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But first, a word from our sponsor…. T HE A CADEMIC S ENATE FOR C ALIFORNIA C OMMUNITY C OLLEGES. Upcoming Events. Fall Plenary Session: Oct 26-28, 2006 Accreditation Institute: Jan 5-6, 2007 Teaching Institute: Feb 16-18, 2007 Vocational Education Leadership Institute: Mar 8-10, 2007

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upcoming events
Upcoming Events
  • Fall Plenary Session: Oct 26-28, 2006
  • Accreditation Institute: Jan 5-6, 2007
  • Teaching Institute: Feb 16-18, 2007
  • Vocational Education Leadership Institute: Mar 8-10, 2007
  • Spring Plenary Session: Apr 19-21, 2007
  • Faculty Leadership Institute: Jun 14-16, 2007
  • Curriculum Institute: Jul 12-14, 2007
no longer undercover noncredit curriculum

Curriculum Institute 2006

No Longer Undercover: Noncredit Curriculum

Mark Wade Lieu

Ohlone College

noncredit in the spotlight
Noncredit in the Spotlight
  • Board of Governors
  • Academic Senate
  • Noncredit Alignment Project
  • SB361 Discussions
  • Local Research and Findings
  • Last bastion of no-fee higher ed
what is noncredit
What is noncredit?
  • Degree-applicable credit
  • Non-degree-applicable credit
  • Not-for-credit
  • Noncredit
how big is noncredit
How big is noncredit?
  • 98 out of 109 colleges
  • 91,884.07 FTES in 2004-2005
  • 8% of system FTES
  • 22 colleges serve 68% of noncredit students and generate 76% of the FTES
the noncredit players
The Noncredit Players
  • Mt. San Antonio
  • Napa
  • North Orange SCE
  • Palo Verde
  • Palomar
  • Pasadena
  • Saddleback
  • San Diego Adult
  • San Francisco Centers
  • Santa Ana
  • Santa Barbara CE
  • Santiago Canyon
  • Allan Hancock
  • Butte
  • Citrus
  • Coastline
  • Cuyamaca
  • Gavilan
  • Glendale
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles City
  • Los Angeles Southwest
  • Merced
  • MiraCosta
  • Monterey
what does noncredit cover
What does noncredit cover?
  • Elementary/Secondary Basic Skills
  • ESL
  • Courses for immigrants
  • Parenting
  • Courses for older adults
  • Courses in home economics
  • Courses for persons with disabilities
  • Short-term Vocational/Apprenticeships
  • Health and Safety Education
noncredit funding
Noncredit Funding
  • 56% of credit rate
  • $2,000 ± $300 per FTES
  • Other sources: WIA, Title II, AEFLA
the students
The Students
  • Female: 125,773 (60.75%)
  • Male: 74,323 (35.90%)
  • Unknown: 6,952 (3.36%)
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The Students
  • Over 40% are 50+
  • Over 32% are white
  • Nearly 32% are Hispanic
  • Nearly 14% are Asian
  • Over 15% are unidentified
  • 23% are immigrants
  • 15% dropped out of high school
  • Over 16% receive financial aid
what do they take
What do they take?
  • Elementary/Secondary Basic Skills – 35%+
  • ESL – 17%+
  • Courses for older adults – 16%+
  • Courses for persons with disabilities – 3%+
  • Short-term Vocational – 16%+
  • Health and Safety Education – 7%+
what do colleges offer
What do colleges offer?
  • Elementary/Secondary Basic Skills – 16%
  • ESL – 19%
  • Courses for older adults – 24%
  • Courses for persons with disabilities – 6%
  • Short-term Vocational – 20%
  • Health and Safety Education – 10%
  • Apprenticeships (2.6m hours)
short term vocational courses
Short-Term Vocational Courses
  • Vast range in courses offered
  • Five of the 21 colleges surveyed offer no short-term vocational courses
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accounting, administration of justice, administrative hearings, agriculture, animal science, appliance repair, architecture technology, automotive technologies, business, career planning, clothing and textiles, computer networking, computer maintenance and repair, computer skills, construction and building trades, correctional science, court interpreting, culinary arts, custodial, customer service, early childhood education, electronics, engineering, fashion, financial planning, fire technology, floral design, front office, global information services, hazardous waste operations, horticulture, industrial technology, jewelry making and repair, manufacturing, meat cutting, medical assisting, parenting, pet science, pharmacy technician, printing and graphics, upholstery, vocational nursing, welding
what does noncredit provide
What does Noncredit Provide?
  • No fees
  • Open entry – open exit: can start at any time
  • Can start at the lowest level
  • Accessibility and flexibility
credit students use noncredit
Credit Students use Noncredit
  • Statewide: 17% of all community college students took noncredit courses (1 in 6)
  • Statewide: 25% of all AA and AS degree earners began in noncredit (1 in 4)
  • Statewide: 33% of credit students getting an AA/AS accessed noncredit at some point in their degree path (1 in 3) (does not count supervised tutoring labs)
the faculty
The Faculty
  • 1542.96 FTEF
  • Women outnumber men
    • FT: 334 to 214
    • PT: 2666 to1258
  • ESL is #1 teaching area
    • 434 FTEF in PT
    • 129.49 FTEF in FT
how old is the faculty
How old is the faculty?
  • Largest group is 55-59
  • Second largest is 50-54
  • Third largest for PT is 65+
  • Third largest for FT is 60-64
what is their ethnicity
What is their ethnicity?
  • Mostly white
    • White/Non-Hispanic: PT (70.54%) – FT (65.86%)
    • Hispanic: PT (13.12%) – FT (12.77%)
    • Asian: PT (8.18%) – FT (10.40%)
part time and full time
Part-Time and Full-Time
  • Six colleges have no full-time noncredit faculty
  • For those that have full-time faculty, the ratio is 1:20 or worse for most of them
  • 18 have faculty that teach in both credit and non-credit
ft instructional hours
FT Instructional Hours
  • Two at 15 hrs/week
  • 11 at 24 hrs+/week
  • One at the equivalent of 35 hrs/week
standards
Standards
  • Most accredited in tandem with credit programs
  • Four colleges use credit Minimum Qualifications where possible
  • Remainder use noncredit Minimum Qualifications where possible
student services
Student Services

Almost all offer matriculation services because of noncredit matriculation funds

Counseling is offered through matriculation services

Most provide services to students with disabilities

Other services include book loans, transportation, and childcare

program development
Program Development
  • Faculty and managers together
  • Curriculum development same as for credit
  • Program review is generally same as for credit
  • Half are primary noncredit adult ed provider; other half share with K12
  • Half coordinate well with their credit programs
local recognition for noncredit
Local Recognition for Noncredit
  • Two have separate senates for noncredit
  • Six have dedicated seats for noncredit on the senate
  • Eight are explicitly mentioned in the mission statement
  • Involvement in strategic planning varies
curricular concerns
Curricular Concerns
  • Lack of understanding of noncredit
  • Lack of understanding of the critical role of noncredit education for our increasingly undereducated, under prepared, and underemployed population
  • Lack of understanding how noncredit can be a bridge to credit/higher education, the workforce, and the community
  • Lack of integration/coordination with credit
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