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Central Valley Colleges Create Guaranteed Transfer Program

June 9, 2005

Many students attending a California community college, such as Merced College, have plans to transfer to a four-year institution of higher education. However, following a transfer pathway is not always easy. It is often difficult to know what courses will transfer to which four-year institutions. And, with admissions to these colleges and universities becoming more competitive, it is more important than ever for students to have a game plan.

One answer is the Central Valley Guaranteed Transfer Program, which provides a unified community college transfer curriculum that will assist students pursuing many of the baccalaureate majors at four-year institutions in the central San Joaquin Valley.

Coordinated by the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC), the transfer program guarantees admission to any of the following CVHEC universities: CSU Bakersfield, CSU Fresno, CSU Stanislaus, Fresno Pacific University, University of the Pacific, and UC Merced. This guarantee applies to admission to the university rather than to a specific program or major.

If students follow the 60-unit semester program carefully, courses will not be lost in transfer, an associate of arts degree will be earned, and admission to any of the above four-year universities will be guaranteed. Student must complete all specified courses at the minimum grade point average requirement, which is 2.4 GPA for a CSU campus and 2.8 for UC Merced, Fresno Pacific, and University of the Pacific. Application deadlines and procedures for admission must also be adhered to.

Community colleges taking part in the transfer program are Bakersfield College, College of the Sequoias, Cerro Coso Community College, Merced College, Modesto Junior College, Porterville College, San Joaquin Delta College, Taft College, West Hills College-Coalinga, and West Hills College-Lemore.

The Guaranteed Transfer Program is aimed at high school students who will be entering community colleges in the fall of 2005 and beyond.

According to CVHEC director Allan Carden, “We hope and anticipate that this program will help reduce not only the problem of inadequate numbers of community college students transferring to four-year universities, but also the problem of high school students giving up on the educational system and dropping out of high school if they see no future benefits.”

For more information on the Guaranteed Transfer Program at Merced College, contact Ann Andersen, director of Office of Relations with Schools, at (209) 381-6553.


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