Opposition to AB 440, as amended (July 4, 2009), Beall - California Community Colleges: student transfer

AS-2937-10/AA/FGA (Rev)


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) find that the modification of AB440 to require 18 units (27 quarter units) of “coursework in the major or an area of emphasis” could induce many community college students to take extra lower division units that will not count towards their chosen major after transfer to a CSU campus; and be it further,

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU cannot support AB440 in its current form as a result of this modification; and be it further,

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the Office of the Honorable Jim Beall, Jr. (California State Assembly); to the Board of Trustees, to Assistant Vice- Chancellor Zamarripa, to the Intersegmental Council of Academic Senates, and to Executive Vice Chancellor Echeverria (CSU).

RATIONALE: AB 440 seeks to ensure that Community College Districts have the ability to offer degrees designed to facilitate expedient transfer. AB 440 does not require districts to offer these “for transfer” degrees nor does it require local CSU campuses to accept all such graduates – although it is noted that such programs could very effectively be used with transfer admission guarantees as negotiated with local campuses. The original impetus for the bill was to facilitate transfer; the addition of the stipulation that there be 18 units in the major or an area of emphasis requirement voids the gains inherent in the original bill.

Approved Unanimously – March 10-11, 2010



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