Comprehensive Standards 3.4.6
The institution employs sound and acceptable practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded for courses, regardless of format or mode of delivery. (Educational Programs Standards for All Educational Programs) (Includes all on-campus, off-campus, and distance learning programs)
Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) demonstrates compliance with this comprehensive standard. When determining the amount and level or credit for courses, CFCC adheres to the Common Course Library, which is created and maintained by the State Board of Community Colleges in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). CFCC has provided a sample list of CFCC course descriptions that are found in the Common Course Library and in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook. While CFCC’s Curriculum Committee may make recommendations for course changes to the state, the NCCCS Curriculum Review Committee creates new courses and revises existing ones. The College has provided state procedures for course changes as well as minutes from a CFCC Curriculum Committee meeting for support.
The College is required to conform to the amount and level of credit for courses as specified by the State Board of Community Colleges in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Common Course Library. A sample listing of business courses from the Common Course Library is attached (Business Courses). These same course descriptions can also be found in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (Course Descriptions pg 144).
At the state level, the process for the creation of new courses and revising existing courses within the Common Course Library is the responsibility of the NCCCS Curriculum Review Committee, which is outlined in the State’s Curriculum Procedures Manual in Chapter 15, Curriculum Review Committee (CRC) Procedures (Curriculum Review Committee Procedures). Locally, responsibility for making recommendations for course changes to the state CRC is charged to the CFCC Curriculum Committee (Curriculum Committee). As an example, in the meeting of October 6, 2004, the CFCC Curriculum Committee reviewed a new capstone course in machining Mac XXX, Applications in CNC Machining. The committee approved this course and forwarded it to the CRC for consideration (October, 6, 2004 Curriculum Committee Minutes pg 3).