Community College Degrees Lifting Up California’s Education Levels
In 2010, state senator Alex Padilla, now California secretary of state sponsored legislation that anyone who obtains either an Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer or Associate in Science Degree for Transfer will get a spot at a CSU campus and the credits earned at the community college will county at the four year school.
According to Thomas Elias, “In 2015, the number of community college students pursuing the new degrees almost doubled, with 20,644 students getting transfer diplomas, compared with 11,448 the year before. For students who get these degrees, there’s not only a four-year university slot, but also the assurance they cannot be saddled with additional graduation requirements after they enroll at the next level. So students can see exactly what they’ll need to do to complete the entire process in four years. It’s much more organized than the often-jumbled transfer process still followed by other tens of thousands of would-be community college transfers.”
New degrees are available in more than 1,900 subjects, but not every community college offers them all. Full details of which degrees can be earned where are available at http://www.adegreewithaguarantee.com/Degrees.aspx.