A component of P-20 that receives less attention than others, yet is important to the notion of P-20, is that of articulation between 2-year and 4-year institutions. A pair of CA bills enacted in September address this piece of the P-20 pipeline.
S.B. 1440 requires that, effective with the 2011-12 academic year, a student who receives an associate degree for transfer be guaranteed admission with junior status into a California State University baccalaureate program, provided the student meets specified requirements. Community college districts' receipt of state apportionment funds is contingent upon granting of associate degrees for transfer. Lots more in this bill.
The best policy in the world is no good if there's no communication strategy to inform those who would benefit by it. A.B. 2302 directs the California State University and Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to work together to establish the most effective methods to inform students, college advisers and the general public about the associate degree for transfer and specific details that help students navigate this transfer pathway. Requires that these methods be finalized before the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year.