Transferring to a University will be the New Trend

This will save students a ton of money! It will also save California money (this means CA’s taxpayers) because it’s cheaper to fund students at a 2-year instead of a 4-year college. 4-year colleges will get a more mature student who has already succeeded at the college level. This is one of the best ideas to come out of Sacramento yet! It’s a win-win for everyone.

Leaders of California’s three higher-education systems are launching an initiative to increase the number of community college students transferring to the state’s four-year universities.

The heads of the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges said Wednesday they would establish a joint task force to develop plans to boost transfers to UC and CSU from the state’s 110 two-year colleges.

They say increased community college transfers will help reduce the cost of obtaining a four-year degree, expand educational access among disadvantaged groups and allow students to start college closer to home.

Currently, about 14,000 community college students transfer to UC each year, and about 55,000 transfer to CSU.

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35 Responses to “Transferring to a University will be the New Trend”


  1. 1 Chris Cartwright February 4, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    I dont know if this idea is perfect. It seems like it will make it harder for others to get into UCs or CSUs because the amount will double. Students will have to start competing to get into that four year school. It seems as if they want people with better transcripts than others that don’t have good enough transcripts to attend.

  2. 2 LK Economics February 4, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Transferring to a University after a 2 year college will work for some individuals. Not all high schools students are emotionally or disiplined enough to make the big leap. I am personally happy I started off in a 2 year college. I have learned new study skills and different ways of learning at the 2 year college. I have taken many assessments for careers choices, learning techniques, and how to stay organized during my 2 year college. Having this knowledge has given me direction for my education goals.

  3. 3 Samantha Arnold February 4, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Having many community colleges available is a very good idea. I was not ready or prepared enough to go from highschool to a four year college right away it probably would have been a very bad idea. Also it cuts the cost way down by going to a community college. I mean you spend the first 2 years at a 4 year university doing general ed so why not do it at a community college where it is way less money and you are doing the same thing. Also community colleges give adults a chance to go back to school he missed out when they were younger. Right with the economy being so bad we might see a lot more students out of highschool going to a community college because it is a lot less costly.

  4. 4 NVC Storm February 4, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    I think that transferring to a four year from a community or junior college is a great idea. After High School there was no way i was prepared for a four year college academic load. Junior College has given me the confidence and experience i need to be successful at a higher level. You do spend most of your first two years at the four year doing general ed. General ed can be taught anywhere, so do it at a jc or community college for cheaper; save your money, our economy isn’t doing so well right now. That would be my advice to the kids coming out of high school that haven’t made up their minds yet.

  5. 5 samandrews February 4, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    As soon as I graduated high school i was convinced that the 4-year college was the only way to go. I was very wrong. Unless you have a full-ride scholarship, or a very wealthy family (neither of which I had) a 2-year college was going to be your best bet. You pretty much get the same education as you would the first two years at a CSU or UC. It costs less, possibly won’t have to pay an arm and a leg in studdent loans, and if you stay within your own town, there’s a good chance you can cut down on the rent costs.
    With the money crunch going on right now, it seems like the best route to take.

  6. 6 Rachel Sturm February 5, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    While it is great that they wish to increase the number of stdents transfering into Four Year Universities, what happens to the student that wishes to attend at four-year right after high school? This plan is wonderful for people like me who will be transfering, but many go on straight to a four-year, and isnt it hard enough to get into a University already? It seems like the government is discouraging students to “grow” and become more indenpendant if they pass this.

  7. 7 Garrett February 5, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    Tranfering to a four year college from a junior college is the next step in someones education and for most the best way to get into a four year is by going to a junior college so that you can build the confidence you need to be able to take on the academic load at a univeristy. Napa valley has help me slowly get into the college life and should help me when i do decide to transfer to a four year at the end of this year.

  8. 8 Dionicio Arechiga February 5, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    I think this is a good idea because you spend less money a t junior college and I know that if I would of went to a four year college right after high school it would have been a lot harder . you get to prepare for a university and have a higher chance of getting in then a high school student. So in the end you save money time and learn what needs to be done at junior colllege so you can prepare for the university.

  9. 9 O'King Kohl February 5, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    I think it is a pretty good idea for the schools to encourage more students to transfer to a 4-year colllege rather than go straight there from the begining. Most 4-year colleges are extermly expensive and the expectaion from the proffessors are much higher than than what most student see in their high school. Many students have to get loans and grants or have their parents help pay for their expensives when going to a 4-year at the begining. Futhermore, because of the high prices at 4-years many only have the money to pay for a few years their. However, even with the idea of decrasing the amount of money that students have to pay, I wonder if by increasing the amount of jouniors and senoirs in a school that it might up the level of the courses.

  10. 10 Keith Scott February 5, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    I think transferring to a four year college can be the right choice for some people. Coming out of high school some kids are young and not ready to make the jump to a four year college. That could mean that they are not ready to leave the house, not sure where they want their future to go, or don’t have the money to pay for school at the time. After attending a community college they can have time to figure out a lot of these question marks which will allow them to make better decisions as they move forward in their life.

  11. 11 Ricasrdo olmos February 5, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    I think that the two year community college trend is a wise choice for students who dont have the money to start off at a state Univercity. Also it lets students learn and transfer at their own pace allowing them to mature academicly. I know some people that jumped right into the CSU/UC arena right from high school and ended up coming home ore struggling with their grades giving them the titile of “academic probation” In addition this idea will allow us ( the CA taxpayer) and the state to save money for more usefull funds that will help stimulate the ecomomy. This will greatly encourage people who need financial help to step up and start a career.

  12. 12 Cristhian Ayvar February 5, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    This is a great idea in theory, but in actuality I doubt that many high school students would be very found of the idea. After high school many students are ready to set off on their own away from home, that is what the appeal of a four year college is. I would be a strong supporter of more student transfers, since it would save tax payer’s money and it would also save the students more money, money that could be used on other spending’s that could ultimately help the economy as a whole. But there is many possible issues that could stem from this. Overcrowding at community college causing a rise in the price of tuition, or not enough class space for all the students possibly discouraging many students to discontinue their education. Now these are drastic examples and probably would not occur in short term. The community college is great but I have already experienced difficulties entering classes, such as English, because of the large amount of students. The way the states economy is now, I doubt that the state will be able to afford to hire more teachers. I guess we will just have to wait and see how much higher the transfer rates will increase.

  13. 13 Lucy Hwang February 5, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    I also think it is a good idea to transfer. Still, I wouldn’t do it. Yes, it may be the cheapest way, however, why do you want to go a college? Just want to put your resume? I think it really makes difference between taking full years in the university and transferring. Money is a big deal, but, what you will learn, who you will meet…etc, shouldn’t be neglected.

  14. 14 Gabriela Corona February 5, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Once graduating from high school many people want to go to a 4-year university, the main reason for this is the liberty they will get being away from home. Even though many students decide to take this path and take off right away, not all are ready to be out in the real world by themselves. They are taking a big step, financially most are not ready to pay their own bills and take care of themselves. On the other hand, attending a junior college in my opinion is a better decision. It gives you time to gain knowledge and experience before you go on with your life by yourself. Money wise you definitely benefit from it, since you will be spending less money while taking the same general education classes.

  15. 15 Luis Orozco 101 February 7, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    even though there are people trying to make school cheaper, it is still at a very high cost. i sincerely those new proposals are going to work at all.

  16. 16 Tanisha Econ101/Tuesdays February 7, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    I think this is a great idea! I agree with was stated… “increased community college transfers will help reduce the cost of obtaining a four-year degree, expand educational access among disadvantaged groups and allow students to start college closer to home.” All of these benefits are facts and will help me transfer to a four year college one day. Students are able to go into the four year college confident and have the advantage of knowing the “college life,”- and what is expected.

  17. 17 wordtown February 8, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    I think it’s a great idea, but the Community Colleges will start getting over crowded. Who doesn’t want to save money? So why not stay at home and go to a JC. This will be on the mind of a lot of kids. Everyone is different and some students may just want to go to a UC or CSU right after high school. We’ll see what happens in the upcoming future.

  18. 18 Paul Carillo February 8, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    Students who transfer to a 4 year college after getting their general education at a JC will definitely have produced a well-rounded, more mature individual. The student will have learned the flow of college life at the JC and take advantage of the opportunities the 4 year college has to offer when they arrive.

  19. 19 Claudio Ramirez February 9, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    I think there are two sides to this new trend, that have a postive and negative aspect to it. First, I think its a great idea because I believe the community college option is a great one because you have alot of money, well obtaining the experience of college level education which better prepares you for four-year universities. In the contrast, I think the only problem with this is that with the amount of community college students increasing, it has an impact on the amount of students that get accepted into 4-year schools. The competition well increase which will lower the amount of student that they accept which year.

  20. 20 Claudio Ramirez February 9, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    I think there are two sides to this new trend, that have a postive and negative aspect to it. First, I think its a great idea because I believe the community college option is a great one because you save alot of money, well obtaining the experience of college level education which better prepares you for four-year schools. In the contrast, I think the only problem with this is that with the amount of community college students increasing, it has an impact on the amount of students that get accepted into 4-year schools. The competition well increase which will lower the amount of student that they accept each year.

  21. 21 tdubs February 9, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    The schools in California are impacted to a level which is far from what is needed for a proper education and teachers are being laid off making it even more impacted. There have also been significant cuts to the resources available to the schools (text books, computers ect.) California’s educational system is going to be responsible for educating the next generation which may be relied upon for getting us out of this crisis and their futures are being jeopardized by the overcrowding of out schools.

    http://www.caivp.org

  22. 22 quiche February 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    This is a win, win solution for college students. This idea is very reasonable and practical for students who didn’t prove the best GPA they had back high school. Being in a community college will better help you in so ways like financially ( its cheaper than going straight to a UC or STATE) and striving for the best GPA in college to transfer to a UC or STATE. Personally, I had A’s B’s and C’s back in high school and I chose to go to a community college because it cost more and I didn’t want to put my parents through financial debt. Also, its better if a student is undecided about what they want to do then a community college will give them ideas what they want to become and at the same time its beneficial because you’re taking classes required for an AA. I think this is great to help build our education system

  23. 23 bhumika February 10, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    I think having more community colleges is very good idea. New highschool graduated students are always very confused about their majors in collages. sometimes they end up failing their classes and they have to deal with acadmic probation. Community colleges are best option to start with, and also its not that expensive like all those UC and CSU.

