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Report urges improved Cal State transfer effort

A new report on the progress being made to ease transfer of California’s community college students to California State University campuses found that many of the two-year schools are falling short in developing the courses needed to help students.

The report was released Wednesday by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a key supporter of the 2010 Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, which requires community colleges to develop associate’s degrees that allow a student to transfer to Cal State as juniors.

The report found that leaders of the two systems have made progress in coordinating the framework for 25 transferable academic majors, in such areas as geology, history, music and physics.

But of California's 112 community colleges, 49 have developed only two to four associate’s degree for transfer, barely meeting compliance outlined by the chancellor’s office.

By contrast, 18 colleges -- including Fullerton College, Pasadena City College and Los Angeles Mission College -- have developed between nine and 18 transfer degrees.

Among Cal State’s 23 campuses, only four have approved 100% of the initial 20 majors as transferable.  

Officials have said a streamlined transfer process would allow the community colleges to serve 40,000 additional students and Cal State to educate 13,000 more students, with savings of about $160 million annually because students are less likely to take unnecessary and duplicative coursework.

The report urges the Legislature to establish benchmarks for compliance and for both systems to prioritize in-demand majors for transfer.


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