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Pima County Community College District Regulation

Regulation Title:  Credentials Awarded
Regulation Number:
Effective Date:  10/6/98
Approval Date:  10/6/98
Review Date(s):  4/7/09
Revision Date(s):  4/7/09
Schedule for Review & Update:  Annually
Unit Responsible for Review & Update:  Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic Services
Sponsoring Unit/Department:  Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic Services
Board Policy Title & No.:  Curriculum, BP-3105
Legal Reference:   
Cross Reference:    RG-3104/A, RG-3105/A, RG-3106/A and BP-3117

I.      Purpose

The Pima Community College curriculum is an integrated body of knowledge, principles, values, and skills, organized by programs of learning that lead to degrees and certificates.

These programs support the College's vision of an educated person and a commitment to education as a lifelong process; provide educational experiences designed to facilitate the individual's progress toward personal, academic, and work-based goals; encourage the development of individual ideas and insights and the acquisition of knowledge and skills that together result in an appreciation of cultural diversity and a quest for further discovery; respond to the changing educational, societal, and technological needs of current and prospective students and community employers.

II.      Roles and Responsibilities

Pima County Community College District Board of Governors awards credentials to students who have completed requirements in transfer, occupational, workforce, and general studies programs.  Awards and certificates are reviewed by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Vice Provost, the College Curriculum Council, the College-wide Disciplinary Area faculty members, and the College Curriculum Office.

III.    Definition of Credit Credentials

Credit credentials include certificates, which require fewer than 60 credit hours and associate degrees, which require 60 or more credit hours.  Transfer degrees may require no more than 64 credit hours; occupational degrees may require no more than 75 credit hours unless mandated through special accreditation.

IV.    Definition of Non-credit Credentials

Non-credit credentials include certificates, which require demonstration of competency in a clock- hour format.