Transfer Model Curriculum Aligned Associate Degrees for Transfer

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Whereas, Implementation of SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) has involved California State University (CSU) and California community college faculty working collaboratively to respond to the spirit and intent of the law by creating a statewide response to the mandate to create associate degrees for transfer that provide guarantees for students, that are effective pathways to transfer for a significant proportion of students within the state, and that when created provide preparation for more than 25 majors in the state;

Whereas, In Spring 2011, Resolution 9.07 was adopted urging local senates to use the Transfer Model Curricula (TMCs) when creating the newly defined AA-T and AS-T degrees which meet the criteria as defined in SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) and California Education Code §66746, and now one year later, the value of intersegmentally created TMCs, efficient and effective Chancellor’s Office processes, and ease at which the CSU admissions process can be modified to identify and offer benefits to transfer students leads to a statewide recognition of the integrity, functionality, and simplicity of the TMC in expediting implementation of the law and messaging to students;

Whereas, As more pressure to create SB 1440 degrees comes from within the California Community College System and from CSU, colleges need a reliable process for ensuring that their transfer students receive all due benefits from CSU and that systematic change in both community colleges and CSUs across the state improves transfer for students no matter where they live or which major they select, and the TMCs represent discipline faculty consensus because they are created through the intersegmental discipline faculty processes in the Course Identification (C-ID) System and comprised of agreed-upon C-ID course descriptors that offer the best process for accomplishing these goals; and

Whereas, Concerns raised about the effectiveness of the TMC in certain colleges or in certain disciplines may be valid and need to be evaluated as the TMC process is implemented over the next 3-5 years, and data are being collected to determine the effectiveness of the AA-T and AS-T degrees for students in all colleges and disciplines where TMCs do or will exist;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges define associate degrees for transfer, as required according to SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) and California Education Code §66746, as those degrees aligned with the intersegmentally defined Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) in any discipline where a TMC exists or will exist based on TMCs under development and in the queue, which is listed on the C-ID website, and founded on collaboration between the faculty of the California community colleges and California State University for five years to establish a control period during which relevant data can be collected to evaluate the effectiveness of the TMC and the transfer options they provide; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges participate in Chancellor’s Office data collection on SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) degrees and gather its own evidence for evaluating the effectiveness of the degrees for students and faculty.

MSC Disposition: Chancellor’s Office, Local Senates