Credential Guidelines - Faculty 

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This manual provides technical and procedural guidance for individuals responsible for faculty selection and credentialing. Procedures, forms and general information are based on the faculty competence standards, guidelines specified by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB); North Central Association, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement; Higher Learning Commission (HLC) – Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP); and Illinois Dual Credit Quality Act.


I. Faculty Credential Review Procedural Guidelines
II. Faculty Credentials Form
III. Faculty Requirements
IV. Alternative Credentialing (AC) Review
V.Credential Hiring Standards
VI. Joliet Junior College Current Roster of Instructional Staff
VII. International Credential Evaluation
VIII. Credential Guideline Oversight Sub-Committee for Process Review
IX. Governing and Accreditation Contact Information


Academic Areas Based on Catalog Discipline Headings

(Credentialing Requirements for Particular Teaching Assignment)

  Degrees and course work must be obtained from institutions that are “regionally accredited” through the (1) Middle States, (2) New England, (3) North Central, (4) Northwest, (5) Southern or (6) Western associations or commissions. Any deviation from this practice must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs in conjunction with the Executive Director, Human Resources or appropriate credentialing authority. International credentials must be assessed as equivalent academic preparation by an approved evaluation service.

Course work submitted by the faculty applicant as graduate credit must be clearly designated by the granting institution as part of a graduate program, or formally validated by the granting institution as graduate level study. Official documentation from all post-secondary institutions attended must be provided by the granting institution in the form of an official transcript with detail listings of course work completed and if applicable degree(s) conferred.

A transcript is considered official if it meets the following requirements:

  • Printed on official paper
  • Signed and dated by the issuing institutions Registrar
  • The full record of the person's academic course history at that institution
  • Delivered to and received by designated (or appropriate) JJC staff member in a sealed envelope, with issuing institution’s stamp and date across the sealed flap of the envelope (US post or hand delivery). If the envelope seal is already broken when received by the designated JJC staff member, the document shall no longer be considered official. The note “received official”, with date received and initials of JJC staff member written on each page of the hard copy transcript will serve as indicator that the document was received official.
  • Delivered to and received by designated (or appropriate) JJC staff member via the use of a secured download link with password protection that is opened by the JJC staff member.  The cover page from the institution will serve as verification the document is official.

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