The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440 – Padilla), signed into legislation on September 29, 2010, enables the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of Associate in Arts Degree (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) Degree transfer programs. This new law requires community colleges to grant an associate degree for transfer to a student once a student has met specified general education and major requirements for the degree. Upon completion of the associate degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing into the California State University (CSU) system.
Students are given guaranteed admission into the California State University (CSU) system, and further are given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that has accepted the student’s community college major as appropriate preparation for completion of the baccalaureate. The law prohibits the CSU from requiring a transferring student to repeat courses similar to those taken at the community college that counted toward their associate degree for transfer. It is expected that community college students will be able to declare an interest in pursuing specific transfer AA/AS degrees beginning the Fall 2011-12 academic year.
The following programs accept AS-T and AA-T certified students.
- Anthropology - Approved for Social and Behavioral Sciences, B.A. concentration in Anthropology
- Art History - Approved for Visual and Public Art B.A.
- Business - Approved for Business Administration B.S.
- Communication Studies - Approved for Human Communication B.A. concentrations in Journalism and Media Studies; Practical and Professional Ethics; and Writing and Rhetoric
- Computer Science - Approved for Computer Science and Information Technology B.S.
- Elementary Education - Approved for Liberal Studies B.A.
- English - Approved for Human Communication B.A. concentrations in Literary and Film Studies; English Subject Matter Preparation; Writing and Rhetoric; and Creative Writing and Social Action
- Geography - Approved for Social and Behavioral Sciences B.A. concentration in Geographic Information Systems
- History - Approved for Human Communication B.A. in History, Oral History and New Media
- History - Approved for Social and Behavioral Sciences B.A. concentration in Social History
- Journalism - Approved for Human Communication B.A. concentration in Journalism and Media Studies
- Kinesiology - Approved for Kinesiology B.S.
- Mathematics - Approved for Mathematics B.S.
- Philosophy - Approved for Human Communication B.A. concentration in Practical and Professional Ethics
- Spanish - Approved for Spanish B.A.
- Sociology - Approved for Social and Behavioral Sciences B.A.
- Studio Art - Approved for the Visual and Public Art B.A.