Articulation and Transfer

Paper on Transfer for the General Audience

Whereas, Preparing students for transfer to baccalaureate granting institutions is one of the primary missions of California community colleges;

Whereas, Elements that contribute to an understanding of transfer are varied and complex; and

Whereas, Students, faculty, legislators, and members of the public would benefit from having a single document summarizing the various elements of transfer;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges prepare a paper on transfer aimed at the general audience.

Student Athletes

Whereas, The community colleges are committed to help all students whose goals are to transfer to a four-year university to develop their academic potentials by providing necessary resources;

Whereas, Little comprehensive research has been published regarding the academic needs and support systems necessary for the underprepared California community college student athletes; and

Amend Resolution 4.04 F09

Add second resolve:

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges define a transfer associate degree to be a degree, the successful completion of which certifies that a student meets the requirements for transfer to UC and or CSU.

MSR Disposition: Referred to the Executive Committee to collect further information and return in Spring 2010.

Transfer Degree

Whereas, State legislators have proposed statewide transfer degrees;

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges maintains that the purview of degree definitions in legislation goes against basic higher education principles embedded in past practice;

Whereas, The faculty should maintain the right and responsibility to determine graduation degree requirements as specified in Title 5; and

Whereas, Title 5 currently makes no reference to transfer associate degrees;

California Community College Transfer Recommended Guidelines

Whereas, Resolution 4.05 F06 sought the widespread dissemination of the document California Community College Transfer: Recommended Guidelines (2006), which was co-published by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and the California Community Colleges Transfer Center Directors Association;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges widely disseminate the document California Community College Transfer: Recommended Guidelines (2006) and make it available on its website.

Transfer Degree Design

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has previously opposed the use of the word “transfer” in degree titles (Resolution 9.02 F06) because the use of the word “transfer” in degree titles may lead students to believe the completion of the degree ensures transfer to a four-year institution and students may believe that all courses they successfully complete for a “transfer” degree are transferable;

CCC GE Advanced Placement (AP) Equivalency

Whereas, Title 5 55063, Minimum Requirements for the Associate Degree, outlines specific general education area requirements that each college must include for the associate degree;

Whereas, The only way for a California community college student to receive associate degree General Education area credit for an AP score is if an equivalency has been locally established;

Standardized Procedures for Determining Advanced Placement Exam Equivalencies

Whereas, 1.2 million, or 21%, of students in the Class of 2004 took at least one Advanced Placement course (Epstein, David. A New AP, Inside Higher Education, May 26, 2005);

Whereas, Title 5 requires that it be discipline faculty that determine Advanced Placement course equivalency, that the curriculum committee approve Advanced Placement course equivalency, and that publication of the course equivalency be included on transcripts (Title 5 55052);

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