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Kern Promise: Finish In 4

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Graduates!

Check out our Transfer Celebration for the 2020 Transfer Graduates.

Bakersfield College Kern Promise

The Kern Transfer Promise is a commitment to help students complete their Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) within two instructional years through structured support and priority access to courses. Upon successful completion of The Kern Promise and an Associate Degree for Transfer, students will be guaranteed junior standing admission at one of the 23 campuses of the California State University system.

The Kern Promise focuses on a shared responsibility model where the student works with a Completion Coaching Team to chart and follow the path to success. As part of the Promise, each student will receive guaranteed priority registration for a full-time schedule and specialized academic and advising support for the next two years. In turn, each Promise student is required to maintain good academic standing and commit to program requirements.

FINISH IN 4

The Kern Promise's Finish in 4 is a new program that supports the increase in student completion with an Associate Degree for Transfer in 60 semester units at BC. Students are then guaranteed admission to CSUB, in a similar major, and will complete an additional 60 semester units to earn a bachelor’s degree! The Finish in 4 efforts aim to guarantee students complete their transfer degree in 2 years at Bakersfield College and a baccalaureate degree in the following 2 years at CSUB. Together, the goal is to move students through to the next stage of their educational and career goals in a more efficient and impactful way.

2020-2021 Finish in 4 Requirements

  • First-time college student attending BC
  • Declare an approved Program of Study
  • Enroll in 12 degree-applicable units minimum per semester or 30 per year (Does NOT include courses taken in prior summer term.)
  • Complete transfer-level math and English within first year of enrollment
  • Maintain BC GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • CSEP (Comprehensive Student Education Plan) on file by October 31, 2020

2020-2021 Finish in 4 Benefits

  • Day 2 priority registration at BC
  • Access to designated Finish in 4 Advisors
  • Associates degree in 60 units
  • Guaranteed admission to CSUB

Promise Scholars

In addition to Finish in 4 Promise requirements and benefits above:

2020-2021 Promise Scholars Additional Requirements

  • Enroll in 15 degree-applicable units minimum per semester (instead of 12)
  • California Resident/AB540 eligible
  • Completed and verified financial aid application Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act

2020-2021 Promise Scholars Additional Benefits

  • Financial assistance, which may include tuition assistance, book vouchers, and/or other scholarship and grant money based on student need (with priority going to California College Promise Grant-eligible students)

Finish in 4 Pathway Agreements - BC to CSUB​

The following Associate Degrees for Transfer at Bakersfield College have been approved and mapped out with their similar Bachelor's Degrees at CSUB for completion within a total of 4 years. Visit each major to view the planned route for completion of the Associates Degree within 2 years at BC, followed by planned route for completion of the Bachelor's Degree in 2 years at CSUB. All documents are PDF files.

Finish in 4 Pathway Agreements by Pathway

BC Transfer Degree CSUB "Similar" or "Compatible" Major
AA-T Administration of Justice BA Criminal Justice - General

TRANSFER IN 2

Kern Promise: Transfer in 2 is a new program that supports the increase in student completion of an Associate Degree in 60 semester units at BC followed by transfer to a 4-year institution into a similar major within 2 years. The goal is to move students through to the next stage of their educational and career goals in a more efficient and impactful way.

2020-2021 Transfer in 2 Requirements

  • First-time college student attending BC
  • California Resident/AB540 eligible
  • Declare an ADT (Associate's Degree for Transfer) or BSI Associate's (See list below.)
  • Enroll in 12 degree-applicable units minimum per semester or 30 per year (Does NOT include courses taken in prior summer term.)
  • Complete college-level math and English within first year of enrollment
  • Maintain BC GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • CSEP (Comprehensive Student Education Plan) on file by October 31, 2020

2020-2021 Transfer in 2 Benefits

  • Day 2 priority registration at BC
  • Access to designated Promise Advisors
  • Associates degree in 60 units
  • Guaranteed admission to a CSU

Transfer Promise

Bakersfield college has been chosen to participate in MDRC’s Scaling UP Community College Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS). Through this program the focus is to improve graduation rates for traditionally underserved students at BC by aligning our existing resources with evidence-driven practices by providing proactive advising, financial incentives, and strategies focused on increasing student success.

Project Overview

MDRC’s Scaling Up Community College Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS) seeks to improve graduation rates for traditionally underserved students at community colleges, by helping states and institutions align their resources with evidence-driven practices. SUCCESS combines components from multiple programs that have proven themselves to be effective at helping students succeed in college. It seeks to create financially sustainable programs that will dramatically improve graduation rates at scale.

SUCCESS programs will be built around elements derived from more than 15 years of postsecondary research conducted by MDRC and others. These program components include: frequent proactive advising; financial incentives tied to service usage; strategies focused on increasing academic momentum (like requiring full-time enrollment or encouraging summer/winter enrollment); and the use of real-time data to support student progress.

MDRC will provide in-depth technical assistance to around nine colleges from four states to develop new, financially sustainable student support programs that will be implemented beginning in fall 2019. States and institutions will be encouraged to align SUCCESS programs with existing statewide student success initiatives and may focus on specific student populations, such as low-income students, underrepresented minorities, or adults. By disseminating the results and providing additional technical assistance, MDRC will support the expansion of SUCCESS within and beyond these initial states and colleges.

MDRC: Implementing Evidence-Based Programs Support College Success

 
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