Modification of Upper-division Admission Requirements

AS-2582-02/AA - September 13, 2002


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (CSU) recommend that the Board of Trustees of the CSU amend Title 5, California Code of Regulations, to require students to complete 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) to establish eligibility for admission as an upper-division transfer student to a CSU institution.

RATIONALE: A change from 56 transferable semester units (84 quarter units) to 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) to establish eligibility as upper-division transfers has been recommended by the Admission Advisory Council. To establish junior level standing, 60 semester (90 quarter units) are required. The current definition of upper-division eligibility is confusing to students because transferring with 56 semester units (84 quarter units) does not establish junior level standing. Students with 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) can register as juniors instead of sophomores and, therefore, have a better chance of enrolling in courses needed for graduation. Juniors are also eligible for more financial aid than sophomores based on federal loan limits. A 60-semester unit (90 quarter unit) upper-division admission requirement would also simplify external reporting requirements. Sixty semester units (90 quarter units) represent four semesters (six quarters) of full-time study for timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree. This is an appropriate benchmark for establishing upper-division transfer requirements for those students who were not eligible to attend the CSU upon graduation from high school.

Title 5 currently requires a student to have 56 transferable semester units (84 quarter units) to qualify for upper-division transfer. Students must have a GPA of 2.0 and have completed (with a C or better in each course) at least 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of General Education. This must include all GE requirements in oral communication, English, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning. Students who have completed all lower-division General Education requirements in Areas A, B, C, D and E; and two institutions courses will usually have between 36 and 39 semester units (54 and 59 quarter units) to transfer. This is because Area B courses often have higher unit counts and most campuses allow double counting of the institutions courses in Area D. Students who use the rest of the units to complete lower-division major requirements or general electives.

Those students in higher-unit majors can complete the minimum General Education requirements (30 semester units/45 quarter units) and concentrate on satisfying lower-division major requirements in order to make more timely progress toward completion of major requirements once they transfer. Title 5, Section 40805, allows campuses to offer exceptions to the stipulated number of transfer units rule in cases where lower-division major requirements are not available at the student's community college. Those students may arrange to transfer sooner with permission of the CSU campus. The 56-semester unit (84 quarter unit) requirement does not apply to students eligible for lower-division transfer. Those students were eligible for admission to a CSU campus from high school and are admitted using different criteria. A variety of enrollment management techniques available to the campuses apply to both categories of students.

APPROVED - November 7-8, 2002

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