Articulation and Transfer

Effective and Equitable Transfer Practices in the California Community Colleges

As the California Community Colleges system strives to meet the needs of students, one important part of its mission is transfer, as this goal is the one most identified by community college students. In order to address the needs and goals of so many students, community colleges throughout the state must provide resources that can guide students through the process. Transfer should command considerable attention at community colleges for a number of reasons.

Adopt the paper Effective and Equitable Transfer Practices in the California Community Colleges

Whereas, Resolution 4.01 S18 directed the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges to “develop a paper identifying effective practices around transfer to assist colleges to create and apply uniform and equitable transfer policies and bring the paper to the Fall 2019 Plenary Session for adoption”;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopt and disseminate broadly the paper Effective and Equitable Transfer Practices in the California Community Colleges. [1]


ASSIST Oversight and Implementation

Whereas, The Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer (ASSIST) is the official repository of transfer and articulation agreements between California’s public colleges and universities and supports a comprehensive statewide advising and information system “to facilitate the transfer of California Community College students to either the California State University or University of California systems by providing accurate articulation information”;[1]

Develop a Paper on Effective Transfer Practices

Whereas, California Education Code, Title 5 regulations, local policies and procedures, and restrictions placed on colleges by the California State University (CSU), the University of California (UC), independent institutions, and out-of-state institutions result in a wide variety of transfer practices and standards around the state leading to confusion among colleges as well as the exclusion and inequitable treatment of transfer-bound students across the system; and

Support Students Transferring to UC, CSU, and Private and Out-of-State Institutions

Whereas, At the September meeting, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors adopted the system-wide goals outlined in the California Community Colleges (CCC) Vision for Success, including a goal which states “Increase by 35 percent the number of CCC students systemwide transferring annually to a UC or CSU;”

Whereas, The Associate Degrees for Transfer have created significant opportunities for California community college students to transfer into the California State University (CSU) system;

Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering College Students

The 2010 document has been revised to include the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics that were adopted by the California Legislature shortly after publication and release of the original version. A section on Mathematical practices has been added (see Part 3 on page 6), and Appendix B was rewritten to map the CCSS to the expectations of ICAS.

Maintain Local Autonomy over Degree Requirements

Whereas, Assembly Bill 440 (Beall), in an attempt to remove perceived barriers to transfer for community college students, recently proposed legislation that would remove local autonomy for degrees by placing degree requirements into statute and could effectively lead to legislative curriculum dictates;

Whereas, Placing any degree requirements in statute is in direct contradiction to Education Code §70902(b)(7), which clearly puts responsibility for curriculum and academic standards under the joint responsibility of the local board and the academic senates of a district;

Amend Resolution 4.05 S10

Amend second resolve:

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the establishment of degrees that do guarantee transfer admission to a four-year institution and consist solely of courses that are transferable;

MSR Disposition: Referred to the Executive Committee to address redundancy and conflicts with other resolutions and return in Fall 2010.

Support for a Transfer Degree

Whereas, There is great interest in establishing transfer associate degrees in the California community colleges, and the components and value-added of such degrees have not been defined;

Amend Resolution 4.04 S10

Replace the second whereas:

Whereas, Transfer students who complete a minimum of 60 baccalaureate units, including general education and major preparation coursework, are experiencing a delay in reaching their educational goals due to the competitiveness for university admission as well as the disproportionate and excessive fee increases, making a bachelor’s degree out of reach for many California community college students;


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