Two bills authored by local Assemblymember Marc Berman passed into law last week, streamlining the college transfer process for California students.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bills 928 and 1111 Oct. 4.

The bills address unnecessary barriers within the transfer process and require greater collaboration between California’s public colleges and universities.

Over the past five years, Berman, a Democrat who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, held hearings across the state to discuss higher-education issues.

“When students discussed their experience with the transfer process from community college to four-year university, their message was loud and clear: transfer is too complex, confusing and difficult to navigate,” he said in a press release. “Instead of being a clear path, it’s a maze, and it’s costing students time and money that they can’t afford.”

Berman, chairperson of the Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, said the two bills will make it easier for students to achieve their educational goals.

AB 928 establishes a committee to provide coordination between California’s higher education systems to significantly increase transfer and close racial equity gaps, requires the creation of a single lower-division general education pathway that meets transfer admission requirements to both CSUs and UCs and ensures every community college student wanting to transfer is placed on the Associate Degree for Transfer pathway.

AB 1111 requires all California community colleges to adopt a common course numbering system for all general-education requirement courses and transfer pathway courses. The state budget includes $10 million to fund the creation of a common course numbering system.