Board of Governors
California Community Colleges
May 3-4, 2010
PRESENTATION FROM 3.3
CHANCELLOR CHARLES REED ON
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER
Presentation: Dr. Charles Reed, Chancellor California State University
This item presents a conversation with Dr. Charles Reed, Chancellor California State University
on the California State University Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and recent
developments on Community College transfer.
The Board of Governors has expressed interest in the importance of developing future leaders for
California’s community colleges. In 2005, the Legislature enacted Senate Bill 724 authored by
Senator Jack Scott authorizing California State University (CSU) to offer a doctoral degree in
educational leadership. The vision of the legislation was to pair doctoral preparation of
California’s educational leaders with strategies leading to advances for P-12 schools and
community colleges and the students they serve.
CSU has initiated doctoral programs at the following campuses: CSU East Bay; CSU Fresno;
CSU Fullerton; CSU Long Beach; CSU Northridge; CSU Sacramento; CSU San Bernadino; San
Francisco State University; and CSU Stanislaus. The Ed.D. programs link theory, research and
practice in programs that are directly relevant to P-12 and community college needs in specific
regions. There are currently more than 570 doctoral students enrolled in CSU Ed.D. programs.
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Students attending one of California’s 112 community colleges often complain that today’s
complex transfer process wastes time and money. Students lament they have taken too many
units at the time of transfer or that they fall short of having a specific course requirement and are
forced to extend their stay at a 2-year campus. The coursework necessary to transfer to the
California State University or University of California differs from campus-to-campus and from
the classes required to earn an associate’s degree.
Confusion surrounding transfer results in a longer time to degree, reduced access for students
seeking an open seat in crowded classes, and avoidable cost overruns for students and the state.
According to the Legislative Analyst, community college students transferring to a California
State University (CSU) graduated with an average of 162 units when the minimum required is
120. The 50,000 community college students who annually transfer to the CSU do so with an
average of 80 semester units when only 60 units are required. Likewise, at the CSU, students are
taking excess units to make up for courses that did not transfer from community college and
duplicative degree requirements.
The Offices of the Chancellor of the Community Colleges and the California State University are
working on a legislative solution. Senate Bill 1440 would accomplish transfer efficiencies by
streamlining the process and providing community college students with a meaningful transfer
pathway to the CSU. This transfer pathway would grant those who complete their general
education and major elective requirements of 60 semester or 90 quarter units, the following:
An associate’s degree for transfer in the student’s field of study
Guaranteed admission to the California State University
Guaranteed junior status upon transferring
It’s estimated that Senate Bill 1440 would save roughly $160 million each year and buy access
for an additional 40,000 community college students and 14,000 CSU students by freeing up
seats in overcrowded classrooms.
Chancellor Reed will discuss these and other topics of interest.
Presentation from Chancellor Charlie Reed
on Community College Leadership