AA-T and AS-T Degrees
SB 1440 (Padilla): The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act
What does SB 1440 do?
Creates an associate of arts or science degree for transfer (AA-T or AS-T) that guarantees admission with junior standing to the CSU system.
Defines this degree as having sixty transferrable units that include the IGETC or CSU GE Breadth pattern and 18 units in a major or area of emphasis.
Provides these students with priority admission to their local CSU campus and to a program or major that is similar to their major or area of emphasis at the community college. It does not provide a guarantee to a specific campus or major, so students should work hard to be academically competitive when applying to popular CSU campuses outside their local area and to popular majors.
Prohibits the CSU from requiring students to repeat courses that are similar to courses completed as part of the associate degree for transfer at the community college.
Prohibits the CSU from requiring students to take more than 60 units to complete a 120-unit baccalaureate degree.
What does this mean for students and the colleges?
Recognizes the associate degree as the measure of preparation and readiness for transfer to upper-division course work at the CSU, thus shifting the authority for defining lower division major preparation to the community colleges.
Reduces the need for students to take unnecessary courses, thereby shortening their time to degree completion and reducing costs for students, community colleges and the CSU.
Eliminates confusion caused by different and shifting major preparation requirements for each CSU campus.
What are the AA-T and AS-T degrees currently available at College of the Canyons?
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