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California Community Colleges Curriculum Committee (5C)

Recommendation 1.5 from the 2004 Review of the System Office for California Community Colleges indicated the need for the establishment of a “standing Curricular Issues Advisory Committee” as well as the need to “improve system-wide understanding of curricular approval processes.”  It also recommended that “the role of the Chancellor’s Office should evolve from a focus on approval to one of leadership, technical support, and arbitration, when districts and regions need interventions.”

In response to Recommendation 1.5, the Curriculum Advisory Committee met in 2004 and 2005 and established the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum (SACC).  From 2005 – 2016, SACC served as the primary advisory body for curriculum matters in the state, addressing issues from the 2004 recommendation such as regionalization, stand-alone courses, supplementary instruction.  However, during this time, the role of SACC has also evolved such that the need to re-visit its advisory status as well as the need to revisit the relationship between SACC and the CCCCO emerged in the 2015 – 2016 academic year.

In 2016, in order to full address all aspects of Recommendation 1.5, SACC became the California Community Colleges Curriculum Committee (CCCCC, or 5C).  5C is a recommending body that provides policy and guidance / policy guidance on all matters related to curriculum, including creation, implementation and endorsement of curriculum through the California Community College system.


Voting Members
  • 8 faculty representatives appointed by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
  • 4 representatives appointed by the Chief Instructional Officers
  • 2 Chancellor's Office representatives - Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Vice Chancellor of Educational Services
  • 1 curriculum specialist appointed by CCC Classified Senate (4CS)
Resource Members
  • 1 ACCE representive
  • 1 CTE Adminstrator
  • 1 Chancellor's Office Legal Counsel staff
Additional Chancellor's Office staff may attend COCC meetings at the invitation of the committee co-chairs, in consultation with the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction.


CCCCC is co-chaired by the faculty representative appointed by the ASCCC President and a Chief Instructional Officer appointed by the CCCCIO Executive Board.

Purpose and Responsibilty

 The California Community Colleges Curriculum Committee (CCCCC) makes recommendations and provides guidance to the Chancellor’s Office on local and regional implementation of curriculum policy and regulations throughout the California Community College system, including general education, workforce, & development education programs in credit, non-credit and not-for-credit areas.   

5C is responsible for the development and revision of all title 5 regulations related to curriculum and instruction, the periodic revision of the Program and Course Approval Handbook, the Baccalaureate Degrees Handbook, and all other recommendations that require approval by the Board of Governors.  In formulating its recommendations to the Board of Governors, the 5C shall consult with all appropriate constituencies, and shall rely primarily on the advice and judgment of the Academic Senate.

5C advises the Chancellor’s Office on state-level curriculum certification processes to ensure quality, integrity, compliance, collaboration, flexibility, timeliness, and transparency, while putting the needs of students first.

5C works with the Chancellor’s Office to ensure that all levels of local and regional curricular design and approval is faculty-led and driven by identified student need.

5C advises the Chancellor’s Office on training programs for colleges and districts regarding submission of curriculum to the Chancellor’s Office. 

Decision Making and Recommendations

A quorum is 50% plus one of the voting members present in person or by teleconference.  Vacancies do not count towards the determination of the quorum.  5C may make recommendations to the Board of Governors, to the Chancellor through Consultation, and to the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services.  5C shall make every effort to reach consensus when making decisions.  If consensus is not reached, then decisions shall be made by vote of the voting membership.   Recommendations will be sent forward in the following order:

1. Recommendations to the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services for action, legal interpretation, research, or other support as needed;
2. 5C recommendations to the Chancellor through Consultation
3. 5C recommendations that require Board of Governors approval  


Terms are for one year and are renewable.


Effective Practices - March 2010


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