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2021 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
10:00 AM on Zoom


We are proud to announce that the following California Community Colleges and California State University campuses have been honored as 2021 Champions of Higher Education and Equity Champions for Excellence in Transfer on November 16th during our annual Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer awards ceremony. These colleges and universities are leading the state in conferring the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), enrolling ADT earners on guaranteed pathways to a bachelor’s degree, and intentionally working to support Latinx and Black students on their path to a degree. Learn how we selected the 2021 Champions.

We celebrated these campus leaders and heard from students, policymakers, and our awardees about the importance of continuing to strengthen and scale the Associate Degree for Transfer via faithful implementation of landmark legislation, AB 928 (Berman).

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2021 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer

Colleges and universities leading the state and working with intentionality to support community college students through the Associate Degree for Transfer

Bakersfield College
Berkeley City College
Clovis Community College
East Los Angeles College
Evergreen Valley College
Glendale Community College
Long Beach City College
Moorpark College
Pasadena City College
Riverside City College
Sierra College
Grossmont College
California State University,
Fullerton
California State University,
Long Beach
California State University,
Fresno
California State Polytechnic
University, Pomona

2021 Equity Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer for Black & Latinx Students

Colleges and universities leading the state and working with intentionality to support Black and Latinx students through the Associate Degree for Transfer

Diablo Valley College
Monterey Peninsula College
Pasadena City College
San Diego Mesa College
San José City College
Southwestern College
California State University,
East Bay
California State University,
Fresno
California State University,
San Bernardino
San José State University
California State University,
San Marcos

2021 Equity Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer for Black Students

Colleges leading the state and working with intentionality to support Black students through the Associate Degree for Transfer

Imperial Valley College

2021 Equity Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer for Latinx Students

Colleges and universities leading the state and working with intentionality to support Latinx students through the Associate Degree for Transfer

Bakersfield College
Berkeley City College
Cerritos College
Chabot College
Chaffey College
Citrus College
Clovis Community College
College of San Mateo
College of the Canyons
College of the Desert
College of the Sequoias
Crafton Hills College
Cuesta College
Cypress College
East Los Angeles College
El Camino College
Evergreen Valley College
Folsom Lake College
Foothill College
Fresno City College
Fullerton College
Glendale Community College
Grossmont College
Hartnell College
Lake Tahoe Community College
Las Positas College
Long Beach City College
Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles Mission College
Los Angeles Pierce College
Los Angeles Valley College
Los Medanos College
Merced College
Mission College College
Modesto Junior College
Norco College
Orange Coast College
Oxnard College
Reedley College
Rio Hondo College
Saddleback College
San Diego Miramar College
Skyline College
West Los Angeles College
California State University,
Bakersfield
California State University,
Channel Islands
California State University,
Chico
California State University,
Dominguez Hills
California State University,
Fullerton
Humboldt State University
California State University,
Long Beach
California State University,
Los Angeles
California State University,
Monterey Bay
California State University,
Northridge
California State Polytechnic
University, Pomona
California State University,
Sacramento
California State University,
Stanislaus
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Sonoma State University

Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Historic Transfer Reform Bills AB 928 and AB 1111

On October 6, 2021, Governor Newsom signed AB 928 and AB 1111, landmark legislation that had unanimous support from the legislature and will finally fix transfer so millions more California community college students can earn their bachelor’s degrees and reach their college dreams!

When students across the state shared how difficult, expensive, and time consuming it was to transfer with Assemblymember Marc Berman, the Campaign for College Opportunity, and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, it was clear that urgent action was needed to fix the broken transfer process from community colleges to our state’s public universities. With insights and ideas from students, educators, campus administrators, and civil rights advocates, Assemblymember Berman courageously authored AB 928 and AB 1111 to transform a transfer process that had failed students for far too long.

