How is it, then, that our colleges and universities can't even get transfer agreements right a full 50 years after creating the master plan?
It's supposed to be the path to an affordable, high-quality education: attend a California community college for two years, then transfer to one of the state's public universities.Doesn't it just make you wonder how anything gets done in this state, and highlight just how bad anything related to our state government truly is?
In reality, though, few community college students who set out to transfer actually make it to the university gates – and those who do often take more than two years to get there. They are mired by dozens of bureaucratic roadblocks, from conflicting academic calendars, to an outdated computer program that doesn't accurately track which classes count toward transferring, to entrance requirements that vary from one university to the next – even within the same major.
And that's despite numerous attempts over the years to smooth the transfer process for students moving from community college to the University of California or the California State University...
The idea is to get all three branches of higher education in California to agree on transfer requirements for each major. Under Shulock's vision, a community college student could follow a single course of study in a given major and be prepared to transfer to any UC or CSU campus...
To illustrate, Shulock described the requirements a community college student faces if she wants to transfer to UC or CSU as a psychology major.
San Jose State requires the transfer student take biology or anatomy to be admitted. Sonoma State doesn't require science but does require statistics. Sacramento State doesn't require either.
50 years later, and they can't even get transfers right.