ERIC Number: ED411012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Good Practice for the Implementation of Prerequisites. Adopted Spring 1997.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
Focusing on the appropriate use of prerequisite courses, this document discusses good practices for implementing prerequisites as developed by the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges. The first section provides an introduction to the use of prerequisites, discussing the need to balance student access and success, as well as state and local control. The second section describes the basic content review process for preparing student advisories for recommended preparation, while the third discusses levels of scrutiny for establishing prerequisites for transferable courses, courses in sequences, and out-of-sequence communication or computer skills. This section also describes the three levels of scrutiny used: basic content review, documented content review, and data collection and analysis. The next sections discuss the steps required to use an assessment processes for placement, the determination of corequisites, and the establishment of health and safety prerequisites. Next, methods for establishing program prerequisites and limitations on enrollment are reviewed, highlighting cases for limiting enrollment, such as performance courses, honors programs, and block enrollment. Strategies are then listed for enforcing prerequisites, including on-line computer checks, batch runs with involuntary drops, and roster checks, and procedures for dealing with student challenges are discussed. Finally, implementation strategies are provided for reviewing prerequisites and procedures for ensuring that teachers follow course outlines are described. An appendix provides 55 questions from the field regarding the implementation of prerequisites with answers developed by the Academic Senate. (HAA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.