Articulation and Transfer

Standardized Template for Advanced Placement Exam Information

Whereas, 1.2 million, or 21%, of students in the Class of 2004 took at least one Advanced Placement course (Epstein, David. "A New AP", Inside Higher Education, May 26, 2005);

Whereas, There are 37 Advanced Placement Subject examinations, and an ever-increasing number of students with Advanced Placement scores are enrolling at California community colleges; and

Whereas, There is wide variation among the California community colleges in the dissemination of Advanced Placement course equivalency information;

Faculty Leadership in Transfer

Whereas, In the 1990-91 academic year, the California Legislature allocated $4.365 million to develop transfer centers at each college and the Chancellor's Office published A Plan for Implementing Transfer Centers recommending full-time transfer center directors, and in the following year (1991-92) these funds were rolled into the general fund with a promise from colleges that this funding would continue to be used for transfer centers;

Advanced Placement (AP) Equivalency Lists

Whereas, Increasing numbers of community college students request course credit based upon Advanced Placement (AP) scores;

Whereas, The policies for awarding AP credit differ significantly among community colleges and between community colleges and universities, creating confusion for transfer students;

Whereas, The last update of the California State University (CSU) General Education AP Equivalency list was in 1995, while there is no AP Equivalency List for IGETC; and

Resolution of Concerns in LDTP

Whereas, California community college faculty support the principles of efficient student transfer and timely attainment of the baccalaureate degree and many Articulation Officers and Transfer Center Directors are concerned that the CSU system's Lower Division Transfer Pattern (LDTP) project, as it is currently being implemented, is counterproductive to these goals;

Whereas, Community colleges have no way of knowing exactly how the LDTP will be applied for, granted, or implemented at the CSU;

Transfer Curriculum Preparation

Whereas, The expressed desire of the faculty of the California community colleges is to see students attain a higher degree of skill in English and math as part of associate degree programs of study;

Whereas, Title 5 55002 stipulates, in part, ".the grade is based on demonstrated proficiency in subject matter and the ability to demonstrate that proficiency, at least in part, by means of essays.";

Whereas, Research shows that there is a positive correlation between progress in basic skills curriculum and student success in transfer level coursework; and

Articulation and Transfer Funding

Whereas, Student success in transfer is a significant thrust of the California Community College Strategic Plan (Section B: Student Success and Readiness);

Whereas, Successful transfer relies upon full articulation and transfer activities supported by a transfer center;

Whereas, Articulation officers have historically relied upon small, individual, annual grants of approximately $5,000 as their sole guaranteed funding source; and

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Policies

Whereas, Many California community college students attend more than one community college before attaining their educational goals;

Whereas, Many community college students request course credit based upon Advanced Placement (AP) scores;

Whereas, The awarding of Advanced Placement (AP) credit differs notably both among and between community colleges and universities, creating confusion for career/vocational and transfer students; and

Course Identification Numbering System for Students

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;

Recommended Transfer Guidelines

Whereas, California Education Code recognizes the community college transfer function as an essential component of California's commitment to access and educational opportunity by requiring that "Each community college district governing board shall ensure that its college or colleges maintain student transfer counseling centers or other counseling and student services designed and implemented to affirmatively seek out, counsel, advise, and monitor the progress of potential and identified community college transfer students" (Education Code 66736);

ASSIST Single Course Query

Whereas, Navigating the complex system of the articulation of courses among California's segments of higher education is at best confusing;

Whereas, Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer (ASSIST) has been designed to facilitate this navigation;

Whereas, The articulation officers in California's community colleges have requested that the ASSIST database be programmed to enable users to input a single course and receive a list of how that course articulates at the CSU and UC, a "Single Course Query"; and


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