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Twenty-Seven California Colleges & Universities Lead California in Transfer Student Success

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November 2nd, 2023

California Community Colleges and California State Universities to be honored for their efforts in implementing landmark transfer reform and closing racial/ethnic equity gaps for students.

Today, the Campaign for College Opportunity announced the 27 California Community Colleges and California State University (CSU) campuses leading the way to simplify transfer for students as part of the annual Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer award ceremony. These campuses will be recognized in a series of virtual events in November: a live honoree announcement on Instagram today, November 1st, 2023 at 1 p.m. Pacific Time, and the official award ceremony on November 14th, 2023 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.   

Eighteen community college campuses are recognized for excellence in implementing the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), an instrumental pathway that has streamlined the transfer process for over a decade. Nine CSU campuses are recognized for enrolling ADT-earning students AND enrolling them on a guaranteed pathway to a four-year degree. Additionally, several college and university honorees are excelling in closing equity gaps for Latinx and/or Black transfer students via the ADT and will be recognized as Equity Champions.   

Though community college is often thought of as a two-year stepping stone to a university, the lived experience of students indicates otherwise: many are caught in a confusing maze, navigating varied course requirements and inconsistent guidance to achieve their transfer goals.

In response, the Campaign for College Opportunity championed SB 1440 (Padilla) in 2010, creating the ADT pathway. Today, the ADT has impacted the lives of thousands of students, with nearly 490,000 ADTs, conferred by supporting them on a faster road to transfer with guaranteed admission to the CSU system, saving students valuable time and money. And, though new research indicates that California still must make progress to support transfer students, the ADT has shown promising results: students who successfully transfer show greater use of the ADT, and more Latinx and Black students are choosing the ADT as their preferred transfer pathway.

“For nearly a decade, the ADT has given community college students struggling to navigate a complicated transfer maze a clear path to success with a degree to show for their hard work.

As colleges grapple with pandemic-induced enrollment declines, we laud the 27 community college and CSU campuses that continue to forge ahead for students by strengthening the transfer pathway and removing unacceptable equity barriers in transfer for Latinx, Black, and first-generation college students across the state,” said Jessie Ryan, executive vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity and former community college transfer student.

The following colleges and universities will be honored as the 2023 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer for working with intentionality to support students through the implementation of the ADT across various metrics. Learn more

Bakersfield College

East Los Angeles College

Mt. San Antonio College

Mission College

San Joaquin Delta College

Madera College

Evergreen Valley College

Berkeley City College

Citrus College

Clovis Community College

Grossmont College

Moorpark College

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Los Angeles

Sacramento State University

Stanislaus State University

Racial equity gaps persist in transfer rates between Latinx and Black students and their peers. For those reasons, the Campaign developed equity measures: one for community colleges that assesses how Latinx and Black students are accessing and earning ADTs relative to the campus average of all other students, and one for CSUs that assesses whether over half of their Latinx or Black undergraduate transfer students earned an ADT, and that of those ADT earners, over half were also enrolled on a guaranteed pathway.

The following colleges and universities will be honored as 2023 Equity Champions of Higher Education for Black Students for working with intentionality to support Black students via the Associate Degree for Transfer. Learn more

Evergreen Valley College

Long Beach City College

Citrus College 

Berkeley City College 

Crafton Hills College 

College of the Desert  

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, San Bernardino

Sacramento State University

Finally, the following colleges and universities will be honored as 2023 Equity Champions of Higher Education for Latinx Students for working with intentionality to support Latinx students through the Associate Degree for Transfer. Learn more

Evergreen Valley College

Citrus College

West Valley College

Bakersfield College

Glendale Community College

College of the Desert

College of San Mateo

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Los Angeles

California Polytechnic State

University, Pomona

Sacramento State University

Sonoma State University

Stanislaus State University

“Strengthening transfer is one of the most vital to tools to advancing diversity at four-year colleges and universities, combatting the discriminatory effects of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision banning race-conscious admissions. A majority of California’s Latinx, Black, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native students will begin their college journey at a community college. The work these dedicated campuses are accomplishing is nothing short of heroic and essential to our nation’s future well-being,” concluded Ryan.

For specifics on award categories and how the honorees were selected, please click here.