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Guidelines for Title 5 Regulations, Chapter 6, Part 1

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Guidelines for Title 5 Regulations, Chapter 6, Part 1

California Community

    Colleges Guidelines for

    Title 5 Regulations,

    Chapter 6, Part 1

    Adopted by the California Community Colleges

    Board of Governors July 9, 2007 and effective

    August 16, 2007

This document summarizes and provides guidelines for

    selected Title 5 Regulations recently passed by the California

    Community Colleges Board of Governors regarding

    curriculum and instruction.

Chancellor’s Office, California Community Colleges

    February 2008

CCC Credit and Noncredit Curriculum Regulations and Guidelines Page 2 of 33

Effective: August 16, 2007

    Table of Contents

Credit Courses and Programs

    Section 55002. Standards and Criteria for Courses .............................................................................. 5 Section 55002.5. Credit Hour. ........................................................................................................... 12 Section 55003. Policies for Prerequisites, Corequisites and

    Advisories on Recommended Preparation. ........................................................................................ 14 Section 55063. Minimum Requirements for the Associate Degree. ................................................... 18

    Section 55070 - Credit Certificates ..................................................................................................... 22 Section 55100. Course Approval. ....................................................................................................... 24 Section 55130. Approval of Credit Programs. ..................................................................................... 26 Noncredit Courses and Programs

    Section 55002 (c) Noncredit Course ................................................................................................ 28

    Section 55150. Approval of Noncredit Courses and Programs. .......................................................... 30

    Section 55152. Short-Term Vocational Programs Providing 288 Hours or More of Instruction............ 31

    Section 55155. Noncredit Certificates. ............................................................................................... 33

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    California Community Colleges

    Program and Course Approval

    Regulations and Guidelines

This document is designed to provide guidance and assistance to colleges in the

    implementation of selected regulations that were submitted to the Board of Governors

    on July 9, 2007 and that became effective on August 16, 2007. The regulations cited

    and referenced in this document, and the accompanying guidelines, clarify the

    circumstances under which California Community Colleges may develop and offer new

    credit and noncredit programs and courses. The document is divided into two (2) parts,

    credit and noncredit. There are a total of eleven (11) Title 5 Regulations that are

    discussed in these guidelines, seven (7) credit and four (4) noncredit.

While the guideline accompanying each regulation is not legally binding, it is important

    to note that district and college observance of each guideline will play an important part

    in the community college system’s continued review and evaluation of credit course and

    program development and any subsequent revisions of applicable regulations. Districts

    that follow these guidelines will likely be in compliance with all regulatory requirements.

    The guidelines can and will be revised by the Chancellor as deemed necessary.

Credit Courses and Programs

Several sections regarding credit programs and courses are addressed in these

    guidelines:

    ? 55002 - Standards and Criteria for Courses

    ? 55002.5 - Credit Hour

    ? 55003 - Policies for Prerequisites, Corequisites and Advisories on Recommended

    Preparation

    ? 55063 - Minimum Requirements for the Associate Degree

    ? 55070 - Credit Certificates

    ? 55100 - Course Approval

    ? 55130 - Approval of Credit Programs

Section 55002. Standards and Criteria for Courses

    (a) Degree-Applicable Credit Course. A degree-applicable credit course is a course

    which has been designated as appropriate to the associate degree in accordance

    with the requirements of section 55062, and which has been recommended by the CCC Credit and Noncredit Curriculum Regulations and Guidelines Page 5 of 33

    Effective: August 16, 2007

college and/or district curriculum committee and approved by the district governing

    board as a collegiate course meeting the needs of the students.

    (1) Curriculum Committee. The college and/or district curriculum committee

    recommending the course shall be established by the mutual agreement of the

    college and/or district administration and the academic senate. The committee shall be either a committee of the academic senate or a committee that

    includes faculty and is otherwise comprised in a way that is mutually agreeable to the college and/or district administration and the academic senate.

