Academic Research

Operations and Processes

Requests for Exemptions and Procedures Regarding Standings

Lower-Division Transfers

While AA-2004-07 states, "The CSU is moving in a direction that will eliminate lower-division transfers from most baccalaureate programs of study," there are exemptions. California Maritime Academy, e.g., has such a specialized mission and curriculum that may continue to admit lower-division transfers. Likewise, San Diego State has an authorized program that permits enrollment of LD students from local community colleges. AA 2004-34 permits admissions of LD nursing majors.

As noted in AA-2004-04, requests for exemptions should be directed to Mr. Allison Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Student Academic Support,, 562-951-4744.

Teacher Credential Students

The documentation for admission standards to teacher credentialing programs is found in Executive Order 896, which, in part supercedes Executive Order 758. These two executive orders detail the requirements for admission to programs for "classified" postbaccalaureate students in teacher credentialing. If students are missing any of these requirements, they may be admitted as "conditionally classified" indicating "deficiencies in preparation".

High Unit Majors and Alternative GE-Breadth Requirements

Section 40405.4 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations, permits the Chancellor to grant exceptions to the general education requirements for high-unit professional degree major programs on a program-by-program basis.

Executive Order 595 (General Education-Breadth Requirements) provides for exceptions in the case of high-unit professional major degree programs (Section VI).

The March 16, 1998, memorandum from Interim Academic Affairs Senior Vice Chancellor Charles W. Lindahl to Presidents on High Unit Majors provides additional information about processes to request exemption.

The April 3, 2001, memorandum from Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer David S. Spence to Presidents on the Admission of Upper-Division Nursing Students: Temporary Authorization recognizes the serious shortage of qualified nurses in California and permits campuses to admit as upper-division transfer students to nursing who are otherwise qualified but lack the required general education requirements in critical thinking or math and quantitative reasoning, provided that these students completed these courses during their first year of enrollment at the CSU campus.

As noted in AA-2004-04, requests for exemption should be made to Dr. Jolayne Service,, whose telephone number now is 562-951-4723.

Questions about post baccalaureate and graduate funding may be directed to Jo Service,

Questions about teacher credential program admissions requirements may be directed to Beverly Young,

Second Baccalaureates in Critical Areas of Need

While fully qualified upper-division transfer and first-time freshman applicants have among the highest priorities for admission to the CSU, the CSU recognizes that there are areas of critical need for CSU baccalaureates.

Founded by the California State Legislature and the Governor in 1988 via Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 162, The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is the leading partnership of industry, academia and government that identifies ways that science and technology can be used to improve California's economy and quality of life. The charge of CCST is to: (1) identify the long range research requirements for sustaining the state's economic development and competitiveness; (2) provide direction for new scientific and technological activities; (3) stimulate the technology transfer linkage between the university research setting and the private sector; (4) analyze public policy issues and formulate policy recommendations in the areas of science and technology; and (5) establish an organizational structure for the development of collaborative public/private sector initiatives targeted to spur research and development activities, innovation and growth of new science and technology based industries and jobs. In April 2002, the CCST released "Critical Path Analysis of California's Science and Technology Education and Technology Education System." More information about the report that serves as an underpinning for CSU's continuing (and unfulfilled) requests to the state for additional support in science and technology education can be found at the following CCST URL:

In addition, the demand for nurses throughout the state makes Nursing an area of critical need.

Individual campuses may have baccalaureate degree programs that are specialized and serve a critical need nationally, in the state, or in their region.

CSU Areas of Critical Needs

For campuses that are serving continuing students and admitting all fully-eligible upper-division transfer and freshman applicants, the admission of fully-eligible postbaccalaureate students to a second baccalaureate degree program in areas of critical need is not an issue of concern.

However, if a campus is impacted in a baccalaureate degree program in an area of critical need, the campus is denying access to fully-eligible undergraduate applicants, and fully-eligible postbaccalaureate applicants have no priority for admission.

If a campus is impacted for all undergraduates (first-time freshmen and transfers), then the campus is denying access to fully-eligible undergraduates, and fully-eligible postbaccalaureate applicants have no priority for admission.

If a campus is impacted at the freshman level and a baccalaureate degree program in an area of critical need is not impacted at the campus, it is understood that the campus has made academic decissions about its need to provide authentic access to the baccalaureate for its continuing students (the group with the highest priority for enrollment), fully-eligible upper-division transfer applicants, and the needs of the state, region, and local area. As such, the admission of fully-eligible postbaccalaurate applicants to a baccalaurate degree program in an area of critical need that is not program impacted is not an issue of concern.

As noted in AA-2004-04, requests that a baccalaureate program receive standing as an area of critical need should be directed to Dr. Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Research,, 562-951-4767; documentation of critical need should accompany the request.

Classified and Conditionally Classified postbaccalaureate and Graduate students.

Sections 41002, 41010, and 41011 of Title 5 respectively define post baccalaureate classified standing, conditionally classified graduate standing, and classified graduate standing. We are defining conditionally classified post baccalaureate standing as analagous to conditionally classified graduate standing but applicable to postbaccalaureate credential and certificate programs.

Operations and Processing Issues

The processing of admissions varies from campus to campus. With the exception of postbaccalaureate applicants for admission to 2nd baccalaureate programs, most applicants for postbaccalaureate and graduate student admission increasingly will need to be conditionally classified and classified prior to formal admission by the university. Campuses that now manage postbaccalaureate and graduate admissions in this way will be asked to share at workshops how this is managed at their campuses, including information about the campus team that is involved.

If campuses have suggestions about how the system office can provide assistance with regard to operational and processing issues, there is time in the workshop agenda here to make proposals.

Questions about operations and processing issues may be directed to Jim Blackburn,

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Last Updated: June 28, 2005