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This glossary contains terms found in Commission publications, on this website, and in the education community. Several subsets of this glossary are available; click on the description in the menu to view them.
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ArticulationArticulation is the process by which coursework completed in one education system is given credit in another. In California, this process generally refers to sets of community college courses that CSU and UC faculty agree to accept as having the focus, content and rigor necessary to meet course requirements at the baccalaureate institutions. Formal course articulation agreements generally fall within one of three areas: (1) general education breadth agreements, such as those represented by IGETC, (2) transferable course agreements, such as those approved by the State University in various systemwide decrees, and (3) course-by-course agreements, which are generally used to build articulation of lower-division coursework required for a particular major.
Articulation AgreementAn official agreement in which one collegiate institution agrees to accept specific courses or groups of courses from another collegiate institution in place of its own courses. In California, this process generally refers to agreements involving sets of community college courses that CSU and UC faculty agree to accept as having the focus, content and rigor necessary to meet course requirements at the baccalaureate institutions.
ASSIST (Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer)ASSIST is a computerized student-transfer information system that can be accessed over the World Wide Web. It displays reports of how course credits earned at one California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s colleges and universities and therefore provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available about student transfer in California. ASSIST is a student-centered, electronic information system for students planning to transfer. It serves as a key component of a comprehensive statewide information and advising system to enhance student transfer, and provides universal online access to articulation. ASSIST's mission is to facilitate the transfer of California Community College students to California's public four-year universities by providing an electronic system for academic planning which delivers accurate, timely, and complete information and operates as the official repository of articulation information for the state of California.
CAN (California Articulation Number System) – no longer operationalThe California Articulation Number System (CAN) was a course identification system for common core lower-division transferable, major preparation courses commonly taught at community college and CSU campuses. Colleges and universities that demonstrated common acceptance of courses through traditional articulation agreements were able to qualify courses for CAN designations. Courses with CAN designators were accepted by any participating institution as being comparable to courses with the same CAN designators to meet local requirements, even if the receiving university had not established an explicit traditional articulation agreement with a particular community college. CAN was designed as a cross-reference course identification system for a common core of lower-division, transferable, major preparation courses commonly taught on community college, CSU, and UC campuses. CAN was created to promote the transfer of community college students to UC and CSU by simplifying the identification of transferable courses and indicating the disciplines and programs at institutions to which those courses are transferable. CAN was funded by the state through the CSU and community colleges and was discontinued in 2006.
Catalog RightsA policy that allows, in certain circumstances, a college student to select the set of requirements, he/she will follow to qualify for university graduation. Course articulation, major-specific – Sets of courses that CSU and UC faculty accept as having the focus, content and rigor necessary to meet course prerequisite requirements for specific majors that have lower division requirements. The term discipline-specific is often used within SB 121, by former Senator Gary Hart (Chapter 1188, Statutes of 1991) to refer to major-specific course articulation agreements. This articulation is also referred to as “Major Prep” articulation and, for prospective transfer students, is generally preferable to course-to-course articulation. Articulation agreements specific to the community college student’s major of choice are more focused and tend to require that the student take fewer courses in general than non major-specific agreements.
Course Articulation, System WideAgreements by faculty that a set of courses offered by community colleges are equivalent to similar courses offered at CSU and UC. Credits earned by students in these courses are accepted by every campus within CSU or UC and are applied toward degree requirements. Generally, these courses are lower-division, general education courses.
General Education Breadth RequirementsA specific program of courses that a student may use to fulfill CSU general education requirements for the baccalaureate degree prior to transferring to a CSU campus. Some of these courses may be taken at a community college or other accredited college or university prior to transfer to a CSU campus.
General Education RequirementsA program of courses in the arts and sciences that provides students with a broad educational experience. Courses typically are introductory in nature and provide students with fundamental skills and knowledge in mathematics, English, arts, humanities, and physical, biological, and social sciences. Transfer students often take these classes while attending a community college. Completion of a general education program is required for the baccalaureate degree.
