Academic Programs and Policy

In support of campuses' commitment to the delivery of high-quality curriculum and educational experiences, the Office of Academic Programs and Faculty Development coordinates and facilitates campus activities related to curriculum development, teaching and learning, faculty development, and assessment of both program and student learning outcomes.

STAR Act (SB 1440)

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.


To assist campuses with its academic programs, this guide is a compilation of pertinent laws,
statutes, policies, and descriptions of processes used by the Chancellor’s Office relating to
academic programs. Some of this information is also available on the California State University website