California to Create Easier Path to Four-Year Schools From Community Colleges

It'll be simpler for students to switch from community colleges to the Cal State University system.

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We don't often hear phrases like "[insert state legislature here] is making something easier," so maybe you should sit down for this one.

The California legislature is planning to make transferring from a California community college to the California State University system a smoother process, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Legislation would standardize the requirements for strudents transferring to four-year schools. Students who receive associate's degrees from community colleges would be guaranteed admissions to a Cal State school. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the bill into law.

The legislation would be modeled after similar policies in Florida and Texas, the report says. The report also says that critics of the California transfer system often fretted that it was too difficult to switch to a four-year school from a community college in the country's largest state. That's why the legislation has such broad support from the state Senate and governor.

"We have waited and waited, and honestly, this has been talked about for over 20 years and it hasn't happened yet," Jack Scott, the chancellor of California's community colleges, tells the Chronicle. "It's been to the detriment of students."

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