In 2014, Steering addressed this issue by forming a sub-committee to work with the CCCCO to determine which questions/data fields are "required" for noncredit students, and which questions on the current online CCCApply application can be removed, if any? Working with Elias Regalado, CCCCO, at the time, it was determined that very few questions could be removed from the current version of CCCApply and continue to be in compliance with 1) questions that help determine residency classification for all students; 2) questions that are "required" per federal laws and regulations; and 3) questions that are required by California state legislature, education code of regulations, and MIS reporting requirements. In sum, per Elias' analysis, the only questions on the current application that could be removed are the "Needs & Interests" questions, and those are critical for providing valuable data to colleges and the Chancellor's Office in order to provide support and services to students and special populations. Therefore, the sub-committee concluded that the proposal of creating a separate CCCApply admission application for noncredit students would not be feasible and non-compliant to state, federal and systemwide rules and regulations. The proposal was declined.
In 2016, CACCRAO again approached CCCApply with concerns that the online application was not appropriate for noncredit, ESL, adult education and other special populations and once again called for a new, separate application be created (in essence, a "short application" that contains only the questions relevant to these special groups). Though the CCCApply Steering Committee responded with the recommendation from the CCCCO in 2014, CACCRAO submitted a formal "memo" to CCCApply (05.04.16) calling for improvement and removal of barriers to CCCApply by way of a new, short-form application for noncredit applications.