Statewide Common Course Numbering

Transfer and Articulation

Statewide Common Course Numbering

June 2018


Statewide common-course numbering: A uniform numbering convention used at all public postsecondary institutions for lower-division courses.
 

Yes/No Description Citation
Alabama No Does not have common course numbering.
Alaska No Does not have common course numbering.
Arizona Yes The community college districts and universities under jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents must develop and implement a shared numbering system which identifies courses that transfer from community colleges to Arizona public universities toward a baccalaureate degree. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 15-1824
Arkansas Yes The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board must implement a statewide common course numbering system that 1) provides improved program planning, 2) increases communication among all delivery systems, 3) facilitates the transfer of students and credits between state-supported institutions of higher education, and 4) promotes consistency in course designation and identification. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-61-1401 to 1407
California No There is a policy but it only affects the CSU and community college system. The UC system and private institutions may adopt it but are not required.
Colorado Yes The Colorado Commission on Higher Education must oversee the adoption of a statewide articulation matrix system of course numbering for general education courses. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 23-1-108.5
Connecticut No Only at the community college level.
Delaware No Does not have common course numbering.
Florida Yes The Department of Education and the Board of Governors must develop, coordinate, and maintain a statewide course numbering system for postsecondary and dual enrollment education in school districts, public postsecondary institutions and participating non-public postsecondary institutions. Fla. Stat. § 1007.25
Georgia No Common course prefixes, numbers and descriptions are provided for all institutions in USG. Does not to apply to the TCSG institutions. Board Policy 2.4.10
Hawaii No Only at the community college level.
Idaho No Does not have common course numbering.
Illinois No Does not have common course numbering.
Indiana Yes The Commission must develop, implement and maintain a common course numbering system to be used by each state educational institution for all courses in the core transfer library. This common course numbering system must be mapped to the unique course numbers used at each institution. Ind. Code § 21-18-9-7
Iowa No Only at the community college level.
Kansas Yes Each course in the general core is identified by a shared course number. The Kansas Regents Shared Number (KRSN) uses a 3-letter prefix and a 4-digit course number. Board Policy Ch. 3 Section 2
Kentucky No Only in the community college system.
Louisiana Yes The Board of Regents must develop, coordinate and maintain a statewide course numbering system for postsecondary and dual enrollment education at all public institutions. La. Stat. Ann. § 17.3164
Maine No The University of Maine system has a "uniform course numbering" system, however not linked to the Maine Community Colleges System.
Maryland No Does not have common course numbering.
Massachusetts No Does not have common course numbering, however is currently working on the Common Course Numbering initiative to build a common course numbering system to ease the process of transfer among Massachusetts public colleges and universities.
Michigan No Does not have common course numbering.
Minnesota Yes The regents of the University of Minnesota and the trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities must develop and maintain a common numbering convention to distinguish remedial, lower division, upper division and graduate level coursework. Minn. Stat. § 135A.08
Mississippi No Only at the community college level.
Missouri Yes The coordinating board for higher education shall establish a standard core curriculum and a common course numbering equivalency matrix for lower-division courses to be used at community colleges and other public institutions of higher education to facilitate student transfers. V.A.M.S 178.780 (10)
Montana No Implemented a process by which courses found to be equivalent throughout the Montana University System (MUS) are identified with a common number and title. This only applies to the Montana University System so does not qualify for "statewide". Board Policy 301.5.5
Nebraska No Does not have common course numbering.
Nevada Yes All undergraduate courses in the NSHE must be common-course numbered with equivalent courses offered throughout the system. Board of Regents Title 4, Chapter 14, Section 16
New Hampshire No Does not have common course numbering.
New Jersey No Does not have common course numbering.
New Mexico Yes By August 1, 2017, the Higher Education Department must establish a common course naming and numbering system of courses identified as substantially equivalent lower-division courses. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 21-1B-3
New York No Does not have common course numbering.
North Carolina No Does not have common course numbering.
North Dakota Yes If courses are accepted as "common" by academic disciplines, then those courses must have a common course number, title and generic description. Board Policy 403.7.3
Ohio No They offer articulation numbers but not a common course numbering system.
Oklahoma No They have the Course Equivalency Project which is a resource service that provides course equivalency information to facilitate transfer. However they are not commonly numbered so it is not counted as common course numbering.
Oregon No Does not have common course numbering.
Pennsylvania No Pennsylvania has course equivalencies but no common course numbering.
Rhode Island No Does not have common course numbering.
South Carolina No Does not have common course numbering, however provides the Equivalency Synchronizer which is a resource service that provides course equivalency information to facilitate transfer.
South Dakota Yes Common courses must have common CIP codes, prefixes, course numbers, course titles, course descriptions and prerequisite requirements. Common courses are offered by institutions that have the same content and level of instruction. Board Policy 2:25
Tennessee Yes The Tennessee Higher Education Commission must create a common course numbering system within the community colleges and universities. The common course numbers ensure course equivalency and facilitate transfer. Tenn. Code. Ann. § 49-7-202(f)
Texas Yes The board must approve a common course numbering system for lower-division courses to facilitate the transfer of those courses among institutions. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 61-832
Utah Yes The Board must develop, coordinate and maintain a transfer and articulation system within the state system of higher education that maintains a course numbering system that assigns common numbers to specified courses of similar level with similar content, rigor and standards. Utah Code Ann. § 53B-16-105
Vermont No Does not have common course numbering.
Virginia No Only at the community college level.
Washington No Only at the community college level.
West Virginia No Does not have common course numbering.
Wisconsin No Does not have common course numbering.
Wyoming Yes The commission must coordinate and maintain the common course numbering system to improve articulation among the community colleges and the University of Wyoming. This is called the Wyoming Course Identification System. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-18-202

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