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Assembly Bill 1291 – Creates An Associate Degree For Transfer To The University Of California Pilot Program
Existing law, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, requires a student who earns an associate degree for transfer to be deemed eligible for transfer into a California State University baccalaureate degree program if the student meets certain requirements. The act also requires the California State University to guarantee these students are admitted with junior status.
This bill creates the University of California Associate Degree for Transfer Pilot Program, which requires the University of California, Los Angeles to declare at least 8 majors by the 2026–27 academic year, and at least 12 majors by the 2028–29 academic year, to transfer similar to the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act from select community colleges chosen by the University of California, Los Angeles. By the 2028–29 academic year, the University of California must designate at least 5 campuses to declare at least 12 majors to transfer from select community colleges chosen by the applicable campus. Students who earn an associate degree for transfer and meet the requirements of one of the transfer model curricula would have priority for admission. If a student meets those requirements and other University of California admission requirements but is not granted admission to the applicable campus, that campus will redirect the student to other campuses and at least one other campus of the University of California must offer admission to the student.
(AB 1291 adds Education Code Section 66749.9, immediately following Section 66749.8.)