This screen collects data for the narrative portion of the program proposal.
The catalog description must be entered exactly as it will appear in the college catalog. The description must also:
- Convey the degree/certificate's goal(s) and objectives; suggest how they differ from the goals and objectives of other programs.
- Provide an overview of the knowledge and skills that students who complete the requirements must demonstrate.
- List all prerequisite skills or enrollment limitations.
- Suggest some caveats that students must be aware of where job market data or other factors are documented in the proposal. These warnings must be as clearly conveyed in the catalog description as possible. The catalog description needs to mention any risks, such as occupations that are inherently competitive or low-salaried and/or occupational areas where inexperienced graduates are not generally hired.
- If applicable, advise students if this is a high-unit program (more than 60 semester units) and how this impacts degree completion
- If applicable, reference accrediting and/or licensing standards including an explanation of any departures from the standards. In some occupations, while there is no legal requirement for a license to practice, there is a widely recognized certification provided by a professional association. In these cases, the Chancellor’s Office expects that the description will specify whether the program will fully prepare completers for the recognized professional certification. The description must also convey what students may expect as an outcome.
The catalog description represents a commitment to the student. Exaggerated statements must not be included. For a program designed with scaffolds among program awards, ensure the catalog description describes but does not overstate this relationship. Assertions of transfer applicability as well as career applicability must be reasonable and capable of being documented.
For ADTs (Transfer degrees), the program description must include the following:
- Completion of 60 semester units of degree-applicable courses
- Minimum overal grade point average of 2.0
- Minimum grade of "C" (or "P") for each course in the major.
- Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth
Throughout the narrative, refer to the program as Associate in [Arts/Science] in [Discipline] for Transfer. Do not use abbreviations for the degree in the narrative.
Program Goals and Objectives
Identify the goals and objectives of the program. The stated goals and objectives of the program must be consistent with the primary goal(s) selected on the Basic Program Info screen and with the mission of the community colleges as established by the Legislature in Education Code section 66010.4.
- If CTE is a primary program goal, then the statement must include the main competencies students will have achieved that are required for a specific occupation. The statement must, at a minimum, clearly indicate the specific occupation(s) or field(s) the program will prepare students to enter and the basic occupational competencies students will acquire.
- If Transfer is a primary program goal, then the statement must, at a minimum, include the preparation of students for one or more baccalaureate majors. Courses required for the degree are specifically designed as transferable courses so students are prepared for an area of study at a baccalaureate institution. Describe how these courses will meet the lower division requirements of a major at baccalaureate institutions. List the baccalaureate institutions that students will be able to transfer to upon completion of the program.
- If Other is a primary program goal, then the statement must, at a minimum, explain in detail how the degree was designed to meet community needs in accordance with the community college mission. Describe how the degree embodies a pattern of learning experiences that are focused on specific capabilities or knowledge areas.