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Procedures for adding new courses and programs to the curriculum and for making substantial or unsubstantial changes to existing curriculum have been developed to ensure an orderly, efficient means of meeting local and state requirements in accordance with the California Education Code and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. It is understood that, at each step, the documents can be returned to the originator(s) for further information or modification before they are forwarded to the next step in the approval process.

For all submissions to Tech Review, a memo from the Division Chair is required.

For all course related submissions, an updated course outline of record and a course application are required along with the memo.

Program submissions require the changes to the program to be included in the memo along with a Program Submission Requirements form. If the program is new or has substantial changes, the appropriate program application needs to accompany the memo and program submission requirements form.


Substantial Change: A new program or course based upon an active proposal. This action will initiate a new control number.

These include: Course: TOP Code, Credit Status, Unit Changes, Basic Skills Status, SAM Code, Prior to College Level, Noncredit Category

Program: Addition/creation of a new program award (degree or certificate) or major/area of emphasis using an active proposal; TOP code change to DIFFERENT discipline.

Non-substantial Change: An action to change an active program or course that will not initiate a new control number.

Course: Course-Department-Number, Course Title, Course Transfer Status, Coop/Work Exp. Status, Course Classification Code, Repeatability, Special Class Status, CAN Code, CAN Seq. Code, Crosswalk Dept. Name, Crosswalk Dept. Number, Funding Agency Category, and Program Status

Program: Title Change, TOP Code change within SAME discipline, certificate or degree unit change, certificate or diploma hour change, addition/removal courses from an existing approved program.

Course Development Timeline
Curriculum Meeting and Deadline Calendar 2013-2014
Memo for Submissions to Tech Review
Course Applications
New/Revised Credit Course Application
New/Revised Noncredit Course
Distance Learning Form
Program Applications
Program Submission Requirement Form (needed when submitting a program into the new state system for the first time, even if the program is an existing one.)

Narrative Templates for Traditional Degrees and Certificates
Narrative Template for ADTs

Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) Templates
TC Active Course Outline of Records
Course Outline of Record Template
Extensive Laboratory Description and Rationale
COR Extensive Laboratory Sample
Technical Review Committee
Curriculum and General Education Committee

Curriculum Handbook

Curriculum Contacts

Verbs Requiring Cognitive Outcomes Table

Units to Hours Conversion Chart

MLA Style and Standards

Transfer Model Curriculum Resources

General Education Emphasis

(TOPS) Taxonomy of Programs

C-ID Website

General Education Requirements

Title 5 Sections Relevant to Curriculum Committees

Prerequisite Validation Study Example

Suggestions for Conducting Prerequisite Research


Distance Learning Approval List

Credit by Examination List

Pass/No Pass Eligible List

Strictly Pass/No Pass List

Program Status

Extensive Lab List