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SB 1440 -- Associate Degrees for Transfer

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440 – Padilla), signed into legislation on September 29, 2010, enables the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of Associate in Arts Degree (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) Degree transfer programs.  This new law requires community colleges to grant an associate degree for transfer to a student once a student has met specified general education and major requirements for the degree. Upon completion of the associate degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing into the California State University (CSU) system.

Students are given guaranteed admission into the California State University (CSU) system, and further are given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college major. The law prohibits the CSU from requiring a transferring student to repeat courses similar to those taken at the community college that counted toward their associate degree for transfer.  It is expected that community college students will be able to declare an interest in pursuing specific transfer AA/AS degrees beginning the Fall 2011-12 academic year.

This website is designed to provide current information for Counselors and Advisors and the public on the implementation decisions of the SB 1440 Implementation and Oversight Committee and resulting policies and processes in creating the SB 1440 transfer pathways from the California Community Colleges to the California State Universities.

Counseling Information

This Page Contains Information That Is Most Useful For Transfer Counselors And Advisors On The Following Topics:

  • AA-T and AS-T Degrees Available
  • CSU Similar Degrees by Campus and Major
  • Admission Information
  • Counselor Factors to Consider


Legislation and Policy

On This Page You Will Find Downloadable Copies of the Following:

  • SB 1440 Bill Language
  • Related Education Code
  • Related Academic Senate Resolutions 

Curriculum Information

The Curriculum Information Page Provides The Most Current Lists or References Including:
  • Program Submission Information
  • List of Finalized Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) Templates
  • List of In-Progress Transfer Model Curriculum
  • C-ID Course Identification Numbering System



  • Implementation Meeting and Event Calendar
  • Press Releases
  • Implementation and Oversight Committee Meeting Schedules, Agendas and Meeting Summaries 
  • Discussion Board
  •  A Collection of SB 1440 Implementation Informational Meeting Presentations Archive 


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