Sacramento – An agreement finally reached between California’s Community College District and the University of California (UC) last week, will provide an easier transfer between the two school systems.
Under the new plan, beginning in the fall of 2019, community college student who complete the required pathway courses will find it easier to transfer into certain majors at nine of the university system’s undergraduate campuses. These students will be guaranteed a spot at one of the university system campuses provided their grades are competitive. Pathways to the University System currently exist in at least 21 subject areas with more to be added in the near future.
Another aspect of the agreement reached last week called for a review of the community college system’s associate degrees for transfer, which already guarantee a spot somewhere in the 23 California State University campuses, to make them also guarantees for UC transfer.
Officials expect the changes will result in a 10 to 15 percent increase in the number of community college students who transfer to the UC system in the first few years it is effective. The number of transfers is expected to increase over time as more and more students see acceptance into a UC as a real possibility. This year, approximately 20,000 community college students transferred to UCs.
Community colleges that serve low-income and rural student populations also expect to see substantial numbers of their students transfer to the UC system under the new policy.
Although this is great news for community college students, officials caution that although they will be guaranteed acceptance to a UC it does not guarantee students will be able to transfer to their first-choice campus. Instead, students may be referred to other campuses even if they had not considered those locations.
This change will not impact the existing Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program that offers guaranteed admissions to UC campuses at Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.