Appropriate Preparation in Facilitating Efficient Transfer: In Response to SB 1440 (Padilla) and AB 2302 (Fong)



RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) support the intent of SB 1440 and AB 2302 to increase the efficiency of student transfer from the California Community Colleges to the public-supported four-year institutions; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU reaffirm its long-standing support for the efforts to increase preparedness of students to pursue appropriate upper division coursework; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize the inherent conflicts that exist between the requirements for a terminal AA degree with those of a transfer-oriented degree and those of a technical education degree, and therefore affirm the value of separate “transfer degree” focused on facilitating effective transfer independent of other missions of the California Community College System (e.g., remediation, career preparation, terminal AA degrees); and be it further RESOLVED: That the ASCSU identify and support the following elements of a “transfer degree” for students within California: For most majors, students planning to transfer should do so with as close to 60 units as practicable.

    1. To ensure the possibility of timely graduation, students should complete the lower-division elements of the CSU GE (or IGETC) requirements prior to transfer (this goal may be secondary to appropriate lower division preparation for high unit and/or strongly-sequenced majors such as STEM and nursing, and some other majors requiring strongly sequenced lower division coursework).
    2. CSU Title 5 code requirements (e.g., American institutions) should be incorporated into any “transfer degree” offered at the California Community Colleges.
    3. n order to avoid unnecessary extra units taken by the students, all major preparation incorporated into any such discipline-specific “transfer degree” should include only the lower-division preparation required for the relevant CSU baccalaureate degree.
    4. The California Community Colleges should have the capacity to certify, based on CSU-approved transfer pathways, the appropriate completion of lower division transfer preparation as part of a degree program, a credential, or as a certificate.

; and be it further

RESOLVED: That, in the case of conflicting requirements, the ASCSU hold that discipline, regional, and national accreditation requirements may supersede these transfer degree elements; and be it further,

RESOLVED: The ASCSU stress to all parties that it is the discipline faculty of the CSU, under CSU policy and Title 5, that have the primary responsibility for preserving the integrity and quality of the degrees offered by the CSU. However, the ASCSU also remains committed to our discipline faculty working with our California Community College colleagues to ensure appropriate lowerdivision preparation for upper- division coursework in the major; and be it further,

RESOLVED: That these elements of a transfer degree should be incorporated into legislation addressing student transfer in California (e.g., SB 1440 and AB 2302).

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to Chancellor Reed, Chancellor Scott, the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates, the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges, Senator Padilla, Assemblymember Fong, and Executive Vice-Chancellor Echeverria.

RATIONALE: This resolution provides the framework for the ASCSU response
to the specific areas of SB 1440 and AB 2302 that we see as problematic. The
current resolution argues for splitting the “transfer degree” requirements from
other CCC degree requirements (e.g., the 18 units in the major area of study).

Approved Unanimously– May 6-7, 2010



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