Community College Connections
General Education and Transfer in California has been organized for decades around the shared body of courses that students may take and apply toward the degree at any public institution. Our office maintains policies and guidelines relating to the current practice.
Associate Degrees for Transfer originated with Senate Bill 1440 (Padilla), chaptered as the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act. Community colleges create associate degrees in the most popular majors for transfer students, and California State Universities apply the coursework fully to baccalaureate programs in similar disciplines, providing for a clear, efficient pathway to the degree.
Integrated Courses of Study is a new project exploring how Associate Degrees for Transfer may accommodate more intentionally sequenced and contextualized lower-division coursework and high-impact practices without sacrificing portability, to improve learning and persistence and close achievement gaps.
Give Students a Compass began as a national initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) initiative to incorporate high-impact practices into lower division general education. In California, the work continued with a focus on serving transfer students, by coordinating best practices among faculty at public community colleges and state universities. See the culminating publication.
California Community Colleges are also encouraged to propose innovations of their own, which improve engagement, learning, and preparation for transfer to the CSU. For a list of pilot programs see the home page of the Chancellor’s General Education Advisory Committee.