Whereas validation of program prerequisites has created hardships for many colleges and their students, and
Whereas based on valid research, individual colleges have developed profiles of successful students in their Allied Health programs, and
Whereas every community college cannot complete the extensive research necessary to validate programs and prerequisites,
Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work in conjunction with the Chancellor's Office in order to facilitate the Chancellor's Office approval process of program prerequisites by using the following procedures:
1) The Senate Curriculum Committee requests examples of successful program prerequisite validation models.
2) The Curriculum Committee reviews and recommends appropriate models that could be used to validate similar program prerequisites at other community colleges.
3) The Academic Senate works with the Chancellor's Office to develop a process whereby colleges could utilize these models in place of their own research in order to validate their own program prerequisites, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges because of the urgency of this issue, direct the Executive Committee to take immediate action to resolve this issue.
M/S/U Disposition: Chancellor's Office, Executive Committee
Curriculum committee gather examples, identify exemplary models, work to develop a process for utilization of these exemplary models. With the rapid changes in some occupational curriculum requirements, the expedited course approval process has been noted as one methodology to respond to rapid change. Updating the Curriculum Standards Handbook, Volume II has not occurred, but is a topic of continued discussion with the AS/CIOs group. Occupational Education Courses will be a topic in the Summer Curriculum Institute.