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Notes and News

  • Policy Change for Hours and Units Calculations for Credit Courses Memo [pdf] or [Word] and Instructions [pdf] or [Word] ~ October 2015
  • New Hours and Units Semester Calculations [pdf] or [Word] and Quarter Calculations [pdf] or [Word] ~ October 2015
  • Carnegie Units (Chancellor's Office Worksheet) [pdf] ~ October 2014
  • Curriculum Inventory Training for Curriculum Specialist [pdf] ~ October 2014
  • Curriculum Update from the Chancellor's Office [pdf] ~ Curriculum Regional Meeting ~ October 2014
  • Curriculum Inventory Reopening September 1, 2014 Memo [pdf]
  • Curriculum Inventory Temporary Closure
    August 1-31, 2014 Memo [pdf]
  • Update from Academic Affairs Division Memo [pdf]
  • SB 1440 Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act and SB 1415 Common Course Numbering System Memo [pdf]   



  • Survey of Prerequisites/Corequisites Implemented During the
    2013-14 Academic Year - Memo [pdf] and FAQs [pdf]
  • The RP Group Guide to Prerequisite Research
  • Webinar Materials for
    October 17, 2013
    • Webinar PowerPoint [pdf]
    • Resources Referenced in Webinar [pdf]
    • Examples from San Bernardino CCD:
      • Content Review [pdf]
      • Board Policy [pdf]
      • Administrators Procedures [pdf]
      • Curriculum Guide to Determining Prerequisites [pdf]



Proposals for both programs and courses are submitted using the Curriculum Inventory (CI) process, which are submitted electronically at:

Credit Curriculum

Credit Instruction includes review and approval of programs and courses (degree and certificates) to be offered at California Community Colleges across the state. These programs and courses provide students with a pathway to a transfer baccalaureate institution to complete their educational goals, and the knowledge and skill for occupational preparation.


Noncredit Curriculum

Noncredit instruction provides students with access to a variety of courses at no cost to assist them in reaching their personal, academic and professional goals.  Colleges may offer noncredit programs of two or more courses to prepare students for employment or to be successful in college-level credit coursework. Career Development and College Preparation certificates are offered in several areas of study.

Some colleges also offer a High School Diploma Program, which conveys the same status as completion of a K-12 diploma. Many colleges also provide Community Services Offerings (often referred to as fee-based classes or Community Education) based on community needs. These offerings cover a wide variety of affordable not-for-credit learning opportunities, such as classes, workshops, seminars, and excursions for personal and professional enrichment. Community Service programs are self-supporting at the local level, and are open to all members of the community willing to pay a minimum fee.

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  • Credit Course Repetition Guidelines [pdf] ~ Final November 2013
  • Instructional Materials Guidelines [pdf] ~ January 2013
  • Community Services Offering [pdf] ~ September 2012
    • Common Concerns and Questions related to Community Services Offerings [pdf] ~ September 2012   
  • Guidelines for title 5 Regulations, Section 55003: Policies for Prerequisites, Corequisites, and Advisories on Recommended Preparation [pdf]~ February 2012
  • Supplemental Learning Assistance and Tutoring Regulations and Guidelines [pdf] ~ April 2006

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Selected External Resources

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Contact Information

   For assistance, please submit   
your written inquiry to:

Curriculum Questions

Credit Course Repetition Questions


Federal Gainful Employment Reporting

Utilizing the Curriculum Inventory

  • Memo, dated
    September 7, 2011
  • Memo, dated August 5, 2011
  • Memo, dated June 2, 2011

Noncredit Instruction

  • A = English as a Second Language
  • B = Immigrant Education
  • C = Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills
  • D = Health and Safety Education
  • E = Education Programs for Persons with Substantial Disabilities
  • F = Parenting Education
  • G = Family and Consumer Sciences
  • H = Education Programs for Older Adults
  • I = Short-term Vocational Programs with High Employment Potential
  • J - Workforce Preparation



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