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board policy 301 5 5 equivalent course identification and numbering approved november 2007
Board Policy 301.5.5 Equivalent Course Identification and NumberingApproved November 2007

Courses determined to be equivalent shall be accepted as if the courses had been taken at the receiving campus…. The commissioner, after appropriate consultation within the system, shall assign each equivalent course a common course prefix, number and name.

board policy 301 5 transfer of credits mus community colleges
Board Policy 301.5 Transfer of Credits; MUS & Community Colleges

All college level courses from regionally accredited institutions of higher education will be received and applied by all campuses of the Montana university system (MUS), and by the community colleges, towards the free elective requirements of the associate and baccalaureate degrees.

checking ccn matrices for equivalence oche course lookup tables
Checking CCN matrices for equivalenceOCHE course lookup tables

HSTR 101 Western Civilization I X X X X X X X X X X

HSTR 102 Western Civilization II X X X X X X X X X X

HSTR 103 Honors Western Civilization I X X

HSTR 104 Honors Western Civilization II X X

HSTR 130 Latin American History X

HSTR 135 Modern Middle East X

HSTR 140 Modern Asia X

HSTR 145 History of Japan X

HSTR 160 Modern World History X

HSTR 191 Special Topics X X

HSTR 192 Independent Study X

HSTR 198 Coop Education/Internship X

HSTR 201 The 20th Century World I X

HSTR 202 The 20th Century World II X

HSTR 205 Science, Technology, and Risk X

HSTR 207 Sci Tech in World History X

HSTR 208 Sci, EnvirTch, Soc: Com Exp X

HSTR 220 Intro to Research Methods X

HSTR 230 Colonial Latin America X

HSTR 231 Modern Latin America X

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6. Why can’t we continue to cross-list courses using multiple prefixes (rubrics)?

Cross-listing of courses serves many purposes on individual campuses, but it cannot be deployed effectively in a common-course numbering environment—its very assumptions run counter to the principles underlying the CCN project. Cross listing basically means giving the same course multiple labels for the purpose of communicating what academic programs make use of it and count it toward their major requirements. By contrast, CCN operates on the dictum that a single course can have one and only one label—otherwise different users of the system have no way of knowing whether a course has other equivalents listed with different prefixes, numbers, or titles. Cross-listing may still be used by campuses as a locally useful strategy to show how different campus entities make use of a single course. But because every campus’s cross-listing differs, attempting to build cross-listing into the systemwide database of courses would inevitably destroy the usefulness of the database.

pilot using 800 level to designate cross listing
Pilot using 800-level to designate cross-listing

11 of 25 courses taught this fall semester (e.g., The Silk Road; ANTY 141, HSTR 841, CSWA 841)

Total enrollment for courses = 278; in 2007/8 = 258

Sections labeled with 800: 8 equivalent or greater to last time offered using former department rubric, 6 enrolled fewer students.

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