Change in  CSU participation in  CAN Memorandum and CSU Transfer Course Numbers

> From: Osman, Judy [
> <> ]
> Sent: Wed 3/16/2005 3:07 PM
> To:
> Cc: Jose Michel; Servin, Patricia
> Subject: CAN Status
> Vickie,
> Please forward to the CAN Board immediately.
> Thanks,
> Judy
> -----------------
> Colleagues,
> Late Monday afternoon, Executive Vice Chancellor Spence spoke with
> Chancellor Drummond to inform him that CSU will no longer serve as the
> fiscal agent for CAN or use CAN as its pre-major course identification
> project for the CSU Lower Division Transfer Pattern (LDTP). As a
> replacement model, CSU will implement the California State University
> transfer course numbering system to comply with Senate Bills 1785 and
> 1415. These numbers will represent the result of the analysis and
> articulation of courses between the CSU, its campuses, and all
> California Community Colleges.
> Therefore, the CAN System Office will close effective July 1, 2005, and
> current staff will end their employment with CSU Sacramento on June 30,
> 2005. CSU will continue to participate on the CAN Board, but its
> participation will be similar to that of the UC, i.e., as non-paying
> members, UC and now CSU have limited voting status and cannot serve on
> the executive committee of the CAN Board. While we make these changes,
> many questions will arise that we will need to address.
> CSU will use the much of the new CAN model processes developed by the
> CAN Board Implementation Committee. In addition, the CSU is developing a
> process that will recognize already-approved CCC CAN-identified courses
> as appropriate.
> We will keep you apprised of developments as this transition moves
> forward. I have imbedded in this email below a copy of the announcement
> that will be sent to CIAC listserv.
> Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
> Judy
> ________________________________
> CSU Transfer Course Numbers
> The facilitation of graduation is among the top priorities of the
> California State University. More than two-thirds of the university's
> students come to CSU campuses via transfer from California Community
> Colleges. Therefore, the establishment and maintenance of lower division
> transfer patterns (LDTP) is one of the university's most important
> long-term initiatives. The LDTP process must be completed well and in
> the timeliest possible fashion.
> The results of the creation of the lower division transfer
> patterns will serve as "roadmaps" to guide students through the
> community colleges and to the campuses of the CSU. In order to design
> and maintain these roadmaps and comply with Senate Bills 1785 and 1415,
> common transfer course numbers are needed to inter-relate courses and
> act as "guideposts" or points of reference along the path to university
> admission and graduation. SB 1785 requires the CSU to develop transfer
> admissions agreements for high demand majors, and SB 1415 requires the
> CSU to adopt a common course numbering system that will be most
> effective to "tracking" articulated courses. Both SB 1785 and SB 1415
> provide flexibility to CSU to use existing processes or to develop an
> effective articulation process that will identify transfer patterns for
> the CSU's highest demand majors. It is essential that the creation and
> maintenance of these common course numbers achieve the following:
> * Reflect faculty judgment,
> * Widely communicate effective patterns for transfer
> students, and
> * Be updated by an appropriate and yet expeditious
> process.
> To achieve these goals and with the support of the CSU Academic
> Senate, the CSU will implement the California State University transfer
> course numbering system, e.g. CSU Government 1, etc. These numbers will
> represent the results of the analysis and articulation of courses
> between the CSU, its campuses, and all California community colleges.
> CSU faculty will continue to develop specific course descriptors against
> which general education "major prep" courses can be articulated and
> included in lower division transfer patterns.
> As courses are described and included in LDTPs, a faculty
> driven- staff facilitated process will assign CSU transfer course
> numbers and store the results in ASSIST, CSUMentor, and
> California Community College faculty will
> continue to be invited to participate in and inform the LDTP as well as
> the CSU transfer course number processes.
> For university advising and admissions purposes, CSU transfer
> course numbers will replace many of the functions currently aided by
> California Articulation Numbers (CAN). Until CSU transfer course
> numbers can be developed for LDTP courses for which CAN numbers already
> exist, such CAN numbers may continue to used for articulation, advising
> and admissions purposes. As CSU transfer course numbers are developed,
> they will replace CAN numbers. Therefore, students, counselors and
> faculty can continue to use CAN numbers until they are replaced by CSU
> transfer course numbers, which will made immediately available in ASSIST
> and CSUMentor.
> The CSU transfer course numbering system will enable the CSU to
> the meet the June 1, 2006 articulation requirements mandated in SB 1785
> and 1415. Because the CSU transfer course-numbering system will be a
> replacement model for CAN, California State University will not longer
> participate in CAN. While the University of California does not
> participate in CAN and the CSU will no longer participate in CAN, the
> California Community Colleges may choose to continue to support CAN as a
> method for articulating course among community colleges as well as with
> independent colleges and universities. Therefore, the CSU will initiate
> steps to transfer the oversight of CAN from the CSU to the CCC.
> The development and maintenance of CSU transfer course numbers
> and their use in the LDTP process offers an effective, timely and
> efficient tool for the facilitation of CSU admission and university
> graduation.
> ___________________________________________
> Judy Osman
> Associate Director, Student Academic Support
> CSU Office of the Chancellor
> (562) 951-4729
> fax (562) 951-4867