IMPAC (Intersegmental Major Preparation Articulated Curriculum)The Intersegmental Major Preparation Articulated Curriculum (IMPAC) project is a statewide, intersegmental effort where faculty in selected disciplines discuss prerequisite and lower-division courses students must complete prior to transfer to either CSU or UC. Its goal is improving student transfer through increased awareness and involvement of faculty. One aspect of IMPAC is that each discipline develops a grid of all university campus lower division major requirements. These IMPAC Discipline Grids identify specific university requirements and courses and provide a comparison of requirements across campuses including notations of campus-specific variances. IMPAC is supervised by the Intersegmental Council of Academic Senates (ICAS) to get faculty to work together to develop a common understanding of major preparation requirements around the state. IMPAC is one of many efforts to get CSU and UC faculty, respectively, to agree on these basic premises so that faculty in the system will have consistent standards to use to develop actual articulation agreements with other higher education systems. IMPAC is funded through contract funds allocated through the community colleges. This effort was initially funded in the 1999-2000 budget.
Impacted ProgramsRefers to those majors that receive more applications during the initial application filing period than there are spaces available. A major may be impacted on one campus, several campuses, or all campuses where it is offered.
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)Often referred to as the "Common-core transfer curriculum," IGETC is a general education program that community college students may use to fulfill lower-division general education requirements at either the CSU or UC without the need, after transfer, to take additional lower-division general education courses. All California community colleges offer an approved list of courses from which students may select to meet general education curricular requirements at the State University or University campuses of their choice. Developed in response to AB 1725 (Vasconcellos, Chapter 973, Statutes of 1988), the curriculum was adopted in 1990 by the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates and implemented in the 1991-92 academic year.
Junior StatusRefers to students who have entered the third year of study for a bachelor’s degree. Students who have completed 60-89 semester units are considered juniors.
Lower DivisionCourses designed for the first two years or within the first 59 semester units of study toward a baccalaureate degree, often taken at community college and transferred to a university. Also refers to freshman and sophomore students.
Major PreparationThis phrase refers to academic coursework taken by prospective transfer students while they are still enrolled at a community college that satisfies some of the requirements of a specific degree major at a receiving institution. Students who have decided on a receiving institution and specific program of study use “major preparation articulation” agreements, which allow them to take coursework needed for the particular major. Good counseling apprises prospective transfer students of the individual requirements of degree programs at institutions and with this knowledge students may plan a path of study that allows them to take discipline-specific courses while still enrolled in the community college. Major preparation transfer agreements are usually preferable for students rather than transfer paths that focus solely on general education courses that satisfy lower-division requirements. Meeting major preparation transfer requirements while in the community college also gives students more freedom when selecting courses once they enroll in the receiving institution and helps expedite their time-to-degree by putting them further along in their selected major at an earlier point.
TransferThe process of continuing enrollment at a college or university other than the one in which a student is currently enrolled. Generally the term "transfer" student refers to a student who has completed two years of full-time lower division college coursework, either in general education or a "major preparation" coursework for a selected degree program.
Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)This University of California program (most predominantly at UC Riverside and UC San Diego) encourages students to begin their college career at a California community college and then transfer to the UC to complete the bachelor's degree. TAG participants enter into a contract with the receiving UC campus that specifies the requirements that these students must satisfy for admission while at the community college. The program provides students guaranteed admission to the UC campus’ college and academic term of choice, but does not necessarily for impacted majors. Each participating UC campus develops its own TAG with area community colleges and these agreements vary by campus.
Transfer AdmitsA count of the actual number of transfer-eligible community college students who apply for and are accepted for enrollment in a baccalaureate institution in a given year. This term is the second in the transfer sequence of "Applicant" "Admits" and "Enrolleds." Transfer admissibility is one measure of how effective community colleges are in helping students achieve transfer eligibility. It also is one gauge of the utility of baccalaureate institution outreach efforts to potential transfer students and of the effectiveness of faculty articulation efforts and other transfer processes.
