Students enrolled in or planning to enroll in an area community college in Fall 2023, but who would eventually like to earn a four-year degree at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) might qualify for a new dual admissions program that will guarantee them admittance to the university.
The Transfer Success Pathway program is for 2023 high school graduates enrolling in community college or current community college students who may have faced academic, financial or personal hardships that prevented them from entering any CSU, including CSUCI, in Fall 2023.
“There will be a window of time between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 in which qualified students will be able to sign a contract stating that if they complete all the basic requirements and have a minimum GPA of 2.0, they will be guaranteed admission to CSUCI,” said Roxana Tunc, CSUCI director of admissions and recruitment.
“Once they sign the contract, they will have access to a transfer planner, which is a virtual portal which will tell them which classes they have to take,” she said.
Students under contract to CSUCI must commit to transferring within three years, and will receive support for the entire time to make sure they are on the right trajectory to eventually enter CSUCI. The CSUCI Admissions Office will have a dedicated person to help all Transfer Success students.
“This program creates a new transfer path for California high school students that empowers CSUCI to roll out the welcome mat to students earlier,” said CSUCI Vice Provost Jessica Lavariega-Monforti. “This means students can connect with us earlier in their educational journey and we can become more attuned to their needs.
“This is a win-win for students, the University, and our region.”
On Tuesday, May 16, CSUCI will host an information session for area school and community college officials from K through 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the John Spoor Broome Library.
“We’re inviting superintendents, high school principals, college and high school career counselors, deans, transfer directors and others for a get-together to provide some basic information followed by a brainstorming session,” Tunc said.
“We’re talking about our partnership with five community colleges in particular — Moorpark, Ventura and Oxnard College as well as Santa Barbara City College and Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria,” Tunc.
The Transfer Success Pathway program is CSU-wide, which means any student enrolling or already enrolled in one of California’s 116 community colleges can attend any of the 23 campuses in the CSU system, if they qualify for the program.
The program is guided by the Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education Recovery with Equity report and the Postsecondary Education Trailer Bill (AB 132). It is designed to improve the student transfer experience while addressing potential equity issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, issues with academic preparation and other challenges facing high school students.
“Our community college transfer students are an integral part of our Cal State community, and we are excited about the opportunity to work more closely with them earlier in their journey,” said April Grommo, CSU’s assistant vice chancellor of Strategic Enrollment Management.
“The Transfer Success Pathway is the CSU’s promise and commitment to those who don’t take a direct route to a four-year degree, particularly those who face academic, geographic or financial barriers,” Grommo said. “We want you to know that the CSU counts you in, not out.”
For more on the Transfer Success Pathway, visit www.calstate.edu/apply/transfer/Pages/transfer-success-pathway.aspx.