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Coursework from Private For-Profit Schools and Colleges

SMCCCD accepts only coursework completed at any United States institution regionally accredited by an agency accepted by SMCCCD (please see "Accepted Accreditation").

If a private, for-profit college has independent articulation with the CSU system, that articulation is honored for application of coursework toward associate degree general education requirements and California State University General Education certification.

To be accepted, courses must be valued at 3 or more semester units or 4 or more quarter units.

Also, some private, for-profit colleges offer courses with similar titles which appear to be equivalent to courses offered by colleges in the SMCCCD. However, the elements of the course – course content, learning objectives, lecture and/or lab hours, prerequisites/corequisites – may not be congruent with the SMCCCD course. When evaluating coursework, all these elements are taken into consideration.

For application to CSU General Education Breadth (CSU GE) and/or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) patterns, we adhere strictly to rules set up in the California State University Executive Order 1100   and Standards, Policies and Procedures for Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, version 1.7  

We are required to carefully scrutinize general education courses in the areas of written and oral communication, critical thinking and composition, and mathematics and quantitative reasoning that represent the following areas.

For California State University General Education Certification:

  • CSU GE Area A1 – Oral Communication
  • CSU GE Area A2 – Written Communication
  • CSU GE Area A3 – Critical Thinking
  • CSU GE Area B4 – Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

For Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum Certification:

  • IGETC Area 1A – Composition
  • IGETC Area 1B – Critical Thinking
  • IGETC Area 1C – Oral Communication
  • IGETC Area 2 – Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning

Application of courses from private, for-profit schools is often denied because course descriptions are insufficient and do not confirm required course elements as noted above.