California CCs Sign Transfer Agreement With UC

The California Community Colleges and the University of California systems on Wednesday announced a joint agreement that seeks to increase the number of community college students who transfer to UC and earn a bachelor's degree.

UC President Janet Napolitano and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley signed the memorandum of understanding, "Enhancing Student Transfer," that immediately initiates a comprehensive effort to guarantee admission for all qualifying California community college transfer students to the UC's system of nine undergraduate campuses. The agreement aims to increase inclusive access to a four-year college degree and ensure students' academic preparation and support to succeed and earn their degrees in a timely manner, according to the MOU.

Under the agreement, students who complete one of the UC pathways and achieve the requisite GPA will be guaranteed a place within the UC system. These guarantees will be in place for students beginning community college in fall 2019.

"Further collaborating and coordinating with the California Community Colleges will not only make it easier for qualified students to transfer to the university, it will help ensure that they excel once they arrive," Napolitano said in a press release. "We hope to see the tangible, positive effects of these efforts by fall of next year."

"Community college students who transfer to the UC campuses do as well, or sometimes better academically, as students who start their studies at a UC," said Oakley. "This agreement when fully implemented will help more Californians from all backgrounds realize the promise of higher education and move our state forward."


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