Transfer AgreementThese are specific agreements that a community college student enters into with a CSU or UC campus, stipulating that admission as an upper division student is assured providing the student satisfies the specific requirements delineated in the agreement. These agreements typically lists the courses the student will complete at community college, with emphasis on courses required for admission, major prerequisites, and breadth requirements. Students who comply with the agreement and apply for admission on time during the appropriate filing period are guaranteed admission to a specific academic term in advance. In many cases, these agreements do not guarantee transfer into the department or major of first choice, however students with these agreements generally stand a better chance of gaining such enrollment.
Transfer Agreement ProgramThis term refers to the combination of programs, policies and practices that CSU and UC campuses use to facilitate the transfer of community college student. These TAPs are usually established between CSU/UC campuses and local area community colleges. The transfer agreement program incorporates enrollment planning and management to assure that adequate spaces exist for students who have prepared themselves for transfer. It also includes the procedures by which a community college makes students aware of the requirements that must be met to successfully transfer to one of the State's public universities.
Transfer Alliance Program (TAP)This University of California program (initiated at UCLA) gives students at participating community colleges an opportunity to transfer to participating UC campuses as juniors. Students in this program complete an honors/scholars program at the community college. Faculty and counselors at the community colleges help students plan academic programs that meet major and general education requirements and honors/scholars certification. Students who complete the program are given priority consideration for admission to the College of Letters and Science at the UC campus. Students participating in TAP learn more about the UC through meetings with counselors, faculty, and students, including students who have transferred to the UC from the same community college. TAP students may use the UC library and participate in cultural and sports events on campus.
Transfer ApplicantsA count of the number of community college students who apply for transfer to a baccalaureate institution in a given year. This term is the first in the transfer sequence of "Applicant" "Admits" and "Enrolleds." The numbers of students applying for transfer serves as one measure of the effectiveness of the many community college and intersegmental initiatives designed to help community colleges students achieve transfer eligibility and pursue a baccalaureate education.
Transfer EligibleAn estimate, or actual count, of the numbers of community college students who have met or exceeded transfer requirements published by the California State University, the University of California, and independent institutions. Transfer eligibility is essentially determined by requirements established by the "receiving" (baccalaureate) institutions. As such, it is driven by the efficiency of these requirements and by how effective community colleges are at preparing students to meet them. Changes in transfer eligibility also help measure the effectiveness of intersegmental transfer efforts, such as CAN and IGETC, and the utilization of ASSIST.
Transfer EnrolledA count of the actual number of community college students who enroll in a baccalaureate institution as transfer students . This term is the third in the transfer sequence of "Applicant" "Admits" and "Enrolleds." This term also defines the numbers reported annually by the Commission as actual transfer students. Improvement in the number of transfer enrolled community college students is the State's highest policy goal in the area of transfer. As such, assessing changes in transfer "Enrolleds" is the most effective measure of the interrelation and effectiveness of all the State's transfer services, programs and processes.
Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP)These programs operated by some University of California campuses, encourage community college students to transfer to a UC by providing support services to ease their transition. The program provides a transfer advisor who regularly visits each participating community college to work with counselors and students. The TOP advisor provides information about admission and transfer requirements, academic programs, financial aid, housing, tutoring, campus life, and other services and programs. The advisor evaluates student transcripts to assure that admission requirements are met and that community college courses taken are transferable to the University. The TOP advisor also works with counselors and students to develop individual transfer admission agreements.
Transfer UnitsCredit earned in courses that are transferable to the CSU, UC, independent institution, or other college or university that a student plans to attend. All community colleges have a course numbering system for identifying transferable courses. This information is included in the community college's catalog. Credit is given to the community college that has the most transferable units.
Upper DivisionCourses designed for the third and fourth (junior and senior) years of study toward a bachelor's degree. These courses are not offered by community colleges, and they often require completion of pre-requisite courses ("major preparation" courses). This term also refers to junior and senior students in baccalaureate degree granting institutions.
WASCAcronym for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. The Western region covers institutions in California and Hawaii, the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Pacific Basin, and East Asia, and areas of the Pacific and East Asia where American/International schools or colleges may apply to it for service. The accrediting activities of WASC are conducted by the three Commissions. Each Commission works with a different segment of education