Dance TOP Codes

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Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supports colleges’ individual and collective efforts to define comprehensive degrees and programs of study that promote transfer and gainful career and technical development, provide more viable options for Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID), Transfer Model Curricula (TMC), and associate for transfer degrees, and help offset projected workforce shortfalls, as evidenced in SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act;

Whereas, Nine of ten University of California and 20 of 23 California State Universities, as well as the nearly all California community colleges offer dance or dance-related programs, including transfer degrees and/or vocational certificates in fields such as, dance history/critical issues in dance, dance performance, dance science, dance and technology and choreography for students who intend to pursue careers and/or degrees in dance-related areas;

Whereas, The Taxonomy of Programs (TOP), revised June 2012, delineates the need for accurate reporting from the Chancellor’s Office to the state and federal government and states that TOP codes were “designed to aggregate information about programs”, with codes and titles serving a variety of purposes such as inventory of approved and projected programs, accountability of enrollment and supplemental apportionment and completion rates for state and federal vocational education mandates; and

Whereas, In the Chancellor’s Office designation, all current community college dance courses are listed under the single main TOP discipline code for Fine and Applied Arts, with a single subdiscipline code for dance, and a single field code of commercial dance, despite the fact that this field is actually a subcategory of the more prominent field of dance performance not yet designated with a TOP code, though seen in both transfer institutions and vocational areas, and thus there are no TOP code designations that accurately define “the way educational programs are actually organized” at the community college or four-year institutional levels nor do they take into account “the evolution of particular occupations or the terminology practitioners and teachers use to identify their discipline” in the vocational areas of dance, as intended by the Taxonomy of Programs Revised: 2012, Chancellor’s Office;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work in collaboration with affected community college dance faculty and the Chancellor’s Office to redefine and broaden the categories of existing TOP codes, sub-disciplines, and fields appropriate to dance studies, such as field designations of dance science, dance history/critical issues in dance, dance and technology, and dance performance.


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Check with SACC but I do not think this happened.  May not be feasible.