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Reforming the State's Transfer Process: A Progress Report on Senate Bill 1440


Legislative Analyst's Office, May 11, 2012

The Legislative Analyst's Office has just issued the following report:

Reforming the State's Transfer Process: A Progress Report on Senate Bill 1440

The Legislature has long recognized the importance of facilitating the efficient transfer of students between the California Community Colleges (CCC) and four-year universities. Despite this emphasis, however, CCC students must often navigate a complex maze of transfer course requirements, which can make accessing and completing a baccalaureate program difficult. In an attempt to fundamentally reform the state’s main transfer pipeline—from CCC to the California State University (CSU) system—the Legislature and Governor enacted Chapter 428, Statutes of 2010 (SB 1440, Padilla). The legislation requires community colleges to create two-year associate degrees for transfer. Students who earn such a degree are automatically eligible to transfer to the CSU system as an upper-division student in a bachelor’s degree program.

This report (yy pages) finds that since the legislation was enacted, CCC and CSU have made some progress, but additional work needs to be done by both segments to achieve SB 1440's intended goals. For their part, community colleges need to increase the number of associate degrees for transfer they make available to students. It is incumbent on CSU, meanwhile, to maximize the number of academic programs to which these degrees can be applied. Toward these ends, we recommend the Legislature provide additional guidance and clarification to CCC and CSU on their responsibilities, as well as continued oversight to track their progress.

This report is available using the following link: