Statewide Common Course Numbering

Transfer and Articulation

Statewide Common Course Numbering

February 2020


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 statewide common course numbering; however, the state has a course equivalency database.
Alaska No Does not have statewide common course numbering.
Arizona Yes The community college districts and the universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents shall 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. Ann. § 15-1824
Arkansas Yes The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in collaboration with all state-supported institutions of higher education, shall 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
California No Does not have common course numbering; however, statute articulates the intention to facilitate integration of the state's postsecondary institutions through a common course numbering system. California Community Colleges and the California State University are required by statute to have common course numbering for the 20 highest-demand majors. The University of California and private postsecondary institutions may adopt this common course numbering system, but are not required. Cal. Educ. Code § 66725.3
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. Ann. § 23-1-108.5
Connecticut No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, there is common course numbering at the community college level.
Delaware No Does not have statewide common course numbering.
Florida Yes The Department of Education, in conjunction with the Board of Governors, shall develop, coordinate, and maintain a statewide course numbering system for postsecondary and dual enrollment education in school districts, public postsecondary educational institutions, and participating nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1007.24
Georgia No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the common course prefixes, numbers, and descriptions are provided for all institutions in the University System of Georgia. They do not apply to the Technical College System of Georgia. USG Board Policy 2.4.10
Hawaii No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, there is common course numbering at the community college level. UHCCP 5.301
Idaho Yes Common course indexing is developed for courses offered within the General Education Matriculation and shall include common course prefix, common course number, common course title, and common GEM discipline area designation. Board Policy III.N.6.B
Illinois No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however the state has a course equivalency database.
Indiana Yes The commission shall develop, implement, and maintain a common course numbering system to be used by the state educational institutions 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 Ann. § 21-18-9-7
Iowa No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, there is common course numbering at the community college level. IAC 281.21.4
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 Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, there is common course numbering at the community and technical college level. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 164.2951
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 Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the University of Maine system has a uniform course numbering system. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 10907

Board Policy 304.1
Maryland No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the state has a course equivalency database.
Massachusetts No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, has a collaboration between community colleges, state universities, and the University of Massachusetts that includes course mapping and allows students to see course equivalencies at different institutions.
Michigan No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however the state uses a course equivalency database.
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. Ann. § 135A.08
Mississippi No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, there is common course numbering 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. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 178.780 (10)
Montana No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the Montana University System (MUS) has a common course numbering system in which courses found to be equivalent throughout the system are identified with a common number and title. Board Policy 301.5.5
Nebraska No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the state has a course equivalency database.
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 statewide common course numbering; however the state has a course equivalency database.
New Jersey No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the state has a course equivalency database.
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 statewide common course numbering.
North Carolina No Does not have statewide common course numbering.
North Dakota Yes If courses are accepted as "common" by academic discipline groups, then such courses must have a common course number, title, and generic description. Board Policy 403.7.3
Ohio No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, has a universal course equivalency classification system for state institutions of higher education. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3333.16
Oklahoma No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the state has the Course Equivalency Project which is a resource service that provides course equivalency information to facilitate transfer. Courses are not commonly numbered so it is not counted as common course numbering. Board Policy 3.114.L
Oregon No Does not have statewide common course numbering.
Pennsylvania No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the state has a course equivalency database.
Rhode Island No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the state has a course equivalency database.
South Carolina No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, the state has a course equivalency database.
South Dakota Yes The Board of Regents policy purpose is to regulate the common system describing the levels and numbering of courses, promote the common course numbering concept across the system, facilitate student transfer of credit between institutions, and reduce the complexity needed to generate system management reports. Board Policy 2.8
Tennessee Yes The Tennessee Higher Education Commission in consultation with the governing boards of all state institutions of higher education shall develop a common course numbering system. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-7-202(r)
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 statewide common course numbering; however, the Vermont State College System maintains a single-course database, which includes a single-course number, title, and single sentence description. VSC Policy 111
Virginia No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, common course numbering exists at the community college level. The State Council of Higher Education for Viriginia has a course equivalency database. VCCS Policy 5.03
Washington No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, common course numbering exists at the community college level. SBCTC Policy 4.10 (Chapter 4 Appendix A)
West Virginia No Does not have statewide common course numbering.
Wisconsin No Does not have statewide common course numbering; however, has a tool called the Transfer Wizard, which allows students to see which courses from their current institution will transfer and what they will transfer as.
Wyoming Yes In cooperation with the community colleges and the University of Wyoming, develop and maintain a common transcript and transfer process system that uses common course numbering for all undergraduate courses provided at the community colleges and the University of Wyoming. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-18-202
Puerto Rico No Does not have statewide common course numbering.

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