ERIC Number: ED317255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Annual Report on Course and Program Approvals, 1988-89.
Farland, Ronnald W.; Cepeda, Rita
The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges reports annually to the Board of Governors on the number and types of new community college programs and courses approved during the preceding academic year. This state-level approval is based on the following criteria: appropriateness to the system's mission, need for the program or course, quality of design, feasibility for the college/district, and compliance with relevant law and policy. In 1988-89, the Chancellor's Office approved a total of 21 new programs, 38 "stand-alone" degree credit courses, and 72 nondegree credit courses. In addition, the Chancellor's Office approved 693 noncredit courses. Over 65% of these courses were either short-term vocational courses with high employment potential, courses for older adults, or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Between 1978-79 and 1988-89, the number of community colleges offering noncredit courses increased from 64 to 97, while the number of courses offered increased from 10,782 to 13,821. There was a noticeable drop of 20% in requests for approval of precollegiate basic skills courses, but a significant increase new mandated noncredit courses in "Citizenship for Immigrants" and ESL. Two tasks forces have been convened to clarify policy and develop regulations governing the approval and conduct of nondegree credit courses in basic skills and to develop regulations governing the provision of instruction for adults. The Chancellor's Office is also making progress toward streamlining and strengthening state-level approval procedures and validating the program inventory in the systemwide management information system. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Location: California