If you are you a CTE faculty member who has been tasked with developing a new certificate or degree (program) for your college, you will need to seek recommendation of your program from the Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium before you submit it to the State Chancellor’s Office for approval.
The California Community College Chancellor’s Office requires that all requests for new CTE program approvals include an recommendation from Regional Consortium. This recommendation ensures program offerings meet regional labor market needs and do not unnecessarily duplicate programs. The Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium is comprised of the 12 community colleges in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
An educational program is defined in Title 5, section 55000(g), as "an organized sequence of courses leading to a defined objective, a degree, a certificate, a diploma, a license, or transfer to another insitution of higher education."
Before you begin developing a new CTE program, meet with your college CTE Dean to be sure you have the information you need about regional recommendation and your college’s curriculum approval process. You should also consult your college’s curriculum committee chair (or designee) early in the development process.
(This links to the 5th edition, 2013. A new PCAH will be available approximately November 2016.)
The program approval process is outlined in detail in the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Program and Course Approval Handbook (PCAH). The sixth edition of the PCAH states:
Proposals for credit CTE programs must include a recommendation for approval from the appropriate Career Technical Education Regional Consortium. The community colleges in California are organized into ten economic regions, served by seven consortia of CTE faculty and administrators from community colleges in that region. The Career Technical Education Regional Consortia provide leadership for colleges to:
In accordance with Chancellor’s Office guidelines and with past practice, the IE/DRC, at its May 21, 2002 meeting, vested the responsibility for recommending new programs, program revisions, and other program matters, with its CTE Deans subcommittee. The process that local colleges should follow in order to obtain the recommendation of the IE/DRC is outlined in this document.
An "Announcement of Intent" is necessary for new CTE programs only. Announcement of Intent occurs in the beginning stages of new program development. A “new” program is a certificate or degree that is not currently on a college’s inventory of approved programs. Click here to view a link to CCCCO program inventory. Non-credit CTE programs and apprenticeship programs do not require a regional recommendation. A college may, at their discretion, announce their intent to seek program approval of non-credit CTE or apprenticeship programs. Comments or concerns expressed by member colleges when the Announcement of Intent is reviewed will be recorded in the CTE Deans meeting minutes. Colleges will be expected to demonstrate concerns have addressed any concerns brought up during the announcement phase when the program is submitted for formal recommendation. An Announcement of Intent is in effect for two years. In other words, colleges have up to two years to bring the finalized program back to the regional consortium for formal recommendation. The IE/DRC maintains a list of active “Announcement of Intents” on their website.
Formal recommendation occurs at the end stage of new program development. Colleges seeking regional recommendation of new or substantially changed programs must submit a request for recommendation via e-mail (send to Diann.Thursby@rcc.edu), with completed program narrative, not fewer than five business days before a CTE Deans subcommittee meeting. CTE Deans meeting are held monthly between September and May and their meeting dates can be found on the Calendar page. Colleges must have first completed the Announcement of Intent before requesting recommendation.
The items below are all required by the CCCCO when colleges submit their new or substantially changed programs. The CTE Deans will review these items when considering whether or not to endorse a new program.
The following applies to all requests for recommendation of new or substantially changed programs: