The Role of Noncredit in the California Community Colleges

Professional Standards
Educational Policies Committee

Noncredit programs and courses within California community colleges have long been overshadowed by credit programs and courses. In spite of the fact that noncredit generates approximately 10% of enrollment in the California Community College System, many people outside and even within the System are not aware of or do not fully understand the importance of noncredit and how it serves California's educational needs. This overview of noncredit, its history, its development, its unique identity, its current place in the California community colleges, and the challenges it faces in the future is intended to open your eyes and provide you with an appreciation for a part of the community colleges that you may never have visited before.