Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Transfers Arrangement Announced

University of California streamlines paths for community college transfer students


The University of California today (July 7) introduced a new academic roadmap for California Community College students who plan to apply to transfer to UC campuses, a major step in an effort to simplify the transfer process and help students better prepare for admission to the university.

The Transfer Pathways, created by UC faculty, outline a single set of courses that will prepare transfer students for a particular major at any of the university’s nine undergraduate campuses, and help students graduate from UC within two years after their transfer. The new pathways initially will cover 10 of UC’s most popular majors: anthropology, biochemistry, biology, cell biology, chemistry, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, physics and sociology. The university plans to create pathways for another 11 majors later this year. Once pathways are complete for all 21 majors, they will cover two-thirds of all admission applications UC receives from transfer students...

Thirty percent of entering UC undergraduates are transfer students, and 90 percent of them come from a California Community College. More than half of the community college transfer students at UC are first-generation or low-income college students. Once enrolled, community college transfer students do quite well at the university and graduate at a rate that’s equal to or higher than students who start as freshmen at the university...

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The arrangement is undoubtedly a Good Thing that came from negotiations with the governor and other forces. However, it is not the only thing that came out of arrangements with the governor. So, will the Regents at their upcoming meeting spend their time celebrating transfers or reflecting on the problems that emerged from the Committee of Two deal (and subsequent legislative enactments)?

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