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1 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Redefining the Associate Degree Mark Wade Lieu, Ohlone College Greg Granderson, Santa Rosa Junior College Paul Setziol, DeAnza College Shaaron Vogel, Butte College

2 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Degrees based on IGETC and CSU-GE Title 5 § Minimum Requirements for the Associate Degree. Each associate in arts or associate in science degree must include a major of at least 18 semester units or 27 quarter units of study in a single discipline or related disciplines.

3 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Degrees based on IGETC and CSU-GE Curriculum Handbook Associate degree majors are required to be at least 18 semester units or 27 quarter units of coursework in a single discipline or related disciplines, as listed in the Taxonomy of Programs. However, for degrees intended to provide transfer students with lower-division general education, a distribution of general education coursework according to university requirements may be considered to satisfy this requirement.

4 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Degrees based on IGETC and CSU-GE Legal Advisory This requirement disallows "majors" with no discernible focus or majors constructed of loosely structured items of interest selected individually by students. Districts should ensure that this requirement is observed and that a clear major is described in connection with each associate degree offered.

5 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Degrees based on IGETC and CSU-GE Other Issues –Degrees based on local General Education –Degrees based on IGETC/CSU-GE PLUS an area of emphasis –Use of the term “transfer” in degree titles

6 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Degrees based on IGETC and CSU-GE Resolutions –Support degrees based on IGETC and CSU-GE –Oppose degrees based on IGETC and CSU-GE

7 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Degrees based on IGETC and CSU-GE Survey Results 36 responses –23 - IGETC –25 - CSU GE Breadth –14 - Locally determined GE –07 - Other

8 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Degrees based on IGETC and CSU-GE Support for such degrees 24 - Allow any type of GE pattern 05 - IGETC/CSU GE Breadth only 05 - Oppose degrees based on GE pattern

9 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Minimum Grade in Courses in a Major Currently, only require a C average Resolution to support change to minimum grade of C in courses comprising the area of emphasis for a degree or a certificate General support

10 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Minimum Grade in Courses in a Major The Wrinkle For degrees based on IGETC or CSU-GE, what would constitute the area of emphasis? The whole pattern vs. 18 units

11 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Minimum Grade in Courses in a Major If 18 units, which 18 units? Golden 4 – already require a C –Area A: Communication (3 units – CSU only) –Area A: English Composition (3 units) –Area A: Critical Thinking (3 units) –Area B4: Mathematics (3 to 5 units) –4-6 units still to be decided

12 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session What’s in a name? Associate of Arts Associate of Science

13 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session What’s in a name? How do you define an associate of arts (AA)? How do you define an associate of science (AS)?

14 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session What’s in a name? The Argument for Consistency Clarity for students Clarity for the public A single degree title

15 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session What’s in a name? The Flipside CSU and UC are not consistent Local traditions and values

16 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session What’s in a name? Vocational Degrees A new degree title? The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) –Nationally, has lower requirements to fulfill general education –During math/English discussion, it is clear the senates do not support this

17 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session What’s in a name? Survey Results 36 responses –31 offer both AA and AS –03 offer a single associate degree –16 have identical requirements for the AA and AS

18 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session What’s in a name? Differentiating the AA and AS 21 have a clear distinction –AS has additional requirements for science –AS focuses on math/science/engineering –AS is granted for vocational degrees –AA is for liberal arts and humanities

19 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session What’s in a name? Support for statewide definition of AA/AS 29 believe standardization would be beneficial to students and communication with external groups 27 want the ASCCC to pursue a standardization in usage

20 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session What’s in a name? Resolutions –One unified associate degree title (no more AA vs. AS) –Clarify the distinction between an AA and AS on a statewide level –Create a third associate degree specifically for vocational areas

21 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Plenary Session Redefining the Associate Degree Thank You If you have further questions, you can contact Mark Wade Lieu at


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