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$1-million grant to ease transfers for community college students

July 20, 2011 |  4:12 pm

A California initiative to help community college students transfer to state universities and obtain bachelor’s degrees has been awarded a $1-million grant, officials announced Wednesday. 

The grant was awarded jointly to the California Community Colleges and California State University to help develop and raise awareness of a new transfer degree program that will be available to students beginning this fall.

The program simplifies the transfer process between the systems, awarding community college students an associate’s degree in a number of disciplines that will be accepted by Cal State campuses that offer  similar programs. Students with the transfer degree will be given priority enrollment and junior status and will need only an additional 60 units to complete a bachelor’s degree. 

The Student Transfer Achievement Act of 2010 was sponsored by state Sen. Alex Padilla and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September. So far, 16 programs have been developed in subjects such as business administration, mathematics, sociology and psychology. About 53 of the state’s 112 community colleges have developed degrees in at least one of the 16 subjects.

California was one of 10 states to win a $1-million grant awarded by the nonprofit group Complete College America. Funding was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“California’s innovative course and degree transfer plan promises to significantly boost college completion, saving students precious time and money and giving taxpayers more of what they expect from their hard-earned investments: college graduates,” Complete College America President Stan Jones said in a statement.

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