Posted on: Oct 4, 2010 1:00:00 AM
Contact: Dana Quittner
San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges celebrate improved pathway for community college students
The San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA) sent their congratulations to Governor Schwarzenegger, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott, California State University Chancellor Charles Reed and Senator Alex Padilla today as they joined together in Los Angeles for a ceremonial signing of the historic transfer bill, SB 1440 (Padilla), the Student Transfer and Achievement Reform Act (STAR Act). Thanking Chancellor Scotts and Reed and Senator Padilla for their efforts to pass SB 1440, and the Governor for signing the bill, SDICCCA president Cindy Miles said the benefits to students will be substantial. The new law will take effect in fall 2011.
“Establishing an associate degree for transfer that guarantees admission with junior standing to the CSU system is tremendous progress,” Miles said. “It is historic. It means that students will be able to count on the associate degree being the measure of preparation for university work. It guarantees community college students a clear path to the California State University system. “
All six community college districts in San Diego and Imperial Counties strongly supported the legislation and worked hard for its passage. Each year tens of thousands of the area’s community college students transfer to San Diego State University or California State University, San Marcos.
“When students are able to move through community college and university in a timelier manner, avoiding taking unnecessary courses because of confusion about what counts, they will spend less time in college,” said Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. “Shortening their time in school means they save significant time and resources and free up room for other students.”
California’s landmark student transfer legislation establishes a transfer associate degree that guarantees junior standing admissions for community college students to the California State University (CSU) system. Many higher education and community leaders have worked tirelessly on this bill and were also in Los Angeles for the ceremonial signing. SB 1440 will shape the higher education landscape in California for generations of students and help to produce a competitive California workforce.
The San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA):
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College); Imperial Community College District (Imperial Valley College); MiraCosta Community College District (MiraCosta College); Palomar Community College District (Palomar College); San Diego Community College District (San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Miramar College) and Southwestern Community College District (Southwestern College)