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Repeatable classes see limitations

State Title 5 regulations to undergo modification

By Sinoti Iosua, staff writer
On October 24, 2012

With the number of available spaces for California community college students dropping each semester, changes to Title 5 regulations, intended to facilitate matriculation and transfer, await state approval.
Title 5 regulations are a set of laws that govern higher education in the state of California.
District Vice Chancellor of Education and Technology Mojdeh Mehdizadeh said the major areas that are being changed are sections 58161 and  55041.
Section 58161 limits the number of times a student can repeat a course and section 55041 defines course repetition in educational activity classes.
Classes that were repeatable after a student successfully passed them will no longer be available to them after this code is finalized, although there are exceptions.
Rich Cameron, Cerritos College Curriculum Committee chairperson and journalism professor, said there are three exceptions - athletic courses, competition courses and courses that meet specific requirements for CSUs and UCs.
"It hasn't been passed yet and is sitting in the Department of Finance (in the Governor's Office) for approval," Contra Costa College Interim Vice President Donna Floyd said.
Mehdizadeh said it could be approved any day now.
The changes to Title 5 are expected to go into effect fall semester 2013.
The state wanted to explicitly affirm that classes are not repeatable, district Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Barry Russell said.
Russell said the regulation is proposed by the district Governing Board then given to the California Community College Board of Governors for review and is then reviewed by the Department of Finance.
The Department of Finance has the last say. Once approved, it will take about 180 days to implement to the policy.
Mehdizadeh said, "When this rule goes into effect family classes will be the only classes not affected."
Family classes are groups of courses with similar primary educational activities, which are separated into distinct skill levels with different student learning outcomes for each level.
One problem that arose is deciding what exactly constitutes a family of classes. The PE department might have this problem when deciding whether a class is a PE class or an athletic course.
The reason for the change in policy is to free spaces for students who have yet to take these courses, however, there are other factors as to why this change is being pushed - a need for results is one of those factors.
If a student takes a softball class three times, with the new regulations he or she will take different softball courses marked as beginning, intermediate and advanced - each with different student learning outcomes. This allows the everyone to see the exact skills students are learning.
The courses must be revised by faculty who rewrite their course outlines and syllabuses to align with the new code.

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