ERIC Number: ED179264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Recommended Principles and Policy for the Determination of Credit and Noncredit Courses. Agenda Item 2.
Gooder, Glenn G.; And Others
In accordance with legislative mandate, the Office of the Chancellor for California Community Colleges is seeking to develop principles and policies regarding credit/noncredit courses. This progress report outlines six principles on credit/noncredit determination which include the requirements that: (1) credit/noncredit status be determined by educational professionals; (2) appropriate criteria include academic level of instruction and requirements for assessment of student performance rather than course subject matter or purpose; (3) curriculum be expressed in terms of the college's mission rather than credit or noncredit status; and (4) course funding not be based on credit/noncredit status. Minimum requirements for credit and noncredit courses based upon these principles are presented next, indicating that while credit courses are to provide for official student evaluation and enroll only those who meet certain prerequisites, noncredit courses are to be open to all students who can profit from the experience. Finally, partial responses to seven research questions upon which the credit/noncredit study is based provide information on the educational needs of Californians, the history of college credit/noncredit courses, the patterns of enrollment at the California community colleges, the relationship between credit/noncredit status and funding, and the enforcement of standards. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Note: Report prepared for a meeting of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (San Diego, CA, December 6-7, 1979)