Articulation and Transfer

Support of IMPAC

Whereas transfer and articulation are priorities as determined by Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates and the Board of Governors, and

Whereas there is a need for a system of seamless transfer in the majors, and

Whereas the major core curriculum must serve as a basis of articulation agreements emphasizing the commonalities of that core, and

Whereas the attainment of these agreements require faculty-to-faculty dialogues and obligations of existing articulation systems (e.g., ASSIST and CAN),

Transfer Admission Guarantee Agreements

Whereas fully articulated lower division programs greatly facilitate transfer, allowing students to know exactly what courses to take to be fully prepared, and

Whereas transfer admission guarantee agreements, like those available with University of California Davis, have proven to be an effective method for promoting transfer,

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Board of Governors to seek systemwide facilitation of transfer admission guarantee agreements from community colleges to University of California campuses.

Expansion of California Articulation Number (CAN) System to Include Fully Articulated Programs

Whereas fully articulated major preparation programs greatly promote transfer, reducing the need for students to retake courses, shortening time-to-degree, and eliminating waste of public funds, and

Whereas the California Articulation Number (CAN) System is the only statewide system of articulating major preparation courses, and

Whereas even the CAN System does not provide for articulation of complete major preparation programs,

Articulation Officer and Transfer Center Director

Whereas the University of California and California Community Colleges systems have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase transfers to the University of California, and

Whereas the MOU has specified that more attention be paid to articulation, and

Whereas current proposed Budget Change Proposals (BCPs) encourage partnerships,

Resolved that the Academic Senate recommend to local senates that the positions of Articulation Officer and Transfer Center Director be faculty positions, and

CAN - Articulation

Whereas the California Articulation Number (CAN) system serves students by articulating undergraduate courses, and

Whereas the CAN Council plans to expand the current number of courses,

Resolved that the Academic Senate support the CAN Council proposal to expand in the following areas by listing courses as:
1) lower division courses required for major preparation
2) lower division baccalaureate level elective courses commonly used in majors,
3) other intersegmental courses that count for lower division preparation.

Transfer of Courses in the Major Field

Whereas, although general education courses are accepted by four-year colleges and universities, many transferring community college students find that courses in their major fields are not accepted by the major field departments at four-year schools, and

Whereas this practice by four-year departments of not accepting for transfer courses in the majors of community college students means these students must stay in college longer and must pay higher four-year college fees for courses they have already taken in community colleges,

English Content Standards

Whereas more than 25% of California high school students are second language learners of English, and

Whereas research shows that it takes 5-7 years for a second language learner to reach parity with native speaker peers, and

Whereas at the Spring 1996 Session the Academic Senate approved the document "California Pathways", which addresses the linguistic development and educational needs of second language learners of English;

SB 1849: Critical Thinking for K-8 Pupils

Whereas SB 1849 would require the trustees to direct the Chancellor of the CSU to conduct a study of the CSU teacher preparation programs to assess the extent to which those programs prepare candidates for teaching credentials to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills to K-8 pupils, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supports critical thinking instruction in K-8 which could contribute to better college/university preparedness,

SB 1672: Access and Transferability

Whereas SB 1672 threatens access and transferability of non-UC eligible community college students in favor of UC-eligible community college students,

Resolved that the Academic Senate support the concepts in SB 1672 only if amended to include funding necessary to assure no dislocation of non-UC eligible community college students.

Advanced Placement Three-Year Degree

Whereas a CPEC Ad Hoc Committee on the Financing and Future of California Higher Education has drafted a paper entitled Promoting More Productive Use of the High School Years, and

Whereas this strategy appears to advance a national discussion regarding the development of a three-year Bachelor's Degree, and

Whereas advanced placement courses in high schools and their acceptance in California higher education institutions play an important role in this discussion,


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