Regional Program Recommendation Process

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If you are a CTE faculty member who has been tasked with developing a new CTE certificate or degree (program) for your college, you will need to secure regional consortium recommendation from the Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium (IEDRC) before you submit your program approval documents to the State Chancellor’s Office for formal approval (chaptering).

Your college CTE Dean can advise you on the regional recommendation process and your college’s own curriculum approval process. You should also consult your college’s curriculum committee chair (or designee) early in the development process.

  Chancellor’s Office Program and Course Approval Handbook (PCAH), 8th Edition

The Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium

The Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium is comprised of the 12 community colleges in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office requires that all requests for new CTE program approvals include a recommendation from the “appropriate CTE Regional Consortium” (PCAH 8th Edition, page 26). This recommendation ensures program offerings meet regional labor market needs and do not unnecessarily duplicate programs.

The IEDRC vested responsibility for recommending new programs, program revisions, and other program matters with its CTE Deans subcommittee (click here to see IEDRC Governance).

Regional recommendation should occur at the beginning of new program development. Colleges seeking regional recommendation must submit their request online at The process is described on the next tab, "Process".

Guiding Principles for IEDRC Recommendation

  • Format for Submitting a Request: Colleges seeking regional recommendation of new programs must do so by completing the online request form. Before submitting the request form, they must obtain LMA information from the region’s Center of Excellence (COE).
  • Timeline: The region is committed to review and act on all requests for regional recommendation within 30 days, provided the request is complete at the time it is submitted. CTE Deans hold regular monthly meetings between September and May. Meeting dates, meeting format (online or in-person) and agendas can be found on the IE/DRC website under “Meetings”. Requests received after the June meeting and before the August meeting will be reviewed electronically in order to honor the 30-day turn-around.
  • Voting: A vote to recommend a new program will occur at the CTE Deans meeting. Each college present at the meeting will receive one vote. The college’s CTE dean (or their designated representative) will place the vote for their college. A minimum of eight colleges must participate in any meeting where a vote is to be taken. Seven votes are required to pass any action. The college requesting recommendation must be present at the CTE Deans meeting in order to discuss their request, otherwise the item will be tabled until the next meeting when the proposing college can be present. (Note: colleges may ask another college to represent them on the program matter if they are unable to attend.) College faculty responsible for the development or revision of the program are also encouraged to attend the meeting.
  • Minutes: Minutes will be reviewed and approved at the conclusion of each meeting and will be posted to the IEDRC website within five (5) business days. The outcome of the vote, along with any discussion, including any substantive comments or concerns voiced by the CTE Deans, will be recorded in the meeting minutes. The college’s CTE dean is responsible for communicating those comments and/or concerns to their college’s appropriate program personnel. Minutes for the current academic year can be found on the IE/DRC website under Meetings. Archived minutes can be found under the Home drop-down menu in the Archive section titled CTE Deans Meeting.

Submission Process

Step 1: Request Labor Market Analysis from the Center of Excellence (COE)

The PCAH 8th Edition (page 99) states: “Pursuant to Education Code section 78015 Labor Market Information (LMI) data is specifically required for all new CTE program proposals, where available. Current LMI and analysis, or other comparable information, must show that jobs are available for program completers within the local service area of the individual college and/or that job enhancement or promotion justifies the proposed curriculum. Regional, statewide, or national labor market evidence may be included as supplementary support, but evidence of need in the specific college service area or region is also necessary.”

The IEDRC relies on consistent Labor Market Analysis (LMA) data provided by the region’s COE in order to make a recommendation for program approval. At their discretion, colleges may submit other LMA data in addition to the LMAprovided by the COE.

Step 2: Complete the “Request for Regional Recommendation” Online

In addition to general program information, you will provide a narrative response to the topics listed below. These narrative responses should be the SAME responses you will provide to the CCCCO when you are ready to submit your program for formal approval (chaptering).

  • Program Goals and Objectives – must address a valid workforce preparation purpose and may address transfer preparation.
  • Catalog Description – includes program requirements, prerequisite skills or enrollment limitations, student learning outcomes, and information relevant to program goal.
  • Program Requirements – includes course requirements and sequencing that reflect program goals. The GE pattern and the calculations used to reach the degree total must be shown following the program requirements table.
  • Enrollment and Completer Projections – projection of number of students to earn degree annually.

In addition to the narrative responses above, you will also attach the following to your submission:

  • LMA Report – provided by the COE.
  • Advisory Committee Minutes – indicating a recommendation of the program/program changes.

The region is committed to review and act on all requests for regional recommendation within 30 days, provided the request is complete at the time it is submitted. CTE Deans hold regular monthly meetings between August and June. Meeting dates can be found on the IEDRC website Meeting's page. Requests received after the June and before the August meeting will be reviewed electronically in order to honor the 30-day turn-around.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a program?
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 institution of higher education.”

When does a new certificate or degree program require regional recommendation and state approval?
If it is in a CTE program area AND...

  • The number of semester units a student must complete to receive a program certificate or degree is 16 units or more (or 24 quarter units), OR
  • The certificate is from 8 to 15.5 semester units AND it will appear on a student’s transcript*

*Chancellor’s Office approved Certificates of Achievement are the only credit certificates that may appear by name on a student transcript, diploma, or completion award.

Does a program modification require regional recommendation?
No, modifications do not require regional recommendation. See CCCCO memo date 10-18-18 for Chancellor’s Office process.

2023 - 2024 Deadlines

CTE Dean's Meeting Date Last Day to Submit a Program
June 5, 2023 June 1, 2023 11:59pm
July  - TBD The Deans will only meet if there are agenda items.
August 7, 2023 August 3, 2023 12:00pm
September 18, 2023 September 15, 2023 11:59pm
October 2, 2023 September 28, 2023 11:59pm
November 6, 2023 November 2, 2023 11:59pm
December 4, 2023 November 30, 2023 11:59pm
January 8, 2024 January 4, 2024 11:59pm
February 5, 2024 February 1, 2024 11:59pm
March 4, 2024 February 29, 2024 11:59pm
April 15, 2024 April 8, 2024, Noon (12pm)
May 13, 2024 May 6, 2024, Noon (12pm)
June 3, 2024 May 24 2024, Noon (12pm)

Pending Recommendation

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There are currently no programs pending recommendation.

Recommended Program Proposals as of 9/01/2017

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There are currently no recommended programs.