OUR VIEWPOINT: Palomar should pair with more colleges for transfers
The relationship between Palomar and Cal State San Marcos may have gotten stronger for some students hoping to transfer, but has left the rest of us struggling to figure things out on our own.
A new grant worth $1.95 million spread out over the course of five years aims to double the number of transfers from Palomar to Cal State in certain areas of study.
Cal State applied for the grant that is funded by the National Science Foundation. The money will eventually trickle down from Cal State’s Math and Science departments to Palomar but will only benefit science technology, engineering and math majors.
The program known as STEM hopes to address shortfalls in the science and technical workforce nationwide.
The question is, will Cal State attempt to do this for other majors at Palomar?
We support Cal State’s decision to attempt to help Palomar students to make the switch, but you are forgetting more than half of the student body.
It’s long overdue for Cal State to establish and cement a permanent bond with Palomar to ensure higher transfer success.
We think that every four-year institution should build a bond with their local community colleges to help guide students through the often-daunting process for transfer.
Reedley College is a two-year community college located in Central California that has workshops that provide students with information to guarantee admission to UC Davis, UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz.
Why doesn’t Palomar and Cal State San Marcos take a hint from Reedley and find a way of their own to assist students and guarantee acceptance?
The Palomar’s TAG program is designed to help students transfer by providing certain criteria students must meet but has holes in the system.
The program states it guarantees admissions, however, the requirements are blurry and leave students questioning if they completed all the criteria accurately. This program suggests that every student has an opportunity of guaranteed acceptance and yet some are still turned away.
The program also excludes a hefty chunk of majors to certain universities, for example, at UC Irvine, TAG will not accept a large amount majors including arts and humanities, biochemistry, business administration, dance and biology majors from California community colleges.
There needs to be a stronger relationship between four-year universities and community colleges because it is vital for student success and transfer rates.
Too many students are left behind to fend for themselves when it comes to making the transition between two-year and four-year schools.
What we want and need is a 100-percent assurance that Palomar students have the opportunity for guaranteed acceptance into the surrounding local universities.