The California Community Colleges will begin a pilot program this fall in nine districts to help students set an educational goal and map out the classes needed to achieve it. The program will begin at the other community colleges starting next year.
David Shippen is Director of Statewide Programs for the Community Colleges. He says the education plans can be designed to fit a program within a college or geared toward students transferring to a four-year university.
"In working with the CSUs and the UCs, these education plans can be tailored specifically for transfer to their environments," he says. "So it’s a strong handshake between the organizations and a clear pathway for the student to follow."
The Community Colleges and the California State University system have a transfer agreement that guarantees admission to the CSU.
The University of California recently created an academic pathway for transfer students but does not guarantee admission.