Only 19% of community college students with a stated transfer goal actually transfer within four years, and just 28% within six years.
For too long, a convoluted transfer system has delayed and denied many students from earning their bachelor’s degrees. A lack of statewide coordination leaves students to piece together an education plan with inconsistent requirements demanded by the different systems, schools, and departments. These inconsistencies mean students spend more time and money attempting to transfer, leading to alarmingly low transfer rates.
In 2010, the Campaign proudly co-sponsored SB 1440 (Padilla), which continues to simplify the transfer process through the historic Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT). The Associate Degree for Transfer has since streamlined transfer for more than 460,000 students with tremendous benefits, such as faster time to degree and guaranteed junior standing when transferring to the California State University (CSU). Despite the benefits and marked progress, students were experiencing uneven implementation of the ADT.
Upon hearing directly from students, The Campaign was proud to continue building on the success of the ADT with AB 928. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, Assemblymember Marc Berman, and a diverse coalition of student leaders, higher education leaders, higher education advocates, and community partners, California is further opening the doors to transformative, student-centered transfer and closing racial/ethnic equity gaps.
AB 928 Streamlines Pathways to a Four-Year Degree By:
- Establishing a public intersegmental committee with membership from students, K-12 schools, community colleges, and public and private universities with a unified goal to simplify transfer.
- Consolidating the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU)’s general education transfer pathways for students to a singular pathway, allowing students to save time and money while meeting admission requirements for both systems.
- Placing community college students with an intent to transfer onto an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) pathway when they are aligned with the student’s intended major.
Recognizing Champions of Higher Education
Since 2016, the Campaign has proudly recognized top performing California Community Colleges and California State Universities that are leading for student success by implementing the Associate Degree for Transfer. Learn about our honorees each year: