Historic Transfer Bill Awaits Final Approval by the Governor
Senate Bill 1440 Eases Transfer Process for Students
(August 27, 2010) – Senate Bill 1440, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (STAR Act) was unanimously approved by the legislature on August 25 and awaits final approval by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"SB 1440 will be a tremendous boost for thousands of students across California and will go a long way in ensuring that California's public higher education system is as seamless and accessible for as many students as possible," said CSSA President Chris Chavez. "It will provide students a clear path from Community College on to the CSU and ultimately into the state's workforce."
SB 1440 was authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and sponsored by Chancellor Reed, California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott, the Campaign for College Opportunity, the California State Student Association and Student Senate of the California Community Colleges. The bill, which would take effect in the fall of 2011, would allow students an easier and defined path for transferring from a California Community College to the CSU by establishing a transfer Associate of Arts Degree (AA) for those students who have completed 60 transferrable units. Community college students that obtain the transfer AA degree would be admitted to the CSU with junior standing.
"SB 1440 is historic and will fundamentally change higher education in California. SB 1440 will better align our higher education system, saving students time, money and freeing up state resources to serve more students," said Senator Alex Padilla.
Both the CSU and the CCC estimate millions of dollars in savings by eliminating excess units that transfer students often accumulate in completing their degree. By simplifying the transfer process, the STAR Act also frees up seats for other students allowing the CSU and the CCC to serve an additional 50,000 students.
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