Whereas, Section 55207 (Course Quality Standards) of Title 5 says, "The same standards of course quality shall be applied to distance education as are applied to traditional classroom courses. . . " and therefore articulation is based on the course outline of record, regardless of the method of course delivery;
Whereas, Local curriculum committees have established processes to ensure that distance education courses are aligned with the course outline of record;
Whereas, There have been cases where colleges have noted on student transcripts and other college records that a particular section of a course was taught via distance education; and
Whereas, Any designation that differentiates courses based on the mode of delivery implies that said courses should be treated differently by transfer institutions, threatening our well-established articulation processes and potentially interfering with the transfer and success of all students who opt to benefit from alternative course delivery methods;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges remind local senates to ensure that local review of courses offered via distance education be accorded the appropriate scrutiny to guarantee that they are consistent with the course outline of record; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to ensure that transcripts and college records not differentiate distance education sections from other sections. MSC Disposition: Local Senates
This was addressed in Plenary breakout sessions in both fall 2005 and spring 2006.