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Common Course Numbering

Thursday, May 23, 2024

UA-PTC Students

The vision of the Common Course Numbering (CCN) initiative is to align the University of Arkansas System institutions and eventually all public institutions in Arkansas under a common course numbering schema and index to support Arkansas students in transfer, remove barriers to higher education, and ease administrative overhead of determining course equivalency in the processing of transcripts.

What will Common Course Numbering do?

  • It will develop a common index of course numbers using a standardized schema of course discipline prefixes.
  • It will provide transparency as courses sharing a common course number will clearly transfer among system institutions.
  • It will build on the existing Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS).

What will Common Course Numbering not do?

  • It will not eliminate academic freedom.
  • It will not require the renaming of courses.
  • It will not require program of study alignment (common programming).
  • It will not realign academic departments.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the purpose of Common Course Numbering?

CCN is the creation of a common numbering schema and centralized index of course numbers to assist students in understanding transfer and help relieve administrative burden related to the evaluation of transcripts.

2. Will I have to change my courses?

CCN does not require any course name, content, or learning outcomes to change or be standardized across the system. It is a subject code and course number change only.

3. What happens if my course is different from a similar course at another institution?

Courses that are determined to be unique and not equivalent will be given unique course numbers. They will not be asked to change.

4. Will Common Course Numbering include workforce and non-credit courses?

CCN is for credit courses only.