Several California Community Colleges and California State Universities to be honored for their success at enrolling and graduating Associate Degree for Transfer earners.
Today, the Campaign for College Opportunity announced that they will honor twelve California Community Colleges and four California State University (CSU) campuses for significantly increasing the number of students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), enrolling those students at a CSU with junior status and graduating ADT earners with a bachelor’s degree.
Transfer from the community college to a four-year university is described as bureaucratic, inconsistent, and confusing, where students must parse through a system with varied information and requirements for each campus, according to research and student testimonies.
Though transfer is often thought of as a two-year process, only 4 percent of California Community College students transfer after two years, 25 percent after four years and 38 percent after six years.
“Transfer is often a maze of barriers that delay far too many students from earning their degrees,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. “The Associate Degree for Transfer cuts through the maze to offer a more streamlined transfer process.”
In 2010, with then-Senator Alex Padilla, the Campaign for College Opportunity sponsored historic transfer reform legislation that created a clear pathway for students to earn an associate degree and guaranteed admission as juniors to the CSU system. The ADT insured that students would transfer without spending excess units, time, and, in turn, money.
To date, more than 100,000 students have earned an ADT, and of those that enrolled in the CSU, they earned their bachelor’s degree almost twice as fast as other transfer students.
The following sixteen colleges and universities will be celebrated as 2018 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer on December 4th in Los Angeles:
Pasadena City College
Orange Coast College
College of the Canyons
Long Beach City College
East Los Angeles College
Berkeley City College
Glendale Community College
Clovis Community College
Golden West College
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Stanislaus
“Thanks to these institutions’ implementation of the Associate Degree for Transfer, thousands of students achieve their goals to cross the graduation stage every year,” said Siqueiros. “This year’s Champions of Higher Education are shining examples of what happens when colleges and universities embrace policy that supports California students.”
To learn more about how the honorees are selected, click here.