Whereas, In developing Transfer Model Curriculum (TMCs) in response to SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010), an additional benefit was identified when California Community College and California State University discipline faculty, although unable to conform to some aspect of the TMC requirements, were able to craft model curricula designed to best prepare students for careers or transfer within a specified discipline;
Whereas, One benefit derived from the development of degrees based on a model curriculum is the opportunity to allow reciprocity between colleges offering comparable degrees as was called for in SB 1440 and codified in Education Code §66746 by encouraging colleges to “facilitate the acceptance of credits earned at other community colleges toward the associate degree…”; and
Whereas, Students benefit from the development of educational pathways and the clear designation of those pathways with easily recognized names and designations such as Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T), Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T), and Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT);
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges officially endorse the ongoing work of discipline faculty in the creation of model curricula and create a special designation to ensure clear identification for degrees and certificates based on model curricula;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates and curriculum committees to recognize the benefits of model curricula as a pathway to assist students in achieving their educational goals, develop degrees when warranted that adhere to model curricula, and adopt reciprocity agreements to ensure seamless transitions of students between colleges with comparable degrees based on model curricula; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor’s Office to officially recognize degrees and certificates based on model curricula and consider streamlining the approval process for such degrees.
2017 - 18: C-ID Leadership will determine, in collaboration with nursing faculty, how to address this resolution.