Taken together, AB 928 and AB 1111 are historic pieces of legislation that get to the very heart of why fewer than 3% of community college students transfer after two years. AB 928 creates a general education transfer pathway for students to become eligible to the UC and CSU; establishes a committee representing K-12 schools, community colleges, and public and private universities dedicated to simplifying transfer; and places community college students onto the Associate Degree for Transfer pathway to increase their likelihood of transferring successfully. AB 1111 requires the 116 community colleges to adopt a common course numbering system that would be accessible and easy to understand for students.

This victory would not have been possible without our coalition of over 30 dedicated partners across the state, including UC Student Association, Cal State Student Association, the Cal State system, community college student leaders, and education, civil rights, and business leaders.

Transforming Transfer has been more than 10 years in the making. With AB 928, Assemblymember Marc Berman carries the torch that U.S. Senator Alex Padilla held during his time in the California State Legislature as the author of SB 1440 with the creation of the Associate Degree for Transfer in 2010. The Associate Degree for Transfer has helped nearly 300,000 students transfer more seamlessly, spending less time and money to earn their degrees. AB 928 will significantly accelerate the pace of transfer and degree attainment for millions of deserving California students.

We appreciate Governor Newsom for his commitment and bold action to strengthen higher education in California. He promised to do so as a candidate for Governor, and today he delivered on that promise.


L-R: Executive Vice President Jessie Ryan, Governor Gavin Newsom, President Michele Siqueiros, Assemblymember Marc Berman

Signed bills AB 928 and AB 1111

Governor Newsom giving a speech about historic higher education investments and transfer reform

President Michele Siqueiros giving a speech about the urgency for transformational transfer

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Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs AB 928

Vision & Action for Equity: A Conversation with California’s Higher Education Leaders

On September 23, 2021, the Campaign for College Opportunity hosted an in-person conversation with California’s higher education leaders, discussing strategies for achieving racial equity in our state’s public colleges and universities.

Featuring

Dr. Michael V Drake
Dr. Michael V. Drake
President
University of California
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Dr Joseph I. Castro
Dr. Joseph I. Castro
Chancellor
California State University
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Acting Chancellor Dr. Daisy Gonzales
Dr. Daisy Gonzales
Acting Chancellor
California Community Colleges
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Cecilia Estolano
Cecilia Estolano
Chair, Board of Regents
University of California
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Lillian Kimbell
Lillian Kimbell
Chair, Board of Trustees
California State
University
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Pamela Haynes
Pamela Haynes
President, Board of Governors
California Community Colleges
Read biography
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Take A Lunch Break Speaker Series

Our Take A Lunch Break speaker series is an opportunity to get to know newly appointed and elected leaders in California higher education. These lunch hour conversations are opportunities for students, college advocates, college leaders, and other higher education stakeholders to connect with these key figures, learn more about their roles, and learn more about their visions for higher education in the state.

Upcoming Lunch Break Events

Take a Lunch Break with Angel Rodriguez


Join the Campaign for College Opportunity on August 3rd at noon for a Lunch Break with Angel Rodriguez, newly appointed Commissioner of the California Student Aid Commission. Learn more about Angel and his vision for higher education and financial aid in the state.

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Past Lunch Break Events

Take a Lunch Break with Joseph Williams


We sat down for a Lunch Break with Joseph Williams, a newly appointed member of the California Community College Board of Governors. We enjoyed getting to know him better and talking to him about his priorities as a new member of the Board of Governors.

Take a Lunch Break with Steve Ngo


The Campaign for College Opportunity had the opportunity to host Steve Ngo, newly appointed Commissioner of the California Student Aid Commission. We learned more about Steve’s involvement in higher education, his personal higher education story, and more.

Take a Lunch Break with Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz


In December, we had a conversation with Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, recently appointed Chancellor of UC Merced. We learned about his impressive track record leading higher education institutions, the impact of a college education, and his vision for higher education.

Take a Lunch Break with Diego Arambula


On June 8th, we had the opportunity to get to know Diego Arambula, newly appointed Trustee of the California State University. We learned about his priorities for higher education and the CSU, more about his background as a Central Valley native, and more.

