What is ASSIST?
ASSIST (Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer) is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities providing the most accurate and up-to-date information available about student transfer in California. ASSIST is a student-transfer information system that displays reports of how course credits earned at one California Community College can be applied when transferred to a California State University or University of California campus.
In 1985, the University of California began to explore using computers to store, maintain, and display transfer-related data. With funding from the California State Legislature, ASSIST was created under the guidance and counsel of the three California postsecondary educational segments: the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California. The goal was to leverage technology to provide students and counselors with an easy way to access accurate and complete information about transferring from one California community college or public university to another. The initial project, with a small number of colleges and universities participating, was evaluated and approved. Since that time, ASSIST has grown to include information about all of the public postsecondary educational institutions in California. In addition, it is the official repository of articulation information for California's public colleges and universities.
ASSIST’s mission is to facilitate the transfer of California Community College students to either the California State University or University of California systems by providing accurate articulation information.
As the official repository of articulation information for California's public colleges and universities, continue supporting a comprehensive statewide advising and information system that enhances student transfer and provides quality online access to articulation.
Funding and Management
ASSIST is funded by the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California. The ASSIST governance structure consists of executive sponsors from the three segments, an Executive Management & Oversight Committee and the ASSIST Coordination Staff.
The ASSIST Executive Management & Oversight Committee (EMOC) provides management, operational, and fiduciary oversight for ASSIST. The EMOC is composed of one representative from the systemwide office of each segment – the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California – each appointed by their respective systemwide office. The EMOC is accountable to the Executive Sponsors and the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor of the segments. The purpose of the committee is to ensure that ASSIST achieves its established mission and maintains its overall fiscal and operational health. The EMOC provides direction related to goals, projects, technology, and budget, as well as human and other resource utilization related to ASSIST. The ASSIST Coordination Site (ACS) staff manage the daily implementation and project operations. The EMOC and ACS work together with participating campuses so that ASSIST continues to meet the needs of students transferring from California Community Colleges to either the California State University or University of California system.
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ASSIST Articulation Officer Workgroup
This workgroup helps guide the development of ASSIST system functionality, features, or attributes. They may be asked to test new features, system improvements, or complex bug fixes. The members serve as additional ASSIST liaisons to communicate feedback to and from the articulation community.
ASSIST Policy Advisory Committee
This committee functions in a policy advisory capacity and as a sounding board for initiatives.