    (2) Standards for Approval. The college and/or district curriculum committee shall

    recommend approval of the course for associate degree credit if it meets the following standards:

    (A) Grading Policy. The course provides for measurement of student

    performance in terms of the stated course objectives and culminates in a

    formal, permanently recorded grade based upon uniform standards in

    accordance with section 55023. The grade is based on demonstrated

    proficiency in subject matter and the ability to demonstrate that proficiency,

    at least in part, by means of essays, or, in courses where the curriculum

    committee deems them to be appropriate, by problem solving exercises or

    skills demonstrations by students.

    (B) Units. The course grants units of credit based upon a relationship specified

    by the governing board between the number of units assigned to the course

    and the number of lecture and/or laboratory hours or performance criteria

    specified in the course outline. The course also requires a minimum of three

    hours of student work per week, including class time for each unit of credit,

    prorated for short-term, extended term, laboratory and/or activity courses. (C) Intensity. The course treats subject matter with a scope and intensity that

    requires students to study independently outside of class time. (D) Prerequisites and Corequisites. When the college and/or district curriculum

    committee determines, based on a review of the course outline of record,

    that a student would be highly unlikely to receive a satisfactory grade unless

    the student has knowledge or skills not taught in the course, then the course

    shall require prerequisites or corequisites that are established, reviewed, and

    applied in accordance with the requirements of this article. (E) Basic Skills Requirements. If success in the course is dependent upon

    communication or computation skills, then the course shall require,

    consistent with the provisions of this article, as prerequisites or corequisites

    eligibility for enrollment in associate degree credit courses in English and/or

    mathematics, respectively.

    (F) Difficulty. The course work calls for critical thinking and the understanding

    and application of concepts determined by the curriculum committee to be at

    college level.

    (G) Level. The course requires learning skills and a vocabulary that the

    curriculum committee deems appropriate for a college course. (3) Course Outline of Record. The course is described in a course outline of record

    that shall be maintained in the official college files and made available to each instructor. The course outline of record shall specify the unit value, the

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    expected number of contact hours for the course as a whole, the prerequisites,

    corequisites or advisories on recommended preparation (if any) for the course,

    the catalog description, objectives, and content in terms of a specific body of

    knowledge. The course outline shall also specify types or provide examples of

    required reading and writing assignments, other outside-of-class assignments,

    instructional methodology, and methods of evaluation for determining whether

    the stated objectives have been met by students.

    (4) Conduct of Course. Each section of the course is to be taught by a qualified

    instructor in accordance with a set of objectives and with other specifications

    defined in the course outline of record.

    (5) Repetition. Repeated enrollment is allowed only in accordance with provisions of

    sections 51002, 55040-55043 and 58161.

    (b) Nondegree-Applicable Credit Course. A credit course designated by the governing

    board as not applicable to the associate degree is a course which, at a minimum, is

    recommended by the college and/or district curriculum committee (the committee

    described and established under subdivision (a)(1) of this section) and is approved

    by the district governing board.

    (1) Types of Courses. Nondegree-applicable credit courses are:

    (A) nondegree-applicable basic skills courses as defined in subdivision (j) of

    section 55000;

    (B) courses designed to enable students to succeed in degree-applicable credit

    courses (including, but not limited to, college orientation and guidance

    courses, and discipline-specific preparatory courses such as biology, history,

    or electronics) that integrate basic skills instruction throughout and assign

    grades partly upon the demonstrated mastery of those skills; (C) precollegiate career technical preparation courses designed to provide

    foundation skills for students preparing for entry into degree-applicable credit

    career technical courses or programs;

    (D) essential career technical instruction for which meeting the standards of

    subdivision (a) is neither necessary nor required. (2) Standards for Approval. The college and/or district curriculum committee shall

    recommend approval of the course on the basis of the standards which follow. (A) Grading Policy. The course provides for measurement of student

    performance in terms of the stated course objectives and culminates in a

    formal, permanently recorded grade based upon uniform standards in

    accordance with section 55023. The grade is based on demonstrated

    proficiency in the subject matter and the ability to demonstrate that

    proficiency, at least in part, by means of written expression that may include

    essays, or, in courses where the curriculum committee deems them to be

    appropriate, by problem solving exercises or skills demonstrations by

    students.

    (B) Units. The course grants units of credit based upon a relationship specified

    by the governing board between the number of units assigned to the course

    and the number of lecture and/or laboratory hours or performance criteria

    specified in the course outline. The course requires a minimum of three

    hours of student work per week, per unit, including class time and/or

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    demonstrated competency, for each unit of credit, prorated for short-term,

    extended term, laboratory, and/or activity courses. (C) Intensity. The course provides instruction in critical thinking and generally

    treats subject matter with a scope and intensity that prepares students to

    study independently outside of class time and includes reading and writing

    assignments and homework. In particular, the assignments will be

    sufficiently rigorous that students successfully completing each such course,

    or sequence of required courses, will have acquired the skills necessary to

    successfully complete degree-applicable work. (D) Prerequisites and corequisites. When the college and/or district curriculum

    committee deems appropriate, the course may require prerequisites or

    corequisites for the course that are established, reviewed, and applied in

    accordance with this article.

    (3) Course Outline of Record. The course is described in a course outline of record

    that shall be maintained in the official college files and made available to each

    instructor. The course outline of record shall specify the unit value, the

    expected number of contact hours for the course as a whole, the prerequisites,

    corequisites or advisories on recommended preparation (if any) for the course,

    the catalog description, objectives, and content in terms of a specific body of

    knowledge. The course outline shall also specify types or provide examples of

    required reading and writing assignments, other outside-of-class assignments,

    instructional methodology, and methods of evaluation for determining whether

    the stated objectives have been met by students. Taken together, these course

    specifications shall be such as to typically enable any student who successfully

    completes all of the assigned work prescribed in the outline of record to

    successfully meet the course objectives.

    (4) Conduct of Course. All sections of the course are to be taught by a qualified

    instructor in accordance with a set of objectives and with other specifications

    defined in the course outline of record.

    (5) Repetition. Repeated enrollment is allowed only in accordance with provisions

    of sections 51002, 55040-55043 and 58161.

    (c) Noncredit Course. A noncredit course is a course which, at a minimum, is

    recommended by the college and/or district curriculum committee (the committee

    described and established under subdivision (a)(1) of this section) and approved by

    the district governing board as a course meeting the needs of enrolled students.

    (1) Standards for Approval. The college and/or district curriculum committee shall

    recommend approval of the course if the course treats subject matter and uses

    resource materials, teaching methods, and standards of attendance and

    achievement that the committee deems appropriate for the enrolled students.

    In order to be eligible for state apportionment, such courses must be approved

    by the Chancellor pursuant to article 2 (commencing with section 55150) of

    subchapter 2 of this chapter and satisfy the requirements of section 58160 and

    other applicable provisions of chapter 9 (commencing with section 58000) of

    this division.

    (2) Course Outline of Record. The course is described in a course outline of record

    that shall be maintained in the official college files and made available to each

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    instructor. The course outline of record shall specify the number of contact

    hours normally required for a student to complete the course, the catalog

    description, the objectives, contents in terms of a specific body of knowledge,

    instructional methodology, examples of assignments and/or activities, and

    methods of evaluation for determining whether the stated objectives have been

    met.

    (3) Conduct of Course. All sections of the course are to be taught by a qualified

    instructor in accordance with the set of objectives and other specifications

    defined in the course outline of record.

    (4) Repetition. Repeated enrollment is allowed only in accordance with provisions

    of section 58161.

    (d) Community Services Offering. A community services offering must meet the

    following minimum requirements:

    (1) is approved by the district governing board;

    (2) is designed for the physical, mental, moral, economic, or civic development of

    persons enrolled therein;

    (3) provides subject matter content, resource materials, and teaching methods

    which the district governing board deems appropriate for the enrolled students;

    (4) is conducted in accordance with a predetermined strategy or plan;

    (5) is open to all members of the community willing to pay fees to cover the cost of

    the offering; and

    (6) may not be claimed for apportionment purposes.

    NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 66700 and 70901, Education Code. Reference:

    Section 70901, Education Code.

    Guideline for Section 55002

    This section limits the classification of courses, as defined in subdivision (f) of section

    55000, as either degree-applicable credit, nondegree-applicable credit, or noncredit and

    lists requirements for each type. Subdivision (d) of section 55002 lists requirements for

    community services offerings, as defined in subdivision (b) of section 55000.

    Degree-applicable credit courses must be approved by the district governing board and

    appropriate to the associate degree as required in ?55062, and recommended by the

    college curriculum committee, which is comprised of faculty and others as established

    by the mutual agreement of the college and/or district administration and the academic

    senate. The curriculum committee approves degree-applicable credit courses based on the following standards:

    Grading policy, based on uniform standards pursuant to section 55021 and a

    grading scale adopted pursuant to section 55023. The grade assigned to a

    student is to be based on the extent to which the student demonstrates

    proficiency in subject matter by means of written communication, problem solving

    and/or skills demonstrations, as appropriate to the course content.

    Units, based on a relationship of hours to units specified by the governing board

    in compliance with ?55002.5, which requires a minimum of 48 hours of lecture,

    laboratory, out-of-class assignments or other types of study for one unit of credit.

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    must be specified in the course outline of record. For each hour of lecture, the

    course should require two hours of outside of class study (homework) and/or

    assigned outside of class activity. Laboratory or activity courses, however, may

    require minimal study/work outside of class scheduled meeting times.

    Intensity, as evidenced by the outline of topics, the course objectives,

    assignments, assessments, and reading materials identified in the course outline

    of record. Achieving the objectives of degree-applicable credit courses typically

    requires students to study independently outside of class time. There is an

    expectation that students will be assigned two hours of study outside of class for

    each hour of lecture. Even when supplemental learning assistance is associated

    with a lecture course, students enrolled in the lecture component must be given

    some homework to complete independently. For example, if the district chooses,

    students could be encouraged to concurrently enroll in an approved

    supplemental learning assistance course that is linked to the parent lecture

    course. A college also could offer a co-requisite or prerequisite learning

    assistance course that would be required of all students enrolled in a lecture

    course. In the outlines for the supplemental learning assistance courses, the

    objectives that students must reach should be specified. Neither of these options,

    however, can replace the necessity for students enrolled in a course with lecture

    contact hours to study independently. (See Title 5, sections 58164, 58168, 58170,

    and 58172.)

    Recommended preparation for success in the course, such as prerequisite or

    corequisite courses, is determined by the curriculum committee in compliance

    with ?55003.

    Basic Skills prerequisites for success in the degree-applicable course that is

    dependent on communication and/or computation skills. These requirements

    may require eligibility to enroll in specific English and/or mathematics courses, as

    determined by an approved assessment method.

    Difficulty and level as determined by the curriculum committee that the course

    requires critical thinking, learning skills and vocabulary appropriate for a college

    level course.

    The section also requires that the course outline of record for all degree-applicable

    credit courses be maintained in the official college files and available to every instructor.

    The outline of record for degree-applicable credit courses must include:

    ? the unit value

    ? the expected number of contact hours for the course as a whole

    ? the prerequisites, corequisites or advisories on recommended preparation (if any)

    for the course

    ? the catalog description

    ? objectives

    ? content in terms of a specific body of knowledge

    ? specific types or examples of required reading and writing assignments and other

    outside-of-class assignments

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