GCC Among Those Honored for Excellence in Transfer

On Wednesday, the Campaign for College Opportunity announced the names of nine 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. Glendale Community College was among those recognized.

The majority of California students who go to college attend community college with the majority hoping to transfer to a four-year university. Unfortunately, only 4% of community college students transfer annually.

In response, in 2010, then-Senator Alex Padilla and the Campaign for College Opportunity sponsored historic transfer reform legislation that created a clearer path for students to earn an associate degree and get guaranteed admission as juniors to the CSU system. Since then, over 69,000 students have earned an ADT and, of those who enrolled in the CSU, these students have earned their bachelor’s degree almost twice as fast as other transfer students.

The 13 colleges and universities will be commended on Dec. 5 in Los Angeles for excellence in implementing the ADT program and supporting students’ goal of transferring and earning a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to Glendale Community College, the honorees are: Moorpark College, Citrus College, CSU Fullerton, Pasadena City College, Cuesta College, CSU Long Beach, Santa Ana College, CSU Bakersfield,
Long Beach City College, Fresno City College, CSU Sacramento and Diablo Valley College.

“Transfer should not be a maze. This year’s honorees are stellar examples of what can be done when leaders work together. Our honorees have redefined what is possible and as a result, have helped thousands of students transfer and reach their educational goals,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity.