Foothill-DeAnza CCD Board Policies for Credit by Exam and HS/ROP/Adult Education Articulation

Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination: Board Policy 6030
To promote their educational goals students may complete course requirements by examination as determined by the Colleges.

Advanced Placement
Students may earn credit through advanced placement examination.

Advanced Placement With Credit
A student may receive up to ten quarter units of credit for each score of 5, 4, or 3 on College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Tests.

Credit by Examination
The following guidelines will prevail when considering the granting of credit by examination:

  1. The privilege of attempting an examination will be granted only when the administration is reasonably assured that the applicant is qualified through previous training or experience or by education for which unit credit or advanced placement has not previously been given. The student must be enrolled in the course.
  2. The examination may be an oral, written, or skills test or a combination of all three and will be sufficiently comprehensive to determine that the student had essentially the same knowledge and skills as a student who successfully completes the course and a letter grade will be recorded.
  3. Permanent records and transcripts will indicate that the credits were by examination. The student may not repeat the examination.
  4. Credit obtained by examination will be recorded only after the student has successfully completed 15 units in residence at Foothill or DeAnza College.
  5. The student will be informed that the credit received will count toward graduation from Foothill or DeAnza College, but that this is no guarantee that it will transfer to another institution.
  6. Units acquired by this procedure will not apply toward the 24 resident units required by the district for graduation.
  7. Not more than 45 units will be permitted by this means.
  8. Staff members will not receive additional compensation nor have released time for this work.
Articulation Procedures: Administrative Policy 5073

Articulation/Transfer Functions
The Articulation Officers shall assist in the development and coordination of faculty-approved articulation agreements between Foothill and De Anza College and postsecondary institutions as well as other government and independent accredited postsecondary institutions.

The Articulation Officers shall serve as the primary contact and liaison between the college and other institutions on issues as they relate to articulation of coursework. The Articulation Officers shall be faculty and serve as a resource to the faculty, administration, students, college-wide and Curriculum Committee, and General Education Committee in the capacity as designated by the campus Curriculum Committee.

The Articulation Officers shall review and confirm accuracy and information in the college catalogs pertaining to the transferability of courses and the general education patterns for four-year institutions.

Articulation/High School Functions
Each college shall designate a primary contact to serve as a liaison between the college and proximate high schools and Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCPs) to develop, maintain and coordinate faculty-approved articulation.

Articulation agreements with local high schools and/or Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCPs) are intended to develop "seamless pathways" for secondary students in aligned career technical education (CTE) "programs of study." It is not intended that these agreements articulate isolated courses.

The primary high school articulation contact designated at each college shall review and confirm the accuracy of information published in college materials pertaining to the transferability of courses and other academics articulated with proximate high schools. An articulated high school course is a course determined by appropriate Foothill-De Anza faculty and academic administrators to be comparable to a specific community college course.

The appropriate discipline will establish standards for credit. The currently accepted means to award credit for articulated high school and/or ROCP CTE courses is "Credit by Examination." Individuals wishing to petition to receive "Credit by Examination" shall do so according to Board Policy 6030 (Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination)and the published guidelines in the Foothill and De Anza College catalogs.

Articulation Board Policy 5073
In compliance with Education Code sections 66738 and 66740, each college in the District shall have a defined articulation process for general education, transfer education, and vocational/occupational education. These formal articulation agreements may vary according to the type of agreement or range of participants.

Types of Articulation Agreements:
  • Baccalaureate-level course (CSU transferable)
  • UC Transferable Course
  • Course to Course and Sequence to Sequence
  • Lower Division Major Preparation
  • Program to Program
  • General Education (Breadth)

Articulation is the process of faculty review and evaluation used to determine in what manner course work completed at one institution will meet requirements for admissions, transfer credit, general education and/or major preparation at another institution.

Articulated courses are not considered equivalent to each other; however, articulated courses at a sending institution are accepted in lieu of comparable courses at the receiving institution.

The purpose of articulation between institutions is to facilitate the process of enrolling students from high school to Foothill College and/or De Anza College and from the colleges to four-year institutions. The Foothill-De Anza Community College District shall endeavor to eliminate barriers to transfer of credit and supports student transition from one institution to another.

Each college shall have an Articulation Officer who shall have primary responsibility for facilitating the development and maintenance of articulation agreements with postsecondary institutions. Articulation agreements shall be sought for courses identified as comparable at both Foothill College and De Anza College, with campuses of the California State University, the University of California and appropriate regionally accredited independent/out-of-state postsecondary institutions, as well as with some government agencies.

The Chancellor shall adopt regulations to provide for implementation of this policy. Students may receive college credit for articulated high school courses as permitted by the California Educational Code.

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