Right to Access Transfer-Level Courses

Shasta College works to maximize the probability that a student with a goal of transfer to a four-year institution or earning a certificate or a local associate degree will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within their first year. Consistent with California Assembly Bill (AB) 705, Shasta College will use one or more of the following to properly place students into English and math: high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average.

Shasta College placement methods will not place students in a remedial sequence or pre-transfer coursework in English or math unless (A) the student is highly unlikely to succeed in the transfer-level course; and (B) enrollment in pre-transfer-level coursework will improve the student’s likelihood of completing transfer-level courses in one year. Additionally, Shasta College will maximize the probability that ESL students with a goal of transfer to a four-year institution or an associate degree will enter and complete a transfer level English composition course within a three-year timeframe of declaring a transfer- or degree-seeking goal.

Shasta College Math and English Placement Principles

Shasta College is committed to student success. Research indicates that a student’s past academic performance is a superior predictor of college success. Further, students succeed in transfer level English and math courses at higher rates if they are permitted to enroll directly into those courses. To that end, the college will use multiple measures including high school transcripts and guided self-placement to ensure that students are placed into the highest course possible. 

  • Shasta College will maximize the probability that students will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within one year. 
  • Shasta College will not require students to enroll in remedial English or math coursework that lengthens their time to complete a degree unless placement research that includes consideration of high school grade point average and coursework shows that those students are highly unlikely to succeed in transfer-level coursework. 
  • Shasta College will encourage students to enroll in additional concurrent support, including additional language support for ESL students, during the same semester that they take the transfer-level English or math course, but only if it is determined that the support will increase a student’s likelihood of passing the transfer-level English or math course. 
  • Shasta College strives to minimize the impact on student financial aid and unit requirements for the degree by exploring embedded support and low or noncredit support options. 
  • Shasta College will place students into transfer-level English if the student has high school transcripts within the last ten years and has transfer as their goal.

English Department placement guidelines follow the Multiple Measure Assessment Project default placement rules. 

  • Students with a high school GPA ≥ 2.6 are eligible for English 1A (transfer level). No additional academic or concurrent support is required.
  • Students with a high school GPA of 1.9 – 2.6 are eligible for English 1A (transfer-level). Additional academic and concurrent support is recommended.
  • Students with a high school GPA below 1.9 are eligible for English 1A (transfer-level). Additional academic and concurrent support is strongly recommended.

If the following applies to you, please be sure to make an appointment with a counselor:

  • Students who are 18 years old or older and who have not graduated high school.
  • Students who do not have high school or college transcripts.
  • Students who did not attend high school in the United States.

If you don’t have a transcript, counselors will work with you on a guided self-placement process. Please schedule an appointment with a Shasta College counselor for placement into an English course. Please bring a copy of your transcripts, if available, to the appointment (unofficial transcripts are accepted for the counseling appointment). If you are unhappy with your multiple measures high school transcript placement, you may challenge your results with the placement tool or self-place.

Students who need to be placed into an English as a Second Language (ESL) course should contact Jim Kortuem at (530) 242-7760.

“Estudiantes que necesitan ser asignados a un curso de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) deben comunicarse con Jim Kortuem, y pueden comunicarse con él llamando al (530) 242-7760.”

Most pathways to a degree or certificate at Shasta College have a math requirement. We recommend you take care of this requirement as soon as possible. Deciding on which math class to take is an important decision, and the descriptions below are the recommended steps for deciding which course to take.

Students who have grades from other colleges or who graduated high school within the last 10 years need to meet with a counselor and bring a copy of their unofficial high school transcripts. Students planning to earn a degree from Shasta College must submit their official transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office. 

View the Math Department Placement Guidelines (PDF)

View the Math Department Prerequisite Flowchart (PDF)

Students who cannot provide a high school transcript or college math transcript from within the last 10 years can now utilize ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning to find the math class that will best fit their knowledge.

If you would like to use the ALEKS PPL placement tool, please make an appointment with the Testing Center. If you are unhappy with your multiple measures high school transcript placement, you may challenge your results with the placement tool or self-place. Please make an appointment with the Testing Center.

Math Department Placement Guidelines Statistics/Liberal Arts Pathway

(Multiple Measure Assessment Project) 

For students who have graduated from high school within the last ten years:

  • Students with a high school GPA ≥ 3.0 are eligible for transfer-level Statistics/Liberal Arts mathematics. No additional academic or concurrent support is required.
  • Students with a high school GPA of 2.3 – 2.9 are eligible for transfer-level Statistics/Liberal Arts mathematics. Additional academic and concurrent support is recommended.
  • Students with a high school GPA below 2.3 are eligible for transfer-level Statistics/Liberal Arts Mathematics. Additional academic and concurrent support is strongly recommended.

Math Department Placement Guidelines BSTEM (Business, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Pathway 

(Multiple Measure Assessment Project) 

For students who have graduated from high school within the last ten years:

  • Students with a high school GPA ≥ 3.4 OR students with a high school GPA ≥ 2.6 AND enrolled in a high school Calculus course are eligible for transfer-level BSTEM mathematics. No additional academic or concurrent support is required.
  • Students with a high school GPA ≥ 2.6 OR enrolled in high school Pre-Calculus are eligible for transfer-level BSTEM mathematics. Additional academic and concurrent support is recommended.
  • Students with a high school GPA ≤ 2.6 and no Pre-Calculus are eligible for transfer-level BSTEM mathematics. Additional academic and concurrent support is strongly recommended.

Shasta College ESL Placement Principles 

  • Instruction in English as a second language (ESL) is distinct from remediation in English. Students enrolled in ESL credit coursework are foreign language learners who require additional language training in English, require support to successfully complete degree and transfer requirements in English or require both of the above. 
  • Shasta College will use evidence-based multiple measures for placing students into ESL coursework. For those students placed into credit ESL coursework, their placement should maximize the probability that they will complete degree and transfer requirements in English within three years. 

Shasta College ESL Placement Principles (PDF)

AB 705 Information

More information about California Assembly Bill (AB) 705 can be found by visiting the the California Legislative Information website.