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SB 1440 Implementation: Associate Degrees for Transfer. Office of Instruction Los Medanos College Spring 2011 Presenters: Michael Norris, Academic Senate President & Terence Elliott, Interim Senior Dean of Instruction. Senate Bill 1440.

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Sb 1440 implementation associate degrees for transfer

SB 1440 Implementation: Associate Degrees for Transfer

Office of Instruction

Los Medanos College

Spring 2011

Presenters: Michael Norris, Academic Senate President &

Terence Elliott, Interim Senior Dean of Instruction


Senate bill 1440
Senate Bill 1440

  • Senate Bill 1440 (Padilla), signed by governor on September 29, 2010

  • Requires prompt action by the CA community colleges (CCCs) to specify the composition of new associate degrees, which will be available to students by the 2011-2012 academic year


Associate degrees for transfer
“Associate degrees for transfer”

  • To earn an associate degree for transfer,

    a student must complete 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU including:

    • 1. IGETC or CSU GE Breadth

    • 2. at least 18 units (or 27 quarter units) in a major area emphasis, as determined by the community college district

      And has a minimum GPA of 2.0


Requirements of the sb 1440
Requirements of the SB 1440

  • A community college district shall not impose any local curriculum requirements in addition to the previous mentioned requirements, including any local college or district requirements.

  • Remedial non-collegiate level coursework shall not be counted as part of the 60 units, given that they are not transferrable.


District graduation requirements for an associate degree
District Graduation Requirements for an Associate Degree

  • A student is eligible for graduation with AA or AS degree after the satisfactory completion of 60 degree applicable semester units with a grade point of 2.0 or better, including:

    • Natural Sciences --- 3 units minimum

    • Social and Behavioral Sciences– 3 units minimum

    • Humanities --- 3 units minimum

    • Language and Rationality --- 6 units minimum

      • Total GE = 18 minimum

      • Major Field = 18 minimum

      • Electives = 24 maximum

      • Total = 60 units


Pathways to an associate degree at lmc
Pathways to an Associate Degree at LMC

  • Complete 60 degree-applicable units with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, with at least 12 units completed at LMC

  • Complete CCCCD Governing Board requirements:

    • American Institutions (3 units)

    • Health Education (3 units)

    • Physical Education (2 units)

      Complete the LMC major requirements (a min of 18 units)

      Complete GE requirements by either the Transfer or Standard Path


The state plan for implementing sb degrees statewide
The State Plan for Implementing SB Degrees Statewide

  • Academic Senate for CA Comm. Colleges is taking the lead on coordinating a statewide response.

  • Strong support for a statewide Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC)

  • The TMC will define the major component of the degree and consist of a common “core” for the major—at least 6 units and options to select that meets local needs.


Implementing sb 1440
Implementing SB 1440

  • The control of SB 1440 degree is solely in the hands of community college districts, but in the best interest of the students, it is suggested that the legislation be implemented in a such a way that it simplifies the transfer process.


Suggested steps for implementation
Suggested Steps for Implementation

  • Inter-segmental discipline groups are being convened by using the C-ID course numbering initiative to draft a transfer model curriculum (TMC) of at least 18 units for each major.

    • Three disciplines are completed and waiting approval from Sacramento: Communication Arts, Psychology, Sociology

    • Four being reviewed by end of February: Criminal Justice, Geology, Kinesiology and Math

    • Twelve to be convened in spring 2011: Business, Management, Marketing, Accounting, Studio Art, English, Economics, Computer Systems, Information Systems, Music, Liberal Studies and Political Science


Steps of implementation
Steps of Implementation

  • TMCs will be vetted online at www.c-id.net, to receive feedback from discipline faculty from both CCC and CSU.

  • Once a TMC is proposed by a C-ID inter-segmental discipline group and approved by the Academic Senate’s SB 1440 Curriculum Work Group and then by the CCC Chancellor’s Office, colleges will be notified that it is now available for local adoption.


Implementation steps continued
Implementation Steps continued

  • Colleges are urged to establish a fast-track approval process through their curriculum committee and local board.

    The Academic Senate will provide suggestions for ways to speed up the local processes and will meet with trustees and administrators to encourage support of fast-track approvals.


How will this plan benefit students
How will this plan benefit students?

  • There are several benefits to having a concerted plan for implementation of 1440:

    • Many students attend multiple colleges; this statewide approach will help minimize the changes of them taking excess units and simplify their understanding of the courses they need to take.

    • A statewide approach will increase the confidence of CSU faculty that our students are well prepared for upper division.

    • CCCs will be provided with a fast-track approval process to assist them in the establishment of new degrees.


How can colleges have new degrees in place by fall 2011
How can colleges have new degrees in place by fall 2011?

  • The law states—section 6746 (a) “Commencing with the fall term of 2011-12 academic year, a student who earns an associate degree for transfer granted pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be deemed eligible for transfer into a CSU baccalaureate program when the student meets both of the following requirements…”


Degrees in place by fall 2011
Degrees in place by fall 2011

  • Basically, the law states that the CSU has to deem students who have completed an “associate degree for transfer” and clearly indicates an expectation that the CCCs will have such degrees in place by 2011.

    • This is interpreted to mean that as soon as colleges have some degrees in place for fall, community colleges will be in compliance.


Do we have to change all the degrees at our college
Do we have to change all the degrees at our college?

  • No, colleges do not have to stop granting existing degrees. The new transfer degree is an additional option for students who plan to transfer to the CSU and want the guarantees it offers.


What will happen with high unit programs
What will happen with high unit programs?

  • The legislation specifically excludes “high unit” majors from the unit it imposes.

    • The CSU Chancellor’s Office has agreed to provide a list of current high-unit majors and has stated the list will not be expanded in response to this legislation.


What will the effect of the new law be on cte degrees
What will the effect of the new law be on CTE degrees?

  • This new law does not affect students intended to go directly into the workplace.

  • For the CTE disciplines that routinely are developed for students who transfer to CSU, they recommend the discipline faculty participate in the development of their TMC and consider adopting it when it becomes available.


Can a college require a local course requirement for the sb 1440 degrees
Can a college require a local course requirement for the SB 1440 degrees?

  • No, SB 1440 is explicit that a college cannot add on local requirements outside of the IGETC or CSU GE requirements and the 18 units required in a major or area of emphasis.

    • This law applies only to the new transfer degrees.

    • Existing associate degrees may retain the local GE and local graduation requirements.


Double counting
Double-counting

  • In developing the TMCs, double-counting is encouraged as permitted in Title 5, section 55063.

    • “Double-counting” refers to the use of a course to fulfill both a general education and major requirement.

    • The State Academic Senate approved a fall 2010 resolution to urge districts to allow double-counting for these degrees as one approach to avoiding the accumulation of additional units.


Is legislation going to supersede title 5 regulations
Is legislation going to supersede Title 5 regulations?

  • No, Title 5 regulations are still in effect.

  • New and existing associate degrees must include a minimum of 18 units in a major or area of emphasis.

  • The legislation was designed to be consistent with current policy and is not in conflict with existing Title 5 regulations.


Questions
Questions???

  • Comments---

  • Thanks!!!


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