The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has supported the preeminent position of this function throughout its history, as documented by the attached compendium of policies and positions on transfer education. It is important to note, as these resolutions attest, that the transfer function has received careful and constant attention by the faculty of California community colleges.
We seem to hear more every day about declining academic standards. In January, the newspapers reported that only about 62 percent of candidates for certificates to teach in California elementary and secondary schools passed tests in basic skills. Many community college faculty are concerned about standards in their institutions, in part because in the late 1960s and the 1970s standards became associated, in the minds of many faculty members and students, with personal rigidity rather than academic rigor.
Title 5 requires that the 15 semester units of general education mandated for the associate degree include at least one course in the following areas: natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and learning skills. A course, to fulfill the general education requirement, must satisfy both general education and area requirements. The Education Policy Committee recommends the following criteria.
The Senate response to the final Report of the Task Group on Retention and Transfer, more popularly known as the "Kissler Report" after Gerald Kissler, Assoc. Dir. of Planning, UCLA Chancellor's Office.