Modification of Admission Requirements for Upper-Division Transfer

AS-2407-98/AA - March 5-6, 1998

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University endorse the recommendation of the CSU Admission Advisory Council that would require all upper-division transfer applicants to complete, prior to transfer, 56 transferable semester units including at least 30 semester units of college coursework with a grade of C or better in each course to be selected from courses in English, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, science and mathematics at a level at least equivalent to courses that meet general education requirements. The 30 units must include all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (written communication, oral communication, and critical thinking) and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning, regardless of high school eligibility; and be it further,

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to adopt the modification of admission requirements for upper division transfer and to implement the policy beginning in Fall 2000; and be it further,

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to facilitate extensive consultation with the California Community Colleges prior to implementation of the modified admission requirements for upper division transfer.

RATIONALE: Under current CSU admission policy, upper division transfer to the CSU is possible through completion of one of two alternative paths. Applicants who did not meet CSU’s high school eligibility requirement for CSU admission as freshmen are required to complete 56 transferable semester units, including 30 units in general-education types of courses with a grade of C or better in each course including communication in the English language (written communication, oral communication, and critical thinking) and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning, prior to transfer to the CSU. Applicants who qualified for CSU admission as freshmen by completing CSU’s high school eligibility requirements but did not choose to matriculate to the CSU can transfer at the upper division level by completing 56 semester units without any requirement to complete any of CSU’s general education-breadth requirements.

The CSU Admissions Advisory Council was asked by the Chancellor to review current CSU admission policy that allows applicants to establish eligibility for admission as an upper division transfer on the basis of completion of the comprehensive pattern of high school college-preparatory subjects as an alternate to completing at least 30 semester units of general-education types of courses with a grade of C or better in each course, including three required courses in English language and one course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning. Recent Trustee policy requires all students at the freshmen and upper-division transfer levels to demonstrate proficiency both in English and mathematics. The recommended modification of the admission policy to require all upper-division transfer students to complete 30 units of general-education types of courses with a grade of C or better in each course including English communication and mathematical basic skills prior to transfer is consistent with Trustee policy and better prepares students for success at the upper division level.

The recommended implementation date of Fall 2000 provides students with ample opportunity to develop an academic plan to complete with a grade of C or better in each course 30 semester units of general-education types of coursework. To facilitate transfer of upper-division students it is important to consult extensively with the California Community Colleges and to announce the modified admission policy for upper-division transfer forthwith.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY – May 7-8, 1998



 
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