EAC Academic Standards and Practices Committee

Current Proposals: 5-Year Rule

Policy Update: In the spring term of 2006, the EAC approved the Academic Standards and Practices Committee's two recommendations, and forwarded their endorsement to the district president who signed the recommendations.

Academic Standards and Practices Committee's Recommendations to the EAC, April 19th, 2006.
Recommendation #1: the 5-year rule

The Academic Standards and Practices Committee recommends that the college 1) eliminate the 5-year rule for math and writing and, 2) enhance student mastery of critical skills by renewing its commitment to the core outcome mapping process.

The committee recommends that the administration, in collaboration with the EAC, develop a plan to assist SACs in mapping and embedding core outcomes, as well as a communication plan explaining the logic and benefits of institutional core outcomes.

 

5-Year Rule (as it currently stands) from the 05-06 PCC Catalog (p. 15):

All candidates must meet the following basic competencies:

Degree candidates must demonstrate competency in basic mathematics and writing skills within five (5) years prior to receiving their degree.

Competency in writing must be demonstrated by either:

  1. Completing WR 121 with a letter grade of C or better, or
  2. Passing a lower division collegiate* writing course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite with a letter grade of C or better, or
  3. Passing the PCC WR 121 Challenge Exam. Students must meet criteria to sit for the exam.

Competency in mathematics for AAS and AGS degrees must be demonstrated by either:

  1. Completing MTH 65 or MTH 63 with a letter grade of C or better, or
  2. Passing the PCC competency exam for MTH 65*, or
  3. Passing a mathematics course (minimum of three credits) for which MTH 65 is a prerequisite with a letter grade of C or better.

Competency in mathematics for AS degrees must be demonstrated by completion with a letter grade of “C” or better in MTH 111A, MTH 111B, MTH 111C or a lower division collegiate math class of three credits or more with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite.

 

Recommendation #2: Prior degree math requirement

The Academic Standards and Practices Committee recommends that the college revise the rule requiring a student with a previous degree from another institution to demonstrate Math 95 equivalency. Instead, we propose the requirement be Math 65 to reflect consistency for all PCC students.

 

Current Policy (see pg 15-16 of the course catalogue):

Students with A.A., A.A.S., A.G.S., A.S., B.A., B.S. degree or higher from an accredited United States institution will have the basic competency in writing (WR 121) waived. The basic competency in mathematics (MTH 65) may be met by submitting a transcript showing successful completion of Intermediate Algebra or a mathematics course (minimum of three credits) with MTH 95 or equivalent as a prerequisite. (Intermediate Algebra is equivalent to MTH 95 at PCC.) All specific writing and mathematics requirements for the major remain in effect.

 

Proposed Policy Revision:

Students with A.A., A.A.S., A.G.S., A.S., B.A., B.S. degree or higher from an accredited United States institution will have the basic competency in writing (WR 121) waived. The basic competency in mathematics (MTH 65) may be met by submitting a transcript showing successful completion of Elementary Algebra or a mathematics course (minimum of four credits) with MTH 65 or equivalent as a prerequisite. (Elementary Algebra is equivalent to MTH 65 at PCC.) All specific writing and mathematics requirements for the major remain in effect.

The math SAC requests that department chairs be given the authoritative discernment to grant or deny equivalencies based on a thorough scrutiny of the proposed Math 65 equivalent course.
Committee Chair 2006-2007: Porter Raper