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New law makes Cal State transfers easier

September 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Community college graduates are now guaranteed admission to California State University under a new law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday.The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act allows students, who earn an associate's degree at one of California's two-year colleges, to complete a bachelor's degree at a Cal State campus with an additional 60 credits. It will take effect in the fall 2011.

CSU and community college officials supported the measure saying it help save millions of dollars by making the transfer process more efficient. Currently, many two-year college students take more classes than they need to transfer to one of CSU's 23 campuses.

Jack Scott, chancellor of the 2.75 million-student community college system, said about 55,000 more community-college students per year will be able to transfer to the 23-campus Cal State system because of the new law.