty qualifications.
Revised Guidelines on Determining Qualified Faculty – The following information provides guidance to institutions and peer reviewers in determining and evaluating minimal faculty qualifications at institutions accredited by Higher Learning Commission.
Minimum Faculty Standards
Minimum Faculty Standards
All community college-employed instructors who are under contract for at least half-time or more, and by July 1, 2011, all instructors teaching college credit coursework, are required to meet minimum standards.
Changes to Minimum Faculty Standards – Community College Leader Bulletin Fall 2008 Excerpt
Legislation in 2007 and 2008 expanded minimum faculty standards to apply to additional groups of community college instructors.
Minimum Faculty Standards - Response to Questions (1)
The Department of Education's response to questions raised regarding minimum faculty standards – released 6/28/09
Minimum Faculty Standards - Response to Questions (2)
The Department of Education's response to questions raised regarding minimum faculty standards – released 9/30/09
Faculty Advisory Committee
The Community College Faculty Advisory Committee was established to: (1) keep faculty informed of higher education issues, (2) facilitate communication between faculty and the department on an ongoing basis, and (3) to serve as an advisory committee to the department and community colleges on faculty issues. The committee, as required by Iowa Code 260C.36, consists of arts and sciences as well as career and technical education faculty.