Whereas, A conjoint program is defined as “a credit program (degree or certificate) or noncredit program that is offered collaboratively by two or more colleges, whether in the same or different districts (but usually within the same geographical region) … and each college participating in a conjoint program receives authorization to award the certificate or degree1“;
Whereas, Colleges that do not currently offer all the courses required for a specific certificate or degree may be able to establish conjoint programs with other colleges in their region that do offer the necessary courses;
Whereas, Taking courses from several different community colleges concurrently in a region is not uncommon for many students; and
Whereas, Each college is strongly encouraged by Chancellor’s Office regulations (dated November 30, 2012) and by SB 440 (as of February 21, 2013) to create, by the 2014-15 academic year, associate degrees for transfer in every major offered by the community college where there is an approved Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) and conjoint programs may help with the development of these degrees as well as other degrees and certificates;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges explore the feasibility of expanding the use of conjoint programs and report the findings and possible next steps at the Fall 2013 Plenary Session; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community College further work with the Chancellor’s Office to develop recommendations to the Board of Governors that will allow colleges with conjoint programs to accurately track and report completion and success of students in those programs at each college participating in such a program and to include this accurate data in comparative documents such as the Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARCC) reports, the Community College Scorecards, and others.
1. Program and Course Approval Handbook, March 2012, p. 31
I do not recall this happening.