Support, Principles, and Processes for a New CSU Course
Articulation Number System
AS-2698-05/AA - May 5-6, 2005
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State
University (CSU) endorse the development of a CSU Course Articulation Numbering
System; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor,
Board of Trustees (BOT), and legislature to recognize that the development and
approval of course descriptors and approval of courses for articulation to the
CSU remain the responsibility of the CSU faculty; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recommend to the
Chancellor the following principles and processes for implementation of a new
- Use of existing California Articulation Numbering System (CAN)
- Existing courses in the CAN system should be initially adopted into
the CSU system when included in the Lower Division Transfer Pattern Program
(LDTP) agreements (either statewide or campus-specific) if those groups
have not recommended any changes in the CAN descriptor.
- Where the faculty, through the LDTP process, have recommended changes
in the CAN descriptor, these changes will be reviewed and approved by the
appropriate Course Descriptor Development Panel (CDDP) prior to being
incorporated into the new CSU articulation numbers system.
- Development and approval of course descriptors:
- Course descriptors should be developed by a CDDP composed of
approximately five CSU faculty from the discipline offering the course along
with one community college faculty member. It is assumed that this group
will rotate its membership among the various CSU campuses over time.
Articulation officers should be involved as a non-voting resource as
needed in the descriptor development and approval process.
- Course descriptors should include the knowledge base (content) of the
course as well as any skills students would be expected to acquire. Learning
objectives are encouraged but optional.
- Course descriptors, once developed, will be submitted for approval to
the CSU campus departments offering the course. In the event that the
course descriptor is not approved by all voting departments, the
descriptor approved by at least three-fourths of the voting departments
will be adopted.
- Course approval and periodic review:
- All articulated courses will typically be reviewed on a
- Existing course proposals or resubmissions from the community
colleges will be reviewed by the CDDP who will either continue or
discontinue approval of the course; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU appoint an ad hoc
committee to develop the necessary policies and procedures to implement this
system; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor
to provide adequate funding and support to faculty involved in the ongoing
implementation of the CSU Articulation Number System.
RATIONALE: The CSU Chancellor's Office has taken action
to end CSU's participation in the California Articulation Number (CAN) system.
This resolution proposes principles for the development of a similar process
within the CSU.
APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY -- May 5-6, 2005