Take a Lunch Break with Dr. Lande Ajose


On July 7th, Dr. Lande Ajose, Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education for the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, joined us for a Lunch Break. We had the chance to learn more about her and her role, the state budget, the Governor’s vision for higher education, and the state’s roadmap to an equitable recovery from COVID-19.

Take a Lunch Break with Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval


On July 21st, we took a Lunch Break with Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, recently appointed President of Fresno State University to learn more about him and his priorities for higher education as he takes on this critical role in the California State University system.

Thank you to UC Merced for their generosity and for their support of our events.

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2020 Legislative Dean’s List Reception

On January 27th, we had the honor of hosting our annual Dean’s List Reception, honoring the work of key legislators and staffers who have led the way for increasing college opportunity, ensuring racial equity, and prioritizing higher education in 2020. We had the privilege of honoring:

  • Dr. Shirley Weber, California’s first African American Secretary of State and an unwavering advocate for racial justice in her work on reinstating affirmative action
  • Assemblymember Philip Ting for his work as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee and ensuring our most vulnerable students aren’t left behind in a time of financial uncertainty
  • LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell for her work as Chair of the Senate Budget Committee and ensuring that student and community partners’ voices were heard throughout budget negotiations
  • Assemblymember Jose Medina for his critical work in holding the UC and CSU accountable during proposed changes to college admissions requirements, ensuring that all students have a fair shot at attending a state university
  • Aleksandra Reetz, Policy Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, a steadfast ally for the student voice in the legislature

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Highlights


Sacramento Youth Poet Laureate Alexandra Huynh presenting an original poem “Numbers Game.”

President Michele Siqueiros and UC Student Association President Aidan Arasasingham honor Dr. Shirley N. Weber with Distinction in Elevating Racial Equity.

Policy & Success Initiatives Manager Joshua Hagen and CSSA Vice President of Systemwide Affairs Alondra Esquivel-Garcia honor Assemblymember Ting (AD-19) with Distinction in Courageous Pandemic Response.

Joshua Hagen and SSCCC Vice President for Legislative Affairs Andrew Nickens honor LA County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell with Distinction in Courageous Pandemic Response.

Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Sara Arce and CSU Student Trustee Krystal Raynes honor Assemblymember Jose Medina (AD-61) with Distinction in Preserving College Dreams.

Senior Vice President Audrey Dow and UC Student Regent-Designate Alexis Atsilvsgi Zaragoza honor Alexandra Reetz, Policy Advisor to Lt. Gov Eleni Kounalakis, with Distinction in Student-Centered Policy Design.

Celebrating Sixteen Years of Advancing Racial Equity in College Opportunity: A Fireside Chat and Celebration

On December 9, 2020, we had the honor of celebrating 16 years of expanding college opportunity with a fireside chat and celebration. We had the privilege of hosting a panel with Governor Gavin Newsom, UC President Michael V. Drake, CSU Chancellor-select Joseph I. Castro, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, and College Futures President/CEO Monica Lozano in a historic discussion on the economic and social imperative of closing racial equity gaps in college access and success.

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Highlights


Governor Newsom praises the campaign for being a leader in higher education advocacy.

“This is one of the most important organizations in the state. You hold our feet to the fire, you raise expectations, but, more importantly, you deliver because you’re constructive. And I just want to thank you for being pragmatic as you advance our collective ideals.”


Superintendent Thurmond speaks to the Campaign’s role in facilitating intersegmental coordination.


Former Fellow Rebecca Cepeda talks about the critical work of the Campaign.


Los Angeles-based Chicano activist band, Quetzal, performs their song, Pasa Montañas.

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Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series

The Campaign for College Opportunity is proud to announce our five-part Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series.

Join us in conversation with California’s higher education change makers and equity champions to discuss the most pressing issues in California higher education today against the backdrop of a global health pandemic, economic recession, and urgent calls to address racial inequity.

Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series

Celebrating Sixteen Years of Advancing Racial Equity in College Opportunity:
A Fireside Chat and Celebration

December 9, 2020
5:00 – 6:30 PM PST

Join the Campaign for College Opportunity for a fireside chat with Governor Gavin Newsom, California’s higher education system leaders, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, and College Futures President/CEO Monica Lozano for a historic discussion on the economic and social imperative of closing racial equity gaps in college access and success. Stay for a virtual celebration and toast to honor sixteen years of higher education advocacy by the Campaign for College Opportunity.

 



Want to sponsor one or more of the events in our Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series?

Please contact Stacey Holderbach
stacey@collegecampaign.org for more details.


 

Past Events in the Series

A Conversation with California’s Lieutenant Governor

A Conversation with California’s Lieutenant Governor

Earlier this month, we had the honor of partnering with the California State Student Association to host California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis to kick-off our Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series. Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis discussed highlights of her work on the University of California (UC) Board of Regents and California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees, as well as her vision for protecting and expanding college opportunity during this critical time when a college degree is the most powerful guard against unemployment. The Lieutenant Governor was also honored for being an ardent higher education champion committed to racial equity and to protecting and expanding access at the CSU and UC. You can watch the recording here or below.

Cal State Student Association
Thank you to the Cal State Student Association for partnering with us for this event!

Women in Higher Education Leadership

In October, we had the honor of hosting trailblazing woomen leaders serving on California public higher education governing boards to discuss their critical roles in advancing policies that eliminate racial inequity at the UC, CSU and California Community Colleges, and why racial/ethnic and gender diverse appointments are key to change. Read the panelists’ bios here.

Maria AnguianoPanel Moderator
Maria Anguiano
Member
University of California
Board of Regents

Featured panelists:

Lande Ajose
Higher Education Advisor
Office of Governor
Gavin Newsom
Cecilia Estolano Cecilia Estolano
Vice Chair
University of California
Board of Regents
Pamela Haynes Pamela Haynes
Vice President
California Community Colleges
Board of Governors
Lillian Kimbell
Chair
California State University
Board of Trustees
Lark Park Lark Park
Member
University of California
Board of Regents
Lateefah Simon
Member
California State University
Board of Trustees

 

Racial Equity on the Ballot


On October 19th, we discussed Propositions 15 and 16, ballot initiatives that reinvest in our schools and end a legacy of legal discrimination in contracting, hiring and university admissions that has left too many talented Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Californians behind. Thank you to Alliance for A Better Community and the UC Student Association for partnering with us for this event!

Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series

Committing to Transfer as a Key Racial Equity Strategy

November 19, 2020
10:30 am – 12 pm PST


Secretary of State
Alex Padilla

Assemblymember
Marc Berman

In the last ten years, the California Community Colleges have awarded students over 200,000 Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) – a degree that provides a streamlined pathway between the state’s community colleges and the CSU system. With a focus on transfer as a racial equity strategy for degree completion, even more students can earn an ADT, reducing time and cost to reach their college goals. Join us in conversation with policymakers ready to prioritize transfer via the ADT and to honor campuses excelling in awarding ADTs.

2019 Legislative Dean’s List

On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the Campaign opened the New Year with our inaugural Legislative Dean’s List celebration, honoring seven policy champions in the fight to achieve greater college opportunity for all California students. Our 2019 Dean’s List honorees are exemplary leaders in crafting student-centered policy in pursuit of increasing college affordability, undocumented student support, higher education coordination, and racial equity.
 
We are incredibly grateful to have partners that truly stand for college access and success for all Californians. The determination of our seven honorees not only pushes the needle for bold policy, but also sets the path for other policymakers to create an equitable higher education system that can empower and support California’s diverse student population.
 
The following individuals received distinctions for their commitment to increasing college opportunity:

Distinction in College Affordability


(L-R): Campaign President Michele Siqueiros, Senator Connie Leyva, and award co-presenter Danny Thirakul.

Senator Richard Roth

Distinction in Statewide Higher Ed Leadership


Assemblymember Evan Low

(L-R): Campaign Senior Policy & Program Associate Katrina Linden, Assemblymember Low, and Senator Ben Allen

Distinction in Undocumented Student Support


L-R: President Michele Siqueiros, Assemblymember Monique Limón, and award co-presenter Iris (CHIRLA)

Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel

Distinction in Student-Centered Policy


Kimberly Rodriguez (Legislative Director, Office of
Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins)
and President Michele Siqueiros


 
We also invited the student organizations who guided policymakers to assist us in honoring our education leaders. Our student co-presenters included:

Danny Thirakul, President of the Student Senate of the California Community Colleges to award Senator Connie Leyva
Varsha Sarveshwar, President of the University of California Student Association to award Senator Richard Roth
Grace Pang, Vice President of Legislative Student Affairs at the Cal State Student Association to award Assemblymember Evan Low and Senator Ben Allen
Iris, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) to award Assemblymembers Monique Limón and Jesse Gabriel

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2019 Legislative Dean's List

Cheers to 15 Years: 2019 Champions of Higher Education

On Thursday, November 14th, we had the great pleasure of hosting our annual Champions of Higher Education celebration and toasting to 15 Years of Making College Dreams a Reality. With powerful speeches delivered by our honorees and testimonies given by students who’ve earned their Associate Degrees for Transfer, it was a truly unforgettable night.

We were proud to recognize our honorees, who have been exemplary leaders in creating a higher education system that truly serves California’s diverse students.

 

2019 Honorees

Students Making a Change
Honorable Gavin Newsom
Governor of California
Honorable Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State
Dr. Silas H. Abrego
CSU Trustee

 

Highlights

Lena Carew, accepting the Honor Roll Award on behalf of the student-led organization, Students Making A Change (SMAC)

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student honorees giving their testimonies & presenting Secretary Alex Padilla with an award. (L-R: Giselle Tarango (CSUF), Violeta Zamora (CSULA), and Autumn Lewis (CSLUB).)

Secretary of State Alex Padilla, instrumental in developing & championing the ADT, giving a heartfelt speech about the success of the ADT & college access regardless of citizenship status.

Dr. Silas H. Abrego, champion of racial equity and student success throughout his long-time career as an administrator and CSU Trustee.

ADT students with Secretary of State Alex Padilla.


Our team!

Anniversary Videos

Watch our 15th anniversary video and a message from Governor Gavin Newsom.


 

Thank you to our event sponsors!


 

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2019 Champions of Higher Education Celebration

Celebrating 15 Years: Hope on the Horizon

This year, we embarked on our 15th year of making college dreams a reality for all California students. In August, we held our second annual Hope on the Horizon event in Sacramento, where we celebrated our milestones along with California higher education leaders, advocates, honorees, & supporters. We continue to be inspired by our honorees, who are exemplary figures that support student success. Our honorees included:

Ricardo Lara

California State Insurance Commissioner

Jacqui Irwin

Assemblymember,
44th District

Eloy Ortiz Oakley

California Community
Colleges Chancellor

David Wolf

Campaign for College
Opportunity Co-Founder

Jack Scott

Former California
State Legislator

Abdi Soltani

Executive Director of ACLU
Northern California

 
We had a great time reminiscing with our partners & discussing the future of higher education in California. Check out photos of the celebration  below!
 

California Community Colleges Board of Governors Member Alexis Zaragoza accepts the Equity Disruptor Award on behalf of Chancellor Eloy Ortiz-Oakley.

Honorees reflect on the Campaign’s history of policy reform in California higher education.

LessThan3, student musicians from San Joaquin Delta College and University of the Pacific.

Nadia Paniagua, mentee of David Wolf, accepts the Visionary Leadership Award on behalf of Campaign Co-Founder David Wolf.
 

Our Sponsors

It’s been a year of wins and reflection, and we would not have come this far without the generosity of our partners. Thank you to our 15th anniversary event sponsors whose generous contributions allow us to continue our work to make college dreams come true.
 

 

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Hope on the Horizon