  24. 24 Kit T Kat February 10, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    This is a great idea because it will prepare students who enter a 4 year college. 2 year colleges defiantly can help. Students can get familiar with similar procedures and can get an understanding about how college works. True they can get it in high school, but experience speaks volumes. Some people learn more from experiences rather being told. If a student makes mistakes at a two year college, they will learn from it and try to avoid that at a 4 year college, thus their college experience will be better. Going to community college helps a lot financially. Instead of taking lower division classes at a 4 year college and paying tuition fees, a student can take the same classes paying less or not at all if they get financial aid.

  25. 25 Khaled Aboudamous February 11, 2009 at 11:50 PM

    I am pleased to hear of this new initiative, I believe it will help many students conquer and fulfill their goals in academics. Yes, I do agree that this initiative is a win-win situation, BUT…what about high school students…are they benefiting at all from this? For a college student at a community college it is ideal and a blessing to have this initiative as a help booster, but for the High School student that is devoting their social privileges outside of school to FOCUS more on school to get into the school of their desires, this will make it so that standards are harder to meet. There are several sides and positions to make on this, but it will be interesting to see what the end result sulfides to.

  26. 26 Quique February 12, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    I believe that this is a good idea because it saves peopole money and makes them work to their full potential. By going to a community college you save a lot of money and you get better prepared as a student for the university system. This idea will make kids want to strive for the best G.P.A. possible because the level of competition will be so much greater.

  27. 27 Genine Lobo February 15, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Although I agree with this plan for college students, I also think it can have a negative effect on some students. Personally, coming from a very prestigious high school full of students currently attending some of the best colleges in the country, it was looked down upon going to a local community college. Although it may have saved my parents and me a great deal of money, I hardly even thought about attending a 2 year college as many students and others in society would look down upon me; however this may not be the same with other students.
    After reading the article I also thought about many situations my peers are in now. They went to City College, slacked off or didn’t get the right amount of credits to transfer, thus not being able to transfer into a 4-year college after their 2 years at City College.
    For this plan to work successfully, students must make sure to finish the necessary units to transfer into a 4-year college in 2 years.

  28. 28 The chosen one February 15, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    I think this is a good idea because it helps the students who come from families of lower income. It could also be bad because their is going to be a lot more students at the community colleges which can cause problems. But overall i like the idea of more people getting the help to transfer to a 4 year school.

  29. 29 Marilyn Monroe February 16, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    I think going to a community college before going to a 4-year college is a much smoother transition from high school to college. By going to a community college first, students are able to stay closer to home and spend less money on schooling. I wish I could have gone to a community college first because I was not ready to leave home. The transition from high school to college was very difficult for me because there was a lot of responsibility; it felt as though I was carrying the world on my shoulders. I was out of the house and living on my own. I would have much rather stayed at home for two more years so that my parents would not have to spend a lot of money sending me to a private school.

  30. 30 nancy moussa March 8, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    I think that this is a great option for students. I think that attending a jc before a 4-year really helps students to mature and save money so that they can be fully prepard for whats to come after. This also gives them a better chance of being accepted into a 4 year, without being stressed.

  31. 31 Houck24 March 15, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    I defiantly think that attending a Community College is the way to go for students in these tough economic conditions. Its far cheaper than going right in to a 4 year school and it allows students to really find what career they want to major in without paying the ridiculous tuition fees of 4 year universities.

  32. 32 Kelsey Ryan May 4, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    I personally think that attending a community college has been the best option for me. I am able to save a lot of money and I’m still getting quality college education. In my senior year of highschool I did not have a clue of what kind of career i wanted for myself. Here at the junior college i am able to figure that out with no pressure.

  33. 33 Tom Jones May 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    For students to start at a community college and save money and then transfer into a 4 year will help the universitys grade average and also give them less problems with money and student rebellions. With the community college kids staying at there college for 2 years this will help peop;le who are trying to pay fo a 4 year college which allows the unfortunate to purchase a degree.

  34. 34 stacey smarker August 5, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    I think that this is a great idea. If the students can transfer after a two CC then they are less likely to drop out of the 4 year university. As for the money saving, I don’t see how that is saving them that much. Either way you are going to pay for school. If you go to the 4 year school you are singeling out those that wealthy and can afford it. Then the CC is for those that less unfortunte and have to try and make it.

  35. 35 TTS06 December 17, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    This is a good idea you save money at community college, get the same education for general ed, have a better network and more time to figure out what you are going to school for.


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