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State law opens door for new transfer degrees

State officials have given Antelope Valley College (AVC) approval for two new degree programs that will make it easier for community college students to transfer to the California State University System.

Beginning this fall, AVC will offer specially designated degree programs in Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer and Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer.

The programs are the first of several AVC hopes to launch in the next few years to comply with the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, SB 1440, which was signed into law last fall.

“We’ve offered transfer degree programs since the college opened in 1929. What makes these new degrees unique is they provide a clear pathway for AVC graduates to transfer to a California State University campus,” said Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services Sharon Lowry.

That pathway includes providing those with the new associate degrees guaranteed admission to a CSU, assures junior standing, and does not require transfer students to complete more than 60 units to receive a bachelor’s degree, except in specially designated high-unit majors.

“Transfer requirements can vary among the CSU campuses. So, for example, a student completing the same course work at AVC might achieve junior standing at one CSU and yet, at another, still have to complete certain lower division requirements,” Lowry said. “That can be confusing and costly. These new transfer degrees will eliminate that.”

“This simplified process will save students significant time and resources as they transfer from a community college to a CSU campus and will create greater efficiencies for both the CSU and the community colleges,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Jack Scott said at the approval of the legislation last year.

The new degrees approved by AVC and the state’s other community colleges will carry a special designation of “T,” for transfer, after the degree abbreviation of AA-T (Associate in Arts) or AS-T (Associate in Science).

The degree designation will grant transfer students priority admission to a CSU and to a program or major similar to their community college major or area of emphasis. However, admission to a particular CSU campus is not guaranteed.

AVC students can continue to earn degrees in other areas and transfer to CSU or any other university. However, the new degree programs should simplify the process for community college transfer students to CSU, though the degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or university that is not part of the CSU System.

The courses required for each of the AA-T and AS-T degrees are outlined in AVC’s newest catalog.

AVC students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to earn one of the degrees.

Students are directed to consult with an academic counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.