3.2.3 Degree Equivalency
- The earned doctoral degree normally includes the Ph.D., D.A., D.Sc., and Ed.D.
- For faculty whose effective employment date with the VCCS is July 1, 1995, or anytime thereafter, or for current employees who earn a master’s or bachelor’s degree on July 1, 1995, or anytime thereafter, only those graduate hours taken after the master’s or bachelor’s degree requirements are completed may be used to determine the appropriate level of compensation salary increments for initial salary calculations or to meet promotional requirements. For all other faculty, the equivalency factor of 30 hours for the master’s degree will be continued.
- Degrees such as M.D., D.D.S., D.V.S., J.D., D.P.T. and other professional degrees are equivalent to the master’s degree plus 24 graduate semester hours.
- The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is considered a terminal degree for faculty teaching in a field related to the degree. The requirement of the doctoral degree under columns one and two for such faculty will not be necessary; however, these faculty will still need to satisfy the requirements of credits in the teaching field and the other requirements for promotion to upper ranks of the professoriate.
- In considering college degrees for initial appointment, promotion, or recognition, the highest degree accepted for consideration must have been awarded by a college or university in good standing with a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional accrediting agencies include: Middle States, New England, North Central, Southern, North West and Western Commissions. If the highest degree is from a non-regionally accredited institution outside the United States, evidence must be presented showing that the faculty member has appropriate academic preparation and that the degree requirements are consistent with the academic rigor required of a regionally accredited institution. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The evaluation will be considered by the college as a recommendation.
College Training and Experience
- College degrees;
Number of undergraduate and graduate credits in major teaching field;
- Courses in field will normally have their substantive content in the principal discipline field for which the faculty member is hired. When neither discipline prefix nor course title reflects this substantive content, the faculty member must supply documentation to his or her supervisor who will determine the appropriateness of the course content. Recommendations of acceptable courses will be reviewed by the academic vice president and forwarded to the president for final approval.
- Courses in related teaching field will normally pertain directly to concepts or application of the principal discipline field for which the faculty member is hired. The faculty member must supply documentation of such direct pertinence to his or her supervisor, who will determine the appropriateness of the course content. Recommendations of acceptable courses will be reviewed by the academic vice president and forwarded to the president for final approval.
- Professional and occupational certificates or licenses;
- Training in trade schools and special schools;
- Advanced studies; and
- Previous occupational experiences in business, government, industry, and the professions and previous educational experiences both inside and outside the VCCS.
- Faculty teaching in the occupational/technical fields are required to possess some appropriate occupational experience in fields related to the subjects they are teaching. They are encouraged to keep up to date with occupational developments through visitations, summer employment in industry, and other occupational experience.