Articulation and Transfer

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

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

Community College Participation in ASSIST

Whereas, Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer (ASSIST) was developed to facilitate student transfer from community colleges to universities;

Whereas, ASSIST is designed to provide full intersegmental participation in the decisions made by ASSIST; and

Whereas, The concerns, perspectives, and recommendations made by community college representatives have not always been honored at ASSIST;

Transfer Policy Integrity

Whereas, H.R. 3975 (Hurricane Regulatory Relief Act of 2005, as of October 6, 2005), sponsored by Representative Bobby Jindal (R-LA) to provide relief to victims of the recent hurricanes, contains an additional provision that denies colleges and universities the right to set transfer policies;

Whereas, The purpose of this bill is hurricane relief, not higher education policy;

Whereas, Processes and procedures for articulation are already in place; and

Whereas, Intrusive federalized institutional transfer policies are an attack on academic freedom;

California Community College Articulation System

Whereas, The California Articulation Number (CAN) System was developed to facilitate course articulation and student transfer and was designated by the Chancellor as the mechanism for common course numbering within the California Community College System;

Whereas, The CAN System Office ceased operations in March 2005; and

Whereas, The California community colleges, as directed by legislation, still need a mechanism for common numbering within the system and for identifying articulated courses;


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