NORTH BAY – California Community Colleges officials are hopeful that a bill to put into place standards for students who transfer from a California community college to the California State University will be approved this month.
The assembly appropriations committee passed the bill unanimously. It next goes to the Assembly and Senate. If approved it will go into effect next fall.
Currently the degree process is governed by each community college. Some of these programs align with four-year degrees and some do not.
What the author of the bill, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, is intending to do is streamline the process so all students who go through a community college program with the goal of transferring to a CSU will be able to do so with ease and not have to retake courses.
A projected $160 million would be saved if this goes through, a savings of $75 million annually for the community colleges and $85 million annually for the CSU system.