Establishing Course Requisites

AP4260 – Prerequisites and Corequisites – states that the Curriculum Committee at each College is charged with the responsibility for establishing prerequisites, corequisites, and advisories on recommended preparation during the approval process according to standards and criteria established in Title 5 §55002.

Here are the specific legal requirements and how the curriculum committee addresses them:

Adopting prerequisites, corequisites, and advisories on recommended preparation and determining they are “necessary and appropriate for achieving the purpose for which it is established” [§55003(b)(1)];

  • Requisite courses that are not exempt from validation require content review in CurricUNET.

Ensuring that each section of the prerequisite or corequisite is to be taught by a qualified instructor and in accordance with the Course Outline of Record [§55003(b)(2) and (b)(3)];

  • All requisite courses have teaching disciplines assigned by discipline faculty and approved by the Curriculum Committee. Instructors must meet minimum qualifications in the teaching discipline(s) to teach the course.

Conducting a review of prerequisites and corequisites at least once every six years to assure they remain necessary and appropriate. For vocational courses or programs, the review occurs every two years. Advisories are to be reviewed periodically [§55003 (b)(4)];

  • Requisite validation is built in to CurricUNET and occurs with every revision to a proposal. Courses are reviewed at least every 5 years on a regular cycle (every two years for CTE).

Assuring determination of whether a student meets a prerequisite is based on successful completion of an appropriate course or on an assessment using multiple measures [§55003(k)];

  • CurricUNET provides standardized language about requisite courses using the district’s definition of successful completion, and captures whether there is a placement exam option for the course.

Establishing the basis and process for students to challenge the application of a prerequisite or corequisite [§55003(b)(5) and (p)];

  • Policy for Prerequisite Challenge: Course placement is determined by a process in which the student and counselor review all assessment criteria available. Students who wish to petition their recommended placement or the waiver of a prerequisite should be prepared to give evidence or justification why the exemption should be granted. Reasons for seeking a prerequisite challenge may include one or more of the following:
  1. Student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course without meeting the prerequisite, or
  2. Student believes the prerequisite is discriminatory or is being applied in a discriminatory manner, or
  3. Prerequisite has not been validated, or
  4. Prerequisite course is not available.

Assuring prerequisites and corequisites establishing communication or computational skill requirements are not established across the entire curriculum unless established on a course-by-course basis [§55003(j)];

  • The only way to establish a course requisite is within a course proposal, on a case by case basis.

Ensuring that no exit test is required to satisfy the prerequisite or corequisite unless incorporated into the grading for the course [§55003 (n)];

  • Exit tests are not included as options for methods of evaluation. A proposal that adds an exit exam under “other” or as a typical assignment would have to explicitly state that the exam is part of the grading for the course and not a separate exit exam.

Identifying all prerequisites, corequisites, and advisories on recommended preparation in College publications available to students, i.e., the College Catalog and schedule of classes [§55003(h)];

  • Requisites and advisories are collected in CurricUNET and approved by the committee. These appear on the Course Outline of Record, and from there are pulled into Colleague to produce the class schedule and catalog description.

Enforcing prerequisites and corequisites consistently;

  • Students are not allowed to register for any course that has a prerequisite/corequisite without meeting one or more of the following requirements:
  1. Successful completion of the prerequisite course.
  2. Appropriate placement score on the Yuba Community College District Placement Examination.
  3. Requisite Equivalency form with an official grade report or transcript from another college/school showing grade of “C” or better in prerequisite course attached.
  4. Requisite Equivalency form with an “In Progress” status under the condition that students will provide a transcript with final grade of “C” or better the Thursday prior to the term start or they will be dropped from the course.

Verifying and providing documentation that prerequisites or corequisites meet the scrutiny specified in Title 5 §55003. These levels of scrutiny include content review [§55003(c)] or content review with statistical validation [§55003 (f-g)]. A prerequisite or corequisite need not be scrutinized using one of these measures only if a) it is required by statute or regulation; or b) it is part of a closely-related lecture-laboratory course pairing within a discipline; or c) it is required by 4-year institutions; or d) baccalaureate institutions will not grant credit for a course unless it has the particular communication or computation skill prerequisite.

  • Any requisite course added in CurricUNET must be validated on the next screen. Faculty can choose from the following options:
  1. Objective to Objective (content review and mapping)
  2. Objective to Content (content review and mapping)
  3. Content to Content (content review and mapping)
  4. ​Content to Objective (content review and mapping)
  5. Exempt from content review (provide rationale based on a-d above)
  6. Other (can provide statistical validation)