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Impaction

After an extensive review, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is modifying some of the Major Specific Requirements for transfer students and adjusting the Associate Degree for Transfer policy. For a listing of all current Major Specific Requirements for all colleges and majors, please visit our Major Specific Requirements for Transfer webpage.

Major Specific Degree Requirements Modification

  • College of Business
    • Add BLAW 220 to the suite of Major Specific Requirements for all majors:
      • Accountancy, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management
  • College of Engineering
    • Computer Science:
      • Remove CECS 100
    • Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering:
      • Remove CECS 100
  • College of Health and Human Services
    • Criminology & Criminal Justice: Replace existing requirement with: Complete two of the following:
      • SOC 100, PSY 100, or POSC 100 (rather than all three)
      • Continue to require CRJU 101
    • Health Science: Community Health Education:
      • Replace existing requirement of Biology and Chemistry options to complete one of the following: BIOL 101 or 201, CHEM 100 111A, 112A, or 140.
      • Add HSC 210
    • Health Science: School Health Education:
      • Add HSC 210
      • Replace existing requirement of Biology and Chemistry options to complete one of the following: BIOL 101 or 201, CHEM 100 111A, 112A, or 140.
  • College of the Arts
    • Dance Science:
      • Reduce the suite GPA in the Major Specific Requirements to 2.25
      • Add BIOL 207 and BIOL 208 to the list of required courses
    • Ceramics BFA:Add ART 181, ART 251A, and ART 251B to the list of recommended courses
    • Drawing & Painting BFA and Illustration/Animation BFA
      • Add ART 181, ART 184, and ART 287 to the list of recommended courses
    • Photography BFA
      • Add ART 181 and ART 241 to the list of recommended courses
    • Printmaking BFA:Add ART181,and ART 184 to the list of recommended courses
      • Add ART 149 or 241 to the list of recommended courses
      • Add ART 132 or ART 270 or ART 287 to the list of recommended courses
    • Sculpture BFA
      • Add ART 181, ART 261, and ART 263 to the list of recommended courses
    • 3-D Media BFA
      • Add ART 181, ART 287, and ART 263 to the list of recommended courses

Associate Degree for Transfer

At CSULB, the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) curriculum is used in lieu of the Major Specific Admission requirements (MSARs). All transfer applicants must meet MSARs. However, in the current admission process, ADT students are exempted from meeting the MSARs.

The transfer applicant pool is very high at CSULB, and many fully qualified students are denied admission in the current process. Students who have taken all the MSARs have slightly lower GPAs, which puts them at a disadvantage in the competitive admission pool. To provide better access to students who have completed ADT and the MSARs we are proposing to give additional preference to applicants who have completed both.

  • Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) curriculum will continue to be used in lieu of the Major Specific Admission requirements (MSARs).
  • Applicants who have met Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) and Major Specific Admission requirements (MSARs) will be given preference.

This additional preference will strengthen our ability to graduate transfer students within 2-years and improve our opportunity to meet GI2025 graduation goals.

Students with an ADT will continue to receive the benefits stipulated in SB 1440, which include prioritizing their admission by granting a “0.1” GPA bump in consideration, applying the GE waiver once they have matriculated, ensuring priority registration when matriculated, redirecting eligible applicants who cannot be accommodated in the admissions process, and graduating all “on track” ADT students within the 60 units allotment. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Date: March 4, 2021

Time: 12pm – 1pm

Location: Virtual Meeting

Date: March 4, 2021

Time: 5pm – 6pm

Location: Virtual Meeting 

Date: March 5, 2021

Time: 11am – 12pm

Location: Virtual Meeting 

Feedback/Questions on Impaction

Below is the feedback and/or questions from the hearings regarding the Major Specific Requirements for transfer students and adjusting the Associate Degree for Transfer policy. 

Comment #1

While I understand the challenge of impaction, I'm concerned that adding major-specific coursework to the ranking system for non-local ADT applicants runs counter to the purpose of having created a common set of major preparation (via the development of TMC's).

Comment #2

Giving preference to students with BOTH an ADT and Major Specific Admissions Criteria seems to be in direct opposition to the spirit of the initial Senate Bill 1440 that was to streamline and reduce the number of courses students need to complete prior to transfer.  I do not agree with this proposed policy.

Comment #3

Adding these courses as selection criteria appears to be in direct opposition to the spirit of the initial Senate Bill 1440. The intention was to streamline and reduce the number of courses students need to complete prior to transfer. I know CSUN requires specific coursework that a student did not complete from the ADT or from ASSIST prior to transfer. Those courses are still required but are part of the 60 units after transfer.

Comment #4

The additional selection criteria seems to be in direct opposition to the spirit of the initial SB 1440 to streamline and reduce the number of courses students need to complete prior to transfer. This seems to only impede student success and makes Guided Pathways more complicated. I urge you to reconsider adding major specific classes in addition to the ADT requirements.

Comment #5

I’m happy to see that long beach is making this change for the associate degree. I tried to get in for a couple years and my friend got in even though they didn’t have all the classes done. I don’t have any classes left to take so hopefully this will help since I have a good GPA, took all the classes I’m supposed to, and have the associate’s degree

Comment #6

With these new criteria in place, how will local area high school graduation be factored in for upper-division (AD-T) transfer students? If this doesn’t have an impact on local schools, this will be a beneficial change since non-local students have a competitive chance of getting into CSULB.

Comment #7

Will local area preference students be granted admission if they meet the min. GPA and EITHER an ADT or Major Specific Requirements? Or will they also be expected to complete both? Honestly, this would set a concerning precedent. The ADTs provide a clear path for community college transfer students that are supposed to meet your minimum lower division prep if the major is considered 'Similar." ADT applicants will still get the same priority as before except now they have to jump through additional hoops - and potentially spend more time in community college to meet these requirements (let alone if other campuses follow suit and implement supplemental criteria). I completely understand that well-qualified applicants are being denied because they meet major-specific prep instead of having an ADT. That's tough. However, this policy seems to veer a bit away from the intention of the ADT... and the result is putting more on students including added confusion around what courses to take at the CC.

Comment #9

I’m happy to see CSULB moving in this direction so some students who don’t have any other classes to complete have a chance at being admitted.