Transforming Transfer
with AB 928

For more than a decade, a convoluted transfer system has delayed and denied far too many students from earning their bachelor’s degrees. A lack of statewide coordination leaves students to piece together an education plan with inconsistent requirements demanded by the different systems, schools, and departments. These inconsistencies mean students spend more time and money attempting to transfer, leading to alarmingly low transfer rates.

Amongst students with stated transfer goals, only 19 percent transfer within four years, and 28 percent within six years. Far too many never transfer.

Thanks to the leadership of Governor Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, Assemblymember Marc Berman, and a diverse coalition of student leaders, college/university leaders, higher education advocates, and community partners, California is opening the doors to transformative, student-centered transfer with AB 928 (Berman).

AB 928 streamlines pathways to a degree by:

  • Establishing a committee with membership from students, K-12 schools, community colleges and public and private universities with a unified goal to simplify transfer

  • Consolidating the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU)’s general education transfer pathways for students to a singular pathway, allowing students to save time and money while meeting admission requirements for both systems.

  • Placing community college students with an intent to transfer onto an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) pathway, a transfer pathway with built-in transfer guarantees so that students are set up for success.

By decreasing the amount of time students spend attempting to transfer, AB 928 saves students and the state millions of dollars annually.

  • With students accruing fewer units under the singular general education pathway created under AB 928, California could save over $173 million per transfer cohort.

  • Expanding access to the true 60-unit ADT pathway saves even more. If ADTs accounted for 80% of all associate degrees conferred on the 60-unit pathway, California could save $97 million annually.

Higher Education Leaders, Advocates, and Institutions
Urge for Bold Transfer

African American Male Education Network
& Development (A2MEND)
California State University (CSU)
Cal State Student Association (CSSA)
The Education Trust – West
Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)
Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP)
Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN)
Students Making a Change (SMAC)
University of California Student Association (UCSA)
Young Invincibles

and more support the critical work of creating transformational transfer!


Learn More from State Leaders

The Transfer Process: Perspectives from the Students Who Lived It

“The transfer process is still unnecessarily complex and difficult for the vast majority of students to navigate. Although the majority of community college students enroll with the goal of transferring, only 4% do so within 2 years.”
Assemblymember Marc Berman

Committing to Transfer
as a Key Racial Equity

“By creating this reliable, clear, and consistent pathway – to not just earning an Associate’s Degree for Transfer, but the guaranteed placement in a four-year university without the need to retake courses unnecessarily – it provided tremendous success academically for untold numbers of students and tremendous efficiency.”
Senator Alex Padilla

The Transfer Process: A Conversation with California’s Higher Education System Leaders

“There’s been tremendous growth in the Associate Degree for Transfer in the California Community Colleges and we’re seeing more students than ever prepared to transfer… but we still have a ways to go. We still see disproportionate impact in students of color, but in particular Black & African American students. We must find ways to improve the pathway for Black & African American students.”
California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley