General Education, Articulation, & Transfer
The philosophy and criteria for the associate degree and general education in California community colleges, as outlined in Title 5 Section 55061, address key considerations. This includes alignment with the institutional mission, purposes, demographics, and economics of the community. The philosophy for the associate degree emphasizes the development of capabilities such as clear communication, mathematical proficiency, interdisciplinary understanding, cultural awareness, ethical reasoning, self-understanding, and self-efficacy.
Articulation is a formal agreement or arrangement between LBCC and a university. Articulation agreements often provide a clear pathway for students, detailing how courses align and transfer directly towards degree requirements at the receiving institution. For example, Plans B and C constitute agreements between LBCC and the CSU and UC system respectively. The university specifies that completion of the Plan B or C associate’s degree fulfills the first two years of requirements for a bachelor’s degree at the university.
A course’s transfer eligibility indicates that credits may be transferred to a university. The university has the discretion to decide how those credits apply towards the specific requirements of a degree program.