- Community college students prepared for and transferred to universities prior to the 1960 adoption of the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. Since then, California’s college and university faculty have substantially improved transfer by creating two common general education patterns and continue to refine systems intended to streamline course acceptance and requirements. California leads the nation with a 20-year-old general education transfer pattern.
- The primary obstacle to successful transfer for students is capacity. While community colleges successfully prepare tens of thousands of students for transfer, enrollment management due to budget constraints has reduced space at CSU and UC to accommodate transfer students.
- Associate degrees for transfer will improve transfer even more because of faculty-led efforts to establish lower division major preparation for many of the popular majors as well as majors that stand to move the state forward in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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