Course Identification Numbering System for Students

Fall
2006
Resolution Number: 
04.01
Contact: 
Category: 
Articulation and Transfer
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Before its demise, the California Articulation Numbering (CAN) system was used widely by students, faculty and staff to identify, through numbers published in catalogs and schedules of courses, the comparability of community college transfer courses and by articulation officers to expedite articulation between institutions;

Whereas, Since CAN's dissolution there has been no mechanism to revise, update or generate new descriptors for intersegmental review, thereby ignoring the legislative mandates (SB 1415, SB 581, SB 450) to create and sustain a workable numbering system while honoring the internal numbering patterns of individual colleges and universities and thus leaving in place outdated descriptors, and a static numbering system that will no longer be used by the California State Universities;

Whereas, Students for reasons of timely offerings or personal convenience often seek courses at multiple colleges to fulfill certificate award or renewal objectives as well as enroll in career and technical education courses (transferable or non-transferable), and a course identification numbering system for those courses would enable students to readily identify needed courses; and

Whereas, Transfer initiatives launched by other segments too often lack the spirit of true, intersegmental collegiality and collaboration needed to create sound transfer mechanisms and pathways that protect and further the interests of our students and the health of our academic programs in the community colleges;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the System Office and with our intersegmental partners through the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) to develop a pilot program that would accomplish these major objectives:
(1)Respond to legislative mandates to create a course numbering system for individual courses, course sequences, and patterns of courses to serve intersegmental needs;
(2) Rely upon intersegmental, disciplinary faculty from UC, CSU and the CCCs to determine descriptors, evaluate and qualify courses for a course identification number, and provide that information to articulation officers and faculty to sustain and increase existing articulation efforts;
(3) Create an online system to provide information to articulation officers, faculty, and students about the nature and comparability of these courses; and
(4) Identify ongoing sources of revenue to sustain these efforts, should they prove beneficial to students, faculty, and transfer initiatives.
MSU Disposition: ICAS, System Office, Local Senates

Summary: 
Work with the System Office and with our intersegmental partners through the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) to develop a pilot program that would accomplish these major objectives related to the creation of a course numbering system.
Status Report: 

The C-ID Project was funded and has begun initial processes to complete this resolution.