California State University Chancellor Charlie Reed says the more than 50,000 community college students a year who transfer to a CSU will now have an easier path.
Reed: "60 credit hours at the community college and 60 credit hours at the CSU, and they will have earned a bachelor's degree."
Reed and California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott spoke on a "back-to-school" conference call. They say the more efficient transfer program will free up space in classes for students. That's especially important given state budget cuts. Scott says community colleges are turning away hundreds of thousands of students:
Scott: "Not that we're saying, you can't be admitted. They get there, and the classes are already filled. So they turn away disappointed."
And both chancellors warned of even more class reductions if revenue shortfalls trigger additional state budget cuts.