The newest transfer pathway (SB 1440) to the California State University (CSU) system will be important for students to become acquainted with as we approach the university application season. Currently Cerritos College offers 4 Transfer Degree Majors:
For spring 2013 transfer (application filing period: 8/1/2012 through 8/31/2012)
For fall 2013 transfer (application filing period: 10/1/2012 through 11/30/2012)
- In addition to Sociology and Communication Studies, we also have Administration of Justice and English.
Many more Transfer Degree majors are coming down the pipeline so stay tuned! See below for the “go-to” section on the Transfer Center website.
My last blog pointed out that students need to stay updated on the information impacting future transfers and look ahead for ways to complete your educational goal(s). There is now a “go-to” place on the Transfer Center website under the CSU tab regarding SB 1440 degrees and information.
According to SB 1440, this pathway gives students guaranteed admission into the CSU system, and further are given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college major.
Is AA-T/AS-T for you? Here are some things students should learn when considering the SB 1440 transfer degree pathway:
- There are numerous bachelor degrees offered at the university. Is your major available as an AA-T/AS-T? And, is it approved as a similar major to the CSU campus? See the Majors and Campus matrix for more information.
- AA-T/AS-T major requirements along with CSU GE/IGETC (Plan B or Plan C) must be completed a semester in advance (by end of spring for fall transfer and by end of summer for spring transfer). Will you have all your requirements completed on time? I just got word that CSUF will allow AA-T/AS-T major requirements and Plan B or C, with the exception of the Golden Four, to be in progress for fall 2012 for spring 2013 transfer.
- Some CSU campuses offer more than one bachelor degree and concentration with similar AA-T/AS-T names. Do you know what degree you are applying for at the CSU campus with your AA-T/AS-T? (i.e., AA-T-Communication Studies at CSU Fullerton is a BA in Speech Communication) See the spring 2013 Transfer options for more information.
A student applying for an AA-T/AS-T to the CSU must also submit a petition with the Cerritos Admissions & Records office. There are two Associate in Arts degree petition on the admissions website: 1) Petition for Associate of Arts degree and 2) Petition for Associate in Arts degree for Transfer (AA-T). Another responsibility for the student is to make sure to indicate on the CSU application (CSU Mentor) intent to apply for an AA-T or AS-T.
The SB 1440 transfer pathway should be seen as another opportunity such as the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG), Teacher TRAC, CSULB STEM-TAP or UCLA TAP. More pathways mean more opportunities. Finding the right transfer pathway may require assistance from a counselor. Cerritos Falcons, please do not hesitate to follow-up with a counselor to help you COMPREHEND and decide the best transfer pathway. When it comes to transfer there is no “one-size fits all” pathway. SB 1440 information is very unclear when it comes to deadlines and what coursework can be in progress a semester prior to transfer. Stay connected and be patient with your counselors and the CSU campus for the latest information. By the time you read this blog, new information may have come through. Continue to stay flexible and creative to achieve your educational goals.