RELATED TO POLICY SERIES NO: 4020
TITLE: COURSE-NUMBERING GUIDELINES
Promulgates the rules driving the assignment and revision of course numbers, ensuring transferability, and nature of work therein.
The Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development produces "The Community College Handbook," which outlines the State Board of Education requirements and procedures that govern degrees and certificates, program approval, course approval, and instructor approval.
Assignment of course numbers is the responsibility of the local institutions. For community colleges that do not have their own course numbering system, the handbook provides a guide of the established system that Oregon community colleges initially used. Linn-Benton Community College, with a few variations, has utilized the established system of alpha/numeric numbers for lower-division transfer courses and numeric/decimal numbers for adult education, general self-improvement, developmental skills, occupational preparatory, occupational supplementary, and apprenticeship courses.
Freshman-level courses (first year) will be numbered at the 100 level. Sophomore-level courses (second year) will be numbered at the 200 level
The college will indicate in the catalog that the primary purpose of career technical courses is for the Associate of Applied Science Degree and not the fulfillment of a baccalaureate degree. Additionally, program faculty will assume responsibility for informing students regarding transferability of their courses to four-year colleges and universities.
Four-year colleges and universities have the right to accept the transfer of designated career technical courses when a student matriculates with a transcript that includes such course work.
On an individual basis, the college may approve alpha/numeric number 100- and 200- level courses for career technical courses that meet the following criteria:
- Instructors who teach these courses must meet the hiring requirements for transfer faculty.
- The course must represent a range of academic and professional rigor that parallels the offerings of the first two years of baccalaureate degree programs.
- The course must be generally acceptable as transfer credit to appropriate baccalaureate-degree-granting institutions.
- The capability of LBCC to hire a faculty member who meets the instructor approval process must be documented.
The process to change course numbers must go through the appropriate instructional administrator to the Academic Affairs Office, with approval by the Chief Academic Officer. The timeline must be in accordance with the annual catalog publication schedule.
DATE OF ADOPTION: 03/05/96
DATE(S) OF REVISION(S): 05/02/11, 6/2/16
DATE OF LAST REVIEW: 6/2/16