Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law Wednesday two bills affecting community college students, including one that makes it easier for them to transfer to the California State University system.
Bill SB 1440, also known as the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (STAR Act), guarantees admission to a CSU for transfer students who have earned an associates degree. The bill takes effect in fall of 2011.
“Guaranteeing admission into a CSU for any community college student who completes the newly established transfer degree under SB 1440 is a monumental step forward for California’s higher education system,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
Students would have to earn the normal requirements for transfer as well as their specific school’s requirements for the associates degree.
The second bill, AB 2302, calls for the UC system to examine their current transfer pathways and realign them to create a similar transfer system as is set forth in the STAR Act.