Correa Applauds Governor’s Approval of Landmark Legislation for California College Students

Sen. Lou Correa (Photo: Lou Delgado)

 SACRAMENTO, CA – California State Senator Lou Correa (Orange County) issued the following statement on Governor Schwarzenegger’s approval of Senate Bill 1440 (SB 1440- Padilla):

“This new law will simplify the transfer process and allow California community colleges and the California State University (CSU) system to serve more students. I co-authored this bill because I believe that by simplifying the process for students to access higher education, we are taking early steps towards closing our state’s projected workforce shortage.”

Currently, transfer agreements are from college to college, rather than system-wide. Many students have difficulty navigating this transfer process. These difficulties can result in students taking excess courses, taking longer to earn their degree, paying higher tuition costs, and dropping out due to frustration. Statistics show that 73 percent of California college students attend community college. However, less than 23 percent of those students transfer to universities.

SB 1440 streamlines the transfer process and guarantees that a community college student who completes the required units will receive an associate degree and automatic acceptance to a CSU campus at junior standing.  This new law will establish the Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act and will require a community college to grant an associate degree that deems the student eligible for transfer into CSU. The new law also requires CSU to guarantee admission with junior status to California Community College students and imposes specified restrictions on CSU course requirements for transfer students. SB 1440 will be in effect next January.

Senator Lou Correa represents the 34th District which includes the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.

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