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Pima County Community College District Regulation

Regulation Title: Courses
Regulation Number: RG-3105/B
Effective Date: 10/6/98
Approval Date:10/6/98
Review Date(s): 12/20/00
Revision Date(s):
Sponsoring Unit/Department: AVC Educational Services
Board Policy Title & No.: Curriculum, BP-3105
Legal Reference: State Board R7-1-701 and R7-1-702
Cross Reference: RG-3104/A, RG-3105/A, RG-3106/A and BP-3107


I. Purpose

The Pima Community College curriculum is composed of courses classified as credit and non-credit. Credit courses are defined as university parallel, occupational, special interest, developmental, workforce response, and continuing education.

These courses support the College's mission to provide general education, occupational/professional education, transfer education, developmental education, community education, student development and support services, and business and economic development.

II. Roles and Responsibilities

Credit and non-credit courses are a college-wide endeavor with administrators providing leadership, faculty providing expertise, and college staff providing data and technical assistance. Specifically, faculty meet as the College-Wide Discipline Area Committees (CDACs) to review and comment on courses developed within their subject areas, College curriculum specialists expedite curricular submissions, administrators review, comment, and sign curricular items prior to sending them to the College Curriculum Office for inclusion in the college-wide curriculum system.

The College's Board of Governors authorizes through the Senior Vice Chancellor for Educational Planning and Development the authority to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Services to approve new courses, course inactivations, course deletions, course modifications, and general education courses. A summary of course and all curricular transactions will be submitted to the College's Board of Governors on a semi-annual basis.

III. Definition of Credit Courses

University parallel courses are intended to transfer to a university and are evaluated by the university through the State of Arizona articulation system.

Occupational courses are intended to provide skills and competencies for direct employment and are evaluated by occupational advisory committees composed of business and industry representatives.

Developmental courses are credit courses intended to provide the foundation for retention and learning success of academically underprepared students.

Special interest courses are credit courses intended to meet specific cultural, career, economic, or educational needs of the community. Special interest courses are not considered university parallel or occupational courses.

Workforce response courses are credit courses intended to fulfill a specific business or industry request. They are often contracted with an agency and are evaluated by the agency.

Continuing education courses are credit courses intended to provide professional development experiences. Typically, continuing education may qualify for state funding based on clock-hours with a grading system of pass/fail.

IV. Definition of Non-credit Courses

Non-credit courses are funded based on clock-hours and not on credit hours and are typically self-supporting with the total costs for the course being paid by the student or by a sponsoring agency. Typically, no grades are required for the courses. Non-credit courses include short-term practical offerings, designed to develop technical skills and help meet professional career objectives as well as personal enrichment courses. Non-credit courses are a way to continue to learn without the formal structure of credit curriculum.


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