Articulation at College of the Redwoods
Articulation Officer: Nicole Bryant Lescher
Courses are submitted annually in December from our campus articulation office to the state general education review. Results from the state review are typically received in late March or early April and effective term is retroactive to the fall semester they were submitted for review. To submit course work for GE Review, it is desirable to do so at the same time as you are submitting a new course or submitting a course revision to the Curriculum Committee.
Faculty should complete the GE requests on the course outline and can contact the Curriculum Chair or Articulation Officer for more information regarding these requests. If you need any assistance determining whether a current course is eligible for any GE Areas or are looking to revise or develop a GE course, you can contact the Articulation Officer for more details on requirements or guidelines.
When developing transferable courses (numbered 1-99) it is helpful to locate a lower division comparable course taught at California State University (CSU) or the University of California (UC). If a course from CSU is cited and it is an appropriate comparable course, the Articulation Officer designates the course as CSU transferable after approval from the State Chancellor’s Office. If a course from UC is cited, the Articulation Officer must submit the course outline to the UC Office of the President (UCOP) for review and approval.
UC proposed courses are submitted to UCOP once a year in June. Additionally, citing a lower division parallel is the best way to ensure that the course can be articulated or submitted for the IGETC or CSU General Education/Breadth requirements.
• Please refer to the college catalog to see which courses are UC transferable.
• It is highly recommended that there is at least one lower division comparable course at any UC campus.
• UC courses must follow the timeline provided by CR and have to go through the formal submission process via UC-TCA in June of each year. They must be approved by UCOP prior to being offered on campus as UC transferable courses.
• CR’s CSU transferable courses are numbered 1-99.
• It is a highly recommended that there is at least one lower division comparable courses identified at one of the CSU campuses.
To view what courses we have articulated with the CSU's and UC's, copy and paste this link into your browser:
Creating new articulation
Many times we find that our coursework aligns well with existing coursework at the 4-year universities, but no articulation currently exists. If you are developing new courses that align with a 4-year lower division course, if you are revising a course to align to 4-year lower division course or you find coursework from your discipline that does not have current articulation but you feel that it aligns, the best thing we can do is work together to propose articulation.
As Faculty members you are the experts in your course content and our objective is to fill in any gaps that may be holding up students from transfer or earning appropriate credit for completed coursework once they do transfer. If you have found a course that needs to be articulated, please email an Articulation Officer with the information so they can develop an Articulation Proposal Request for our 4-year University Partners.
If you have any questions or need assistance researching or determining Articulation utilizing ASSIST. Please contact Nicole Bryant Lescher at (707) 476-4233 or via email at Nicole-BryantLescher@Redwoods.edu.
What is C-ID, how is it used at College of the Redwoods and how to utilize it when developing courses
The Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID) is a numbering system developed to ease the transfer and articulation burdens in California’s higher educational institutions. To learn more about C-ID, please visit www.c-id.net. Currently, C-ID has 321 approved descriptors and 31 draft descriptors from over 31 different disciplines.
What does this mean for us? C-ID descriptors are utilized as required criteria for the Associate Degree for Transfer TMC Templates as well as facilitating articulation when students transfer between Community College campuses and beyond to a 4-year university. The California Community College Chancellor’s office requires that courses be C-ID approved before they are listed on an ADT proposal. C-ID Descriptors can also be utilized to assist with Course Development or Revision and can be a tool for Student Course Substitution Reviews.
To access the CR courses that have been approved as comparable to C-ID descriptors, use the COURSES tab. You can search for courses by discipline on our campus. You can also search other CSU campuses for comparable courses.
When developing new courses or revising courses, please see a list of finalized C-ID Descriptors and searching by discipline. The Descriptors are built in a fairly similar set up as our COR’s and by using them as a guide assists us in achieving C-ID approval and opens more pathways of utilization for that course.
Using C-ID as a tool for equivalency determination can be helpful when a student is requesting substitution of a course they may have taken at another CCC. While I still encourage faculty to review other CCC’s official course outlines and/or syllabi when determining a student’s course substitution, if our course and the course being requested for substitution have been approved for the same C-ID Descriptor it can give you confidence that the courses are likely aligned and cover the same content.
Under the “Courses” Tab you can use the drop down menus to search for all courses approved for specific C-ID Numbers or search by campus. Example: A student completed Cabrillo College’s ACCT 1A and would like to do a course substitution for our BUS 1A, we know that our BUS 1A is approved for C-ID ACCT 110. We can then utilize the drop down search to confirm that Cabrillo’s course is also approved for ACCT 110.
There are also some CSU courses that have been identified with C-ID Numbers that can also be helpful when attempting to align new or revised courses and confirm lower division status.
Submitting a Current Course for review to C-ID
If your discipline has a currently active course that aligns with a C-ID Descriptor, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org identifying the CR course and the C-ID Descriptor(s) that you are interesting in having reviewed.
What is an Associate Degree for Transfer?
Known as AA-T or AS-T, associate degrees for transfer are special new degrees offered at California Community Colleges.
What are the benefits of an Associate Degree for Transfer?
Students who earn an AA-T or AS-T degree and meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to a CSU. Please note: they are guaranteed admission to a CSU, but not necessarily to a particular campus or major. With this special degree, they may be given a GPA bump when applying to an impacted campus outside their local area or an impacted major that is deemed similar. Once they are admitted and enrolled in a designated similar degree program students have the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree with as little as 60 semester or 90 quarter units of coursework.