Community College Connections
Give Students a Compass is the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) initiative to incorporate high-impact practices into lower division general education. In California, the work has focused on serving transfer students, by coordinating best practices among faculty at public community colleges and state universities.
Associate Degrees for Transfer originated with Senate Bill 1440 (Padilla), chaptered as the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act. Community colleges create associate degrees in the most popular majors for transfer students, and California State Universities apply the coursework fully to baccalaureate programs in similar disciplines, providing for a clear, efficient pathway to the degree.
General Education and Transfer in California has been organized for decades around the shared body of courses that students may take and apply toward the degree at any public institution. Our office maintains policies and guidelines relating to the current practice.
Beginning spring 2014, Linked Learning Pathways to the Baccalaureate builds upon existing student success efforts in career technical education (CTE) pathways, by identifying experiences that fulfill general education and major requirements, and other mechanisms for facilitating and expediting transfer and certificate and/or degree completion. See news coverage and the Request for Expressions of Interest.
California Community Colleges are also encouraged to propose innovations of their own, which improve engagement, learning, and preparation for transfer to the CSU. For a list of pilot programs see the home page of the Chancellor’s General Education Advisory Committee.