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The Chicago School Commits to Expanding Pathway to Bachelor Degree for Community College Students

(LOS ANGELES) (JULY 30, 2018) The Chicago School of Professional Psychology announced today its commitment to, and support of a transfer pathway between the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

The pathway is designed for college students graduating with an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) from a California community college and wishing to transfer to four-year independent, nonprofit institutions like The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the AICCU President Kristen Soares and California Community College’s Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley to further strengthen the commitment of California’s independent nonprofit higher education sector toward the access and success of students and affordability of quality education across the state.

The transfer pathway is the AICCU sector’s adoption of the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) pathway between the California Community Colleges and the California State University (CSU) system. Much like the current CSU ADT pathway, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will commit to guaranteeing admission for ADT students who apply, as well as accepting a minimum of 60 units transferred, and assure these students start at their institutions with a junior standing.

“The large scale reach of this transfer pathway for California community college students is such that it will play a substantial role in ensuring that students in California who have college goals can achieve them,” says Dr. Michele Nealon, president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “We are honored to be a part of such an ambitious and progressive effort, and are eager to welcome students and offer them an easy way to degree completion and a seamless pipeline to graduate studies. This state-wide initiative to make education more affordable and accessible to students parallels The Chicago School values of education, innovation, service and community.”

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private school devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The institution serves approximately 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology and behavioral health education. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu.

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