ERIC Number: ED335084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Title 5 Course Standards and Grading Policy Regulations.
Cepeda, Rita M.; Morris, Norma
After providing background on Title 5 regulations that upgraded standards of rigor for degree-applicable credit courses offered by California community colleges, this report presents revisions to course standards regulations for nondegree credit, noncredit, and grade point averaging. An analysis of the revisions is included, indicating that: (1) nondegree credit courses, particularly precollegiate basic skills courses, are designed to enable students initially lacking essential academic skills to succeed in degree-applicable courses and to achieve degrees, certificates, or other career development goals; (2) because these courses are essential to the fulfillment of the community college mission and because they are geared to the rapid acquisition of college-level skills, they are funded at the same level as degree-credit courses; (3) enrollment in precollegiate basic skills courses is limited to a maximum of 30 semester/45 quarter units on the basis of experience suggesting that a curriculum well designed to take advantage of college students' maturity and motivation can prepare most students adequately in a limited amount of time; (4) the well-designed basic skills curriculum is intensive, discipline based, and process oriented; and (5) adherence to standards provides students with a challenge which, when met, increases self-confidence and self-esteem, assures students progress that is rapid enough so that they do not lose sight of their goals and supports a balanced curriculum. To ensure the integrity of transfer agreements and other agreements based on grade point averages (GPA's), it is recommended that nondegree credit courses not be included in calculations of GPA; and finally, the point is stressed that rigorous standards attest to the quality of the nondegree credit curriculum. In addition to presenting the proposed revisions to Title 5 regulations, this report includes the Chancellor's Office 1987 "Proposals for Strengthening Academic Standards" and a chart comparing Title 5 regulations concerning standards for degree credit, nondegree credit, noncredit, and community service courses. (JMC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.