Community College Connections
Give Students a Compass is the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) initiative to incorporate high-impact practices into lower division general education. In California, the work has focused on serving transfer students, by coordinating best practices among faculty at public community colleges and state universities.
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.
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.