CSU to Streamline Transfer Path for Community College Students

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4800, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(June 16, 2004) The California State University system is planning to introduce a streamlined transfer path for community college students intending to complete their bachelor’s degree at a CSU campus.

While voluntary, those who choose to follow it will earn the highest priority for admission among community college transfer applicants to the CSU campus and major they select. CSU will continue to admit to the system other transfer students who have met all of the requirements for transfer.

Under the new policy, the CSU will create a lower-division pattern of courses for each major that will advance students toward graduation at any CSU campus. The core pattern will have a minimum of 60 transferable units. Students will identify a major and select the CSU campus of their choice by the time they complete 45 semester units in a community college.

“With this policy, the CSU is making it possible for transfer students to earn a baccalaureate degree by taking only those courses they need and want to take,” said David S. Spence, CSU’s executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “This will result in students graduating in a more timely manner because they would take fewer units at the community colleges. In following this path, students will make better use of the state’s and their own resources.”

According to studies conducted by the CSU, the average California Community College student has accrued 81 units at the time they transfer to the CSU. On average, these students do not get credit for 11 semester units upon transferring because the CSU gives credit to a maximum of 70 semester units.

The policy would focus on those majors that attract the largest number of students at CSU campuses. The CSU board of Trustees is expected to vote on the new policy in July.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 409,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 77,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: June 16, 2004

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