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ERIC Number: EJ993157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Faculty Reflections on Implementing Associate Degrees for Transfer in California
Patton, Jane; Pilati, Michelle
New Directions for Community Colleges, n160 p55-68 Win 2012
In 2010, California's then-governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1440, called the "Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act" (Padilla, 2010), into law. This bill mandated that the state's 112 community colleges (CCCs) develop a new type of associate degree, an "associate degree for transfer," that specifically prepares a student for admission to the California State University (CSU) with certain guarantees after transfer. The legislation did not specify how the degrees should be developed, making it possible for faculty to take responsibility and propose a concerted, coordinated approach to implementation that would ensure that the college and university faculty remained in charge of the curriculum and yield additional benefits for students not envisioned by the legislation. This chapter will summarize the system that has been created for developing these new associate degrees, discuss the circumstances that facilitated the development of a systematic response, and reflect upon the lessons that can be drawn from the first two years of implementation in a state with 135 community colleges and state university campuses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California