Intersegmental Curriculum Process

The Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) Process

The foundation of C-ID is a set of descriptors for courses that commonly transfer from a California community college to baccalaureate-granting institutions. C-ID descriptors are typically developed by a team of appointed, intersegmental faculty (an FDRG) and establish a common understanding of course expectations that will ultimately improve student success. After the initial development of a descriptor, it is posted online for statewide review. Faculty and appropriate staff from CCCs, CSUs, UCs, and independent institutions are encouraged to provide feedback via C-ID's online vetting process. Along with being reviewed online, select disciplines have also had their descriptors reviewed at large faculty meetings, referred to as Discipline Input Group (DIG) meetings. Through these developed C-ID descriptors, C-ID offers a system for identifying comparable courses and gaining increased articulation.  

How Are TMCs Used by the CSU

 The discipline faculty (Chair/Deans) at each CSU campus are asked to evaluate all new or revised Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) and are asked to conclude that for students holding a transfer associate degree based on this TMC, would such a student be able to successfully complete the remaining upper-division requirements in the similar CSU major or concentration in no more than 60 remaining semester unit. 

IF the campus faculty concludes yes, the campus then deems the major and/or concentration as 'SIMILAR' 

IF the campus faculty cannot provide curriculum through the baccalaureate level in 60 semester units, or the equivalent, then the campus deems the major and/or concentrations as 'NOT SIMILAR' 

How TMCs are Constructed

The development of a TMC begins with either a Faculty Discipline Review Group (FDRG) or a Discipline Input Group (DIG) meeting. The DIG is responsible for the initial development of a draft TMC,

All of the Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) offered by the community colleges include a minimum of 18-semester units that are intended to describe coursework that prepares a student for transfer into a CSU major and 39-semester units of CSU general education (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC) requirements. General education courses are frequently double-counted to satisfy the major requirements within the TMC. 

How TMCs are Developed

1. Intersegmental Faculty discipline review groups (FDRG) are created. An FDRG is a small group of discipline faculty appointed by their respective senates, typically 3 CCC and 3 CSU faculty. The discipline FDRG faculties:

  • Identify common lower-division major preparation (TMC) courses 
  • Define the content for courses (C-ID course descriptors) 

2. Draft a transfer model curriculum (TMC) and related course descriptors 
​3. The drafted TMCs and course descriptors are vetted statewide & faculty determined. 
4. CCCs develop TMC- aligned degrees (AA-T/AS-T) and submit them to the CCCCO for approval.​