By Bryant Mejia
Many people who attend community colleges do so with the goal of transferring to a four-year university. These students often find themselves struggling to meet requirements for the university that they wish to attend.
A complicated transfer system results in longer wait times for transferring. These issues have students asking themselves: Can we have a new transfer system? Isn’t there a better way to transfer out? Will this system ever be fixed?
The solution to these issues is in the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440) which was enacted in the fall of 2011.
Two years later, the outline for SB 1440 is now being used which means students can now transfer to a four-year university with no hassle at all. Students earning an associate degree for transfer are guaranteed admission to a Cal State University (CSU).
This allows them more time to work on their bachelor’s degree, and less time going through the transfer process.
The new framework in SB 1440 set students on a “fast track” to graduate from the four-year university they wish to attend. Students cannot be required to repeat courses taken at a community college and are given junior status upon transferring.
When the old transferring system was in place, newly transferred students were shocked when they learned that they had to take classes that they had already completed in community college.
Saving money is usually the reason why students decide to get an associate’s degree at a community college. Saving money is now possible with the new guidelines.
These new guidelines also allow students access to more Cal State universities upon transferring. Say a student needs to move far away from where they got their associate’s degree and is now having trouble transferring. This will not be an issue anymore since the new guidelines expand statewide to any CSU.
Knowing that any CSU is accessible gives students more options when deciding which school they want to attend. This then helps the student with their majors since it is easier to transfer to a CSU that has a good program for what they want to study.
The new guideline’s extensive amount of improvements, far surpass that of its old counterpart. The old guidelines for transferring made it hard for students.
Students were forced to take classes that were unnecessary and a waste of time and money.
The new system now prevents all these problems and allows faster transfer time. In fact, last fall CSU’s welcomed the first 120 students admitted with the new transfer degree; thousands more are ready to transfer and the number will only increase.
SB 1440 is a step in the right direction for the guidelines of transferring. The Associate Degree for Transfer System is the right framework for the community college transfer system.
A lot of work still needs to be done,but now we have a pathway and understanding for where we should go in the future. With the associate degree for transfer system, many more students will soon find themselves one step closer to reaching their academic goals.