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Bill Aims To Save Spots For Community College Transfer Students

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Aired 4/21/10

The chancellors of the California State University and California Community College systems want to give transfer students guaranteed spots at CSU campuses.

— The chancellors of California State University and California Community College systems want to give transfer students guaranteed spots at CSU campuses.

CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott are backing a bill in the state senate (SB 1440). It is designed to streamline the transfer process for community colleges students by guaranteeing them admission to a CSU campus.

Scott says transfer students struggle to wade through a complex and confusing transfer process. They often take too many credits in community college, wasting time and money.

“In a critical time, when every dollar counts, and when higher education is stretched to the limit, to think of some efficiencies that we could bring about, it's just the right time,” Scott said.

But some question whether it's practical to guarantee spots. CSU campuses are currently placing caps on enrollment due to state budget cuts. For example, just over 450 San Diego Community College students were able to transfer to San Diego State University in the 2008-2009 academic year, that's down from about 730 students the year before.

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