Proposed impaction discussed at Glendale Community College

Jonathan R. Diaz

Proposed impaction effects on specific majors and transfer students was discussed during the second meeting regarding CSUN impaction, held at Glendale Community College Monday.

During the meeting, William Watkins, vice president for academic affairs, presented the same information as said at the last meeting at CSUN to an auditorium of about 20 people. Watkins presented a map which contained the 17 community colleges which are in CSUN’s service area. These included schools from as far north as Antelope Valley College and as far south as Los Angeles Harbor College as well as Ventura College and GCC.

““It shouldn’t affect GCC students except for those majors that are already impacted,” Elizabeth Adams, associate vice president of undergraduate studies and member of the committee investigating impaction, said. These majors include CTVA, music, kinesiology and psychology.

Adams explained the process for application into the CSUN psychology department.

“If a student is transferring from Glendale (Community College) and they don’t meet the criteria for admission to the psychology program, they’ll be offered the option to pick a second major,” she said.

Those students that meet the criteria for psychology, which includes maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5, wouldn’t be allowed to declare psychology as their major until their second semester. They would transfer in as pre-psychology majors. Students that don’t meet the minimum requirements would still have a chance to attend CSUN if they pick a different major.

“If a student were to come in with a 2.3, we would probably suggest they switch majors,” Adams said.

Students that apply from outside of the local service area would be redirected to to other schools if they have an associate degree for transfer.

“(CSU) Dominguez Hills and (CSU) Channels Islands are the most likely, though Cal State LA is a possibility.” Adams said.

She also said students should apply to more than one campus.

“We want students from out of the area to have a back-up,” Adams said.

For students trying to attend CSUN from out of the area, enrollment will be reduced by only one percent for the upcoming year and should still apply.

“We are anticipating that we will still take a fairly large number of out-of-area transfer students,” Adams said.

Kevin Meza, transfer center coordinator at GCC said the presentation was beneficial but was wary of the state budget.

“Down the road, we don’t know how the budget will change,” he said.

Meza said he’ll tell his students to apply to multiple campuses, which is a contrast to a few years back when most CSU’s offered guaranteed placement.

“About eight to 10 years ago, most Cal States were open access,” he said.

Meza said GCC transfers about 400 students a year to CSUN.

“For students it becomes a greater challenge to transfer when the state doesn’t support higher education,” he said.

The next two meetings will be held Tuesday at West L.A. College at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at Moorpark College at 6 p.m.

Those wishing to comment on impaction can do so by emailing or visiting the CSUN impaction website. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on March 13.