Regulatory guidance

California Educational Code and Title 5 regulations provide guidance regarding the faculty role in curriculum development at the community college level. Community college faculty members determine and authorize the appropriate curriculum that may be articulated between educational segments.

What is the role of college faculty in high school articulation?

  • Work collaboratively with secondary teachers and other college personnel to review requests to articulate coursework.
  • Approve articulation agreements.
  • Promote ongoing dialogue with secondary sites to ensure that the curriculum standards set by the college are maintained and promote student progress.

Reviewing and approving requests to articulate courses

Step 1: When the DVC Instruction Office receives a request for Articulation from a District, the Coordinator will review for completeness of submitted materials and substantial alignment of course content. The request will then be forwarded to the appropriate department/discipline for review.

Step 2:  The department/discipline faculty will review the submitted materials and determine if sufficient equivalency exists. If college faculty determine that the potential for articulation exists, the college faculty will meet with the high school teacher. College faculty may recommend changes to the secondary curriculum that would allow articulation to occur.

Step 3: The college faculty informs the Instruction Office about the outcome of the meeting. If the outcome is agreement to articulate, the college course must be approved by the Curriculum Committee as eligible for “Credit by Exam”. Instruction Office prepares the articulation agreement and distributes for signatures.

What is the role of the instruction office?

The Instruction Office will maintain files for all articulation agreements and will keep an updated list of articulated courses. This articulation list is available on the DVC webpage. Instruction Office and other college staff will promote awareness of articulation to secondary and post-secondary counselors and other school personnel. The Instruction Office provides training for the use of CATEMA and ensures that information is accurate.

When is the articulation agreement effective?

The Secondary to Post-Secondary Articulation Agreement will become effective for the following academic year after:

  1. all signatures have been obtained on the agreement
  2. the DVC Curriculum Committee has approved the course as eligible for "Credit by Exam".

Agreements may be evaluated annually and shall be recommended for renewal every three years.

What are the terms and conditions of the articulation agreement?

The following terms and conditions are agreed upon and approved as part of the formal articulation agreement in support of career pathway sequence of courses.

  1. Agreement is valid for 3 years from the date of approval. Agreements may be discontinued prior to expiration if the college no longer offers the course or as determined by the college discipline faculty.
  2. Consultation will occur between High School/ROP/DVC instructors in the appropriate discipline, including review of final exams administered for the class.
  3. In order for students to receive articulated credit, the student must: (a) meet the minimum grade of 'B' on the "Credit by Exam"; and (b) be registered as a DVC student and enrolled in CATEMA.
  4. Student transcripts will reflect the grade earned on the Exam and will note that the college credit was received through "Credit by Examination Articulation".

Questions? Please contact the Instruction Office Coordinator or call 925-969-2042