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Community College Transfer Initiative Targets UC's Most Popular Majors

Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

University of California President Janet Napolitano announces the UC's new "Transfer Pathways" initiative Tuesday in Davis.

Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Community college students could have an easier time transferring into University of California campuses under a newly announced UC initiative.

The “Transfer Pathways” initiative lays out specific community college courses for some of the UC’s most popular majors so potential transfer students can see what classes to take. That way, community college students can take one set of classes and then apply to any of the UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

UC President Janet Napolitano says setting the program up wasn’t easy.

"To get all of the undergraduate campuses to agree on what the requisite classes are so that students when they transfer truly enter as juniors and graduate – there are a lot of moving pieces there," she says.

At first, the initiative will cover 10 majors, including physics, economics and anthropology. It will expand to include 11 more majors later this year.

The program will help the UC reach a two-to-one, freshman-to-transfer student ratio. That’s a goal laid out in the state budget agreement this spring between Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio