California Community Colleges are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.
Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.
You may have heard of the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, also known as SB 1440. This joint initiative with the California Community Colleges and California State University puts the needs of our state’s students first.
The two systems continue to roll out a program that simplifies the transfer process for community college students wanting to continue their education at the California State University. For the first time in California history, community college students who complete an associate degree designated for transfer are guaranteed admission to the California State University system with junior status and will be given priority consideration when applying to their local California State University campus and to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college major.
Roughly 50,000 community college students transfer annually to the California State University system. In the past, most community college students transferred with an average of 80 semester units when only 60 semester units are required. Then, upon arrival at the California State University, they often take excess units to make up for courses that did not transfer from their community college.
The old process was complicated and it was easy for students to get frustrated, confused and waste time and money when university admission requirements changed.
The new Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer program launched in the fall of 2011. The two systems have worked together to approve the framework for associate degrees for transfer open to community college students wanting to participate in the program.