Support for Descriptor-Based Articulation

Resolution Number
Assigned to
C-ID Leadership
Articulation and Transfer
Status Report

The C-ID project has considered and implemented most of the principles noted in this resolution. As the C-ID system is implemented, other areas noted in the resolution have continued to be informed by local senates and delegates.

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges continues to work with the Chancellor’s Office and with our intersegmental partners through the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) to implement the Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID) that would accomplish these major objectives: (1) Respond to legislative mandates to create a course numbering system for individual courses, course sequences, and patterns of courses to serve intersegmental needs; (2) Rely upon intersegmental, disciplinary faculty from University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and the California Community Colleges (CCCs) to determine descriptors, evaluate and qualify courses for a course identification number, and provide that information to articulation officers and faculty to sustain and increase existing articulation efforts; (3) Create an online system to provide information to articulation officers, faculty, and students about the nature and comparability of these courses;

Whereas, The C-ID Advisory Committee, upon consultation with a committee of articulation officers, has determined that the most efficient way to fully implement C-ID in a meaningful and effective manner is by using the intersegmentally developed descriptors as the basis for articulation, such that courses that receive a C-ID designation would be awarded the articulation conferred upon the associated descriptor; and

Whereas, The Transfer CSU (TCSU) number system of the CSU’s Lower Division Transfer Project (LDTP) provided such descriptor-based articulation, and there is now a unique opportunity following review and potential modification by community college faculty to integrate the CSU-developed descriptors into C-ID’s intersegmental statewide vetting process;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the concept of articulation by C-ID descriptors that are developed through an intersegmental faculty review process in addition to other methods of articulation;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work to develop a memorandum of understanding with its intersegmental partners that strongly encourages full participation of discipline faculty from UC, CSU, and the California community colleges in the development and implementation of C-ID; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges continue its work on C-ID and encourage active local participation in C-ID, including faculty review of draft descriptors, participation in Faculty Discipline Review Groups, review of finalized descriptors for articulation, and submission of course outlines of record for C-ID qualification.

MSC Disposition: ICAS, Chancellor’s Office, Local Senates