Sixteen California Colleges & Universities Lead the State in Supporting Transfer Students
We are pleased to announce twelve California Community Colleges and four California State University campuses we're honoring as the 2018 Champions of Higher Education. These campuses will be celebrated for significantly increasing the number of students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), enrolling those students at a California State University (CSU) with junior status, and graduating ADT earners with a bachelor's degree.

Our Transfer Maze Report last year found that transfer from the community college to a four-year university is bureaucratic, inconsistent, and confusing, where students must parse through a system with varied information and requirements for each campus.

T hough 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. This data, along with student testimonies revealed that transfer is too often a maze that delays far too many students from earning their degrees.

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 have excelled in Associate Degree for Transfer implementation and will be celebrated as 2018 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer at our December Signature Event in Los Angeles:
Moorpark College
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
Grossmont College
Citrus 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. This year’s Champions are shining examples of what happens when community colleges and universities embrace policy that supports California students.

Congratulations to our honorees!

To learn more about how the honorees are selected, click here .