The chancellors of the California State University and the California Community Colleges have signed a memorandum of understanding between the two systems that will make it easier for students to transfer from the CCC to the CSU. The agreement outlines collaborative and comprehensive efforts to increase by five percent annually the number of students who are eligible to transfer from community colleges.
"Providing opportunities for more California students to earn bachelor's degrees is one of California State University's highest priorities. It is a great benefit for students that the California State University and the California Community Colleges are working closer than ever to make access to quality education easier," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Increasing the number of transfer students by five percent is an ambitious goal that will help a great many students and eventually strengthen the state's economy."
"The memorandum of understanding commits our two systems to successfully prepare and serve thousands and thousands more transfer students," said CCC Chancellor Thomas J. Nussbaum. "We do so not only by expanding traditional efforts, but also by pursuing creative approaches such as dual admission and joint facility use."
Annually, the CSU enrolls about 50,000 new transfer students from California community colleges or more than three-fourths of all the transfer students in the state. Under the California Education Code, CSU's top admission priority is transfer students from the state's community colleges. In fact, two-thirds of all incoming CSU students are transfer students.
The agreement includes the following:
The CSU is the largest four-year public higher education system in the nation. It includes 23 campuses, 360,000 students and 40,000 faculty and staff.
The California Community Colleges is comprised of 107 two-year learning institutions. These campuses, which are organized into 72 districts, together serve more than 1.5 million students and comprise the largest system of higher education in the world. Preparing students for transfer is one of the primary missions of the system.
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