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									To:        Department Chairs
From:      Nick Chang, Vice President of Student Learning
CC:        Deans
Date:      7/11/2011
Re:        Syllabus for all Courses



 Title 5 and WASC standards require that we have course syllabi for all our active courses and
 that a syllabus for each course is made available to students in print or through our web site.*

 A syllabus template, recommended by the Academic Senate, is now available for all
 instructors. A Word version of the template is attached to this memo.

 This is a recommended template and you are certainly welcome to change it to meet your
 specific needs. What’s important is that we have a syllabus for each course being offered in
 any given semester and that the syllabus be available, either on line or in the department
 office for students to review.

 Please share this with your instructors. We encourage departments to begin using the
 attached syllabus template and archiving syllabi in the department office for the Spring 2010
 semester as we will be expected to have all course syllabi on file by the Fall 2010 WASC
 visit.


 * Title 5 requirements and WASC standard II are attached to this memo.




 Nick Chang, Vice President of Student Learning   College of Marin   835 College Avenue   Kentfield, CA 94904
Title 5 Requirements, WASC Standard II, and Contractual Relationships

Title 5 requirements:
         5 CCR § 73880
         Cal. Admin. Code tit. 5, § 73880

                    BARCLAYS OFFICIAL CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
                                        TITLE 5. EDUCATION
                      DIVISION 7.5. PRIVATE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
                 CHAPTER 4. VOCATIONAL AND NON-DEGREE GRANTING SCHOOLS
                   ARTICLE 11. MAINTENANCE AND PRODUCTION OF RECORDS
                     This database is current through 2/6/09, Register 2009, No. 6

               § 73880. Course Syllabus.

          The institution shall have on file and make available for inspection a complete
          syllabus for each course or other educational service. After July 1, 1993, the course
          syllabus shall include the following:
          (a) A short, descriptive title of the educational service;

          (b) A statement of educational objectives;

          (c) If the educational service is represented to lead to employment in any occupation
          or described in any job title, a complete list of occupations and job titles to which the
          educational service is represented to lead;

          (d) Length of the educational service;

          (e) Sequence and frequency of lessons or class sessions;

          (f) Complete citations of textbooks and other required written materials;

          (g) Sequential and detailed outline of subject matter to be addressed or a list of skills
          to be learned and how those skills are to be measured;

          (h) Instructional mode or methods.

             Note: Authority cited: Sections 94774, 94778 and 94882, Education Code.
             Reference cited: Sections 94874 and 94915, Education Code.

WASC Standard II:

          Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Services

               6. The institution assures that students and prospective students receive clear
                  and accurate information about educational courses and programs and
                  transfer policies. The institution describes its degrees and certificates in terms
                  of their purpose, content, course requirements, and expected student learning
                  outcomes. In every class section students receive a course syllabus that
                  specifies learning objectives consistent with those in the institution’s officially
                  approved course outline.


Nick Chang, Vice President of Student Learning   College of Marin   835 College Avenue   Kentfield, CA 94904
WASC Contractual Relationships with Non-Regionally Accredited Organizations
(Reviewed March 1973; Adopted June 2003)

          4. Courses offered for credit must remain under the sole and direct control of the
            sponsoring accredited institution, which exercises ultimate and continuing
            responsibility for the performance of these functions as reflected in the contract,
            with provisions to assure that conduct of the courses meets the standards of its
            regular programs as disclosed fully in the institution’s publications, especially as
            these pertain to:
                  a. Recruitment and counseling of students.
                  b. Admission of students to courses and/or to the sponsoring institution where
                  credit programs are pursued.
                  c. Instruction in the courses.
                  d. Evaluation of student progress.
                  e. Record keeping.
                  f. Tuition and/or fees charged, receipt and disbursement of funds, and refund
                  policy.
                  g. Appointment and validation of credentials of faculty teaching the course.
                  h. Nature and location of courses.
                  i. Instructional resources, such as the library.

          Additional data needed would include course outlines, syllabi, copies of exams,
          records of students, and evidence of equivalencies with established programs. In
          establishing contractual arrangements with non-regionally accredited organizations,
          institutions are expected to utilize the following guidelines. The not-for-profit institution
          should establish that its tax-exempt status, as governed by state or federal
          regulations, will not be affected by such contractual arrangements with a for-profit
          organization.




Nick Chang, Vice President of Student Learning   College of Marin   835 College Avenue   Kentfield, CA 94904

								
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