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A Unified General Education Pathway for California Transfer Students

"...the transfer process is still unnecessarily complex, confusing and difficult for the majority of students to navigate." — Assembly Bill 928, The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act 2021

More than 40% of CSU students are transfer students, arriving primarily from the California Community Colleges system. In an effort to simplify their pathway to a four-year degree, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act – AB 928 – creates a singular, lower-division General Education (GE) pattern for both California State University and University of California transfer admissions. This pattern, called Cal-GETC, was approved by all three higher education intersegmental partners via the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates in spring 2023 and is scheduled to go into effect for fall 2025.

The CSU Board of Trustees will determine whether the CSU will adopt Cal-GETC as its single GE pattern or whether the system will continue to offer CSU GE Breadth for incoming freshmen.

A Comparison of GE Patterns

In a comparison of the two proposed GE patterns, Cal-GETC requires five fewer units than CSU GE Breadth. It does this by:

  • Including a one-unit laboratory for Biological or Physical Sciences
  • Not including one of three Arts or Humanities courses (in Area C)
  • Not including Area E, Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

If the CSU adopts Cal-GETC for incoming freshmen, then five units will be returned to campuses to determine how to utilize.

Current CSU GE Breadth Units
A1 – Oral Communication 3
Oral Communication​3
A2 – Written Communication3English Composition3

A3 – Critical Thinking3Critical Thinking and Composition3
B1 – Physical Sciences3
Physical Sciences 3
B2 – Life Sciences3
Biological Sciences3
B3 – Laboratory (included in B1/B2 units)Laboratory (for Bio/Physical Sciences course)1
B4 – Mathematics/QR3Mathematical Concepts/QR3
C1 – Arts3Arts3
C2 – Humanities3
C3 – Additional course from C1 or C23

D1 – Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
D2 – Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
E – Lifelong Learning and Self-Development3
F – Ethnic Studies3Ethnic Studies
UNIT TOTALS 3​9   3​4

About the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act

Authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman and approved in 2021, Assembly Bill 928 consolidates two existing general education pathways for California Community College students into a single pathway to either the CSU or UC system. It also requires that community colleges place incoming students on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) pathway, if one exists for their major, on or before August 1, 2024.

Key Terms and Definitions

What is Cal-GETC?
Cal-GETC is a proposed new GE pattern that would be adopted in fall 2025. As a result of its adoption, California Community Colleges would no longer offer the current CSU GE Breadth and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) patterns.

What is IGETC?
The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, or IGETC, is designed for the community college student who wants to be eligible to transfer to either the CSU or the UC systems. 

What is CSU GE Breadth?
CSU GE Breadth is the current General Education pattern for all CSU students whether they are first-time first-year students or transfer students.

What is an ADT?
The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) allows California Community College students who meet the CSU's minimum eligibility requirements guaranteed priority admission to the CSU, though not necessarily to a particular campus or major. Students earn a two-year associate degree (no more than 60 units) that is fully transferrable towards a CSU bachelor's degree.