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Common Course Numbering Project

UNM's Academic Affairs values the academic judgment of faculty, which is protected by the UNM Faculty Handbook and the Regents' Policy Manual. As with all courses at UNM, faculty determine course materials, teaching methods and approaches, assignments and specific content for Common Course Numbered courses offered at UNM.

New Mexico House Bill 282 requires that 100- and 200-level courses offered in the state share common course numbers (CCNs). The goal of this statute, like similar statutes in other states, is to ease student transfer between institutions and thus completion of degrees. In 2017-18, a statewide project aligned courses across all institutions of higher learning by subject matter on the basis of shared student learning outcomes (SLOs) identified by educators. 100- and 200-level courses received four-digit common course numbers (CCNs) and subject codes. All of these courses are listed in a New Mexico Higher Education Department CCN Crosswalk by CCN, title, and by original course number at institution. For example, PSYC 1110, "Introduction to Psychology" corresponds on the matrix to UNM's original course PSY 105. Lists of common course numbers (CCNs) and related student learning outcomes (SLOs), organized by subject, are also maintained by the Higher Education Department (HED). In offering a 100- or 200-level course, an institution must rely on at least 80% of the SLOs listed for that course by the NM Higher Education Department. To change, create, or delete a lower-division course, UNM faculty will need to begin by consulting the HED CCN Crosswalk available on this site as well as the relevant list, categorized by subject, of courses and related SLOs on the Higher Education Department Common Course numbering webpage. Faculty on UNM Main campus and on UNM branch campuses will also need to consult with each other about alterations of the lower-division curriculum.

To make a change to a common course numbered course, an institution must submit a request for approval to the Higher Education Department, since any alteration affects other institutions. If a course is offered at another institution and has a CCN, UNM may adopt that course along with its CCN and 80% of the listed SLOs, even if UNM has not offered it in the past.

Some courses offered at UNM do not have equivalents at other institutions and did not receive CCNs in the 2017-18 renumbering project. These courses are called "unique" courses. In compliance with state statute, unique courses must also have four-digit common course numbering. Departments are required to register information about "unique" courses, including SLOs, with the Higher Education Department. Once a "unique" course is on record with HED, other institutions may offer the course, as long as, in doing so, they rely on at least 80% of the SLOs listed for that course. UNM faculty determine when a course offered at UNM is unique.

UNM maintains the integrity of its own curriculum oversight process. This means that for lower-division (CCN) courses, both changes to existing courses (UNM Form A) and creation of new courses (UNM Form B) need to go through a UNM curriculum process and a Higher Education Department process simultaneously. If a course already exists in the Higher Education Department CCN matrix but has not yet been offered at UNM, then the proposal to offer it at UNM only needs to go through the UNM curriculum process (UNM Form B).

In 2019-20 and in 2020-21, UNM will list its original 3-digit course numbers alongside the new state four-digit CCNs to ease adjustment to the new system.

 — Pamela Cheek, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment