General Education Patterns for Community College Baccalaureate Degrees

Resolution Number
Assigned to
ICAS Representatives

Whereas, Senate Bill (SB) 850 (Block, 2014)[1] creates a baccalaureate degree pilot program that authorizes the creation of one baccalaureate degree per college if that degree is not offered by any California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) campus;

Whereas, The CSU Executive Order 1065 (General Education Breadth Requirements)[2] mandates that  “At least nine of these semester units or twelve of these quarter units must be upper-division level, taken no sooner than the term in which upper-division status (completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units) is attained”; and

Whereas, No perceived difference should exist between the quality of a baccalaureate degree offered by the California community colleges and those offered in any other segment of the California higher education system;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates (ICAS) to define the expectations for lower division and upper division general education course work and communicate the expectations for transfer general education and non-transfer general education; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Chancellor’s Office and other relevant constituencies to ensure that any baccalaureate degree created in the California community colleges must include upper division general education requirements comparable with those offered by the California State University.


[1] Public Postsecondary Education: Community College Districts: Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program, Cal. Senate B. 850 (2013–14), Chapter 747 (§§78040-78043)

[2] CSU Executive Order 1065 (2011) is found at